Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi

The horoscope of Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi has tenth lord Mars exalted in 12th house combined with lords of ascendant (Saturn), 4th & 9th (Venus) and Rāhu. The strength of 10th lord & its conjunction with Ascendant lord (also strong in its own sign) shows independent views while its conjunction with Venus results in the Dharma-karmādhipati yoga. Natives born in this yoga will be God fearing, truthful and very industrious. Venus is also the 10th lord from the Moon sign. The āruḍha lagna (AL) is in Sagittarius and its lord Jupiter, a natural benefic is placed in the 10th house (Throne / Rājya) from it. The Lagna (self/position) and Ghāṭikā Lagna (power/authority) are in sama-saptaka while the Horā Lagna (wealth) is divorced from them. This shows that the native can never be motivated by wealth to compromise or misuse his position or authority. Such honesty is a rare phenomena in politics & its occurrence in the horoscope of a present day politician shows that India is in the threshold of a new phase where its high spiritual ideal of truth (Satyameva Jayate) will find a strong place in the body politic. Mars in the 5th from navāṁśa lagna makes him bellicose while Venus in trines makes him patriot.
In the Dasāṁśa, Rāhu is placed in the 12th house showing that he is very straight forward person but may suffer due to the intrigues of others during Rāhu daśā August 1979 to August 1997. Jupiter in the 9th house in dasāṁśa shows that Dr. Joshi will be completely faithful to his political obligations & guru’s while Rāhu as 9th lord in the 12th house shows that some people will try their level best to create differences between him & his leaders. Fortunately the daśā of Jupiter has just started from Aug.’1997 and with Saturn moving out of Rājyapada (A10) in April 1998 as Jupiter moves into Pisces in June 1998 better days lie ahead. The conjunction of four planets in the sign other than a Quadrant does not give Pravrajya yoga. However it brings the native into close association with saints and sadhu whose blessings will be of great valve during Jupiter daśā.

Dharma-Karmādhipati Yoga

Dr. Murali Manohar Joshi, was born in Kumbha Lagna with the Lagna and 12th Lord Saturn in great strength in the twelfth house. This makes him detached, self-sacrificing (twelfth house) and very hardworking (Capricorn-Saturn). The conjunction of the Lagna (Self) and tenth house (Karma) Lords with both in great strength and the latter (Mars) in exaltation results in a Karma Yogi. Such a person is very careful about what he does and tries to be very focused in his work. He works diligently towards his clear focused goals. What are these goals and how will they be achieved will be our first question. The tenth Lord Mars is conjoined the ninth Lord and Yogakāraka Venus resulting in the highest Yoga called Dharma-Karmādhipati Yoga. Thus, an important focus of Dr. Joshi will surely be the establishment of Dharma and will include the making of laws (Dharma), propagation of the social norms for a pure way of life (Dharmic-Karma) and since the planets involved are Mars in exaltation, he will not hesitate to use force to ensure that Dharma is established. It is noteworthy that the two major incidents that drew him into political life at a young age were the Cow Protection Movement in 1953-54 and the Kumbh Kisan Andolan of UP, India in 1955 where he demanded halving of land revenue assessment in favor of the poor farmers. Look at the causes: the Cow is considered very holy by the Hindu’s and its protection is our solemn duty. The other cause is for the poor farmers/agriculturists that formed the backbone of the Indian Economy. Thus, the Dharma Karmādhipati Yoga resulted in the focus of his Karma being on Dharma (Pure way of life) and the association of the Lagna Lord Saturn brings the focus on the poor and helpless/ weaker sections. The association of Mokṣa karaka Ketu indicates that yet another focus of his Karma shall be towards the attainment of liberation from the cycle of re-birth. This is Krishna Consciousness in action. It is believed that four planets conjoining in any sign show a saint in the past birth who has some unfulfilled Karma. If this combination is in Kendra houses (1,4,7,10) then the person takes to a religious order in this life as well (Saṅnyāsa Yoga) else he shall excel in any one major focus in life.

Starting Sign: The tenth house in the Rasi Chart is Scorpio with two lords – Mars & Ketu. It is noteworthy that both these lords are exalted in the Dasāṁśa. Neither is aspected by Jupiter, Mercury or its sign dispositor. Finally we find that Ketu in a dual sign is stronger than Mars on being in Kendra to Atmakaraka Venus as well as being in a dual sign. Thus, Sagittarius is stronger than Capricorn. Now, between Sagittarius and its seventh house Gemini, the latter is stronger to initiate the Dasāṁśa Nārāyaṇa daśā.

Table 35: Dasāṁśa Nārāyaṇa daśā

Stronger planets and signs: Saturn and Ketu; Ar, Sc, Ge, Cn, Aq and Pi.

Daśā Period Age From To
Gemini 10 10 1934 01 05 1944 01 05
Aquarius 09 19 1944 01 05 1953 01 05
Libra 08 27 1953 01 05 1961 01 04
Virgo 05 32 1961 01 04 1966 01 05
Taurus 01 33 1966 01 05 1967 01 05
Capricorn 08 41 1967 01 05 1975 01 05
Sagittarius 02 43 1975 01 05 1977 01 04
Leo 01 44 1977 01 04 1978 01 05
Aries 10 54 1978 01 05 1988 01 05
Pisces 01 55 1988 01 05 1989 01 04
Scorpio 02 57 1989 01 04 1991 01 05
Cancer 09 66 1991 01 05 2000 01 05

Table 36: Dasāṁśa Nārāyaṇa daśā – Second Cycle

Daśā Period Age From To
Gemini 02 68 2000 01 05 2002 01 04
Aquarius 03 70 2002 01 04 2005 01 05
Libra 04 74 2005 01 05 2009 01 05
Virgo 07 81 2009 01 05 2016 01 05

Teacher & Researcher

Dr. Joshi started his career by teaching Physics in Allahabad University at the young age of 23 in Dasāṁśa Libra Daśā. ghāṭikā Lagna (GL-Rise, power, position & Authority) is in Libra in D-10 Chart. Jupiter is the Lord of the tenth house in the Dasāṁśa Chart and is placed in the ninth house ruling higher education institutions. The subject ‘Physics’ is also indicated by Jupiter. Being in the Āruḍha Lagna (Public Image) in the Dasāṁśa, this has contributed to his public image as a great intellectual and teacher. Over a dozen scholars have done their D.Phil and D.Sc. under Dr. Joshi’s guidance and have over a hundred research papers to their credit. He happens to be the first person to have submitted his Spectroscopy Thesis paper for Doctorate in Hindi.

Capricorn Dasāṁśa Nārāyaṇa Daśā (1967-75) with Mars exalted in it saw his rise to power as it is conjoined the Rājya Pada (A10). During the period of signs aspecting the Rajya Pada, favour from superiors and successful works and positions are attained. In 1968 he became a member of the High Power Committee on Education in Uttar Pradesh and during 1971-73 he was the General Secretary, University Teachers Association, Allahabad;

Leo Dasāṁśa Nārāyaṇa Daśā was for a very brief period of one year. Leo aspects the ghāṭikā Lagna with the Moon in it and promises position and power. These include Uttar Pradesh Committee on Science and Technology (Physics Branch) and Governing Council of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (1977-79).

Just before the advent of Pisces Dasāṁśa Nārāyaṇa Daśā he became the President, University Teachers’ Association, Allahabad and continued till the end of the Daśā in 1990;

Finally in Cancer Nārāyaṇa Daśā aspecting the eighth house (retirement) he attained the age of 60 years and retired from service as Head of Physics Department, Allahabad University;

Political Career

First Cycle of Dasāṁśa Nārāyaṇa daśā

Aquarius Nārāyaṇa daśā (1944-53): RSS & Jana Sangh

Aquarius is the ninth house (elders/seniors/guide) and is associated with the tenth lord (Career direction) Jupiter. It aspects Libra with the ghāṭikā Lagna (Power/Authority) and Moon (Popularity /social cause), Cancer with the Sun (Brilliant career, new beginnings). Dr. Joshi came in contact with the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (R.S.S.) in Delhi at a young age when in 1944 at 10 years of age he became its member. Subsequently, in 1949 he also became a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarathi Parishad (A.B.V.P.), which is the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). It maybe noted very carefully that this step at such a tender age has coincided exactly with the start of the Aquarius Daśā. Aquarius with the great Jupiter and Āruḍha Lagna (AL) in it gave him an association with such people/organisations that were to form the backbone of his political career, give him great fame and a very good position and reputation. Starting as District Secretary of BJS, he rose to be Party Youth Wing Organizing Secretary in UP. He was also active in ABVP and Teacher’s Movement.

Libra Nārāyaṇa Daśā (1953-61)

Libra is the seat of power as the fifth house and also has the ghāṭikā Lagna in it. The presence of the Moon in the fifth house gives immense popularity. This is also aspected by Jupiter from Aquarius and shall prove to be one of the best periods of career. During 1953-56 he was the General Secretary, A.B.V.P., Uttar Pradesh and later the All India General Secretary, A.B.V.P. The rapid rise to a position of power coincided with the advent of Libra Daśā. Later, in 1957 he became the Organising Secretary, Bharatiya Jana Sangh (B.J.S.), Allahabad; during 1959-67 Zonal Organising Secretary, B.J.S., Uttar Pradesh. Thus Libra catapulted him in the student political scene. During the Virgo (1961-66) and Taurus (1966-67) Nārāyaṇa Daśā, he merely maintained this position.

Capricorn Nārāyaṇa Daśā (1967-75)

Capricorn has the exalted Mars in it. This gives tremendous drive, organizational abilities and fighting strength. It is noteworthy that his stint as Secretary, B.J.S., Uttar Pradesh was exactly during 1967-75, i.e. the Capricorn Nārāyaṇa Daśā. During this period he also rose to the position of Treasurer and later Vice-President, B.J.S., Uttar Pradesh (prior to its merger in Janata Party).

Sagittarius Nārāyaṇa Daśā (1975-77)

Ketu exalted in Sagittarius would normally have indicated a good phase but for the fact that it happens to be the sixth lord (enemies). Sagittarius is aspected by Rāhu (Political Machinations, Dictatorial regime) and threatens torment from enemies. This was the period of Internal Emergency and Dr Joshi along with many other leaders was under severe trouble and in jail from June 26, 1975 until the Lok Sabha elections in 1977.

Leo Nārāyaṇa Daśā (1977-78)

The timely advent of the Leo Nārāyaṇa Daśā was a breather. Leo aspects Libra with the Moon and ghāṭikā Lagna in it. This promises a return to active politics. In 1977 he was elected to the 6th Lok Sabha (Hose of the people- Parliament of India) from Almora, UP. This was his first term in parliament. During 1977-79 he was elected as the General-Secretary, Janata Party in Parliament .

Aries Nārāyaṇa Daśā (1978-88)

Aries is a malefic sign and due to the exchange of houses between Mars and Saturn, the former (Mars) gives rājayoga while the latter gives rājabhaṇga[1] Yoga, especially since it is debilitated. This is also the mṛtyupada (A8) and will indicate falls etc. However, Mercury as the Lagna Lord in it will indicate a new beginning and since it aspects the Āruḍha Lagna (AL) with Jupiter in it, this new beginning will prove to be favorable in the long run. In 1980, the BJP was founded in Gemini Lagna and he became its first General Secretary. Thereafter during 1981-83, he served as Treasurer, B.J.P. and during 1986-90 (i.e. including Pisces & Scorpio Nārāyaṇa Daśā), he again became the General-Secretary, B.J.P.

Cancer Nārāyaṇa Daśā (1991-2000)

Cancer has the Sun in it promising a very good political rise during this period. It aspects Jupiter and the Arudha Lagna showing that his reputation and position would be on the rise. During 1991-93, he was the President of the B.J.P. and in 1992, he was elected as a Member, Rajya Sabha (House of States-Indian Parliament). This was his second stint in Parliament. During 1992-96, he was a member of various committees of Parliament.

In 1996, he was re-elected to 11th Lok Sabha (2nd term in LS and 3rd in Parliament) when the BJP became the largest party in Parliament. From 16 May to 1 June 1996, he was the Union Cabinet Minister, Home Affairs and thereafter continued in the opposition benches in parliament. During this period, he was the Chairman, Public Accounts Committee (1996-97) and member of a host of committees.

Again, in 1998 he was re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (3rd term) and during 1998-99 he was the Union Cabinet Minister, Human Resource Development; and Science and Technology.

Once again after the sudden fall of the Vajpayee Government and mid-term elections in 1999, he was re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (4th term) and since Oct 1999, he is a Union Cabinet Minister. It is noteworthy that the Sun, a Krura[2] Graha[3] is placed in strength in the sixth house from Arudha Lagna ensuring his victory in election after election during this period.

Second Cycle of Dasāṁśa Nārāyaṇa daśā

Gemini Nārāyaṇa Daśā (2000-2002)

Gemini is the Lagna afflicted by Rāhu and Ketu and malefic Rāhu in the fifth house from the Arudha Lagna indicates that he will suffer considerably due to the machinations of enemies. Venus placed in the Daśā Rasi is also the Atmakaraka, Subhapati[4]and being in the fifth from AL will ensure continuance of rājayoga. These conflicting indications of Venus and Rāhu have been tilted in favor of Venus by prescribing a Diamond ring[5]. However, substantial political mileage cannot be achieved till January 2002.

The Future

Aquarius Nārāyaṇa Daśā (2002-2005)

The detailed planetary positions explained earlier (first cycle) for this most beneficial Aquarius Nārāyaṇa daśā shall apply to the forthcoming period. It is evident that the Great Jupiter will catapult him to the limelight and he shall successfully implement the vision of Sri Guruji. There will be a new impetus in the study of Integral Humanism, Pauranic[6] characters; Ayurveda, Jyotish and the knowledge of the sages will dawn on the world. The highest rājayoga of the land (10th Lord Jupiter in the ninth house) shall  be his strength and Dharma (9th house) shall be its fruit.

[1] Raj means royal/kingly association and Bhanga means break. Thus, rājabhañga means break of rājayoga or fall from power.

[2] Krura: Harsh, malefic
[3] Graha: planet/extraterrestrial body capable of influencing Human affairs/lives of creatures on the earth;
[4] Dispositor of the Moon is any divisional chart becomes the Subhapati of that divisional chart. As the name implies, it becomes the harbinger of good fortune.
[5] Diamond is the gemstone that enhances the vibrations of Venus thereby heightening its effect in the chart.
[6] Derived from the word Purana or ancient Smriti (remembered/history) books recorded by Sage Veda Vyasa. These are eighteen in number with six each attributed to each of the trinity: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

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