LM: Can you tell us how you got started with Vedic Astrology? I read that at the age of 14, you realized this was your calling, can you tell us more about this time in your life, when most are still enjoying childhood…How did you know this was your calling?
SB: That is very true, I did realize that Vedic Astrology was the path for me at the age of 14… funnily enough, I was in the playground playing with my friends from school when my Mathematics teacher came running towards me shouting at us to go inside the classroom and study. While he was still speaking with my friends, I was looking at his face & getting readings. I then turned towards him and told him “ Sir, there is some tension in your house that is consuming all your family members. Please don’t worry, as this problem will get sorted in another 2 months”. The teacher looked at me with a strange expression and sent all of us inside the class. Exactly 5 weeks later, I saw him walking towards my house and I ran inside thinking he was coming to complain about me to my mother. As you can guess, I was always a mischievous child! The teacher did speak to my mother, but not to complain, but to encourage and praise my intuitive powers. I initiated at the age of 14 with Vedic Astrology, when I realized that I was blessed with psychic powers to predict the future of a person by seeing his/her face, without even referring to the horoscopes. It was then that I decided to pursue astrology in depth. Stars always used to fascinate me and I always prayed to Maa Kamakhya and that was how I realized astrology was my calling.
LM: What is Vedic Astrology? What are the benefits of knowing one’s individual Vedic Astrology Chart? How does it differ from Western Astrology?
SB: Vedic Astrology is a form of astrology derived from the traditions of ancient India dating back hundreds of centuries. References to Vedic Astrology can be found in our sacred books like Ramayana, Mahabharta and was widely referenced during the life of Buddha. Studies of individual Vedic charts help individuals in understanding their life paths, including all negative and positive aspects. Individuals can then accept and prepare themselves for a new destiny. By knowing one’s individual Vedic Astrology chart I am able to help them in resolving perplexities involving the planetary influences utilizing mantra, anushthan and other remedial measures. Vedic Astrology is the science of potentials and probabilities.
Western Astrology is basically concerned with the psychological and thinking patterns of an individual and concentrates on the mathematical relationships between the planets. Vedic Astrology on the other hand is more concerned with the individual’s spiritual power and karmic patterns and how they are going to unfold during the present life of the individual. So Vedic Astrology is not as concerned with who you are, but how your life is going to unfold.
LM: I read that you are an ardent devotee of Maa Kamakhya, can you tell us a bit more about Maa Kamakhya and what drew you to her?
SB: Parvati (known as Sati in her previous birth) is the power (shakti) of Shiva. Maa Kamakhya is another name for the shakti (Sati) and she is a goddess of tantra and supernatural powers. The Maa Kamakhya temple is situated on Nilachal hill in Guwahati. This temple honors the Mother Goddess Kamakhya, the essence of female energy.
I had come across this divine name during my studies of the Maha vidya’s , for reasons unknown to me, I started praying and meditating on Maa Kamakhya’s name every time I closed my eyes in meditation. I visited the temple in Guwahati and felt the power of Maa who helped me in channeling my energies towards my true calling of prediction for others.
LM: What led you to launch Cosmic Vision in 2005?
SB: Cosmic vision was launched in 2005, on the request of my followers, with an aim to reach wider audiences who are in search of guidance on what all options/objects can be used to mitigate or convert the negativity of the malefic planets placed in the birth charts. It explains what effects can be achieved with each product, their prices and correct use. We ensure all products including Pujas & Homams offered through the company are original and certified to ensure peace of mind in the end user’s mind.
LM: Can you tell our readers a bit more about Homam and Vedams, their meaning and their value?
SB: Homam (Havan) is a form Of Puja performed for special divinity by invoking Agni – Lord Of Fire. As per our rituals, we believe that by giving “ Ahuti” to Agni (Lord of Fire) in Havans, we give away all our negativity and get back positivity in our lives.
Vedas are our Sacred scriptures who guide us in the way Homams should be performed and the benefits that can be obtained by performing the rituals at the opportune time, in the right way.
LM: Can you provide a deeper dive on the power of mantra, its meaning and some tips on how we can incorporate mantra in our day to day for positive outcome(s)?
SB: Mantras are not composed by human beings and they are special compared to regular words. They are very prosperous in their meaning, and japa is the way to concentrate on mantras and their meaning. There are hundreds of mantras, each having their own importance and meaning. Mantras are energy based sounds that create thought energy waves. Chanting mantras out loud, produces physical vibrations, (one of the levels of energy). When energy is combined with mental intent, mantras produce results.
LM: What areas of Vedic Astrology do you specialize in? Can you tell us more about Vastu Shastra and its benefits in our day to day lives?
SB: I specialize in predictive astrology, corporate astrology, partnership evaluation and match making based on celestial combinations, as well as Vaastu Shastra.
Vastu Shastra is an ancient science of architecture which helps one to garner the natural benefits freely offered by the five basic elements of the universe in which we all live. These basic elements are Akash (SKY), Prithvi (EARTH), Paani (WATER), Agni (FIRE), And Vayu (WIND).
LM: How does one go about getting a Vedic reading from you? What can one expect to learn?
SB: I can be contacted through my website at www.sandeepbhargava.com. As I travel a lot, it is easiest to get in touch with me through my website where all my contact details are mentioned. You can register yourself, giving some elementary details and leave the queries you want answered. You will be contacted back for a detailed reading as soon as I have all the particulars.
One can expect a complete reading including details on some past issues, personal or professional, as well as any problems that might be in the future and ways to avoid/ minimize their effects by means of suitable remedies that will be designed to work for you. There are a number of powerful remedies which can be practiced to circumvent problems, these have to be customized and made as accurate as possible to suit individuals.
LM: What aspects of someone’s life can Vedic Astrology not predict?
SB: Astrology if practiced correctly can predict anything and everything ranging from World events, (Mundane Astrology ) to individuals life patterns. There is nothing left untouched from Astrology, everything has a time of origin and its end. We can get to know all about past, present and future by rightly calculating the transits, aspects and placement of planets of the concerned individual, group of people, country, world. So, just about all areas of life can be predicted, given that the astrologer is qualified. One eternal truth is that we all are human beings and we cannot change the way God has intended us to live but with accurate readings and by practicing remedial measures in the form of Prayers, Havan, Charity or Stone therapy, we can always reduce the effects of negative planets.
LM: How can one modify what his/her Vedic Chart reveals?
SB: Remedial measure is the unique feature Of Vedic Astrology (Jyotish) that allows one to solve his or her problems by modifying the karma through Vedic ways. It lessens the negative energies of one’s karma to bring peace, harmony and prosperity in life.
Studying the Vedic chart of an individual, an astrologer will be able to predict the good times and the rough patches in one’s life. In some cases, even if the event cannot be circumvented, an early warning gives the individual enough time to be prepared and take adequate measures to decrease the impact. As maybe an event is meant to happen, but by taking some precautionary actions, the client may be able to deflect the severity of the outcome. In some other cases, proper remedies might help in creating all positiveness and remove all ill effects completely. Jyotish Remedial Measure means a conscious effort which may include chanting (Japa) of Vedic Prayers (Mantras), wearing of gemstones (Ratnas), fasting (Upavash) on certain days, wearing amulets (Yantras Or Kavachas), donating to the poor (Daana), offering selfless services (Sheva) to others, contributing to Vedic Fire-Rituals (Yajnas), etc. Remedy is a very powerful tool and by following it, there may be great or even drastic change in the person’s life. No remedies are sufficient to rectify the dosha of our life’s karmas, but the above remedies will be helpful to reduce the intensity.
LM: One often wonders about fate versus free will. Can you tell us a bit more about the difference. According to Vedic tradition, is everything predetermined?
SB: I like to use the word destiny more than fate, as even the sounds of these words carry various ominous types of connotations, and the word “Destiny” carries a softer vibration than the word “Fate.” As indicated above, some kinds of events are fated or pre-determined; other effects will bring certain potentials, but free will may be used to deflect the outcome to a certain extent. My mentor in Vedic Astrology was of the opinion that we have 30% free will, even though we would like to think that we can orchestrate all the situations and outcomes of life by our own intelligence and self-determination. Yes, according to Vedic tradition, a greater role of predetermination plays a role as astrology is linked to the theory of Karma and the Cycle of Rebirths. Sometimes pre-determination and free-will interplay with each other to determine the final outcome.
LM: What role does divine intervention have in changing the predestined course written in one’s Vedic Chart?
SB: Nothing happens in this world without God’s will and blessings. God has predestined everyone’s destiny and set every one on their paths. Divine intervention plays a very major role in modifying the predestined course. In one way, even a meeting of an individual with a qualified astrologer, who can correctly predict future incidents is an act of divine intervention. Following of remedial measures in its true essence, is another example. Good karma is a way of achieving God’s blessings, hence being good human beings and keeping your heart and intentions clean goes a long way.
LM: Over the years, as you’ve been providing Vedic readings, how do you think your readings have helped others improve their day to day lives?
SB: I have been predicting for years and my clients have given me overwhelming responses from their experiences with me. My predictions have improved and enhanced the lives of people, no matter who they are, or where they are born, which religion they follow. My knowledge of shastras and predicting facts of life have helped my clients realize their true potential.
LM: For those who are skeptical about the validity of Vedic Astrology, what can you say to someone like this about the benefits of being open to Vedic Astrology?
SB: If the person approaches me with a challenging attitude, I would say nothing to that person. If the person were sincere but also skeptical, and thus needed some kind of verification of the efficacy of predictive astrology, then I would point that person to a compilation of various predictions I had made in the past which came true. I would also venture to tell that person – given access to their horoscope – about various things that should have happened in their past in order to give them faith that the science of the stars can see the past, the present, as well as the future. So any astrologer who has been practicing long enough, will have numerous examples of correct predictions, and that should help someone who is skeptical about the power of Vedic Astrology.
It sometimes works best to interact with other people who have experienced the power of astrology firsthand. Hence, it might be worthwhile for this person to mingle with other people who have had a Vedic reading done.
About Aacharya Sandeep Bhargava:
Aacharya Sandeep Bhargava is a distinguished personality in the world of astrology. He has been providing astrological consultations throughout the world to his clients for the past 19 years.
He is also an eminent Palmist, Numerologist, and Vaastu Expert. He specializes in Predictive astrology, Corporate Astrology, Partnership Evaluation and Match Making based on celestial combinations.
For more information, please visit the Cosmic Vision website