Partly from the upcoming book;
Jyotiña Fundamentals, by Visti Larsen
(part two)
Ones spiritual direction
By Visti Larsen – Guide and Guru: Sanjay Rath
1.1. Deity of worship
The Vimsämça chart is also important for seeing the devotion of the native, and how it is directed
towards various forms of God. The Vedic-era had a clear way of distinguishing between the
Deities and the Grahas associating with them, and based on the same they would advise worship
of the particular deity.
Vaidyanath Dikshita states the following;
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Children, deity, adopted children (or those who inherit ones land), father and ones good merrits
should be known from the fifth house. Pilgrimage/Journey is known from the seventh(asta),
fifth(suta), second (sva) and tenth (karma) bhavas, whilst distant wanderings are known from the
Jätaka Pärijäta – Païcañañöädhyäyaù – çloka 1
Two important principles arise from this çloka.
The deity the native worships is seen from the fifth house.
The native’s pilgrimages should be seen from the seventh, fifth, second, tenth and twelfth

The fifth house reveals what type of spiritual practices interests the native. These can be very
dark if an afflicted Venus is associated as Venus is the Guru of the Asura (those who do not
follow the laws of the Sun), but there mere association of Jupiter will put the native on the right
path and correct their mistakes.
Käla Sarpa/Amrita Yoga’s along the fifth house axis can block ones prayers and mantra’s, and
tends to cause a lot of dissatisfaction in the native and lead them into wrong practices or
generally make them confused or frustrated in life.
The nature of the planets in the fifth house or if none – joined the lord, will indicate the root cause
for native’s interest in worshipping.
• If the Sun is associated with the fifth house the native worships radiant, father-like,
knowledge-giving figures, like Lord Shiva, or the Sun itself.
• Moon indicates deities who are motherly, nurturing caring, soothing and give peace and
calmness, like Çri Uma/Parvati.
• Mars indicates celibate deities, who are endowed with power and weapons which they
use to protect and fight.
• Mercury indicates deities who are able to assimilate to any surrounding. These forms are
curious and joyful in nature and are eager to learn. They are non-violent in nature.
• Jupiter indicates deities immersed in knowledge, teachers, and forms which are beyond
physical form.
• Venus’ association with the fifth house indicates a desire to worship deities who give
blessings in relationships, gives long life, healing and all the luxuries of life, like Çri
• Saturn indicates forms which are immersed in darkness, are lazy or cause ignorance. In
such cases the native is advised to worship forms like Nirankara or Narayana, to protect
their own intelligence from falling.
• Rähu indicates forms which are mysterious in nature, which are highly aggressive and
volatile (like snakes); due to their eagerness to battle and which bestow results easily, no
matter the cost. In such cases the native is advised to worship Durgatinashinyai or
Durga, to ensure they do not follow a wrong path in their worship.
• Ketu indicates forms which lack direction or a body of their own, like spirits, deceased
individuals, etc. If Ketu is associated with the Sun the graha attains a body and that too
from Shiva, hence this is supposed to be the son of Shiva – Gaëeña. Hence incase of
Ketu’s influence people are generally advised to worship Gaëeña to ensure that Ketu
does not destroy their intelligence and direction in life.

Should these grahas be afflicted, the darker side of the deity emerges, whilst Sattvic influences
enhance the purer sides of the deities and leads the native towards spirituality and emancipation.

Other deities are seen from the;
1. Jeevanmuktämça
(also known as the Iñta Devata)
2. Vijnanämça
(also known as the Dharma Devata)
3. Ajïanämça
(also known as the Guru Devata)
4. Preçyämça
(also known as the Palana Devata)

Having ascertained the native’s worship, the next step is to analyze the success in doing so, i.e.
whether they will be steady in their worship or obstructions will come.

The regular prayer or engagement in worship is seen from the Ärüòha of the fifth house. Saturn
or Rähu influencing the same causes irregularity in ones worship. Jupiter and Sun will make the
native steady and immovable in ones worship.

All the above details about the persons preferred deities, the nature of their worship and etc,
can be studied from the Räçi.
For which purposes the native approaches the deity and the details about who introduced
them to this worship and how they perform the worship must be seen from the Viàsäàça.

Twelfth from ätmakäraka in navämça.
Ninth from ätmakäraka in navämça.
Bhrätåkäraka in navämça.
Sixth from amätyakäraka in navämça.
Chart 1: Swami - Dark worship

The native has Venus in the fifth house in Scorpio, which in turn is afflicted by Rähu and Mars by
graha dåñöi. As worship is initially caused by a desire or interest, graha dåñöi is very important.
The native worshiped female deities in quite aggressive and fearsome forms. As Venus is AmK
this has become a line of work.

Notice that an Ätmakäraka replacement occurs, between Mercury – AK and Venus – AmK.
Venus is placed in third/eleventh from the Bhrätå käraka, which is a bad position in comparison
to the earlier position of Mercury - AK in trines to BK, indicating that the native will disregard
the guru’s advice and the position of Venus in the fifth house will become a livelihood. The
native earned a lot of money and power, through the practice of rituals for the sake of helping his
clients attain political power.
However notice that Venus is Bädhakeña and Rähu is placed in the ninth house. This causes
bandhana Yoga, and the native was imprisoned.
ninth lord - Jupiter’s Räçi dåñöi on the fifth house, made the native repent his wrong-prayers and
worship Shiva as Somanath (Jupiter is joined Moon and Moon is BK) to beg for forgiveness, after
which all the cases against the native were ended.
Chart 2: Insanity case – Wrong/Dark worship

The native of the given chart has Jupiter retrograde and debilitated in the fifth house. This
position of Jupiter can give practice of black magic and the worship of spirits (Capricorn). Jupiter
is however Bädhakesh and will not tolerate more wrong worship and will punish the native.
Jupiter is vargottama and the inevitable happened after a large fire (weak Jupiter causes fires),
where the native lost his mental balance and began suffering from schizophrenia.
Chart 3: Place of worship

The native’s ninth house is Aquarius, lorded and aspected by Rähu, Ketu, Saturn and Mars. The
native spends a lot of time cleaning his place of worship and is very particular about which
artifacts he puts in the same. He has had images of deities broken and generally has a problem
with insects in his place of worship.
The native’s fifth house is occupied by Venus, Mars and Rähu and that too in a Käla Sarpa Yoga.
The native has attempted many types of spiritual practices ranging from regions from Mexico to
India, and quite a few involving fire-dancing, psychedelics and the likes. Venus is in own sign
and strong, supporting his interest in female deities; however the darker forms due to its
affliction. He has visited many ancient temples where sacrifices took place and has had bizarre
experiences in some of these temples, after night fall (Rähu and Saturn become strong during the
night). His interest for these darker and more exotic forms has become a the source of a love-hate
relationship he has with the same, but due to the Käla Sarpa Yoga, he tends to spend a lot of time
with the study of such forms, and often his electronic equipment suffers from it.
Due to A9 in a dual sign influenced by the Sun and Mercury his faith is strong and un-moved by
the events which unfold around him.
Chart 4: Stability of worship

The native’s A9 is joined the Sun in Lagna, ensuring a lot of faith and devotion, however Rähu
does have Räçi and Graha dåñöi on the same, which can disrupt the native’s faith from time to
time, especially during Dasa’s related to rähu. Rähu tends to do so through doubt and
The A5 is placed in the seventh house in Taurus, aspected by Jupiter, Mercury, Rähu and Ketu.
The native practices very Sattvic mantra’s and always for the sake of knowledge, due to Jupiter’s
strong influence on the A5. Rähu tends to disrupt this same worship from time to time. As Rähu
is in the ninth house this is through the place of worship not being cleaned, being occupied by
insects, etc. At one particular incident whilst the native was engrossed in meditation a spider
landed on the native’s head and began crawling through the native’s hair. This type of distraction
is the cause of rähu placed in the ninth house.
1.2. The Ninth house and spirituality
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ु  ु ं यवमदवपरोिहतााम। े े ु ्

bhāgy apr abhāv agur udhar mat apaḥśubhāni saṁci n t ay ennavamadevapu rohi t ābhy ām|
Luck/fortune, might/inherit strength/supernatural powers, teachers, dharma, penance, all
round good, should all be considered from the ninth house and the priest of the gods (Jupiter and
Bhrätå Käraka).
Jätaka Pärijäta – Saptäñöamanavamabhävädhyäyaù – çloka 65
Vaidyanath Dikshita lists out the significations of the ninth house. Among the significations, our
focus is on the teachers and penance of the native. It should be carefully noted that the
supernatural powers of the native are seen from the trines to Kärakämça, and the details about
these abilities should be seen from the Siddhämça. Hence the supernatural powers have nothing
to do with the Vimçämça, and are only knowledge – not spirituality.
1.3. Spiritual Teachers (Guru Käraka)
The spiritual guide comes in various forms, be it through physical contact or through revelations.
The Naisargika Käraka for Guru is Jupiter, whilst the Chara Käraka for the same is the Bhrätå
The chara bhrätåkäraka indicates the knowledge the Guru wants to teach. This is the essence and
soul of the Guru. This knowledge is related to spirituality in one way or the other, but can be
linked to various sciences. Example: a person may learn spirituality through astrology, martial
arts, meditation, etc. but fact remains that they learnt spirituality and the tool used is indicated by
the bhrätåkäraka or the planets joined it.
The highest aspiration for spiritual aspirants is to learn the Paravidyä knowledge from the Guru.
This knowledge is indicated by Jupiter presence in the chart. Whichever planets are joined Jupiter
will indicate which fields of knowledge will accompany the Paravidyä knowledge.
Finally whilst the level of knowledge presided over by the Guru maybe very high, the native will
not be taken to that Guru unless the ninth lord has a strong association with either the
bhrätåkäraka or Jupiter. This association must be seen in both räçi and navämça, just as was the
case with the lagna lord and the Sun/Jupiter.
If the above combinations do not exist in the Räçi, then there is no reason to open the Viàsäàça
(D-20) chart to see the spiritual Guru.
Chart 5: Çri Achyuta Dasa

In the given chart, the ninth lord Venus is exalted and is in quadrants to Jupiter and
bhrätåkäraka. This native would have associated with a Guru of a very high level of spirituality.
The native is Sri Achyuta Dasa, and his Guru was Sri Chaitanya Mahäprabhu.
Chart 6: Lahiri Mahasya

In the given chart, the Moon is the ninth lord and is placed in trines to Jupiter and bhrätåkäraka.
The native was said to have learnt Kriya yoga from Babaji, through which the native established
a Parampara for the teachings of Kriya yoga.
It should be noted that in both the prior given charts, the native’s have Jupiter and Mercury
joined, indicating the beginning of a guru-çiñya Parampara.
1.4. Penance
The ninth house is the house of tapasya or penance. Planets in it will make or break ones tapasya,
depending on the type of worship and the time of worship. Planets which break ones penance
create A-dharma, as they break your promises and duty.

The tamasic planets: Rähu. Ketu, Saturn and Mars are the ones which make one perform or
experience adharma in ones practice.
Either of the Nodes placed in the ninth house will give disturbances in the place of worship,
due to insects, animals, and etc.
Saturn’s presence will make the place of worship dirty.
Mars’ presence will break the articles of worship.
The Tamasic planets will give their worst effects during the night of the Tithi’s ruled by them;
• Rähu – Añöami and Amäväsya
• Saturn – Saptami and Purëimä
• Ketu & Mars – Tritéya and Ekadaçi
Faith of the native
The faith of an aspirant is best measured through their persistence in penance/tapasya.
Whenever we talk of measuring or limiting, our focal point is the ärüòha. The ninth house shows
our spiritual penance, whilst its ärüòha shows our persistence in performing penance. The
planets which are opposed to Jupiter will cause the native to loose faith or stop their penance, if
joined or aspecting the dharmapada (A9).

These planets are Rähu and Saturn.
• Rähu will do so by making the native doubt or a sense of rejection by the deity.
• Saturn will make the native discard the worship completely due to sorrow, bad
experiences, etc experienced through the natives worship.
• Whilst Mars is not inimical towards Jupiter, it tends to distract Jupiter from its purpose;
hence Mars in the A9 will surely cause a distraction in ones worship, caused by
frustrations, debts, anger, impatience, etc. Additionally Mars being highly inimical
towards Mercury will not like to worship many deities.
• Ketu will not lessen the native’s faith, but will cause a rather one-sided approach to
worship and spirituality. The person maybe fanatically inclined to only one type of
worship which could to an extent prove to be fanatical.
• The Sun will increase the faith of the native, for the sake of increasing spirituality and

• Benefics joining the A9 will not decrease the native’s faith.
• Mercury wants to please everyone; as a result, those with mercury influencing the A9
will worship many deities, not leaving one stone unturned. Planets influencing Mercury
will indicate whether this type of worship will increase or decrease the native’s
• Venus joining the A9 can strengthen the native’s faith through benefits accruing through
the worship. The natives worship becomes focused on material fruits instead of spiritual.
• Moons influence is highly conducive towards faith and spirituality.
Chart 7: Male Nativity - excess worship

In the given chart, the ärüòha of the ninth house is in Bädhak Sthäna, joined debilitated Mercury
and the Sun. Mercury is the tenth lord and lagna lord, showing health problems and sudden
obstructions in work arising in the native’s life. Sun being twelfth lord can indicate neglect or
problems in appeasing the deities.
The native upon enquiring from the author was undergoing a setback in their business for
reasons unknown to the native. After careful assessment of the chart and a visit to the native’s
office, it became evident that the native has 2 places of worship. One was situated in the native’s
old office, located in the basement of the complex, and had been neglected. It was inferred from
the Prasna at the time that an Idol was broken (Mars and Bädhakeña in the fourth house). The
other and newly installed place of worship was situated in the native’s new office which was well
The native was advised to either clean up the old place of worship or dismantle it to remove the
Bädhak the native is suffering in business.
It’s a common trait of Mercurial Lagna to worship many deities, due to their desire to please
others. This is especially the case with this native who has Mercury as ätmakäraka.
1.5. Guru’s in Viàsäàça
Whilst it maybe ascertained that Yoga in Räçi exists for meeting the Guru, the native may not
gain any of that knowledge unless the Viàsäàça supports the native’s spiritual journey for the
sake of learning. The mere association with such high guru’s could merely be for the sake of
service and not learning. Here the ninth house and ninth lord of the D-20 chart with reference to
Jupiter and Bhrätå Käraka should be seen.
Chart 8: Çri Achyuta Dasa

Sri Achyuta Dasa received dékña from Sri Chaitanya Mahäprabhu. The initiation was through
Mantra, and that too being the Kali Yuga Mokña Mantra for Sri Vishnu. Here ninth lord (Guru)
happens to be Mercury (Vishnu) and is placed in the fifth house (Mantra). The result of this sown
seed, can be seen from the signs that Mercury lords. No planets occupy Gemini, whilst Saturn,
Venus, Rähu and Ketu occupy Virgo the twelfth house, indicating his strong proficiency in
meditation and Samadhi yoga. It was from this that he attained most of his knowledge on
Spirituality, Ayurveda (Venus) and Jyotiña (Ketu). His proficiency in meditation also led him to
write on Sünya (nothingness) which is a part of Samadhi Yoga.
Again Tapasvi Yoga is formed in the sign of the ninth lord.
Chart 9: Çri Sanjay Rath - Dékña Guru

In the given chart, the ninth house has five planets giving an immense amount of knowledge in
various facets of spirituality. However the ninth lord will show what is learnt from the Guru, and
the ninth lord – Saturn has no direct connection with the ninth house other than its lordship.
Ninth lord is placed in the fifth house of Mantra, and the native’s spiritual initiation was the
stepping stone for his learning of spirituality, meditation and Jyotiña.
The planets in the signs lorded by Saturn indicate the traits he learnt; Moon indicates Mantra’s
and meditation, Jupiter gives scriptural knowledge of Veda’s, Upanishads, the bible and other
religious Çastra. Venus gives knowledge of the left-handed worship and Ayurveda (Jupiter
represents the right handed worship).
Ketu’s influence is a boon for Jyotiña.
Notice that Tapasvi Yoga is formed by Ketu and Venus in Saturn’s sign.
Chart 10: Female Aghori

In the Räçi of the given chart, Venus is aspected by the nodes and associated with the fifth house
indicating possibility of dabbling with dark-deities or dark practices.

To see why and how the native approaches these deities should be seen from the specific
planet in the Viàsäàça.

In the Viàsäàça Venus is placed in the ninth house, indicating that a spiritual teacher or guide
will introduce the native to this form of worship. As Venus is debilitated it shows the nature of
this worship as being very highly spiritual and without much attachment to norms, forms, or the
likes. Venus being joined Mändi does however show a negative connotation to this kind of
worship. As Venus is fifth and tenth lords, it will ensure this type of worship through mantra’s,
and service to the guru/deity. The ninth lord itself is placed in the second house, indicating that
the Guru will bless the native with a family and self identity (lagna lord is Saturn).

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