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Luck and Prosperity Part 1

Dr. Shanker Adawal                                                                  

Part 1

In this world the average man has more than a fair share of iniquities and injustices, trials and tribulations, set-backs, and failures. Talented and deserving persons struggle to make both ends meet while fortune favours more often than not mediocrity. Thinking man takes solace in the teachings of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad that, man reaps what he sows.

The rationale of the divine science of astrology is also founded on these teachings of the Rishis. Prasna Marga, the great astrological classic of Kerala, states in the opening chapter that the planets in birth chart indicates that what we experience in this life – whether we enjoy or suffer – is the result of our Karma done in previous lives. In another Sloka Prasna Marga teaches that “the balance of good and bad Karma that we bring forward from our previous births is called Prarabda, and it is the delineation of Prarabda that is the domain of astrology”.

Thus astrology provides the clue to the nature of the results of a person’s Karma one in past lives and the manner in which it is likely to manifest in the present life.

The decisively significant factor that showers prosperity on a chosen few and leaves the rest in the cold is Poorvapunya or Bhagya or luck. In fact it is this elusive element that determines whether one’s is a life of success or failure, happiness or misery, prosperity or poverty, etc.

According to Phaldeepika, it is from the 9th Bhava that a person’s past life is to be investigated.

Saravali the classic of Kalyana Varma in the chapter on “Bhagya Bhava Chinta” Stresses the importance of examining the Bhagya Bhava even to the exclusion of the Ascendant and other Bhavas, for without Bhagya one counts for nothing.

In a horoscope Bhagya or Luck is divined through the 9th Bhava, which is called Bhagya-Sthana or Poorvapunya Sthana. It is also known as Dharma Sthana. It is the more important Trine than the 5th Bhava, and is considered very auspicious being Lakshmi-Sthana, according to Maharishi Parasara.

Other more important significations of the 9th Bhava are father, preceptor, righteousness, good conduct, tapas, religion, spirituality, merit, grand children and foreign travel.

For a person to be really lucky and fortunate the 9th Bhava in his birth chart should be strong and tenanted and aspected by natural benefics or by the lord of the 9th Bhava or the lord of the Ascendant. The lord of the 9th Bhava should be equally well placed avoiding the Dusthanas, and should be endowed with strength (Shadbala). Besides these Jupiter, the planet of grace, who combines in himself the Karakatwas of such important Bhavas as the 2nd, 5th, 9th, 10th and 11th should be well placed and strong (Shadbala), as also the all-important Lord of the Ascendant.

More specifically, the lord of the 9th Bhava endowed with strength and occupying a quadrant (Kendra) or Trine (Kona) or the 11th Bhava in conjunction with benefics planets, and similarly the 9th Bhava occupied by a natural and functional benefic planet and not influenced by malefic is an asset in a horoscope. This would enable the person to earn immense wealth and enjoy the blessings of prosperity and good fortune in ample measure.

Conversely, the lord of the 9th Bhava occupying the 6th Bhava and aspected by an inimical planet or a depressed planet makes the person unlucky. Similarly, the 9th lord in debility or occupying a malefic Shashtiamsa also is an indication of ill-luck.


According to Prasna Marga, occupation of the 9th Bhava by benefic planets results in blessings from the preceptor, happiness from the parents, mental happiness, God’s grace, increase of fortune, and luck, disposition to virtuous and Dharmic deeds, increased Tapas and happiness to and from grandchildren. On the other hand malefic planets in the 9th Bhava causes ill-health to preceptor, parents and grand-children, ill-luck and misfortune, dis-inclination to Dharmic deeds, uncharitable disposition and absence of God’s grade.


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Fate and Freewill Part 2

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Part 2

The time of birth is the co-ordinating point at which the Fate links itself with the planetary system. Although the planets by themselves do not bring human destiny, they indicate as to what the destiny holds and the sequence in which the events would follow. Hindu astrology analyses and interprets the consequences of Fate or Destiny, by study of the planetary position at the time of birth as well as the transitory influences.

As an analogy, Fate or Destiny could be compar5ed to a delayed action detonation. If the time-control” could be compared to the past action of man, the detonation indicates the result offered by destiny.
Man is entirely free to act and his movements are in no way restricted by the existence of time-device. Fate has no control over the activities of man nor does it hinder his actions. If the scope for action is limited, it is because of the circumstances in which he is placed and also due to his weaknesses. Consequently, there is precious little a man can do in spite of freedom enjoyed by him and the advantage of foreknowledge of the coming event. For instance, he cannot possibly reach the time-control unit and disengage the trigger. Man cannot influence the planetary movements. In life also, man cannot run away from his environment.

Under the circumstances, any action man may take will have to be, by necessity, defensive in nature. Being forewarned, he may remain alert at least and try to keep away and succeed or at least avoid what otherwise would be a fatal hit. Persons of great spiritual development are successful in this regard. In the ordinary man, freewill is not very strong with the result, he will have to resort to other protective measures.

In Hindu astrology, this aspect has been dealt with under Remedial Astrology, in great detail. It prescribes remedial measures to suit specific types of effects to be warded off, and also defines the conditions under which it would be effective. Indiscriminate recourse to such remedial measures are, however, likely to cause more harm than good. It would have the same effect as using a glass shield in lieu of crushproof glass shield prescribed, due to ignorance of the difference between the two. Therefore, any remedial measures should be taken under the guidance of a learned and experience astrologer only.

Knowledge of astrology reveals to the man, the strength and composition of Fate, makes him realize that it is inevitable and prepares him to face it with patience, guides him in taking protective measures, prompts him to use his freewill wisely and modify the future and thus make this life purposeful. 253.


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Fate and Freewill Part 1

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Part 1

Life is underlined by activity. Nature’s qualities (Gunas) make man act. None in this life can stop activity even for a moment. It is the stomach and then the senses that keep man in perpetual bondage of action. Every action has a corresponding reaction, i.e., effect. This effect is referred to as Karma. By his thoughts and actions, man is generating Karma every moment of his life; and he will continue to do so, long he remains slave of Nature.

Against the backdrop of Time, the lifespan of man is too short for this Karma to mature and fructify during the present life. Nevertheless, the chain action of cause and effect is set to work. In obedience to the Universal Law, these actions have to have corresponding reactions (effects) precisely of equal force and nature. The process does not cease with death; for, death is only an inconsequential neutral point in the evolution of man. As a result, the Karma naturally and inevitably works its way out in the next phase of evolution, viz., next birth. Thus, man, by his present actions, causes or draws the blueprint of events for his next lives.

It necessarily follows that events experienced at present are but effects (Karma) of actions of previous lives. Such Karma accumulated over previous lives brought forward constitutes Sanchita Karma the backlog. The operative portion out of it which is scheduled to mature and confer results during this life is classified as Prarabdha Karma.

Man can harmonies his actions with his thoughts by controlling his sense-organs and developing the power of his mind. Once he is able to place his body in perfect obedience to his will he will be able to regulate his Karma and gradually disengage himself from the chain of cause-effect. While an action itself (cause) can, thus, be controlled, directed or stopped by will-power, the effect of an action already done is beyond the influence of any other force. Man is the master of the situation upto the point of action; thereafter it is taken over by the working of the Universal law.

Fate or Parabdha Karma is simply the effect of some past actions. Consequently it is immune to influences of other forces which makes it inevitable and irrevocable. Its results will be good, bad and indifferent depending entirely on the nature of the action, the effect of which has now matured and is giving fruits. Fate only dispenses results and not cause results. For this abstract energy, in order to transform itself into events in terms of worldly matters, other contributory factors such as environment and planetary influences, need to be congenial. This condition is effectively compiled with by the combined forces of Law of Evolution and Law of Karma. The environment, position in the cosmos, time of birth and quantum of Karma scheduled to be expended are all coordinated in such a way that they rove complimentary to one another. It is done with clockwork precision.


An event such as birth is, therefore, not a simple outcome of union of man and women. It is computed and programmed by the working of the highly complex universal laws. A child does not come into existence out of nowhere. It has a traceable past, not only of previous lives but of humanity and plant life, as recognized by the theory of Evolution of Man.


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About The Tenth Bhava Part 7


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Part 7

The interpretation of these is quite difficult. If the lord of the Navamsa is placed in a friendly house, the outcome of the avocation will be substantial and in a very agreeable manner, while the reverse will be the case in inimical houses. The financial; affluence will, however, depend on the circumstances of the lords of Lagna, the 2nd, the 11th and the planets placed therein.

A more accurate picture of the particular avocation can be obtained by an examination of the  nature of the sign, in which the 10th falls. That will show the line of greatest success and natural aptitude.

The airy signs Mithuna (Gemini), Thula (Libra), Kumbha (Aquarius) show intellectual pursuits, headwork, literary and artistic occupations.

The watery signs (Karkataka (Cancer), Vrischika (Scorpio) and Meena (Pisces) show occupations in which water is the motive power of chief element, dealers in soft drinks, textile goods and fabrics, sailors, brewers, chemists.

The fiery signs Mesha (AriesA), Simha (Leo) Dhanus (Sagittarius), indicate employments concerned with fire, iron and metals, metallurgy, extraction of ores, utilizing electric energy, industrial concerns, surgeons, military equipments, etc.

The earthly signs Vrishabha (Taurus), Kanya (Virgo), Makara (Capricorn), show manual labour, digging and excavation, agricultural pursuits, fodder and corn dealers, dealers in the produce of the soil in the various forms and kinds.

In the tabular statement of the 3rd column gives the person through whom avocation is secured. It should be intelligently interpreted and hence requires some clarification.

Father indicates that the native pursues the father’s line of profession or continues his father’s undertaking or follows any profession where heredity is an important claim or has added preference in selection.

Mother applies as above, in a redirected sense. It may mean riches inherited from the mother on which he builds his avocation.

Enemies: Realised as a result of keen competition, litigation, defeat in contest or war.

Other sources are clear and required no explanation.

It will be better at this stage to illustrate these principles with a concrete case., Here is a horoscope of Mr. K.




Lord of the 10th from Lagna is Saturn: he is placed in the Navamsa of Jupiter. The native is employed in the leading bank, now nationalized. The fact that the Sun and Mercury aspect the Lagna shows that it is a commercial bank. The native is fully qualified with banking and commerce degrees, Lord of the 10th is placed in Makara, which denotes seaside; actually he is employed at a seaport-town. The Sun is placed in the 10th from the 10th; actually the father and son were employed in the same bank. The 10th is an airy sign, denoting that the native has to apply his intelligence meticulously anticipating erratic business changes. The 10th has the effect of four planets Rahu, Kuja (Mars), Kethu and Jupiter. This means that he has to work among people of various castes and natioinalities, Hindus, Parsees, Gujaraties, Goanese, etc.

It may be argued that from a known result, one may be able to find out the astrological justification. But I still hold that by an unbiased and faithful application of the principles given above, we should be able to get at the true description of the avocation.


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About The Tenth Bhava Part 6

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(Jupiter, the Sun, Mercury and Saturn), prescribed by our ancient Rishis. Karma is, therefore, not merely avocation but is a more comprehensive term. Among the various significations of the Karma Bhava, the most important ones are:

(2) Charitable endowments

(1) Status and position } Jupiter

(3) Domain of influence

(4) Fame and name } the Sun

(5) Business, arts and crafts, commerce } Mercury

(6) Trade, service in its various forms } Saturn

This is only based on the Gita tenet.

Chaturvarnyam mayasrishtam GunaKarma vibhagashah

The basis of the caste system is their intrinsic nature and qualities:-
The intellectual class represented by Jupiter, the ruling class represented by the Sun, the mercantile class represented by Mercury and the serving class represented by Saturn.
Jupiter’s Influence makes one become a peace-maker, high judicial officer, an establisher of right conduct, right action and right Demeanour, highly religiously attained, a philosopher, a philanthropist, a financier, a banker, etc.

The Sun’s influence gives rulership of a country, land, provinces, district, etc., royal position and dignities, service under the State (what we generally call government service), administrator, a maintainer of law and order, enforcement of commands.

Mercury’s Influence: business acumen, commerce and trade, all systems of communications, conveying of messages, embassy and diplomatic missions, trade agreements and establishment of trade conventions, and lastly.

Saturn’s influence gives one leadership in labour organizations, trade unions, service under another in various capacities, expert in work and extracting work from others.

These clues will be useful to find out whether an individual will be able to fulfil a specific assignment. Unless that particular indicator is strong and not rendered weak, he will not b e able to do so. For example, if the 10th house no connection with Jupiter and as also its lord or if Jupiter is not strong and well-placed, the religious, etc., nature will be totally absent. Similarly these clues throw a lot of light on the subject-matter.

Now coming to the subject-matter, Brihat Jataka has devoted one chapter “Karma Jeeva Adhyaya” for this purpose. The guiding planet is the planet placed in the 10th from the Moon or Lagna; also find out who is the strongest among the three the Sun, the Moon of Lagna. From that mark the 10th lord and find out in whose Navamsa he is placed. This last planet will give the nature of the avocation of the native. It is, however, very difficult-if not impossible-to describe the exact nature of avocation in these present days when jobs are many and openings out of count. But still all these could be brought down under one or the other of the indications given below. Please study the table given below:-

S. No.
Planet
Through Whom
Description
1.
Sun
Father
Straw, grass, coir, gold, gems, fertilizers, medicine, etc.
2.
Moon
Mother
Agriculture, sea products, aquatic articles, machinery, dairy products, ladies’ dress and fittings, depending on or in company of ladies.
3.
Mars
Enemies
Industrial workshops, mining operations, smelting process, weapons, military equipments, electrical installations, forgeman, involving keen competition.
4.
Mercury
Uncle Friend
Literary activities, accountants, business, commerce, auditors, mathematics, astrologers, scribes, poets and authors, engineering, designing and architectural works.
5.
Jupiter
Relations Children
Brahminical life, religious organization, clergy and monasteries, dispenser of law, financier, versatility, dealer in gold and other valuables and generally one who lives by his knowledge and attainments.
6.
Venus
Wife, Ladies
Dealers in jewels, gems, silver, fats, dairy products, soap and perfumes, stage, dancing and songsters, flowers and generally those who live on the wealth.
7.
Saturn
Servants
Manual work, causing cruelty to others including animals-service in various forms stone-cutting employment in quarry, hotel keeper, cooks, barbers and butchers.


(N.B. The list is not exhaustive but only indicative or illustrative.)

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About The Tenth Bhava Part 5

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Connections of the Sun with Saturn placed in a sign of Mars; theh Moon in Taurus aspected by the Sun and in Leo aspected by Saturn; and Mars or Mercury in a sign of the latter having Saturnine relations point to a livelihood by agriculture. The combination of the Moon-Venus-Saturn and the 11th Bhava having association, aspect or Varga of Saturn also show agriculture.

Activities of business, industry and trade may be known by the Moon and Venus combination; by Jupiter in a sign of Saturn with Mercurial connections; by the Sun in a sign of Venus or Cancer aspected by the Moon and in a sign of Saturn with relations of Venus; the Moon in Libra aspected by Jupiter, and by Mercury in a sign of Saturn with connections of Veus.

Musicians, dancers and dramatists could be found by the following combinations:-Mercury-Jupiter; Mercury-Venus; Sun-Moon-Mercury; Sun-Mercury-Jupiter; Moon-Jupiter-Venus; Mars-Mercury-Jupiter; Mercury-Venus-Saturn and the like. In these arts also the benefic planets have a greater share as in education and literature.

The importance of Karakathwas in this aspect of the science could well be appreciated by examining the effects of the following combinations of Mars:-

Sun-Mars: Cruel deeds including killing.

Moon-Mars:  Boxing and duels, crafts with clay, leather, etc., and with metals like gold, copper and lead. Also work with sulphur, salpetre, etc. The native may also be skilful in black arts.

Mercury-Mars: Work with gold and iron. Skill in making medicines and trading in them.

Jupiter-Mars: Mechanical arts, learning in the Vedas and religious texts; discourses in them; strong, liking in the use of arms.

Venus-Mars: Astronomy, mathematics and gambling.

Saturn-Mars: Work or dealings in metals; magic; thieving: making or selling poisons, poison-cure, use of weapons.

The planetary configurations indicative of a few professions furnished above are just pointers to the line of argument to be taken in combining the Karakathwas of the planets. A combination of two planets may very often show quite different effects. In such cases, the proportion of the characteristics of each planet entering the combination is to be decided based on their strength.

No other aspect of astrology, perhaps, calls for the profundity, acumen, ingenuity and dexterity of the astrologer more than this subject of the fixation of the exact means of livelihood of a native well selected as a fit topic for discussion in the special issue of the popular magazine. Indeed, this puts to test. The caliber and knowledge of the astrologer.

This year our esteemed Editor has selected a very stiff subject for the “Surya Prakash Memorial Number” of The Astrological Magazine. Next to the question of longevity, it is only the house of avocation that gives the greatest headaches even to the best of aastrologers.

In the matter of astrologically judging and determining, different mundane houses are allotted to the different needs of Kalapurusha or the individual. There is one house for wealth, another for patrimony, another for income, etc., but there is no such house for avocation or livelihood. I am saying this with a certain amount of caution, as my readers, mostly astrological experts, may scoff at me. There is one house, Karma, viz., the 10th (midheaven). Karma is a very broad term. Karma means the sum total of the good and bad deeds at our credit when we are born on this planet.

Karmarjitham purva bhave sadadi yad tasya pamktim samabhivyanakti (Brihat Jataka 1-2)

Meaning that the horoscope is an indicator of our past good and bad deeds at our credit and as to how we are going to work out the interplay thereof.

Thus, while we are relentlessly compelled to work out our destiny in a particular groove, we have to activise in various directions towards ourselves, our people near and dear, our people about us, our society, our country, etc. Livelihood or activation is only one facet of the term “Karma”.

In keeping with the most liberal understanding of the word Karma, we have tour significators, Karakas for the Karma Bhava, viz.:


Jeeva Bhanugnya Manda


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