Sarbani Rath

Sarbani Rath
JSP India
Head of SJC
15B Gangaram Hospital Road, New Delhi 110060, India

Bio: Born on the Thirtieth day of June 1962 in Calcutta, India at seventeen minutes past midnight, to very pious parents Ashoke Kumar Sarkar and Aloka, who were the third generation in the Sarkar family directly associating with the Ramakrishna order. Sarbani had the good fortune of associating with the saṅnyāsins of the Śrī Sāradā Math from birth. When only four years old she learnt how to make the Śiva Liñga with mud from the banks of the Gaṅgā and worship with sixteen offerings (ṣoḍaśa upacāra), mantra and mudra. The grace of Holy Mother Śrī Sāradā Ma flowed as she learnt Sanskrit and vedic literature including purāṇa and various spiritual practises directly from the Math.

Formal education at Loreto House School ensured a healthy balance between traditional vedic learning and modern English public school. She graduated in Political Science from Presidency College in 1985. She completed her Masters degree from University of Calcutta in 1987.

In 1987 she moved to Delhi to work as a social scientist specialising in environmental law and policy, history of conservation, the concept of the nation state and human rights. Based at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) and later at the World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India), Delhi she worked closely with grassroots organisations, academics, lawyers and judges particularly in the area of national parks and sanctuaries and the conflict area between wildlife and the livelihood rights of forest dwellers. She has taught as a guest lecturer at the M.Sc. programme in Environmental Biology, University of Delhi and at the graduation programme at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad.

Sarbani - Foundation An intense teacher @SJC Singapore, 2004
Her childhood passion for vedic astrology and other occult sciences like I-Ching and the Tarot led her to gradually move fulltime into this field of work. She was a professional Tarot Reader for 12 years in the 1990’s with a large collection of Tarot Decks, although she primarily used the Crowley and the Rider-Waite decks for her readings. The turning point was in 1998 when Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra became the principal book on her table. She has been exclusively studying and practicing Jyotiṣa under the able guidance of Pt. Sanjay Rath. After receiving the Bṛhaspati Gāyatrī in 2002 she has been practising jyotiṣa professionally and teaching as a Jyotiṣa Guru of Śrī Jagannāth Center (SJC). She went on to be the President of SJC in 2008. She continues her passion of reading Vedic literature and after finishing a thorough study of the Garuḍa Purāṇa, is currently working on Sāradātilaka Tantra and Skanda Purāṇa.
L-R: B.Lakshmi Ramesh, Sarbani Rath, Komilla Sutton
In 2011 she successfully completed the 5-year long Jaimini Scholar Programme (2007-11) and is a certified Jaimini Scholar of the First Himalaya Batch of Devaguru Bṛhaspati Center (DBC). On the directions of the DBC-Institute she is currently a teacher and Course Co-ordinator of the 2nd Himalaya Batch of the Jaimini Scholar Programme. As the Managing Editor of Sagittarius Publications, she oversees the publication of the quarterly jyotiṣa journal The Jyotish Digest and other astrology books. She has presented papers at various Jyotish conferences in India, USA, London and Serbia. She is a member of the British Association of Vedic Astrology (BAVA).

Andrew Foss

Andrew Foss

PO Box 91, Earlysville, VA 22936, USA.
Andrew Foss

Andrew is the President and co-founder of the British Association of Vedic Astrology. He has a BA and MA from Oxford University in Physics and an MSc and PhD in Computing Science. He is the author of the leading software for Vedic Astrology, Shri Jyoti Star and the editor of the journal Gochara.

He is a a Jaimini Scholar and has given numerous invited lectures at universities and conferences around the globe on Jyotish, Ayurveda and computing and has published extensively in Astronomy and Computing in peer-reviewed journals along with many articles in Jyotish. Andrew also supervises graduate students studying for a Masters in Vedic Astrology from the Hindu University of America.

Andrew is a graduate of Oxford University and the University of Alberta with BA and MA degrees in Physics and an MSc and PhD in Computing Science. He has published in Astronomy and Computing as well as Jyotish. He authored the leading Vedic Astrology program Shri Jyoti Star and a forthcoming book about planetary mantras. He has been studying and teaching Jyotish since 1981.

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Students are encouraged to participate in the contact classes as there is no real substitute to learning directly from the guru. In addition to the lessons, some mantra initiations are also done during these classes which enable you to be a perfect jyotiṣa paṇḍita.
Note: Students opting for certification will have to participate in the contact classes for one week (at least) in the third and fifth academic years.
Contact Classes are held at Bhimtal, Kumaon, Himalayas annually in September/October.
Neelesh Inn, Mandir Marg, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand
Ph. +91-5942-247117/248080/248081, +91-9759292815.
Double Sharing is about Rs 1400/- Per person per day. Single Sharing Rs.2200/- Per person per day. This is an approximate cost for 2011 and is liable to change depending on the size of the group. You will be informed about this cost in advance to plan for the trip (pilgrimage) to the holy mountains.
The cost includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, mid-morning and evening tea, wireless internet and taxes. Participants accompanied by spouse can avail of this cheap facility for family/spouse as well. Please book and pay directly to the hotel by getting in touch with Neelesh Gunwant at . Kindly inform Sarbani Rath intent and number of family/spouse accompanying.
By cheque or direct deposit at the following bank A/C nos. favoring “Neelesh Inn”:
IDBI Bank, Bhimtal branch, Neelesh Inn A/C No. 404102000000082
Axis Bank, Haldwani branch, Neelesh Inn A/C No. 584010200000268

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Schedule Batch-4: 2015

116-zodiac-wheel-q75-1151x1810The third batch of the Class of PJC commences in the Year 2013 (early birds) and technically from the year 2014.

This batch is to be taught by Sarbani Rath, Jaimini Scholar.
Sarbani Rath is the Mentor for the batch and shall function as the Jyotiṣa Guru for all matters.

PJC Schedule

PJC Batch-4: Start Year 2015

Jyotiṣa Guru: Sarbani Rath, Jaimini Scholar
Academic Year-1: 2015
Online Course Starts: 14 Jan, 2015
Contact Classes: To Be Announced
Starting Soon

Detailed Schedule for the Jyotiṣa Paṇḍita and Jyotiṣa Guru accreditation

Academic Year Start End
PJC Year-1 15 January, 2015 December, 2015
PJC Year-2A 15 January, 2016 December, 2016
PJC Year-2B 15 January, 2017 December, 2017
PJC Year-3 15 January, 2018 December, 2018
Jyotiṣa Paṇḍita Certification March-April, 2019
PJC Year-4 15 January, 2020 December, 2021
PJC Year-5 15 January, 2021 December, 2022
Jyotiṣa Guru Certification March-April, 2023

Please note that this plan is tentative and depends on Pt. Sanjay Rath completing the future years in good time.

Schedule Batch-2: 2013

the_great_goddess_durga_pj20The second batch of the Himala Class of PJC started in the Year 2012 (early birds) and technically from the year 2013. This batch is to be taught jointly by Pt.Sanjay Rath and Mrs. Sarbani Rath, Jaimini Scholars. Mrs. Sarbani Rath is the Mentor for the batch and shall function as the Jyotiṣa Guru for all matters. However, Pt.Sanjay Rath may teach some classes at his pleasure.

PJC Schedule

Himalaya Batch-2: Year 2013

Jyotiṣa Guru: Sarbani Rath, Jaimini Scholar

Academic Year-1: 2013
Online Course Starts: Jan, 2010
Himalaya Classes: 29 Aug – 15 Sep, 2013

Academic Year-2A: 2014
Online Course Starts: 14 Jan, 2014
Himalaya Classes: 21 Aug-8 Sep, 2014
Not Completed

Schedule Batch-1: 2010

ayappaswamiThe course for each academic year of the Parāśara Jyotiṣa Paṇḍita program shall commence from Makara saṅkrānti (about 14 January) and shall be taught online. The contact course shall be for about 30 days (as required for each academic year, refer syllabus) in the Himalayas, India during the auspicious Tula māsa (Kārtika Pūrṇimā, Guru Nanak jayanti). This is what is taught by Pt. Sanjay Rath. However, subsequent batches of PJC students will have a mentor (qualified Jaimini Scholar) who will be their guru and guide for their entire course.

PJC Schedule

Himalaya Batch-1: Year 2010

Jyotiṣa Guru: Pt. Sanjay Rath

Academic Year-1: 2010
Online Course Starts: 29 Jan, 2010
Himalaya Classes: October, 2010 for 29 days

Academic Year-2A: 2012
Online Course Starts: 14 Jan, 2012
Himalaya Classes: October, 2010 for 34 days

Academic Year-2B: 2013
Online Course Starts: 10 Oct, 2013
Himalaya Classes: 13 Mar – 1 Apr, 2014 for 21 days
Not Completed

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