The Yogas: A Journey into the World of Vedic Astrology by Sarajit Poddar
The yogas are an enigmatic aspect of Jyotiṣa. Yoga means joining or adding. It is formed when two Grahas join in a Rāśi or have Paraspara Dṛṣṭi. The presence of Yogas in Jyotiṣa makes it different from western astrology. Even though the results of a Bhāva can be deciphered from the presence or dṛṣṭi of Grahas, the placement of the Bhava lords in Rāśi or Nakṣatras, sometimes they are added with an extra dimension by Yoga.
There are several classes of yogas, such as Candra Yogas, Sūrya Yoga, Nābhasa Yogas, Viśeśa Yogas, Rājayogas, Dhanayogas, Pravrājya yogas, Dvigrahādi yogas etc. Each of them has special significance. The Candra yogas, Sunaphā, Anaphā and Durdharā, are important for wealth and sustenance. The Sūrya Yogas are important for honour and success in life. Nābhasa yogas shape one’s life in a certain direction, and their effects are experienced throughout life.
Yogas such as Amala, Parvata, Kāhala, Cāmara, Śaṅkha, Bheri, Mṛdanga etc. significantly alter the quality of a Kuṇḍalī. The presence of one or more such yogas enhances certain aspects of a Kuṇḍalī that is beyond the effects placement of dṛṣṭi of Grahas, Lords etc. They need to be examined carefully. Besides, there are adverse yogas such as Rājabhaṅga, Rekā and Preṣya yogas that make one poor and dependent on others for their subsistence. This book treats the subject of Yogas exhaustively.
This book in the series covers several building blocks of Jyotiṣa not covered before. This includes the Kārakādi Saṅjñā, that classifies Grahas as Kāraka, Akāraka, Māraka, Taṭastha and Yogakāraka. This deals with questions such as whether the 8th or 12th lord is neutral or inauspicious. Questions such as how the lord of gain can be bad are also addressed. In a Kuṇḍalī assessment how when a Krūra becomes a Koṇeśa, does it remain malicious because it is a Krūra or benevolent because it is a Koṇeśa? How to reconcile such differences?
Besides, there is detailed deliberations on Bhāvacalit, the significance of Udaya and Daśama Lagna and the four cardinal points, 1st, 7th, 4th and 10th. This contains how the Śrīpati Bhāvamadhyas are used in making predictions, and their usage in Rāśi and Vargas. Another important topic that is covered in great detail is Aprakāśagrahas and Upagrahas. Even though Guḻika and Māndi are often used, there are others such as Ardhaprahara, Yamaghaṅṭa etc. which are also important. There is a deliberation on whether Guḻika and Māndi are the same Grahas or different.
Also covered as topics such as the Śāstraic method of writing a Kuṇḍalī, invoking the blessings of divinity, the 5 different kinds of Avasthās viz., Bālādi, Jāgṛtādi, Dīptādi, Lajjitādi and Sayanādi, the concept of Argalā, the effects of Mahābhūtas, Guṇas and Doṣas. This book covers several lesser-used topics of Jyotiṣa in detail.
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