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The Secret Behind Vimshottari Dasha

There are many types of Dashs, ten of which are based on Nakshatras.
Vimshottari Dash is held to be the most important Dash System in Jyotisha of
Vedic-Purnic tradition. Most often, astrologers of this tradition do not even
take into consideration other dash systems and base their conclusions solely
upon Vimshottari.
Following points must be considered before deciding anything in this regard :
(1) BPHS (Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra) never said solar year should should
be used for Vimshottari;
(2) BPHS clearly said that Vimshottari must be computed from Moon's position
and not from Sun's position;
(3) Vimshottari year is of 360 days which may have two meanings : lurar year
of 360 tithis or savana year of 360 days, but this savana year of 360 days is a
later myth with neither any scientific validity supporting any solar cycle of 360
days nor any basis in ancient sisshantas, and
(4) the final proof is Suryasiddhantic software 'Kundalee' which must be tested
before rushing to conclusions.
Vimshottari is the most important dasha system according to all "authorities" ,
but owing to wrong methods of its computation, it has become less precise ; as
a result instead of rectifying their own errors some modern messiahs are giving
more weight other dasha systems, some of which are not even mentioned in
BPHS. But if ancient method of computation is used, Vimshottari Dasha proves
to be to be the most influential dasha system
But there are two obstacles which prevent accurate timing of events with the
help of vimshottari system. One is the use of Drik-pakshiya mathematics, ie,
modern astronomy , for finding true longitudes of planets and ascendant, etc.
Second problem is the use of solar year for reckoning, in spite of the fact that
all ancient texts explicitly mention that the year of vimshottari system

comprises of 360 days only. Due to these two errors, the timing of events in
vimshottari system errs by many years.
Vimshottari system is based upon lunar nakshatra, hence its year ought to be
lunar. Indian tradition year is a ccombination of solar and lunar, known as lunisolar year, like other ancient systems. In lunar year, there are 360 tithis or lunar
days, which is the year of vimshottari system. 360 tithis are equal to 354.37
solar days. Therefore, there is a difference of 3% between solar year and
vimshottari year. Add to this 3% error the difference on account of Drikpakshiya and Saur-pakshiya positions of Moon. Drik-pakshiya world is the
phenomenal sensory world , which is manifest to human sense organs. It is the
material world. Saur-pakshiya world is the non-material world in which deities
reside. All ancient texts of Vedic-Purnic tradition say that the Grahas of
Jyotisha are gods and are diverse incarnations of God. God and gods are
conscious entities and it is wrong to conceptualize them as material bodies.
Material planets intruded into astrology only during past one or two millenia,
but even today there are a large number of astrologers in India who refuse to
accept computer softwares based upon modern astronomy, and use traditional
almanacs or panchngas. These traditional panchngas are crudely made,
yet the vimshottari timings based upon them prove to be far more accurate
than those based upon materialist astronomy. Now, highly precise software
based upon traditional Surya-siddhntic system is also in the market,
distributed as a freeware for philanthropic purpose. If birth-time is
approximately correct, and few very good or very bad events in the life of a
person is known, then precise birth-time can be fixed, and thereafter very
accurate forecasts can be drawn from this software, accurate upto prna-dash.
This software has been tested for natural disasters like floods, earthquakes,
cyclones, etc and the result is 100% positive. Total annual and fortnightly
(actually, during solar nakshatra) rainfall data of past 135 years of India have
been tested, and this software is 100% accurate. But this software is not based
upon the faulty interpretation of Surya-siddhnta by E. Burgess. Instead,
ancient Surya-siddhntic methods have been used in it.
The maximum amount of correction made in mean Moon according to Suryasiddhnta is nearly 1.5 degrees less than that made according to modern
astronomy. It is nearly 1 / 9 of a nakshatra which is equal to 13:200 . Due to this
factor alone, vomshottari period of Venus, Saturn and Rahu (lunar node) will
vary by 2 years and more. Add to it the difference due to descrepancies between
Surya-siddhntic mean Moon with the mean Moon of materialist astronomy.
And then add the 3% error due to wrong year imposed upon vimshottari
system. Total error in timing of vimshottari dashs will be over 5 years in

modern era, when differences between mean planets of Surya-siddhnta show

minimum divergence from those of materialist astronomy. In distant ages, the
difference was greater. In 21000 years, difference between Drik-pakshiya and
Saur-pakshiya positions of planets increases by 180. Within a few centuries,
Drik-pakshiya astronomy will lose its charm in astrology as vimshottari dashs
will show intolerable errors.
Even today, Drik-pakshiya astronomy gives errors of 5 years in timing of
vimshottari dashs. As a result, 19% of Mah-dashs and a much greater
portion of antar-dashs are wrong. Pratyantar, sukshma and prna dashs are
almost always in the wrong. As a result, astrologers take a recourse to other
dash systems, palmistry, numerology, etc for satisfying their clients. Very few
persons are trying to test the Surya-siddhntic software, due to the venomous
propaganda against Surya-siddhnta by materialists. Surya-siddhnta is not a
text of materialist astronomy, and it is interpreted materialistically by
materialists, by comparison with planetary positions. The proof of Suryasiddhnta is Phalit Jyotisha ( predictive astrology) based upon it, it is wrong to
use modern astronomy as a yardstick for testing the reliability of Suryasiddhnta. I have met persons who refuse to test Surya-siddhntic software of
Phalit Jyotisha named 'Kundalee', calling Surya-siddhnta to be an outdated and
useless work ! Even criminals get a chance to prove themselves, but Suryasiddhnta is denied this chance in a materialist age. By rejecting the only
accurate method of astrology, who will prove to be a loser ?
Now let us talk about the design of Vimshottari system. Arrange the planets
according to the plan as depicted in upper picture. This arrangement is based
upon planetary distances. Omit Rahu, Ketu and
Moon initially, which are not full planets. Inner
planets, including Sun, are in the right half of
the upper picture. Outer planets are on the left
side of the upper picture. Now add up their
duration of years as given in the vimshottari
dash system. In left half, we get
(Saturn 19) + (Jupiter 16) + (Mars 7) = 42 years
and in right half we get
(Mercury 17) + (Venus 20) + (Sun 6) = 43 years
Total of all 9 planets is 120 lunar years in the vimshottari system. Both halves
should have 60 years each. Left half in upper picture has a deficit of 18 years,

which only Rahu can give, and right half has a deficit of 17 years which only a
combination of Ketu and Moon can supply. Thus we get the lower picture of
vimshottari dash system. Rahu and Ketu must be placed opposite to each
other, and Moon should be placed alongwith the Sun but not between Sun and
any planet ( i.e., Venus). It is safe to put Rahu and Ketu away from Sun and
Moon . Since distances from the Sun was the basis of this plan, vimshottari
dash system ought to start with Sun. As in the lower picture, we get the
sequence Sun : Moon : Mars : Rahu : Jupiter : Saturn : Mercury : Ketu : Venus
which is the sequence given in all ancient texts, esp. by Sage Parshara.
In adhyya 3, khanda 16 of Chndogya Upanishada, there are 7 shlokas which
describe three stages in the lifespan of a person, being of 24, 44 and 48 years
respectively, which are the number of syllables in three important Vedic metres
Gayatri, Trishtup and Jagati. Total lifespan of a human being is here said to be
of 116 years.
In Vimshottari dash system full lifespan of a human being is equal to 120
lunar years, which is equal to 116.4 solar years which, when rounded off, is
same as that given in the Chndogya Upanishada.
One question remains to be answered : what is the rationale behind the number
of years assigned to different planets in the vimshottari dash system ? Who
will find a plausible answer to this intriguing question ?

Non-Indian Variants of Vimshottari System

Details about the mediaeval dashaa system Firdaria can be viewed at many
websites ,such as :
http://www.skyscript.co.uk/gl/firdar.html , http://firdaria.com/method.php
"Firdaria" is etymologically related to same root (Greek : periodos , Sanskrit :
Paridhi )) from which English word "period" has been derived. In Firdaria
system, for diurnal charts the period begins with the Sun, Venus, Mercury,
Moon, Saturn, Jupiter , Mars, Rahu and Ketu. Each one has a different time
range : Sun 10 years, Venus 8 , Mercury 13, Moon 9, Saturn 11, Jupiter 12,
Mars 7, Rahu 3 and Ketu 2 years. For nocturnal charts, the period begins with
the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Rahu, Ketu, Sun, Venus, Mercury , each planet
having same durations. "
If Moon, Rahu and Ketu are omitted, both diurnal and nocturnal sequences in

Firdaria system are as follows :

Sun, Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars : ( Diurnal )
: ( Nocturnal )
The nocturnal sequence is same as the diurnal, only the starting poing is
different, Moon instead of the Sun. Now, reverse the sequence. We get :
Sun , Mars , Jupiter , Saturn , Mercury , Venus
Hence, if seqience is reversed, Firdaria System is same as Indian Vimshottari,
excepting the placing of Moon and its nodes. Following is the Vimshottari
sequence followed by reversed Firdaria Sysyem :
Sun , Moon , Mars , Rahu , Jupiter , Saturn , Mercury , Ketu , Venus :Vimshottari
Sun , Ketu , Rahu , Mars , Jupiter , Saturn , Moon , Mercury , Venus :- Firdaria
Now, compare this reversed firdaria sequence with the circular design of
Vimshottari shown in pictures above. In Firdaria System, Moon and its nodes
have been placed exactly at the juncture of both halves, i.e., Moon placed
between Saturn and Mercury at the top, and nodes placed between Mars and
Sun at the bottom. Thus, Firdaria System sprang from the same source which
gave rise to Vimshottari. If durations of planets are scrutinized, Firdaria
Sysyem does not yield the symmetrical arrangement as found in the case of
Vimshottari as shown above. Hence, Vimshottari seems to be an original
system and Firdaria is a derived and consequently a later development.
Both Vimshottari and Firdaria systems are related to the planetary order Moon,
Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, known as the Chaldean Order in
the West. Put two triangles within a circle, one placed over the other inversely.
Put Sun + Moon at the apex of first triangle, and then put Mercury and then
Venus at other two vertices in a clockwise manner. Then, put Mars, Jupiter and
Saturn at the vertices of second triangle in such a way that Mars of second
triangle falls between SunMoon and Mercury of first triangle. You will get the
sequence of the weekdays. This sequence is also wrongly ascribed to the
Chaldeans, although Chaldeans knew it.
To put it otherwise, put the planets in weekday sequence around the
circumference of a circle and read their names alternately, you will get the

sequence of planets according to distances.


Vimshottari Timings for Planets of Mixed

Often a planet is both good and bad, how to decide
when we get which result?
Often a planet possesses both good and bad attributes. How we should decide
when we get which result during the dashs of such a planet of mixed attributes
? For instance, if a student takes appears in an examination during the dash of
such a planet, whether he/will get through or fail? Or will he hover at the
passing point ?
For instance, if Jupiter is in moolatrikona in a particular horoscope , it is highly
auspicious on account of that. But if it is lord of 3rd and 6th houses at the same
time, it is highly malefic as well.
It is wrong to assume that these opposite attributes cancel each other. In rainfall
analysis, I found that such planets cause excessive rainfall on account of being
in moolatrikona, but cause destruction from rains and/or flooding due to their
malefic nature.
I have worked for many years in rain prediction, and there I had faced tricky
questions. What will be total amount of rainfall due to a planet which is good
(eg, exalted) and bad (eg, in 12th house)? The answer I found, from analysis of
past data of 136 years procured from IITM (Pune) is that net result will be
nearly 5% of normal rainfall, if other planets do not influence that particular
region (ie, have no aspect and no relation with rain's kraka). But places
pierced (viddha) by malefic planets in Sarvatobhadra chakra in that region will
be badly hit by excessive or scanty rainfall depending upon magnitude of
aspect, and places pierced by benefics will be blessed with rains conducive to
good harvest.
In individual horoscopes, similar situations, however, produce different
problems. Many persons are confused about malefic and benefic planets.
Jupiter as lord of 3rd and 6th houses is malefic, but if it is situated in

mooltrikona, it is benefic as well. Now a question arises : when such a planet

will give its good results, and when its malefic fruits will be reaped ?
Rule-I :
The answer is simple : during MD (mahdash) of Jupiter, one will get good
results during AD (antardash) of Jupiter's own AD or ADs of friendly
relatives, and bad results during ADs of enmical planets. This principle works
down to prndash level. For instance, if such a mixed Jupiter is kraka of
sukshma-dash, it will give give good results during prna-dash of its friends
and bad results during prna-dash of its enemies.
For instance, a native topped school board exams during Jupiter's MD and
Jupiter's AD (pratyantara and sukshma were of auspicious planets too). But the
same native failed to get through the examinations just two years later during
AD of Saturn, although Saturn was lord of 4th and 5th houses and was
therefore auspicious for that native. The cause was mutual enmity and
conjunction (yuti) relation between Jupiter and Saturn. Jupiter gave its good
results during its own AD , but during Saturn's AD mainly the malefic results of
Jupiter were manifest, benefic results of both Jupiter and Saturn lied dormant. It
was the worst period in the life of that native. He could not leave his house for
a long period due to illness, depression and bad relations with everyone, and
failed in examinations.
But during Saturn's MD and Jupiter's AD, things were good for the same native,
because Saturn, being an auspicious planet (kendresh plus trikonesh) gave its
good results through its yuti relative jupiter, and suppressed the bad effects of
malefic Jupiter due to mutual enmity. It was the best period in the life of same
native and he excelled in whatever he attempted ! Thus, Jupiter's MD gave both
best and worst results in the life of a single native.
It is a general principle, which works only when aspects of both planets (eg,
planets causing MD and AD) are nearly equal upon the bhva we are analyzing.
If any one of them has very strong influence in comparison to the other planet
over that particular bhva, the stronger planet will break the above rule and
give its own good or bad fruits in proportion of its strength.
Net result becomes more complex when influences of other planets are also
considered, which we must do, because many influences are effective for whole
life irrespective of dash. For instance, a person will not become long during
MD of Saturn and dwarf during MD of Mercury.

Rule-II :
Now let us consider another problem. Suppose we are in a situation in which
we an answer in binary language or yes or no. Eg., whether one will pass or fail
in an examination, live or die during a critical surgery, etc. Mixed answers will
not do under such circumstances. Such cases are rare when a patients neither
lives nor dies, and relapses in a coma, or a student's result is washed away by
floods in the board office.
In such situations, we have to evaluate the net auspiciousness or
inauspiciousness of all the five kraka planets of five levels of Vimshottari,
taking into account benefic and malefic properties of each of them. Long
practice coupled with intuition developed by means of inner purity helps in this
evaluation. During such an evaluation, an exalted planet in 12th mansion must
be counted as a normal planet.
Only general outlines are presented here. Both of above laws work always
work perfectly, but only when we follow the siddhnta (mathematics) of
ancient sages.
I said above "Both of above laws work always work perfectly, but only when
we follow the siddhnta (mathematics) of ancient sages."
Prevalent methods of computing Vimshottari dashs contain two major sources
of error in timing, one on account of Drikpakshiya Moon and another on
account of wrong duration of 'year' used. Canonical texts strictly define
Vimshottari's year to be of 360 days. Solar year is slightly over 365 days.
Hence, Solar year must not be used for Vimshottari. Vimshottari is made from
lunar asterism (nakshatra). Hence its year is lunar. Lunar year is of 360 lunar
days (tithis). This is Vimshottari's year. Unfortunately, few astrologers use this
correct year for Vimshottari computations. As a result, there is a 3.07% error in
the length of Vimshottari year. If true moon is acurately computed, Vimshottari
timing at birth will be correct, but will err by one year after 32.57 years, by two
years after 65 years, and so on. As a result, 8% of mahdash timings and 70%
of antar-dash timings will be wrong ! Very few persons will have accurate
pratyantaras in their Vimshottari tables ! If birthtime true moon is also wrong,
there will be greater error !
Among all the Vedic softwares I have hitherto seen, only two softwares give the
option of selecting lunar year in computing Vimshottari, and few people take

advantage of these options ! New theories of predictive astrology (Phalit

Jyotisha) are being invented to account for the mismatch in predictions and
reality, instead of trying the ancient method of sages.
Some practising astrologers knew this mismatch in timing, but did not know
the reason. Dr Kmeshwar Updhyya, former editor of Vishwa Panchnga
published by BHU (Benaras Hindu University), told me many years ago that all
planets start giving results many months before their real Vimshottari timing
begins. At that time, he was using solar year for Vimshottari reckoning. He is
one of the most busy practising astrologers of Varanasi and has analysed a
remendous number of horoscopes made with the help of all sorts of methods.
Now he is convinced that lunar year should be used for Vimshottari reckoning,
but fears that majority of astrologers will become his opponent due to
professional reasons, hence keeps quiet but uses lunar year in his own
computations. Same is the case with some other reputed astrologers.
But there is another, more serious, problem : use of Drikpakshiya Moon in
Vedic Astrology, which results in considerable error in Vimshottari reckoning.
But the magnitude of this error remains constant throughout the life of a native.
For instance, if a planet starts giving its results 6 months before its computed
time according to lunar year, all planets will show same error of 6 months
throughout the life of that native. Hence, it will be easy to recognize that there
is an error of 6 months, which can be remedied by using Saurpakshiya
correctives according to ancient techniques. Magnitude of this error is different
for different persons, sometimes running into years !
How long this wrong Vimshottari year will prevail is a matter of our collective
choice. Test of the pudding lies in tasting it. Predictive (Phalita) astrology of
Vedic sages is an exact science, provided we keep true to their Ganita. Grahas
of Vedic Jyotisha are deities, according to all ancient authorities, and deities
cannot be perceived sensorily. I have dared to write on this blasphemous topic
in an age of materialism, in which material objects of sky are believed to be
deities. Let me see what is the reaction ! -VJ

The Secret Magic of Vimshottari

It is a universally accepted fact that any faultless astrological technique of exact
timing of events either does not exist or lies hidden, although philistine
astrologers (nakshatrasoochakas) may declare themselves to be omniscient.
All known methods in Vedic Astrology can be divided into two categories, as

far as mathematics is concerned : (1) those dependent upon modern physical

astronomy and (2) those relying on traditional methods. Both these categories
have numerous variants. Major problem in the first camp is astrologically
correct value of ayanmsha, and main problem in second camp is
computational crudities of various types.
We assume that both these camps take for granted that in mathematics sidereal
(nirayana) system is correct and in predictive astrology (phalita jyotisha)
Brihat-Parshara-Hor-Shstra (BPHS) and ancient texts based on or akin to
BPHS are to be relied upon, because that is the accepted meaning of Vedic
Astrology or Jyotisha.
There cannot be mutually incompatible two correct techniques of timing, either
both of them or at least one of them must be incorrect. As far as the first school
based on physical astronomy is concerned, all possible values of ayanmsha
have been experimented with during past one hundred years, without any
conclusive outcome in the favour of any single value of ayanmsha. It proves
that even after we get some perfect solution to the problem of ayanmsha, there
must be other unrecognized errors which must be removed if we want any
exact technique in timing of events. One such source of error is erroneous
length of the Vimshottari year. Some software developers, like Sri Jyoti Star in
the USA and Kundalee in India, have experimented with various types of
Vimshottari years, without any conclusive result, because a third source of error
was never noticed by any practitioner of Vedic Astrology among the computer
using guys : hidden Saurpakshiya offsets in Drikpakshiya longitudes of planets.
Most of the computer using astrologers might not have heard these esoteric
terms, whiich are fundamental in the curriculum of Vedic Jyotisha taught in
Sanskrit universities of India. These are ancient concepts, and Ketaki system
had revived these concepts during 20th century. Kamlakara Bhatta was the
most staunch proponent of this Saurpakshiya mathematics during recent
centuries, but due to Western hegemony and faith in modern science this
ancient system was never tried by any software developer.
Many reputed scholars of Sanskrit universities on India have concluded that
unless this beejsamskrita (offset corrected) method of Suryasidhanta is adopted,
foolproof timing of events will remain a distant dream. On 18 Oct 2005, after
two days of discussions in a conference held at Sampoornanand Sanskrit
University in Varanasi, an unanimous decision was taken by academic stalwarts
from six states of India that all panchangas of India ought to be made according
to Suryasidhanta and a committee headed by me (Vinay Jha) was formed to
implement this unanimous decision, whose parties were Dr Nagendra Pandey

(currently HOD of Jyotisha at Sampoornanand Sanskrit University in Varanasi),

Dr Shukdeva Chaturvedi (former HOD of Lalbahadur Shastri Kendriya
Vidyapeetha in Delhi), Dr Ramchandra Pandey (former HOD of Jyotisha of
Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi), Dr Radhakanta Mishra (currently HOD of
Jyotisha at KSD Sanskrit University in Bihar), etc. This unanimous decision
was implemented and eight panchangas were started in many states of India
and a horoscope making Kundalee software was also launched, based on the
same beejsamskrita Suryasidhantic mathematics.
Mathematical discussion of this tricky affair is not advisable here. My aim here
is merely to illustrate, with some examples, this traditional method of Vedic
Ganita (mathematics), which was simply known as Siddhanta (theory) by all
ancient astrologers of India. Without a sound Siddhnta, a sound predictive
astrology is just impossible. There were 18 ancient Siddhntas, of which Surya
Siddhanta was lauded as the best by Varah Mihir. The beauty and greatness of
BPHS cannot be properly fathomed unless we use the Ganita (Surya Siddhanta)
of those very ancient masters who created Phalita.
Some rules must be observed before we proceed. Rshi chart should be used
only for determining friendships, aspects, strengths, debilities, etc of planets.
Predictive work should be entirely based upon the Bhva-chalita kundali. Many
astrologers use Rshi kundali for predictons because it saves time, and this
habit has now become almost a rule ! Ascendant is defined as a point in
ecliptic. The latter is elliptical. Hence, ascendant and consequent bhvas are all
parts of this solar ellipse. Rshi kundali is circular and therefore all 12 parts are
equal. But bhvachalita kundali is elliptical because its 12 bhvas are unequal.
Now we come to our main theme. Birthtime bhvachalita (D1) and
navammsha (D9) kundalis and associated aspect charts are given in following
two pictures. Let us explore the timing of marriage of a registered user (cf.
t=58583&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0) according to BPHS and
Laghuparashari. All the rules and echniques used below are well known to all
Vedic astrologers, but these rules work with perfection only if all the three
mathematical offsets are taken into account. Following analysis is based on a
software (Kundalee) in which all necessary corrections proposed by
aforementioned academics have been taken into account.
Birthtime : 17:07:1983 at 19:34, Nellore (14:27 N, 80:02 E)
Marriage time : 10:08:2006 at 11:04, Hyderabad

Saurpakshiya Vimshottari
at the time of marriage :
MahaDasha(MD) = Jup,
AD = Sat, PD = Rahu,SD
= Ven,PrD = Merc
Let us consider birthtime
Bhava-chalita (D1) and
Navamasha(D9) charts.
Following is the aspects
(max. 60) on 7th house :
Jup = 51 ; Ketu = 39 ; Sat
= 38 ; Moon = 10 ; Rahu
= 6 ; others = 0.
Merury resides in 7th
Due to more aspect on
7th house than any other
planet, marriage took
place in Jupiter's MD.
But Ketu and Saturn have
nearly equal aspect on
7th. Ketu has Yuti
relation with Jupiter, but
Saturn has a yuti relation
with lord of the 7th house
Firstly, Jupiter's being
lord of 3rd and 12th
houses and being merely
samagrihi in 11th house
is far weaker than exalted
Saturn in 9th house with
lord of 7th Moon. Hence,
yuti relation with Jupiter
is not imparting enough
weightage to Ketu in its
contention with Saturn as
a force to reckon with as

regards 7th house.

Secondly, Jupiter is friendly to both Ketu and Saturn in bhvachalita, but in D9
Jupiter is friendly to Saturn but enmical (ttklika) to Ketu, the latter being
further weakened by being placed in 12th house. It forced Ketu out of the race,
and made Saturn factor of AD.
Moon in spite of being lord of 7th house had only 10' aspect and in D9 was
debilitated in D9, hence it went out of the race. Mercury is combust (asta) with
debilitated Sun, hence it was powerless. Jykraka Venus is lord of 8th house,
resides in 6th and has no aspect on 7th. Hence it had no effect on marriage. In
bhvachalita, all other planets are totally ineffective in this regard. In D9,
exalted Saturn has yuti relation with Mercury and Rahu. Since Mercury is
combust in bhvachalita, Rahu emerges as the most powerful contender for
factor behind pratyantara dash when we consider the combined effect of
bhvachalita and D9.
Among the remaining, we find Jykraka Venus as factor of SD and Mercury
sitting in 7th as factor of Prndash, in spite of their weaknesses, because all
other planets are totally ineffectve. Mercury is 10:34':35'' degrees away from
Sun (after applying Saurpakshiya offset in longitudes according to ancient
canons), and is therefore not totally combust. Venus is also not too bad, and
therefore its property of Jykraka was not totally destroyed on account of
residing in 8th and lacking aspect on 7th.
Careful comparison of all planets in D1and D9 with regard to their influences
on 7th house should be made by readers to determine the five planets needed
for Vimshottari timing. D1 is bhvachalita and not Rshi-chart, because BPHS
explicitly uses the word Lagna for D1, and ancient mathematical canon
(Suryasiddhnta) defines Lagna as in terms of elliptical ecliptic and not in
terms of circular bha-vritta. If such precautions are taken, measure of error in
determination of time of events will gradually reduce.
In the chart of husband of this native, two planets are so powerful for the 7th
house that they were repeated in Vimshottari sequence Ineffectiveness of other
planets also contributed to this.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------This topic is growing too big. Such problems should be solved by means of
comparison of both types of softwares, popular ones, and Suryasiddhntic. It is
not possible to wipe out Suryasiddhanta in spite of centuries of propaganda
against it by Semitic invaders and their intellectual offsprings. Suryasiddhanta
is not a text of physical astronomy, its Grahas are incarnations of gods. BPHS

also holds same views. Physical planets have no power to control destinies of
men and nations, and they cannot be propitiated either. If material planets are
accepted to be factors in astrology, their forces must be material forces. But
how can we compare the gigantic material forces of Sun and Jupiter with
Mercury ? And what is the material force of Rahu or Ketu ? Injecting
materialism in astrology is destroying it. Jyotisha, being Vedanga, is a part of
Veda, and is a part of religion rather than of material science. Its criterion of
truth is not heavenly position of material objects perceived by sense organs, but
the reliability of Phalita (predictive branch of astrology). 2000 AD was the year
of minimum amount of offset in longitudes between Drikpakshiya (physical)
and Saurpakshiya (Suryasiddhntic) planets. Now, this offset has begun to
increase, and will reach the value of 180 in 23000 AD. When this offset was
considerable, no one talked of material objects. Observatories are things of
Kaliyuga. Astrological Grahas are deities who control lives of creatures.
Reading such arguments, some people start crying wolf about obscurantism.
But they forget that all great scientists like Newton, Neils Bohr, Einstein and
Schredinger were believers in God, the last of them being a staunch supporter
of Vedanta who got a Nobel Prize by proving through his Wave Mechanics that
material things are mere perceptions and nothing exists in the universe
excepting Waves (of Consciousness?) : this is what Badarayana and
Shankaracharya taught!
My chief concern here is to bring to notice some little known aspects of
Vimshottari and of the mathematical aspects of astrology. The purpose of this
topic is not to assert that Vimshottari is enough for timing of events. There are
other techniques in Vedic Astrology. But Vimshottari is by far the most
important of all, and its importance has reduced due to three factors already
pointed out by me : wrong ayanamsha, wrong length of Vimshottari year, and
wrong or no longitudinal offsets in planetary positions.
Test of the pudding lies in tasting it, not by merely discussing it ! Kundalee
software is free for all. -VJ