Monday, February 04, 2008

Artha Prahara and Yamaghantaka

From: Narasimha P.V.R. Rao &
Date: Jan 22, 2005 10:36 PM
Subject: [vedic-astrology] Re: Text Book of Scientific Astrology by Shri P S Shastri

Namaste friends,
Such research should certainly be encouraged. However, I want to say one word of caution as a traditionalist.
There will always be exceptions, but the general wisdom of Vedic astrologers is that extra-Saturnine planets are useful at most in mundane astrology. However, if one can find _consistently reproducible_ results in natal horoscopy, it is great!
Within the teachings of Indian maharshis, there is much that we still have not understood, let alone mastered. Just as it may be interesting to explore the use of extra-Saturnine planets in natal horoscopy, so is it interesting to explore the use of so many parameters taught by maharshis. The latter approach may actually be more productive in terms of enabling consistent and reproducible results. An example is special ascendants and upagrahas. Very few people use them.
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For example, Artha Prahara and Yamaghantaka are two upagrahas supposed to be akin to Mercury and Jupiter respectively. Check their placement in the charts of Dr. B.V. Raman, Sri K.N. Rao and Pt. Sanjay Rath. These are the three most well-known Vedic astrology authors from the last 50-100 years.
You will be surprised to find that ALL THE THREE of them have Artha Prahara in the 2nd house of speech and Yamaghantaka in the 3rd house of communications (in rasi chart). Is that a coincidence or does it have a significance?!
Take another example. Many great spiritual teachers have Yamaghantaka or Upaketu in lagna. For example, Swami Chandrasekhara Saraswati, Ramakrishna Paramahansa and Ganapathi Sachchidananda Muni have Yamaghantaka in lagna. Swami Muktananda and Swami Shivananda have Upaketu in lagna. Are these coincidences or is there some significance?!
If you want to experiment with upagrahas, please use my free software (see link below). It gives upagrahas.
Whatever research one does, the key is consistency and replicability in the principles found. We stand a better chance if we take advantage of the work done by great men before us. There is A LOT in the teachings of maharshis that we are yet to master.
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> Do some solid work on it Shesh. So many in India who use it have promised to produce research on it for even predictive purposes but have not given anything. On this list there used to be a member from Colombia who used to use rather harsh language. He often spoke of the use of these and gave as an instance the degrees of Uranus at 24 degrees in Meena and Jupiter at 24 degrees in Karka in my own horoscope and pointing it as very good for an astrological career. I do not know.
> What results do you attribute to Pluto in the ninth house and Neptune in the eleventh house ?
> K.N.Rao.
> On Sat, 22 Jan 2005 Sesh Venugopal wrote :
> >
> >I think all astrologers should use Uranus, Neptune,
> >and Pluto - if not in static analysis of potential,
> >then at least in dynamic analysis of timing by
> >transits and progressions. They are invaluable - I
> >have many many experiences where using the outer
> >planets gave striking insight into the personality and
> >events.
> >
> >Sesh
> >
> >--- "S. Venkatraman" <svenkat52@y...> wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > Yesterday I was browsing through the above book by
> > > Shri Shastri in a
> > > local bookshop. I found the book in 2 volumes to be
> > > very good,
> > > though a bit bulky. I almost bought the book till I
> > > found references
> > > to Uranus and Neptune in the book. It is not merely
> > > indicating the
> > > position of Uranus and Neptune in the charts but
> > > actually using them
> > > in the analysis. Shri Shastri at several places
> > > makes statements
> > > like , Moon is afflicted by Uranus etc.
> > >
> > > That Shri Shastri, who has translated and commented
> > > upon Brihat
> > > Jataka, Jaimini Sutra etc is an authority in
> > > Jyotisha is beyond
> > > question. Still in his book he uses Uranus and
> > > Neptune which the
> > > classics on Jyotisha have not found it necessary to
> > > use.Is anyone
> > > aware of any research that Shastriji (or for that
> > > matter any one
> > > else) has done in this regard? Has anyone read the
> > > book and does
> > > Shastriji defend his use of Uranus and Neptune in
> > > it?
> > >
> > > I would be much obliged to be enlightened on this
> > > matter. Many
> > > thanks and regards,
> > >
> > > Venkat


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