|At age 85, Lachhman Das Madan continues to adapt and amaze. He maintains a punishing schedule, pushing himself to bring out the Babaji, a monthly astrological magazine in both English and Hindi. It is laborious work and involves plenty of study. Apart from this near single-handed effort at bringing out the two publications, he also oversees work at The Astrology Study and Research Institute. To do all this, he has to wake up well before the crack of dawn, and has to invariably work his way through to midnight. If he is ageing, then we cannot tell.
|On August 12, 2008, Babaji published that for Barack Obama sub-period of Sun in the main period of Jupiter will commence on August 11, 2008 and operate up to May 30, 2009… He will become the President…
But we wouldn't have been talking about him if it weren't for his astrological predictions. The man who confidently predicted that Sonia Gandhi would not become Prime Minister even after the Congress-led UPA came to power in 2004, the assassination of several top Indian leaders, attacks on Indian Parliament and Red Fort, among others, has had an impressive last one year, prediction-wise. It makes him a candidate for our astrological man of the year.
Let's take a look at some of the forecasts:
On October 31, 2007, in the pages of Babaji he wrote this about Benazir Bhutto, "…In totality, some setback in her career, loss to the family and to her person are feared before July 6, 2008 and major setback is feared at any time before December 12, 2009…" Bhutto, wife of current Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari, was assassinated on December 27, 2007.
Even though he did not specify Mumbai, in Babaji released on November 12, 2008, he said, "Within about three months from November 16, 2008, India's military operations will be undertaken on military soil or some other country's land. It's a tense period for Indian military. People would be disappointed and emotional between November 26 and 27, 2008, there would an attack on security forces, several deaths and suicides are feared." Earlier, in the October 25, 2008 issue he had written, "The planetary configurations reveal that within about one month from October 29, 2008, serious violence is likely to erupt. Attacks are feared on Government authorities, prominent persons…serious violence is likely to erupt, a large number of casualties including those in Government authorities are feared."
And Barack Obama may not have seen it coming as clearly as Madan. On August 12, 2008, Babaji published that "For Barack Obama sub-period of Sun in the main period of Jupiter will commence on August 11, 2008 and operate up to May 30, 2009… He will become the President… During his tenure he will devote much time on economy and foreign affairs and try to make improvement in both these spheres. His thoughts will be different from the important leaders of the USA."
John McCain on the other hand really had no chance, according to the same edition of Babaji. "In Bhava chart Pluto and Ketu are aspecting Mercury and looking to his past events. Mercury has played a much harmful role. Even at some point of time in some of the Mercury sub-period he had to go to prison. In transit Saturn will be transiting over natal Sun and in opposition to natal Saturn. This will also not help in achieving the highest post."
Also even though the Congress and BJP were tipped to go neck and neck at the assembly hustings in Gujarat in December 2007, Babaji had declared Narendra Modi a winner in its October 31, 2007 edition. "His chart shows that even the activities of the opponents will ultimately confer boon to him. He will get rid of the opponents. In totality, Narendra Modi is likely to continue as the chief minister despite some serious impediments and challenging developments. He is likely to bounce back."
Some of his forecasts can be downright chilling, especially when he talks about impending disasters, attacks and assassinations. But then that is how he's lived his life for nearly 40 years now, from the time he came up with a book on astrology, predicting the political downfall of Indira Gandhi and the rise of Morarji Desai and Atal Behari Vajpayee.
One must say that even at 85 all his five senses, plus the sixth one is working just fine.