Argalā

Argalā means planetary/sign intervention. I consider this the single greatest teaching of Maharishi Parāśara without which we cannot explain the hidden or subtle influence of a planet in the chart. The magnificent theory of Argalā stipulates the following: –

(a) Every planet has the power to influence the affairs of every other planet or house.

Thus for example, even if a planet has nothing to do with the second house by way of ownership, aspect, conjunction etc, it does not mean that the person shall stop eating food during the daśā of the said planet. This is where the Argalā concept comes to the rescue and explains the way in which this planet has a subtle influence on both the second house as well as the second lord.

(b) Bodies (including planets, signs and upagraha etc.) placed in the second, fourth and eleventh house from any planet/sign have PRIMARY ARGALĀ (direct intervention) in its affairs.

(c) Bodies (including planets, signs and Upagraha etc.) placed in the twelfth, tenth and third houses cause VIRODHA ARGALĀ (Obstruction to Argalā) on the bodies (planets/signs) in the second, fourth and eleventh house respectively.

Illustration: Determine the Primary Argalā & Virodha Argalā on the Lagna in the Standard Nativity.

Primary Argala: Note opposing house groups 2nd vs 12th; 4th vs 10th and 11th vs 3rd
Figure 5: Primary Argalā (A) & Obstruction or Virodha Argalā (O) – Note opposing house groups 2nd vs 12th; 4th vs 10th and 11th vs 3rd

The Lagna is Pisces having the Argalā of Aries (2nd House-A2) which is obstructed by Aquarius & Moon (12th house-O12). More planets indicate strength, hence the obstruction is stronger than the Argalā.

Primary Argalā is also caused by Rāhu in Gemini in the fourth house (A4) which is obstructed by Ketu in the tenth house in Sagittarius (O10). Both the signs and planets are equally strong. However, the aspect of Jupiter on Sagittarius makes it stronger than Gemini. Thus, the Primary malefic Argalā of Rāhu is ultimately defeated due to Jupiter.

Primary Argalā is also caused by Saturn in the eleventh house in Capricorn (A11). Since there are no planets in the sign of Virodha Argalā (O3), the obstruction is much weaker than the Argalā and the intervention of Saturn in the affairs of the Lagna shall prevail.

(a) Bodies (including planets, signs and Upagraha etc.) placed in the fifth and eighth house from any planet/sign have SECONDARY ARGALĀ (direct intervention but lower in influence than primary Argalā) in its affairs.

(b) Bodies (including planets, signs and Upagraha etc.) placed in the ninth and sixth houses cause VIRODHA ARGALĀ (Obstruction to Argalā) on the bodies (planets/signs) in the fifth and eighth house respectively.

Illustration: Determine the Secondary Argalā & Virodha Argalā on the Lagna in the Standard Nativity.

Figure 6: Secondary Argalā (A) and its Obstruction (O)
Figure 6: Secondary Argalā (A) and its Obstruction (O)

The fifth house is Cancer with the Sun & Venus in it causing secondary Argalā (A5) on the Lagna. This is obstructed by Scorpio (O9) in the ninth house. However, the Argalā with two planets is stronger than the obstruction without any planet.

Secondary Argalā is also caused by the eighth house Libra (A8) that is fully obstructed by the sixth house Leo (O6) with Mercury in it, as Leo with a planet is stronger than Libra without any planets.

(a) Special Argalā is also caused by the presence of Malefics in the third house.

Earlier we have seen that the third house acts as an obstruction to the Argalā in the eleventh house. However, if the third house has malefic planets in it, then they can suo moto, cause Argalā. Such an Argalā does not have any kind of intervention.

(b) Special Argalā is also caused by the planets/sign in the seventh house. However, this can be removed by the planet/sign in the Lagna which cause Virodha Argalā.

(c) The Argalā reckoning from Ketu is in the reverse direction[5].

If Ketu is in a sign from which the Argalā is being determined, or if the Argalā is being determined for Ketu (Spiritual purposes), then the counting of houses/signs is in the reverse.

Illustration: Determine the Tertiary Argalā & Virodha Argalā on the Lagna in the Standard Nativity.

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There are no planets in the third house let alone malefic planets. The sign in the third house is also a beneficial sign (Taurus). Thus, Special Argalā (A3) does not exist.

The seventh house has Mars in Virgo causing Argalā (A7) that is obstructed by the presence of Jupiter in Lagna (O1). Both signs are equally strong by the placement of planets, but Pisces is much stronger as Jupiter is in own sign. Thus, Jupiter obstructs the Argalā. In this manner, the various influences of each of the signs and planets on every other sign or planet can be examined.

(a) If both the Argalā (intervention) and Virodha (Obstruction) are equally strong, Bandana Yoga (Bondage) can result.

If both are malefic and equal, the Bandana Yoga can be very evil or adverse like confinement after an accident (where the 2nd & 12th houses are involved showing the accident in the 2nd house which is a Maraka[6] and the hospital in the 12th house). This can also indicate adverse situation concerning education and career if the 4th and 10th are involved. If the planets are poles apart in nature, then the education may have nothing to do with the career like a qualified doctor working as a bureaucrat. Fifth and ninth houses involved show very adverse situations that can also cause terrible misfortunes, jail terms etc.

If beneficial planets are involved, then the bondage could relate to staying indoors for writing a book, meditation or other means of beneficial confinement. A careful study of the nature of the planet, signs involved etc, has to be made.

(b) If the planet causing Argalā is inimical to the house/planet under consideration, it shall prevent the same from achieving its purpose by showing different directions. This does not apply to the special Argalā in the third house (refer-‘f’) where the presence of malefics alone shall constitute the Argalā.

For example in the Figure-5, the Argalā of Rāhu on Jupiter is considered evil due to the inherent inimical disposition of the two planets. Being in the fourth house, this Argalā gave education in an English medium public school and tried to keep the person away from the traditional learning or value systems (Jupiter). Since the Argalā is equally obstructed by Ketu (esoteric studies, astrology[7], gaṇita etc.) the traditional learning continued through informal methods like learning Vedic Astrology etc. Since both are equally strong, both continued simultaneously. However, Jupiter causes the balance to tilt in favor of Ketu and the native finally took up jyotiṣa in a big way.

(c) Special argalā of the third house gives success in battles and competitions while the Argalā of the seventh can be the greatest blessing like a loving spouse or a curse like a characterless wife.


[5] Vipareetam Ketoh (J.S.1.1.8)

[6] Maraka lit. Killer

[7] If Ketu and Jupiter associate with the Lagna or Swamsa, then the native has traditional learning like Ganita, Jyotisha etc.

Tattva

There are five principal elements or states of existence of all material bodies called TATTVA. These are (1) the Solid state called Pṛthvi or Earth, (2) the Liquid state called Jala or Water, the Gaseous state called Vāyu, the Vacuum state called Ākāśa or the Energy state called Agni. Each sign is assigned one of the four principle elements of Agni (loosely called Fire), Vāyu (loosely called Air), Pṛthvi (loosely called Earth), and Jala (loosely called Water). However the fifth, Ākāśa Tattva (loosely called Sky) pervades all the signs and represents Viṣṇu Who pervades everything although not visible to mortal eyes.

Other basics can be studied from standard texts. To use Nārāyaṇa Daśā, the reader should be conversant with certain tools of jyotiṣa like Argalā, Rāśi dṛṣṭi, Āruḍha Pada (both Rāśi & Graha), Chara Kāraka etc, which have been given in considerable detail in the Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra and other standard texts. Some of these are enumerated as below while the others can be learnt from my books[1].

Dṛṣṭi (Sight)

The planets and signs have a sight or ability to influence/decipher the readings of other bodies (signs/ stars or planets) stationed at certain positions from them. The rules for Graha dṛṣṭi (planetary sight) and Rāśi dṛṣṭi (Sign sight) are as follows: –

  1. Graha dṛṣṭi (planetary sight) is an expression of desire which is relatively more temporary as compared to Rāśi Dṛṣṭi (Sign sight) is an expression of knowledge.
  2. All planets excepting Ketu the headless one, have sight.
  3. All planets aspect the seventh sign from where they are stationed.
  4. The outer planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn have special aspects on signs other than the seventh sign. So also, Rāhu has special aspects. Just like an eagle can see everything from a position above, so also the outer planets are at a relative height above the earth (as reckoned from the Sun) and hence acquire this ability of special aspect.
  5. None of the planets can aspect the 2nd or 12th house from their station, except Rāhu who can see the second house from its station counted zodiacally (or 12th house counted in reverse. They are one and the same.)
  6. None of the planets can aspect the 6th & 11th houses, as these are places of Danda (punishment) and Hara (removal from this planet)[2]. Planets/ bodies cannot desire punishment and removal from this material universe. The only one who creates this desire of removal from the material world is Ketu and hence it is the Mokṣa Kāraka (giver of emancipation).
  7. Thus, removing the 2nd & 12th, the 6th & 11th and 1st & 7th signs which have already been explained above, the outer planets have special aspects on the remaining signs (3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th & 10th)
    1. Mars aspects the chaturaśra (4th & 8th signs).
    2. Jupiter and Rāhu aspect the prārabdha/ pūrva puṇya (good or evil done in the past birth as indicated by the 5th and 9th houses). While Jupiter indicates the puṇya (net good karma from past life), Rāhu indicates the pāpa (net bad karma from past life).
    3. Saturn aspects the upachaya[3] (houses of growth 3rd & 10th) and indicates the resources that would be depleted in fulfilling personal desires or weaknesses (called ṣaḍripu[4]).
  8. Rāśi dṛṣṭi is a permanent feature of the signs and they are like buildings in the skies, facing each other.
    1. The movable signs aspect all fixed signs except the one juxtapose.
    2. The fixed signs aspect all movable signs except the one juxtapose.
    3. The dual signs aspect each other.
  9. Every sign that is aspected by another also aspects it. Thus if Taurus aspects Libra, then Libra also aspects Taurus.
  10. Planets placed in signs also aspect other planets and signs on the basis of Rāśi dṛṣṭi. However, this shows having knowledge of each other and/or involvement in similar activities.

Chart 1: Determine the aspects in the Standard Nativity (Male born on 7th August 1963 at 9:15’ PM IST, Sambalpur, India (21N28’ 84E01’)

The horoscope is given in Chart-1.  The Graha Dṛṣṭi are shown in Figure-3 and Table-3 whereas the Rāśi Dṛṣṭi are shown in Figure-4 & Table-4 respectively.
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Figure 4:Rāśi Dṛṣṭi –Example, Rashi Drsti of Pisces and Jupiter

Table 3: Graha Dṛṣṭi

Planet Sign Aspected Planet Aspected Remarks
Sun Capricorn Saturn 7th house
Moon Leo Mercury 7th house
Mars Sagittarius Ketu 4th House Special
Pisces Jupiter 7th house
Aries 8th house Special
Mercury Aquarius Moon 7th house
Jupiter Cancer Sun, Venus 5th house Special
Virgo Mars 7th house
Scorpio 9th house Special
Venus Capricorn Saturn 7th house
Saturn Pisces Jupiter 3rd house Special
Cancer Sun, Venus 7th house
Libra 10th house
Rāhu Cancer Sun, Venus 2nd house Special
Libra 5th house Special
Sagittarius Ketu 7th house
Aquarius Moon 9th house Special

Table 4: Rāśi Dṛṣṭi

Rāśi(Planets) Aspected Sign(Planets in aspected sign) Remarks
Aries Leo (Merc), Scorpio, Aquarius (Moon) Aries is movable sign and aspects the three fixed signs excepting Taurus, which is adjacent.
Taurus Cancer (Sun, Ven), Libra, Capricorn (Sat) Taurus is a fixed sign and aspects three movable signs except Aries, which is adjacent.
Gemini(Rāhu) Virgo (Mars), Sagittarius (Ketu), Pisces (Jup) Gemini is a dual sign and aspects the other dual signs. Similarly, Rāhu placed in Gemini also aspects the dual signs and the planets in them.
Cancer(Sun, Ven) Scorpio, Aquarius (Moon), Taurus Cancer is movable sign and aspects the three fixed signs excepting Leo, which is adjacent. Similarly, the Sun and Venus also aspect these signs as well as the Moon in Aquarius.
Leo(Merc) Libra, Capricorn (Sat), Aries Leo is a fixed sign and aspects three movable signs except Cancer, which is adjacent. Similarly, Mercury also aspects these signs as well as Saturn in Capricorn.
Virgo(Mars) Sagittarius (Ketu), Pisces (Jup), Gemini (Rah) Virgo is a dual sign and aspects the other dual signs. Similarly, Mars placed in Virgo also aspects the dual signs and the planets in them.
Libra Aquarius (Moon), Taurus, Leo (Merc), Libra is movable sign and aspects the three fixed signs excepting Scorpio, which is adjacent. Similarly, it also aspects the Moon in Aquarius and Mercury in Leo.
Scorpio Capricorn (Sat), Aries, Cancer (Sun, Ven) Scorpio is a fixed sign and aspects three movable signs except Libra, which is adjacent. Similarly, it also aspects Saturn in Capricorn and Sun & Venus in Cancer.
Sagittarius(Ketu) Pisces (Jup), Gemini (Rah), Virgo (Mars) Sagittarius is a dual sign and aspects the other dual signs. Similarly, Ketu placed in Sagittarius also aspects the dual signs and the planets in them.
Capricorn(Sat) Taurus, Leo (Merc), Scorpio Capricorn is movable sign and aspects the three fixed signs excepting Aquarius, which is adjacent. Similarly, it also aspects Mercury in Leo.
Aquarius(Moon) Aries, Cancer (Sun, Ven), Libra Aquarius is a fixed sign and aspects three movable signs except Capricorn, which is adjacent. Similarly, it also aspects Sun & Venus in Cancer.
Pisces(Jup) Gemini (Rah), Virgo (Mars), Sagittarius (Ketu) Pisces is a dual sign and aspects the other dual signs. Similarly, Jupiter placed in Pisces also aspects the dual signs and the planets in them.

The aspect of Pisces (l) and Jupiter (K) on the dual signs except Pisces, the aspect of Capricorn (j) & Saturn (L) on the fixed signs except Aquarius and the aspect of Aquarius (k) & Moon (y) on the movable signs except Capricorn are shown in the figure-4.


[1] Crux of Vedic astrology (1998), Vedic Remedies in Astrology (2000), Maharishi Jaimini’s Upadesa Sutra (1997).

[2] tanou tana daṇḍa hara (Jaimini sūtra); tanou is 6th house and tanou-tana is 6th from 6th house or 11th house.

[3] Although there are four Upachaya houses 3rd, 6th, 10th & 11th, the 6th & 11th have been excluded as explained.

[4] Ṣaḍripu: The six weaknesses which are different from the pañca makara (five “M’s”)

Of late I have found some of my new students to make blunders which none of my older students would ever do. It is something very basic, very foundational. It is the scope of vedic astrology – vedāñga jyotiṣa. While everyone quotes Ādi Śaṅkara in stating that vedic astrology is as vast as the ocean and one lifetime is not sufficient to master every aspect of it, we need to articulate this in a scientific manner and define the scope. This has been done in a broad manner by Harihara (author of Praśna Mārga) for his students and we have explained this in some detail in the following slide presentation.
We expect every student to be fully aware of every word in this presentation and lapse will not be tolerated. If a jyotiṣa does not even know what is the scope of the subject and their ordering, it will speak very low of him. It is like an engineer wondering if Computer Science is really an engineering subject and what is even worse, is when they say that Thermodynamics is a separate subject and should be in the Arts stream. Does this not sound ridiculous? This is how it sounds when someone who knows vedic astrology says that Muhurta is not a part of jyotiṣa. We hope that no jyotiṣa will ever be in such a state, no matter what his level of knowledge.
[pageview url=”https://skydrive.live.com/embed?cid=1331C550A328AA0B&resid=1331C550A328AA0B%211916&authkey=AMw8H295eHxVN2I&em=2″ width=”600″ height=”488″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”] Note: The last slide shows the entire scope of Vedic Astrology

President Obama won a second term in the White House Tuesday night, Fox News projects, overcoming concerns about the fragile economic recovery to edge out Republican nominee Mitt Romney. As races continued to be called well into the morning, it appeared that the balance of power in Washington could remain the same. Republican kept their majority in the House, while Democrats fended off a series of challenges to their majority in the Senate.

This was expected by almost all the vedic astrologers,except a handful few. You can read my predictions at http://srath.com/celebrity/barak-obama/ where we mentioned “But then by the same argument, Saturn should be giving the rājayoga of Jupiter plus its own power, and Saturn daśā starts only in July 2012. Till then Obama has to deal with a terrible Rāhu spoiling the rājayoga of Jupiter by pāpa-argalā (8th house from Jupiter) as well as pāpa-argalā on Moon (4th house). In any case we can say that the exalted Moon brings the blessings of Kṛṣṇa promising huge popularity and success in destroying enemies (Osama Bin Laden for example)”

The news reports ascribe his victory to the handling of Osama as well as the Car Industry, while we say its the powerful Saturn in Capricorn. Its vayu tattva – the power of the wind god! Well did the storm Sandy that ripped through the east coast of the US have nothing to do in helping the Americans make up their minds? It did, and thats the truth. They realised that the US is in a crisis situation and for this, Barrack Obama is their best bet.

The Sun Signs – Zodiac

Dvādasa Āditya[1]– The twelve Sun Signs: For one reason or the other, whether it be the conquest of the Normans or the birth of Christ, the starting date of the year has been varying as calendars come and go. In the scheme of Vedic astrology, the solar calendar consists of twelve houses of 30 degrees each covering the total span of 360 degrees. These are called the twelve Sun Signs (dvādasa āditya). These signs are fixed (unlike that used in the western astrology) although the names and other significations, nature etc are similar to that used in Western Astrology.

Table 1: The Characteristics of the Signs

Sign Triplicity  Quadruplicity Sex Ruler
No Name Mobility Guṇa
1 Aries Fire Movable Rajas Male Mars
2 Taurus Earth Fixed Tamas Female Venus
3 Gemini Air Dual Sattva Male Mercury
4 Cancer Water Movable Rajas Female Moon
5 Leo Fire Fixed Tamas Male Sun
6 Virgo Earth Dual Sattva Female Mercury
7 Libra Air Movable Rajas Male Venus
8 Scorpio Water Fixed Tamas Female Mars & Ketu[2]
9 Sagittarius Fire Dual Sattva Male Jupiter
10 Capricorn Earth Movable Rajas Female Saturn
11 Aquarius Air Fixed Tamas Male Saturn & Rāhu[3]
12 Pisces Water Dual Sattva Female Jupiter

Sign Characteristics

The signs of the zodiac are classified in various ways. The important ones are listed below:

(a)   Sex: The sign is either positive “masculine”, or negative “feminine”. The odd numbered signs (as reckoned from Aries) are the Male or Odd signs while the even numbered signs are Female or Even signs.

(b)   Ruling Element: Each sign belong to one of the triplicity of Fire, Air, Earth and Water (Refer tattva below). “Triplicity” means triplicate or three of a kind and there are three signs of each of the four types of elemental forms. The seers called these the Fire triplicity (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius), because there are three zodiac signs for each element. We will stick to this terminology instead of using the more refined term ‘energy’. Since these signs are similar, this triplicity, trine or trikoṇa (jyotiṣa terminology) represents harmony or similarity of nature/ interest. These signs are 120° apart.

(c)   Mobility: Each sign is either cardinal (movable or Chara), fixed (sthira) or mutable (dual or dvisvabhāva). Thus, every fourth sign reckoned from Aries is movable, every fourth reckoned from Taurus is fixed and every fourth reckoned from Gemini is Dual in nature. This similarity of every fourth is called the quadruplicity of the sign. The movable signs have excessive energy and are capable of easy movement showing the predominance of rajas guṇa. The fixed signs have low energy and have an inability to move thereby showing a predominance of Tamas guṇa. The Dual signs are a balance between the excessive mobility of the movable signs and the immobility of the fixed signs thereby showing a predominance of sattva guṇa. Guṇa is the inner attribute of the sign and this inner nature of the sign manifests externally in different ways and mobility being one of them.

Ayanāṁśa[4]

This difference in the tropical and sidereal zodiac of the western astrologer and Vedic astrologer is because Vedic Astrology takes into account the astronomical fact of the precession of the solar system around another point called a “nābhi” or Navel whereby the system processes (like going back) at the rate of about 50.18 seconds per year[5] (others take an average varying from 50″ to 54″ per year based on the time of 26,000 years or 24,000 years for the precession to complete one circle of 360 degrees). This precession results in a mathematical correction called Ayanāṁśa. Viscount Cheiro writes[6] “We must not forget that it was the Hindus who discovered what is known as the precession of the Equinoxes, and in their calculation such an occurrence takes place every 25,827 years. Our modern science, after labors of hundreds of years has simply proved them to be correct.”

Saṅkrānti

The dates assigned to the signs of the zodiac are based on the solar ingress (i.e. entry of the Sun) of the signs. Depending on the value of Ayanāṁśa used, this date can vary by a few days and different “astrologers” assign slightly different dates based on their belief on the date of conjunction of zero point of the precession and Aries (called beginning of Kali Yuga) and the rate of the precession. The Government set up a committee called the Calendar reforms committee to correct the anomaly between the beliefs of different Vedic calendars. The result was what is popularly called the Rashtriya Pañcāṅga (national calendar) and the Lahiri ayanāṁśa. The date at which the Sun enters a sign is called the Saṅkrānti. Thus, we have 12 Saṅkrānti based on the date of the Sun’s entry into each of the 12 signs from Aries to Pisces. Good Vedic Astrologers will date events from the days calculated from Saṅkrānti and also the Tithi. The Vedic Sun signs have a profound influence on the desires of the soul, which is the real individual and if charts are matched based on the Sun signs in addition to the Moon, and then real compatibility can be ascertained. Thus, in a way, people having the same Sun signs as can be called “soul mates”.

Tithi

Tithi is the Vedic date of the Lunar calendar and is a measure of the distance between the Sun and the Moon starting from Pratipada when they conjoin at Pūrnima when they oppose at 180 degrees. There are 15 Tithi in the Śukla Pakṣa (Waxing Phase) and 15 Tithi in the waning phase (Kṛṣṇa pakṣa) (Refer Table-1). Each Tithi is an angle of 12 degrees. This angle is mathematically represented as:
Angle = Longitude of Moon – Longitude of the Sun
and, Tithi = Angle / 120
Table 2: Tithi or the Vedic date (All angles in degrees)

Pakṣa Tithi Angle Tithi Angle Tithi Angle
Śukla Pakṣa Pratipad-1  0 -12 Dwiteeya-2 12-24 Truteeya-3 24-36
Chaturhi-4 36-48 Panchami-5 48-60 Shasti-6 60-72
Saptami-7 72-84 Astami-8 84-96 Navami-9 96-108
Daśāmi-10 108-120 Ekadasi-11 120-132 Dwadasi-12 132-144
Trayodasi-13 144-156 Chaturdasi-14 156-168 Purnima-15 168-180
Kṛṣṇa Pakṣa Pratipad-1 180-192 Dwiteeya-2 192-204 Truteeya-3 204-216
Chaturhi-4 216-228 Panchami-5 228-240 Shasti-6 240-252
Saptami-7 252-264 Astami-8 264-276 Navami-9 276-288
Daśāmi-10 288-300 Ekadasi-11 300-312 Dwadasi-12 312-324
Trayodasi-13 324-336 Chaturdasi-14 336-348 Amavasya-0 348-360

 


[1] āditya is the name of the Sun God as born from Aditi [the mother of the Gods or Deva (Deva is derived from Diva, meaning the giver of light or enlightenment)]. There are 12 Āditya or Sun Gods for each of the 12 months of Solar transit through the 12 signs. To find your Sun God/Āditya, refer to Vedic Remedies in Astrology by Sanjay Rath.

[2] Ketu, the descending node is the co-lord of Scorpio

[3] Rahu, the ascending node is the co-lord of Aquarius

[4] Ayanāṁśa: this is the precession of the solar system and is to be added or subtracted from the zero point of Aries in the western chart to arrive at the Vedic Horoscope. For example, the solar ingress into Aries resulting in the start of the Aries Month in western astrology is March 21. However, the Ayanāṁśa at present (2000 AD) is about 23 degrees and adding 23 days to March 21 we get April 14 as the date for Solar ingress into Aries in the Vedic Calendar.

[5] Based on the traditional period of 25,827 years to cover 360 Degrees of the zodiac.

[6] Cheiro Book of numbers, Page 19.

Shankaracharya’s Prayer1Provided in the Bhagavad Gītā with the commentary of Adi Śaṅkara.

narayanaॐ नारायणः परोऽव्यक्तादण्डमव्यक्तसंभवम्।
अण्डस्यान्तस्तित्वमे लोकाः सप्तदीपा च मेदिनी॥
om nārāyaṇaḥ paro’vyaktādaṇḍamavyaktasambhavam|
aṇḍasyāntastitvame lāokaḥ saptdvīpā ca madinī||
Om2OM is the cosmic syllable representing God: Nārāyaṇa3Nārāyaṇa is composed of two words ‘ nara’ meaning ‘ any body ‘ and ‘ āyana ‘ meaning ‘ goal ‘. Thus the composite word Nārāyaṇa means the ultimate goal of every body both living and non-living or mobile and immobile. In a more subtle sense it refers to the individual soul (microcosm) endeavoring to attain union (yoga) with the universal soul (macrocosm). Thus, Nārāyaṇa also means this universal soul or supreme personality of God. is beyond (much above) the unmanifest4The unmanifest is referred to as ‘maya’ or illusion, and in the Bhagavad Gita is called the Akṣara’ (syllable), immutable Brahma. Thus, if Nārāyaṇa is said to be even above this sound syllable which is the source of all creation, then Nārāyaṇa is also Parambrahman or Sadāśiva. The brahmāṇḍa5Brahmāṇḍa: Brahma, the dimurge God evolved from the navel of Nārāyaṇa and ‘ Anda’ literally means the ‘egg. Thus Brahmanda refers to the hiraṇyagarbha (golden embryo – principle of cosmic evolution), whereby the universe was created. In fact ‘ All these worlds ‘ used in the prayer refers to the universe (‘ Virat ‘) composed of five elements (or rather fire states of matter/energy). These are the earth elements (solid), water element (liquids), air element (gases). Fire element (energy) and space element (ether).  (cosmic egg) evolves from the unmanifest. The brahmāṇḍa contains all the worlds including this earth with its seven islands6Śaṅkara is referring to the Geo-centric view (used in Vedic Astrology) of the earth with the earth at the foci and the revolutions of the seven bodies (Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) causing seven Islands of concentric ellipses around it. This order of the planets from Moon to Saturn, when reckoned in the reverse, is the order of the horā’s of the day (i.e. Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon). This also forms the basis for the reckoning of the weekday order as the 25th Hora gives the ruling planet of next day..
This prayer of Ādi Saṅkara has been taken from a smriti and gives the ultimate objective of every birth in this world at least. Thus, Śrī Rāmānujācarya has given the best mantra that will guide us to this penultimate goal7(Viṣṇu Aṣṭākṣarī), the eight letter mantra: om namo nārāyaṇāya as “om namo nārāyaṇaya”.

Bhā-ChakraTrimūrtiŚaktīD-Chart

Bhā-Chakra

The zodiac, called the bha-chakra symbolises the body of Nārāyaṇa in it physical aspect, as viewed from the earth at the centre. The bhā chakra is divided into twelve signs starting from Aries and is called the 12-petal lotus of Brahma. Since the microcosm (nara) is the same as the macrocosm (Nārāyaṇa), the bhā-chakra also represents the individual (animate/inanimate object). Thus everything that we perceive at least, is represented by the zodiac. This twelve petal lotus grows from the navel of Nārāyaṇa, and these points at 0° Aries, 0° Leo and 00 Sagittarius represent the Navel (also called Viṣṇu nābhi & Brahma nābhi at two different levels of time quantification) and symbolize the end/beginning. Thus, these points are called gaṇḍānta and the two nakṣatra pada adjoining each navel are called gaṇḍānta pada. These are (a) 0°0′ to 3°20’ Aries and 26°40′ to 30°0′ Pisces around the point 0°  Aries; (b) 0°0′ to 3°20’  Leo and 26°40′ to 30°00′ Cancer around the point 00   Leo &  (c) 0°0′ to 3°20’ Sagittarius and 26°40′ to 30°0′ Scorpio around the point 0°Sagittarius. With this emerged the concept of perfect harmony or trines (and the angle of 120°). Thus, the zodiac was divided into three types of signs as  movable, fixed and dual.

Four-fold division

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The whole body of Nārāyaṇa is divided into four parts called Brahma, Viṣṇu, Śiva and Vāsudeva. These parts cannot really be differentiated from the whole and are complete in themselves like dividing infinity by four, we still get infinity as the result. Thus, Nārāyaṇa with Śrī Śaktī is called Viṣṇu and is of pure sattva guṇa; Nārāyaṇa with Bhū Śaktī is called Brahma and is of rajas guṇa; while Nārāyaṇa with Kāli Śaktī was called Śiva and is of Tamas guṇa. These three parts are full of nectar and are imperceptible. The fourth part of Nārāyaṇa is called Vāsudeva. This part is both perceptible (with three Śaktī i.e. Śrī-Śaktī, Bhū-Śaktī & Kāli (Nīla)-Śaktī and three guṇa’s intermingling) and imperceptible (with two Śaktī: Śrī-Śaktī & Bhū-Śaktī). As Vāsudeva, Nārāyaṇa sustains or maintains the Brahmāṇḍa. Thus, the zodiac when used for all material purposes would represent Vāsudeva8Hence, Vasudeva (or Krishna) shows the path for the individual soul to merge into Nārāyaṇa. The mantra for this Mokṣa / Nirvana / Emancipation has been provided in the Madhusudana Stotra. It is called Śrī Vishnu dvādasākṣarī – om namo bhagavate vāsudevāya and the signs would represent the three guṇa. All signs have all the three guṇa and only one dominates. Thus movable signs have a predominance of rajas guṇa, fixed signs of tamas guṇa and dual signs of sattva guṇa. Because of the predominant guṇa, the primary deities of the movable, fixed and dual signs were Brahma, Śiva and Viṣṇu respectively. However, at a later date, to differentiate these deities from the pure parts of Nārāyaṇa, the latter were also called Mahā-Viṣṇu, Param-Brahma and Sadāśiva respectively.

Trimūrti (The three chief deities)

trimurtiIn Vedic Astrology, the perceptible part of Śrī Vāsudeva and the three deities Viṣṇu, Brahma and Śiva becomes very relevant, by providing the perception for guidance of the individual soul. The daśā system for timing events / guiding individuals and using the three types of signs is called Nārāyaṇa daśā and its three types9Refer: Chapter titled “Order of Nārāyaṇa Dasa” of daśā are specifically meant for movable, fixed or dual sign in the ascendant for the three deities Brahma, Śiva or Viṣṇu respectively (See Fig). Hence, the Nārāyaṇa daśā gives the impact of the environment on the native while the Vimśottari daśā shows the native’s   reaction or experience in life. Without the Nārāyaṇa daśā, we really cannot say the direction in which the forces of nature are going to lead the native. The Vimśottari daśā, being an Udu daśā gives the state of mind / personal preparedness to deal with these directions.

Śaktī

Śaktī literally means strength or power and specifically indicates the strength to achieve purpose. The purpose of Viṣṇu is to preserve the individual and Śrī Śaktī is his power to do the same. The strength of the lord of the second house will represent the strength of Śrī Śaktī and from the second lord Viṣṇu (or Hari Yoga) is ascertained. Thus, the second house deals with food / eating which is necessary for survival or sustenance as well as resources, wealth for sustenance of everything. The lord of Lagna represents Bhū Śaktī and if strong with planets in quadrants, gives Brahma Yoga. Bhū Śaktī in one aspect is Sāvitrī whereby she provides the means for good health and long life and in the form of Sarasvatī she provides the power of knowledge, speech and intelligence. Similarly the lord of the seventh house represents Kāli Śaktī and Hara Yoga is formed that involves the seventh lord.  Hence the saying “Brahma gives longevity (Ayus), Viṣṇu gives wealth (Dhana) Śiva gives marriage etc (Kalyāṇa)”. The Vimśottari daśā is used to judge the state of mind / self of the native, as it is also necessary to determine the availability of the means to achieve the purpose. The variation in Śrī Śaktī or sattva guṇa is examined from Su-daśā (also simply called rāśi daśā by Parāśara) as it gives the level of prosperity while the variations in bhū Śaktī (Sāvitrī) is examined from Śūla daśā or any other Ayur daśā.

Divisional Charts

The rāśi (D1 chart), drekkāṇa (D3 chart), navāṁśa (D9 chart) and ṣaṣṭiāṁśa (D60 chart) are the most important divisional charts. Parāśara explains that the Drekkāṇa are ruled by Deva-ṛṣi Nārada, Maharṣi Agastya and Brahmarṣi Dūrvāsa for dual / fixed / movable drekkāṇa respectively. Similarly Movable, Fixed and Dual navāṁśa are presided over by Brahma, Śiva and Viṣṇu respectively. Now for example if a planet is placed in Pisces in both Rāśi and navāṁśa, it is stated to be vargottama (i.e. having acquired the best division of the sign) and connects the sattva guṇa of the sign to Śrī Viṣṇu the presiding deity of the navāṁśa. The daśā system when we examine guru yoga, mantra, dīkṣa, renunciation etc is called dṛg daśā.
Figure 2: Three-fold division
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Hence, for a comprehensive examination of a chart the rāśi daśā’s, such as Nārāyaṇa daśā, su-daśā, śūla daśā and dṛg daśā and the nakṣatra daśā such as Vimśottari daśā should be examined. In this book, we are dealing with the Nārāyaṇa Daśā, and this preface aims to give the spiritual background behind its conception. In addition to explaining the procedure to calculate the Nārāyaṇa Daśā, its comprehensive usage has also been shown.

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1. Provided in the Bhagavad Gītā with the commentary of Adi Śaṅkara.
2. OM is the cosmic syllable representing God
3. Nārāyaṇa is composed of two words ‘ nara’ meaning ‘ any body ‘ and ‘ āyana ‘ meaning ‘ goal ‘. Thus the composite word Nārāyaṇa means the ultimate goal of every body both living and non-living or mobile and immobile. In a more subtle sense it refers to the individual soul (microcosm) endeavoring to attain union (yoga) with the universal soul (macrocosm). Thus, Nārāyaṇa also means this universal soul or supreme personality of God.
4. The unmanifest is referred to as ‘maya’ or illusion, and in the Bhagavad Gita is called the Akṣara’ (syllable), immutable Brahma. Thus, if Nārāyaṇa is said to be even above this sound syllable which is the source of all creation, then Nārāyaṇa is also Parambrahman or Sadāśiva
5. Brahmāṇḍa: Brahma, the dimurge God evolved from the navel of Nārāyaṇa and ‘ Anda’ literally means the ‘egg. Thus Brahmanda refers to the hiraṇyagarbha (golden embryo – principle of cosmic evolution), whereby the universe was created. In fact ‘ All these worlds ‘ used in the prayer refers to the universe (‘ Virat ‘) composed of five elements (or rather fire states of matter/energy). These are the earth elements (solid), water element (liquids), air element (gases). Fire element (energy) and space element (ether).
6. Śaṅkara is referring to the Geo-centric view (used in Vedic Astrology) of the earth with the earth at the foci and the revolutions of the seven bodies (Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) causing seven Islands of concentric ellipses around it. This order of the planets from Moon to Saturn, when reckoned in the reverse, is the order of the horā’s of the day (i.e. Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon). This also forms the basis for the reckoning of the weekday order as the 25th Hora gives the ruling planet of next day.
7. (Viṣṇu Aṣṭākṣarī), the eight letter mantra: om namo nārāyaṇāya
8. Hence, Vasudeva (or Krishna) shows the path for the individual soul to merge into Nārāyaṇa. The mantra for this Mokṣa / Nirvana / Emancipation has been provided in the Madhusudana Stotra. It is called Śrī Vishnu dvādasākṣarī – om namo bhagavate vāsudevāya
9. Refer: Chapter titled “Order of Nārāyaṇa Dasa”

Vishnu_Lakshmi_wAvatars_HS7579Rebirth or mokṣa

Bṛhat Parāśara Kārakādhyāyaḥ
सर्ववार्ताधिकारी च बन्धकृन्मोक्षक्रत् तथा॥८॥
sarvavārttādhikārī ca bandhakṛnmokṣakrat tathā
sarva– whole, entire, all every; vārtta– having means of subsistence, practising any business or profession, karma; adhikāra-m. authority, government, rule, administration, jurisdiction; ca-and; bandha-m. binding, tying, fetter, arrest, imprisonment; kṛntana-n. cutting, cutting off, dividing; mokṛa-m. emancipation, liberation, release; kṛt-making, doing, performing, accomplishing, author; tathā-so also, in like manner;
Translation: [The ātmakāraka] has complete jurisdiction and authority over the entire field of karma and is responsible for binding or imprisonment of the soul in the cycle of rebirth or can grant emancipation or release wherefrom by cutting off the yoke of bondage.
Release or emancipation is examined from the twelfth house. Whereas the twelfth house from lagna shows the release from the body or the last stage of life, the twelfth house from kārakāṁśa, also called jīvanamuktāṁśa shows release from the cycle of rebirth or mokṣa. The term jīvanamuktāṁśa is mentioned in the Chandrakalā nāḍi and the state of a jīvanamukta is described in the Srimad Bhagavatam while discussing the avadhuta brāhmaṇa. Suffice is to say here that it is a state which can be achieved in this body through complete and total detachment (Pisces/12th house) etc.
Just as mokṣa is examined from the 12th house from the kārakāṁśa, bandha or bondage in the cycle of rebirth is examined from the seventh house from kārakāṁśa. Whereas the seventh house from lagna in the birth chart is the lagna of conception indicating the bondage of this birth due to desires (7th house is the seat/Kendra of the Kāma trikoṇa), the seventh house in the punya (death) chart shows the place of rebirth. For example, if Mars is in the 7th house the native is reborn in an island. Such dictums are mentioned in the classics that have only possible use in death charts and confirm the thought about the 7th house and rebirth. Similarly the seventh house from kārakāṁśa shows the strongest desire causing rebirth and planets in this house can also give marriage and fulfil all the desires for which one is born.

Battle between 7th & 12th houses

The seventh house and twelfth house are paraspara ṣaḍāṣṭaka (mutually 6/8 or inimically disposed). Thus, normally rebirth indicated by the 12th house and rebirth indicating by the 7th house mutually opposing directions of the soul and both of these cannot happen. Guru means a teacher and one that guides thinking or processes logic in a certain direction based on ‘individual preferences and senses’. Venus is the asura guru (teacher of the dark path or apara vidyā) because he rules the seventh house of the natural zodiac and guides the thoughts towards fulfilment of desires and rebirth. It is through the semen ruled by Venus that rebirth occurs. Jupiter is the sura-guru (teacher of the bright path or para vidyā) because he rules the 12th house of the natural zodiac and guides the thoughts towards emancipation and spirituality.
However, in some cases when the lords of the 7th and 12th houses are natural friends then they come in the category of mitra ṣaḍāṣṭaka where the native is promised both fulfilment of the desires and wishes pertaining to the incarnation as well as emancipation by following the spiritual path of the iṣṭa devatā. For such people, marriage can cause spiritual growth and fulfilment. A thorough examination of not only the 7th and 12th houses but also the dārā-pada (A7) and upapada (A12 or UL) is necessary to take any view on marriage and material comforts and renunciation of the same.
The significators of these are Venus (marriage) and Ketu (renunciation and mokṣa). The Paurāṇic episodes related to Tulasi (Venus) Gaṇeśa (Ketu) shows how Tulasi gets cursed by Gaṇeśa to lose her purity and spouse by Viṣṇu as she disturbed Gaṇeśa when He was meditating on Viṣṇu. In turn Tulasi curses Gaṇeśa to have two spouses at the same time. This works in a strange way in charts where Ketu in 7th house or A7 and Venus in 12th house or UL can give two spouses at the same time confirming the curse of Tulasi. In the opposite, Venus in 7th house or A7 and Ketu/Rāhu in 12th house or UL can cause loss of spouse or two marriages after losing a spouse or even renunciation of spouse as the curse of Gaṇeśa. On the other hand, Venus in the 12th house from lagna or āruḍha lagna (AL can show someone losing his spouse while Ketu so placed can cause delay in marriage or complete denial of marital bliss. Venus in the 6th house from AL can show absence of marriage or separation from spouse while Ketu so placed shows a spiritual person who maybe cheated in relationships.

Chart 1: Two spouse

In Chart 1, Ketu is in the 7th house and Venus is in Upapada in Leo showing the curse of Tulasi on the native. The native had a love affair in college and continued to date even after he was engaged to and married another lady (second spouse). He has two sons from his first love from college and a daughter from his second spouse. The spouse know of each others existence and are doing everything to get each other out of the triad relationship. The native is immersed in this mess of a relationship all the time and the spiritual path is quite disturbed or blocked as the mind does not have the time to dwell on this subject.

Chart 2: Swami Prabhupada-renunciation of marriage

The converse is applicable in the chart of Sri Prabhupada where Venus is in A7 in Virgo and Rāhu (node) is in Upapada in Aquarius. This shows the curse of Gaṇeśa (which for very spiritual people can be a blessing in disguise). Using Caturasiṭi sama daśa (10th lord in 10th house), we note that Prabhupada renounced his spouse when she preferred to have tea instead of him at the age of 54 years (1950) in Sun daśā Venus antardaśā. Four years later in Moon daśā Mars antardaśā he took to the vanaprastha life and finally in 1959 in Moon daśā Venus antardaśā, he renounced and took sannyāsa. The crucial role played by debilitated Venus (with nīcabhaṇga rājayoga but in 6th house from AL, placed in A7 and with nodal axis along the UL) is noteworthy confirming the curse of Gaṇeśa for losing spouse and going towards Viṣṇu.

Chart 3: Female ditches

In Chart 3, Ketu is in the 7th house and Venus is not only the lord of Upapada but also aspects the Upapada in Libra. The lady had a long standing boyfriend who was not financially stable and then she fell in love with an immigrant Indian who was much older than her. She was always suspected of continuing the relationship with the old boyfriend, which is evident due to the presence of the curse of Tulasi (see Chart 1). Her husband was a top executive in a company and got her a consulting contract in the company so that they could live together. When the question of child came up, she took a transfer to another continent and later divorced him. Venus in the second house shows poor sexual relationship with spouse1NOTE ON VENUS: Venus can be placed in houses 11, 12, 1, 2, or 3 houses from the Sun (dharma). When behind the Sun it shows sexual immaturity and indulgence whereas when ahead of the Sun it shows sexual maturity and abstinence in general. Of these, the placement in the second/eighth house from the Sun and /or lagna can indicate complete denial of sexuality. In the charts of Rāmakrishna Paramhaṁsa and Vevekananda we find Venus in the second from both Lagna and Sun showing denial or abstinence throughout life whereas in the chart of Sri Prabhupada it in the second from the Sun alone showing denial or abstinence in old age after he renounced marriage and took Sannyāsa.. Marriage with the ‘sugar daddy’occurred in Jupiter daśā Venus antardaśā and separation occurred in Sun antardaśā when she got decent alimony and could continue with her first (original) love.

Chart 4: Bhanu Pratap Shukla

In Chart 4, Venus is in A7 and UL as well in Leo and Rāhu instead of Ketu is in the 7th house. Compare this to Chart 1 where Venus is also in UL in Leo but A7 has two planets Sun and Mercury in Libra. Again, Chart 4 has debilitated Rāhu in seventh house and Chart 1 has exalted Ketu in 7th house. The native of Chart 4 is a confirmed bachelor, has practiced celibacy throughout life and has dedicated his life to social service and the nation.

NOTE: Merely looking at UL and 7th house cannot decide whether a person is to marry. The dārāpada (A7) plays a significant role in sexual desires and their fulfilment or renunciation. Venus in A7 in the Charts 2 and 4 of Prabhupada and Bhanuji was responsible for curtailing their sexuality and they would strive to renounce the same completely.

An important exercise is to examine the placement of A7 and UL from the Āruḍha Lagna (AL). The āruḍha lagna is the most important sign and those in Kendra to AL shall flourish while those in duṣthāna shall perish. Saṅnyāsa is promised only if Venus is in a duṣthāna from AL. In the case of Chart 2 Prabhupada had Venus in the 6th house from AL and took perfect saṅnyāsa and he wanted to take saṅnyāsa. On the other hand Bhanuji has Venus in AL with UL and A7 and never took saṅnyāsa.

Chart 5: Swami Vivekananda

In Chart 5 Venus is in the second house showing a lacy of sexuality either for self or spouse. The āruḍha lagna is with upapada and dārāpada in Leo indicating that Swami Vivekananda in his early days wanted to marry and settle down.

However, Venus is in the 6th house from āruḍha lagna and renunciation was his destiny when his guru Ramakrishna forbade him to marry and instead directed him to lead Indian spiritual renaissance which started with the freeing of the soul from bondage and led to Indian Independence. Note that Venus is in the 2nd house from both lagna and Sun. He was a celibate throughout life.

Harmony between 7th and 12th houses

If there is harmony between the 7th and 12th houses and their āruḍha, especially from kārakāṁśa then the native shall benefit and spiritual advancement occurs due to the support of a spiritual spouse.

Chart 6: Rāmakrishna Paramhansa

In Chart 6 the 7th lord Sun is placed in lagna and it is also the chara dārākāraka. It is trines to its dispositor and lagna lord Saturn which is also the 12th lord. The harmonious trine between the 7th lord and lagna (also 12th lord) shows that spouse shall contribute substantially to the spirituality of Śrī Ramakrishna. Since Saturn is naturally inimical to the Sun, Ramakrishna was initially disinclined to accept Śrī Sarada Ma although they were legally wedded in childhood (she was six years at the time of marriage). However on seeing her spiritual honesty, he agreed to her staying with him in the temple on the condition of complete abstinence from any physical contact. It is interesting to note that Venus is in the 2nd house from both lagna and the Sun indicating that Thakur (Śrī Rāmakrishna) shall have complete celibacy throughout life even though married and staying with spouse. Śrī Sarada Ma was an epitome of perfect motherhood and she not only supported him completely in all spiritual practices but also agreed to him worshipping her as the manifestation of Tripurā Sundari (the form of Kali for the sustenance and starting of a Parampara-lineage).

The Upapada is in Aries and its lord Mars is exalted in the 12th house of spirituality and is debilitated in Cancer navāṁśa. This would cause separation from spouse unless the relationship is strongly spiritual. Venus the significator is in the second and is also debilitated in navāṁśa in 12 house showing absence of physical contact. To add to this the ātmakāraka Rāhu is in dārāpada A7 in Taurus showing spirituality dominating over sexuality thereby confirming a spiritual bond and not physical bond.

In a way, Sarada Devi was Thakur’s first disciple. He taught her everything he learnt from his various Gurus. Impressed by her great religious potential, he began to treat her as the Universal Mother Herself. He said, ‘I look upon you as my own mother and the Mother who is in the temple’. Notice the upapada is in the 4th house of mother confirming the truth behind Thakur’s words.

Chart 7: Spiritual spouse

In Chart 7 Ketu is in the 12th house indicating troubles in marriage but this is fully blocked by the argalā of Jupiter in the second house. Upapada is in Libra with the 7th lord Jupiter promising a very good marriage and spiritual growth due to marriage. This spiritual growth should satisfy Ketu and the marriage would be blessed. The dārāpada A7 is in Taurus and in Kendra to the āruḍha lagna confirming normal physical desire. However the upapada in the 12th house from āruḍha lagna shows that the native may tend to ignore his spouse. If Jupiter is the strongest influence on lagna or the second house (in that order) and is unassociated then the native shall become very spiritual and shall search for the final truth-‘om tat sat’. Since Jupiter is 7th lord and is in upapada this search shall begin after marriage and since the spirituality is coming through marriage Ketu shall not be averse to it.

Conclusion

The question of rebirth or mokṣa cannot be settled with the birth chart and the death chart called puṇya chakra has to be examined. We have explained how to examine this elsewhere in the paper titled ‘Saptaloka and Tala’ at the SJC West Coast USA conference.

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1. NOTE ON VENUS: Venus can be placed in houses 11, 12, 1, 2, or 3 houses from the Sun (dharma). When behind the Sun it shows sexual immaturity and indulgence whereas when ahead of the Sun it shows sexual maturity and abstinence in general. Of these, the placement in the second/eighth house from the Sun and /or lagna can indicate complete denial of sexuality. In the charts of Rāmakrishna Paramhaṁsa and Vevekananda we find Venus in the second from both Lagna and Sun showing denial or abstinence throughout life whereas in the chart of Sri Prabhupada it in the second from the Sun alone showing denial or abstinence in old age after he renounced marriage and took Sannyāsa.

Kārakāṁśa

One of the important principles of our tradition is to treat the Kārakāṁśa as Aries and examine the planets in the houses from it. Reason being that the ātmakāraka is akin to the jīvātmā (or jaḍātmā in the case of inanimate beings) which is similar to the Paramātma in its basic nature but lacks the purity and energy of the latter. In a sense, the creature is like the creator, in almost every respect. The ātmā is a spark of light symbolized by agni tattva and the Sun as the naisargika ātmakāraka. It behaves as if in exaltation in Aries and in mūlatrikoṇa in Leo.

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Aśleṣā 3rd Pada: Zola Budd


South African-British athlete called the world’s fastest woman. A wisp of a girl at 5’2″ and 83 pounds, she proved herself a distance runner of world-class when she broke Mary Decker’s record.

However, the Moon is in Aśleṣā nakṣatra at 23°21’ in the 3rd pada. This is not Abhukta portion (last 0°50’) of the nakṣatra and danger to life may not exist. However, for a female nativity, this shows “Danger to Father, Patri-lineage” besides danger to “female in-laws”. Zola Budd became long estranged with her father who was later murdered. It was alleged that he was a homosexual. Agni doṣa associated with the 3rd pada of Aśleṣā, shows up in a queer manner with her father turning homosexual and finally being murdered. This Aśleṣā Gaṇḍānta 3rd pada doṣa is substantiated by natural father significator Sun being afflicted by Mars, Rāhu and bādhakeśa Mercury forming a curse combination.

The terrible affliction to 9th house and significator Sun did not end there. Agni tattva rules politics and 9th house afflictions bring in a negative world or destiny factor. Zola’s future at international competition was seriously jeopardized when South Africa was excluded from virtually all major international events because of apartheid. Buffeted by the politics surrounding her African nationality and suffering from nervous exhaustion, she withdrew from sports in May 1988 in Venus daśā Mars antardaśā. Mars rules agni tattva. The affliction ended her track record.

In Venus daśā Rāhu antardaśā she married businessman Mike Pieterse (1989) and had a daughter Lisa in Venus daśā Saturn antardaśā (1995). In April 2006 (Sun daśā Mercury antardaśā) Budd filed for divorce after her husband allegedly moved in with a semi-finalist in the Mrs. United Nations South Africa beauty pageant. The couple later reconciled. The Aśleṣā doṣa pursue her relentlessly.
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Aśleṣā 4th Pada: Bruce Hammerslough

Bruce Hammerslough was a noted American astrologer who co-founded of Greenlake Metaphysical Center with Dennis Flaherty. Formerly, he served as the President of the Atlanta and Washington State Astrological Societies. Jupiter as the 8th lord is well placed in the 8th bhāva (even though in Mūla 1st Pada) and will not be the cause of death. Moon as the 3rd lord in 3rd bhāva takes this role due to Bhavat-bhāvaṁ (i.e. count eight houses from eighth bhāva). Moon is also in Aśleṣā gaṇḍānta at 28°59’ which is almost the start of the Abhukta portion (29°10’ Cn).

Interestingly with the advent of Moon daśā in 1983 he became a certified astrologer and in Moon daśā Rāhu antardaśā (1985) he suffered acute illness and was diagnosed ARC (AIDS-related complex). Moon in the 4th pada of Aśleṣā shows serious agni tattva doṣa and the fire in the body will gradually die out. Sun is in debility in Libra (ojas afflicted) and Mars in maraṇa kāraka sthāna in 7th bhāva. Mars in ruchaka mahāpuruṣa yoga does give considerable knowledge and skill in the occult but in MKS it can be deadly, especially when the Moon is in Aśleṣā gaṇḍānta.

A brave man, he chose not to attempt heroic measures and instead suffered the disease for a decade with humor and dignity till his death. He died on 12/27/1995 in Mars daśā Saturn antardaśā. Saturn and Mars become paraspara-kāraka (mutually supportive in by being in kendra) and Saturn is in Leo, aspects the debilitated Sun in Libra indicating that it would destroy the agni tattva.

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