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Kraka Kendrdi Graha Dasa

The progress of the Soul.

By Visti Larsen

Guide & guru: Pt. Sanjay Rath

11.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5

C O NT EN T S INTRODUCTIONVersatility of Dasas Kendras Kraka The Atma The union of souls

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Renunciation Childhood

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33 3 3 4 4 Fathers influence: Mothers influence: Arrival of Guru 5 AFTERNOTE CHARTS Chart 1: Example Calculations........................................ 8 Chart 2: Ecstacy of Mantra-siddhi................................. 13 Chart 3: Meeting of Guru .............................................. 15 Chart 4: Ramana Maharishi Leaving home ............... 17 Chart 5: Blessings of spiritual learning......................... 20 Chart 6: Initiation into Gayatri Mantra......................... 22 Chart 7: Initiation into Spiritual sect............................. 23 Chart 8: Shankaracharya - Sri Jayendra Saraswati....... 24

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CALCULATIONSequence, rules and strengths Sequence Dasa length Strength

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2.1 2.1.1 2.1.2 2.1.3 2.1.5 2.2

Strength of signs Strength of grahas Dual LordshipApplication of strength rules Antar, PratyAntar, etc Dasas Example of calculation Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu Blessings of the Gods Various personal deities Chart example The union of souls Description of Chara Karaka Chart example Results of Mahadasa/Antardasa, etc Dramatic spiritual events Times of excellent learning Initiation into spiritual discipline

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F I GU R ES Figure 1: Kaala Chakra .........................................................4 T A B LE S Table 1: Example of Karaka Kendrdi Dasa................... 9 Table 2; Sri Ramana Maharishi - Kraka Kendrdi Maha Dasa's........................................................... 18 Table 3: Sri Ramana Maharishi - Antaradasa's in Rahu Mahadasa............................................................... 19 Table 4: Chart 5 - Kraka Kendrdi Mahadasa ............ 20 Table 5: Chart 5 - Antardasas in Jupiter Maha Dasa.. 21 Table 6: Sri Jayendra Saraswati - Kraka Kendrdi Maha Dasa's........................................................... 26

3.1 3.2 3.2.1 3.2.2 3.3 3.3.1 3.3.2 3.4

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Kraka Kendrdi Dasa was expounded by Maharishi Parasara as well as Maharishi Jaimini, and originates from a system of Dasas aptly called the Kendrdi Dasas. The word Kraka is used to indicate the importance of the 8 Chara Kraka as well as Moksha Kraka Ketu.


Versatility of Dasas

Dasa systems exist for almost any part of life, helping us to understand how life events unfold on various planes of consciousness. The Dasa systems given by the astrological sages can be divided into 2 types. Dasas based on signs, or rasis. Dasas based on planets, or grahas. Within these 2 schemes the Kendrdi Dasas reside, which can be calculated from signs and planets, as well as other points of the zodiac.



Etymologically, Kendra+adi is the root indicating the Kendra (quadrants) and adi (literally, others). The Kendrdi Dasas are based on the Kendra-principle. The Kendras are the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th houses from any sign or house and simply indicate the quadrangular houses positioned 90 degrees apart. The first or starting sign can be reckoned from any house, depending on the purpose. Since the Kendras tell about the working forces helping the native, the Kendrdi Dasas tell us about the fructification of events in the natives life. Kraka Kendrdi Dasa relates to the fructification of experiences and relationships received by the Soul i.e. the individual jvtma represented by the tmakraka. Technically, the 1st, 4th, 7th & 10th houses from any sign are the kendras from it. The 2nd, 5th, 8th and 11th houses, which are the kendras to the second sign from it, are also called the panapara. The 3rd, 6th, 9th & 12th houses which are the kendras to the 12th house from it, are called the apoklimas.



The Naisargika Atmakraka is the Sun, signifying the supersoul or Paramtma. Now each of the souls born on this earthy abode has a specific purpose with their presence, and this is acted out through the Jvtma, or the Individual Soul. This Jvtma is signified by the Chara Atmakaraka in the chart. There are 8 Chara Krakas from Sun to Rahu, ruling the 8 directions of the Kla Chakra1. These 8 directions symbolize the 8 lessons a soul must learn in this abode before their journey and purpose has been fulfilled, and they can move in the vertical upwards direction, ruled by Mokakraka- Ketu, through-which the soul attains final liberation. These 8 spokes, represent the 8 purposes of the Jvtma2, having incarnated on this earth for a specific purpose. This is understood through the position of the Chara Atmakraka in the chart.

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Also known as the Astadalapadma, and the basis of Hinduism. Individual Soul, discerned from Paramatma Universal Soul.

The Kraka Kendrdi Dasa revolves around this Chara Atmakraka, and shows the experiences the soul will receive. Figure 1: Kaala Chakra


The Atma

The Soul is the self, that which is unborn and never dies. Every being is comprised of a Soul, Mind, Body and Intellect. A vivid explanation of the links between these 4 is given in Katha Upanishad: AaTman< riwn< zrIr< tu, bui< tu ivi mn> hmev c.3.tmna rathina arra tu| buddhi tu viddhi mana pragrahameva ca||3||

Consider the embodied soul as the master of the chariot, the body as the chariot, the intellect as the charioteer, and the mind as the reins. Swami Lokeswarananda

Understanding this, we may infer that our true self, the soul, is but an observer overseeing the experiences of life. It is not attached to the bodily ailments or the heartaches of life, yet we as beings identify ourselves with our surroundings and hence our good and bad karmas are experienced through our surroundings.


The union of souls

In this mortal abode, other souls incarnate with us due to a certain amount of karma shared between the souls. Two souls, who have spent continuous lives fighting with each other, will meet

again to continue the unresolved fight. Similarly two souls having spent their lives in deep love to each other may as well be reunited once again to live out their seemingly irrevocable thirst for love. It is for this reason that enlightened souls and spiritual aspirants tend to live in seclusion from the mundane world, trying to break the cycle of repeating karmas. The meeting and learning between these souls is seen from the Kraka Kendrdi Dasa. This article attempts to spread light on the experiences of the Master of the chariot, whilst in the chariot we call life.

22.1 Sequence, rules and strengths


2.1.1 Sequence 1. If the Chara Atmakaraka is in an odd sign, the Dasa of the planets in the Panaphara follow the Dasa of the Kendras. 2. If the Chara Atmakaraka is in an even sign, the Dasa of the planets in the Apoklimas follow the Dasa of the Kendras. 3. If Saturn is in the sign of the Chara Atmakaraka, then irrespective of whether the sign is odd or even, the Dasa of the planets in the Kendra signs will be followed by the Dasa of the planets in the Panaphara. 4. If Ketu is in is in the sign of the Chara Atmakaraka, then irrespective of whether the Chara Atmakaraka is odd or even, the Dasa of the planets in the Kendra signs will be followed by the Dasa of the planets in the Apoklimas. 5. If both Saturn & Ketu are in the sign of the Chara Atmakaraka, then determine the stronger of the two and follow either of rule 3 or 4 above. 2.1.2 Dasa length 1. Counting from the sign occupied by the planet to its Mlatrikoa sign and deducting 1 year from the result we find the length of the Dasa in years. 2. If the planet is exalted, in addition to the above, we add 1 year, whilst if debilitated we deduct 1 year. 3. If the planet is in own sign it gets the maximum period of 12 years. This is irrespective of its exaltation. 4. Thereafter, we deduct the result from the Vimshottari Dasa period of the planet. If the result is larger than the Vimshottari period, then we deduct the Vimshottari period from the result. 5. In case of the nodes, Aquarius is considered for Rahu, whilst Scorpio is considered for Ketu. 6. If the result of the deduction becomes 0, the period will be the full Vimshottari length. 7. After calculating the years of the nine grahas, we have completed the 1st cycle of the Dasas. The 2nd cycle comprises of the same planets in the same sequence, however the Dasa length is the Vimshottari length deducted from the previously given result. Adding up the 2 cycles would give a full result of 120 years, which is the length of life for humans. 2.1.3 Strength The given rules must be used to first determine the stronger sign, and later the stronger planet in the signs must be found using the following rules. Strength of signs1. A sign with more grahas is stronger. 2. The signs aspected or joined by Jupiter, Mercury or the lord of the sign, are stronger.

3. If there are an equal number of planets/aspects, then the state of the planets in the signs must be ascertained i.e. exalted planets are stronger than Moolatrikona, who are stronger than Swakshetra signs, etc. Debilitation signs are weakest. 4. If they are still equal in strength, then the natural strengths of the lords placed in Dual signs being stronger than fixed signs and fixed signs being stronger than movable signs is considered. 5. The sign lorded by Atmakaraka is stronger. 6. If the strengths are still equal, the degrees of the sign-lord must be delineated. One with higher degrees (as used in the Chara Karaka scheme) is stronger. 7. If both lords have the same degrees, then the lord of a sign being in a different oddity than its own sign is stronger. 8. The sign who gives a higher Dasa period is stronger. Strength of grahas1. A planet placed in exaltation/Moolatrikona or Own sign is stronger in decreasing order. 2. The degrees of planet must be delineated. One with higher degrees (as used in the Chara Karaka scheme) is stronger. 3. If both have equal number of degrees, the one with higher minutes/seconds is stronger. Dual LordshipFor Scorpio and Aquarius, special consideration should be made, as Scorpio is lorded by both Mars and Ketu, whilst Aquarius is lorded by both Saturn and Rahu. 3 1. If both lords are placed in their own sign (Scorpio/Aqua) then the Dasa length is 12 years. 2. Similarly consider when both placed in the same sign, i.e. count from the lords to the sign. 3. If one of the lords is placed in the own sign (Scorpio/Aqua), then the Dasa length is estimated from the lord placed elsewhere. 4. If both are placed elsewhere, the stronger of the signs they are posited in must be delineated using the given rules for sign strength (refer 5. If the signs occupied by the lords are of equal strength, the lord contributing more years is stronger. 2.1.4 Application of strength rules 1. Initially the stronger of the 4 signs in Kendra to the 1st, 2nd or 3rd from AK (refer 2.1 Sequence, rules and strengths) must be perused. For this purpose the strengths of signs must be known (refer - Strength of signs). 2. Next the stronger sign having being ascertained, one must determine the stronger planet in the specific sign (refer - Strength of grahas). 2.1.53

Antar, PratyAntar, etc Dasas

v&ikaixptI aE c ketu-aEmaE Sm&taE ij, zin-r c kMSy SvaimnaE pirkIit zatae=y< puranae n hNyte hNymane jyate mrityate v vipacinnya kutacinna babhva kacit| ajo nitya vato'ya purno na hanyate hanyamne arre||18||

The self is not born; it does not die, either. It is not born of something, nor is something else born of it. It is without birth, eternal, unchanging, always present. The body perishes but the self (soul) never perishes. translation by Swami Lokeswarananda

Unlike the Udu Dasas given by Maharishi Parasara, the Kraka Kendrdi Dasa is not bound to the natives mind and emotions. The results of Kraka Kendrdi Dasa are above the level of the mind and body, and will only be attached to the learning the soul gets, i.e. the native may experience the deaths of many relatives and loved ones, yet the realisation of deaths true nature may not come during such a time. Similarly the native may enter into many love relationships, but may not realise loves true nature until they are divorced and single. In this manner the astrologer should understand the experiences of the soul. The steps given below will help ascertain the type of learning/experiences the soul faces in life, and the events that fulfil the same.


Brahma, Shiva and VishnuThe progression of the soul acts on 3 levels. i) Brahma - the level of experiencing the world, after which the soul attains innerpersonal spiritual maturity The soul chooses their direction in life during this period. Shiva the level of learning where the soul is gaining understanding of the world they are in. Just like Shiva, the native may consume poisons/take chances/risks in the effort of learning. After this period the consciousness has expanded to include other souls into their consideration. Vishnu after the previous levels, the soul has decided its place in this world and the path to follow and will now work towards its goal, as per its previous considerations.



These 3 levels are expressed in the 3 quadrants occupied by Grahas, i.e. planets in the first quadrant to the AK are in the Brahma portion, whilst the 2nd quadrant (whichever follows the 1st), is called the Shiva portion, whilst the last quadrant is the Vishnu portion. In the given calculations example (refer Table 1: Example of Karaka Kendrdi Dasa) the native experiences the Brahma portion from 0-40 years of age, whilst the Shiva portion is from the 40-63 years of age, whilst the Vishnu portion rests in the 63-91 years of age. This begins over from the 91-96 years of age, 96-100 years of age is the Shiva portion again, and the 100-120 years of age is the remaining Vishnu portion. Hence the Maha Dasa portion, determines the level of experiences/learning the soul will receive.

Blessings of the Gods

Various personal deities There are various deities who have taken on the role of helping the soul through their stay in the earthly abode. These are: i) ii) iii) iv) v) vi) Istha Devata4 responsible for liberating the soul of its desires. Guru Devata5 responsible for guiding to knowledge. Dharma Devata6 responsible for protecting the souls interests. Palana Devata7 sustainer of the native in this abode. Kula Devata8 bringer of happiness, and deity of the family. Grama Devata9 bringer of fortune to the community the native resides in.

Of these mentioned Deities, the first 3, Ishta, Guru and Dharma Devatas, are most vital for analysing the results of the Karaka Kendrdi Dasa, as they will show the various times of learning/protection for the soul. 3.2.2 Chart example

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The stronger planet placed in or lording the 12th from the Karakamsa (Chara Atmakaraka in Navamsa). The stronger planet joining the Chara Bhratri Karaka in Navamsa, or the Chara Bhratri Karaka itself, in case of no planets joining. 6 The stronger planet placed in or lording the 9 th sign from Karakamsa. 7 The stronger planet placed in or lording the 6 th sign from the Chara AmatyaKaraka in Navamsa. 8 The stronger planet placed in or lording the 2 nd sign in Vimsamsa (D-20). 9 The stronger planet placed in or lording the 4th sign in Vimsamsa (D-20).

Chart 2: Ecstacy of Mantra-siddhi Rasi: Male November 21st 1981, 6:22:22 AM Nairobi, Kenya

In the given chart, Mercury is the Ishta Devata and occupies the 3rd Drekkana of its sign, indicating Sri Krishna as the Ishta Devata. Mercury is joined Jupiter, the 5th lord and some Mantra is bound to lead the native to the Istha Devata. Mercury lords the 11th house ruling astrology learning (11th house is the 4thlearning from the 8thoccult). The 11th house shows the Parampara10 of ones astrology learning. Saturn is in the 11th house with Moon, indicating a strict discipline of learning. Hence the native would attain the company of their Istha Devata through the initiation into a Parampara of Astrology. The natives initiation happened in Jupiter Dasa, Mercury Antar Dasa, as Jupiter is Karaka for the 9th house and Guru, whilst Mercury is Guru Devata showing the natives obtainment of a guru. The Pratyantardasa was of Rahu placed in the 9th house. The subsequent Pratyantardasa of Saturn made the native endure long hours chanting the Parampara mantra, and when Moon Pratyantardasa came, the native suddenly found himself experiencing an powerful spiritual presence, filling the native with tears of love and ecstatic joy, as a result of the constant repetition of the mantra Hare Rama Krishna.


The union of souls

The Karaka Kendrdi Graha Dasa, doesnt only highlight the experiences of the individual soul, but also shows the interaction and learning experienced by/through other souls who come into contact with the individual soul. 3.3.110

Description of Chara Karaka

Parampara means Lineage.

Union or separation from these souls is a fact of life, but the Atma is free from emotion in this regard, and the focus is on learning. This learning is part of the experiences that all souls go through in various lifetimes and can be understood through the 8 Chara Karaka. 1. Atmakraka the individual soul. 2. Amatyakraka the advisor and protector of the individual soul. 3. Bhratrikraka the guide of the soul, or Guru. This is the concept of brotherly love. 4. Matrikraka the mother or nurturing soul. 5. Pitrikraka the father or elders. 6. Putrakraka the children and followers. 7. Gnatikraka the Kinsmen and relatives. 8. Darakraka the lover or spouse. The 8 Grahas from Sun-Rahu occupy the 8 categories given above depending on their degree. Expunging signs, the planet with the highest degree becomes the Atmakaraka, whilst the one attaining 2nd highest degrees becomes the Amatyakaraka, and so forth. A special exception is applied to Rahu whose degrees are counted in reverse (from the end of the sign) due to its retrograde motion. The list excludes the 9th graha Ketu because it is the Moksha Karaka and is not attached to the affairs that souls occupy in this abode. Instead it represents otherworldly spiritual experiences, provided Ketu is in a spiritual yoga in the chart. The Dasas of the other Chara karaka will be very spiritually enlightening for the specific soul. If the planet is a malefic then the lessons learnt are harsh, whilst if benefic the lessons are easy. Either way the lessons are definitely learnt, and this learning is the focal point of the Dasa. 3.3.2 Chart example

Chart 3: Meeting of Guru Male Rasi: July 18th 1935, 19:00 (IST) (79e26;10n42)

In the given chart, the Bhratri Karaka is Venus placed in the 8th house (celibacy), and has mutual Graha Dristi with the Sadhu11 Yoga formed by Moon and Saturn in the 2nd house. This shows that the Guru would have a strong influence on the natives decision to renounce life. Venus is furthermore 5th and 10th lord, hence becoming Yogakaraka for the native, and is capable of raising the native to a high position in life. Guru Karaka and Atmakaraka - Jupiter is in the 10th house, in a Guru-Mangala Yoga which would confer the blessings of Shiva on the native, and also mark them with a sign of a trident. As Jupiter and Mars join the Kulapada (A2) this comes through a lineage of Shiva worshippers that the native belonged to. In the Dasa/Antara of Jupiter Venus, the native started his studies in Sanskrit and became Sishya of the HH. Sri Chandrashekhar Saraswati, who was the Sankaracharya of that time.


Results of Mahadasa/Antardasa, etc

The Dasa lords work primarily on 3 levels Maha, Antara and Pratyantara, and then on Sookshma-antar, Prana-antara and Deha-antara levels. These are the 6 levels of a Dasa, used to predict the events of life. 1. The Mahadasa will show the experiences the soul is undergoing, during the period of the Dasa. This shows the disposition of the soul, i.e. whether its still maturing (Brahma portion), or experimenting (Shiva portion) or trying to achieve its goals (Vishnu portion). The Mahadasa is supreme and will govern


A Sadhu is a person who desires to renounce material affairs and live in spiritual practice.

the results of the entire Dasa. No steps should be made in interpretation without understanding the results of the Mahadasa. 2. The Antardasa will show the souls that interact with the individual soul to bring out the results of the Mahadasa. Their results should be reckoned from the Lagna and the Mahadasa lord. i. The placement/lordship of the Antardasa lord from Lagna, will indicate what events/knowledge are brought forth to be experienced between the soul and other souls, also how these results manifest is to be seen from the state of the Antardasa lord, i.e. exalted/Moolatrikona/Swakshetra planets may indicate associations with great souls who bring the results. ii. The relationship between the Mahadasa lord and the Antardasa lord will decide the results of the Mahadasa. If the Antardasa is supportive of the Mahadasa, then the results of the Mahadasa will come into full blossom, otherwise the results maybe not come. 3. The Pratyantardasa will show the action that produces the result of the Yoga/relationship between the Mahadasa and Antardasa. The event that highlights the Yoga between the individual soul and other souls is indicated herein. This is again reckoned in two ways: i. By the placement/lordship of the Pratyantardasa lord from Lagna. ii. Through the mutual relationship between the Antardasa lord and the Pratyantardasa lord. This will determine the time(s) when the soul(s) have fulfilled their purpose in the individual souls life. These methods will be applied in the subsequent examples.

44.1 Dramatic spiritual events


Chart 4: Leaving home- Ramana MaharishiRasi: December 30th 1879, 1:00 AM (+5:12 east) (78e07;9n56)

The above chart is that of Sri Ramana Maharishi of Arunachala. The Lagna is Libra and Mars is forming a Ruchaka Mahapurusha Yoga. Mars is Bhratri Karaka giving the native spiritual knowledge which will lift him to the seat of a Mahapurusha or great personality. The Atmakaraka is the Moon, and is the most important, showing the direction of the soul in this life. As Moon is joined Ketu, it shows a soul directed towards liberation and Moksha. As this happens in the trines to Lagna, the native will definitely be steered in this direction. For such spiritual personalities the possibility of renunciation must be perused. Yogas for renunciation are caused by Saturn. In this chart Saturn is Matri Karaka and lords the 4th house, whilst it has mutual Rasi dristi with the Moon. The natural relationship between Atmakaraka and the Matri Karaka is important in this chart, as the native will without doubt pursue the path indicated by the Ketu-Moon Yoga, and any other souls who do not follow this path will be ignored, or left behind. Moon being Atmakaraka and Saturn being Matrikaraka have a bad natural relationship as Saturn is very inimical towards the Moon. Hence the native (atmakaraka) is likely to break the association with the mother (matrikaraka), and renounce the houses lorded by Saturn (4th & 5th), as well as their occupants (Capricorn is occupied by Kulapada, Satrupada, Darapada and Upapada, showing the renouncement of family, enmity, sexual associations and marriage).

Table 2; Sri Ramana Maharishi - Kraka Kendrdi Maha Dasa's # Dasa Year Month Date (time) Age Length 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Moo Ket Sun Rah Sat Mer Ven Jup Mar 1879 1880 1883 1885 1902 1910 1917 1926 1932 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 30 (1:00:00) 29 (7:10:29) 30 (1:37:33) 29 (13:53:47) 30 (22:35:19) 30 (23:43:20) 30 (18:52:11) 31 (2:21:31) 30 (15:04:48) 0 1 4 6 23 31 38 47 53 1 3 2 17 8 7 9 6 5

Jupiter placed in the 5th house in Aqua, sets the scene for some deep knowledge residing in the native. Whenever Jupiter is well placed, Venus and Mercury should be analysed for the possibility of Saraswati Yoga. Venus and Mercury are in 2nd fulfilling the requirements of Saraswati Yoga, which makes the native very learned in scriptures, such as Vedas and Upanishads. As Jupiter is Pitri Karaka, it indicates that this knowledge would come from the father! Venkataramans father was a devout Shiva worshipper. The native started his life in Moon Dasa being the Atmakaraka. Thou the native was but a baby at this time, the soul was experiencing great learning during this time. This would again have resonated in the Dasa of Ketu being the Ishta Devata of the chart, and showing the divine protection of Ganesh on the native. Sun Dasa commenced from 4-6 years of age, and is the 11th lord, joined 5th lord Rahu, whilst in Mutual Rasi dristi to 2nd lord Ketu and 4th lord Saturn, causing Parijata Yoga and beginning of the natives scriptural learning. The Sun being natural Karaka of the father would have an important role in that natives education, ensuring excellent power of discrimination as per the Parijata Yoga. We may infer that the young Venkataraman would have been initiated into scriptural learning during this age, as well as the Gayatri Mantra (Sun). However due to Suns junction with Rahu, this learning may have been for material purposes. The next Dasa of Rahu lasts for 17 years, and being 5th lord and joined fiery Sun, is bound to have an impact on the spiritual-learning of the native. Rahu having Labhaargala on pitri-karaka Jupiter unfortunately sets the scene for detachment from the soul of the father, and as Rahu is in the Maraka Sthana from the 9th house, this is sure to happen. During Rahu Dasa Saturn Antar

Dasa, the father of Venkataraman left his body. Saturn also having Argala on Jupiter supported the detachment of the father. Table 3: Sri Ramana Maharishi - Antaradasa's in Rahu Mahadasa # Antardasa Year Month Date(time) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rah Sat Mer Ven Jup Mar Moo Ket Sun 1885 1887 1889 1891 1893 1895 1897 1899 1901 12 11 10 08 07 06 04 03 02 29 (13:53:47) 20 (17:15:23) 11 (6:20:45) 31 (21:38:54) 20 (18:13:19) 09 (8:16:20) 28 (7:15:21) 19 (1:55:33) 07 (17:49:59)

Mars is in the 5th from Rahu, and is causing a powerful Ruchak Mahapurusha Yoga from the Lagna, which would ensure great spiritual knowledge/attraction during this time. It was during this time that the native learnt of Arunachala (Sun12) and was most attracted to it and its stories. And when Saturn Pratyantardasa commenced in the same Dasa/Antara (Rahu-Mars), the native suddenly and secretly left his home with just enough money to make the train-fair to Arunachala! The native ate only very little and was disinterested in any offerings made to him from bystanders worried for the boys safety, and was solely interested in arriving in Arunachala. Once arriving in Arunachala the native threw all his money, food given to him, as well as his sacred thread, away and had made the firm decision of complete renunciation, only with focus on meditation and spiritual pursuits. With time the boy gained respect with the amazed natives of Arunachala, and was protected by spiritually like-minded people, through which he also received spiritual knowledge of Vedas, Upanishads, etc. It was through these associations that we have come to know of this boy today, as Sri Ramana Maharishi.

12 When Vishnu and Brahma were quarrelling over whom among the two were most supreme, a brilliant ray of light emanated in the form of a Linga at the place where the two divinities were quarrelling. When the two divinities tried to ascertain its origin a most divine being appeared with 5 heads and a most splendid appearance. This being was Lord Shiva, which the two divinities then decided was the most supreme of the 3. The place where this Linga arrived is now known as Arunachala.


Times of excellent learning

Chart 5: Blessings of spiritual learning Male, Rasi: November 21st 1981, 6:22:22 AM, Nairobi Kenya

The native of the given chart has Scorpio Lagna, and Mercury in this chart becomes very significant for the native. Following can be perused: Mercury becomes: 1) Ishta Devata 2) Guru Devata 3) 9th lord from Jupiter, making it bringer of the guru 4) 11th lord, hence bringing knowledge of the occult13, such as Jyotish, etc. Furthermore Mercury is joined Jupiter who is well placed in Navamsa (D-9) and Shastyamsa (D-60), ensuring the blessings of Guru in the natives life. When such a planet occupies the seat of many personal deities in the chart, its indicative of a person who did a very good deed to the specific deity in previous births. It so happens that the natives referred name means the remover of poison, in Sanskrit, and Mercury is the remover of the poison of Rahu (Refer: Figure 1: Kaala Chakra). Table 4: Chart 5 - Kraka Kendrdi Mahadasa # Dasa Year Month Date (time) 1 Merc 1981 11 21 (6:22:22) Age 0 Length 6


The 11th house is the 4th (vidya/education) from the 8th (death, occcult).

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Jup Ketu Rah Sat

1987 2001 2004 2015

11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11

21 (19:21:41) 21 (9:23:53) 21 (3:47:52) 21 (23:33:24) 21 (13:43:07 22 (2:04:39) 21 (15:31:30) 21 (21:41:15)

6 20 23 34 48 51 61 62

14 3 11 14 3 10 1 3

Moon 2029 Ven Mars Sun 2031 2041 2042

Mercury Dasa was running very early in life, and one may presume that the native had a happy childhood, protected from many evils, due to the blessings of Mercury being the Ishta and Guru Devata on the native. Jupiter Dasa began in 1987-2001 and is sure to bring the blessings of spiritual knowledge to the native. During Jupiter Dasa Sun Antar Dasa, the native began learning Astrology. Sun is placed in the Lagna and is the 10th lord in exchange with the Lagna lord Mars, this forms a Maharaja Ganapati Yoga14, ensuring the natives increase in spiritual knowledge. When Jupiter Dasa Mercury Antar Dasa (Guru Devata) came along the native began learning Vedic Astrology, and within the same Dasa was blessed with a Jyotish Guru. Table 5: Chart 5 - Antardasas in Jupiter Maha Dasa Jup 1987 11 21 (19:21:41) Ket: Rah Sat Moo Ven Mar Sun Mer 1989 1990 1992 1994 1995 1997 1998 2000 06 12 07 02 09 03 10 04 09 (20:23:18) 30 (22:55:00) 21 (13:07:54) 08 (1:00:17) 01 (23:22:37) 19 (15:26:24) 12 (15:13:55) 29 (3:05:03)

The next Dasa of Ketu would also be very auspicious for spiritual learning, as Ketu forms a Kala Amrita Yoga, caused by all the planets between Ketu and Rahu. It was during this time that the native became deeper immersed into meditation, mantras and purity in actions (vegetarianism, non-violence, etc).


A person with such a strong Yoga will be devoted to the Gods, and will have the blessings of Maharaja Ganapati Phala Deepika.

The Dasas and Antar Dasas of Mercury and Jupiter can be inferred to have given excellent spiritual knowledge to the native.


Initiation into spiritual discipline

Chart 6: Initiation into Gayatri Mantra Male Rasi: August 7th 1963, 21:15 Sambalpur, India The traditional Upanayam where the child is initiated into the Gayatri Mantra is a custom among the Brahmin families in India. During such, the child receives the Gayatri by having it whispered into the ear, and one receives the sacred thread. For such an initiation to commence, the 5th house, lord and Jupiter are under focus. In the given chart the 5th house is occupied by Venus and Sun. Among the two Venus is in Pushya Nakshatra - whose deity is Brihaspati, whilst Sun is in Asreesha Nakshatra, whos deity is Sarpa. Hence Venus is more likely to give the event of the two. Sun is the ruler of the Gayatri Mantra and is joined Venus in the 5th house, showing that the experiences of the soul during this time would be highlighted by the interest in the Sun (Aditya, Shiva, etc). Sun is furthermore Bhratri Karaka, and hence also Guru Devata, hence the Guru may come during this period. Planets in the 9th house, 9th lord, Karaka Jupiter and the Gurudevata (Sun), can bring the Guru during their antar Dasa. There are no planets in the 9th, and the 9th is lorded by both Mars and Ketu. Among the two Ketu is in Sag the sign of temples, churches, and other places of God, making it more apt to give the event. During Venus Dasa Ketu Antar Dasa (1976-1978) the native and his brother were initiated into the Savitur Gayatri Mantra. His brother was given the same by the maternal uncle, whilst he received it from the Paternal uncle. Note that this is a special case, as the native was born in a Brahmin family, hence was able to receive this mantra/initiation from their relatives (Venus in 5th is Pitrikaraka, showing fathers side).

Chart 7: Initiation into Spiritual sect Male Rasi: September 18th 1947, 8:23:43, (+8:00 west) (122w27;37n47)

In the given chart, the Moon is in Lagna and its dispositor Venus is in the 12th house, joined the 9th lord - Mercury, forming a very auspicious Laxmi Yoga15 destined in a foreign land, due to the 12th house placement. As Venus is debilitated and receives the Graha Dristi of Saturn these will be of a very austere and clean type. At first this looks as if the blessings of this Yoga are purely material however Venus happens to be Istha Devata, Dharma Devata and is joined the Bhratri Karaka in Navamsa also making it the Guru Devata for the native. So not only is the native going to reap the blessings of Laxmi in a foreign land, but these blessings will be of a very high spiritual significance to the individual, and as Venus is joined 9th lord Mercury in his exaltation sign, this be in a temple of Sri Krishna! Indeed the native must have been a great devotee of Sri Radha (Mercury + Venus) in his past life to walk on this path. It was in the Dasa of Venus that the native at a young age travelled to India, and during the Antardasa of Jupiter (Guru-Karaka) he received initiation into the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, also known as ISKCON, where he received his Siksha16 mantra. Later during the subsequent Antardasa of Rahu, lording the 5th house, he received Diksha, ensuring perfect guidance in his movement towards godhead. Indeed the placement of Venus in this chart is essential for this individuals movement towards God, and later Moksha, as its placed in the 12th house.15 16

1st and 9th lords joining or having mutual association causes Laxmi Yoga, and gives very aesthetic and beautiful surroundings and material blessings. Siksha is the event when one is accepted by a guru to initiate you on the spiritual path.



Chart 8: Shankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswati Rasi: July 18th 1935, 19:00 (IST) (79e26;10n42)

The given chart is of the Shankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswati of the Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham. The Lagna lord is Saturn, joined Moon in the 2nd house in Aquarius, another sign lorded by Saturn, forming Pravrayja Yoga or a yoga for renunciation. As this happens in the 12th from Arudha Lagna, the renunciation is sure to lead to a Raja Yoga, as Saturn in the 12th house from Arudha Lagna makes one the head of any activity one takes up. With careful notice one will observe that Saturn also forms Kalpadruma Yoga17, ensuring that the native will attain a status as a head of an organization, and this will be as a result of the renunciation. Jupiter the Atmakaraka is 12th lord, showing that the soul will have a strong inclination towards renunciation. Jupiter placed in the 10th house having Graha dristi on the 4th, 2nd and 6th houses indicates that this ideal must fructify through work and education. Especially the natives family will have an important role to play in this. It would be worthwhile to analyze the childhood of such an important personality. 4.4.1 Childhood Its said that HH Sri Jayendra Saraswati, initially named Subramanyam, was unlike the other children in the town where he grew up. Whilst the other children were playing, Subramanyam was meditating for hours. His classmates dreamt of becoming doctors and engineers but Subramanyam wanted to become a Sanyasi (ascetic or renunciate). Later he would say:17

When the Lagnesh, Pakesh, and Pakeshs dispositor in Rasi and Navamsa, are all in Kendra, Kona or own/exaltation signs, the Kalpadruma Yoga results, and the native is sure to attain a position akin to Indra.

I knew at the age of nine or 10 itself that I was destined to be a Sanyasi. Such strong inclination and drive is indicated by the Dasa of AK-Jupiter itself lording the 12th house, showing the deep desire of the soul to lead an ascetic life. Fathers influence:The Chara Pitrkraka is Moon joined Saturn - the Lagna lord. This shows a father that would have supported the natives ideals of renunciation. The mutual Rasi Dristi between Atmakaraka (Jupiter) and Pitrkraka (Moon) confirms that the father will support the native in his spiritual path; this is also a Raja Yoga as per Jaimini. Upon learning of HH Chandrashekarandas desire to initiate Subramanyam into the order of a Sanyasi, his father did not respond for almost a year. However eventually consented and also spent a lot of time taking the soon to be sanyasi on pilgrimages to all the holy places in India, hence ensuring the above blessings of father. 4th and 11th lord Mars is in the 10th house and in Mutual Rasi Dristi with the 2nd house and lord Saturn, forming Parijata Yoga, giving great wealth of knowledge, which is linked to the father and his lineage. As Mars is in Devaamsa18, this is the HIGHEST knowledge, such as that of scriptures, God, Vedas, etc. The traditional and deep knowledge is confirmed by Jupiters conjunction with Mars, whilst the Graha Dristi on 2nd house, where Pitrkraka - Moon, resides ensures that the knowledge is from the tradition. The father - Mahadeva Iyer, came from a family of greatly gifted Sanskrit Scholars, and wanted his son to learn the Vedas and Sanskrit. The families influence is similarly seen through Mars and Jupiter's conjunction with the Kulapada (A2). Mothers influence:The Matri Karaka is Mercury joined Ketu in the 6th house. This shows associations with mother, which were probably short-lasted, argumentative, and marked by misunderstanding. A lot of sorrow related to the mother, can be perused through the presence of Matri Shaapa (curse of mother) in the chart. Thou Mercury is in trines to the Atmakaraka, Mercury is naturally inimical towards the dharma of Jupiter. Hence the mother will initially not be supportive of the natives ideals. However the trinal placement will ensure eventual support from the mother. It should be noted that upon learning of HH Chandrashekarandas desire to initiate Subramanyam into the order of a Sanyasi, the mother


Deva-amsa, is one among the 60 divisions of a sign, which will influence ones dharma.

wept for several weeks, and it took her more than 5 years to get over the idea that she had lost her son. Arrival of GuruHis fathers Guru was the His Hollyness Sankaracharya Chandrasekarendra, who the father asked for advice regarding the sons education. The Sankaracharya wanted him to begin schooling in Kanchi itself, where the Sankaracharya resided. His Upanayanam happened in his 8th year, during Jupiter Maha Dasa (5th house karaka) and Venus Antar Dasa (5th lord and Bhratkraka) In the same year (1944) he travelled to Kanchi to learn the Veda's.

He learnt the Vedas for 6 years (Jupiter and Mars Dasas) after which his Guru told him to learnthe Upanishads. It should be noted that during these 3 Dasas the strong fiery influence of Sun and Mars was dominating the periods, showing a very strong attachment to Lord Shiva, or such deities and hence a lot of knowledge may have dawned upon Subramanyam. It was during Subramanyams 18th year that the Sankaracharya HH. Sri Chandrashekaranda, conveyed the desire to make Subramanyam a Sanyasi. Sun lords the 8th house which is the 9th from the 12th houses, hence shows the guiding force towards renouncing life. The planets in the 12th house itself is Rahu, and hence during Sun Dasa Rahu Antardasa, 10 days after having performed mundan (shaving ones head in obeisance to Venkatesha Rahu) in Tirumala, Sumbramanyam was standing waist deep, in a tank at the Sarva Theertha Karai, where after having chanted the sacred mantras, pulled out the last strands of hair left from his mundane, and declared that he had no desire for land, woman or material. Finally he took of his sacred thread, given to him at his Upanayam, severing his last connection with material life. He had now renounced all material attachments! Table 6: Sri Jayendra Saraswati - Kraka Kendrdi Maha Dasa's # Dasa Year Month Date (time) Age Length 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Jup Mar Sun Sat Moo Ven Mer Ket 1935 1949 1950 1955 1962 1969 1987 2001 07 07 07 07 07 07 07 07 18 (19:00:00) 18 (9:12:12) 18 (15:08:13) 18 (21:57:21) 18 (17:01:01) 18 (12:07:39) 19 (2:43:15) 18 (16:54:02) 0 14 15 20 27 34 52 66 14 1 5 7 7 18 14 3





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As its clear, the Kraka Kendrdi Dasa is important to see the experiences the soul faces, and the important times of spiritual evolvement can easily be timed with the Kraka Kendrdi Dasa. Astrologers are advised to study this Dasa, to see the level of spiritual evolvement that the natives soul is undergoing, and which important spiritual lessons are yet to come. The events as well as the other souls bringing these events are very easily highlighted. Also this can be used to check the actual karma that various souls are bringing into ones life. One may meet someone who takes the role of a Guru, but ends up as ones spouse. Such indications are very clearly indicated by the Kraka Kendrdi Dasa, and Astrologers may use this tool very wisely to decide the future evolvements through the people one meets. Indeed this Dasa finds an important place among the multitude of Dasas available for Astrologers.O M TA T SAT