Ever since I was a young child I have been writing and making dramatic plays and movies. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012 in Film Directing and Comparative Literature and moved to New York City where I worked in the theatre and film production industry.
My passion has always been working with actors because during rehearsal (especially in theatre) we dig deep into the psychology and motivations of the characters. I directed several plays while in New York, and from 2016 - 2020 I wrote, produced and directed on my first feature film "Vedic Nights".
In 2014, I discovered the esoteric literature and lectures of Manly P. Hall, specifically his book “The Secret Teachings of All Ages” (published in 1927). This book is filled to the brim with interpretations of alchemy, astrology and ancient history and how they all relate to the development of the soul towards divine consciousness.
Esoteric literature was great source material that added mystery and fantasy to the projects I was working on. I dug up every book I could find that related to these subjects, which eventually led me to studying how astrology can be used as a tool for studying psychology and helped me add a new angle to directing.
Over time, I felt I hit a technical wall that left me desiring for more specific and deeper interpretations for why astrology worked the way it did. There seemed to be as many opinions as there are astrologers, so who was “right”? What is the foundation for these ideas?
I began searching for a scientific and repeatable way to determine what is going on in the sky above us.
The Vedic Worldview
In the summer of 2016 I discovered the world of the Vedas — the oldest written books in the world, which were put to paper up to 3000 years ago and document an ancient and advanced culture from modern day India that exists until today.
The Vedic worldview opened up for me profound insights into the human condition on Earth, and very detailed concepts about the purpose of life— far beyond any “Western” philosophy I had encountered. (See my “What is Vedic?” video series and articles for deeper background)
In fact, the Vedic literature made the Western canon seem rather silly and pedantic to me, in the way a high school student would view at a third grade class. I felt rather foolish for not finding these books earlier, especially after attending a four year university and debating philosophical ideas with my friends for years.
I believe that all students of philosophy and history should spend a considerable amount of time with the Vedic ideas, detailed in the Bhagavad-Gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Mahabharata, Ramayana, the Upanishads, the Puranas, amongst the many other available texts. The Vedic material is the foundation for human spiritual knowledge and critical for all those who are sincere in their exploration of ancient wisdom.
Somehow, by the grace of God no doubt, thousands and thousands of verses written down on palm leaves (thin pieces of bark) survived in India until the 19th century and were gradually translated into English. Students of history will recognize that this is an amazing accomplishment because so many books have been lost from cultures all around the world during the course of the past 1000 years (or are locked away in the Vatican Library).
The scope and variety of the Vedic material that has been translated is far too vast to even begin to sum up, but some very important texts were compiled that deal directly with astrology- how to read the luminaries in the sky and their effects on mankind. Vedic astrology is the most extensive and detailed system of techniques currently available, but just imagine if every culture's knowledge was preserved like it was in India: there would be many more complex and profound methods to choose from, all with varying and unique possibilities.
So while I use Vedic techniques in my practice I am always seeking to make connections with the other cultural systems around the world that deal with how to read the Sky-Clock. There are many amazing possibilities ahead in the future for those of us that love to learn and bring the many streams of ancient knowledge into the modern world.