Important Notice: Due to the Covid-19 situation, the 2020 Conference has been postponed to 2021
BAVA has the honour of these illustrious astrologers lecturing at the 2021 Conference:
Sanjay belongs to a traditional family of astrologers from Bira Balabhadrapur Sasan in Puri, Orissa. Internationally renowned and respected, he uses Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra, Jaimini Upadesa Sutras, Brihat Jataka and Saravali as the foundations of Jyotisha and also incorporates other Jyotish scriptures and sacred Vedic literature in his teachings. Author: Crux of Vedic Astrology, Remedial Measures in Astrology, Narayana Dashas and Jaimini’s Upadesa Sutras. Website www.srath.com
Sarbani Rath is a certified Jaimini Scholar having spent 5 long years to master the secret science in the Himalayas. She has been practicing mantras and ritual puja ever since she learnt it from the wise sannyasinis of Sri Sarada Math.She has received diksha at the feet of Revered Pravrajika.Shraddhaprana Mataji. She is a jyotish guru of Sri Jagannath Center (SJC) and the Managing Editor of Sagittarius Publications. She is presently teaching the Jaimini Scholar Programme. Website http://sarbani.com/
Pandit Sharma C.S. Samavedula
Pandit Sharma is a 6th generation Sama Veda pandit and a Shri Vidya Upasaka. In 1990, after 12 years of study, Pandit Sharma received his Master’s Degree in Vedic Studies (Ganapati Pandit). During this time he learnt the grammar and other aspects of Sanskrit and the performance of different kinds of pujas and yagyas.
In 2002, he founded the Vedic Yagya Center located in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India and Fairfield, Iowa. His Center offers to individuals, organizations and businesses Vedic yagyas (sacred ceremonies), homams (ancient fire ceremonies), and pujas as prescribed in the Vedas and Shastras, the holy Indian scriptures. By utilizing the sound vibrations of specific Sanskrit mantras, these performances can help alleviate many problems of our modern times.
Komilla Sutton is the Founder of the British Association of Vedic Astrology. She is on the Faculty of American College of Vedic Astrology and was on the Council of Astrological Association of Great Britain. She is one of the pioneers of Vedic Astrology in the West. She was awarded Jyotish Vachaspati from the Indian council of Astrology (ICAS) in recognition for her work in Jyotish. Her life work is to make this ancient knowledge more accessible and build bridges between the East and West. She has leading trips to India since 1999 and from 2013 she is sponsoring annual Vedic Astrology Conferences with the aim to promote new generation of Jyotish Masters and encourage their interaction with seasoned Masters of Jyotish knowledge.
Author: Nakshatra: Stars beyond the Zodiac, Personal Panchanga, The Essentials of Vedic Astrology, Lunar Nodes- Crisis and Redemption, Vedic Love Signs and Vedic Astrology.
Andrew Foss, PhD
Andrew has a PhD in Computing Science and is also an Oxford physics graduate with publications in Nature and other leading scientific journals. He is the author of the acclaimed book and ebook series Yoga of the Planets. He enjoys a deep love of music, art and poetry and has more than 30 years experience studying and teaching the Vedic wisdom around the world.
He is the Founding President of the BAVA, Editor of the BAVA Journal Gochara and is a certified Jyotish Pandit and Jaimini Scholar, the highest professional certifications in Vedic Astrology involving about a decade of intensive study. He has developed the unique, easy and powerful software Shri Jyoti Star that has become the first choice amongst Vedic Astrologers around the world.
Geoffrey has been studying and practicing Vedic Astrology since 1986. He is an accredited teacher by the American Council of Vedic Astrology and a member of their Council. He learnt most of his Vedic Astrology from Hart deFouw in England and USA. He holds regular weekly classes in London.
Geoffrey has given many public lectures on the philosophy and principles behind the subject and is also BAVA Treasurer. www.vediccharts.co.uk
Gordon is a long time student of Vedic Astrology and teaches BAVA’s Beginners Course. Gordon specialises in mundane astrology and has written many articles on world affairs for Gochara that are published on this website.
He supplies Vedic books for BAVA and leads a study group in London.
After studying western Astrology from a young age, Tokyo-based Keiko started learning Vedic Astrology in 2003 with her teacher, Komilla Sutton. Traveling regularly to India with Komilla to deepen her Vedic knowledge, Keiko has been part of the faculty at the Fresh Talents of Vedic Astrology in India, the BAVA Conference in London, the Annual Vedic Astrology Conference at Sivananda Yoga Farm in California and the Sedona Vedic Astrology Conference in Sedona, Arizona, USA. She regularly holds Jyotish-themed workshops at Sivananda Yoga Tokyo Center, is a full-time translator in four languages and a part-time Vedic astrologer with clients in Japan and worldwide.
Visti Larsen began studying Western Astrology in his spare time during his secondary education, a journey he began upon hearing the mention of the word ‘Ascendant’. He has been studying Astrology since an early age, beginning with Western Tropical Astrology and since migrating to Vedic Astrology or Jyotish. During his higher studies Visti came under the tutelage of Pt. Sanjay Rath, belonging to the tradition of Shri Achyutananda Dasa.
Being taught in the ancient ways of the Parampara, besides Jyotish, he has been educated in several aspects of ancient Vedic knowledge, comprising topics of philosophy, Mantra Shastra, Sanskrit, Upasana and allied fields. The ancient texts that he learned, and relies on, are that of Gita, Upanishad, Purana and Veda. Presently he is active with performing Jyotish consultations, translating and decoding ancient Jyotish scripture for publication. http://srigaruda.com
Vijaya had a successful 17 year career as investment professional. She is a practising Vedic astrologer and has obtained the certificate of Jyotisha Pandita, after studying the Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra with her Guru Pandit Sanjay Rath. She is currently enrolled with him to study the Jaimini Sutras and Mantra Sastra. She is studying Vedanta under the guidance of Swami Parmarthananda, a disciple of Swami Dayananda of Arsha Vidya, and is also pursuing Sanskrit studies in SOAS University, London. www.vijayajyoti.com
Kaartik is a full time professional Vedic Astrologer, Speaker and Jyotisa Guru, originally from Somnath, Gujarat and now based in Dubai.
Kaartik comes from a family of priests and Jyotisa was part of his life since early days though he got interested in Vedic Astrology after meeting his Gurudev, Pt. Sanjay Rath. Kaartik is a Jaimini Scholar and consults and teaches globally.
Amarjeet S Bhamra
Amarjeet has a strong interest in health, wellbeing, the environment, and holds various complementary health qualifications and believes in the power of nature can help all of us heal. As part of his mission to bring wellness to the nation, he serves as a lecturer and practitioner of Indian Traditional Sciences, most notably Ayurveda. As an advocate of Indian Traditional Sciences, he is the Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Traditional Sciences, serves on various boards and supports national campaigns to help empower people taking their health into their own hands.
Amarjeet is one of the world’s most experienced teachers and practitioners of Ayurveda Bodywork. He is responsible for creating the UK Indian Head Massage register and has been a member of the steering group recognizing Indian Head Massage as a veritable vocation and in 2014 he authored a 300-page educational best seller ‘Indian Head Massage – A Practical Approach.’
His website is https://www.bcma.co.uk/amarjeet
Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar
Suhas is a world-renowned Ayurvedic physician and medical astrologer from a family of traditional Vedic healers in India. He holds a B.A. in Ayurvedic medicine and completed a three-year residency as an M.D. (doctorate in Ayurvedic internal medicine) at the prestigious Pune University in India.
Dr. Suhas is a compassionate healer and expert clinician who directs the Ayurvedic Healing and Integrative Wellness Clinic in Northern California. As a sought-after speaker and lecturer, he also travels throughout the world teaching courses in Ayurveda, training doctors, and providing Ayurvedic consultations for thousands of patients. See https://chopra.com/bios/suhas-kshirsagar
Dr Sharat Misra
Sharat is a Senior Consultant in NHS and lives in Nottinghamshire, UK. He has a post graduate degree in Medicine, doctorate degree in Gastroenterology, FRCP from London and Edinburgh and is a Fellow of American college of Gastroenterology.
He studies Jyotisha in the Sri Achyutananda tradition from Guru Sanjay Rath, and has studied Jaimini Upadesa sutra as taught by him and also have been certified as Jyotisha Pandita by him.