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My name is Rafal Gendarz, I’m a graduate of Philosophy Studies (MA).
The year 1998 stands out as a pivotal juncture in my journey. It was then that I found myself drawn to Indian philosophy, specifically Gaudiya Vaisnavism, and the art of meditation. Even though I was entrenched in the tropical zodiac’s astrological practice, this newfound fascination led me towards the Indian forecasting system.
By 2004, my pursuit led me to Visti Larsen on an astrological forum, who would later become my mentor. Under his guidance, I immersed myself in the teachings of the Sri Jagannath Center tradition. Here, I delved into the intricacies of the natal chart interpretation, muhurta, prashna, and other facets of Jyotisa, the revered Indian astrology.
My commitment to this discipline has seen me present at conferences organized by the Sri Jagannath Center in Serbia, where I spoke on “Free Will and Shastyamsa”. That same year, my insights on “Raja Bhanga”, exploring the dynamics of professional downfalls, found a home in the pages of the Jyotish Digest.
In 2004 and 2006, I was privileged to receive mantras designed to hone the intuition and expertise of astrologers, both crucial for adept chart analysis. I’ve also successfully completed the rigorous training offered by our tradition: from the Paraśara Hora Sastra and Mantra Shastra Program under Pandit Sanjay Rath to the Jaimini Sutras Program led by Pandit Visti Larsen.
Astrological chart interpretation offers a unique window into individuals’ lives, and assisting them provides me with immense fulfillment. Leveraging my acquired wisdom, I consistently conduct consultations through Zoom.
Berlin, Germany, is where I currently call home, and it’s here that I passionately share and teach the rich tapestry of astrological knowledge.
My mentor, Visti Larsen, traces his lineage to the esteemed Sri-Achyuta, a distinguished disciple of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Endowed with the profound gift of perceiving the past, present, and future as facets of destiny, or Jyotisa, Sri Acyuta Das was renowned for his knowledge rooted in Agni, symbolizing the power of vision. As the youngest of the panca sakha, he was cherished by his peers, who imparted to him the wisdom of mantrashastra, bhakti bhava, and more.
(Sanjay’s Grandfather) was a royal astrologer (Raja Jyotishi) who had learnt from his grandfather. Orissa, with its great Sun temple at Konarak, has been famous for its astrologers and always supported the Science of astrology. Jagannath Rath was given the title of a Jyotish Ratna in Orrisa.He lived a very austere life. He had a powerful personality that put many shaking around him.
(Sanjay’s Uncle) was the eldest born son. The tradition of Hora Shastra was passed through him. Sanjay’s father, U.K. Rath, learned advanced Ganita Shastra (science of astronomical mathmatics) and became an industrialist.
Kasinath Rath would hold traditional informal classes teaching Jyotisha. Sanjay spent much of his childhood learning from his uncle.
was born into this traditional family of astrologers from Bira Balabhadrapur Sasan village of Puri, Orissa. Sanjay studied under his under his uncle, late Pundit Kasinath Rath and his grandfather, late Pandit Jaganath Rath. Sanjay began his studies at 8 years of age, and received the depth of Jyotisha only found among those who have been trained in the ancient traditional way of the parampara. He worked for some time in government service in India. Leaving government service to devote himself completely to Jyotisha, he has the depth of the ancient knowledge with the ability to communicate it to the modern mind.
To promote the teachings of his parampara he has formed the Sri Jagannath Center where his advanced students are helping to spread Jyotisha in a way that keeps its spiritual roots. Students learn not only about Jyotisha, but also mantra shastra, mudra, pranayama, meditation, and the Sanatana Dharma.