Sacred Stars    

Exploring Vedic Lunar Mansions  

 

 

Which stars did the ancient Vedic sky watchers pay attention to, and why?

Whether by the mystique of the Pleiades, the royal splendor of Regulus or the alure of Aldebaran – the eye of the bull of Taurus - the ancients have long been fascinated with certain stars that illumine the night sky.

Ancient India has produced a comprehensive system of 27 Sacred Stars across the ecliptic called Nakṣatras, or lunar mansions.  The Nakṣatra system comprises the most ancient strata of Indian astrology. In vogue since Vedic times, this system remains quintessential to Indian wisdom traditions today, used to elect certain activities and make sense of situations, events and experiences.

This 4-week online course is taught by renowned wisdom teacher Dr. Raj Balkaran.  It integrates philosophical teachings, captivating storytelling, and embodied esoteric insight to teach you the power and application of India’s sacred stars. 

***This course counts as 12 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credit***

Learning Outcomes


Learn each Sacred Stars'

  • Location in the heavens
  • Sanskrit mantra, sounds, symbol, deity, mythology
  • Associated human qualities and auspicious activities
  • Significance and special power (śakti)
  • Utility in your personal chart

 

Classes Include 

  • academic content
  • live storytelling
  • esoteric wisdom teachings
  • examples and case studies 
  • personal experiences

COURSE OUTLINE

Module 1
(Released November 25, 2022)
Sacred Stars 1-6:
Fire, Fertility and the Womb of Creation

Module 2
(Released December 2, 2022)
Sacred Stars 7-13:
Divine Nourishment, Serpent Power and Royal Splendour

Module 3

(Released December 9, 2022)
Sacred Stars 13-20:
Triumph, Friendship and the Galactic Centre

Module 4

(Released December 16, 2022)
Sacred Stars 21-27:
The Dragon, the Healer and Oral Transmission


LIVE ZOOM TUTORIALS (Optional)

Mondays @ 2pm EST

Tutorial 1November 28, 2022 
Tutorial 2: December 5, 2022
Tutorial 3December 12, 2022
Tutorial 4December 19, 2022

Fire, Fertility and the Womb of Creation  

Module 1

Sacred Stars 1-6 

  • Aśvini the Equine (α/β Arietis)
  • Bharaṇī the Womb (γ Arietis)
  • Kṛttikā the Fiery (Alcyone)
  • Rohiṇī the Fertile (Aldebaran)
  • Mṛgaśīrṣā the Seeker (α Orionis)
  • Ārdrā the Tearful (Betelgeuse)

Divine Nourishment, Serpent Power and Royal Splendour

Module 2

Sacred Stars 7-13 

  • Punarvasu the Chariot (β Geminorim)
  • Puṣya the Nourisher (δ Cancri)
  • Āśleṣā the Serpentine (ε Hydrae)
  • Maghā the Magnificent (Regulus)
  • Pūrva-Phālgunī the Prosperous (δ Leonis)
  • Uttara-Phālgunī the Patron (Denebola)
  • Hasta the Hand (δ Corvi)

Triumph, Friendship and the Galactic Centre

Module 3

Sacred Stars 13-20

  • Citrā the Spectacular (Spica)
  • Svāti with Windy (Arcturus)
  • Viśākhā the Triumphant (α Librae)
  • Anurādhā the Friendly (δ Scorpionis)
  • Jyeṣṭhā the Chief (Antares)
  • Mūla the Root (λ Scorpionis)
  • Pūrva Aṣāḍhā the Invincible I (δ Sagittarii)

 

The Dragon, the Healer and Oral Transmission

Module 4

Sacred Stars 21-27

  • Uttara Aṣāḍhā the Invincible II (σ Sagittarii)
  • Śravaṇa the Listener (α Aquilae)
  • Dhaniṣṭhā the Famous (β Delphini)
  • Śatabhiṣā the Hundred Healers (γ Aquarii)
  • Pūrva Bhādrapadā the Two-Faced (α Pegasi)
  • Uttara Bhādrapadā the Dragon (Andromeda)
  • Revatī the Rich (ζ Piscium)

 

 


 

Course Instructor 

Dr. Raj Balkaran is an expert in Indian traditions. Skilled at applying ancient Indian teachings to modern life, he dovetails academic training, live storytelling, and life wisdom to nourish his students’ hearts and minds alike.

He is also an avid spiritual practitioner and initiate into ancient Indian wisdom practices, which he has been engaged in for nearly two decades. He has extensive experience teaching academics, continuing studies learners, and practitioners alike, and is a seasoned online educator. See https://rajbalkaran.com for more information. 

Questions about this course?
Contact him directly at [email protected]

One-Time Payment

$197 USD

Lifetime Access

  • 4 60-minute Pre-Recorded Video Lectures (also available audio-only)
  • 4 60-minute Live Zoom Q&A Sessions (recorded if you can’t make it live)
  • PDF of Course Readings
  • Access to School’s Private Facebook Group where you can connect with its Global Wisdom Community
  • Access to weekly Live Zoom Wisdom Transmissions
  • Access to Dr. Raj Balkaran  
  • 12 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credit 
  • 30-Day Full Refund Guarantee
ENROLL HERE

Two Monthly Payments

$99 USD X 2

Lifetime Access

  • 4 60-minute Pre-Recorded Video Lectures (also available audio-only)
  • 4 60-minute Live Zoom Q&A Sessions (recorded if you can’t make it live)
  • PDF of Course Readings
  • Access to School’s Private Facebook Group where you can connect with its Global Wisdom Community
  • Access to weekly Live Zoom Wisdom Transmissions
  • Access to Dr. Raj Balkaran  
  • 12 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Credit 
  • 30-Day Full Refund Guarantee
ENROLL HERE