Operation of Raja Yoga Part 1

Dr. Shanker Adawal                                                                  

Part 1

In this article I propose to show when Raja Yoga or combinations indicating affluence, power and wealth are likely to operate. The word Yoga means combination. Merit presence of Yogas does not always indicate good. Such a combination or Yoga may be for good or bad. Raja Yoga on the contrary indicates affluence and prosperity. Raja Yoga depends upon the planets which form it. If the Yoga is purely a malefic combination, then the native will not have mental peace and satisfaction in spite of all material comforts and affluence. He will be arrogant, proud and haughty. On the other hand, if it is formed by benefics, the native derives satisfaction from a sense of gratitude to God. He will be polite, courteous and spends his acquisitions in approved ways.

Mere presence of a number of Raja Yogas by itself is not enough, unless the planets forming such Yogas have sufficient strength, i.e., free from the influence of the lords of the 6th, the 8th and the 12th.
Dasa (main period) must operate at a proper time. Here by proper time means the age when a man attains maturity. There is no point in a child having Yoga or an infirm man getting such Yogas. The sages themselves say that the Yogas become inoperative if they do not occur at the proper age. The presumption is that Yogas operating between 18 and 50 years are likely to yield much benefits.
The question may arise whether the operation of Yogas at inappropriate ages is an act of destiny. The answer is in the affirmative, since the basis of Hindu astrology hinges on the law of Karma. It has been found that many people will have lost their very good Yogas in earlier childhood and some have indications of enjoying them after 70 or 80. In between these periods, ordinary Dasas operate and the man may have to lead an insignificant life both materially and mentally. Very few are destined to enjoy the fruits.

Here, of course, the arrangement is purely an act of God. By arrangement it is meant that the order of Dasa-Bhuktis which may be good or bad is God-determined.
The time we reckon for the birth of a child is the time when the child is completely severed from the umbilical cord of the mother.

Though surgery claims that severance is within its powers, practically it has been found that the severance always takes place at a particular time.

The following few classical rules may be noted-Satyacharya says: “Presence of the Yogasa in the absence of the conditions mentioned above is like moonlight to a blind man.” Kalyana Varma says: “Raja Yogas have a potency of their own and vitality affect a horoscope.” Jataka Alanakara (Sl. 1, Adh III) says: “It has bee declared by the ancient sages Vasishta, Sukra, Parasara, etc., that several Yogas whether good or bad in the nativities of human beings depend on the planets constituting them, and that the effects of turn depend upon the Yogas. “When the planets are ill-placed, the man is dwarfed. In the case of a planet owning two houses, the house which happens to be Moolatrikona will predominate and its effects alone will be felt full while the effects of own house will be half. The effects of both the Bhavas will come to pass in the Dasa of the planets.

The above views should be borne in mind while analyzing the Yogas. Such references ca be found in the works of Varahamihira who mentions his predecessors such as Vasishta, Gargi, Parasara, Vyasa, Badarayana, Soma, Kasyapa, Satyacharya, Yavana, Chanakya and Vishnugupta.


Raja Yogas form as a result of combinations of trinal and angular lords in favourable houses such as the 1st, the 4th, the 7th, the 10th and the 11th. If lords of the 6th, the 8th or the 112th are in conjunction or in those houses jointly or singly Vipareetha Raja Yoga is formed. The results of such combinations will be that the native will rise to fame all of a sudden followed by immediate downfall or will have short-lied glory and affluence.

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