Friday, September 18, 2009

Jaimini Navamsa - An Update

Om Namah Sivaya

Dear friends,

This is reference to Sri Narasimha post on Sohamsa list on seeing Ishta Devata in 12th from AK in Vimsamsa. According to BPHS, the Upasana is to be seen from D-20 and following that advice, the logic used Sri Narasimha seems to be correct.
Yet, in Jaimini system, Karakamsa plays an important role in understandoing the person devotion. Karaka + Amsa generally means, the Amsa occupied by Atma Karaka planet. Sage Jaimini in his sutra stated "Atha Swamso Grahanaam". It is a very potent sutra since the Sage indicates "Swa", which generally means AK. Yet, there is a lot more to it than the apparent. Swakaraka is an important planet and Kalpalatha deals a great deal with it. So, for the sake of clarity, let us all take AK as Swa Karaka. Vimsamsa never been dealt in any Jaimini works, so let us not go into debate whether Jaimini rejected or accepted it, but first let us concentrate on the parameters given in this school of thought.
The following two are the links to my Jaimini Navamsa article.
The first link gives North Indian Chart version. The south Indian chart versionis missing with me, so I uploaded the Notrh Indian chart version.The second link was uploaded by SA and gives the part2 of the artilce and givessouth Indian charts version.The first part explains the calculation of Jaimini Navamsa and Ishta devataconcepts, where as the second part explains the other aspects of Jaimini Navamsalike Karma Yoga etc.
I had explained Krishana Mishra Navamsa on this webpage elsewhere as well. This is named as Jaimini Navamsa by Sri Rangacharya. Let us see how this variation works in seeing Devata Bhakti.

Before going to the discussion on charts, let me state that reckoning houses and Argala for Rahu and Ketu was clearly explained by Krishna Mishra. I dont know whether it is explained in BPHS, if it was how this was missed by scholars ? There are some Jaimini commentaries which take "Tatviparitam Rahu Ketvoh" for the Argala.

In the most of the charts discussed by Sri Narasimha in the post, the Krishna Mishra Navamsa works wonderful. Below, I explain the Jaimini pointers with Krishna Mishra Navamsa. I am writing this post spontaneously and any errors may kindly be forgiven.

1. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, explained in the article as how Durga becomes Ishta Devata.

2. Sarada Mata - No planet occupies the 12th from AK in Jaimini Navamsa, yet the aspect of Rahu from 9th house of Karakamsa, on 12th lord Mars explains the influence on Durga. Also look at the conjunction of Rahu with Yogada Saturn which contributed to a large extent.

3. Swami Vivekananda - It was a very clear principle from Jaimini thought that how Influence of Jupiter on 12th makes a person "Bramhatma Vadi" and a Vedanti. Look at the two best benefic planet Jupiter and Venus in 12th from AK. Though there is aspect of Rahu on the combination, which doesn't make much difference.

Swami Vivekananda is considered great philosopher and excelled in Vedanta which is a clear attributes of Jupiter influence and if we take D-20 as you suggested, only there is Rahu and Ketu influence which doen't suffice.

4. In case of Swami Trigunatitananda chart, 12th from AK Jupiter, occupied by Mercury and Mars shows the influence of Vaishnava. Look at Mercury is strong being in friends house. There was a clear dictum from Ancient Jaimini works that aspect of Moon sign lord / Moon / or Jupiter leads to traditional Vishnavism. If we take D-20, there is a clear influence of Rahu / Ketu which never attributed to Vaishnavism except the apect of Saturn from Virgo.

5. Srila Prabhupada - I have clearly explained in my article.

Look at the Krishna Mishra Navamsa, Saturn, Ketu and Jupiter occupied the 12th from AK Moon (As you know, we dont consider Rahu to be AK). It clearly shows the connection of Vaishnavism (Saturn).

There is a clear dictum that Saturn in conjunction with Jupiter makes a person a Vaishnavite and follows Ramanuja Sampradaya. Look athe aspect of Venus from Saturn house (Madhva mata Sampradaya) on the 12th lord Mars. Goudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya is believed to be initiated by a Madhvacharya.

The connection of Ketu in 12th inself shows the highest spirtual experience and liberation.
The debilitation of Saturn is lessened by conjunction of Jupiter.

If we take AK as Rahu and D-20 and your logic, we get Jupiter in 12th in debilitation, which is detrimental for spirtuality.

6. Tridandi Chinna Jeeyar Swami, I dont have his chart and hence can't comment.

7. In case of Ramana Maharshi, he is known not for his devotion towards Lord Shiva. He is a Vedanti, which is clearly shown by the Ketu in 12th from AK Moon. The aspect of Moon sign lord Mercury, Venus lessen the aspect of Mars on Ketu. It is a clear dictum the combination of Mars, Venus, Rahu, Saturn with a Jupiter leads a person to a Sanyasi (Virakti). Though the combination doen't occur in this chart in full pledged manner. Yet, look at aspect of Jupiter, Saturn and Rahu on 12th lord Venus making him a Sanyasi. (Is it also called Avadhuta).

Kindly verify whether this much clarity is seen in D-20 as well.

8. Swami Chandrasekhara Saraswati - Look at the aspect of Juputer, Sun and Mars on 12th of AK Saturn. It is enough to understand his devotion towards Lord Shiva.

9. In case of Prof Krishnamurthi, AK is Mars and 12th from him is not occupied by anu planet. A strong influence of Sun, Rahu (from 5th) and Ketu on debilitated Mars led him to Uchhista Ganapati Upasana. This is the only info I have regarding Sri Krishna Murthi and can't comment much on his Ishta Devata.

10. By entering the details given by Sri Narasimha, I get AK as Moon and you write AK Saturn, so no comment.

11. In case of Paramahamsa Yogananda, the AK Venus in Sg with Jupiter and Moon and Mercury in 5th from it shows the wonderful learning in tradition. The connection of Jup, Venus, Moon and Mercury on Karakamsa and its 5th indicate the person a (Prabandha Karta), shows why his autobiography of a Yogi is so revered in the world.

12th is unoccupied, having aspects from Rahu, Saturn and Ketu and Mercury and Moon. Lord Mars is influenced by Venus and Jupiter. So almost all the planets excepting Sun influence the 12th house. As explained in Ramana Maharshi case, the influence of Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, and Rahu leads a person into Renunciation.

The above combinations, I culled from the Jaimini commentaries available with us. Here, as well, I am sticking to the basics. So, my humble request to all is not to ignore the valuable other Jaimini resouces. If we ignore them for the sake of our ignorance of Sanskrit language or the complexity of the Jaimini System, we will be at loss as our earlier generations have been.
I request the readers to test the principles various charts and come to conclusion. As other scholar requested to clarify, this Navamsa shall, IMHO, invaraibly used to understand the Karakamsa chapter of Jaimini Sutras. JHora also gives this variation of Navamsa, thanks to Narasimha. Jaimini light software also gives it.

Warm regards,

Friday, September 11, 2009

Chara Dasa - A Classical Reference

Shri Ganeshaya Namah

Dear Friends,

Last month, I introduced the Chara Dasa (Raghava Bhatta – Nrisimha Suri) variation with ample explanation and, of course, some of the ancient commentaries on the Jaimini system as well. I know the list is not exhaustive, but gives a glimpse of the vast knowledge that needs to be explored. I request the astrological fraternity to come forward and share the rare manuscripts to the public since the authors or the commentators of those valuable resources never intended them to be the household secrets or treasure. Since, I never intended this blog to be a forum as similar to some of the Parampara internet forums where they discuss and authenticate only the teachings of their Paramapara. I don’t want to write the names, but intelligent readers may ponder the state of affairs regarding the Jaimini on Internet. Yet, in this blog, I venture to write some strong comments with only academic interest.

As I promised that I would give more authentic information on Chara Dasa, this month I am giving that information on Chara Dasa that ordains the Padakrama order for Chara Dasa. Please go through the following and my comments in the later part of this blog. I hope readers would forgive me for not disclosing the name of the text from which I culled this info. I kept this secret for the very obvious reasons that readers could easily understand.

The following text is culled from *******, a very important commentary and sometimes revered as Magnum Opus of Jaimini System

अस्यामेव दशायां चरदशामार्ग उच्यते
asyāmeva daśāyāṁ caradaśāmārga ucyate
लग्नमारभ्य पदक्रमेण दशानेया
तस्यां रुद्राश्रये रुद्र दृष्टराशौ वा तत्तदायुर्भेदेन मृतिः वाच्यः
lagnamārabhya padakrameṇa daśāneyā
tasyāṁ rudrāśraye rudra dṛṣṭarāśau vā tattadāyurbhedena mṛtiḥ vācyaḥ
अथ चतुर्णामपि दशानां राशिमारभ्य ईशपर्यंतं
atha caturṇāmapi daśānāṁ rāśimārabhya īśaparyaṁtaṁ

चरक्रमेण दशानेया ओजे क्रमेण युग्मे व्युत्क्रमेण
carakrameṇa daśāneyā oje krameṇa yugme vyutkrameṇa

कारकास्तु राश्यधिपा येव
एव विधायकस्य क्रमेण ग्रहान् परिकल्प्या भावाश्च विचारणीयाः
अत एव अस्याः दशायाः चरदशेतिनाम
kārakāstu rāśyadhipā yeva
eva vidhāyakasya krameṇa grahān parikalpyā bhāvāśca vicāraṇīyāḥ
ata eva asyāḥ daśāyāḥ caradaśetināma

चरदशायां एवं फलकथन प्रकारः
राशेः कारकस्य वा पापयोगे तद्दशायां क्लेशः
एवं तमेव राशिं लग्नस्थाने अभिषिच्य सर्वेपि भावाः योजनीयाः रास्यारूढादिकमपि चिंतनीयम्
दशानयनेषु वृद्धि ह्रासावपि चिंतनीयाविति चरदशा प्रकरणम्
caradaśāyāṁ evaṁ phalakathana prakāraḥ
rāśeḥ kārakasya vā pāpayoge taddaśāyāṁ kleśaḥ
evaṁ tameva rāśiṁ lagnasthāne abhiṣicya sarvepi bhāvāḥ yojanīyāḥ rāsyārūḍhādikamapi ciṁtanīyam
daśānayaneṣu vṛddhi hrāsāvapi ciṁtanīyāviti caradaśā prakaraṇam

Literal Translation:

I am giving below a very literal translation and request to forgive me for the errors.

Now, the Chara Dasa is being explained. This dasa shall be started from Lagna and be progressed in Pada Krama order. Death will occur in the signs occupied by the Rudra planet or the signs aspected by him. The dasa years shall be calculated from the dasa sign to the sign occupied by its lord for these four types of the dasas. (Note: The author of this work explained, at an earlier part, that there were four types of Chara Dasas).

If the Lagna is odd sign, the dasa shall move in zodiacal direction and anti zodiacal for the even sign. The dasa karaka for this dasa sign is none other than the lord of the sign itself. And the respective Karakas for the other Bhavas shall be reckoned form this Karaka (Using Graha Chakra). The respective bhava results may be ascertained from this Bhava Karakas as well.

Results of Chara Dasa:

1. The dasa sign shall be treated as dasa lagna and the houses shall be delineated from the dasa sign.
2. If the dasa sign or the dasa karaka is influenced by malefic, the dasa will be give troubles.
3. The Rasyarudha (Sign Arudha) may be calculated and its results shall be studied.
4. The Vriddhi (Increase) and Hrasa (decrease) may be used in calculating the dasa.

My Notes:

Now from the above Sanskrit text and translation, it is evident that in Chara dasa, we need to consider Padakrama and it shall always starts from Lagna and the direction is based on the oddity of Lagna. Sign Arudha (Rasyarudha) and Aspect Arudha (Drishtyarudha) are two important Arudhas introduced by this text and extensively used By Raghava Bhatta. As exposed by Sri Rangacharya, the Aspect Arudha finds its extensive use in Drig Dasa which is based on Aspects. Readers may read commentary by Sri Rangacharya Sign Arudha. It looks the author of this work intends that this dasa may be used as Ayurdasa and accordingly he categorized this as Phalita and Ayurdasa as well.

Again, as a promise, I will write the exposition of Drig dasa which extensively uses Aspect Arudha Drishtyarudha as given in Jataka Sara Sangraha. I am really overwhelmed by the contents and explanation by Raghava Bhatta and that’s why his name referred as frequently as possible here.

Contradictory Points:

BPHS and Neelakantha:

Now, the interesting points are which differ from BPHS Chara Dasa and Neelakanta Chara Dasa. Readers may ponder that BPHS Chara Dasa and Neelakanta Chara Dasa are similar in most respects. I purposefully stated this as BPHS Chara Dasa not Parasara Chara Dasa for obvious reasons.

This version of Chara Dasa

1. Doesn’t say that dasa movement according to oddity of 9th house.
2. Dasa movement is always according to the oddity of Lagna.
3. Stresses on Padakrama order
4. Is based on the Oja and Yugma signs, not on Vishama Pada and Samapada signs.
5. Usage of Rudra and Rasyarudha

IMHO, except Neelakantha, no other original commentator approves the view of 9th house rule for Chara Dasa. We can understand this if we study the Chara Dasa by Raghava Bhatta, Nrisimha Suri and of course this text as well. Please go through the previous blogs to appreciate this.

A Parampara Dasa in the name of Lord Vishnu:

Next, the points are differing from a popular dasa in the name of Lord Vishnu as advocated by a Parampara. Let us call it ND. I discuss this only for academic purpose and I intend neither controversy intended nor defaming them.
The Paramapara unfortunately never discusses any standard Jaimini commentary in their possession, nor quote them in their articles. One self claimed scholar of that Parampara even writes that the students of the parampara not necessarily read the ancient commentaries since their Gurudev has already done that and tested them. He opines that reading other texts is Rajasic and perhaps reading the books of their Gurudev works is Sattvic and sufficient for them.

One day, I was informed by one scholar of the Parampara that their Parampara recognizes another Navamsa in the name of Somanatha Navamsa. I requested the scholar to produce the relevant verse that gives the variation and he admitted he didn’t bother to learn about the source. So nice of him to admit. When I offered him that the available, IMHO corrupted, verse of Somanatha, he never turned up to discuss and they run a scholar program in the name of Sage Jaimini.

Sometime later, I requested another scholar of the same parampara about the source of Somanatha Navamsa that their Parampara recently introduced in their secret teachings. That scholar informed me that the name derived as Somanatha since the ancestors of the Parampara were migrated from Gujarat and the linkage with Somanatha temple. I can’t help myself but knocking my head to the wall. Then, I asked about Somanatha Drekkana, you know, the answer was obvious. The scholar explained that for the very reason it was given by Somanatha.

And, the first scholar mentioned above, writes that their Parampara is a living lineage of Jaimini and they fail to understand the source of Somanatha Navamsa and its reckoning. Another scholar of the same parampara warns the students about the Guru Chandala Yoga in the sky (which is not in reality since Jupiter is retro in Capricorn and far away from Rahu) and its effect on Sage Jaimini teachings.

There are many things which I don’t want to discuss here. Thanks for your patience.

Coming back to the Chara dasa,

1. The above text authenticates using Padakrama order for Chara Dasa, which is also followed in ND.

2. ND follows Vishama Pada and Sama Pada of 9th house where as this text ordains using only oddity of Lagna for ascertaining the direction of dasa.

3. ND asks us to start the dasa from the stronger of Lagna and its 7th, where as this text specifies that Chara Dasa always starts from Lagna.

4. There are much more additions/ research etc. like Saturn exception, Ketu exception and Leo exception etc., which no other available sources acknowledge. And unfortunately, the Paramapara never bother to disclose or inquire the original verses for their claims. Nevertheless, this ND dasa is an intelligent extension of principles and readers may try its veracity.

IMHO, The Parampara looks to have cleverly mixed the Neelakanta Chara Dasa with this variation with some other intelligent modifications and came up with a dasa in the name of Lord Vishnu. The following graphic depicts the same. Of course I may be wrong, yet one can appreciate better if they bringforth the relevant manuscript or resource, lest it becomes highly impossible to know whether it is their parampara research or individual attempt.

The text discussed above is, perhaps, the first commentary explains the padakrama for Chara Dasa, which was also followed in Jataka Sara Sangraha. Fortunately, the text discussed here, at a later chapter, mentions the Vishama Pada and Sama Pada and their usage in another dasa, but not for Chara Dasa. It again discusses the Ketu exception for another dasa and the Gurudev of the paramapara writes as if it was his own research/interpretation.

Raghava Bhatta Chara Dasa:

In comparison with RB-NS Chara Dasa, there are many interesting points and that are tabulated below.

1. Both use the Padakrama order, which is very important for the Phalita Dasas. If we study the 2nd adhyaya of Jaimini Sutras, we can observe definitely specific padakrama jumps invariably used for most Phalita dasas. For example, Drig Dasa and Mandooka Dasa use Trikona Padakrama in Udaya Chakra, where as Chara Paryaya Dasa uses another Padakrama in Prakritai Chakra.

2. The Dasa start sign varies according to gender of the native in RB-NS which is not indicated in this text.

3. The calculation of Dasa years also differs. RB-NS uses Nadha Prabriti Rasyantah principle, where as this text uses Nadhantah Sama Principle.

I request the readers to add this info and study these variations and I sincerely hope Jaimini System would be placed at its deserving position. Somebody on a forum expressed that Astrology doesn’t start and, of course, end with Jaimini. As far as I am concerned, it is exactly reverse.

In the next blog, we will discuss the “Swaste Darah” rule from another ancient text.

Seeking Blessings,

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