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Jaimini Clues to Spirituality in a Chart

Gary Gomes Here is a taste of the second most prominent school of Jyotish: Jaimini astrology.
Jaimini has become the second most widely used system of Vedic astrology in the Western world, thanks largely to the efforts of K.N. Rao, P.S. Sastri and others, to explain and disseminate this unique system. This article will illustrate the use of Jaimini astrology in analyzing an individual's spiritual potential through use of the Jaimini karakas (indicators) and upagrahas ("little planets"). Overview of Jaimini Astrology Jaimini is predominantly practiced in the Andhra Pradesh area of India. Its governing principles are discussed in detail in the encyclopedic compendiumof Vedic astrological techniques, the Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra. This classic text contains enough material to keep most of us Jyotish students busy for several lifetimes. Other Jaimini texts have also emerged over the years, including The Jaimini Upadesa Sutras written by Sanjay Rath and published this year. However, Mr. Rao's texts go the furthest in explaining how the Jaimini dasa systems work and are, in my opinion, the clearest exposition of Jaimini principles available in the West. The following are the major differences between Jaimini and "standard" Parasara astrology: 1. While Parasara astrology is most closely associated with the Vimsottari dasa system, Jaimini uses sign mahadasa systems. Each uses different dasa sequences and is calculated differently, but they are all sign dasas. These dasas are called Aries, Taurus, Gemini, etc. Chara, Sthira and Shoola dasas are the best known, though approximately 44 systems are used. For example, Chara is "movable" as its Sanskrit name implies; it chronicles major life changes as they occur. Sthira is read for death and illness, etc. 2. Jaimini uses padas as indicators in the signs. The best way to explain a pada is to illustrate it. Suppose we are looking for the marriage pada in a chart. The 7th house is the marriage house. Let us assume we have a Libra ascendant; Aries is the 7th house in this case. The 7th ruler is therefore Mars. Assume that Mars is in Capricorn. This sign is ten signs away from Aries. We then count ten signs from Capricorn to get the pada for marriage matters. Thus, the sign Libra is the marriage indicator for this chart. Issues connected with marriage and partnerships in general will reach fruition during the mahadasa or bhuktis of Libra. 3. Parasara astrology uses certain "natural" planetary karakas. For example, Venus is the natural karaka for marriage and Mars is the karaka for younger brothers. However, in Jaimini astrology, the karakas can be any planet. (I choose to follow Mr. Rao in excluding the North and South Lunar Nodes (Rahu and Ketu) as Jaimini karakas for most purposes.) There are seven Jaimini karakas. They are judged in terms of the planetary degree placement, regardless of sign placement, from the planet in the highest degree (for example, Mars at 28° Taurus) to the lowest (perhaps Venus at 2° Gemini). The karakas are, in descending order, starting with the planet of the highest degree: • Atma Karaka, the indicator of self • Amatya Karaka, the indicator of career • Bhadri Karaka, the indicator of siblings and father • Matri Karaka, the indicator of mother and education • Putri Karaka, the indicator of children, intelligence and creativity • Gnati Karaka, the indicator of strife, disease, and sadhana (spiritual practice) • Stri or Dara Karaka, the indicator of marriage and partnerships in general These karakas are important in judging a chart, especially in terms of career and spiritual potential, as indicated in both the Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra and the Jaimini Sutram. Also, although this stance is not universally endorsed, it has been my experience that the Jaimini karakas work especially well when we analyze the mahadasas and the maturity of planets. I also believe that the natural Parasara planetary karakas exert an influence on the Jaimini karakas. Vedic Astrologer Robert Koch has discussed the way in which Jaimini indicators can be used in Parasari settings in his excellent contribution to Richard Houck's compilation Vedic Astrology Lessons, and the Jataka Tattwa describes methods for using the two systems in tandem. Spiritualizing Factors

is also in the 4th house. while the Swamsa chart will be used to predict other... in the birth chart. which is otherwise identical to the Navamsa. Also. one of the three moksha (liberation) houses. a necessary attribute for a sanyasin or renunciate. his lack of interest in academic disciplines. let us assume that the planet Mars is the Atma Karaka planet. This indicates separation from his parents. I had relatively good results in delineating spiritual preferences when using the Navamsa chart as the location of the Karakamsa. and he also met with President Calvin Coolidge. (Scorpio. made me reevaluate my position and led me closer to the position adopted by Mr. grains. and feels that this sign should be transposed to the rasi (birth) chart. If we examine his chart. in Scorpio.N. The Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra and the Jaimini Sutram indicate that planets in certain positions from the Karakamsa will produce specific spiritual effects and affiliations. Kala. and Shukra himself blesses this individual with divine bliss through control of kundalini energy. note which sign the Atma Karaka (planet in the highest degree in the birth chart) falls in in the Navamsa (harmonic 9th chart). i.000 year-old emanation of Shiva known as Babaji. while Indra Chapa gives the blessings of the great teacher Shukra (Venus). the placement of Upaketu in the 4th house is said to make the native "charming. In addition. and Upaketu are all in this house.which is located in the 4th house. This Navamsa sign is extremely important. Upaketu giving qualities of renunciation. more wordly. Self-Realization Fellowship. Paramahansa Yogananda Let's examine the chart of one of the best known spiritual teachers of the 20th century. the Navamsa sign in which the Atma Karaka falls is the lagna for the Swamsa chart. there are at least a half dozen disparate and unaffiliated Kriya Yoga organizations in the United States based on Yogananda's teachings. the sign Pisces. we find several auspicious upagrahas. regardless of its location or the planets residing there. and the early death of his mother. Rao. wealth.) This is not so insignificant a matter as it seems at first. be honored by the king and be devoid of sickness.e. K. a yogic science passed on by a 1. Rao has made a special study of this topic. Rao.e. Indra Chapa (the child of Venus). five signs from Mars is Cancer. The placement of Rahu in the 9th gives fame. Paramahamsa Yogananda. the 4th house pada (indicator of where the heart is in a natal chart) is located in the 12th house of Cancer. matters. the placement of planets from the Swamsa and the Karakamsa will often differ dramatically. Pranapada. and . an inauspicious upagraha which acts like Rahu. However.. and it resides in the sign Pisces in the Navamsa chart. becomes the Karakamsa chart. The technique used by Mr. Yogananda is also well known for not showing any visible signs of decay for twenty days after his death (at which point he was buried!). who is probably the one of the most famous Indian gurus who never left India (along with Paramahamsa Ramakrishna and Swami Sivananda). However. This was certainly the case with Sri Yukteswar. did not necessarily "grant final emancipation" or produce spiritual individuals. very virtuous. The placement of the Atma Karaka in the sign Pisces in the Navamsa chart.In analyzing charts for spiritual potential. To give an example.) If we look at the padas of the various houses." The placement of Indra Chapa in the 4th makes the native "happy. among other world leaders. Yogananda's extreme attachment to his guru is probably due to the pada of the 9th house (the house of the guru) being placed in the 7th house (the house of the relationship partner). if we look carefully in the 4th house. and also gives a famous guru.. lecturing to thousands and establishing one of the most enduring spiritual groups of our century. Before my encounters with Mr. Rao of evaluating spiritual combinations from the location of the Karakamsa chartin the birth chart seems to work more consistently. gentle. for example. and certain planets in this sign in the Navamsa chart are supposed to show the pursuit of particular types of spiritual practices.. Kala . In other words. interested in Vedas. In the Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra. this sign is referred to as the Karakamsa. look to this sign in the natal chart as the lagna (ascendant) of a new chart called the Karaksamsa chart. In several Jaimini texts. one of the three moksha signs. which Yogananda was. perhaps because water signs are considered signs of dissolution suggesting merging with the infinite. etc. we see that Yogananda's Atma Karaka is Venus. where it "becomes" the Karakamsa. providing prosperity and vehicles].) This indicates that this individual's emotions may be connected with renunciation. as Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra or Jaimini Sutram indicated. endowed with quadrupeds [cattle. Yogananda was clearly a very famous spiritual individual. so some spiritual combinations which show in the Navamsa chart from the Swamsa lagna will not appear in the natal chart from the Karakamsa. implying that . (Fourth house ruler Mars is five signs from the 4th house." Yogananda was able to access large amounts of money and nice cars when he needed to. always happy. Cancer and Pisces are considered the moksha signs. The Navamsa position of the Atma Karaka then creates an entity called a Swamsa chart (i. Yogananda introduced the West to the discipline of Kriya Yoga. closer examination of charts of individuals who had never been known for spiritual tendencies. The sign Pisces in the Navamsa becomes the Swamsa. and vice versa.

which then becomes the sign-indicator of the spiritual teacher. Mars is in Pisces in this chart. Interestingly enough. Yogananda entered an Aquarius mahadasa. the Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra does say that if Venus is in the Karakamsa. guarantees spiritual happiness (the association of the Moon and Venus is a special Raja Yoga combination in Jaimini astrology). The Dalai Lama The chart of the Dalai Lama also reveals how Jaimini karakas work in a spiritual chart. the Atma Karaka planet (planet of highest degree) in Yogananda's chart. His Atma Karaka planet is Mars. the Dalai Lama's Amatya Karaka (career indicator) is Jupiter. who is listed as an incarnation of Vishnu through the planet Mars. indicator planet for Kriya Yoga or any meditational system in a chart. Libra will not aspect Scorpio. Mars being ruler of his 9th house and also the ruling planet of the house in which Rahu is placed. This is common among individuals who practice intense meditative practices (the Dalai Lama spends two hours a day in meditation even while keeping an active travel agenda). if not the only. So Leo. but not in the natal chart [the Karakamsa chart]. Yogananda's Amatya Karaka planet was Jupiter.) During this time he went to the United States at the bequest of his guru. Sagittarius) aspect each other. It contains Aquarius. and Capricorn will not aspect Aquarius) and vice versa. Also. In this case. the development of unity with God through logic and applied action. Jupiter is placed in the 2nd house. perhaps because he was already emotionally "married" to his teacher. requiring intense concentration. This is where discipline comes in. desire and goal orientation. Patience is Saturnian. so Aquarius is the Karakamsa house in the natal chart. the Karakamsa in this chart. Interestingly. Mars is the ruler of the 9th house (Aries). leading to the 7th house. It is interesting to note. Goswami Kriyananda of the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago has expressly stated that the avatar of Vishnu to which Kriya Yoga owes allegiance is Narasimha. Capricorn. It is also noted in the Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra that if benefics are in the Karakamsa. Again. as in the case of Yogananda. Jaimini astrology also uses special aspects. Gemini. to determine a pada. ." Certainly. It is then fitting and appropriate that during his Pisces mahadasa his career reached an apex as he was heavily involved in teaching Kriya Yoga. which gives him a popular personality. The Kriya Yoga tradition calls for an extremely strong attachment between disciple and teacher. Venus. one gets initiated in a religious order. fame was certainly assured). Virgo. as any martial arts or military commander or drill instructor. is aspected by Libra. For instance. discipline and will power are martian. Saturn aspecting the 12th would promise worship of either Vishnu or "lesser deities. Libra contains Jupiter. He has both Moon and Venus in Leo which. Buddhism is a system "outside the orthodox teachings of Hinduism from the Vedic perspective. such as his great fame in the United States after he entered his Aries mahadasa (with Rahu in Aries. The Dalai Lama has traditionally served as both secular and spiritual ruler of Tibet. We can start to assess the indicators from either the natal or the Navamsa chart. is located in the sign Aquarius in the Navamsa. and is located twelve signs away from Aries. count from the house being evaluated to the house in which the ruler of that house sits. that these benefic planets are in the 12th house in his natal chart. especially Kriya Yoga's use of step by step development of yogic powers through techniques mentioned in the Patanjali Yopa Sutras.he was "married" to his guru. however. And it is a rapid yogic path.] We can trace other events. Jaimini uses sign mahadasas rather than planetary mahadasas. The mutable signs (Pisces. Saturn in Aquarius aspects the 12th house from the Karakamsa. according to Jaimini principles. which seems to suggest a king in exile. [The 9th house is asignificator for long distance travel and the guru. particularly in spiritual matters. In 1922. in a systematic fashion (all martian attributes). if you will. while the cardinal signs aspect the fixed signs (excepting the fixed signs and cardinal signs which are adjacent to each other. will tell you. I am sure. There are several other arguments which favor Mars as the primary planet of this tradition. indicating the ability to speak (teach) in foreign countries. Yogananda never wished to marry. while the 2nd house ruler is in the 12th house. Mars is also one of. making this sign his Karakamsa ascendant when it is transposed to his natal chart. Any mutual relationship between Jupiter and Venus gives the individual the ability to teach and reach people. the sign Cancer. and Aries. Then count from that house the same number of houses. This holds true when we look at Yogananda's Navamsa [the Swamsa chart]. Mars is located in the sign Leo in his Navamsa. We then count from Pisces to twelve signs away. (Remember. I have also noticed extremely strong Saturns prominently placed in the charts of Vaishnavas (Hindu devotees of the god Vishnu). the individual will surely become a king. It is. and Buddha—at least according to some schools—is an avatar of Vishnu. Leo will not aspect Cancer.

the child of Jupiter.S. Sagar Publications. Rao. in this case in particular. Paramahansa Yogananda. Contact him c/o Crystal Expectations. Raman are also valuable resources for Jaimini research. translated by R. which is the great benefic among the upagrahas. Sage Parasara. Rao. He is available for lectures. Class A data.S. Here Jupiter is placed in an enemy sign. Hopefully we will expand our knowledge of Jaimini to the point that other dasa systems. India. in the 12th house of the natal chart.N. translated by P. Lucknow. Rao's text. And one final point. However. readings. become a cause celebre.The pada of the 12th house is Pisces. 854 Brock Avenue. we can view the Dalai Lama's exile as a "fall. K. S. India. Birth Data Sources Dalai Lama. two extraordinary benefics. Predicting through Karakamsa and Mandook Dasa. and Rahu is also in the sign Sagittarius." per Astro-Data II. and more sophisticated utilization of the padas and upagrahas. India. Gary Gomes is founder and president of the North East Institute of Vedic Astrology through which he promotes Vedic Astrology as a spiritual discipline. (508) 990-7898 or (508) 9945725. is usually an indicator that the soul will attain heaven after death. "from SRI. is considered a naturally malefic (perhaps "death inflicting" planet) for Virgo rising. Yamaganda. Rahu. Kapoor. The works of R. who rules this sign. Santhanam and G. The Dalai Lama was born in a Virgo mahadasa. with the Sun (the ruler of the Karakamsa). Sastri. India." although it eventually projected him into a position of world wide recognition. we can certainly note that he left Tibet in 1959. aspected by Mars. P. the previous Dalai Lama's possessions are placed in front of child candidates to determine whether the child recognizes them. Jaimini Sutram. since the commencement of his Gemini mahadasa in 1991. and Yamaganda. Jupiter. This undoubtedly describes the beautiful world in which the soul of the Dalai Lama will reside in between incarnations. Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra. In terms of events in the Dalai Lama's life. Mercury and Ketu in Gemini. Jaimini Astrology. and B. in a very basic fashion. 1992.N. This topic was discussed in K. The conjunction of Venus and the Moon. especially away from his land of birth. Ranjan Publications. this corroborates the spiritual success of the Dalai Lama. This brief analysis will. from him. 1989. Again. Vani Graphics. along with celebrity producing planets (the Karakamsa lord in the sign. Research is essential because so few reference texts are available. and Ketu "flagging" the entire combination) it is small wonder that the Dalai Lama has. Rao. Rahu will usually involve separation or discord during the mahadasa of a sign in which it is placed. possessor of the benefic upagraha Yamaganda. 1995. Class A data. how Jaimini principles can be used to illustrate spiritual tendencies in a chart. Predicting Through Jaimini's Chara Dasa. and instructional assistance. per Data News 57. his cause championed by movie stars and rock performers. Sanjay Rath. With the placement of Mercury in its own sign. K. will prevail. Bibliography Sage Jaimini. Delhi. . The pada of the first house is Pisces. New Bedford. Delhi. Lucknow. 1990. As many are aware. 1995. in which he warned that this dictum should be interpreted cautiously. The Dalai Lama's most recent mahadasa is Gemini. during the middle of a Sagittarius mahadasa.V. Ranjan Publications. I hope. Sastri. Rahu. Vani Graphics.N. This natal placement of Yamaganda implies gifts at birth. The cases of these two saints have illustrated. MA 02744. containing the upagraha Yamaganda.G. Predicting through Jaimini's Chara Dasa. It has been implied in certain Jaimini texts that there will be a "fall" during a Sagittarius period. whet the appetites of other Western students of Jyotish to examine spiritual tendencies through the use of Jaimini principles.