Vedic Astrology Lesson 34 – Directional Influences

Nothing happens by itself.  Everything happens by Cause.  The    Universal Law of  Cause & Effect, the Law of Retribution, the Law of  Nemesis, the Law of  personal astrology reading & Reaction is the grand Law of Causation,   known to the philosophers as the Universal Law of Karma. Who can  transcend   the Universal Law ?

           The system in VA which corresponds to this Universal Law is called the Dasa System, which is made up of planetary periods and subperiods and which extends to 120 years. Dasa is translated as the  period of directional influence of the ruling planet. Inevitable  effects are to be judged   from Dasa ( Dasa  prabhedena Vichinthayeth Dridam).  Astrology  is   based  on this  Universal Law  of Cause and Effect .

          In his   ignorance, Man  transgresses  the  eternal  Laws of  Nature  & wonders  when   her inexorable penalties are exacted. There is a mathematical law behind this physical Universe, which is conditioned in  Space, Time &  Causality. All  events  are  connected   by   Time,  all  places  are connected by Space & all effects are connected by Cause in the  Space-Time-Causality  equation.

          Planets have got  dualistic role  and  always the  negative  aspect of the ruling planet must be taken into consideration & divine remedial measures  must  be  resorted  to  overcome  the  minus points of  the Dasa ruler.

           Philosophically Dasa represents the Prarabda Karma (the inevitable punishment imparted by Nature for a deed done with malice aforethought ) of the native  and the ineluctable  effects he/she has to undergo during the planet’s reign. 

           There are many Dasa systems,  the prominent  among them  being  Vimshottari   Dasa System.   Vimshottari means  120 and this is a 120 year cycle. Every planet is given a period in sequential order of stars in the Sidereal Zodiac. For instance, South Node ( Ketu ) is assigned a period of 7 years & the South Node rules the first constellation Beta Arietis (Aswini ). The ruler of the next constellation of 41  Arietis  ( Bharani ), Venus, gets 20 years. Sun gets 6 years,  Moon 10, Mars 7, North Node ( Rahu ) 18, Jupiter 16, Saturn 19 & Mercury 17. This 120 year system  is the most widely used. There are other systems like the Kala Chakra Dasa System, based on the Signs of the Sidereal Zodiac, which are also used.

           There is a rule that if the Moon’s  Navamsa  dispositor is strong, the Kala Chakra Dasa should be used. ( Kala Chakra Dasagneyam Chandramsheshe Balanvithe ). If not, the 120 year cycle or  Vimshotthari can be be used.

            There are many astrologers who base their predictions on other systems of predictions. There are actually 3 major systems of prediction in V  A.

1) The Vimshottari or Udu Dasa System of 120 years.

2) The Transit of Gochara System based on Planetary Transits.

3) The Ashtakavarga System.

            The Transit influences are always subordinate  to  the  Directional   influences.  This  is exemplified by the statement ” Dasa Prabhedena Vichinthayeth Dridam ”  ( Dasa deals with ineluctable effects ). Transit influences are caused by non-Prarabdha Karma ( Dridadridam cha Ashtakavarga Gocharai ).

             The accumulated Karma of the individual is called Sanchitha Karma.  The  Karma which is about to come is called Agami and the Karma for which inevitable punishment is necessary  is called Prarabda  Karma. It is this Prarabda Karma, which needs ineluctable punishment, which is represented by Dasa or the Planetary Period of Directional Influence.  

             In order to know whether a  Dasa is beneficial or not, one should study the strength of the Dasa ruler. If the Dasa ruler is a functional benefic ( owner of a trine or angle ) in the chart &  if he be well posited, one can surmise that the directional influences will be benefic. If on the other hand, the Dasa ruler is a functional malefic and badly positioned in the natal chart,   the directional influences can be very adverse indeed.   Aspects from other planets should also be  considered. Planets in cuspal degree are devoid of strength. So are combust planets and planets weak in the Navamsa chart. It is always better to know the strength of the planet via Shad Bala ( the  sixfold source of planetary strength ) and apply the principle ” Balavan Ishtam Kuruthe,  Balaheeeno Viparya “. ( a powerful planet will do only good and weak planet will do harm ).

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