Prof. Arya Bhushan Shukla (A B Shukla) is an astrologer, administrator, spiritual guide and currently Hon. National President of Indian Council of Astrological Sciences (ICAS). He is serving as President of ICAS since 2008 and has been responsible for its growth and development.
Belonging to the prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of the Government of India, he recently retired from service after holding various positions in the states of Delhi, Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He has worked in the field of administration, Law, Legal Aid, Vigilance and Municipal Administration.
He was a member of the National Monuments Authority (NMA), under the Ministry of Cultures, Government of India.
He was Chief Convener of the Indian Knowledge System [IKS] under the Ministry of Education, Government of India.
Presently he is heading Department - Bhartiya Vidya Pariyjna at Indira Gandhi National Center of Arts, under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
Prof. A B Shukla has been an ardent learner of astrology or Jyotish as it is properly called since his childhood. This interest in this branch of Vedas was nurtured by Dr. B V Raman, the Founder-President of ICAS. His close association with Dr. Raman not only made him one of the founding members of ICAS but also helped him in astrology as Para Vidya, i.e., learning related to the ultimate truth or Self-Knowledge. He has never considered astrology as only a tool to solve temporal problems related to work, education, marriage, children, etc. but as the way to achieve Atma Jnana.
Message from President's Desk:
On the directions of Dr. B V Raman, Sri Shukla became the Controller of Examinations of ICAS and later was elected unanimously as the Hon. National President of ICAS. Being President has not stopped him from being a teacher and researcher. For the last one and half decades, he has regularly taught post-Visharada students in New Delhi. He also keeps on going to all the Chapters of ICAS to interact with the students and faculty. These interactions with students and faculty of all chapters have proved to be not only very popular but also a fertile ground for initiating new ideas and testing them rigorously before their propagation.
Prof. A B Shukla is well versed in ancient scriptures of India and abroad. His strong point is in effortlessly explaining the philosophy of scriptures in the light of Jyotisha. Fundamental principles of astrology like structure of kundali, why the first house of horoscope is owned by Mars, badhaka, exceptions to Arudha calculation etc. have been explained by him through his deep understanding of ancient scriptures. His research on retrogression of planets is an eye opener as data for 4000 years data has been analysed to understand the significance of planetary motions in the zodiac and their impact on our worldly life.
Prof. A B Shukla's interest in jyotisha finds its complement in his research on Vastu. His research has demonstrated how the vastu principles can be understood in light of Taittiriya Brahmana and Srimadbhagavadgita. He amply shows the charming relationship between us, humans and the five primordial elements of this universe. The study of vastu is not just an architectural exercise but a mean to lead a meaningful and holistic life which is aligned to the Prakriti Dharma.
A man who meditates on foundations of life in the framework of Upanishads, Bhagavadgita and Vedic mantras, he offers stunning insights in the fields of both astrology and spirituality; he synthesises modern science, religious beliefs and philosophy of mind. A firm believer of leading life in tune with Nature, he draws lessons from most unexpected quarters. These meditations has opened up two extraordinary and beautiful paths to help others and help ourselves: ETP and CPPL.
ETP or Event Time Prediction is an innovation of Sri Shukla which draws its sustenance from Nature. He has shown that if we are tuned to the language of Nature and decode its messages, then our ability to foresee the future increases manifold.
Indian or Vedic astrology is rooted in Karma siddhanta and belief in the rebirth. It has always been an enigma to understand what exactly a person was in his/her immediate previous birth. Sri Shukla draws on the teachings of Lord Krishna and has demonstrated how to identify the Central Plan of Previous Life (CPPL). This revolutionary reinterpretation of traditional astrological principle offers an opportunity to understand the real cause of suffering in this birth and guide for the future.
He has been taking deep interest in Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity et al. He guides each and every one according to her/his belief system. He effortlessly teaches both the educated professionals like medical doctors or bureaucrats but also lay people. Everyone feels comfortable seeking guidance from him.
A versatile orator, who prefers to speak extempore, his lectures are interspersed with astrological knowledge expounded by Tulasidas Kabir, Rahim, not to mention Parashara and others. A man of deep knowledge and subtle sense of humour, his exposition is charismatic in every sense of the term.
Prof. A B Shukla is closely associated with the Shankaracharyas and other saints of India. He was especially close to the Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamkoti Peetham. The present Senior Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamkoti conferred on him the title of Jyotisha Ratna. He fondly addresses him as Jyotisha Shukla. ICAS has also conferred him with its highest title Jyotish Martand. The Council of Vedic Astrology of America conferred upon him its highest title Jyotish Martanda Award in 2011, Jyotish Brihaspati in 2014, Lifetime Service Award in 2017. Currently ICAS has conferred him Jyotish Gita Tattvajna in 2021.