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Why Yogas (Special Combinations) Fail? Part 2

Dr. Shanker Adawal

Part 2

Study the birth chart of Aurobindo Ghosh (15-8-1872). Here also Sakata Yoga is visible. Mars is in debilitation. Kalasarpa Yoga, in part, is present. (Two planets are out of Rahu-Ketu range). Side by side, there are Neechbhangas and Vipareeta Raja Yogas as well. There is Saturn-Moon conjunction too.
In the birth chart of great Russian leader, Marshal Stalin (21-12-1879), Jupiter is in Aquarius and the Moon in Pisces and Pisces is Lagna (like Ghosh) and it is again a case of Sakata Yoga. However, Mars and Venus are swakshetri (in their own houses) whereas Jupiter-Saturn give rise to Parivartana Yoga. Saturn-Moon conjunction is in Lagna itself and the Sun is in the 10th hose of fiery Sagittarius. In present Russia, perhaps none has so far reached upto Stalin’s stature and status and Russians certainly owe much to his able and timely leadership.

Great warriors like Chhatrapati Shivaji and Maharana Pratap had Sakata Yoga in their birth charts.
Sakata Yoga is also glaring in the horoscopes of Yoganand (5-1-1893), Sankaracharya of Sringeri (13-11-1917), Satya Sai Baba (23-11-1926), Pt. Gopi Krishna (31-5-1903). Morarji Desai and many other eminent personalities on whom greatness was not thrust, but who attained it by dint of their hard efforts and merit. Certainly, Sakata Yoga has not overtaken them.

Readers may be surprised to learn that avatars like Ganesha had Sakata Yoga glaring in his birth chart. Jesus Christ too had it. Among others, matinee idol Raj Kapoor, his actor-brother Shashi Kapoor and Devanand wee born with Sakata Yoga in their birth charts.

Likewise, Gajekesari Yoga is also glaring in the birth charts of some avatars and noblemen. Rama, and his younger brother, Bharata, Ravana, Budha, Guru Nanak, Harishchandra, Alexandar, Madan Mohan Malaviya, Subhas Chandra Bose, Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak, former US Presidents, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Ford; Sheikh Mujib of Bangla Desh, Queen Elizabeth (II), Hitler and noted film artists including Madhuba,a Nalini Jayant and Nirupa Roy have Gajakesari Yoga in their birth charts.

This extraordinary Yoga is also visible in the nativity of Mahatma Gandhi (2-10-1869), Dr. Rajendra Prasad (3-12-1884), Cromwell (5-5-1599), Queen Victoria (24-5-1819), Poet Tennyson (6-8-1809), George Bernard Shah (26-7-1856), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (15-1-1929) and Einstein (14-3-1879). Einstein had Jnana Yoga too which mainly was responsible for his greatness.

Lord Krishna had Saturn-Moon conjunction in Lagna which falls on Taurus. So is the case with Ravana who had Libra ascendant with Saturn-Moon there. Founder of Pakistan, Jinnah, was born in Aquarius Lagna with Saturn-Rahu in Lagna and the Moon in Pisces. Many more old horoscopes are available to show the trick of Gajakesari and Sakata Yogas.

Predictive astrology is not as easy as it seems to be. It requires labour and tapasya of marny decades. Birth chart is often deceptive. It needs a thorough probing. Yogas obtaining in the birth chart may be defunct in the subsequent charts may be defunct in the subsequent charts (shadvargas) especially Navamsa. Only those Yogas of the birth chart will give fruits which have otential in Navamsa too. Otherwise, they are good for nothing Gajakesari will never work if the planets responsible for its formation are not powerful enough in Navamsa. So is the case with Sakata. Sakata Yoga will never harm if it is not repeated in Navamsa. For example, Gajakesari is formed in the birth chart but in Navamsa, the contributors, the Moon and Jupiter, are in debilitated or unfriendly signs, the Yoga will not function. If the nativities with Gajekesari Yoga quoted in the article have succeeded well, it means that the planets responsible for its formation did not lose power in shadvargas or at least Navamsa. Similarly, if the persons with Sakata Yoga have gone up, this means that in Navamsa this Yoga not nullified and in its place, yet another powerful Yoga got generated. Sometimes, good or bad Yogas in Navamsa are more powerful than the ones in birth chart. Again, it is stated that the birth chart is deceptive and predictions based on birth chart alone may not hit the target. To see the strength of any Yoga, birth chart and Navamsa should be consulted.

Apart from Gajakesari, the Yogas that work wonders are Amala and Pancha Mahapurusha Yogas. The former is generated when there is a benefic in the 10th house from the ascendant. In this particular case, the Sun is taken as a benefic and his occupation of the 10th house is said to be highly auspicious for material and spiritual gains. Then there is Dharma Karma Yoga which comes into being as a result of the conjunction of the lords of the 9th and the 10th in the 10th house itself from the ascendant. Nativities with these Yogas are bound to rise higher – again subject to condition that the contributing planets do not lose power in Navamsa.

When Jupiter and the Moon are in trinal aspect with each other, Navapanchama Yoga is caused. It is perhaps more powerful than Gajakesari. For, the Moon gets the full aspect of Jupiter in this formation. The finest instances of this Yoga can be seen in the birth charts of Paramahansa Ramakrishna (Aquarius Lagna), the Moon there and Jupiter in Gemini; and Rabindra Nath Tagore born with Pisces ascendant, the Moon in Lagna and exalted Jupiter in the 5th house.

There is nothing to be afraid of the Moon’s conjunction with malefics especially Saturn or the Dragons. On the other hand, nativities with this combination either in birth chart or in Navamsa have registered great progress. The Moon-Rahu, or the Moon-Saturn conjunction or if the Dragon or Saturn is behind the Moon by one Rasi, it is wonderful for spiritual gains. In the case of conjunction, malefics should preferably be behind the Moon longitudinally. Ramana Maharishi, Satya Sai Baba and Mahatma Gandhi have the Moon-Dragon conjunction. Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Aurobindo Ghosh and Marshal Stalin have the Moon-Saturn association. Jimmy Carter has Libra ascendant and Saturn-Moon conjunction is glaring in Lagna. Luckily, Saturn is longitudinally 6 degree behind the Moon. Ketu and Rahu behind the Moon in the 12th house whereas Sun, behind the debilitated Moon. Numerous notable horoscopes can be quoted to prove that natural malefics especially the Dragons and Saturn behind the Moon by one Rasi, or in conjunction with the Moon – preferably with lesser longitude than Moon – subscribe to one’s material and spiritual progress.

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