Krishnamurti did not march towards Astrology as a believer nor did he have previous knowledge. He was born in a
village called ‘Koothur’ near Tanjore and got educated in a nearby school. His father was a Superintendent of Police and
also a landlord. Krishnamurti completed his college education from St.Josephs College, Trichy and joined King’s Institute,
Guindy, Madras in the water analysis department. He was to travel throughout Madras Province(which comprised of
Madras and Andhra Pradesh).
As he had lot of time while traveling at his disposal, he was reading astrology as a hobby. Later when he visited various offices on duty, he wondered how many persons working in one institution were in different status. He started to collect the horoscopes of these persons and started analyzing the chart. He was perplexed to go through few twins’ charts and notice different results even though the difference in the time of birth was very narrow. This analysis was done by him along with a few others who were practicing astrology with western knowledge.
He found that the exact positions of the cusps and planets were the reason for the different results enjoyed by the persons in the same institution and in different status. This was named by ‘KP System’ i.e. Stellar Astrology. He started teaching to various persons who were interested to learn at P.S High School, Mylapore and Triplicane. It was a FREE coaching to all who joined.
A patient and prolonged study of both the Indian as well as Western systems of astrology left him convinced of its merit and virtue and the value it held out to the human race as a guide to life. For over few decades, young Krishnamurti toiled hard examining and judging numerous nativities, of yoga combinations listed in traditional texts. Soon he was disillusioned as the predictions he expected to be right turned out to startlingly inaccurate. Not only the nature of the event and the time of its occurrence predicted with the help of the dasa systems went very often wildly wrong, but even predictions on the basis of both dasas and transits proved to be inaccurate. Though he was perplexed, the failures did not deter him and only stimulated him into deeper enquiry. His further investigations and findings cast considerable doubt on the validity of the positions of the rather incoherent mass of tradition methods that till recent years represented astrological science in India.
In all probability, the Maharishis of yore had once known the best methods of interpretation of which we may well be unaware, but what is known as classical astrology now is mostly interpolated works of ordinary men or at best, distorted versions of the original. Countless contradictions were present in the predictions of most of these authors on the same subject or point; such contradiction sometimes being within the writings of the same author. There was no coherence or consistency in approach and the rules were complex, vague and generic and lacked universal applicability.
A number of raja yogas are listed, but solid fact is that the natives of these yogas live, not a glorious life as was expected and predicted but a life of misery and penury, while those with no such striking yogas, rose to great heights in social, commercial aspects. For a considerable length of time, there was no concentrated attempt to rid the science of fallacies and adopt new lines of approach and so the science began to stagnate. In contrast, the scholars in the West contributed a great deal to the advancement of astrology by sound and systematic study and research. Their treatment of the subject is thorough and methodical, their methods of interpretation, clear and unambiguous. Yet, their system did not go far in specifying the exact nature and time of occurrence of an event. For instance, neither the traditional Indian system nor its western counterpart rendered satisfactory astrological explanation of the different and sometimes diametrically opposite results experienced by the twins born at the same place but at an interval of few minutes. This led the late Krishnamurti to probe further and at long last, he found the answer. The solution lay in his method of advanced stellar astrology, more popularly known as ‘Krishnamurti Padhdhati’, which is scientific, clear, simple yet elaborate in scope, and the results in a number of cases coincided in the most remarkable way with his expectations. It is a harmoniously confided system; solid and substantial in structure, laying stress on the constellational divisions of the zodiac and going further to subdivide the constellations (asterisms) in unequal proportion and assign co-rulers for each sub-division of the 9 planets in the cyclic order followed in Vimshottari Dasa System.
Krishnamurti was emphatic that his theory is not a conglomeration of some elements of the Indian system and some elements of the Western system but a synthesis preserving the good features in both the systems while adding something more, presenting a new scientific and innovative method of approach to the predictive aspect of Astrology. Discussing the merits of his newly discovered theory Krishnamurti observed
‘..Diamonds always have twelve sides and must be cut along the lines of the axes, and this is what I have done..’
In 1951, Krishnamurti founded an institute in Madras dedicated to investigation, research and education and
motivated a band of youth and scholars to join him in research.
Astrology attracted and fascinated intellectual men of all ages and so did Krishnamurti. He felt it was his mission in life to spread real astrological knowledge to all men and with this is view he undertook extensive tours initiating new men into the science and persuading old astrologers to join his side. He toured throughout India and a few places in Ceylon and Singapore where he established branches of ‘Stellar Astrological Research Institute’ and taught K.P Astrology with the main motive that all astrologers should offer sincere and same opinion for the charts presented. He was honored with many titles and awards for his innovations.
The late Prof.K.S.Krishnamurti was a rare genius and a discoverer of an entirely new and novel way of predicting events. Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher, said
‘…the greatest obstacle to hearing was the ear and the greatest obstacle to knowledge was the mind’.
Similarly, Krishnamurti felt that the objection to the idea of astrology usually arose not from any
scientific viewpoint but from what the people are accustomed to see and believe - mistaking of the counterfeit
for the genuine.
Krishnamurti thought that the danger to the development of astrology lay in its own disciples who called it a science and yet clung to irrational and unscientific methods of approach. Furthermore, the challenge posed was, according to him, really not why and whether planets work on terrestrial beings but about how their influence affects humans collectively as well as individually and the time when it happens. He strongly believed that his system would pave the way for more research into the subject.
In every age, great men come into the world with a message and mission. Krishnamurti was one of them. He stirred the world of Astrology with a new message and widened the horizon of knowledge. His teachings, true as they are, will inspire us for many, many years to come.
In February 1962, the configuration of eight planets in Capricorn created quite a stir as noted astrologers
in India set a whirlwind of fear sweeping the country. Krishnamurti alone dissented and delivered lectures all over
the country denying that anything dreadful was coming.
About the Chinese attack in 1962, he forecast years in advance that the opposition of Saturn in exact conjunction with Kethu on the degree of India’s lagna to Mars, in exact conjunction with Rahu in Cancer, the seventh sign, represented adversaries, forebodes danger from a supposed friend from the North and the collapse of stock exchanges in the country.
He thoroughly analyzed the chart of Mrs. Indira Gandhi in his magazine and demonstrated how it accords with the events in her life culminating in her success in polls if 1971.
Krishnamurti’s scholarship and erudition caught the eyes of the great connoisseur of arts and sciences,
the late Dr.Munshi, who set up a chair for Astrology in the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and asked Krishnamurti to occupy
it. Later, Krishnamurti was honoured at an Annual Convocation of the Bhavan with the award of a Gold Medal and the
title of ‘JYOTISH MARTHAND’ for outstanding services rendered to the development of Indian Astrology.
In 1970, he visited Malaysia and at the end of the successful mission, he was conferred the title of ‘SOTHIDA MANNAN’ (king of astrology) by the Malayan Astrological Society and awarded a gold medal embossing the title.
He toured Ceylon to set up a research center and received a tumultuous welcome and hailed as ‘NAVEENA VARAHAMIRA’ after the great Indian Astrologer in King Vikramadithya’s court.
Krishnamurti was essentially a simple man and was not enamoured by the many honours that came to him. He imparted, with a missionary zeal, all his knowledge through the columns of his monthly journal ‘Astrology and Athrishta’. He wrote a number of famous works expounding his theory, the most popular of which are the six Krishnamurti Readers including Horary Astrology and Gochara Phala from a new angle. He also compiled and published accurate ephemeris (almanacs) based on the elements of modern astronomy giving the planets daily position from 1911 to 1970 in a series of three volumes. The IV volume (1971-1980) was released after his demise.
Krishnamurti believed in calling a spade a spade. He was ever ready for a scientific argument and chided those who spoke of Astrology as a science of tendencies to cover up their deficiencies.
‘ …If one were to offer a prediction saying it is the tendency, the client will take it to be guesswork. Suppose, according to a traditional astrologer, if a person’s horoscope showed no prospect of child birth but he had a child because he adopted the astrologer’s advice to perform rituals or copulated with his wife at the auspicious moment prescribed by the astrologer for him, are we to assume that the destiny denoted at birth, denied a child and that the child birth was a result of the performance of rituals or uniting at an auspicious moment? What went wrong? Is it the science of astrology or the prediction of the astrologer based on imperfect knowledge and principles? If destiny was alterable in such a manner, will it not be right to say that an idiot will pass an examination if he selects auspicious times according to traditional methods to remit the examination fee, fill ink in his pen and depart from his place? The general principles do not work in individual horoscopes, which is why a person who purchased lottery ticket in rahu kala can bag a prize. Select such a moment which agrees with the planetary positions in the birth chart…’
On mundane or political astrology, Krishnamurti was frank and forthright.
‘…This branch of science is yet at an infant stage and it is a doubtful ground to tread. I don’t believe in making wild conjunctures and become the laughing stock of the world….’
Krishnamurti’s views on the many Moon sign, Lagna sign and Sun sign interpretations featured in many of the newspapers reflected a practical approach.
‘…How can these mass produced horoscopes offer correct results, restricted as they are in nature? Each horoscope is peculiar to the date, time and place of birth and does not repeat for a period of 25000 years…’