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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.”
who himself causes fear to all men? Technically speaking. in the 2nd pada. which is ruled by Sani. Vrichaka rasi. as the king. and their combined might means that Surya feels very low indeed. it is worth noting that Sani is Surya’s son. and so does Rahu as per “Sani vad Rahu. it is best to assume that some form of fear possesses it. cannot digest this! The description of the 2nd drekkan of Tula is: “A man hungry and thirsty. does not knowing that we have a neecha graha in our chart make us feel scared? THE NEECHA GRAHAS 1. In a way. This corresponds to Swati. this may seem funny—after all. 2. Therefore. with both of whom he forms the Gaja Kesari Yoga and the Chandra Mangala Yoga respectively? . we will start with the fear concept. 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. in the 4th pada. and in the 2nd drekkan. This corresponds to Vishaka. and attached to his wife and children. Sani is humble and relates to equality. which is ruled by Guru.” but because fear is something that we all understand so well. but there is an affliction caused by the fact that something that the graha stands for is not in good shape. which is also ruled by Sani. a graha many not be “afraid” in the sense people are afraid of tigers or the Inspector of Taxes. If this were not the case. It is easy to understand Surya’s neechatva.” In the above context. and the vulture is said to be Sani’s mount. but Chandra’s is more perplexing. with the face of a vulture. Why is he neecha in association with Guru and Kuja. CHANDRA Chandra is at the point of deepest fall at 03 degrees. and in the 1st drekkan. what could perhaps cause fear to Sani. Both Rahu and Sani are inimical to Surya. which is ruled by Rahu.” and Surya. After all. which is ruled by Kuja.FEAR IS THE KEY To understand a neecha graha. Tula rasi. which is ruled by Chandra. not because a graha is “afraid. SURYA Surya is at the point of deepest fall at 10 degrees.
Kuja corrupts Sukra and turns love to lust. The negative thing about Sukra is his excessive pursuit of pleasure. . and prefers pleasurable pursuits. Sukra represents highly refined things. and Chandra. whom Chandra fears. which is ruled by Sani. 3. in the 2nd pada. which can only lead to lassitude. BUDHA Budha is at the point of deepest fall at 15 degrees. which differentiates humans from beast. feet bound up by a serpent. SUKRA Sukra is at the point of deepest fall at 27 degrees. and the snake allusion indirectly links it to Rahu and Ketu. Chandra in his own pada means the mind dwelling on itself. or the fickleness of Chandra. who personifies the mind. Kanya rasi. Chandra is also afflicted by the rashness of Kuja. In particular. Ironically. which leads to a lowering of morals and general dissipation. This corresponds to Chitra. the nodes. and represents the acme. which is ruled by Kuja. quite naked. which is ruled by Sukra himself. and it cannot stand the gloom of Sani. doesn’t like wisdom. and this is the good aspect. or the anger of Kuja. not positively as in the “I consciousness” but in terms of trying to fulfil the pleasures that the mind suggests. The drekkan being owned by Sukra implies a vortex of pleasure. and in the 3rd drekkan. The description of the 1st drekkan of Vrichaka is: “A beautiful young woman. Budha is a highly intellectual graha. Meena rasi. No wonder it is neecha! The description of the 2nd drekkan of Meena is: “A beautiful woman. sailing in a boat with long flags towards the other coast. all of which are inimical to rational thought.” This is a sarpa drekkan. in the 4th pada. 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.Guru represents wisdom. and in the 2nd drekkan. with Budha fallen. emerging out from an ocean towards the shore. no longer reigns supreme! 4. which is ruled by Budha.” The flag is particularly interesting because it flies at the highest point. This corresponds to Uttarabadra. which is ruled by Chandra. which is ruled by Kuja.
The description of the 3rd drekkan of Kataka is: “A man in a boat amidst an ocean. All he wants to do is fight meaninglessly. and neither of them seems too capable of appreciating the wisdom that is so dear to Guru. with a serpent around his waist. The vulgar reference to the breasts implies the profaning of the sacred. and in the 3rd drekkan. it is neecha because both the grahas concerned. The description of the 1st drekkan of Makara is: “A man with much hair. 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.The description of the 3rd drekkan of Kanya is: “A fair woman. and in the 1st drekkan. in the 4th pada. Also. being daemons. who.” What an apt description! Sukra is feminine. 5. Kataka rasi. GURU Guru is at the point of deepest fall at 05 degrees. and indirectly refers to Rahu and Ketu. Kuja is a warrior. can’t stand each other. which is ruled by Sani. which is ruled by Budha. and this makes him neecha. Since there are no prospects of war. Surya and Sani. Since there is no reference to a storm. which is ruled by Surya. it is a little intriguing to consider why it is neecha. with a yellow cloth on her body and exposing her breasts and going to a sacred place. This corresponds to Aslesha. which is ruled by Guru. which is also ruled by Sani. This corresponds to Uttarashada. the visit to the sacred place is also appropriate. which is also ruled by Guru. 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. KUJA Kuja is at the point of deepest fall at 28 degrees.” This is a sarpa drekkan. Kuja is highly frustrated! 6. but it hardly seems to be the height of wisdom! . Perhaps. are inimically disposed towards the commander of the Gods. caused by Sukra being neecha.” Nothing threatening about the above. Surya is arrogant and Sani represents humble activities. pig-bodied and faced. and as a Brahmin graha. and carrying a rope and a net. So. in the 3rd pada. and doesn’t like to heed either Budha’s intelligence or Guru’s wisdom. Makara rasi. yellow represents prosperity.
and as such. Sani is responsible for grief. it is a good starting point. to a T! AFTERWORD It would be arrogant to presume that the above descriptions are accurate.7. Guru symbolises wisdom and so may be called a good teacher. which is also ruled by Sukra. unprincipled and angry. *** . which is ruled by Guru.” The above description seems to fit Kuja. and lead all of us to greater clarity and to the light. wearing red garments. which is ruled by Sukra. but Sani is more practical. Sani may not be very pleased by Guru’s teachings. active. because he likes to teach people by humbling them with sorrow and suffering. which is Jyotish. Mesha rasi. and represent the only way of looking at the neecha state of a graha. he doesn’t appreciate Sukra’s propensity for merrymaking. The description of the 3rd drekkan of Mesha is: “A cruel hearted man. red in colour. SANI Sani is at the point of deepest fall at 20 degrees. who is inimical to Sani. This corresponds to Bharani. However. in the 3rd pada. The lessons he teaches are learnt in the University of Life. Thus. and not from books. and the author hopes that even points above that are not agreeable to the wise will promote thought. and in the 3rd drekkan.
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