ABOUT THE AUTHOR
If you happen to stray into the Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan (BVB) courtyard on a Saturday or a Sunday winter afternoon during the tea break, you may find a Greek statue basking in the sun with both the hands under the armpits, twirled grey moustache and sardonically piercing eyes with far away looks. On a closer inspection you may as well descover that even little, almost nothing, but for a laconic sense of aloofness. The signature of time on the copper coloured countenance adds to the somber halo till such time his greetings. He is 'Cornal Saab' or more formally Colonel A.K. Gour(Retd.), the senior most faculty member in the Institute of Astrology in BVB after Shri K.N. Rao.
Author of the first extensively researched genuine book on 'Professions' besides many research based articles on variety of Astrological topics, Colonel Gour has a tremendous capacity to spell bound his thousands of students on account of his unorthodox and extremely articulate style of teaching. He is especially revered, adored and admired for his clear and scientific deliberations on baffling subjects like predictive Astrology with special emphasis on influence of Dasha and Transit on results. He has a special flair for explaining the ancient principles in the contemporary contexts as a result the entire gamut of Traditional Astrology becomes relevant in the modern times too.
Colonel Gour was born in Lucknow on the 9th of March, 1938 in a religious brahmanical family. He joined Indian Army in the year 1957 through NDA & IMA. After a distinguished service of 34 years he took voluntary retirement. During very demanding and dangerous military operations in his service he realized the thin hairline separating life from death. He also understood the importance of God, the same God whom his mother had taught him to trust during his formative years emphasizing the helplessness of an individual in controlling ones destiny.
The story of his dabbling in to Astrology is equally fascinating. He came to interview Shri K.N. Rao in BVB for an article in the year 1989. Since then, after successfully completing "Jyotish Visharada" from BVB, he is an integral part of the distinguished faculty. He is totally committed to pilgrimages and visit to Kailash Manasarovara in 1990 is one of his fondest pilgrim memories.
This book on transit is unique in many ways. Firstly it is dedicated to the process of self-learning in a step by step easy to understand manner through ample illustrations, the way he teachers in the class. Secondly, there are many bold, scientifically explained and well-substantiated departures from the traditional explanations of Transit analysis. Thirdly, since the book unfolds deeper wisdom in stages, at no point of time the reader is left in any doubt on account of otherwise inherent contradictions of predictive Astrology. The end of every chapter makes the reader sufficiently aware of the nuances of transit irrespective of his unawareness of successive chapters. Therefore, the understanding of the subject grows in a single line foreword movement fashion unambiguously. Most importantly, the book does not make any pretence of expecting the readers to be a connoisseur of Astrology. Any one and every one who has interest in the subject would find the treatment very lucid and fascinating
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