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S.P. Khullar

S.P. Khullar has written a series of intense, Krishnamurti-based books. He is a retired general manager in the Department of Telecommunications in the Indian government. He has his own Khullar Astro Research Institute in Delhi. He has a fascination with house cusps and cuspal interlinks. His books have attracted a lively following in the West. They are below.

TRUE ASTROLOGY: Basic & traditional concepts - S.P. Khullar, $30.00
Contents: Acknowledgment; Introduction; 1. Fundamentals of astronomy; 2. Retrogression & combustion of planets; 3. Zodiac & its division; 4. Casting the rashi chart; 5. The houses & their significations; 6. Nakshatras; 7. Planets & their significators; 8. Aspects; 9. Behavior of planets; 10. Vimshottari dasa; 11. Traditional concept of analysing horoscope; 12. Analysing 6th house - diseases; 13. Analysing the ascendant; 14. Analysing the 7th house - marriage; 15. Analysing horoscope for educational prospects; 16. Analysing the 10th house - profession; 17. Navamsa & its significance.

Comment: On the back cover, it says, True Astrology - Basic and Traditional Concepts is not a conventional & obtuse book on Astrology. A person who accepts Astrology as a dynamic, wonderful, majestic, practical & humanistic science has written it. To him, Astrology is, at bottom, a critism of life.

Judging by the pictures on the cover, I would guess the people pictured there are the author, his wife, and two sons.

Sagar, 240 pages.

KALAMSA & CUSPAL INTERLINKS THEORY: Simplified & enlarged (formerly TRUE ASTROLOGY: Kalamsa & Cuspal Interlink Theory) - S.P. Khullar, $33.00


1. Development of Nakshatra & Kalamsa theory
2. Planets behavior in Kalamsa theory
3. Kalamsa theory & analysis of Nirayana chart
4. Philosophy behind cuspal interlinks theory
5. Cuspal interlinks & their application
6. All about ascendant
7. All about second house
8. Analysing horoscope for educational prospects
9. Analysing disease
10. Marriage & married life
11. Analysing tenth house - profession
12. Analysing fifth house
13. Theory of transits
14. Vimshottari dasa & timing events

Appendix 1:
Star areas in Aries/Leo/Sagittarius
Star areas in Taurus/Virgo/Capricorn
Star areas in Gemini/Libra/Aquarius
Star areas in Cancer/Scorpio/Pisces

Appendix 2:
Sub-sub area in each sub; Stars, subs & sub-subs.

Comment: Divide each of the nakshatras into four parts (padas). Starting with the first pada of the first nakshatra (Ashwini) and going straight through to the last pada of the last nakshatra (Revati), assign the signs of the zodiac (and their ruling planet) to each, in order. But we need more precision on the ascendant than this. Take each nakshatra & divide into nine parts. Allot the nine parts in the same proportions as found for the nine mahadasa periods, using this formula: Each nakshatra has 800 minutes of arc. 800 / 120 x dasa years of the planet = the sub area for each planetary part of the nakshatra. Eg, Ketu 46 minutes 40 seconds; Venus 2 degrees, 13 minutes, 20 seconds; Sun 40 minutes exactly; Moon 1 degree, 6 minutes 40 seconds, etc. These are the Kalamsa, or sub-areas.

On page 10, Khullar says he got this theory from the work of R. Gopalkrishna (aka Meena) and K.S. Krishnamoorthy (sic). Khullar compares Kalamsa to Navamsa: Kalamsa is the ninth part of a nakshatra, navamsa is the ninth part of a rasi. What use can be made of this? Here is an extract from the chapter on the second house: Sixth cusp: If the sub-sub lord of the sixth cusp establishes link with the second house through its star lord then the native will try to gain wealth through the significations of the sixth house viz service, poultry farms, dealing in medicines, labour oriented jobs, dealing in leather or plastics or loans, etc. The sub lord of the sub-sub lord of the sixth cusp will qualify the results as indicted below: (Table follows for houses 1 - 12.) In the chapter on the second house, Khullar does this for each of the 12 linking cusps. He takes a similar, detailed approach, throughout the book.

November, 2008: The new, revised edition of this book is now available. The table of contents (above) is unchanged, but 103 pages of new material have been added. In the revised Acknowledgement, the author gives thanks to three individuals, two of whom are customers of this store. One of them brought this new edition to my attention. Which is to emphasize that you, as Vedic astrology students, make a difference.

Sagar, 409 pages.

YOUR TRUE HOROSCOPE: Birth Time Rectification - S.P. Khullar, $20.00
Contents: Acknowledgement; Introduction;

1. Human Being & Astrology: Modern gynecologists opinion of human birth; Human being & the view point of Vedanta; Human being & astrology;

2. Theories of Rectification of Birth Time: Tattva sidhant or nadi theory of rectification; The pre-natal epoch;

3. The Ruling Planet & Construction of Horoscopes: Ruling planet & schools of thought; Application of ruling planets & construction of horoscope; Calculation of moon's period in a day;

4. Construction of True Horoscope: Formation of ascendant; Formation of other cuspal positions; Rectification of cuspal positions to reflect genetical connections; Composite approach to the rectification of chart; 14 very detailed rectifications.

Comment: Kalamsa theory (in the book above) only works if you have a very accurate birth time, and so this book. The survey of various methods of rectification is detailed, with useful tables & analysis. The technique that Khullar settles on is an horary one: He uses the precise time he is asked to rectify a chart and finds links between that time, and the final rectified time of birth, using subs & sub-subs. His demonstrations are progressive, staring with a question of half an hour, to half a day, to day of the week, month or even year, showing how the basic technique works in various circumstances. Once the basic time has been fixed, it is further refined, either by events in the life (eg, accidents), or on the basis of the reason behind asking for the time in the first place (eg, I want to get married, but don't have my birth-time). Khullar uses Placidus cusps & true node. The fourteen fully-worked rectifications at the end comprise half the book.

Sagar, 231 pages.

Contents: Introduction; Horary astrology & its philosphy

1. Questions relating to the first house
2. Questions relating to the second house
3. Questions relating to the third house
4. Questions relating to the fourth house
5. Questions relating to the fifth house
6. Questions relating to the sixth house
7. Questions relating to the seventh house
8. Questions relating to the eighth house
9. Questions relating to the ninth house
10. Questions relating to the tenth house
11. Questions relating to the eleventh house
12. Questions relating to the twelfth house
13. Minor events & selection of lucky time

14. Appendix A. Primary & supporting or linked cusps for questions from each of the twelve houses.

Comment: This is Krishnamurti-based horary. To quote the appendix:

Genuineness of the horary chart is indicated if Moon or its Star lord appears in the Primary cusp as shown against the event or the Star lord appears in the supporting cusp and the Sub lord appears in the Primary cusp. For promise of the event, the Sub-Sub lords of the fixed ascendant and Primary cusp for the event should establish links through their Star lords and Sub lords with the Primary and Supporting cusps shown against the event. For fullfilment of promise the Sub-Sub lord of the 11th cusp should establish links through its Star lord and Sub lord with Primary & Supporting cusps. The promised event happens in the joint period of planets that are fruitful significators of Primary & supporting cusps shown against the event. Transit of Sun & Moon should be in the Stars the lords of which appear in the Primary cusp or be the significators of the Primary cusp in the chart.
The appendix is a useful summary of the book. In it, for the first house, for the question, "Proneness to disease", the Primary cusp is 1, the supporting or linked cusps are 6, 8, 12. Under the 12th house, "Gain in Investment", he gives the Primary cusp as 12, and the supporting or linked cusps as 2, 6, 12. The text in the bulk of the book is detailed, the writing is very good.

Sagar, 458 pages.



Appreciation & comments
Preface by R.S. Gaunt

1. Positional status of a planet
2. Application of positional status
3. Stellar status of a planet
4. Behaviour of Rahu & Ketu
5. Rahu or Ketu as star lord of a planet
6. Sub lord of a planet & its role
7. Rahu or Ketu as sub lord of a planet
8. Study of a cusp - its philosophy, promise
9. Rahu or Ketu as SS of a cusp
10. Vimsottari dasa system - its application
11. Transit & its application
12. Rahu & Ketu as dasa period lords
13. CIL (Cuspal Inter Links) and birth time rectification
14. Timing future events
15. Case studies

Answers of practice exercises, lessons 1 - 13

A. Concept of Zero longevity
B. Primary & supporting cusps
C. Sub-sub tables

Comment: Interest in Khullar's techniques has been lively of late (2008). Here is what it says on the back of the book:

Key to Learn Sub Sub & Cuspal Interlinks Theory is written with the sole objective of enabling the readers to master the fundamental concepts of Cuspal Interlinks Theory as achieved by the participants in the Lessons presented in the Workshop conducted on MSN Groups KCIL.

Each lesson is written in simple, lucid and easy to learn style and has a Practice Exercise which provides the reader with an opportunity to test his comprehension. Answers of each Exercise are placed in the end of the book.

This book, however, is not a substitute for my book Kalamsa & Cuspal Interlinks Theory. If the reader masters the contents of this book, he will be able to use the concepts illustrated in my books on Natal and Horary Astrology much quicker and easier.

Sub Sub and Cuspal Interlinks Theory is in tune with the Navamsa & Nadiamsa concept of Nadi Astrology. The reader will find that it offers sound techniques of predictive astrology.

How to analyse the horoscope, to determine what is promised for the native for all walks of human life, has been explained in simple & scientific way. Whilst timing events & use of transits are often thought of as complex and incomprehensible, it is dealt with here in a very clear and practical way with many actual case studies.

Sagar, 298 pages.

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