Bhagavad Gita, Plain and Simple – My Translation

Would You like to Learn Bhagavad Gita? I would love to share with you what I have learned of it. Elephant [Yoga] Journal is doing a serial publication of my translation of the Gita, called Bhagavad-Gita, Plain and Simple. Today they published Chapter 1: Desparate Depression of a Great Yogi. Please read it here: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/09/desperate-depression-of-a-great-yogi-vic-dicara/ Your comments…

Alignments that make Spiritualists

Here is a quick thought. There is something called parivrajak-yoga which is an astrological alignment defined as having four or more planets in a single sign. The effect of the yoga is classically defined as “renunciation” and sanyassa. The actual effect is that we lose interest in enjoying the world and prefer to / need…

Yogas in the Navamsha Chart (ex: Neech Bhanga Raja Yoga)

  Question: In your opinion, is NBRY (Neech Bhanga Raja Yoga – Excellence Arising from the Cancellation of a Debilitation) to be considered in D9 charts? Some people say debilitation in D9 is final, but other experts (like Dr B.V Raman) look at neecha-bhanga raja yogas in D9 too. Vic DiCara: I think more fundamental…

Does Astrology Contradict the Bhagavad Gita’s Wisdom?

“When we consult an astrologer, aren’t we trying to get the fruits of our work? And isn’t that in contradiction to the advice of Krsna in Bhagavad Gita?” What a really, really wonderful question! Thank you so much for asking this. First I will note that different people consult astrologers for different reasons. Some consult…

What Are Yogas?

The word yoga has entered household use all around the globe. It is a Sanskrit word, of Vedic origin. It means linking together, combining. That might not be what most people expect yoga to mean. The majority of people think of yoga as a mental and physical health system. Others think of it as some…

Self-Realization in the Ecstasy of Divine Love

Right now we are in a confusing situation. We inherently know that we should be happy, peaceful, joyful and satisfied. Yet we are confronted by realities which constantly limit and baffle that natural impulse. Why is it like this? Because we have placed our egos, our souls, into an unnatural environment. The main effort of…