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com> NOTE: What we are discussing is more philosophical than practical, and application should be tempered with the proverbial pinch of salt. INTRODUCTION In an ideal world, nobody wants to have any afflicted graha in his chart, but then again, we do not live in an ideal world. Among all the possible afflictions, perhaps nothing scares a person more than knowing that some graha is neecha in his chart. Immediately, people start looking out for neecha bhanga or better still, neecha bhanga raja yoga. If one may compare a graha to one’s own eyes, then a neecha graha is like an eye incapable of seeing clearly. Neecha bhanga may then be compared to using spectacles to improve one’s vision, but, just as spectacles cannot give perfect vision, similarly, neecha bhanga can never completely overcome all ills. Neecha bhanga raja yoga is like using binoculars, but just as one cannot go around with a pair of binoculars always pressed to one’s eyes, similarly, even neecha bhanga raja yoga cannot always deliver good results. BEYOND THE BASICS What is it that makes a graha neecha? We need to understand this thing first. For this, we must look beyond the obvious fact of “graha X is neecha in rasi Y.” To get to the heart of the matter, we should look at the point where a graha is at its lowest ebb, and study the related issues carefully. While the relationship between the neecha graha and the lord of the rasi in which it is neecha is of paramount importance, we could gain further by studying the relationship between the neecha graha and the nakshatra in which it is neecha. This helps us to finetune the results, and enhances our lucidity. At another level, we could consider the nakshatra pada in which a graha is neecha, and study the lord of that pada, which will correspond to the lord of the navamsa in which the said pada falls. For additional illumination, we could also consider the drekkan in which a graha is fallen. Why, some might wonder, are we studying the drekkan after studying the nakshatra and the navamsa? The reason is simple – of all the divisions, only the drekkans have descriptions, and an understanding of these visual metaphors can perhaps enable us to understand the true affliction of a neecha graha that much better. The descriptions of the drekkans given herein have been taken from Shri BV Raman’s book “Hindu Predictive Astrology.”
does not knowing that we have a neecha graha in our chart make us feel scared? THE NEECHA GRAHAS 1. which is ruled by Sani.” but because fear is something that we all understand so well. If this were not the case. it is worth noting that Sani is Surya’s son. not because a graha is “afraid. Why is he neecha in association with Guru and Kuja. which is ruled by Chandra. SURYA Surya is at the point of deepest fall at 10 degrees. CHANDRA Chandra is at the point of deepest fall at 03 degrees. it is best to assume that some form of fear possesses it.” In the above context. This corresponds to Vishaka. but there is an affliction caused by the fact that something that the graha stands for is not in good shape.FEAR IS THE KEY To understand a neecha graha. which is ruled by Rahu. and their combined might means that Surya feels very low indeed. and attached to his wife and children. we will start with the fear concept. In a way. It is easy to understand Surya’s neechatva. who himself causes fear to all men? Technically speaking. 2. what could perhaps cause fear to Sani. and in the 2nd drekkan. which is ruled by Guru. a graha many not be “afraid” in the sense people are afraid of tigers or the Inspector of Taxes. with the face of a vulture. with both of whom he forms the Gaja Kesari Yoga and the Chandra Mangala Yoga respectively? . and so does Rahu as per “Sani vad Rahu. but Chandra’s is more perplexing. This corresponds to Swati. cannot digest this! The description of the 2nd drekkan of Tula is: “A man hungry and thirsty. which is also ruled by Sani. in the 4th pada. Sani is humble and relates to equality. Therefore. Vrichaka rasi. and in the 1st drekkan.” and Surya. Tula rasi. as the king. and the vulture is said to be Sani’s mount. this may seem funny—after all. in the 2nd pada. which is ruled by Kuja. After all. then there is no reason to pronounce that the graha is neecha! Understanding the cause of the fear of the graha may take us one step closer to comprehending what is actually wrong. Both Rahu and Sani are inimical to Surya.
The negative thing about Sukra is his excessive pursuit of pleasure. which differentiates humans from beast. Kuja corrupts Sukra and turns love to lust. feet bound up by a serpent. and prefers pleasurable pursuits. The fact that Budha owns the concerned pada is also inimical to Sukra though Budha is friendly with Sukra because those who love pleasures do not like listening to reason. intelligence. which is ruled by Budha. emerging out from an ocean towards the shore. The drekkan being owned by Sukra implies a vortex of pleasure. which is ruled by Kuja. and the snake allusion indirectly links it to Rahu and Ketu. whom Chandra fears. The description of the 1st drekkan of Vrichaka is: “A beautiful young woman. Chandra in his own pada means the mind dwelling on itself. In particular. which is ruled by Sukra himself. and Chandra.Guru represents wisdom. and this is the good aspect. doesn’t like wisdom. BUDHA Budha is at the point of deepest fall at 15 degrees. which is ruled by Sani. in the 4th pada.” The flag is particularly interesting because it flies at the highest point. quite naked. Kanya rasi. and represents the acme. the nodes. Sukra represents highly refined things. which can only lead to lassitude. Chandra is also afflicted by the rashness of Kuja. and it cannot stand the gloom of Sani. SUKRA Sukra is at the point of deepest fall at 27 degrees. and in the 2nd drekkan. no longer reigns supreme! 4. 3. sailing in a boat with long flags towards the other coast. which is ruled by Kuja. Budha is a highly intellectual graha. with Budha fallen. No wonder it is neecha! The description of the 2nd drekkan of Meena is: “A beautiful woman. in the 2nd pada. all of which are inimical to rational thought. who personifies the mind. This corresponds to Chitra. not positively as in the “I consciousness” but in terms of trying to fulfil the pleasures that the mind suggests. Meena rasi. which leads to a lowering of morals and general dissipation. Ironically. or the fickleness of Chandra. which is ruled by Chandra. and in the 3rd drekkan. or the anger of Kuja.” This is a sarpa drekkan. This corresponds to Uttarabadra. .
GURU Guru is at the point of deepest fall at 05 degrees. which is ruled by Budha. it is neecha because both the grahas concerned. and this makes him neecha. and in the 3rd drekkan. with a yellow cloth on her body and exposing her breasts and going to a sacred place. Kuja is highly frustrated! 6. Kataka rasi. The vulgar reference to the breasts implies the profaning of the sacred. All he wants to do is fight meaninglessly. in the 4th pada. which is also ruled by Guru. which is ruled by Surya. Since there is no reference to a storm. Kuja is a warrior. with a serpent around his waist. and indirectly refers to Rahu and Ketu. This corresponds to Uttarashada. Also. which is ruled by Sani. The description of the 3rd drekkan of Kataka is: “A man in a boat amidst an ocean. and carrying a rope and a net. who. being daemons. Guru is a unique graha in Jyotish because it is the only graha that is not treated as an enemy by any of the other grahas. we may safely assume that a boat in an ocean depicts serenity and perhaps boredom because there is nothing to do but steer the boat. and neither of them seems too capable of appreciating the wisdom that is so dear to Guru. and as a Brahmin graha.” This is a sarpa drekkan. Surya and Sani. 5. Makara rasi. in the 3rd pada. it is a little intriguing to consider why it is neecha. but it hardly seems to be the height of wisdom! .” What an apt description! Sukra is feminine. are inimically disposed towards the commander of the Gods. the visit to the sacred place is also appropriate.The description of the 3rd drekkan of Kanya is: “A fair woman. So. which is ruled by Guru. Surya is arrogant and Sani represents humble activities. Perhaps. The description of the 1st drekkan of Makara is: “A man with much hair. Since there are no prospects of war. pig-bodied and faced. caused by Sukra being neecha. yellow represents prosperity. and doesn’t like to heed either Budha’s intelligence or Guru’s wisdom. which is also ruled by Sani. KUJA Kuja is at the point of deepest fall at 28 degrees. and in the 1st drekkan. This corresponds to Aslesha. can’t stand each other.” Nothing threatening about the above.
red in colour. he doesn’t appreciate Sukra’s propensity for merrymaking. which is ruled by Sukra. and lead all of us to greater clarity and to the light. and as such.7. This corresponds to Bharani. it is a good starting point. which is also ruled by Sukra. which is ruled by Guru. in the 3rd pada. Sani may not be very pleased by Guru’s teachings. *** . and represent the only way of looking at the neecha state of a graha. Thus. The description of the 3rd drekkan of Mesha is: “A cruel hearted man. to a T! AFTERWORD It would be arrogant to presume that the above descriptions are accurate. and not from books.” The above description seems to fit Kuja. who is inimical to Sani. and the author hopes that even points above that are not agreeable to the wise will promote thought. which is Jyotish. active. Mesha rasi. Guru symbolises wisdom and so may be called a good teacher. but Sani is more practical. Sani is responsible for grief. because he likes to teach people by humbling them with sorrow and suffering. unprincipled and angry. SANI Sani is at the point of deepest fall at 20 degrees. and in the 3rd drekkan. wearing red garments. The lessons he teaches are learnt in the University of Life. However.
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