The Swaminarayana cult: a modern Hindu sect in astrogeography. Astrology, History & Sacred Sites: on the astrogeographical positions of the temples of the Swaminarayana sect and the birth charts of its founders.
Compare: Astrology & Mythology – The Hindu Gods Vishnu and Narayana in astrogeography
I`m writing this article as an astrogeographical investigation into the mechanisms and underlying archetypal patterns in the development of religious sects, subsects and branches of religions.
Comparing astrological with astrogeographical data
Astrological data sometimes allows deep insights into the motivations of the people involved in such processes. The comparison of these results with astrogeographical data opens up another whole dimension of possibilities. It grounds the information gained through consideration of the astrological positions of the planets at particular moments in time at real places on our planet. Individual birth and event charts are always directly related to places. The systemical approach I`m using in interpretation is based on a deep and long study of the systemical qualities of the astrological signs and houses when considered as integral structural elements of a twelve-fold definition sketched for application in the phenomenological analysis of any given system.
The Swaminarayana Sect
The Swaminarayana Sampradaya (=sect) is amodern Hindu sect which worships the monk Swaminarayana as an emanation of the god Narayana and an aspect of Parabrahman the allpervading spiritual essence of the universe.
The Sun in Aries the sign of warfare, fighting and ignition together with Mars (at 4° Capricorn) square with Neptune (at 4° Libra) shows individual karmic issue of overcoming the dependence from employment in the warrior caste. Saturn was in the sign of philosophy at 20° in mental fire sign Sagittarius a degree indicating the urge for self-liberation, celibacy and overcoming suffering from sexuality and role conduct indicating the quest of leaving the householder live behind and aiming for success (Sagittarius) through rebellion against dependence from habitual luxury and wealth (also expressed by Pluto in Aquarius in a square to Chiron in Taurus).
The question has to be asked here in how far the position of Pluto the planet of sculpting and imgaing (creating an artificial image) at 6° in the Gemini subdivision of Aquarius is to be evaluated as a symptom of the replacement of the divine hierarchies along with the gods themselves by profit-orientated esoterical dogma. This is also supported by the doctrine that worships the founder of the sect as god overwriting the ancient image of the vedic supreme god Narayana.
Sri Swaminarayana Temple at Vadtal
Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Vadtal headquarters of the Shri LaxmiNarayan Dev Gadi are located in this temple in Vadtal. There are three main shrines in the temple the central shirne of this temple is that of Lakshmi Narayan and RanchodRaiji. On the right there is an image of Radha Krishna with Swaminarayan in the form of Hari Krishna and the left has Vasudev, Dharma and Bhakti. The temple was inaugurated on 3rd of November 1824.
The BAPS Swaminarayana Foundation
The BAPS Swaminarayana Foundation was founded by Shastriji Maharaj (Shastri Yagnapurushdas) on 5 Jun 1907 with the consecration of murtis (idols) of Swaminararyana (born 3 April 1781 with Sun in Aries) founder of the Swaminarayana branch of Hinduism and Gunatitanand Swami (born 17 October 1785 with Sun in Libra) one of his main disciples in a small new temple established in a village near Vadtal in Gujarat, India.
The philosophy of BAPS is centered on the doctrine of Akshar Purshottam Upasana, in which followers worship Swaminarayan as God, or Purshottam, and his choicest devotee Gunatitanand Swami, as Akshar
Shri Swaminarayan Temple, Chino Hills
Shri Swaminarayan Temple London – Neasden Temple
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Neasden Temple) inaugurated in 1995.made of 2,828 tonnes of Bulgarian limestone and 2,000 tonnes of Italian marble, which was first shipped to India to be carved by a team of 1,526 sculptors. The temple cost £12 million.
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple, Houston, Texas
India & Hindu temples in my astrogeography blog: Astrology, Spirituality & Sacred Sites: Shirdi Sai Baba, The Mahabodhi Temple Tower in Aries and the difference Libra makes, The Swaminarayana cult – an Astrogeographical Study of a modern Hindu Sect, The Hindu Gods Vishnu and Narayana in astrogeography, The Shakti Peetha shrines, The Sites of the 12 Jyotirlinga in Astrology, The source of the river Ganges in Cancer-Scorpio, Sri Amarnath Shiva Lingam in Aries with Cancer, Shiva in two water signs, North Sentinel Island the most isolated tribal population on the planet, Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Gemini and Aries – A Statue of Hanuman, The Rock Fortress of Sigiriya, Sri Gomateshvara – A Bath of Milk and Honey, Astrology & Sacred Sites: The Golden Temple, Krishna`s Birthplace, The Temple of Buddha`s Illumination, Taurus and Scorpio – The Taj Mahal in Agra, Temples of the Sun and the Planets in India, Aquarius the sign of India`s only Radha Rani Temple, Kandariya Mahadeva Temple in Khajuraho, The Mystical Buddhist Monastery of Nalanda in Astrogeography, The Navagraha Temples for the planets in Hindu Astrology and other places related to Nadi Astrology, A Kali Temple in Libra the Sign of the Angels, Meenakshi Aman Temple in astrogeography, The Rock Fortress of Sigiriya, Jokhang Temple in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, Gemini & Virgo Samye Gompa the oldest monastery in Tibet, The White Horse Temple – The first Buddhist Temple in China, The 2015 Ratchaprasong bombing in astrogeography, Murugan – A god of War in Aries the sign of Warfare