Monday, September 22, 2008


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© Sanjay Rath

Self-realisation and the search for the Ultimate Truth are described as Adhyatma Yoga. Karma Yogi's always strive for perfection in whatever they do and it is this perfection which is a manifestation of Divinity for the Lord is perfect. Maharishi Parasara advises the use of the Vimsamsa (D – 20 chart) for examining Upasana (worship). However, we are not attempting to examine individual spiritual development, but instead, are trying to identify the karma (action or deeds) through which this will manifest. The Dasamsa (one-tenth division) which delves into the karma of the horoscope, is an important tool to examine the extent and direction of the Adhyatma Yoga (action for spiritual attainments).

The proverb " Every Saint has a past and every sinner a future " aptly describes the scope to include every individual horoscope. However, such a vast scope would make the study cumbersome and in order to make the study more meaningful it is necessary to restrict the scope to those horoscopes where religiosity is the predominant feature.

2. The Arthatrikona and the 4th & 7th houses determine profession. Aspects on the tenth, and the Mokshtrikona (4th, 8th & 12th) should also be considered. Ketu, being the natural Mokshkarak is the Karyesha. Ketu influenced by Saturn produces a Tapasvi or one who will strive for spiritual attainments. This could be by conjunction / aspect or by the placement of Ketu in Capricorn Dasamsa which is ruled by Saturn and is also the natural karma house. The sun indicates temples, institution and produces leadership qualities while Jupiter the divine Teacher and rules Dhi (intelligence). The readers may like to have a copy of Dr. BV Raman's " Notable Horoscope " in hand for ready reference. The charts used in this article are corrected to Chitrapaksh Ayanamsa.


Chart 1 is the Dasamsa of Lord Krishna (Sri Vishnu Avatar). Mokshkarak Ketu is in Capricorn with the Sun indicating Adhyatma Yoga of a very high order more so since this receives the aspect of its dispositor Saturn from the fifth bhava (also indicates the building of temples and institutions by the followers). Since this yoga occurs in the seventh bhava, Sri Krishna expounded the philosophy of universal love. This fact is also supported by the placement of the lagnesh (moon) in the 12th bhava (Moksh) with Venus (Karaka of Love) indicating perfect understanding of the subject and its purity as well. Graha Malika Yoga covers the 9th house (Dharma) to Lagna (Throne) confirming his political ascendancy for the sake of Dharma. Since Mars is the initiator, this political rise to be the ruler of Mathura and later Dwarka would be through battles. Within this MALIKA YOGA, There is DHARMAKARMADIPA PARIVARTAN YOGA between the ninth & tenth lords Mars and Jupiter confirming that the actions of Sri Krishna would be for the establishment of Dharma. Since this Yogakaraka Mars is also the 5th lord in the 9th house, the most Holy Srimad Bhagavat Gita was expounded at the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Rahu in Lagna gives an astute political mind, but in Cancer, this shall always be used for noble purposes. The tenth house placement of Jupiter both as the 9th Lord (Sri Vishnu) gives Him the spotless reputation of being an incarnation of Sri Vishnu.

Rahu causes papargala on the tenth Guru and its placement in Lagna indicates that some persons will either doubt his being an Avatar or even his very existence. The reasons for such doubts can be seen from the houses aspected by Rahu. For example, Rahu aspects the 7th and king Sisupala's doubts / enmity were due to the love marriage of Sri Krishna with Rukmini. This papargala is fully obstructed by the Sun & Ketu indicating that such doubts will be removed by the Tapaobala (spiritual strength) of the lord. Another example is seen in the aspect of Rahu on the 5th house and 5th lord Mars in the 9th house in that the Bhagavat Gita starts with the dejection and delusion of the greatest Archer Arjuna and this is removed by the lord subsequently.


Chart – 2 is the Dasamsa of Jesus Christ the founder of Christianity. Mokshkarak Ketu is in Makar flanked by the luminaries as the dispositor Saturn goes to the 9th house indicating a high level of Adhyatma yoga. Since Ketu is in the 5th bhava, the philosophy is centered on universal compassion. A GuruMangal Yoga is in the 10th aspected by the compassionate moon from the 4th house. This lunar aspect tends to exalt Jupiter and debilitate Mars indicating his firm faith on Ahimsa (non-violence). The Parivartan yoga (exchange of signs) between 8th lord Mars and 10th lord Mercury indicate the hostile environment in which he preached Ahimsa as well as his crucification and death by a spear (Mars). The subsequent resurrection is also due to the Parivartan yoga involving the lagna lord Mercury. The Sun & Venus in the 6th bhava fail to determine political career due to the Parivartan yoga of Venus with Saturn which also aspects them in the philosophical Aquarius.

Jupiter in the 10th bhava determines karma. This has the papargala of Rahu in the 11th bhava indicating betrayal by close friends and colleagues. The dispositor of Rahu is the Moon in the 4th showing his divine compassion even for these evil people. However, the argala of Rahu is fully obstructed by 5th lord (followers) Saturn who did not spare these evil doers.

Chart – 3 is the Dasamsa of Guru Nanak Dev the founder of Sikhism. Ketu the Mokshkarak is in Makar in the arthatrikana with the 10th lord Mercury. Lagnesh Guru is in the 10th aspected by the Sani–Chandra yoga in the fourth house. The aspect of the compassionate Moon from Pisces tends to exalt Jupiter and it was during Guru dasa that he traveled and preached the doctrine of Faith (Pisces) in God. The aspect of Saturn tends to debilitate Jupiter and caused imprisonment by Babar. The Gajakesari yoga prevailed and Guru Nanak was able to convert Babar into a benevolent ruler. Later during Saturn dasa, he settled down with family. It is noteworthy that a single Jupiter in the 10th in dignity can give lasting fame and an excellent reputation. The fifth lord Mars is debilitated in the 8th (inheritance) with Rahu causing papargala on Guru which is partly obstructed by Venus. The fifth is aspected by the ninth lord Sun causing unobstructed argala on Guru as well as Mars. Thus the legacy of becoming the next Guru of the Sikhs was not inherited by his Son (Mars) and instead by his faithful pupil (Sun)


Spiritual Pisces rises in the Dasamsa of Sai Baba of Shirdi (Chart – 4) while mokshkarak Ketu is in Makar in the 11th bhava indicating universal Brotherhood to be the main them of his philosophy. A Bhadra Mahapurush yoga of Mercury influences the lagna & 10th lord Jupiter and during Mercury dasa the Saint had many followers and wide popularity. Saturn in the third and Mars in the 6th made him extraordinarily brave and it is recorded that he was friendly to a wild tiger that visited him at the village occasionally. However, Saturn dasa would have been very difficult due to its aspect on the 5th and 9th houses thereby depriving recognition of merits (on followers) and great poverty. Rahu in the 5th bhava indicate followers from all faiths.

Spiritual Pisces also rises in the dasamsa of Ramakrishna Paramhamsa (Chart – 5) and Ketu is in the 11th in Makar indicating a philosophy of universal brotherhood. The Adhyatma yoga is very strong due to the 12th house (Moksh) placement of lagna & 10th lord Jupiter with 12th lord Saturn in philosophical Aquarius. The conjunction of Venus with Ketu indicates patriotism in religion and he played a vital role in the moral awakening of the Indians who found inner strength to fight for freedom. This yoga also made him respect women, in general and he even looked upon his wife as a manifestation of the Divine Mother. The Parivartan yoga between the Mercury and Moon produces a Rajyoga and also Sarswati yoga. This gave a very high level of intelligence as well as very erudite followers (5th Bhava) and a complete understanding of the Vedas leading to Vedanta. Rahu in the 5th shows followers from all faiths. The 5th is also aspected by Yogakaraka Mars from Aries in conjunction with the exalted Sun. this shows the founding of the Ramakrishna Mission by Swami Vivekananda his ardent disciple.


Chart–6 is the Dasamsa of Aurobindo Ghose. Mystic Scorpio rises with Parivartan yoga between the Moon & Saturn indicating a philosopher of outstanding genius and since the 9th bhava is involved, the subject is religion and spiritualism. The exalted Ketu in the second showing spiritualism dominates the arthatrikona. However, Mars in the 6th bhava in trine to the Sun gave a job in the Baroda service initially. The potent Grahamalika yoga covers the Mokshtrikona indicating that the spiritual path shall being under the difficult circumstances of captivity (Rahu in the starting 8th bhava). This was followed by his vision of lord Krishna (Parivartan yoga between Saturn and 9th lord Moon – incidentally, the exalted Moon rises in the lagna of Sri Krishna with Saturn in the 7th bhava.) The Sun in swakshetra in 10th bhava in trine to Ketu shows the founding of Auroville at Pondicherry.

During Rahu dasa he produced some of the finest literary gems. Since Rahu is exalted and unaspected, it gives the results of its dispositor Mercury in the 5th house. This gives a natural flair for writing and, deep poetic vein as well as poetic abilities are seen in the aspect of Venus on Mercury in the 5th house. Like Ramakrishna Paramhamsa, he played a vital role in the moral upliftment of Indians. Further, since both Mercury and Venus are debilitated, the writings are melancholic about the state of India (pre – independence) and portray a bright future (post – independence) due to the Neechabhanga of both planets caused by the Gajakesari yogi Jupiter. Beside, Jupiter is in the terminal bhava of the Grahamalika yoga indicating the Goals of the native. Incidentally, his birthday does coincide with that of Indian Independence. Does this ring a bell for Numerologists? This termination of the yoga in the house of Moksh by Jupiter attempts to explain the ' glow ' over his body for more than a week after his death, which is otherwise, beyond human comprehension.

Some astrologers opine that Grahamalika yoga occurs when all the nine planets are involved. Technically, this is impossible for a Panch / Shast Malika yoga (i.e. covering 5/6 signs in a row) since either Rahu / Ketu would be out of it. The divisional charts where this yoga occurs are the focus of the natives' life. People born with this yoga in the dasamsa have a definite purpose to achieve and this yoga shall predominate over every other combination. For example in the dasamsa of Smt. Indira Gandhi, Shasta Grahamalika yoga occurs from the 8th bhava (legacy) to the lagna (throne). She was destined to inherit the political legacy of her father and be the longest serving P.M. of India. As enunciated above, the circumstances under which the path shall begin.

The Dasamsa of Jagadguru Adi Sankara (Chart – 7) has Ketu and the Sun in the Arthatrikona indicating religiosity and the founding of institution to propagate his Advaita philosophy. The lagnesh joins Rahu (Rudra) in the 12th while the 10th lord Saturn is also in the Mokshtrikona in the 4th house. Gajakesari yoga dominates the 5th house showing extraordinary I.Q. and brilliant poetic skills. His composition of hymns & slokas are perfect in meter and the sheer volume of his works in a very small lifetime is unparalleled in the world. This yoga also gave loyal disciples (5th house) who, when summoned, with blind faith (Jupiter in Pisces) walked over a river (Moon) as Lotus blossoms (Jupiter) sprang under his feet.

The potent Grahamalika yoga covers the Moksh Trikona from the 4th bhava to the 8th bhava. The terminal bhava is Sagittarius (Dharma) with Mercury (writing, speech) as the 5th lord (knowledge) and the dispositor of the luminaries (enlightenment) in the 8th house (Mysticism, Spiritualism) and in so many words, attempts to describe his goals. The starting of the Grahamalika yoga is from Saturn (rules Capricorn – Crocodile) in the 4th house (Mother). It is said that Adi Sankara obtained permission from his mother to become a sanyasi when a crocodile was tugging at his legs in the river. Another feature is the Sun in the second bhava Sun aspected by its dispositor Mercury showing extraordinary debating skills and the 5th lordship shows the defeated debaters becoming his followers


In the Dasamsa of Sri Tyagaraja (Chart – 8), Ketu flanked by the luminaries dominates the arthtrikona showing that he was a Saint first and that music was his medium of expression. Panch Grahamalika yoga covers the Kamatrikona from the 3rd house Mercury (Singing) to the 7th bhava. The terminal bhava here is Sagittarius (Dharma) with the Moon (Poetry, Emotions) as the second lord (Voice, Singing) and shows his composition of hymns and devotional songs. The aspect of Venus from lagna on the 7th house Moon is a specific combination for proficiency in poetry, and is also found in the dasamsa of Rabindranath Tagore.


Chart 9 & 10 are the Dasamsa's of two Shankaracharya's who have headed the Math's (Religious Institutions) founded by Adi Sankara. Both of them have spiritual Pisces rising with Rahu (Rudra) and ascendant & tenth lord Jupiter in the 4th house (a mokshtrikona and a quadrant), involved in the DHARMAKARMADIPA YOGA with 9th lord Mars. Incidentally, in the dasamsa of Adi Sankara, the 5th house is aspected by Jupiter from Pisces showing that the planets influencing the 5th bhava in the dasamsa of influential leaders will also influence the lagna bhava of followers. In both charts, the Sun (ruling leadership & institutions) has unobstructed argala on Jupiter showing the headship of institutions while the aspect / conjunction of Saturn on the 10th house and the Sun confirms these to be religious institutions.

However, the difference in the charts shows the way individual karma would manifest. While chart – 9 has Saturn aspecting Ketu indicating focus on individual spiritual development, chart – 10 has Mercury in the 5th bhava as the dispositor Moon is in the 10th bhava indicating focus on literary activities and knowledge.


Chart – 11 is the Dasamsa of a temple priest. The arthtrikona has exalted Ketu in the second and Venus in the 6th indicating singing of hymns & slokas as service. The 9th bhava Moon in Cancer aspected by Jupiter and Saturn indicates the deity (Sri Krishna). Grahamalika yoga covers the Kamatrikona from one Upachaya to another (11th to 3rd) and different kind of Adhyatma yoga results by the Sun (Temple) in the initiating bhava and debilitated Jupiter in Makar in the terminal bhava. To overcome the desire for wealth shall be the greatest challenges for such yoga.


Chart – 12 is the Dasamsa of Dr. BV Raman, the learned editor of A.M. Both Lagna lord Venus and tenth lord Saturn is in mokshtrikona. Grahamalika yoga covers the mokshtrikona from the 4th bhava to the 8th bhava. The terminal house is Sagittarius (Dharma) with exalted Ketu (Moksh emancipation / undying fame) and Mercury (Writing, Speech, Astrology) as the 5th lord (Knowledge) in the 8th bhava (Spiritualism, Occult Studies) prophesizes the predestined goal of becoming the most eminent astrologer of modern times. This also indicates inheritance of knowledge from grandfather. The initiator is lagnesh Venus in the 4th indicating that he belonged to a family of astrologers. The Parivartan yoga of Venus & Sun indicates the Astrological Magazine as an institution to initiate the Grahamalika yoga, and its rise under his able leadership.

Jupiter, the significator for intuition, is involved in a powerful Parivartan yoga with Mars, occupies mystic Scorpio, and is a part of the Grahamalika yoga and aspects lagna. During Guru dasa, he achieved worldwide repute due to accurate predictions on the course of the Second World War. The debilitated Sun in the arthtrikona is a powerful Rajyoga, but the aspect of debilitated 10th lord Saturn converts this to the headship of a quasi – religious institution (The A.M.)

Chart – 13 is the Dasamsa of Sri Ramanuja. Readers may not the similarities with the Rasi & dasamsa of Adi Sankara and that he was a brilliant philosopher who preached Vishist Advaita philosophy. Besides the Sun & Ketu, the Mercury is also in Arthtrikona as Jupiter is in lagna confirming his astrological skills. He is the author of ' Bhavartha Ratnakara ' an astrological gem that is now available in English from the pen of Dr. B.V.Raman.


Chart – 14 is the Dasamsa of Mahatma Gandhi. Mars and Venus in the 6th house Gemini determined initial profession as a lawyer. However, the debilitated Sun in the 10th bhava is a sure shot yoga for politics. He led the struggle for Indian Independence. The mokshkarak Ketu is in Makar with Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury indicating a very high order of Adhyatma yoga. Jupiter indicates intelligence while Mercury shows his writing skills (he edited a newspaper). Since this adhyatma yoga occurs in lagna, he expounded the unique path of SATYAGRAHA as the means to freedom and politics (Lagna is the throne – significator Sun). He dressed like a fakir and even met the Queen of England in that goal a sign of a true saint.

Readers may analyze charts in the above lines. In this article, I have attempted to highlight the importance of the dasamsa and the Shodasavarga charts and it is hoped that this will prove to be an important tool for detailed astrological analysis.


  • Sri Krishna 19.7.3228 BC; 1ag 1s18.06; Moon 1s15.48; Mars 2s29.12;Venus 3s11.00;Rahu 3s14.30; Sun 4s17.54; Jup 4s27.00; Merc 5s0.54; Sat 7s12.48; Ayanamsa + 48.46
  • JESUS CHRIST 25.12.7 BC;1ag 5s14.05; Rahu 6s29.11; Ven 7s21.37; Sun 8s6.35; Merc 8s14.34; Mars 10s13.05;Sat 11s20.23; Jup 11s21.53; Moon 11s5.17; Ayanamsa + 4.03
  • GURU NANAK 8.11.1470 ( OS ) ; Moon 1s6.51; Sat 1s7.39; Ketu 2s22.21; Leg 4s15.00; Jup 5s13.03; Ven 6s4.33; Mars 6s29.57; Sun 7s9.03; Merc 7s20.57; Ayanamsa 16.27;
  • SAI BABA 18.5.1837; Rahu Os9.57; Sun 1s5.48; Ven 1s5.49; Merc 1s26.34; Jup 3s19.22; Mars 4s2.18;Sat ( R ) 6s21.11; Moon 6s14.02; Lag 7s26.18; Ayanamsa 21.35
  • RAMAKRISHNA 18.2.1836; Ketu 1s2.54; Jup 2s24.34; Sat ( R ) 6s13.44; Mars 9s21.43; Lag 10s3.27; Merc 10s15.07; Moon 10s21.49; Sun 10s6.53; Ven 11s8.03; Ayanamasa 21.32
  • A. GHOSE 15.8.1872; Rahu 1s16.39; Mars 3s5.25; Jup 3s21.37; Lag 3s25.17;Sun 4s0.22; Merc 4s23.32; Ven 4s8.34;Sat 8s23.37;Moon 8s5.46; Ayanamsa 22.02
  • ADI SANKARA 25.3.44 BC; Sun 0s8.12; Ven 0s3.00; Merc 0s24.06; Rahu 1s11.13; Moon 2s9.12; Lag 3s9.00; Sat 8s25.30; Jup 10s3.36; Mars 11s2.36; Ayanamsa
  • TYAGARAJA 4.5.1767; Sun 0s21.43; Ven 1s19.31; Sat 1s27.37; Mars 2s2.43; Lag 3s23.34; Moon 3s5.15; Ketu 3s12.51; Jup 4s21.48; Merc 11s28.55; Ayanamsa 20.35
  • PARAMACHARYA 20.5.1894; Sun 1s5.42; Merc 1s14.54; Jup 1s16.47; Lag 4s22.40; Ketu 5s13.12; Sat ( R ) 5s23.28; Moon 7s12.58; Mars 10s13.53; Ven 11s20.47;
  • JAGADGURU 13.11.1917; Jup ( R ) 1s15.52; Ketu 2s10.57; Sat 3s21.41; Mars 4s13.00; Sun 6s27.27; Moon 6s8.18; Merc 7s2.58; Lag 7s26.47; Ven 8s13.51; Ayanamsa 22.41
  • PRIEST 11.1.1894; Jup 0s29.09; Lag 2s17.03; Ketu 5s22.16; Sat 6s2.22; Mars 7s14.46; Merc 8s17.58; Sun 8s28.57; Moon 10s16.46; Ven 10s8.56; Ayanamsa 22.21
  • 12. DR. B. V. RAMAN 8.8.1912; Moon 1s24.58; Sat 1s10.12; Sun 3s23.01; Ven 4s2.17; Merc 4s14.25; Mars 4s21.24; Ketu 5s22.49; Jup 7s13.02; Lag 10s10.09; AYANAMSA 22.36
  • RAMANUJA 4.41017; Sun 0s10.02; Ven 0s15.06; Merc 0s22.59; Rahu 1s12.12; Moon 2s12.20; Jup 2s1.30; Lag 3s10.33; Mars 3s29.54; Sat 8s18.48; Ayanamsa10.10
  • M. K. GANDHI 2.10.1869; Jup 0s29.00; Moon 3s28.35; Rahu 3s12.11; Sun 5s16.57; Mars 6s26.14; Ven 6s24.28; Merc 6s11.44; Lag 6s11.49; Sat 7s18.32; Ayanamsa 22.00

Brihaspati Gayatri, Vishwamitra/Gaathina Rishi Rig Veda 6.62.6