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Jaimini Sutras

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The ancient Sanskrit text called Jaimini Sutras [1][2]


Jaimini Sutras
is a treatise on the predictive part of Hindu astrology
attributed to Maharishi Jaimini, the founder of the
Author
Rishi Jaimini
Purva Mimamsa branch of Hindu philosophy and
Country
India
author of twelve-chapter Upadesa Sutras, who was a
disciple of Rishi Vyasa, son of Parashara. It comprises Language
Sanskrit
nine hundred and thirty-six sutras or aphorisms
Subject
Astrology
arranged in four chapters, and though having several
distinct features of its own, the Jaimini System, which
is a unique system, appears as an offshoot of the Parashari System only; where ever it deviates it is not
found to be in conflict with the Parashari system,[3] and gives due importance to Rahu and Ketu, the two
Lunar Nodes.[4]
Jaimini Sutras, arranged in four chapters, cover Karakamsa, Arudha, Upapada and navamsa in the first
chapter; Longevity, Diseases, Profession, Progeny and Spouse, in the second; Longevity, Nature and
cause of death, in the third; and in the fourth chapter it covers the account of pre-natal epoch. The
Jaimini System of prognostication is distinctly different from the Parashari System, the basic differences
being with regard to aspect, determination of Karakas, Badhaka bhavas and the Dashas. In Jaimini
System, aspect has been assigned to the Rasis or signs which are synonymous with Bhavas or Houses,
the Karakas are fixed according to longitudes gained by planets in particular signs, the Dashas are
assigned to signs, and the method of determination of Badhakas is far more complicated, and its
prediction-method based on Padas is also different.[5][6] In his book, Light on Life, Hart De Fouf writes
It is possible that some commentator developed Jaimini Jyotish from Parasharas system and then
appended Maharshi Jaiminis name to his creation.or may be .. ..extracted those few chapters from
Jaimini Jyotish that the two systems share.[7]
Bangalore Venkata Ramans book - Studies in Jaimini Astrology explains the abstruteness of the
Jaimini System particularly when a number of dashas are mentioned and the reader, clueless, is left to
guess for himself. Jaimini developed almost a new system which did not prove popular because
principles presented in the shape of sutras are always capable of a variety of interpretations; Jaimini
Sutras have been explained and commented upon by Neelakantha and Premanidhi. Jaimini appears to
have favoured Charadasha not only for determining longevity but also for predicting important events to
happen during the life of a person. Raman has found certain sutras tough, vague or capable of a two-fold
interpretation. He also states that the Raja yogas given by Jaimini have not been tested as his method has
not been in vogue.[8]
Jaimini, in the Sutra 37 of Adhyaya II Pada iv, by stating acknowledges that all the principles
explained in this work are truth propounded in other works. The treatment of the different Bhavas, Rasis
and Planets found confusing require patience, diligence and practice to comprehend. He gives various
Lagnas and his dashas are mostly founded on Rasis and Navamsas, and also the calculations backwards
and forwards for odd and even signs and the extent of dashas differs from the ordinary conceptions as
explained by the general principles of astrology. He has not given prominence to the Nakshatras and
there is the merging of two or three planets into one karaka. Moreover, the exact meanings of the sutras
which though short and sweet, and easily committed to memory, are not easy to grasp.[9]

References
1. "Jaimini Sutras" (http://philosophy.ru/library/asiatica/indica/sutra/jaimini.html).
2. P.S.Sastri. Maharishi Jaiminis Jaimini Sutram (complete)
(http://books.google.co.in/books/about/Maharishi_Jaimini_s_Jaimini_Sutram_compl.html?
id=04BGPgAACAAJ&redir_esc=y) (2006 ed.). Ranjan Publications.
3. Dr.Suresh Chandra Mishra. "Tara Lagna Dasha" (http://www.vedicastro.com/article-tara-lagna-dasha.asp).
4. Prash Trivedi. The Key of Life: Astrology of the Lunar Nodes (http://books.google.co.in/books?
id=94Y_3wb0mi4C&pg=PA12&dq=jaimini+sutras&hl=en&sa=X&ei=TequUMOTJcG8rAfNmIHICw&redi
r_esc=y#v=onepage&q=jaimini%20sutras&f=false). Lotus Press. p.12.
5. "Basic features of Jaimini Astrology" (http://www.wandahl.com/Pages/JaiminiBasics.htm).
6. "Jaimini or Parashara" (http://jyotishvidya.com/jaimini_or_parashara.htm).
7. Hart De Fouw. Light on Life: An Introduction to the Astrology of India (http://books.google.co.in/books?
id=jBzSLNNbTWwC&pg=PA17&dq=jaimini+sutras&hl=en&sa=X&ei=FeeuULviE8PKrAfnqoHQAQ&red
ir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=jaimini%20sutras&f=false). Lotus Press. p.17.
8. B v Raman. Studies in Jaimini Astrology (http://books.google.co.in/books?
id=gW2DIFHrxfgC&pg=PR3&lpg=PR3&dq=jaimini+sutras+astrology&source=bl&ots=5c9ptUtu6I&sig=A
YTvahVntOsN8kPvmjKaBt8ixeQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=kRavUJ3uAYforQfmvID4Bg&redir_esc=y#v=onepag
e&q=jaimini%20sutras%20astrology&f=false). New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass. p.3.
9. Jaimini. "Jaiminisutras (English translation with notes by B. Suryanarain Rao)"
(http://www.scribd.com/doc/3923053/Jaimini-Sutras-Complete). Bangaluru: IBH Prakashana. p.xi,17.

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