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Background – In Jyotish, there are many tools that help us timing an event.  However, which tool to use when and how is usually unclear. What is more frustrating is these tools are combined together and we get a very confusing picture as each tool would give opposite interpretations. Maharishi Parasara and Jaimini have given many tools, of which I will restrict myself to explaining just three.  The three tools are Rasi Dristi Graha Drishti Argalā Rasi Dristi – This is the aspect of the signs where Chara Rasis (movable signs) aspect the Sthira Rasis (fixed sings) and vice-versa (excluding the adjacent sign).  However, the dual signs aspect each other.  Rasi Drishti is a permanent aspect like two adjoining houses in a neighborhood.  What can at best change is the people who live in houses.  Both the houses know the existence of the other house and hence they have complete knowledge of the same.  That is the reason; Rasi Drishti is said to have the quality of knowledge. Graha Drishti – This is the aspect of the grahas.  This is an aspect that is more of a desire.  This aspect is not permanent in nature and is conditioned to the dasa-antra dasa effects.  The good or bad results of this aspect are due to our own desires or right or wrong perceptions.  For example, Shani graha dristi brings sorrow.  If this aspect is on the 2nd house, this means sorrow due to family. This sorrow is due to our own desire and perception we may have towards our family.  I call this graha dristi as the outcome of our own expectation management. Argalā – An event happens due to Rasi dristi, graha dristi, and graha Sambhandha like yuti, parivarthana, etc. However, how the event is finally sealed and delivered is due to Argalā.  The concept of Argalā may be confusing at first.  Hence we need more examples just to understand this tricky and yet powerful tool in Jyotish.  When an event is to happen, Argalā will show who or/and what are interfering and influencing in the affairs of that event.  Hence Argalā is on houses and grahas as well.  We can understand the intervention on grahas/houses and also Naisargika karakas. This is the reason; Argalā is also called as a bolt that seals the event. There are many levels of Argalā, but I will be restricting this paper only to primary Argalā.  Secondary and tertiary Argalā is more advanced and hopefully, I will write about them as well in the future. Primary Argalā – Signs/planets in the 2nd, 4th, or 11th from a sign/planet intervene in the affairs (meaning they cause Argalā), while signs/planets in the 12th, 10th or 3rd from a sign/planet obstruct the Argalā or intervention.  This obstruction is called Virodha Argalā. We see there are activities and a reaction working in pairs here.  The 12th blocks the 2nd, the 10th blocks the 4th, and the 3rd blocks the 11th.   If one looks carefully, these are the same houses that are involved in temporary relationships between planets.  The Argalā of the 2nd is called Dhana Argalā; the Argalā of the 4th is called Sukha Argalā while the 11th Argalā is called Labha Argalā. Let us try to understand the application of Argalā and the chart I have picked is that of Dhirubhai Ambani, one of the richest men India has seen.  It is obvious that there is an umpteen number of Dhana yoga’s in the chart.  What we will see the Argalā on dhanakaraka, Jupiter. Jupiter is the Lagna lord and the 4th lord, placed in the 10th, a powerful Kendra.  We will take Jupiter in Virgo as the focal point.  Jupiter is placed in Virgo, a benefic sign.  There is no Argalā from Libra as there are no planets.  The sign of Libra however shows business and market.   There are mars giving Virodha Argalā from Leo.  Thus mars will have a say in the money matters of the person.  Mars represents all that has to do with engineering, factories, mechanical industries, and entrepreneurial skills.  Shani, the lord of the 2nd has Rasi dristi on this mars and Shani is the karaka (apart from others) of oil, petroleum. Sun and moon have Argalā on Jupiter and there is no obstruction from Gemini. Mars also is the Chara atmakaraka.  Surya indicates working with people in the government and he did have many connections to the politically powerful people. Moon also has Argalā on Jupiter and it is a known fact that Dhirubhai Ambani actually started clothes and yarn business with his partner. This partnership ended eventually due to the temperament mismatch between Dhirubhai and this partner.  Chandra is the karaka for emotions, clothes, yarn, and polyester and is the 8th lord, clearly showing an abrupt end to the partnership.  This Argalā of Sun and Moon is not countered from the 10th house. Hence all the influences of Sun and moon on money matters will dominate. It is interesting to note that Jupiter as the Dhana Karaka is having a Rasi dristi on Lagna, Sun, and moon.  The mutual equation is complete.  The 11th house from Jupiter is Karaka has no graha and this has a Virodha Argalā from Scorpio hosting Venus and mercury.  Venus rules the entire private sector, whereas mercury rules business and they have an influence on Jupiter, the Dhana karaka.  If we look closely, Karaka has SL (Shree Lagna showing the blessings of Maha Lakshmi) and Scorpio has GL (Ghatika Lagna showing power) and HL (Hora Lagna showing money). In the same way, we can see the invisible hand of Argalā on all houses and other karakas as well. [...] Read more...
Maharishi Parasra in chapter 3 ग्रहगुणस्वरूपाध्यायः teaches || त्रिकोणात्‌ स्वात्‌सुखस्वाऽन्त्यधीधर्मायुःस्वतुङ्गपाः। सुहृदो रिपवश्वान्वे  समाश्चोभयलक्षणाः|| Translation – The lords of the signs which are 4th, 2nd, 12th, 5th, 9th and the 8th from the Moola trikona sign of the graha and the lords of the exalted signs of each planet are friendly of the particular planet. (BPHS – G.C Sharma). By this, we know that houses  3rd, 6th, 7th, 10th and 11th from the Moola trikona sign are NOT friendly to the graha in question. For example, the Moola trikona of Surya is Leo. Hence, Sun does not like 3rd (Libra, Venus), 6th (Capricorn , Saturn), 7th  (Aquarius , Saturn and Rahu), 10th (Taurus, Venus ) and 11th (Gemini, Merucry). If you notice, as per Sun’s viewpoint Venus and Saturn both end up owning bad houses. This is the reason Venus and Saturn are enemies of Sun. When we notice the relationship of Mercury, we see that Mercury owns the 2nd (good) and 11th (bad) from Sun’s viewpoint. This means that Sun supports the purity of Virgo, but hates the promiscuity of Gemini. Hence Sun treats Mercury is a sama or neutral. We can do this exercise for all the graha’s and in the end, we understand the naisargika (natural) sambhandas or relationships between grahas. While the natural relationships between graha’s are well documented in standard jyotish texts, I want to get a little deeper into this by seeing these relationships from the viewpoint of the Chara Atmakaraka. As I have taught in my jyotish classes and also in previous articles, the importance of chara atmakaraka is paramount. The chara atmakaraka is the king of the horoscope and all the other graha’s do their work (karakatatwas) as per the orders of the king. Maharishi Parāśara, in chapter 32 कारकाध्यायः (chapter on karakas) teaches || आत्माख्यकारकस्तेषु प्रधानं कथ्यते द्विज॥ Translation – Atmakaraka is the most important planet in the chart. As the name suggests, the atmakaraka (AK) has the most important duty of guiding the soul in this lifetime. In the process of achieving this goal, the AK orders others graha’s into doing their work. All the other graha’s are under the total control of the chara atmakaraka. We know the houses that are friendly and unfriendly, but this time we see these houses from the viewpoint of the Chara Atmakaraka. Hence houses 2nd, 12th, 4th, 5th, 9th and the 8th from the atmakaraka will recieve support from the king and hence these houses will prosper. The houses 3rd, 6th, 7th, 10th and 11th from the atmakaraka will be devoid of the kings support and will have to struggle. This struggle becomes more if the naisargika karakas and the lords of these houses are also afflicted. A house should be declared as destroyed ONLY if the house, it’s lord and the karaka are all afflicted. Let us try to apply these principles on an example chart.   First and foremost, an astrologer needs to check the basic strength of the horoscope. Dhanu lagna rises with the auspicious Jupiter in lagna along with Mercury. Jupiter placed in dhanu lagna is very auspicious as it generates the powerful Hamsa mahapurusha yoga. This Jupiter is joined by the 7th and 10th lord Mercury further increasing the auspiciousness of the chart. Since the lagna is both a kendra as well as a trikona, mercury, a kendra lord joining lagna lord jupiter, promises a fine rajayoga. Lagna lord Jupiter strongly and beneficially aspects the 7th house , while 7th lord mercury aspects it’s own 7th house. A standard dictum in jyotish is that when the lord of a house aspects it’s own house, the house becomes very strong and auspicious. Hence, the 7th house, 7th lord are very strong and with the association of Jupiter, marriage life is surely a blessed one. Exalted Saturn from Libra aspects lagna, lagna lord Jupiter and 7th lord Mercury. Atmakaraka is Moon and is placed in the 6th house along with notorious Rahu. Atmakraka Moon is exalted and so is Rahu who conjoins the AK. AK placed in the 6th house is not considered good as it shows a lot of strife and suffering. The houses 3rd, 6th, 7th, 10th and 11th from the AK will be devoid of thew king’s (AK) support. Hence Cancer, Libra , Scorpio, Aquarius and Pisces will not be encouraged by the king. These signs correspond to the 8th, 11th, 12th, 3rd and 4th bhavas from lagna.  We can now make a series of judgments… The 8th house is vacant and 8th lord is Moon who is the AK signifying the affliction to the 8th house (end of the first marriage). The 11th house has the destructive combination of Saturn and Mars (Yama yoga) showing death of that house. The 11th lord is Venus who is in an exchange with Mars. The exchange is between Rajasic Venus and Tamasic Mars. Hence we can say the the effects of Mars also come into the 11th house. The 11th house is the 5th from the 7th house showing the emotions involved in marriage life. The 12th house has Ketu and Venus while 11th lord is Mars (in exchange) and hence we can say the effects of Sukra will be shown in Scorpio. The 3rd house is vacant and it’s lords are Saturn and Rahu (Aquarius has 2 lords). Rahu afflicts the AK, Moon (Grahana or Eclipse) , while Saturn is in the company of Mangala. The 4th house is vacant and it’s lord  is with Mercury. The 11th bhava (6th from AK) happens to be the 2nd from Upapada lagna (UL). The 2nd house from UL shows the sustenance of marriage.  The very fact that Saturn and Mangala are in the 2nd from UL shows disruptions. It does not help that the 2nd from UL has no support from the AK (King). UL lord is mercury who is well placed with auspicious Jupiter showing that the girl would have all the qualities of Jupiter and mercury. The girl was from a humble and educated family. The native married in Jupiter-Mercury. Marriage event is clear because Jupiter and mercury both influence the 7th house. The native is well known to my family and I had predicted danger to married life and unfortunately within the first year of marriage, the couple separated with mutual divorce.  The auspicious Jupiter’s aspect on the 7th house and it’s auspicious association with the 7th lord did nothing to save the marriage as the King, the AK did not support. Conclusion – This clearly demonstrates the fact that Atmakaraka is the king of the chart and if the king does not support a bhava, the results of that bhava can suffer. © 2002 – 2016 Katti Narahari, All Rights Reserved. [...] Read more...
Introduction – Karaka in English means a doer or a significator. I was taught that karaka is like a cabinet minister who holds a particular portfolio. It is the karaka that is ultimately responsible for causing an event (also read my previous article on Argalā). Maharishi Parasara has taught three types of Karakas. Each of these karaka types are meant for specific things and one should not mix these in Jyotish interpretations. Hence, before we go any further, let us briefly understand these karaka types 1. Naisargika Karakas – Naisargika means all that is natural and hence covers all that exists in this world, all that has been created. The creator is Brahma and hence Naisargika karakas are controlled by Lord Brahma. There are 9 Naisargika karakas which means it includes all the planets including Rahu and Ketu. Hence Naisargika karakas control everything in our day to day life that impacts us. This is the reason Naisargika karaka’s are used in phalita Jyotish. For example, when will I get married? When will I build a home etc.? 2. Sthira Karakas – Sthira karakas include those grahas that have a physical body or mass. These include the seven planets, and Rahu and Ketu are not included in this scheme. Rahu and Ketu are only mathematical points and do not have physical body. The deity for Sthira karaka is Lord Shiva as he only presides over the destruction of the physical body. This is the reason Sthira karakas are used only for longevity predictions or self and relatives. 3. Chara Karakas – Chara karakas show all the people who come into this life and play a role. Chara karaka also means temporary karaka since it applies only this this birth. Chara karakas include the seven grahas and Rahu (Please note that many learned scholars do not use Rahu). The deity is Vishnu as Chara karakas are specifically used for the maters of sustenance, spiritual progress and various achievements. We will try to learn the importance of Chara Karaka, especially the one called the Chara Atmakaraka (AK) Determination of AK – Take the eight planets in the natal chart and determine the one planet that has advanced the maximum degrees. For Rahu, measure the advancement of the degrees from the end of the sign. The Chara Atmakaraka (henceforth mentioned as AK) is the king of the horoscope. Unless, the king agrees, all the great yoga’s cannot function. This is the reason that we come across many great yoga’s in the horoscope, but the person would be just an average person. No Dhana yoga’s, Raja yoga’s, mahapurusha yoga’s can materialize if the AK and certain houses from AK are not well placed. I hereby quote Maharishi Parasara shloka from Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra (BPHS) chapter दारिद्रय्योगाध्यायः – Combinations for penury कारकाद् वा विलग्नाद् वा रन्ध्रेरिष्फे द्विजोत्तम | कारकाङ्गपयोदृष्ट्या धनहीनः प्रजायते ||१४||   Translation – If the 8th and 12th houses from karaka Lagna (Sign in which AK is posted in the Rasi chart) are joined with weak and malefic planets OR if the lords of the 8th and 12th house (from Lagna) join or aspect the karaka lagna (Sign in which AK is posted in the Rasi chart) or विलग्नाद् (meaning its lord) poverty and financial hardship is sure to happen. The lord of the 8th is the one who gives Nija Dosha (doshas from past life), while the lord of the 12th makes a person suffer physically. The 12th is the house of bandhana and also hospitalization. What, according to Parasara seems to be very crucial is the lord of 8th and 12th houses from lagna aspecting the Karaka lagna (Sign in which AK is posted in the Rasi chart) points to poverty.  These malefic lords having an influence on AK, seems to make the chart so weak that none of the other yoga’s would function.  Let us see a case study to understand this further.   Let us first check the raja yoga’s in the chart.  Lord of the 9th and lord of the 10th are placed in the 10th generating the most powerful Dharma-Karmadhipathi yoga.  The 10th house has Sun and Mars both placed in Digbala in the 10th (Agni grahas get Digbala in the 10th house).  Also the 10th house is the most powerful Kendra and is the seat of Indra, the king of the devata’s.  Venus placed in a Kendra in own house has generated one of the Malaviya mahapurusha yoga.  Such a Venus (Deity being Lakshmi) is indicative of a person who is very wealthy. Having seen all this powerful yoga’s let us see this chart from the perspective of the shloka given. Moon is the Chara AK and is placed in the 9th house.  Notice that there are no graha’s in Kendra to this moon, and this is called Kemadruma yoga (Poverty).  There are no pillars like support to this Chandra as AK.  Moreover, this Chandra is not being aspected by any grahas as well.  Even if such a Chandra would not become the AK, no planets in Kendra’s / no aspect to moon is considered inauspicious.  Karaka Lagna (Sign in which AK is posted in the Rasi chart) is Virgo as Chandra, AK is placed in Virgo. Karaka lagna is Virgo and applying the shloka we see that the 8th house is Aries with two first rate malefics, Shani (Neecha) and Rahu. The 12th house from Karaka lagna is Leo, having no planets.  But the lord of Leo is Sun who is debilitated in the 2nd house from Karaka lagna. The 8th lord Mars also joins the 12th lord debilitated Sun in the 2nd house (wealth).  Hence the yoga for poverty from Karaka lagna is complete and the dictum is valid.  The person never saw any riches in his entire life and lived in abject poverty. Conclusion – It is very important for an astrologer to carefully understand the dignity of the Chara Atmakaraka even before any good yoga’s are seen.  This article is to illustrate the importance of the Chara atmakaraka, who is the king of the horoscope.  No yoga’s can fructify if the king is not well placed. OM TAT SAT [...] Read more...

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