Testimonials from Students
As Courses on the web are new to most people, I am providing some testimonials students have sent about their participation. It has been a rewarding experience for me to teach on the web, but I will allow you to make up your mind from what is written below.
Especially outstanding is her strategy of using the charts of her students to illustrate principles of interpretation. One learns chart analysis from the start of classes and the increasing complexity yields insights into the personalities and dharmic missions of fellow students.
The webinar format is limited in providing opportunities for discussing the material, for finding the space to speak as well as listen. The conferences and pilgrimages are probably designed to fill that deficit. I haven't yet participated in one.
Her online classes are very well structured and imparted in an appropriate easy to comprehend way. The content of each capsule/lesson is well designed.
The most important point in her teaching methodology is the combining of Spirituality into Jyotisha. The blending of the two enables one to understand (a) what we are born with and (b) how to accept, adjust, respond and evolve. This is her speciality. In addition she is able to successfully orient various aspects of Jyotisha (and its extensive knowledge) to layer by layer awareness of deeper and deeper personality.
She is very giving and organises Jyotisha conference for Young talents thus giving an opportunity for them to express and evolve.
We lover her teaching and will be completing all the levels of Jyotisha that Komilla Ji so passionately imparts.
I am taking Komilla's Vedic Astrology Foundations Course. I highly recommend this course. What sets this course apart is the emphasis on Vedic philosophy, myths, stories and symbolism. Yes, you learn the mechanics of Vedic Astrology. But more importantly, you are introduced to the overall Vedic spiritual philosophy---which is what I was looking for. Also, mechanics are explained and interwoven with Vedic myths, stories and symbolism. I consider this very important. First, it helps me remember all the information---the stories and symbolism "organize" the information. And second, it helps motivate and give reason to the astrological mechanics.
A very worthwhile course!
Especially outstanding is her strategy of using the charts of her students to illustrate principles of interpretation. One learns chart analysis from the start of classes and the increasing complexity yields insights into the personalities and dharmic missions of fellow students. The webinar format is limited in providing opportunities for discussing the material, for finding the space to speak as well as listen. The conferences and pilgrimages are probably designed to fill that deficit. I haven't yet participated in one. SWC, USA
First year is very important, especially for me, who did not have any prior experience with Jyotish. Studies in foundation course are very structured. The scope of the subject is presented, and it gives understanding of what should be studied in detail. Komilla emphasises the most important aspects, so that the first year student, as me, is not left in confusion of the complexity and vastness of the world of Jyotish. Komilla is very friendly to answer any questions any time.
Every class and lesson has been greatly organized and synchronized with students, at least in my particular case. I could get involved in every lesson easily. I appreciate the easy and professional way to understand birth charts. Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity for me to keep on learning and getting involved in Astrology, a study area that I love. Thank you so much.
Besides, we observe that several Jaimini points need quite a number of calculations and often very precise planets locations, which may explain why they were not much in use before software capabilities. This may also suggest that in ancient time, either people were intellectually smarter and could calculate everything mentally, which could be understandable before the advent of Kali Yuga, or they also had some computing devices unknown to us. I have read in an Indian newspaper of a researcher who said at a recent scientific conference, that nine thousand years ago India was able to build spaceships ("vimanas" in the scriptures), so it would not be a surprise that Jyotish may appear quite "technical" and precise in some ways knowing the capabilities of people in ancient time.
We are very grateful to Komilla who did a wonderful job by organizing all these presentations in a beautiful and easy to follow way, being aware of the time and efforts needed for that. It is a real benediction that such a precious knowledge is now available to us through the modern computer devices, without even having to leave our home and engage in long journeys as it would occur in previous times.
I feel the course has given me a very solid foundation in Vedic Astrology and I am looking forward to continuing with the second year course in 2014.
Komilla's spiritual and practical knowledge of astrology is profound. Her lessons are very well organized and supported by audio and priceless manuals.
It has been thrilling to learn and growing with fellow astrology students from across the globe.
Komilla's ongoing commitment to professional development means every year there is an advanced course that I eagerly will look forward to attending.
Thank you Komilla.
In order to expand my knowledge both online courses have been very helpful . It is important to understand that astrology is multifaceted and that we need to know various techniques and ways to interpret a chart.
Komilla has taught these classes giving clarity to a complex subject and she has done so in a fun and entertaining way. Highly recommended.
Your colorful, easy-to-read slides and example Charts have helped me to be able to read both North and South Indian charts with ease. I feel blessed to have this fantastic opportunity to take your Webinars because I am learning directly from an internationally-respected Jyotishi, and you get to know each of us individually. During our live Webinars, I can feel the mysterious transfer of deeper knowledge from Guru to Student.
Thank you, Komilla, for your patience in answering my many questions. I also thank you for maintaining our class privacy and keeping our class recordings only among our class participants. This practice has encouraged openness and trust and leads to sharing personal information within our class; analyzing our class charts gradually over time, step-by-step, gives us an apprenticeship-type of experience. The class recordings of each Webinar often contain hidden gems of information which I didn’t get the first time.
I highly recommend your Webinar courses for both beginners and advanced/Professional astrologers who are interested in accuracy and the journey of the Soul. You are a gifted teacher, Komilla, and I feel fortunate and grateful to be able to be guided by you on the path of ancient knowledge.
This has been an incredible journey of learning with a teacher who has the most extraordinary insight and interpretation of the complicated subject.
She had lead us through the basic foundation of knowledge with such expertise and empathy, never lecturing, but making us all feel part of the journey.
I moved Classes due the time change, but other than that it made no difference whatsoever, we picked up from where we`d left off one week to the next.
Just this one year of studying has already given me an insight into how one can protect oneself, and others, with this knowledge of the science of Vedic Astrology, and I am truly looking forward to starting the next year with Komilla.
Some questions had to be cleared off: how would it be possible to ask questions, would the lessons be practical enough, will everything go smoothly with the technology?
Anyway I had decided to try it and signed up for the webinar and after the first session, my worries disappeared. All lectures were excellent. They had been perfectly prepared, very informative, practical and accompanied with unique visual materials, and also had very friendly virtual atmosphere in sharing opinions and discussing things. But the winning factor was that you can be anywhere in the world and still be able to participate in the class. I travel a lot, had changed tree locations since the webinar began. Currently, I am in Russia and I am happy to be able to continue participating and be a part of this virtual class.
Although I was at first uncertain that a Web-course could hold my interest or that there would be much possibililty for interaction, I have been pleasantly surprised! Not only do you succeed in creating a channel that transmits the material in such a way that allows my awareness to grasp meanings that heretofore evaded my understanding, you also succeed in creating an atmosphere that encourages participation by all, helping each of us to feel a personal connection not only with you but with all the other students.
The practice of applying the principles of each lesson to our personal charts serves as a powerful means toward self-understanding and transformation through the birth chart. It is also invaluable to receive and be able to refer to the Power-Point presentations and lesson recordings so I may devote my full attention during the lessons without worrying about missing anything in my notes! I appreciate above all being able to have weekly contact with a Jyotish Guru-teacher of such high caliber without having to make the sacrifice of leaving home for extended periods of time.
I find the supplemental manuals that go with the course invaluable. They are organized in a way that facilitates comprehension and memory -- and they are helping me to resolve many questions on Jyotish that I'd been unable to understand in the past.
Besides respect, I feel immense gratitude toward you for all you give through your teaching.
It is great to hear a lecture about a technique, but honestly, 2 weeks later when I am looking at a chart it is priceless to be able to replay the talk and listen to the topic again. The slides allow me to quickly skip through the recording and listen to the topic that I am trying to remember.
I have done other distance learning classes which never met live and there is something about having everyone together at the same time that gives the feel of an in-person class with the convenience of attending from home. If you miss a class, no problem, you will get a complete recoding that syncs with the slides so you know everything that happened in the class.
It is a rare and valuable opportunity to be able to meet with an accomplished Jyotish who is also a gifted teacher to learn this ancient and complex science, in easy to digest weekly sessions.
The three modules allow time to really cover all angles of chart interpretation and then spend time putting all the concepts into action. The presentations are clear and well organized so that I can listen to the class during the week and take detailed notes. I have been able to build a comprehensive reference guide to remind me of all that we have covered in the course.
I have grown a great deal as an astrologer over the months of this course. I recommend this to everyone who wants to begin to swim in the ocean that is Jyotish.
I had tried the beginning classes of some other teachers and never felt I was learning all there is to know about Jyotish. They taught beginning classes as if I had prior knowledge of the subject, which I didn’t (I had never even studied Western Astrology). Komilla’s approach is much better as she teaches everything, starting with the basic introductory material. Then step by step through detailed power point presentations, she builds on the knowledge base and brings you along to the more advanced material, all in a very well-planned and thorough manner. She has also created manuals in hardcopy which reiterate all the lessons and are worth having as a study guide.
In addition to teaching the Jyotish material Komilla stresses the spiritual aspect of the study. She teaches the various planetary mantras and practices, which provides a very full picture of Vedic Astrology. She integrates extensive visual aids into each of the webinars; wonderful photographs that she has taken in India of the many deities, temples and ceremonies.
I highly recommend Komilla’s webinar classes.