The Arctic Region, Mercator 1569
2. Map of a flat earth from the pre-Copernicus era
In his Arctic Voyages Nils Nordenskjold describes trafficking in mammoth tusks along the Yenisei River that runs from Mongolia through Russia and drains into the Arctic Ocean. He notes: “In the Siberian Polar Sea, the animal and vegetable types, so far as we can judge beforehand, exclusively consist of survivals from the Glacial period which next preceded the present, which is not the case in the Polar Sea where the Gulf Stream distributes its waters and whither it thus carries types from more southerly regions.”
In his Phantom of the Poles William Reed writes, “When it can be shown that conditions are such that no Arctic icebergs (composed of fresh water) can be formed in the far north on the earth’s outer surface, they must be formed in the interior. If the material that produces colored snow is a vegetable matter (which the analysis shows), and is supposed to be a blossom or the pollen of a plant, when none such grows in the vicinity of the Arctic Ocean, then it must grow in the interior of the earth.”
Nicholas Roerich writes: “I remembered how during our crossing of the Karkaroum Pass, (my guide) the Ladhaki, asked me: ‘Do you know why there is such a peculiar upland up here? Do you know that in the subterranean caves here many treasures are hidden, and that in them lives a wonderful tribe which abhors the sins of the Earth?’ And again when we approached Khotan the hooves of our horses sounded hollow as though we rode above caves or hollows. Our caravan people called our attention to this... When we saw entrances of caves, our caravaneers told us, ‘Long ago people lived there; now they have gone inside; they have found a subterranean passage to that subterranean kingdom.’”
Shriman Dharmapada das writes on his website http://www.holloworbs.com, “The documented experiences of the Arctic explorers Peary and Cook bear out the fact that the Arctic basin is a depression. As they approached the North Pole, they both reported exaggerated sledding speeds (Siberian husky dogs). The terrain not only flattened, but was curving inwards rather sharply. So a little distance covered made for an apparent more-than-normal upwards progress, rather than along the orthodox concept of curvature of the Earth. This is something that affected their celestial latitude calculations, and something which was symptomatic of change from an outer to an inward slope. The abnormal sledding speeds increased as Peary approached and departed from the immediate proximity of the Pole. Right as he left, he covered 153 miles in 48 hours, over Arctic ice, on a sled, running over rough ice terrain and such. This is hardly believable—one could hardly imagine dogs covering such distances even on nature trails in a warm climate.”
Our world is often visited by demonic inhabitants from these nether regions who have speedy ships that can overcome the pull of gravity by their round shape. We call their vimanas “flying saucers.” People who have interacted with the demons know that they possess mystic powers and can abduct unsuspecting humans and take them to their realms, later erasing their conscious memory.
But through hypnosis many such encounters have been uncovered. Some victims of abductions said that many of these beings expressed their concern about the condition of the Earth and warned humans to stop playing with energies that are going to destroy the Earth. Generally, the “aliens” that visit this plane live beneath the Earth. Because they are naturally concerned about their safety, some gullible humans interpret the message that they are well-wishers of humanity. As we see from the description of Shrimad Bhagavatam, they are sense gratifiers and they do not want their enjoyment interrupted. It is known that they conduct scientific experiments on humans and are interested in human behavior which indicates that in the area of emotions the human race is more evolved because there is greater facility to become God-conscious in this human form of life.
The flying saucers reported in the media do not come from the higher celestial systems of the universe. The demigods are not interested in coming to Earth in Kali Yuga when yagnas are hardly performed. In Kali Yuga human beings interact with the demoniac races much more than one might suspect. Just as in our modern culture technological advancements are held as supreme, so it is in the realms of the Danavas.
The Sacred Northern Direction
Nonetheless, the North Pole may play a key role in understanding the structure of the Universe or the Universal Form of Shri Krishna. The north is the direction that points above. It is the direction of the Pole Star that is essentially a spiritual planet. In this sense, the north is the direction pointing to the Spiritual Sky where birth and death seize to exist. When the Sun changes his course from south to north around December 15th each year, it is time for celebration. On this day called Makara Sankranti (when the Sun enters Makara or Capricorn) people offer presents to one another. Nowadays, due to modern changes in the calendar people celebrate New Year 15 days earlier although it does not coincide with the astronomical New Year. One who is spiritually advanced prays for spiritual liberation on this day. One of the great heroes of Mahabharata Bhishma Pitamaha waited till Makara Sankranti to leave his body. Lord Shri Krishna also confirms in Bhagavad Gita (8.24) the importance of uttarayana or the northern course of the Sun as a time for liberation.
Shri Krishna desires only a reciprocal and loving relationship with His devotees. For the devotees of the Supreme Lord Shri Krishna, no benefit is gained through the association of mystical beings—whether demons or demigods—since they, like us, are mere mortals. The devotees take interest only in the transcendental name, fame, paraphernalia, associates and qualities of the Supreme Lord. Only by understanding Krishna consciousness, and not by elaborate excusrisons, can this Universe be understood. Shri Krishna is within every atom and simply by understanding the nature of His appearances and disappearances the devotee can learn whatever is worth knowing. One does not need to go to the other side of the world in order to realize the existence of those who inhabit the place.
We do not need to travel far to reach a distant star,
But close is far for the kind who leave their souls behind.
THE FLYING MACHINE OF VICTOR GREBENNIKOV
The life of the late Russian scientist Viktor Grebennikov (1927-2001) is an inspiration to those who long for a way to travel without dependence on oil-based energy sources—that only defile and exploit mother Earth. According to his book, My Story, he discovered the flying secrets of a particular type of insect, which many speculate is a beetle that lifts itself through the influence of the magnetic fields of the Earth. Grebennikov, however, states that the insect is a particular type of a bee which captured his interest when he discovered the magnetic field around their bee hives. This understanding became the basis for his high-speed levitation device.
Grebennikov produced a small platform controlled by only a few switches which mechanically regulate lift-off, speed and touch-down. By duplicating the natural engineering of this insect, he found that he could ascend to about one kilometer above the ground and move at the astonishing speed of 1000 kph. He claims that throughout the flight he remained invisible due to the magnetic field’s balloon-like protection encompassing him. According to his book, he could observe the world much like being in a movie theatre while traveling without becoming affected either by weather, wind or flight elevation.
This technology has long been used by other mysterious species of living entities that are sometimes observed moving here and there in the sky—the UFO’s. In one sense it is a technology for the taking which, if understood, might give a new freedom of movement to the world. Yet Viktor Grebennikov took his secrets of magnetic flight to his grave. He was reluctant to share the details of his invention because it would have caused the extinction of endangered insects whose natural technology is the basis for his flying platform. A response from his believers within the scientific community that the technology might be artificially duplicated by mimicking nature’s talents would not be entertained by the scientist. Naturally Grebinnikov was aware that the giagantic oil cartels would never welcome such a technology due to their fear of losing control over a population who could then freely travel in self-contained flight. For the giants of the land and air travel industries, scientific advancement can only be acceptable as long as it exploits others and denudes Mother Earth.
Drawn by the uniqueness of his karma, Mr. Grebennikov’s speciality was entymology, the study of insects. His studio was painted to resemble a scene from nature as viewed from the perspective of an insect. It seems that in a previous life he must have saved or protected some insect species, and as a result he was offered in this life the opportunity to understand the world from a bug’s vantage. And although Mr. Grebennikov appeared in this world, he actually lived in quite a different dimension. He could not become a part of the official scenery as his own history was out of synch with the experience of the masses. Even skeptics will admit that official accounts of the world and its history can never be complete because each one’s story is exceptional.
This world is part and parcel of Shri Krishna, and a complete description of even this insignificant mustard-seed like universe may not be possible even for Lord Ananta Shesha with His unlimited mouths. Other than the Supreme Lord Himself, that person is yet to be born who can bear witness to all the world’s miracles. Although people may reside next to each other, one might be able to fly while his neighbor may not even be able to walk. One may be a fortunate Krishna conscious devotee while the man next door subsists in hellish circumstances. Even during a war one man may lose his life while another is hardly affected by the conflict. There are many parallel realms existing next to each other and, although they may seem to occur in the same dimension, they hardly ever meet.
A Krishna conscious person never identifies with the mundane history of this world of samsara because each individual entity is married to his own karma. It is a consecrated destiny that can eventually lead the fettered jiva soul to pure spiritual awareness in Krishna. Elevation to transcendental Krishna consciousness may seem impossible to a world which cannot see beyond the destined confinements of karma. Just as for Mr. Grebennikov flying was an everyday affair, so a devotee experiences what is considered impossible or miraculous by the grace of Shri Krishna. Such is the result of Krishna-karma which is nothing less than the association of the Supreme Lord through devotional service. Contrarily, flying in the sky is merely another attempt to enjoy this world without Him. By calling his book My World, Mr. Grebennikov hints that he did not wish to share his world of flight with anyone else. But the title was also a tacit admission that he was not inclined to admit that this world actually belongs to Shri Krishna.
However, Grebenikkov was not only a scientist but he was also an artist. Rare souls who are gifted with artistic minds sometimes have the ability to imagine things or put facts together even before they are assembled into a working prototype.
… And the Wheel of Time
An important yet usually overlooked aspect of our daily lives is the environment and arrangement of the house or buildings that we work in or inhabit. Understanding the importance of building structure, directions, location, lay-out and the interaction of energies within the edifice is known as the science of vastu (lit. “building”) in Vedic culture. Although an extremely important consideration, the scientific application of vastu is seldom applied in modern construction. Furthermore even when vastu is applied it has a limited potency in Kali Yuga, since the other structures or gardens surrounding the vastu-friendly structure have been built up without due consideration of the subtle science of arrangement.
Vastu Shastra in the City of Dwaraka
A perfect description of vastu application in an entire city is found in the 10th canto of Shrimad-Bhagavatam. In his elaborate commentary entitled Krishna the Supreme Personality of Godhead, His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada describes the city of Dvaraka in the chapter: “Krishna Erects the Dvaraka Fort.” Shrila Prabhupada writes:
It is stated in the Shrimad-Bhagavatam that this new, well-constructed city, developed within the sea, had regular planned roads, streets and lanes. Not only were there well-planned roads, streets and lanes, but there were well-planned paths and gardens filled with plants known as kalpavrikshas, or desire trees. These desire trees are not like the ordinary trees of the material world; the desire trees are found in the spiritual world. By Krishna’s supreme will, everything is possible, so such desire trees were planted in the city of Dvaraka constructed by Krishna. The city was also filled with many palaces and gopuras, or big gates. These gopuras are still found in some of the larger temples. They are very high and constructed with extreme artistic skill. Such palaces and gates held golden water pots (kalashas). These water pots on the gates or in the palaces are considered to be auspicious signs.
Almost all the palaces were skyscrapers. In each and every house there were big pots of gold and silver and grains stocked in underground rooms. And there were many golden water pots within the rooms. The bedrooms were all bedecked with jewels, and the floors were mosaic pavements of marakata jewels (emeralds). The Vishnu Deity, worshiped by the descendants of Yadu, was installed in each house in the city. The residential quarters were so arranged that the different castes, brahmanas, kshatriyas, vaishyas and shudras, had their respective quarters.
Thus through the unbreakable chain of disciplic succession and from the crest jewel of all scriptures, Shrila Prabhupada describes the essence of vastu by repeating the words “well planned.” In fact, His Divine Grace not only demonstrates certain general elements of applied vastu, but from the text we can understand vastu’s origin in the Supreme Lord Himself, Shri Krishna.
The Vastu Purusha
The principles of vastu are based upon the map of the heavens with due consideration to the directions where the prime demigods who control this cosmos dwell. In the center of that model is the sitting place of Lord Brahma, who is the secondary creator of this universe being inspired to construct the universe on the order of Lord Vishnu. Surrounding Lord Brahma are the cities of eight primary demigods or dig-palas (“controllers of the directions”) who rule the eight main directions within the horizontal plane. These empowered demi-gods are all representatives of Lord Krishna. They are:
Indra, king of heaven (East),
Varuna, demi-god of the waters (West),
Kuber, the treasurer of the devatas (North),
Yamajara, the king of the dead (South),
Ishana (Shiva) (Northeast),
Agni, the demi-god of fire (Southeast),
Alakshmi or Nirriti (Southwest) and
Vayu the demi-god of wind (Northwest).
Every house—if properly constructed—attracts the blessings of all of the 300,000 demigods who once overpowered the deity of Vastu Purusha whose origin is explained in the Matsya Purana. The Vastu Purusha appeared as a boy from the sweat of Lord Shiva when he was fighting against the demon Andhakasura. Famished by hunger, this boy began to devour the universe. He was so powerful that he was arrested and held down by the great deities of the universe. Since then his body lies in every house with his head in the northeastern direction and his feet in the southwest. A properly constructed house or building should face the four corners of the world. If through an odd or careless design a building tends to cut one or more body parts of the Vastu Purusha, he becomes disturbed. In his anger he feeds upon the health and good fortune of the residents.
This is not just mythology but can be practically proven. According to Vastu Shastra, when the south west corner of a building is cut this leads to kidney stones. Miscarriage and mental problems arise from a design that cuts out the northeastern direction. Problems in design that relate to the northwest lead to lung diseases. When the southeast corner is severed, anger with the potential for violence and even suicide arise. Eye problems, affliction to the urinary tract and bleeding arise when the north is afflicted by faulty vastu. Malignancy (vrana or cancer) may arise among residents when the eastern direction is harmed in house construction. An improper design on the southern side results in all sorts of health issues. Respiratory problems may follow a cut in the western side of the shape of the property. Stomach and spine problems are created when the center of a house is cluttered.
Astrology is closely connected to Vastu as every direction in the house is also controlled by the nine planets that affect the karmas of the world as seen here:
Jupiter and Ketu—Northeast
Rectification of defects may be performed either by placing the yantra of the planet or the image of the dig-pal that controls the afflicted direction.
The Kala Chakra and the Science of Directions
The kalachakra or “Wheel of Time” chart in Vedanga Jyotish reflects the cosmic model of the universe. Every individual has his own universal kalachakra model according to his birth chart. All nine planets also take their place in the individual kalachakra chart depending upon which one of the 27 nakshatras they occupy. The central position is given to the Sun. It is necessary to construct the kalachakra around the Sun’s position since it is the Sun who determines kala or time by his movement. Of the importance of the Sun in measuring time, Shrila Prabhupada writes in his introduction to Shrimad-Bhagavatam (5.22)
The Sun-god, who controls the affairs of the entire universe, especially in regard to heat, light, seasonal changes and so on, is considered an expansion of Narayana. He represents the three Vedas—Rig, Yajur and Sama—and therefore he is known as Trayimaya, the form of Lord Narayana. Sometimes the Sun-god is also called Surya Narayana. The Sun-god has expanded himself in twelve divisions, and thus he controls the six seasonal changes and causes winter, summer, rain and so on. Yogis and karmis following the varnashrama institution, who practice hatha or ashtanga-yoga or who perform agnihotra sacrifices, worship Surya Narayana for their own benefit. The demigod Surya is always in touch with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Narayana. Residing in outer space, which is in the middle of the universe, between Bhuloka and Bhuvarloka, the Sun rotates through the time circle of the zodiac, represented by twelve rashis, or signs, and assumes different names according to the sign he is in.* For the moon, every month is divided into two fortnights. Similarly, according to solar calculations, a month is equal to the time the Sun spends in one constellation; two months constitute one season, and there are twelve months in a year. The entire area of the sky is divided into two halves, each representing an ayana, the course traversed by the Sun within a period of six months. The Sun travels sometimes slowly, sometimes swiftly and sometimes at a moderate speed. In this way he travels within the three worlds, consisting of the heavenly planets, the earthly planets and outer space. These orbits are referred to by great learned scholars by the names Samvatsara, Parivatsara, Idavatsara, Anuvatsara and Vatsara.
By examining this kalachakra chart based upon the Sun’s location, an astrologer can determine certain trends during each particular period or dasha cycle in the life of any individual. Such forecasts of either favorable or unfavorable results rely upon the directions that the planets align within the kalachakra. Planets that fall in the section that is closer to the areas around the southern direction always offer more challenging experiences during their planetary periods. On the other hand, planets that shine to the north and its surrounding directions offer blessings and other good results.
Kala Chakra in the Chart of Shrila Prabhupada
Below is Shrila Prabhupada’s kalachakra chart. His Divine Grace single-handedly spread the sankirtana movement all over the world during the years of his planetary periods of Mercury and Ketu (according to the 120-year system of planetary cycles called vimshottari dasha). Shrila Prabhupada’s Mercury period ended around August 1971. In Shrila Prabhupada’s horoscope, exalted Mercury forms bhadra mahapurusha yoga in the 10th house karmastan. Note how in the kalachakra, Budha (Mercury) is powerfully positioned in the eastern direction of spiritual power alongside Sun and Venus. The eastern side of the kalachakra indicates that His Divine Grace has the blessings of the king of heaven lending additional power to the yoga.
Next, Ketu period followed the Budha dasha. In Shrila Prabhupada’s chart, Ketu is on the Northeast side of blessings that are given by the grace of Ishana (Shiva). Ketu is positioned in the east alongside the planet of dharma (Jupiter). Ketu sits in the kingly nakshatra of Magha, “the great one.”
Kalachakra or “Wheel of Time” chart of Shrila Prabhupada
Understanding Your Kala Chakra
When a weak or destructive planet is positioned in any of the eight directions, it is best to avoid a prolonged stay in this particular direction in one’s residence. Remaining in those directions in the house or office can promote the effects associated with the weak or harmful planet. On the contrary, the person should spend more time in his favorable directions where good planets dwell. Following these simple guidelines can make a person more content, which for us devotees is another inducement to the practice of bhakti yoga.
As Vedangas, the sciences of jyotish and vastu are meant to help free us from negative effects of past karmas and thus become more inclined to engage in devotional service to Shri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Practicing these sciences for any other goal would contradict their ultimate purpose as adjuncts (angas or “limbs”) to bhakti and only implicate the living entity in never-ending karmic reactions. For example as we have seen from the Krishna Book, Dvaraka was perfectly planned according to vastu which helped each fortunate Dvarakavasi to live in Krishna’s city in perfect Krishna consciousness. This is the goal of vastu.
MUSIC OF THE PLANETS
Everything that is born within the material world carries the burden of residual karma which is reflected by the horoscope of each entity. The fact that the nine astrological planets affect the lives of each living entity, even those who are millions of miles away from the planets that control them, lays certain proof to the law of intertwining karma. Every living entity interacts with his surroundings and also puts his mark on everything that goes on around him. The law of karma is so complicated and stringent that becoming free from it is next to impossible simply because the living entity creates new reactions during every moment of his existence. The only way out of this cycle of endless karma is through the grace of a pure devotee of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. As stated in the second canto of Shrimad Bhagavatam (2.1.5):
“(Shukadeva Goswami explains to King Parikshit:) O descendant of King Bharata, one who desires to be free from all miseries must hear about, glorify and also remember the Personality of Godhead, who is the Supersoul, the controller and the savior from all miseries.”
As often noted, “The microcosm reflects the macrocosm.” Every living entity is a miniature model of various aspects of the Universal Form of the Supreme Lord, and any transgression against another living entity inflicts a karmic reaction that echoes throughout the entire universe. Karma follows each one birth after birth. Although every living entity is a tiny version of the Jagat Purush, this fact does not mean that we should worship every jiva as God. Yet while interacting with others we have to consider that Shri Krishna, Who is in the heart of everyone, is the constant Witness to our activities.
Every living entity also reflects the energies of the nine planets, the nava-grahas of jyotish. Nine is a complete number. These nine planets or grahas (the “carriers of influence”) are the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. It is not necessary to add or subtract any planet to this pantheon since the energies of the nine planets of jyotish encompass the influence of all other demigods that are assigned departmental control over the universe.
The control or influence of the nine empowered demi-gods who control the nine planets can easily be deciphered through everything in this material universe. Shri Krishna has made the science of jyotish relatively simple for the benefit of the conditioned living entities. Yet, He is the only One Who identifies every living entity individually and can accurately know the past, present and future of each one. Nonetheless armed with jyotish-shastra, a seer can have a glimpse into the destiny of human beings, animals and even objects. This is because everything in the universe vibrates to some unique frequency wherein one of the nine planets predominates each particular vibration. In this way, the tone or musical note of every individual can be ascertained. Thus the influence of the nine planets is present even in musical vibrations.
If we look into the seven notes from the basic musical scale they correspond to the seven chakras. The seven chakras or “energy centers in the body” also replicate the Jagat Purush or the Universal form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Shri Krishna. The seven chakras are ruled by the seven planets (excluding Rahu and Ketu). Every chakra vibrates to a note from the basic musical scale. So it is easy to link the planets to their respective notes.
The first of muladhara chakra is ruled by Mars and is linked to our security in this world. Emotions, including anger, are stored here. Mastering the chakra requires a certain degree of innocence since one has to be youthful in order to experience life in a meaningful and fresh way. Mars is the son of Mother Earth. This is the chakra of the new born baby who requires protection. When one feels secure, he can take on action that is free of any hang-ups. This chakra vibrates to the note C or Do or Sa in Sanskrit and has frequency of 130.81 Hz. The color is red. The deity is Lord Narasimhadev who always protects His devotees from danger.
The second of swadhisthana chakra is ruled by Mercury. This chakra deals with creativity in all different forms. Mercury is the planet of intelligence which is required for all beginnings. This is the chakra which puts the living entity in charge and expands his energy. Creativity takes a lot of concentration and detachment from everything else in the surrounding. Mastering this chakra leads to unleashing individuality. This chakra vibrates to the note D or Re or Ri in Sanskrit and has frequency of 146.83 Hz. The color is orange. The deity is Lord Buddha who created new religion in order to delude the corrupted followers of the Vedas.
The third or manipura chakra is ruled by Jupiter. This chakra deals with expansion. Jupiter is the planet of religion since Brihaspati, the deity of Jupiter, is the guru of the demigods. Mastering this chakra leads to taking right action. This chakra rules the process of establishing dharma which means that one must be aware of the difference between right and wrong. This chakra deals with self-esteem and security. It is the center of the solar plexus where all vital nadis (channels) of the body are centered. Death personified also hides in the solar plexus and a blow in this area can easily inflict death. By mastering this chakra one can create good karma and destroy negativity. This chakra vibrates to the note E or Mi or Ga in Sanskrit and has frequency of 164.81 Hz. The color is yellow. The deity is Lord Vamanadev who expanded his body to enormous proportions and covered the whole universe in two steps. The third step was put on the head of Bali Maharaja the king of the demons who is also a great devotee of the Supreme Lord.
The fourth or anahata chakra is ruled by Venus or Shukra. He is the guru of the demons but at the same time a devotee of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He lives in a hostile environment since he has to direct the misled demons to enlightenment. His example teaches how one can live in the material world but at the same time use its resources in the service of the Supreme Lord Shri Krishna. The fourth chakra deals with sharing what we have accumulated in the lower chakras as material assets or sharing one’s own self as mastered in the higher chakras. It is about executing ones true duty. This chakra is the sitting place of Paramatma as well as the self. Mastering it means establish one’s eternal relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead Shri Krishna. This chakra vibrates to the note F or Fa or Mi in Sanskrit and has the frequency of 174.61 Hz. The color is green. The Lord of this chakra is Parashurama who fiercely killed the kshatriya class of society twenty-one times due to their offences committed to a pure brahmana.
The fifth or vishuddha chakra is ruled by Saturn. Saturn is the most remote planet of the nava-grahas. In his higher octave he is the planet of ascetics and in his lower vibrations he inflicts poverty. Speech is generated in this chakra. Sound is the subtlest of elements in the material world. This chakra is linked to detachment. When one can speak well he can influence many others even from a long distance. Thus the status of the person—rich or poor, educated or illiterate—is defined and understood by his manner of speech. Through detachment the jiva can progress to higher consciousness or by remaining anchored he can stay in the realm of illusion. This chakra is mastered by chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra that purifies the aspirant of all material contamination and elevates him to the platform of devotional service to the Supreme Lord. If one cannot express himself, he becomes angry; but if he has mastered this chakra he develops humor and becomes playful. This chakra vibrates to the note G or Sol or Pa in Sanskrit. The color is blue. The lord is Kurmadev Who lives in the most remote area of the universe. He helped with the churning of the Casual Ocean as he offered his body as a support for Mount Mandara. Many good results came from the churning of the ocean including the nectar of immortality, the appearance of both Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Danvantari the master of medicines. Kurmadev stayed detached to all the results that manifested as His only reason to appear was to have the back of His tortoise body relived from itching (when he supported the mountain on His back).
The sixth or ajna chakra is ruled by the Sun. The Sun is the creator of time and space in the Universe. He is the direct manifestation of the Sudarshan Chakra of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Narayana. The Sun by his movement creates the past, present and the future. By mastering this chakra one can understand the structure of the universe. He can also develop detachment from his past and the future and concentrate on the present moment. By doing so, he can hear the voice of Paramatma. Paranormal abilities and siddhis are accessed through this chakra. The yogis are very interested in mastering mystic abilities and they feed on the nectar that is found in this chakra as they search after immortality. This chakra vibrates to the note A or La or Dha in Sanskrit and has the lowest frequency of all notes 110 Hz since the Sun is all pervasive in the material universe. The color of this chakra is violet. The Predominating Deity is Lord Ramachandra the Hero of the Ramayana who also appeared in the dynasty of the Sun god. He is the ideal king who never fails to execute His duty.
The seventh sahasrara chakra is ruled by the Moon. The Moon is bigger than the Sun and yet it is usually regarded as less important. The secret is that at night the Moon imbues all living entities with their personalities. He is the subtlest of all planets and a giver of a cool light that relieves the eyes of darkness. By mastering this chakra one realizes that he is the soul and that this truth applies to all other living entities. When one realizes this fact at the time of death he can exit his body through the brahmarandhra or the highest point of the head and go back to the Spiritual World. When one is caught in the light of this chakra without connecting it to the other chakras ones becomes a mayavadi. This chakra vibrates to the tone B or Si or Ni in Sanskrit and has frequency of 123.47 Hz. The Lord of this chakra is Shri Krishna the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It was Shri Krishna Who appeared in the material world in the dynasty of the Moon god to attract all living entities to His pastimes that are perpetually going on in Goloka Vrindavana.
By examining the chakras and the vibrations that they carry we understand how they reflect the planetary energies that execute the will of the Supreme Lord in this world. If we deepen our understanding we can see how the basic seven notes are supplemented by other five half-tones altogether making twelve notes corresponding to the twelve zodiacal signs. Every sign has its own note as the half-tones are feminine and the basic tones are masculine. Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn rule two signs while the Moon and Sun rule a single sign. For this reason the Moon also gets a full tone. The masculine signs are Aries (C 130 Hz), Gemini (D 146 Hz), Leo (110 Hz), Libra (F 174 Hz), Sagittarius (E 165 Hz) and Aquarius (G 196 Hz). The feminine signs are Taurus (F# 185 Hz), Cancer (B 123 Hz), Virgo (D# 155 Hz), Scorpio (C# 138 Hz), Capricorn (G# 207 Hz) and Pisces (A# 116 Hz).
Everything in the universe is build on simple principles yet by mixing the three basic modes of nature (goodness, passion and ignorance) the world becomes complicated and giving it up also becomes a daunting task. By seeing everything in relation to Shri Krishna and His energies we would be able to extricate ourselves from the prison-house of Maya or illusion.
Note: # means half-tone
ASTROLOGY OF THE BHAGAVATA
ASTROLOGY AND FREE WILL
Often devotees who wish to inquire about their past karma do not like to state their questions openly. Тhe reason is because the answer to all problems is supposed to be clear for all practitioners of Krishna consciousness: chanting the Holy Names of the Supreme Lord is the cure for all accumulated karma. Nonetheless, the question of where to draw the fine line between free will and the boundaries of karma lingers in the minds of many bhaktas.
How exactly does past karma come into being and when exactly is future karma germinated?
The Journey of Innumerable Births
All of us have lived through many, many lives. In fact, all living entities that we see all around us have been in the material world since time immemorial. We all have innumerable past lives. Is it worth remembering them? Well, one past life in particular is very significant. We all came into this material world through the highest post in the universe, as Brahma the creator (SB.9.24.58 Bhaktivedanta Purport). And since we are still here, the history of our first attempt of confidential service unto the Supreme Lord while in the material world has failed. We have become entrapped by the charms of our “own” creation. We stayed on and have gradually degraded into the lower species of life. So if we think that, “Once upon a time I occupied the post of Indra”, or “At a different time I had a body of a bug”, chances are, we are describing our own history in the material world.
Untying the knots of karma can be a very difficult, if not impossible, task. The sum total of all desires, along with the reaction we receive from interacting with their gross manifestation, is widely described as karma*. Some of our karma is burned and buried in the past. The gross form of such karma is not accessible anymore. Nonetheless, the impact of its ashes may still have an undeniable effect upon our psychology. These imprints are responsible for creating our future karma. But the hypothetical past and future karma do not touch aggressively our immediate life, especially in the field of activities. For that, there is another type of karma which we are undergoing at any moment. We denote as “current life” the experience of taste derived from karmic fruit. The culprits which prolong our stay in the material world are the concealed karma from past desires still waiting to be manifested and the karma which we wish at the present for the future.
The whole problem with satisfying desires lies in the time factor. Due to the partition of time into past, present and future, everything in the material world takes an era to manifest. Our material desires are not immediately satisfied. The cunning scenario of the material nature is: that we are in a different situation and with a different mind set when the winning jackpot of fortune hits us, most habitually as a bad surprise. This severe mismatch between desires and reality is one major device in the grand design of the material world. It is meant to make the soul frustrated with the material existence, forced to reach for the real alternative of perpetual mishaps. So where does astrology come into play in this labyrinth of karma created by desires? Shri Krishna is the greatest astrologer for He knows the karma of all living entities. The topic of astrology has been honored by many great spiritual personalities like Parashara Muni, Shrila Vyasadeva, Ramanujacharya, Madhvacharya, Bhaktivinode Thakur, Bhaktisiddanta Sarasvati and Srila Prabhupada with his wonderful Bhaktivendanta Purports.
The Load of Karma
A living enmity has a certain baggage of karma. At the time of birth his karma is registered by the star formation in the sky. Some living entities have to wait longer than others to get the exact horoscope imprint which will supervise the execution of their karma. The stars do not tell the truth about the eternal living entity, rather, they help to form a character based on the reflection coming from the personality of the soul. Sometimes twins are born only seconds apart. Yet we may observe that even though their lives may move along the same karmic lines they still have come with and maintain distinct personalities. The moment of birth puts the active parameters for a lifetime. At that time a relative freedom is given to the soul. This fact does not make an imprint on the eternal personality. By internal purification the soul can manifest his eternal qualities and ultimately override the impermanent characteristics given by the stars. How does that happen?
While the living enmity moves through life, he will encounter events predestined from previous births. The reaction or attitude he demonstrates towards this karma will form the base for his future. This meeting point of active interaction of the living entity with his karma is the playing field of free will. To Krishna-ise karma means to react in a Krishna conscious way to all situations presented in life. At the beginning of their devotional practice devotees often expect miracles and imagine sudden life changes to better their circumstances. When their material situation does not improve they often are quick to get disappointed. Krishna Consciousness inevitably brings prosperity in all spheres of live and still the time factor should be allotted for personal purification. Even spiritual activities in the material world come into manifestation slowly and patience is proven to be one the greatest treasures of a devotee. When the heart is purified by the chanting of Hare Krishna mahamantra a devotee thinks about Shri Krishna all the time. His reaction to all karma is the recollection of the name, form and activities of the Supreme Lord. This remembrance, just like a weapon, destroys the active karma, until nothing else is left but Krishna karma. What a devotee of Sri Krishna is creating for the future is devotional service. This is the only proven way for changing karma in the material world.
By observing our surroundings and circumstances, we come to the conclusion that getting rid of the material world can be an impossible task. A perfect situation where we are isolated from interacting with the material nature does not exist. Considering this fact, the ahimsa philosophy of the Jains which claims that by sweeping the ground before walking saves bugs from being killed, may seem to be at best just a good wish. How can they save the millions of microbes annihilated while breathing? Disconnecting from material circumstances and karma by artificial means is not possible.
Can astrology be useful even when we have learned how to transform material karma into Krishna karma? The science of astrology is valuable not only in a predetermination of future events. Vedic astrology is also used in averting unfavorable incidents by mapping out the different roads of personal karma. A birth chart can be looked upon exactly like a physical map with its many mountains, forests and rivers. There we can see optional roads we can follow and also the destination they lead to. With the light of astrology or jyotish we can cast illumination on the different paths a person can take in his allotted property bordered by limited free will. Taking charge, astrology can lead an individual to faster accomplishment of his desires. This remarkable ability of jyotish can be employed in serving spiritual desires as well.
At any given moment a person has the task to choose between two options. While for materialistically inclined individual those choices can seem to be very diverse, the devotee knows that the choice is basically picking between two masters: either Krishna or the material energy. Astrology does not have a real value for the materialist because he desires only to perpetuate his stay in the material world. While in his service, the invaluable astrology is minimized to a tool for diversification of karma. The most elevated amongst material sciences is truly meant to facilitate devotional service.
Astrology can pinpoint the most favorable circumstances around which the right choice of Krishna consciousness can be exercised. For example, astrology can offer a better location, choice of favorable engagements in devotional service or time frame for profound commitment in Krishna consciousness according to the personality of a particular devotee. Jyotish is a science which puts the individuality in the center of its study and there is nothing more personal than Krishna Consciousness. Personality is a fact of eternal life. Personality cannot be changed by birth in the material world. Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita that even a devotee who is self-realized still acts with his own nature (BG 3.33). Astrology places value upon the self and its characteristics. For this, jyotish best serves the individual who wants to purify his soul and engage in the eternal service of Shri Krishna.
One tremendous facility of astrology is that it can look at every individual chart as a unique yoga or formation of planets. Not a single person is ever born with a chart alike another. Even the same person gets born in different lifetimes with unlike birth charts. Material nature is fickle and likes to create different personas for the single individual soul. In this way she can keep his real individuality covered by illusion. Still there are hints to the real characteristics of the soul. Astrology can find them in the current birth chart of a given individual.
The Moon, ruling the mind, is the most important planet in jyotish for his ability to impart individuality (SB 5.23.9/10). The position of the Moon and his degree in a chart is very significant for judging a particular personality. In astrology, the 27 Moon nakshatras hold the key to individuality. With their help the foundation of a particular native’s distinct mindset is easily ascertained. The nakshatras are divided into subdivisions determined by the 2 genders (feminine and masculine), the 3 gunas, the 4 varnas, etc. Every individual is born in one of these nakshatras which are further divided into 4 padas or steps. That makes for a total of 108 padas. Every sign of the 12 zodiacal signs holds 9 of these padas. Based upon this principle of 108 basic differences, the nakshatras constitute an exceptional system for individualistic judgment.
The second most important chart in the varga subdivisions, the navamsha, is formed by calculating the nakshatra padas of every planet in a horoscope. The navamsha chart is derivative of the main chart controlled by the wives of the Moon god, the 27 nakshatras, who each have very distinct personalities of their own. Because of its special characteristics, the 9th sub-divisional chart is not supposed to be read like the main rashi chakra. An astrologer would look upon the navamsha chart like a chemist who determines the atomic composition of a given element. The navamsha chart plunges deep below matter and presents the primeval constitution of the individual mind.
But as much as we want to claim that the mind is very personal and particular for every living entity, this “master sense” has a basic function of choosing while presented with a selection. The function of the mind in the material world is surprisingly very much dictated by outside associations. The mind and its choices have been the domain of the mass perceptions about the world formed from one generation to the next since time immemorial. But even in the temporary world the preferences of the mind are best reflected in the most important selection a living entity can make—choosing a life partner. And for this reason the most popular use of the navamsha chart is in determining the characteristics of one’s “other half”. Nonetheless, not only the life partner but everything in the material world is a reflection of the original reality of the self. The mind is an easy target for astrological examination because it has a basic function which can be easily purified. Even in a contaminated condition the mind still retains its reflectivity of original function to choose the best, or ultimately Shri Krishna. But Astrology has not only one technique of tracing back the roots of the soul via his reflections.
When the nakshatra pada is looked upon like a single sign and further divided into 9 parts the result is the nava-navamsha sub-divisional chart which gives a great precision in judging the spiritual individuality as mirrored in matter. The mind is born from the satva guna (SB 3.26.25) and for this reason the sub-divisional charts controlled by the Moon have great significance in unveiling individuality. The navamsa and nava-navamsha charts look upon the individuality like a chemical composition which has basic characteristics like taste. In spiritual sense it denotes rasa. It is a fact of life that not even a single taste can be matched twice. This proves that the eternal individual soul prevails even in his reflection of matter.
Design of Desires
We all have different desires in the material world but they are exactly like the desires of one who has lost his health. It doesn’t matter how different these desires may seem to be at first glance. All the wishes of a diseased person are aimed at returning to his healthy existence. Our real desire is to get back to Shri Krishna. Desires in the material world seem to be so many and so different from their original cause. Still the design of desires in the material world is such that they ultimate lead to rejecting of matter and choosing spiritual bliss. Ultimately, astrology also comes from the desire to facilitate the individual’s return to the original cause of all causes. By pointing to the supreme choice of existence in the union with Shri Krishna through surrender and devotional service, the ultimate value of astrology is to make sure that the living entity does not misuse his free will.
*The word karma as it is used in modern, colloquial context is properly understood through the shastras as karma-phal, or “the fruits of our work.” Strictly speaking the work karma simply means “work” or “activities.”
FROM RAGHAVA TO RATNAVALI
An Astrological Perspective of devotee’s reincarnation
Let us glance at the astro-data of Raghava das Brahmachary and Ratnavali devi dasi. From the correlations between them, we will see that these two are in fact the same person who has transmigrated from one body to the next.
Raghava das’s birth chart
14 May 1954, 7:20 pm in Glasgow, Scotland
What is clear from Raghava’s chart is that we are dealing with a devotee. Jupiter is nicely positioned in the house of dharma (the 9th). But Raghava has an extremely good 8th house of death with 2 friendly planets there: Venus in his own sign of Libra and friendly Mercury. Venus also rules the 1st house or atmastan (house of self) where we find an exalted Saturn in Libra. Saturn is also retrograde and moving towards the 12th house of loss in Virgo. Virgo is ruled by Mercury who, again, is found on the 8th house of death with Venus the lord of atma. Mercury here gives a good timing of death according to a system that is attributed to Brighu Muni.
Nonetheless, such a good 8th house should have been responsible for a long and happy life. After all, Venus lord of the 8th in the 8th confers a nice sarala yoga for “easy life.” What planetary culprits are there that could have caused his premature death? At the time of his death, Raghava das Brahmachary was undergoing Rahu mahadasha. Rahu, according to some astrologers, is in debilitation in Sagittarius. In any case, Dhanush rashi is an unwelcome place for the shadowy graha. Rahu is with the destructive Mars, a maraka or death-inflictor as 7th lord. Both Rahu and Mars are in the house of short distance travel the 3rd. Therefore, we conclude that it was the planetary period of an afflicted Rahu that had the ability to override the other good points of the horoscope and caused his death while traveling.
The punya chakra (time of death) of Raghava das Brahmachary.
Died: 20 October 1973 at 8:45 am in Morpeth, UK
20th October 1973 must have been an ordinary day for many people but not for Raghava das Brahmachary. The first coincidence we notice in this chakra is that Rahu is at the exact same position by house and sign as at the time of Raghava’s birth, namely in third in Sagittarius. The quota of his life was therefore one round of Rahu. But since the degrees are not the same in both charts, there must have been other coincidences for the fatal incident taking place. Note that the rising sign at the time of death is Libra, same as at Raghava’s time of birth. In fact the lagna position between the two charts is almost exact; there is a difference of a mere 2 minutes. Note that the two planets of the 8th house of his birth chart, namely Sun and the fatal Mercury, are also in the rising sign of the chart for the time of death. Those were the circumstances as seen from the vantage point of external circumstances or punya chakra.
From the natal chart, which gives us the internal circumstances of the time of death, we can ascertain that Raghava was also running not only Rahu mahadasha but he was in Venus bhukti dasha and Saturn pratyantara dasha. As the main planetary period of Rahu created the backdrop of events, the bhukti gives the flavor of events playing on the foreground. The pratyantara dasha gives the reaction to the events set by mahadasha and bhukti.
Both bhukti lord Venus and prayantara lord Saturn have a strong connection to the 8th and 1st houses dealing with one’s physical body and it’s time of expiry. In his birth chart, both Saturn and Venus are strongly positioned in the 1st and 8th houses respectively. Saturn is in lagna in exaltation in Libra, ruled by Venus, while Venus is in Taurus. Venus is in his own sign and is the atma karaka or “significator of the self.” The wily outcaste Rahu, as the lord of the main planetary period, has played these two friendly planets into his malefic favor, i.e. incurring death. If we go deeper into the planetary influences of periods and sub-periods, etc., we find the same theme repeated. Rahgava das was in Rahu / Venus / Saturn / Venus / Rahu. Despite the fact that the death came quickly, its seed was planted in the very time of birth just waiting for the right cluster of planets to occur. It all came together on 20 October 1973.
On the day of the accident three features of the panchang, namely tithi, nakshatra and wara were inauspicious. The lunar cycle was navami, a rikta or “hollow” tithi in the krishna paksha or waning lunar phase. The nakshatra was Ashlesha which is never deemed favorable for travels. The day was Shaniwar, Saturday, ruled by malefic Saturn. A look into the drekkana kundali, or three-part divisional chart for the time of death, reveals that the stronger of the two luminaries, the Moon, is in the drekkana of Sagittarius. Since Sagittarius is ruled by the righteous Jupiter, the drekkana indicates a spiritual future for the departed soul of Shri Raghava das Brahmachary.
There are still other clues to a violent departure in Raghava’s birth chart. The past life is ruled by the 5th house which is therefore called the purva-punya-stan. In Raghava’s janma chakra we can see that Saturn (one of the inflictors of death) is the ruler of the 5th house. The shasha mahapurush yoga formed by Saturn in the first house of self is spoiled by him being retrograde and moving toward the 12th house of loss. As indicated by the powerful Saturn bad choices must have been made in past lives using a position that had been attained to by good karma of an even earlier life.
Nonetheless, although Raghava lived for only one round of Rahu, we cannot say that he was in any way unfortunate. He passed on as a devotee and he was reborn as a devotee. Rather than being a cause for regret, the death of a devotee is a time for celebration despite his material circumstances. We now turn our attention to the birth chart of Raghava’s future life as Ratnavali devi dasi.
Ratnavali devi dasi, Born: 9th August at 2am in London, UK
Since Raghava das Brahmachary was absorbed in thought of an Indian girl, he found himself re-born as one. We recall that Venus, the significator of women, played a very strong part at the time of his death. Venus was the lord of the rising sign in the punya chakra as well as the lord of 8th house of death. Since Libra rises in both instances, Venus’ dual role holds true for both the birth chart as well as the chart for the moment of exit. Ominously, Venus was also the lord of the sub-period or antardasha at the time of death. The overpowering influence of feminine Venus planet caused the soul to accept the body of a woman.
In this life time we see that Ratnavali’s 5th house ruling past life is in Libra and is therefore also ruled by Venus. The indication is clear. The “self” of Raghava (first house or atma) has become the fifth “house of past life” for Ratnavali. Her fifth house is aspected by Jupiter revealing her devotional past life connection. The position of Jupiter in her 11th mitrastan or “house of friends” indicates her coming in touch with Krishna Consciousness via the media of another person. Note that Jupiter rules the 7th house of partners, the jayastan. Ironically, in her case the other person is one’s very self from a previous lifetime as further explained in the next paragraph.
Mars, lord of the 11th house where Jupiter is positioned, is lost in the 12th, again in sign ruled by Venus. Her devotional link can be seen also in the drekkana chart where the stronger of the two luminaries, the Sun, is again positioned in Sagittarius ruled by Jupiter and indicates a devotional link to the past. In fact, this is the same position where we found the Moon, the stronger of the two luminaries at the time of Shriman Raghava Prabhu’s death. Here is a subtle yet indisputable proof that we are dealing with the same individual in two different embodiments.
Mercury, who was also positioned in the 8th house in Raghava’s birth chart and promised a good timing of death, has become the ruler of Ratnavali’s first house. In other words, Ratnavali’s house of self in Gemini was Raghava Prabhu’s ninth house of dharma. This is yet another indisputable proof for time travel of the same soul from one body to another.
Ratnavali’s main revelations about her past life have come in her major planetary period of the Moon, the manasakaraka or planet of the mind. Just see that her Moon is with Venus, the ruler of the 5th house of past life. Lord of the fifth house of past life Venus is also retrograde indicating a sense of returning or going back. There is also a nice exchange or parivartana yoga between the Sun and the Moon in her chart. Indeed, her early revelations came in 1994 during Sun dasha. True, Ratnavali first felt the influence of her previous life during the dasha of the 5th house lord Venus. However, Sun and Moon as lords of the houses of communication (2nd and 3rd) have given Ratnavali devi dasi the means to illuminate the facts of her previous birth. Hence the exchange of houses between the luminaries Surya and Chandra allows her to relate her revelation to others during the periods they rule.
One feature that immediately attracts the astrologer’s eye is that Ratnavali’s lagna is hemmed in by two malefic planets on either side. Violent Ketu and Mars are in the 12th and enemies Sun and Saturn are in the 2nd. Hence she had to undergo a horrible torture at the hands of a crazed lunatic due residual effects of lingering karma. The blind and explosive rage is seen in the Sun-Saturn conjunction, the violence and bloodshed are from Mars, and Ketu is seen in the nails. This trauma occurred in her Venus major / Mercury minor planetary periods. Both planets are strongly linked to the 5th house of past lives. At the same time transiting Rahu happened to be in Sagittarius, the same sign from where he began and ended her previous life. In this life since backwards-moving Rahu has moved one sign away to Scorpio this indicates a moving on, a divesting of the past karma. This violent attack was a brutal reflection sent from the past life and transported into this life.
Interestingly, at the time of this writing Rahu is at present moving through Sagittarius (till 6 June 2011) and as an example of Rahu’s influence it is during this period that she has decided to share her story, and divest of the karma of the past. As a side note, she should be especially wary of traveling with tired or careless drivers, fierce dogs, angry strangers etc. till Rahu enters Scorpio in the middle of next year.
What can she expect from this lifetime? Saturn’s lordship over the 8th house of death reveals that this life could not be as short as the previous one. Karma has been paid for and now is the time to fully manifest the activities associated with devotional service. The deep regret for the past is expressed by the weak position of Rahu / Ketu axis dealing mainly with the issues coming from the past and leading to future decisions. The weakness of Ketu is compensated by the strength of Rahu who does very well in a malefic house like the 6th. Theketu-caused regretfulness will be brought into focus at time of the present Mars planetary period running from June 2010 until June 2017 since Mars stands alongside Ketu in the 12th house of loss. It is good that Ratnavali has dedicated herself to fully spiritual activities because such stars are unlikely to produce any satisfactory results in their period.
An 18-year Rahu mahadasha (the same dasha that was running during her previous death) will follow Mars planetary period. Then Ratnavali devi dasi will have the full opportunity to eradicate all the regrets emerging from the past and establish a strong ground for her wonderful 16-year Jupiter period which follows Rahu. Her next time of death will certainly come in Saturn’s planetary period. She will pass on as an old lady, one who has told many a story about a life of fascinating events.
DREKKANAS OF LORD CHAITANYA’S HOROSCOPE
simha-rashi, simha-lagna, uccha graha-gana
shad-varga, ashta-varga, sarva sulakshana
simha—Leo, the lion; rashi—sign of the zodiac; simha—the lion; lagna—birth moment, rising sign, constellation rising in the East, the first house or atmastan,: uccha—high, elevated, exalted; graha-gana—all planets; shat-varga—six areas or divisions of horoscopy, the sub-charts, the hidden effects of the planets; ashta-varga—eight area, the strengths of the planets; sarva—all; su-lakshana—auspiciousness.
“According to the Jyotir-veda, or Vedic astronomy, when the figure of the lion appears both in the zodiac and the time of birth [lagna], this indicates a very high conjunction of planets, an area under the influence of shad-varga and ashta-varga, which are all-auspicious moments.” (CC Adi 13.90)
The drekkana-chakra is the sub-divisional chart (or one of the shad-vargas mentioned in the above verse) which divides each sign into three divisions. Thus every astrological sign is sliced in three parts of 10º each. The result is 36 drekkanas which are ruled by the 12 signs sequencing 3 times. Depending where a planet is positioned in a chart, and according to that planet’s degrees of longitude, it is allocated to the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd drekkana.
For example, if a person has Jupiter 8° degrees Aries in the rashi chart, the planet Jupiter is in the first drekkana of Aries. If Jupiter is 18° Aries in the rashi chart, it will be positioned in Leo, because the second drekkana of Aries is ruled by the second fire sign. In the same way the 3rd drekkana of Taurus will be ruled by Capricorn, the third earth sign.
Interpretation of the drekkana chart helps to determine the subtle psychology responsible for bringing one in his present birth. By determining which planet is stronger, the Sun or the Moon, and finding the planet’s position in the drekkana chart, we can see if someone has come from a higher or lower location and consciousness. In interpreting the drekkana, Jupiter rules the higher spiritual realms, the Moon and Venus rule the levels above earth, the Sun and Mars the terrestrial region and Mercury and Saturn signify the lower regions of the three worlds.
An inexperienced astrologer who does not know the art of reading the sub-divisional charts like drekkana, navamsa, etc. might mistake that Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s chart could belong to an ordinary man. But, as seen in Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita (Adi 13.90), Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur points out that all the sub-divisional or sho-dash-varga charts of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s appearance were most auspicious. It is a precious gift that we have the birth time of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and we can examine it from many angles. We can even find the proof that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead in His very birth chart.
The Lord’s drekkana chart is a glorification as His Own Personality. In His rashi chart, the Moon rises in Leo lagna since the Lord appeared at Moon rise. Therefore, the Moon is the stronger planet of the two luminaries. Next, we look to the position of the Moon in the birth drekkana of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to determine His spiritual origins. The Moon is in the sign of Sagittarius, on the very top of the drekkana chart. Houses here are rather looked upon as higher and lower realms of existence as the 1st house is on the very top of the division and the 7th house on the bottom. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter indicating a divine origin according to the rules of interpreting drekkanas. This confirms that Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu directly came from the Spiritual World. And to further stress His supreme position, the Moon is joined personally by Jupiter, the planet of dharma; and by Ketu, the planet of liberation. Who can understand how all this can fit so perfectly together? Even if we look into millions of horoscopes such combinations cannot be found. Therefore, it was concluded by Shri Chaitanya’s own grandfather Nilambara Chakravarti, who was an expert astrologer, that the Child Who is born at that very auspicious moment of 18th February 1486 at Shridham Mayapur was none other than the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He has appeared to deliver the world with the chanting of:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare ·
THE STARS OF LORD RAMACHANDRA
In the Ramayana of Adi-kavi Valmiki, the celestial picture of planets during the birth of Lord Ram is described as follows:
madhu mase sithe paksha, navamyam karkate subhe,
punarvas nakshatra sahithe, ucchasthe graha-pamchake
mesham pushani samprapthe, pushpavrushti samakule,
avirаsi jagannаtha, paramatma, sanatanah
“It was the month of Madhusudana (Chaitra which occurs in April-May). The Moon was in shukla paksha (waxing fortnight), and the navami tithi or 9th day after the new Moon was in force. The ascendant or lagna was Karkata (Cancer rising) and the nakshatra (of the Moon) was Punarvasu. The nourishing Sun was in the sign of the ram (Mesha) and five planets were exalted. When the Lord of the Universe--the primeval and eternal Soul of all souls appeared--flowers rained from the sky incessantly.”
This shloka has been interpreted to form not one but a few different charts with slight variations. The arrangement upon which most pandits agree is here:
The houses 1, 4, 7 and 10--atma, sukha, jaya and karma respectively-- are known as kendras or angular houses. They are the pillars of a chart, just as four walls support a room. As a general rule, planets in kendras fortify a horoscope. In the chart of Shri Rama, not only are all four kendras occupied, but each one is inhabited by exalted planets. In astrology, there are a total of five mahapurush yogas designating a “great personality.” These are formed when any of the “five planets” (counting neither Sun, Moon, Rahu nor Ketu) are in kendras. Three of these are instantly visible.
MAHAPURUSH YOGAS: In the chart of Shri Rama, Brihaspati in atmastan kendra is in his sign of exaltation, Kartaka the crab. This confers hamsa mahapurush yoga. Next, Shani in his exaltation sign of Tula “the balance” in the sukhastan kendra confers shasha mahapurush yoga. And in the jayastan kendra exalted Mangal creates a powerful ruchaka mahapurush yoga. In the karmastan and, again, in the first house, Sun in Aries and Moon in Cancer are uccha (exalted) and swa-rashi (own sign) respectively.
OTHER YOGAS: Two planets with directional strength, Jupiter and Sun confer one of many, many raja yogas. Since Lord Rama is the worshipful Lord of the kings of kings, the listing of raja yogas is almost ludicrous. For the sake of discussion, we will mention a few of the obvious combinations: gaja-keshari, vina, parvata, shankha, bhagya, kama, chamara, kahala, mridanga, pushkala, amara and dan yogas.
Lord Rama advented Himself under Purnavasu nakshatra. Purnavasu has a single pada or quarter in Cancer. This nakshatra is ruled by Brihaspati, the guru of the Demigods. The splendid gaja-keshari yoga or elephant-lion combination formed by Jupiter and Moon together in the lagna speaks of the Lord’s great strength, lasting fame and supreme stability. The combination in the sensitive watery sign of Cancer testifies to His extremely beautiful, sweet and attractive personality. Exalted Jupiter along with the Moon in his own sign is a testimony for the spotless character of the Lord. Jupiter in the first house of self always acts as a saving grace even in the worst of situations. This victorious potency of Guru-lagna so spotlessly situated is testified to by the salutation “Jai Shri Rama!” uttered millions of times daily by the devout. Lord Ram is triumphant in all circumstances, and He gives his protection to His devotees.
Bhagya yoga, the aspect of Jupiter to the 9th house of dharma, a recurring theme in the charts of devotees of the Lord, reveals how strictly Lord Rama follows the codes dharma. His exalted Mars in the 7th aspecting lagna reveals His unbending will to keep all vows. His exalted Sun in the 10th in the sign of an exalted Mars gave Him the kingdom of Ayodhya and the excellent ability to control different weapons in defeating rakshasas. Exalted Saturn sent him to the forest during Shani’s planetary period along with His consort Sita. It is noteworthy that Husband and Wife, The Lord and the Goddess of Fortune, both appeared under navami, a rikta or “hollow” tithi, a situation which many pandits point to as the reason for vanavasam.
Exalted Venus in the 9th shows the personal beauty and magnanimous grace He offered to all in His ideal kingdom. Exalted Mercury in the third (see below) would aptly describe His younger brothers who were equal to Him in splendor. Astrologers agree that Rahu and Ketu may have been in 6th and 12th position as presented. Rahu in the 6th does very well as destroyer of enemies and yet Ketu in the 12th is an indication of someone who is liberated from material circumstances. Lord Rama was so magnanimous that when He departed this planet, He took with Him every living entity of Ayodhya. Even the most insignificant creatures obtained liberation and returned to the eternal domain of the Personality pf Godhead in Vaikuntha.
The qualities “endowed” by these combinations are summed up in one of the few devotional shlokas of Shri Chanakya Niti Shastra (12.15), which the great pandit borrowed from Valmiki:
dharme tat-parata mukhe madhurata dane samutsahata
mitre’vaïcakata gurau vinayata chitte’timabhirata
acare shucita gune rasikata shastresu vijnanata
rupe sundarat shive bhajanata tvayy asti bho raghava
“O Raghava, Descendant of the Raghu dynasty! The love of dharma, sweet speech, an ardent desire for acts of charity, guileless dealings with friends, humility in the guru’s presence, deep tranquility of mind, pure conduct, discernment of virtues, realized knowledge of the shastras, beauty of form and devotion to the Absolute Truth are all found in You.”
Perplexing Position of Mercury?
The most perplexing element of the chart of Lord Rama’s usually centers around the position of Mercury. Some astrologers debate that Mercury in the Lord’s chart is conjoined the Sun in Aries, lending solar strength to Budha. Shri Purushottama Nagesh Oak, quoting “standard scriptural sources”, says in his Rationale of Astrology that Mercury is in Taurus in the 11th house of gain and friendship. Yet there is even an even more far-fetched, yet perhaps scripturally-sound, conclusion which we will present for the purpose of discussion. The verse from the Ramayana quoted above clearly states ucchasthe graha-pamchake, mesham pushani samprapthe. Does this mean that “five planets were in exaltation and, in addition to that, Pushya (a name for Aditya or the Sun planet) was also exalted in Mesha-rashi (Aries)?
The usual translation for this verse includes the Sun as one of the exalted planets, yet why would Valmiki, a poet equal to Vyasa, repeat himself? Since Sun is already mentioned, the rest of the exalted planets should include Mercury, placing this “planetary prince” in Virgo. But how could Mercury be exalted, in Virgo, since according to contemporary observation, Mercury travels with the Sun? Virgo is six signs away Aries.
To rest the case for an exalted Mercury as per the words ucchasthe graha-pamchake we recall a statement from Dr. B.V. Raman’s description of Mercury’s movements in ages past. The late astro-pandit states that since there are very ancient shlokas in jyotish shastra that allude to Mercury being opposite the Sun, therefore there is a likelihood that in previous yugas the path of Mercury differed from what it is now. Descriptions of Budha-Aditya yoga in various shastras state that this combination is formed when the Sun and Mercury are either in conjunction or in mutual 7th place positions. That leads to the conclusion that the clock of the universe does not always move at the same speed in different yugas. As the cycle of the Universe changes, so (apparently) do the planets become altered in their courses.
Lord Shri Rama appeared millions of years ago in the Treta Yuga. Exalted Mercury in the chakra of Lord Rama would be drawn thusly:
There are also different opinions regarding the positions of Rahu and Ketu since the Nodes were not mentioned by Valmiki in this context. Astrologers of yore would have been able to ascertain Rahu and Ketu from hearing of the locations of other planets. In Kali Yuga this ability is lost since we rely more upon computers than actual observation and wisdom of the skies. But in the past every great astrologer was also an astronomer, since jyotish shastra includes gola shastra.
Lord Ram’s chart is one of a kind, an exceptional formation of stars, which occurs so rarely that only the Supreme Personality of Godhead could have appeared under such a splendid stars. There is no comparison to the character of Lord Rama, and to this day people still cry when they hear the sacrifices of Shri Shri Sita-Rama, Lakshmana and Hanuman at Ramayan katha. His character is an inspiration for those who pray for the rule of Lord Rama and long for the perfect kingdom called Ramrajya.
On this day of Shri Ramachandra Vijaya Dashami, as we consider the stars of Lord Ramachandra, we cannot forget His prowess in defeating the Lord of Lanka. As read in Shrimad Bhagavatam 9.10.15, even the demi-god of the ocean Lord Varunadeva blessed this day with the words:
“My Lord, You may use my water as You like. Indeed, You may cross it and go to the abode of Ravana, who is the great source of disturbance and crying for the three worlds. He is the son of Vishrava, but is condemned like urine. Please go kill him and thus regain Your wife, Sita Devi. O great hero, although my water presents no impediment to Your going to Lanka, please construct a bridge over it to spread Your transcendental fame. Upon seeing this wonderfully uncommon deed of Your Lordship, all the great heroes and kings in the future will glorify You.”
HOROSCOPE OF THE MAHABHARATA WAR
In the Mahabharata (Book 6 of Bhishma Parva, section III the literary incarnation of the Supreme Lord, Shrila Vyasadeva himself, describes the positions of the planets just prior to the start of the Kurukshetra War. The translation is taken from the late 19th century edition of the Mahabharata by Shri Kisori Mohan Gangulli, with English updated and our comments in italics.
(Shri Krishna Dvaipayana Vyadadeva said) The earth trembles frequently, and Rahu approaches the Sun.
Notes: Rahu approaching the Sun alludes to the solar eclipse mentioned in Mahabharata that foretold the coming slaughter. Earthquakes often occur during such times as described here, since these bad omens follow one another in succession.
The white planet (Ketu) has passed beyond the constellation Chitra. All this particularly bodes the destruction of the Kurus.
Notes: Chitra nakshatra is owned by Mars, the planet of war—and Ketu is a sudden and malefic planet. However, reading further we find that Ketu was exalted in the 8th sign of Scorpio, also owned by Mars. Chitra is the bridge nakshatra between Virgo and Libra. “Passed beyond Chitra” appears to be a prophecy that the war is inevitable and indeed is almost overdue.
A fierce comet rises, afflicting the constellation Pushya. This great planet will cause frightful mischief to both the armies.
Notes: Comets, ruled by Ketu, are particularly evil omens since they are said to be planets in their death throes. Pushya or Pushyami is situated in the sign of Cancer owned by the nourishing Moon, and Pushya herself is a nakshatra of nourishment. Hence the affliction by a comet here indicates the opposite of sustenance—or destruction.
Mars wheels towards Makha and Brihaspati (Jupiter) moves towards Shravana. The Sun’s offspring (Shani) approaches towards the constellation Bhaga to afflict it.
Notes: Mars was debilitated in Cancer, but was moving towards Leo and the nakshatra Makha (“the great star” of Regulus or Alpha Leonis located in the forepart of the lion). Jupiter, situated opposite Mars, was likewise debilitated in Capricorn or Makara where the nakshatra of Shravana is located. The son of the Sun is Saturn who is in Leo where the constellation of Purvaphalguni or “Bhaga” is located. Bhaga is another name of the demi-god of the Sun who is the ruler of Purvaphalguni. Since Saturn and the Sun are enemy planets, Vyasa notes that the son of the Sun is in the sign and in the constellation of his enemy father, an obvious reference to the coming fratricidal war.
The planet Shukra ascends towards Purvabhadra and shines brilliantly, and wheeling towards Uttarabhadra, looks towards it, having affected a conjunction (with a smaller planet).
Notes: Shukra or Shukracharya is the planet Venus who has entered the last pada of Purvabhadra in Pisces, where he is exalted, hence “shining brilliantly.” Venus is moving towards Uttarabhadra which draws attention to the fact that these two nakshatras taken together constitute the legs of a cot used at a funeral, another reference to the coming deadly war. Venus is conjoined the smaller Budha or Mercury who (like Mars and Jupiter) finds himself debilitated (in Pisces).
The white planet (Ketu), blazing up like fire mixed with smoke has attacked the bright constellation Jyeshta that is sacred to Indra. The constellation Dhruva, blazing fiercely wheels towards the right. Both the Moon and the Sun are afflicting Rohini.
Notes: Rahu is known as the dark or black planet, hence Ketu—the opposite of Rahu—is the “white planet.” Ketu rules sudden white streaks of lightning whereas Rahu rules the blackish, smoky eclipses of the Sun and Moon. Ketu is conjoined Jyeshta, which is the “elder” of the twenty-seven constellations. In fact, King Yudhisthira as the elder of the Pandavas appeared under Jyeshta, a constellation whose deity is the heavenly king Indra, swarga’s elder. The Moon is at home in Rohini because Chandradeva is actually the ruler of this star. Rohini or Aldebaran is the favorite wife of the demi-god of the Moon and the birth star of Shri Krishna. But in this case, since the Sun and Moon have joined in Rohini, and an eclipse was on the horizon due to the presence of Rahu in Taurus, this otherwise auspicious position of Moon in Rohini was now seen as an affliction. An eclipse in the birth star of Lord Krishna Himself put the Lord, Who was playing the part of an ordinary human being, right into the thick of battle. Note that Arjuna who was born in Simha rashi was himself now in sade sati. Yet still did Krishna protect him!
The fierce planet has taken up his position between the constellations Chitra and Swati. The red-bodied (Mars) possessed of the effulgence of fire, wheeling circuitously, stays in a line with the constellation Shravana over-ridden by Brihaspati.
Notes: To this day in modern astronomy Mars is called the red planet because of his bright color. When times of strife appear imminent, the reddish color of Mars becomes even brighter and more pronounced. Wheeling circuitously could refer to Mars moving in a vakra or retrograde position. He is in line (hence opposite) Shravana nakshatra and is aspected by (hence “over-ridden” by Jupiter.) Gangulli has opined that the “fierce planet” referred to in this verse is Rahu. However, that is not possible as per the specific description of Ketu in Jyeshta / Scorpio. We can only surmise whether this ugra-graha refers to one of the other malefic upa-grahas (like Gullika) that are sometimes seen in Vedanga Jyotisha.
To summarize these verses, let us first look at the eclipse that Shrila Vyasadeva describes. Rahu is moving towards the Sun. The nodes of the Moon (Rahu and Ketu) always move in retrogression. In order to produce an eclipse, Rahu can be either in the same sign as the Sun, in the sign after the Sun, in the sign opposite to the Sun or the 8th sign from the Sun. These are some of the different types of eclipses. The closer Rahu is to the Sun, the more complete the eclipse becomes.
In Shrimad Bhagavatam (5.24.2) Rahu is described as being three times the size of the Sun planet:
The sun globe, which is a source of heat, extends for 10,000 yojanas or 80,000 miles. The moon extends for 20,000 yojanas or 160,000 miles, and Rahu extends for 30,000 yojanas or 240,000 miles.
In order for an eclipse to occur, Rahu needs to be no more than half a sign away from the Sun. As noted, Ketu is described as having passed beyond the nakshatra of Chitra in Libra and has come to afflict Jyeshta in Scorpio. As Jyeshta is located towards the latter portion of Scorpio, Rahu’s position had to be 180º away and towards the mid- to later degrees of Taurus. Note the position of the Sun and the Moon in Rohini, who occupies 10º to 23º 20' in Taurus. This was the situation of the planets that made for a deadly and full solar eclipse prior to the Battle of Kurukshetra.
Mars is described as approaching Makha showing that he was still in the previous nakshatra of Ashlesha, which falls in Cancer. This position is confirmed by the fact that Mars is described as looking (across the sky) to the position of Jupiter in Capricorn. Cancer is the debilitated sign for Mars. Further aggravating this situation is the comet moving through Pushya nakshatra, which is also situated in the sign of the crab. Jupiter is described as being in Shravana which falls within Capricorn and which is his debilitated position. Both Mars and Jupiter are debilitated and aspecting each other, another clear indication of an impending war. The image of angry Mars (Kurus) opposing righteous Jupiter (Pandavas) is one of two sides facing off. Both are debilitated, yet each one also causes nicha-bhanga or “cancellation of debility” referring to the victory of King Yudhisthira.
Saturn is described as being in Makha which sits in Leo just before to the nakshatra of Bhaga or Purva Phalguni. From his place in Leo, the malefic Saturn aspects (and thereby further afflicts) the position of the Sun in Taurus where the eclipse was to take place. The affliction of Saturn to Taurus is also mentioned in Mahabharata 5.143. Both Saturn and Mars placed their vision or drishti upon (“aspects”) the sign of Libra which was the location of the Sapta Rishis.
Venus (“in Purvabhadra and moving towards Uttarabhadra”) could be only have been in Pisces since Venus cannot be more than two signs away from the Sun. Pisces is the exalted position of Venus who is also described as “being in conjunction,” which must indicate Mercury since no mention of Budha is otherwise given. Also Mercury always follows closely the position of the Sun.
As the War started in the morning after the eclipse the horoscope is also cast for the Kurukshetra war. Although nowadays the war is considered to have begun in the winter, due to the equinox change it actually happened in the spring time (as with time the seasons shift as well).