The following are tributes to some astrologers of the Vedic tradition who have passed on.








NARENDRA DESAI: Ronnie Gale Dreyer wrote to the AFAN List, "Another loss to the Vedic Community occurred April 7, 2001, with the death of Narendra Desai. He lived in Parsippany, New Jersey, and practiced astrology for more than 50 years. He was a true scholar and could recite the scriptural source of any Vedic astrological rule of aphorism."

Michael Laughrin wrote for this page, "The brightest light in the sky of Astrology over North America has gone out. The master of Jyotish, Sanskrit, palmistry, numerology, Western Astrology has cast off his mortal coil to rejoin those ancient greats of Vedic Science such as Brighu, Suka Deva, and Agastya. A man of kindly demeanor, with a light heart and good sense of humor, he always had a kind word for everyone. But he was a veritable walking encyclopedia of ancient Vedic lore, especially the science of the stars. My heart is very heavy as he was my first, true Jyotish guru."
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SHRI S.K. DUGGAL, senior astrologer and writer passed away on 24th Jan 2010 in the morning. He was Chairman of ICAS Chandigarh Chapter and though in his mid 70s he was very active. May his works be read and remembered. The ICAS Chandigarh chapter has more than 250-300 students for every Semester Exam which shows the hard work put in by ICAS Chandigarh and Shri Duggal. He authored some fantastic books titled a) Interpretation Of Planetary Transit b) Revelations Of Medical Astrology-2nd Revised & Enlarged Edition c) Vedic Astrological Calculations May his contribution to astrology be remembered forever.





James H. Holden, FAFA, Research Director for AFA writes in their Bulletin, 1998:

"We have received news that AFA research member Pravin L. Jagad died unexpectedly of a heart attack at his home in Rajkot, India on January 8. Mr. Jagad was born in Bombay on January 14, 1936. He was a long-time employee of the Indian Life Insurance Corporation, from which he had retired a few years before his death. In addition, he was a professional astrologer who had achieved the recognized rank of Master Astrologer. He had opened an astrological office in Rajkot after his retirement. Those who attended the 1988 AFA Convention in Las Vegas may remember him from that occasion, and from the articles he wrote for Today’s Astrologer."

"He was also the author of the paper, "The Theory of Longevity" that was published in the AFA Journal of Research, Vol. 7, No. 1 (1991). His theory was later expanded into a book, Astrology and the Cosmic Computer (Rajkot: James Astro Pub., 1996), which presents his theory of how to determine the length of a person’s life-span from his natal horoscope. Numerous examples are given. The present writer had corresponded with Mr. Jagad for more than fifteen years and will miss his interesting letters."

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From the NCGR MemberLetter, Fall, 1999:

"Harish Johari was born on May 12, 1934, at 12:55 PM in Barielly, India, and passed away on August 20, 1999, at 3:25 PM in Haridwar, India. He travelled throughout the world teaching a wide array of subjects."

"He was quite a scholar, a great artist, and wrote many books on tantric subjects. Books he wrote which are related to Vedic Astrology include The Healing Power of Gemstones, Numerology, Dhanwantari, and Tools for Tantra. He is survived by three daughters, one son, and three grandchildren."

Mavis Gewant


Popular writer Shri M S Mehta from Delhi has left for heavenly abode yesterday is the news we just got from Shri Deepak Bisaria of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Delhi. Shri Mehta was also a faculty member of BVB, Delhi the biggest school of astrology and also on board of institutions associating with Shri K N Rao. He contributed articles and books for a long period of time. Let us all pray for his soul to rest in peace and remember his contribution to astrology.

He contributed some popular books like: 1. Ashtakvarga: Concept & Application 2. Ashtakvarga 3. Annual Horoscope 4. Analysing Horoscope Through Modern Techniques (English & Hindi) 5. Advanced Predictive Techniques of Ashtakvarga 6. Time Tested Techniques of Mundane Astrology (along with A Radhika) 7. Planets and Travel Abroad Regards,

Saptarishis Astrology Magazine 

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We regret to inform you that Prof. N. E Muthuswany passed away on February 28, 2005 at 3:40 PM in Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Dr. Muthuswamy was the author of numerous books on jyotish and an active member of the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences. He was the keynote speaker at our Ninth International Symposium on Vedic Astrology held in November 2002 in Kerala, India. His son, Dr. M. Harre Harren will give a special presentation on Planetary Mantras at our upcoming international conference to be held in Kauai, Hawaii in September 2005.
Dennis M. Harness, Ph.D.
President, American College of Vedic Astrology




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CREDITS: The background is by Aikya Param. Biographical information for this memorial came from the AFA Bulletin and NCGR Memberletter. Harish Johari’s photo came from the Society for Planetary Gemology. Barbara Cameron’s photo came from Sandy Crowther. The photo of Desai is courtesy of The Mountain Astrologer. This memorial was created by Donna Cunningham.