Friday, 14 December 2018

Vidyamadhaveeyam – 4th Chapter Characteristics of a Daivajna and the method of approaching him for Muhurta, Prashna, Jataka, Shakuna etc.


Vidyamadhaveeyam – 4th Chapter
Characteristics of a Daivajna and the method of approaching him for Muhurta, Prashna, Jataka, Shakuna etc.

These are important codes of conduct for both the astrologers and their clients. I am sharing this from my on-going Vidyamadhaveeyam English translation hoping that both would follow the Sastra Maryada and derive benefits from this divine science.

देवार्चनाभिनिरतो जपसिद्धमन्त्रः - सप्ताङ्गयुक्तगुणदोषबलाबलज्ञः |
मौहूर्तिको वदति यत्तु फलं मुहूर्ते - सत्यं तदुक्तमृषिभाषितवन्न मिथ्या ||३१||
One who is engaged in the worship of the deities, one who has attained Siddhi of Mantras after performing their Japa, and the one who is adept in knowing the strength and weakness of benefic and malefic effects of the Saptangas - whatever results such Mauhurtika (astrologer dealing with the Muhurta branch of Jyotisha) says regarding a Muhurta will be realized without fail as if those were the words uttered by the great Rishis.

Commentary:

देवाः – शिवविष्णुसूर्यादयः तेषामर्चा पूजा | सा द्विविधा – बाह्या अभ्यन्तरा च | तत्राभ्यन्तरा तावदात्मयागः | स च कृतस्नानात्ममन्त्रशुद्धिभिर्नृभिर्विधेयः | बाह्या तु सिंहासनस्थ पूजा | सा च कृतस्नानमन्त्रद्रव्यलिङ्गशुद्धिभिः कार्या इति | तत्र अभितो दिवा रात्रौ च नितरां रतः त्रिसन्ध्यं देवार्चनानिष्ठ इत्यर्थः | जपेन तत्तत्कल्पोक्त नियमवता अक्षरलक्षादिसंख्य जपतर्पणाहुतिपूर्वकेण सिद्धः अभिमुखीभूतो मन्त्रो यस्येति | स्वकल्पोक्त नियम जपतर्पणाहुतिभिः सिद्धमन्त्र इति यावत् | तादृशस्यैव विविधप्रयोगास्सिध्यन्ति |
Deities are Shiva, Vishnu, Surya and other forms of divinity. Their worship is of two kinds – internal and external. The internal worship done through the mind is named as Atmayaga. Such internal worship is to be done by persons who are purified by Snana (bathing) and Mantras. External worship is carried out in Simhasana (pedestal where idols of the deities are kept). This is also to be carried out by a person who has purified himself (by bathing), the Mantras, material used in the worship and the idols of the deities. The astrologer should be engaged in such kinds of worship day and night. In other words, he should be worshipping the divinities in the three Sandhyas (junction periods between night and day, forenoon and afternoon, and day and night). He should have attained Siddhi of the Mantra by following the prescriptions of Japa by repeating the Mantra for a number of times like Aksharalaksha (repeating a Mantra for so many lakhs as the number of letters in the Mantra), and finishing the Purascharana (practice for gaining Siddhi of a Mantra) with the prescribed rituals of Tarpana, Ahuti and so on. Then only the Mantra can be used to attain various desires.

सप्ताङ्गस्य नक्षत्रादेः तत्संभूतगुणदोषाणां च बलाबलज्ञः | तादृशो दैवज्ञो मुहूर्ते यत्फलं वदति शुभाशुभं वा तेनोक्तं तत् सत्यं भवति यथा महर्षिभाषितं तद्वत् | इतीदं दैवज्ञ लक्षणं |
Saptangas include Nakshatra and other factors of Muhurta. The astrologer should be well adept in determining the good and evil effects of these factors and their strength and weakness. When such an astrologer says favourable or unfavourable results regarding the Muhurta, such words will come to pass as if they are uttered by the great Rishis. These are the characteristics an astrologer should possess.

तथा च गुरुः |
गुणानां दोषाणां प्रबलविबलत्वादिविदुषा - बलानां वा तेषां समबलवतामेकसमये |
परिच्छेता कालो लघुतरदिनैर्दोषहरणैः - सुयोगैरादेश्यो गणकविदुषा कर्मणि शुभः || इति ||
In this connection, the words of Guru are quoted: for the purpose of carrying out an auspicious work, the Muhurta which is fortified with Yogas that remove all blemishes and available within a few days should be determined by the astrologer who is adept in determining the strength, weakness or equality of the positive elements and blemishes of the Muhurta.

यस्मादेव दैवज्ञवाक्यमेव महान् गुणः तस्मात् तत्सत्कारासत्काराभ्यां मुहूर्तसाद्गुण्यवैगुण्येस्त इत्याह |
As it is said that the words of the Daivajna (astrologer) are the greatest Guna (positive factor) for a Muhurta, the author is now explaining that the good or evil effects of the Muhurta will depend on the regard or the disregard shown to the Daivajna.

उपास्य राजानमिवाधिकारो - भक्त्या प्रसाद्यैव गुरुं सुमन्त्रः |
अभ्यर्च्य दैवज्ञमतो ह्युपात्तः - शुभो मुहूर्तो न शुभोSन्यथा स्यात् ||३२||
As an administrative power is obtained after duly pleasing a king, and as an auspicious Mantra is received from a Guru after pleasing him with devotion, the Muhurta should also be obtained from an astrologer in the same way. Such Muhurta will only yield beneficial results and success in the work undertaken. Contrary to this will manifest inauspicious results and failure of the work.

Commentary:

राजानं स्वामिनं उपास्य तस्मादुपात्तः अधिकारः कर्मणि विनियोगो यथा शुभः महदैश्वर्यं विधत्ते | अन्यथा स्वामिनमनुपास्य लब्धोऽपि न शुभः महाद्व्यसनं करोति |
The administrative power which is obtained by the due process after pleasing the rulers will aid in carrying out great jobs and result in great success and prosperity. If such power is exercised without gaining the confidence of the ruler, that will cause bad effects ending up in great misery.
यथा गुरुं भक्त्या प्रसाद्य तस्माल्लब्धो गाणपत्यादिः सुमन्त्रः स्वनामानुगुणो मन्त्रः शुभो भवति | गुरुप्रसादादृते लब्धः स्वनुष्ठितोऽपि न शुभकृत् | उक्तं च भद्रनागैः |
गुर्वनुग्रहमृते महीतले मन्त्र एष न हि सिद्धिदायकः | इति |
The auspicious Mantras of deities like Ganapati and so on, which are suitable and positive as per one’s name, obtained after pleasing the Guru (preceptor) with devotion will cause auspicious results. When the Guru is not pleased, the Mantra will not yield benefic results even when practised with great care following the scriptures. In this regard, Bhadranaga says: Without the blessings of one’s Guru, this Mantra will not result in success in this world.

तथा च दैवज्ञाभिगमनसत्कारसंप्रश्नपूर्वकं यथामति कनकफलकुसुमादिभिः अभ्यर्च तस्मादुपात्तो मुहूर्तः शुभः तत्कर्माभ्युदयकृत् स्यात् | अन्यथा दैवज्ञसत्कारमन्तरेण घटीयन्त्रादिभिः सम्यक् कालं प्रसाध्य गृहीतोऽपि न शुभः स्यात् |
Hence, the Muhurta is to be obtained by approaching an astrologer with devotion and putting the query to him with humbleness and respect. The astrologer is to be felicitated with gold (money), fruits, and flowers etc. Such Muhurta will result in great success of the work undertaken. Without the due respect to an astrologer, even the Muhurta decided by examining the time in great detail by using machines like Ghati Yantra etc. will not yield success.

तथा च गुरुः |
धनान्यायुः श्रियं पृथ्वीमिच्छता ब्राह्मणः स्वयं | दैवज्ञो दैववित् पूज्यः सर्वकार्येषु वृत्रहन् ||
बलबद्गुणसंपन्नः निर्दोषोsप्यशुभावहः | दैवज्ञ पूजयाहीनः कालोऽयं दोषसत्तमः ||
अखिलबलकुलाकुलैस्समेतैः – अपि सहितः समयो गुणैः प्रवृद्धैः |
अविरहितगुणेतरोsतिदोषी – विबुधमुहूर्त सुपूजया वियुक्तः || इति ||
Guru’s words in this matter are quoted: O Vrutrahan! (Indra who slayed the Vrutrasura), if one desires plenty in food grains, longevity, wealth and lands, he should respectfully approach in person and worship a Brahmin, who is an astrologer, to undertake all kinds of jobs. Even when the Muhurta time is endowed with great positive factors in strength and bereft of blemishes, it is to be considered as the most malefic Muhurta if it is devoid of due respect and worship of an astrologer.

इह दैवज्ञमभ्यर्च्य मुहूर्तो ग्राह्य इति वदता मुहूर्तसंप्रश्नादिप्रदानान्तो विधिः सूचितः | स चान्यत्र विहितः | यथा वराहमिहिरः |
तस्मान्नृपः कुसुमरत्नफलाग्रहस्तः – प्रातः प्रणम्य रवये हरिदिङ्मुखस्थः |
होराङ्गतन्त्र कुशलान् हितकारिणश्च – संपूज्य दैवगणकान् सकृदेव पृच्छेत् ||
Here, while saying that Muhurta is to be obtained by respectfully worshipping an astrologer, a procedure starting from respectfully questioning the astrologer and ending in his felicitation is indicated. This procedure is discussed at some other place by other scholars. In this regard, Varahamihira says: Thus, a King, saluting the Sun in the morning, holding flowers, jewels, and fruits in his hands, should approaching the Daivajnas who are adept in the science of Jyotisha and who are his well-wishers. He should worship them and ask his question only once facing the east.

भरद्वाजः |
दैवज्ञं सम्यगभ्यर्च्य पृच्छेत् कनकभूषणैः | वस्त्रभूगोयुतैः भृत्यैः यथाशक्तिः न वञ्चयेत् ||
एकान्ते पूर्णहस्तस्तु सुमुहूर्ते शुभे दिने | स्वस्थं सुखासनासीनं पृच्छेद्दैवविदं नृपः ||
Bharadwaja Rishi says: Without succumbing to greed, the King should properly worship the astrologer with golden ornaments, clothes, lands, cattle and servants as per his own capacity. On an auspicious day and in a favourable Muhurta, filling his hands with gifts, the King should approach and submit his queries to an astrologer who is of composed mind and who is comfortably seated in an isolated place.

ब्रह्मयामळे |
पूर्वाह्णे प्राङ्मुखोराजा शुचिः संयतमानसः | कृतदेवनमस्कारो हिरण्यफलसंयुतः ||
दत्वा दैवविदे किञ्चित् ततः प्रश्नं विचारयेत् || इति ||
In Brahmayamala: During the forenoon, after purifying himself and worshipping the deities, with composed mind, taking gold (money) and fruits with him, the King should felicitate the astrologer and submit his query facing east.

अपराह्णे रात्रौ च न पृच्छेत् |  यस्मात् पराशरः |
वेलास्सर्वाः प्रशस्यन्ते पूर्वाह्णे परिपृच्छतां | सन्ध्ययोरपराहणे च क्षपायां च विगर्हितं || इति |
The query should not be asked during afternoon and night. Because, Parashara says: Any time will be auspicious to put the queries to an astrologer during the forenoon. But, the Sandhyas (junctional periods), Aparahna (afternoon), and the night are to be avoided.

दैवज्ञानभियोगे दोषमाह भरद्वाजः |
कुलजं बुद्धिसंपन्नं धर्मज्ञं सत्यवादिनं | शुचिं दैवपरं पृच्छेत् लोभद्वेषविवर्जितं ||
तथाविधं बुधश्रेष्ठं पृच्छेत् संपूज्य शक्तितः | दैवज्ञाश्च यथा ब्रूयुस्तथा कुर्वन्न दोषभाक् || इति ||
Bharadhwaja says: An astrologer who is born in a good lineage, who is intelligent, who knows the scriptures, who is truthful, who is pure, who is devoted to the deities, who is devoid of greed and jealousy should be approached to submit one’s query. Such learned astrologer should be duly respected and worshipped before asking one’s question. By undertaking the job following the injunctions of such astrologers, the doer will not get any blemish.

यस्मादिह संपूज्य शक्तितः प्रुच्छेदित्युक्तं तस्मात् सति विभवे श्रेयसीं सपर्यां कुर्यात् | अन्यथा मध्यमां | यथा दैववित्तुष्यति तां वा | अदत्त्वा अवज्ञाय वा न पृच्छेत् |
Since it is said that the astrologer should be felicitated as per one’s capacity before asking the query, if one is wealthy, the astrologer should be grandly felicitated. If one is not wealthy, moderate gifts should be given. Otherwise, those things should be given by which the astrologer gets satisfied. Without giving anything or for the purpose of insulting, the astrologer should not be approached.

यथोक्तं |
सत्कारंतु निमित्तज्ञे जघन्यं नैव योजयेत् | उत्तमं मध्यमं वाsपि योजयेत् तत्फलं भवेत् ||
रमणीयमय द्रव्यं दातव्यं येन तुष्यति | केवलं न भवेत् प्रष्टा यथा प्रुच्छेत्तथा फलं ||
परिभूयतु यः पृच्छेद्दैवज्ञमवमत्य वा | न सिध्यतीति वक्तव्यं दुःखं वाथ पराभवं ||
केवलं पृच्छमानस्य न वदेद्दैवचिन्तकः | उभयोरपि दोषस्स्यात् ज्ञानिनः पृच्छकस्य च || इति ||
Because, it is said: inferior kind of gifts should never be given to the knower of Nimittas (astrologer). Superior or medium category of felicitation should be done to the astrologer as per one’s capacity. Then only the seeker will get the fulfilment of his desires. Otherwise, any kind of beautiful things should be submitted by which the astrologer gets satisfied. Because, the questioner’s wishes do not get fulfil by themselves by simply asking the questions. If one asks questions with indifferent attitude or by insulting an astrologer, those wishes will not be fulfilled. Instead the questioner will himself suffer misery and defeat. An astrologer should not give predictions to a questioner who only asks questions without the due respect and felicitation. By doing so, both the astrologer and the questioner would be at fault.

किंच |
अन्यायात् पृच्छतो यस्य भवेद्विद्या पराङ्मुखी | प्रुच्छ्यमानं कृतं नश्येत् निमित्तस्य च गौरवात् ||
And again, if an astrologer pronounces results to a person who has not approached him in the manner prescribed by the scriptures, the divine knowledge will disappear from the astrologer to protect the respect of the Nimitta Sastra, and both the astrologer and the questioner will suffer disaster.

सहदेवोऽपि |
मायाकुटिलभावेन हास्यपाषण्डितस्करे | अभक्ते रिक्तपाणौ च न ज्ञानं सत्यतां व्रजेत् || इति ||
In this regard, Sahadeva also says: the knowledge bestowed to a Pashandi (atheist or who does not believe in the Vedas), thief, who does not have devotion towards the deities, Sastras and the astrologer, who has approached the astrologer with empty hands, with an attitude of deceit, crookedness, and mockery will not be realized.

गुरुश्च |
यो दैवज्ञमवज्ञाय कर्म कुर्यात् स नश्यति | तस्मात् संपूज्य दैवज्ञं शृणुयाच्च क्रियाश्चरेत् || इति ||
Guru also says: one who undertakes a work by insulting an astrologer will surely perish. Hence, after duly worshipping an astrologer, his words should be listened to carefully and the work is to be undertaken as per those injunctions.







Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Naadi rules and Parivrajaka yoga

Naadi rules and Parivrajaka yoga

-Dr. K. Guru Rajesh

Naadi texts are many in number and each has its own set of rules to judge the horoscope. Chandrakala Naadi applies various conventional tools of astrology like ashtakavarga, aroodha, rasi dasas, kaalachakradasa, vimshottari dasa, navamsa position of planets, transits of planets etc. besides the crucial Naadiamsas to explain the events in the life of the native. Some other naadi texts do not bother about giving astrological reasons behind the events and they proceed explaining the events unfolded in the life of the native after giving cursory details of the native’s rasi chart.
Late Sri RG Rao has worked on naadi texts like Bhrugu naadi, Nandi naadi, Saptarishi naadi etc. and has written some books. The present article is based on the book ‘Bhrugu Nandi Naadi’ of Sri RG Rao which is said to be an english translation of compilations mainly from Nandi naadi. The book contains of some 500 odd horoscopes explaining different events and aspects of the natives with clear astrological rationale revealed in some cases and with obscure astrological reasons in some others.
A deep study of the nandi naadi reveals that the planets are given utmost significance in prediction by considering their karakatvas, mutual enmities and friendships, sequential placement etc. Ascendant is all together neglected in the horoscopic analysis. Jupiter is considered for Jeeva or the native himself and Saturn for the karma or his deeds. The 2nd, 12th and 7th signs from a planet have highest importance in judging its effects. Planets placed in the 10th and 11th also have an important influence. The sequence of planets in the natal chart contacted by a particular planet in its transit has a great say in the sequence of effects it is going to bestow. Each planet aspects the 7th sign from its position. Besides these general rules there are two important special rules to be considered. The first: if a planet is retrograde it should also be considered to be placed in the sign behind its position in the chart. The second: if there is sign exchange between any two planets then the exchanged planet should be considered to be placed in its own sign and all other general rules should be applied from that position also. Timing of events will be mainly based on the transit of Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu in relation to the natal planetary position.
After the general rules given above the special rules applicable for the present topic are enunciated below:
  1. When Saturn contacts Mars, Moon, Rahu or Ketu in a sequence in any order the native will renounce the world and becomes a sannyasi. We mean by the term ‘sequence’ that no other planet should intervene between them. However Jupiter can be placed in-between.
  2. When Saturn has Jupiter-Mars combination in the 2nd or 7th or 11th or 10th while contacting Moon, Rahu-Ketu in a sequence the native will be a sannyasi.
  3. In addition, when Strong Jupiter and/or Venus are placed in the 2nd, 7th, 12th, 10th or 11th from Saturn the native will become head of an institution or a pontiff.
  4. When Mercury is involved the native will also become a great scholar.
Let us study some real charts to check these naadi rules of sannyasa.
Chart.1. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, born Feb 18th 1836 at 6.44 AM (LMT) at 87E44, 22N53


Exalted Saturn meets Ketu in the 2nd ,exalted Mars in the 4th and Moon in the 5th in his transits fulfilling the parivraja yoga. Saturn is retrograde and hence will move to Virgo where he will receive the aspect of exalted Venus. Furthermore, as Jupiter is also retrograde he will move to Taurus where he comes into sign exchange with Venus in Pisces. Thus Saturn will also get the aspect of powerful Jupiter from Pisces. As Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars are powerfully placed this shows a higher degree of spiritual success and the native will become an institution by himself where from many enlightened souls will emerge to spread the knowledge of Vedanta. One thing has to be observed keenly. Saturn has to meet Sun and Mercury before coming in contact with Moon in Aquarius whereby the native’s parivraja yoga has become informal as he was married to Sarada mata earlier and had allowed her to stay with him at Dakshineswar even after he took sannyasa from his guru Totapuri.

Chart.2. Swami Yogananda, born Dec 22nd 1853 at 8.36PM (LMT) at 83E22, 26N45


Saturn has Moon in the 12th, Ketu in the 2nd and Jupiter-Mars in the 7th thus fulfilling the parivraja yoga and indicates his spiritual attainments. After crossing Ketu in the 2nd Saturn meets Venus in the 3rd and Mercury in the 4th in a succession without a gap. This explains his establishing the Yogadasatsanga Society.

Chart.3. Narasimha bharati, born Mar 11th 1858 at 09.10 PM (LMT) at 78E, 13N


Saturn is placed in a Mercurian sign Gemini having exalted Venus in the 10th, Jupiter in the 11th. During his transits Saturn will come into contact with Ketu in the 3rd, Mars in the 6th and Moon in the 8th in succession thereby fulfilling the parivraja yoga. Saturn has exchanged signs with Mercury whereby he will move to Aquarius. From Aquarius Saturn has exalted Venus in the 2nd, Jupiter in the 3rd and Mercury in own house in the 5th. Furthermore, Saturn is retrograde where by he moves to Taurus receiving the aspect of Mars from Scorpio and has exalted Venus in the 11th. Thus the influence of exalted Venus in the 10th, 11th and 2nd from Saturn, the influence of Jupiter in the 11th and the sign exchange between Mercury and Saturn explains his position as the head of Sringeri mutt with a commanding scholarship and spiritual attainments.

Chart.4. Swami Vivekananda, born Jan 12th 1863 at 6.33 AM (LMT) at 88E30, 22N40


Saturn is placed in a Mercurian sign Virgo with Moon and has Jupiter aspected by a powerful Mars in the 2nd and Rahu in the 3rd. Thus Saturn will come in contact with Moon, Jupiter aspected by Mars and Rahu in a sequence thereby fulfilling the parivraja yoga. Saturn has exchanged signs with Mercury thereby moving to Capricorn and coming in contact with Venus and having Jupiter in the 10th. The strong influence of Mercury on Saturn indicates his intellectual accomplishments besides his spiritual status. Saturn thus having the contact of Mercury, Venus and Jupiter explains his establishing the Ramakrishna Mission.

Chart.5. Aurobindo Ghose, born Aug 15th 1872 at 5.17 AM (LMT) at 88E20, 22N30


Saturn is with Moon in Sagittarius and has Ketu in the 12th. The 2nd from Saturn is aspected by Jupiter and Mars from Cancer. In his transits Saturn meets Rahu, Mars and Jupiter in succession. Owing to his retrogression Saturn joins Ketu in Scorpio. As Moon and Jupiter have exchanged sighs, Jupiter will join Saturn in Sagittarius. This explains the parivraja yoga of the native and his spiritual life and philosophy. Saturn joining Jupiter in Sagittarius and Jupiter having Mercury-Venus in the 2nd from his position in Cancer explains his literary and scholarly pusuits.

Chart.6. Ramana Maharshi, born Dec 30th 1879 at 1.00 AM (IST) at 78E15, 9N50


Saturn is in Pisces having Jupiter in the 12th, a strong Mars in the 2nd and Moon-Ketu in the 4th. Thus Saturn contacts Mars, Moon and Ketu in succession in his transits fulfilling the parivraja yoga. Saturn has exchanged signs with Jupiter and hence will move to Aquarius having Jupiter in the 2nd, Mars in the 3rd and Moon-Ketu in the 5th. This explains the spiritual attainment of the saint. However as it can be observed that there is no involvement of Venus and Mercury the maharshi was not actively involved in literary pursuits or institutional establishments.

Chart.7. Swami Sivananda, born Sep 8th 1887 at 5.11 AM (LMT) at 77E40, 8N48


Saturn joins debilitated Mars and Rahu in Cancer. Due to the sign exchange between Mars and Moon, Saturn will get the association of Moon also while Mars moves to the 10th from Saturn where he receives the aspect of Jupiter. This fulfills the parivraja yoga. Venus is retrograde and hence will move to Leo to join Sun and Mercury in the 2nd to Saturn. Saturn having Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in a sequence ahead explains his literary output in the form of his books and his establishing the Divine Life Society.

Chart.8. Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati, born 16th Oct 1892 at 7.12 AM (LMT) at 13N26, 75E13


Saturn is placed in Virgo aspected by Jupiter from Pisces. Sun, Mercury and Ketu are placed in the 2nd from Saturn. After crossing Sun and Mercury Saturn will contact Ketu, Mars, Jupiter, Rahu and Moon in succession. This establishes the parivraja yoga. Sun and Venus have exchanged signs thereby moving to their respective own signs. Thus Saturn will have Venus and Mercury in the 2nd. Hence Saturn has an aspect of Jupiter from own sign Pisces and will have Venus powerfully in her own sign Libra in the 2nd. This explain his becoming the head of the Sringeri mutt.

Chart.9.Sri Chandrasekharendra saraswati, born May 20th 1894 at 1.22 PM (IST) at 79E32, 11N57


Saturn is placed in Virgo with Ketu aspected by exalted Venus from Pisces. Owing to the exchange of signs between Venus and Jupiter, Saturn receives the aspect of Jupiter also from Pisces. In his transit Saturn meets Moon in the 3rd and Mars in the 6th in succession. Further, as Saturn is retrograde he will move to Leo receiving the aspect of Mars from Aquarius. From Leo Saturn will meet Ketu, Moon and Mars in succession fulfilling the parivraja yoga. Influence of strong Venus and Jupiter explains the exalted state held by the revered Mahaswami of kanchi mutt.

Chart.10. Srila Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, born 1st Sep 1896 at 04.00 PM (IST) at 22N35, 88E23


Saturn is exalted in Libra and meets Rahu, Mars and Moon in a sequence fulfilling the parivraja yoga. Jupiter, Sun and Ketu are placed in the 11th and Venus and Mercury are placed in the 12th from Saturn. Saturn powerfully placed having powerful Jupiter and Sun in the 11th and powerful Mercury in the 12th explains his establishing the world famous vaishnavite society ISKON with innumerable international followers and his scholarly output in the form of his books.

Chart.11. Sri Abhinava Vidya theertha, born 13th Nov 1917 at 8.29 AM (IST) at 13N, 77E35


Saturn occupies Cancer and has Ketu in the 12th and Mars in the 2nd. Further Saturn will contact Moon next in Libra. This fulfills the parivraja yoga. Jupiter is placed in the 11th from Saturn and has exchanged signs with Venus in Sagittarius. Thus Venus will also come to the 11th from Saturn. Retrogression of Jupiter takes him to Aries in the 10th from Saturn. This explains his position as the head of the Sringeri mutt and being a guru of innumearble followers.


Many other incidents in the lives of the natives of these charts can be explained by using the naadi principles but I confine myself to their spiritual life and renunciation to maintain brevity. Thus it can be observed that the naadi system as per the nandi naadi offers a simple logic behind the astrological reasoning which provides a great scope for intuition. The simplicity of rules is both the strength and the weakness of the naadi system. Non consideration of ascendant and possibility of multiple interpretations for the same set of planetary combinations make it difficult to apply the naadi system on standalone basis. However we cannot afford to ignore the important tool of naadi astrology which adds a layer of information which is otherwise impossible to glean from the conventional analysis of the horoscope.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

BREAKTHROUGH IN DEVAKERALAM RESEARCH
Dear friends,
There is a major breakthrough regarding our understanding of DEVAKERALAM/ CHANDRAKALANADI. It is believed so far that the work belongs to 11th century and the author was a Keralite named Achyuta. Though, I have had my reservations because of the name of another author Venkatesa associated with the work and also because the text discusses the Jaimini school extensively which is prominent from the Andhra area.
After going through my article ‘DECODING DEVAKERALAM’, Mr. Sreenadh OG posted this article in his group for discussion among the scholars. Thanks to one of the scholars, Sri V Krishnan Nampoothiri ji, who tried and succeeded to find out the time details of the 1st horoscope, I could work out the dates and times of 7 examples as given below. Most of the horoscopes from the 9 examples I have given belong to the 17th and 18th century. I am working on the other charts also....but, I could not find the planetary positions of chart 3 in the nearby years...this may suggest that the text is an amalgamation of two different texts belong to two different periods separated by centuries. Anyhow, I am not in a state now to confirm anything as of now. I am more inclined for this inference because of the authorship of the text by two persons, Achyuta and Venkatesa.

To this Shri Shreenadh OG has added his opinion: Venkatesa could be of 18th century and Achyuta of may be few centuries before him... a possibility. Chandrakala nadi could be the original name of the text and Devakeralam the name of the modified text...another possibility.
I will keep you updated as my research progresses in Devakeralam.
PS. You can refer to my article by visiting this link: http://gururajeshkotekal.blogspot.in/…/decoding-devakeralam…






Sunday, 3 December 2017

DEVAKERALAM – CHANDRAKALA NADI - Chart 2

Dear friends,
“The Sanskrit text of Devakeralam has its own problems in its current form. Portions of some horoscopes are incomplete or mixed up, while same horoscopes have been explained at multiple places. Devakeralam requires thorough study, re-editing, re-interpretation and re-translation. The initial step would be to group the text according to the different horoscopes described. Then the conventional and Nadi Amsa analysis applied in the interpretation of the horoscopes are to be documented and separated into different categories based on the techniques employed. The next step includes the extraction of general rules from this study. Finally, these rules have to be applied on real-life horoscopes to check their veracity.” With this statement I had concluded my article series ‘Decoding Devakeralam’.

Accordingly I have taken up the job of re-editing, re-interpretation and re-translation of the text. Here I am presenting the English translation of the slokas. This is a draft translation and does not include the deductions and interpretations. As I said earlier, some charts are explained at multiple places. I have translated every sloka where the chart appears in the first instance and in the subsequent places, I have translated only the slokas which give extra information or differ from the first. It can be seen that the internal information within the slokas will help rectify many corruptions in the Sanskrit text and sometimes better meaning emerges when the text of different places is compared. I know this is a huge project and it may take much time to finish. And perhaps, no publisher may come forward to bring out the entire re-translation. Hence, I am sharing my work as and when it progresses. THIS IS NOT THE FINAL VERSION. This entire translation is hoped to form the basis of a book where specific astrological rules applicable for horoscopic analysis will be explained. I believe this endeavour of mine will add value to the extant astrological literature and the learned astrological fraternity will welcome it. THE AVAILABLE ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY LATE SH R. SANTHANAM DID NOT REALIZE THAT THE NADI HAS BEEN DISCUSSING COMPLETE CHARTS, THUS LOSING THE SPIRIT AND PURPORT OF THE SLOKAS.

CHART 2
This chart has been discussed from Sloka 54 to 96 in Book-1 and Slokas 1510 to 1549 in Book 2. The birth star of the native is Anuradha 4th quarter (Book 1 & 2 refer to the versions published by Sh. R. Santhanam).



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54. Native will be born in first part of Abalamsha in a fixed lagna, in a brahmin family and will be dark and handsome in appearance. 55. He will be liked and fond of his elder brother and will be gentle in disposition. He will have troublesome childhood. He will earn in fortune in a foreign land because of his sister’s husband. 56. The native having Mars in the ascendant and Jupiter in the 5th house will not have younger brothers. Even if they are born they will die. 57. He will have two sisters and one elder brother. He will be bereft of comforts from his father and mother. 58. The person born in later half will have long lived parents while born in the first half will have long-lived elder brother. 59. The native will live in a small village and go to a foreign country during Sampat dasa (Mercury dasa). That place will be near Gokarna, on the banks of a river flowing west 60. (1515. On the coast of western sea). He will roam in his childhood suffering from the pangs of penury. But the person born in the latter half will be fortunate in his own country. 61. He will leave his place because of civil unrest and later come back to his native place. The native born in Taurus ascendant with Aries navamsa will be fortunate in pilgrim centres. 62. Later he will become prominent in the court of an Andhra ruler. The person born in the middle portion of the first half will lose his father in his childhood.63. But his mother will live long. For the native who was born with Sun in the 11th joined with Saturn, 64. Father will die in the Sampat dasa (Mercury dasa) and he will leave his native country. During the currency of the 8th lord from the Chandra lagna and in the bhuktis of malefic planets, 65. Native will lose his father and mother (1521. And later his mother also). The native will have three wives 66. (1521-1522. 7th lord being aspected by Saturn will give three wives to the native as per some scholars). He will be bereft of comforts from his wives. When Moon occupies the first half of abalamsa, and being aspected by the 12th lord, 67., (1522. When the 7th lord is aspected by Saturn) the native will have two wives and his first wife will be poor. When the 5th lord is joined with Rahu, (1523. 5th lord aspected by Rahu?) 68-70. And Saturn occupies the 11th house, the native will face difficulties in begetting children. In the latter half he will be very wealthy (1524. He will suffer serious disease) and otherwise, his elder wife will be kakavandhya (lady giving birth to a single child). In the first half, he will not have sons. But as per some other texts the native will have a son after delay (1526. Will have a son after delay through his 2nd wife). When Jupiter occupies the 5th house aspected by two malefics, 71. The native had a curse from a Brahmin from his earlier life. To ward off this sin, he should do sethusnana and worship lord shiva. (1528. By donating the idol of Nagalinga he will be blessed with progeny) 72-73. By the blessings of lord Nageshvara, the native will beget children. He should observe fasting on Mondays as prescribed in the scriptures and should donate palam or half of the amount in the evening after pradosha puja. The native who was born in the first half of abalamsa and having Sun in the 11th house, 74. Will be blessed with sons without any doubt after observing Bhanuvratha. Jupiter being the 8th lord and joining the 5th house aspected by Saturn, 75. Indicates destruction of progeny. By the blessings of nageswara, the native will be blessed with little progeny in his old age.

76-77. The lord of 5th house that rules over progeny from the 11th house that rules over the elder brother (Moon), placed in his debilitation sign and debilitation navamsa aspected by Mars results in the danger of the son of elder brother through water (1531. His elder brother’s son will die by drowning in water). The native’s sisters will have sons. 78. The native will enjoy comforts because of his paternal and maternal uncles (1532. He will have comforts because of his maternal uncle, since from his childhood). For the native born in latter half, two sisters will be blessed with good sons. 79. For the native born in first half, a sister will be bereft of children and suffer widowhood. When the 3rd lord occupies nirmalamsa, 80. The native will have five brothers (1534. Five or seven brothers) among whom two or three will be long lived. For the native born in uttaramsa one sister will suffer widowhood. For the native born in first half two sisters will suffer widowhood without any doubt. 81-82. When Mars occupies the 7th from Moon aspected by Saturn, the native will suffer because of loss of mother (1534-1536. When Venus occupies the 7th from Moon aspected by Saturn, the native’s mother will die during the dasa of the owner of Tula or hora?). During the currency of the dasa of 5th lord and the bhukti of 7th lord, 83. The native’s mother will expire after his father’s death. For a native born in the middle portion of the first half, mother will predisease his father. 84. Death will happen in the Sampat dasa (Mercury dasa) after native completes his 10th year. The native’s parents may die in his 8th or 12th or 16th or in the 24th year.


85. When the Moon is placed in vargottama in Scorpio, the junction of the Vipat dasa (between Mercury and Ketu dasa) will be unfortunate. 86. For a native born in first half Manu said that the native’s parents will leave the native country and die in a foreign place. 87. The minute timing of these things should be fixed based on the prasthara ashtakavarga. This will be explained at some other place. 88. When the 10th lord occupies his exalted navamsa, the native will have knowledge of Vedanta and will follow the vedic way of life. (1542-43. He will do ahnika karma – prescribed daily rituals- every day and will have great devotion). 89. He will be devoted to saints. 90-91. He will be of pure and calm disposition, will be eloquent and devoted to shiva and Vishnu. After his 10th year, he will be uprooted because of a civil unrest. After his 12th year he will roam about in various countries and will suffer a lot because of the loss of his parents. 92. He will ultimately live on the banks of a great river and start enjoying great comforts from the end of Vipat dasa (Ketu dasa). 93. The native will have great fortune during kshema dasa (Venus dasa) and will face a grave danger during his 40th year. 94. After his 30th year the native will enjoy great fortune after the change of the ruler. As per the transit of Saturn he will suffer yogabhanga and mental affliction. (1547. When transit Saturn moves in a sign that is in trines to the navamsa sign occupied by the 10th lord, the native will suffer yogabhanga and mental affliction as per the transit effects of Saturn) 95. When transit Saturn moves in a sign that is in trines to the navamsa sign occupied by the 6th lord, the native will suffer great difficulties. He will attain to normalcy after performing remedies (1548. He will leave his country). 96. During the dasa of the 4th lord Sun the native will enjoy great comforts. The native will take to apatsanyasa and leave this world during the currency of the 8th lord dasa (Jupiter dasa). (1549. During the dasa of the ascendant lord the native will have great wealth. But he will die in the dasa of the 7th lord Mars after taking to apatsanyasa - Sanyasa taken in extreme situations like impending death when there is no possibility of taking Sanyasa in prescribed way).

Sunday, 19 November 2017

DEVAKERALAM – CHANDRAKALA NADI - Chart 1
Dr. K. Guru Rajesh

Dear friends,

“The Sanskrit text of Devakeralam has its own problems in its current form. Portions of some horoscopes are incomplete or mixed up, while same horoscopes have been explained at multiple places. Devakeralam requires thorough study, re-editing, re-interpretation and re-translation. The initial step would be to group the text according to the different horoscopes described. Then the conventional and Nadi Amsa analysis applied in the interpretation of the horoscopes are to be documented and separated into different categories based on the techniques employed. The next step includes the extraction of general rules from this study. Finally, these rules have to be applied on real-life horoscopes to check their veracity.” With this statement I had concluded my article series ‘Decoding Devakeralam’.

Accordingly I have taken up the job of re-editing, re-interpretation and re-translation of the text. Here I am presenting the English translation of the slokas. This is a draft translation and does not include the deductions and interpretations. As I said earlier, some charts are explained at multiple places. I have translated every sloka where the chart appears in the first instance and in the subsequent places, I have translated only the slokas which give extra information or differ from the first. It can be seen that the internal information within the slokas will help many corruptions in the Sanskrit text and sometimes better meaning emerges when the text of different places is compared. I know this is a huge project and it may take much time to finish. And perhaps, no publisher may come forward to bring out the entire re-translation. Hence, I am sharing my work as and when it progresses. This entire translation is hoped to form the basis of a book where specific astrological rules applicable for horoscopic analysis will be explained. I believe this endeavour of mine will add value to the extant astrological literature and the learned astrological fraternity will welcome it.

CHART 1
This chart has been discussed from Sloka 1 to 53 in Book-1 and Slokas 1443 to 1509 in Book 2. The birth star of the native is Jyeshtha 2nd quarter.



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1. Born in the first half of Malinyamsha while Jupiter is placed in the Kalakootaamsha, the native born in Matangayoga will be good looking with reddish complexion. 2. Jupiter exalted and placed in Pisces Navamsa joins Venus forming Matanga yoga which makes the native famous, while Moon is placed in his debilitation sign occupying Capricorn Navamsa (नीचे नक्रांशगे wrongly typed as निजे ऋक्षांशके). 3. Moon having malefic planets Saturn joining Rahu in a trine makes the native’s birth in a blemished family (Malinya Kula). 4. The native will be bereft of brothers but will half half-brothers and his father will have three consorts. 5. Mother will have long life while a sister will have questionable character. Mother will be devoted to her husband but will be worried because of the family troubles (grihachchidra). 6. She will remain a widow for a long time suffering after the death of her husband. 7. One sister will have long life and remaining siblings will all die. Maternal or paternal uncle or anyone belonging to the same lineage, 8. Will join in spouse, but she will die of separation and widowhood. 9. This may happen before the marriage of the native’s father or in the childhood of the native. 4th lord being Moon occupying his debilitation sign in Capricorn navamsa, 10. And aspected by the 9th lord and attaining Durbhagavastha (Special avastha for Moon), makes the native bereft of brothers. 11. He will have one long lived sister while his mother will have a long life. When Moon has attained Durbhagavastha, his sister will be a Durbhaga (ugly or unfortunate). 12. His half-brothers will die and his father will have two wives. The native’s father will acquire lot of wealth during the native’s 3rd or 5th year. 13. He will roam in various places and countries and live by trading of goods. He will carry out business in goods like precious stones, grains, clothes and various different goods. 14. The native’s father will have a flourishing career in business and is blessed with siblings.

14. When the transit Saturn moves in a sign that is in trine to the navamsa occupied by the Sun, or Saturn moves in a trinal sign to the navamsa sign occupies by the 4th lord, father’s death will happen. 15. This will happen when Saturn attains the same longitude as of Sun or 4th lord respectively. The death of father will happen in the birth dasa (Mercury Dasa, birth star is Jyeshtha 2). If this does not happen then, 16. It may happen in Mercury bhuktis of other dasas. Father will die suffering diseases. 17. During the birth dasa (Mercury dasa), the native will experience some comforts and will have his thread ceremony performed. He will get married in the 3rd dasa, Vipat dasa (Venus dasa) during the bhukti of 10th lord Saturn. 18. This will happen during the native’s 22nd or 25th year. The native’s marriage in childhood will face with obstructions.

19. A person born in Matanga yoga while Jupiter is placed in Kaala Koota amsa, will have some money obtained by the selling of a virgin, his own sister. 20. The native born with Saturn in the 12th house obtaining Cancer navamsa and joined with a planet that is placed in the Libra navamsa will have money earned by his sister. 21. He will have some money earned on his own and in his childhood he will enjoy the wealth earned by his father. Otherwise he will enjoy the wealth earned by his kinsmen or his sister. 22. 600 or 300 or 400 or more than 10, the native will earn amount by doing business in trees and plants.

23. During the dasa of a planet that owns the navamsa of 10th lord the native will see destruction of his friends. His sister will face troubles and his mother will perish later. 24. When Jupiter occupies Malinyamsa, the native’s mother will have mental imbalance in his old age and will die in a forest because of a wild and cruel animal. 25. As per other texts, when the 11th lord is joined with Rahu and occupies a cruel shashtyamsa, the native’s mother will have unnatural and painful death. 26. The native’s father also, during the native’s childhood, will face death because of a woman. He will die in a distant place because of Sannipatha Jwara.

27. The native will be wealthy during his middle age, but will suffer penury in his old age. He will have few comforts during his childhood. 28. During the Pratyak dasa (Moon Dasa), after the completion of his 43rd year, the native will have difficult time for next 3 years. This will coincide with civil unrest in his native’s country. 29. The Mandaladhipathi will die and after the change of the ruler peace will be restored. After the 16th year of the native, there will be famine and shortage of food grains in the world. 30. When Saturn transits in the navamsa sign of Sun or in its trinal signs, the native’s king will face death in enemy lands. 31. The death of King may also happen when Saturn moves in the navamsa sign of 9th lord, or its trines or in the 7th sign. 32. When transit Saturn moves in the sign occupied by Mars in navamsa, or in its trines attaining the same longitude of Mars, there will be great famine in the country of the native. 33. During the Pratyak dasa, Moon Dasa, of the native, when transit Saturn moves in Libra, there will be a great famine and shortage of food grains that lead to deaths of many people.

34. When Saturn joins Rahu in the 12th house aspected by benefic planets, the native will suffer rekha yoga for some time and kemadruma yoga for some time. 35. Saturn in the 12th, Jupiter in the 4th and Moon in the 8th will give the native Rajayoga sometimes and Kartari yoga some other times. 36. When such Moon is placed in Kartari, the native will suffer huge difficulties in the first half of Moon dasa. 37. When the native attains 46th year, he will have Surya yoga for 3 years. He will have comforts from his other wife (second wife) and will have gain of wealth. 38. (Same as 36). 39. The native will have arishtha to his wife. 40. He will marry for the 2nd time immediately after the death of his 1st wife and will enjoy comforts in the next Saturn antara. (So death of the first wife will happen in Moon-Rahu). He will have fortunate period starting with Jupiter bhukti and continuing into the Saturn bhukti. 41. The native will have marriage in Pratyak dasa (Moon dasa) and will have auspicious events happening in his house. He will gain wealth and comforts as a result of the Koorma Yoga. 42. During the Pratyak dasa, and the bhuktis of Moon or Mars, the native will have children in other islands (????). 43. Because of the Koorma Yoga, the native will have great wealth and comforts because of many endeavours in the 2nd half of the dasa.

44. When transit Saturn attains the same longitude of 11th lord or the 6th lord while moving in the sign occupied by them in navamsa or their trines, the native’s sister will die. 45. This shall happen during the 51st year or 48th year of the native. 46. The native born in Koorma yoga will enjoy comforts during the dasa of the ascendant lord. He will have comforts from his 2nd wife and will enjoy the women in his old age. 47. During the currency of the dasa of Mars, the lord of Chandra lagna, and the bhukti of Jupiter, the native will have very difficult times and may have fear of untimely death. 48. He may suffer because of the death of his equivalents in the family or of his female children. If this does not happen, he may suffer because of loss of wealth at the end of the dasa. 49. For the native who was born in Aries ascendant and Cancer navamsa, the dasa of Mars will be comfortable. During the Rahu dasa also the native will have happy events like marriage of his son.

50. During the 63rd year of the native when Jupiter bhukti was current in Rahu dasa, the native will have the fear of untimely death. But he will attain peace after performing remedial measures. 51. The native will die in his 77th year during the dasa of naidhanesha (8th star lord, Rahu dasa). 52. He will die in the three solar months starting with Taurus or in the solar month of Capricorn. He will die on a Monday during early morning. 53. The native having malefic planets in the 12th house will have unnatural and painful death. He will have a son in his old age. His next birth will be of abominable nature.

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1448. The native will have three sisters. 1451. Swabharyanugamishyati (Wife will follow him in death). 1452. His own half-sister will also follow her husband in death unable to bear the pain of separation. 1456. According to others’ opinion, father will have three wives. 1459. Father’s death may happen in the birth dasa (Mercury dasa), or otherwise in the vipat dasa (Venus dasa). 1460. Father will die in the same bhukti of Sampat dasa (Ketu-Ketu) suffering with diseases. 1463. The native will have many female children and will be longing to have sons. 1464. When the dispositor of the 7th lord occupies his debilitation sign, the native will be blessed with sons from his 2nd wife and he will lose his elder brother. 1465. When two malefic planets occupy the 12th house, the native will be fickle minded because of lack of sons. He will be bereft of comforts from his wife and will suffer because of death of brothers. 1466. His sister will suffer widowhood and the native will always be of sinful thoughts. When the 7th lord occupies Scorpio in navamsa, 1467-1468. The native will join prostitutes and will have two wives, during the pratyak dasa (Moon dasa), when transit Saturn reaches the longitude of the 5th lord while moving in a sign identical with the sign occupies by the 5th lord in navamsa, the native’s mother will meet an unnatural and painful death. Later he will be in great pain because of the death of his wife. 1469. The native may lose his wife in his 32nd or 38th or 42nd or 44th year.

1470. During the dasa of Moon who is in durbhagavastha, the native will suffer the loss of his brother and wife. There may be trouble to an infant in the house also. 1471. During the currency of the kshema dasa (Sun dasa) the native will be blessed with daughters. In the pratyak dasa (Moon dasa) he will have mental affliction after the marriage of his daughter. 1472. During the dasa of debilitated planet (Moon) the native will have severe difficulties and will lose his accumulated wealth.

1473. When the 2nd lord Venus is placed in a Kendra and joined with Jupiter, the native will have a wealth of more than 300 (gold coins). 1474. When the 10th lord joins Rahu, the native born in Cancer navamsa will carry out business joined with his friends. 1475. He will be endowed with quadrupeds, grains and money but will be a miser. He will not have faith in anybody because of Moon occupying his debilitation sign (Tribhagage?). 1476. He will live in another village or in a town and will be fortunate throughout his life. 1477. When Saturn joins Rahu in the 12th in the birth chart, the native will lose money in the year of his marriage. He will suffer some loss in business in the Pratyak dasa (Moon dasa). 1478. Some money will be lost because of some official works and some more will be lost because of his sister’s friend. He will have unfortunate periods in between and fewer comforts. 1482. At the least he will have more than 100 coins of wealth continuously. 1484. Mother’s death will happen because of cruel animals like tigers.

1488-1489. During the middle of pratyak dasa (Moon dasa), the native will suffer loss of wife. During the Vipat dasa (Venus dasa) there will be change of king in his native kingdom or in the country where he lives. 1491. When transit Saturn moves in the sign occupied by Sun in navamsa, or in its trines attaining the same longitude of Sun, there will be great famine in the country of the native. 1493. Because of kemadruma, the native have severe mental affliction. 1494. The kartari yoga is akin to the kemadruma in its effects. 1495. During the dasa of Moon who is making these two malefic yogas, and in the antara of Jupiter, the native will lose his wife to death. 1498. In all the dasa and especially in the pratyak dasa (Moon dasa), the native will suffer sorrow (Santapam not Santanam) in the bhuktis of Moon, Mars and Jupiter.1500. When transit Saturn attains the same longitude of 11th lord or the 6th lord while moving in the sign occupied by them in navamsa or their trines, the native’s siblings will die. 1502. For the native who is born in kurma yoga the dasa of Mars will be auspicious. 1507. Death will be during the end of naidhanesha dasa (Rahu-Mars).