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[jyotish-news] JN - MARCH 2000 - PART - II

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  • Sarat Chander
    UNVEILING THE LORDSHIP OF DIVISIONAL CHARTS (Part I) Gauranga das Divisional charts (Vargas or Amsas) are very peculiar to Jyotish, and they are not found in
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 16, 2000


      Gauranga das


      Divisional charts (Vargas or Amsas) are very peculiar to Jyotish, and they are not found in other systems of astrology. Maharish Parashara describes 16 divisional charts in his great work. We would propose that in the ancient times many more divisional charts were in use by Vedic astrologers, however, they require so much refined skills that most astrologers at the present time use only a few even of the sixteen Vargas described by the Maharishi.

      Even Parashara, who describes the casting and the lordships of the divisional charts in the most detailed way, does not go into detail in respect of analyzing or interpreting the different Vargas, so most of the time the astrologers are left alone in their efforts to make use of them. As one of the things, tha Maharishi describes the lordships of the different portions of the signs in the divisional charts in his Brihar Parashara Hora Shaastra. So after going through the appropriate chapters the reader is left with the feeling that the lords of the Varga portions might have great significance in interpreting the Graha positions in the divisional charts. Herewith an attempt is made to shed some light on the significance of these lords.

      Lords of the Rasis (D-1)

      Of course we know that the Rasi chart is the root of the horoscope, therefore the most part of the attention is devoted to it's study, and this is where the Jyotisha Shastras give the most information. We know, that the Rasis usually represent the singifications and traits that are connected with their lords. The odd and even Rasis beginning from Mesha (Aries) are denoted as being male and female, or malefic and benefic respectively, therefore the planets that own two signs will always own one benefic and one malefic sign. This might show the dual nature of all the planets for the exception of the Sun and the Moon, who own only one sign. Let's go through the lordship of the signs shortly:

      Mars lords Aries (-) and Scorpio (+), Venus lords Taurus (+) and Libra (-), Mercury owns Gemini(-) and Virgo (+), Jupiter owns Sagittarius (-) and Pisces (+) and Saturn owns Capricorn(+) and Aquarius(-). The Moon owns Cancer, which is a benefic sign and the Sun owns Leo, which is a malefic one. This gives a clue why the Moon is taken as a natural benefic, and the Sun as a natural malefic. The above classification of lordships at once places the five Grahas in a separate class from the Sun and the Moon. We will refer to this difference later on as well. Out of the two signs with double ownership, Scorpio, having Ketu as its sublord, is a benefic sign, while Aquarius, having Rahu as its sublord is a malefic one. Hence, this will show that Ketu mey be taken as a natural benefic (Moksha-karaka) and Rahu as a natural malefic.

      Lords of the Hora (D-2)

      Although there are different methods described for drawing the Hora chart, and these different types of Hora are used for different purposes, the Soli-Lunar Hora described by the Maharishi is very interesting. Parashara states that in odd signs the first half is the Surya Hora, and the second half is the Chandra Hora, The reverse is true in case of even Rashis. An interesting analogy may be drawn between the beginnig Hora of a sign and it's benefic/malefic or male/female nature. The signs which begin with the Sun Hora, reflect the Sun's nature in being malefic and male, while the ones beginning with the Moon Hora would reflect the Moon's being benefic and feminine.

      In the classification of the cabinet of the planets the Sun and the Moon are given royal status, while the other Grahas are inferior. In the Puranic literature one may find the genealogy tables of the universe beginning from Brahma, the first created living entity, down to the Maharishis and the great kings of the world. We find there two royal families emerging: the Surya-vamsha, the lineage of the Sun-god, and the Soma-Vamsha, the lineage of the Moon-god. The two great avatars Shri Rama and Shri Krishna appeared in these two dinasties, Rama in the Surya-vamsha, and Krishna in the Soma-vamsha. This connection is also shown where the Maharishi lists the Dasaavataaras as the personalities ruling the different Grahas. As the Hora chart is to be considered for wealth, by worshipping Rama and Krishna, or chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, our finacial position will be no doubt satisfactory.

      Parashara Rishi also states that the lords of the Moon Hora are the Pitriganas, or the forefathers, and the lords of the Sun Hora are the Devatas, or demigods. Therefore while judging the planetary positions in the two Horas, those in the Moon Hora may show wealth inherited from the parents,or forefathers, especially Jupiter may show this, as He is exalted in Cancer, and is the natural significator of the father. Those with benefic Moon Hora may even find the wealth of their predecessord hidden in their house in the Dasa of some planet in the Moon Hora.

      On the other hand, the planets in the Sun Hora mey denote self-earned wealth, i.e. wealth obtained by executing our duties and this satisfying the Devatas. Typically the night is the time lorded by the Moon, and most of the people do not work during the night. And the daytime is lorded by the Sun, and this is the time when we make efforts to gain wealth.

      Lords of the Drekkanas (D-3)

      The lords of the three Decanates in the movable signs are Narada, Agastya and Durvasa Munis, in the fixed ones the order begins from Agastya, and in the dual ones it begins from Durvasa. What is the signifcance of these three personalities? Narada Muni was the receptor of the Bhakti-khanda, that is, he received from his father, Brahma the knowledge of devotion to the Supreme Lord. Bhakti is the prime necessity of the soul, therefore Narada might represent the Atma, or the soul. Agastya Muni is lined with Manas, or the mind in many places in the Vedas. And Durvasa Muni was famous from his efforts to control his senses, therefore he represents the Indriyas, or senses. So we might say that the three Drekkanas of the signs may refer to the soul, the mind and the senses.

      Parashara Rishi states that the Drekkana Chakra should be analized with regard to siblings, or co-borns. We might conclude that the planets in the Drekkanas ruled by Narada would denote our spiritual/karmic relations to the native's brothers, and may even signify Godbrothers (disciples of the same Guru), those in the Drekkanas ruled by Agastya would signify the mental/psychological effects from brothers, and those in the Drekkanas ruled by Durvasa would refer to the sensual/physical comfort or discomfort caused by the brothers and sisters.

      Lords of the Chaturthamsha (D-4)

      The lords of the four parts of a Rasi are Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatkumara  and Sanatana. They are also the sons of Brahma and they inherited the Jnaana-kanda, or the philosophical knowledge from their father. Therfore the Chaturthamsha has close connections with one's learning, and of course the fortunes, which are based on learning as well. The four Kumaras stayed  bachelors and did not grow further in their physique than a five-year old boy.  Their bodies remained eternally youthful because of their mystic abilities which were based on their spiritual knowledge. The four Kumaras showed  that the real fortune is to attain the association of the Supreme Lord Vishnu. The four Kumaras represent the following four principles of knowledge:  Saamkhya, or the analytical study of the elements; Yoga, or practicing  mysticism for enlightenment; Tapas, or voluntary penance for the attainment of knowledge; and Vairagya, or renunciation of attachments for attaining liberation respectively.

      The placement of the planets in the four parts of the Rashis would show how the native cultivates these principles in the course of his learning, and how will he attain fortunes through them.

      (to be continued)

      OH LA LA


      By Christopher Cooper

       Oh La La Gopala La, Oh La La

      This is Rhada's Song

      Your skin looks like the deep luminous blue of the cloud heads,

      As they slowly role over the verdant valley,

      Like a majestic army in pompous progress,

      Bringing bird songs and gentle cooling rains.

      Your black and dancing  hair graceful as honey bees in flight,

      These waterfalls, or like the night's air,

      Dark and rich, and vast beyond compare.

      The glances that from Your intoxicating eyes,

      Elephant eyes,

      Arrest, ensnare, they speak and breathtakingly surprise.

      They speak the secret language of Timeless Love,

      Free from error, innocent as a doe or dove,

      Knows not to despise,

      Is free from fear and hunger, is free from lies.

      Oh, how these looks flash so,

      Like lovely rainbow hued brilliance of lightening.

      Your melodious laughter, like wondrous thunder

      Is so thrilling and frightening.

      So come, oh come, oh fair and sun faced One.

      The sweet warm fragrance the jungle blossoms and meadow grasses,

      Parrots, the pleasing breezes that play in the mountain passes,

      The moon, water lilies, and peacocks, and dew drops, and the dawn,

      All of these and much much more and more,

      Are Your charming gem ornaments, garment adornments,

      Like light of opulent heavenly silk.

      Oh so casually, exquisitely, and on a grand cosmic scale,

      Youthful Trickster Lover, You dance and sport and sing and sail,

      Whirling like a proud flag unfurling in the company of celestial cow herd maiden girls.

      Govinda You are galloping, frolicking,

      Peacefully playing in pastures,

      Pastures of pure pleasure,

      Forever Yours.  Forever Yours, mischievous, blue, divine and adored,

      Come and give me a kiss!

      And in Your blue arms strong,

      And in Your golden flute's song,

      There are treasures, heavens, pleasures, marvels, mysteries,

      And whole wide worlds that are held entranced, enchanted,

      and free, I hope you enjoyed the poem.

      May God Bless us As You smile a smile, like Sita's bewitching smile,

      and may all brings be happy.

      And cast Your super-eminently sweet, wonderful, Respectfully, And irresistibly

      mystical spell.

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