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A Beginning Story

From Second Generation Western Jyotishi Christopher Marcel Burns

By Christopher Burns

Long before I was born my Mother, Betheyla Anuradha, was immersed in Yoga and Astrology. I fondly remember a birthday party I had in middle school in which my mom sat down one by one with each of my friends and read their palms. It was around this time she enrolled herself into the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico. Soon after my sixteenth year she took me to get a consultation from Dr. Lad. I clearly remember the way in which he gently offered guidance through a piece of paper with a bunch of triangles and diamonds on it. There was something in Jyotish that intrigued me more than any other form of astrology had before.Betheyla Anuradha

Around the turn of the Century, as I entered into my first Sadi Sati period, I went through a major shift in my relationship with the world. My mom knew exactly what I needed and gifted me a Universal Freestyle Yoga intensive in Chicago with Andrey Lappa. This was my first experience being immersed in a yogic lifestyle and after the 28 day training I felt like a new person.

YogaA couple years later I met my life partner Nicole and we became pregnant within the first year of our relationship. Betheyla was now the Jyotish instructor at the Ayurvedic Institute and I was showing interest in returning to school.

So she offered to support me going through the Level 1 ACVA Jyotish program. Within the first month of my studies I knew I had found something special and remember my mom telling me ‘you have the chart of an astrologer and you will easily exceed my expectations.’

My twin sons, Ahvri and Blaiss, were born the night before winter solstice. It was during this time that I came to the full realization that my mom was truly my Guru and our relationship began to unfold in a truly blessed way.

Around this time Betheyla began to experience swelling in her lymph glands… her solar return would come near exact the solar eclipse at the end of the summer.
Nicole, Christopher, Ahvri and Blaiss Burns

The two of us planned to attend the ACVA symposium coming up in September. I would take my Level 1 Certification test and she was to teach a class on yoga and the planetary types: Yamas and Niyamas. My mom decided to go to India for an intensive Pancha Karma treatment that summer. Upon her arrival back into the United States and after much push from family and friends, she sought help from the western alternative and became an inpatient at the University New Mexico Hospital. She was diagnosed with lymphoma and received two chemo treatments before her body could take no more. I went to the symposium alone and received my Level 1 Certification with flying colors, just as my mom had said I would.

Betheyla Anuradha 1948 - 2007On December 7th I received a call from my younger brother Cedro, he said I needed to go to see our mom right away. I arrived in New Mexico that night and Betheyla returned to her body once to tell me she loved me. My brother and I rubbed her feet and gave her water early into the morning. I fell asleep on the floor at the foot of her bed. Cedro woke me around 4am and our mother was gone… I remember walking outside that morning and looking upon Shukra, as maraka graha for Betheyla, rising bright and strong in Tula. Following Shukra, as I sat in the dawn of a new morning, was a sliver of Soma placed in Anuradha nakshatra.

Christopher Marcel Burns, second generation Jyotishi contact information:

Christopher Marcel Burns

There is an annual vedic studies scholarship fund set up in Betheyla Anuradha's name and memory.

LOAEF / Betheyla Scholarship Fund
The Light on Ayurveda Educational Foundation (LOAEF) is accepting applications through July 1, 2009 for the First Annual Betheyla Scholarship for advanced studies in Ayurveda, Jyotisha and Yoga.

A $3000.00 scholarship for advanced studies in Ayurveda, Yoga and Jyotisha will be awarded
October 7, 2009.

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