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Deciding on the Term of Longevity

# Deciding on the Term of Longevity

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While studying the subject of longevity, I cam across two verses from Prasna Marga which were quite enigmatic as applying the rules found in those two verses are difficult. So I started analysing some charts to verify the rules found in those verses. Alas ! I could not succeed. Here are the results...
While studying the subject of longevity, I cam across two verses from Prasna Marga which were quite enigmatic as applying the rules found in those two verses are difficult. So I started analysing some charts to verify the rules found in those verses. Alas ! I could not succeed. Here are the results...

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Deciding on the Term of Longevity
The term of life can be 100 years or more than that. If we look into the variousdasa periods we find that there are 120 years, 108 years, 99 years etc ...We willassume the average length of life as 100 years as this is the normal expectedage. This is only assumption. Of course many authors including Dr. B.V.Ramanhas taken the expected term of life as 100 years.Now these 100 years has to be further sub divided. How?According to various texts it has a major sub division of three termed as(i)Short Life(ii)Middle life(iii)Long life.Now when we are going to distribute this 100 years, each term gets 33.33 years.So Short life is up to say 33 years, Middle life is from 34 years to 66 years andLong life is from 67 years to 100 years.Almost all classics have a set of rules to decide on the term of longevity of anindividual. Most popular method amongst astrologers is the principles outlined in Jaimini Sutras followed by rules given by Parasara. Simpler methods are alsoavailable in Nadi literature.Here I am going to examine one verse from Prasna Marga. Reference is fromChapter IX, verse 60 and 61:

लगनजमपयोः शतु िनजाषमपि यिद।

समौ वा यिद वा बधू वपमयिचरायुः।
60
चशेशय ढभू ा नवशेशोऽथवा रव  ेः।

लगन   ेशो वािप य  े ंवपमयिचरायु ः।
61
Prof. B.V.Raman translates this as –According as lords of Lagna and the 8
th
there from and Lords of Chandra Lagnaand the 8
th
there from are mutually inimical, neutral or friendly, the length of lifewould be Alpa (Short), Madhya (Medium) or Poorna (Full). -- 60“If the Lord of Chandra Navamsa is inimical, neutral or friendly to the lord of the64
th
Navamsa there from, the longevity of the person will be short, medium orfull. The Sun and lord of Lagna should be similarly reckoned.” -- 61From the above we can classify the required combinations for Short, middle andlong life as below:
For Short Life:
1.Lord of Lagna and lord of 8
th
from Lagna should be inimical.1

Deciding on the Term of Longevity
2.Lord of Chandra Lagna and the 8
th
lord there from should be enemies.3.Lord of Navamsa occupied by the Moon and the lord of 64
th
Navamsa therefrom should be enemies.4.Lord of Navamsa occupied by Ascendant and the lord of 64
th
Navamsathere from should be enemies.5.Lord of Navamsa occupied by the Sun and the lord of 64
th
Navamsa therefrom should be enemies.
For Middle Life:
All the above 5 pairs of planets should be neutral.
For Long Life:
All the above pairs of planets should be friends.So from the above it becomes clear that one must remember the naisargikasambanda table of planets which is reproduced for the reference of beginners.
Planet Friend Neutral Enemy
SunMoon, Mars, JupiterMercuryVenus, SaturnMoonSun, MercuryMars, Jupiter, Venus, SaturnMarsSun, Moon, JupiterVenus, SaturnMercuryMercurySun, VenusMars, Jupiter, SaturnMoonJupiterSun, Moon, MarsSaturnMercury, VenusVenusMercury, SaturnMars, JupiterSun, MoonSaturnMercury, VenusJupiterSun, Moon, Mars
In the 5 pairs listed above the first two pairs are simple and will not require anyexplanation and one can easily find out from the Rasi chart. But the last 3 pairsrequire some explanation as it involves the 64
th
Navamsa from Moon, Sun orascendant.
Finding the 64
th
Navamsa:
The 64
th
Navamsa is nothing but the 210
th
degree i.e. the 8
th
house aspect. The64
th
Navamsa from that occupied by a planet will be the same Navamsa in the 8
th
sign, in order of zodiacal sequence. From the longitude of a planet or thelongitude of Ascendant we can know the Navamsa number in that sign. The 64
th
Navamsa will be the same degreecal arc in the 8
th
sign from it. An example willmake things clear.Suppose a planet is in say 12° Cp 45’. Navamsa is a span of 3° 20’ and hencethis longitude will fall in the range of 10°.00’ to 13° 20’ which will be the 4
th
Navamsa and the Navamsa sign would be Aries. So the 64
th
Navamsa will rangein Leo (8
th
from Capricorn) from 10°.00’ to 13° 20’ whose Navamsa would becancer which will be the 4
th
from the Navamsa of the planet in this case Aries. In2

Deciding on the Term of Longevity
simple terms find out the Navamsa in which a planet or Ascendant is placed andtake the 4
th
sign from it which will be the 64
th
Navamsa.With these tools in hand let us apply the rules to some charts and verify theresults.Chart 01:Date of Death: 04-07-1902Age at the time of death: 39 Years 6 months. Hence middle life.As per our rule all the pairs of planets in the 5 points must be neutral.
Rule 1:
Lagna Lord Is Jupiter and 8
th
lord is Moon. Moon treats Jupiter as neutral whereas Jupiter treats Moon as friend.
Rule 2:
Chandra Lagna Lord is Mercury and the 8
th
lord there from is Mars. Mercurytreats Mars as neutral and Mars treats Mercury as friend.For these two rules the relationship must be neutral and not like the above one.In such cases we will treat that the term of longevity is undecided.
Rule 3:
Lord of Navamsa occupied by Moon is Mercury. 64
th
Navamsa from Moon is alsoMercury. (Moon is in Gemini in Navamsa. 4
th
house lord from it will be the 64theNavamsa lord). Both are same planets. There is no mention in the classic if both are same planets. Hence we willconsider this rule also.
Rule 4:
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