Jātaka Pārijāta Prārambhaḥ by Branka Larsen Part 1.0 – Jyotish Digest magazine

This article is an attempt to provide deeper understanding of Jyotish through the monumental classic Jataka Parijata, by the author Vaidyanatha Dikshita.
The work consists of original Sanskrit slokas translated into English with a detailed commentary on the same.
I pray that this work may be accepted in the Jyotish community and that it will encourage debate and research by teachers and students alike – Branka


अथ जातकपारिजातप्रारम्भः
atha jātakapārijātaprārambhaḥ
Translation: Now begins Jātaka pārijata
Jāta-ka – Some translations of Jāta are: born, brought into existence by, engendered by grown, produced, arisen, caused and appeared. The word ‘ka’ implies that the event has manifest, i.e.. birth or the production has manifested/been created.

Therefore, it has been interpreted that this work is meant solely for birth chart, i.e. those charts of beings who have been given birth to.
To discern between the various parts of astrology the following table has been given:

Table 1: Parts of Jyotiṣa (Harihara, 1980)

Skandha Anga
Ganita Gola & Ganita
Samhita Nimitta
Horä Jātaka, Praśna, Muhurta & Nimitta

It is therefore apt to imply that this work of Vaidyanathy Dixita specifically deals with natal horoscopy and not any other part of Jyotiśa. By this is implied the four aspects of: Adhana (conception), Jātaka (birth), Punya (death) and daśa praveśa charts (charts for commencement of a period). These will be dealt with in the various chapters given in this work.

Pārijāta is another name for celestial or wish-fulfilling tree; one of the five trees of paradise produced at the churning of the ocean; coral tree or Erythrina Indica. This wish fulfilling tree is symbolized in two ways or as a kundalini with its roots in Mūladara and branches in sahasrara lotus as well as celestial tree with its roots in haven where God sits on its branches and gives fruits to the people .people (Rath, A Course on Jaimini Maharishi’s Upadesa Sutra, 2007).
This word can be divided into two parts or Pāri which means around and jāta or produced or born and can possible also be interpreted as a circle of a rebirth, and the karma related to the same, which is the subject of this study.

Prārambhaḥ means beginning or undertaking.

अथ राशिशीलाध्यायः॥ १॥
atha rāśiśīlādhyāyaḥ || 1||
Translation: Now begins chapter on forms of signs.
Commentary: The word śīla means form or shape and as such can be interpreted in stanza above as different forms of signs which are to be exposed. Another meaning is that which is a custom, practiced, usage and it can indicate that the author is inferring that the following characteristics of sings are indeed taught in the tradition of the author.

मायातीतमशेषजीवजगतामीशं दिनेशं रविम्।
नत्वा गर्गपराशरादिरचितम् सण्गृह्य होराफलं
वक्ष्ये जातकपारिजातमखिलज्योतिर्विदां प्रीतये॥ १॥
māyātītamaśeṣajīvajagatāmīśaṁ dineśaṁ ravim |
natvā gargaparāśarādiracitam saṇgṛhya horāphalaṁ
vakṣye jātakapārijātamakhilajyotirvidāṁ prītaye || 1||

Translation: Praise to be to the Sun who is the Lord of the day, Viṣṇu, Brahma and Śiva who is the lord of the immortal ganas of the light and the one who is beyond (or is entirely overcome) the Maaya of the birth and who lords the Universe, Here I present Jātaka Parijata as a complete jyotirvidya to delight of all as an acknowledgment of the works on results of horoscopes displayed by Garga, Parashara and others.

Commentary: This is the Mangala Caranam. It is very common to start such a spiritually rooted work (Jyotiṣa is a Vedanga) with the prayer to deities to support and bless the work. In fact, usual practise is to start with an obeisance and acknowledgment to one main deity who is to symbolise the work. In the case of Jataka Parijata, we can see the author celebrates Lord Vishnu (that to in the specific form as One beloved by Śri or Śrikanta), Brahma, Sun as the lord of the day as well as Śiva who seems to be the main deity of the mentioned work as author indicates by the long praise. The author specifically praises Shiva as the lord of the immortal jyotirganas, one who entirely transcends the illusion (Maya) of this continuous circle of rebirth and at the same time he praises him as Jagannatha or the Lord of the Universe (jagatāmīśaṁ).

In this first shloka author indicates two very important aspects of his work. Firstly, that this book is going to dwell on horāphalaṁ or interpretation of the planetary placements in horoscopes and its other four aspects mentioned before, and not the other parts of Jyotiṣa namely Ganita and Samhita. Secondly, that the whole work is founded on the basis of the ancient Jyotiṣa classics of which he specifically mentions Garga and Paraśara.

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All about Mercury

Budha grahaAll about Mercury

Sanskrit name is Budha (बुध) meaning awaking, intelligent, clever, wise, learned man, descendent of Soma or Moon.

Parashara describes Mercury as a giver of speech. He possesses attractive physique and ability to make fun or to speak words having double meaning, sense of humor, he has a bland of all three doshas.

Mercury is Moon’s illegitimate son born out of wedlock with Brihaspati’s wife Tara, based on Puranic teachings, hence representing those born out of wedlock.

In the planetary cabinet Mercury represents a prince or successor to throne, hence in terms of politics, Mercury will represent opposition. In society, Mercury represents youth, young kids during education, and before puberty. Just like children, Mercury carries the tendency to imitate the nature of the other planets he is conjoined with, hence can be a strong benefic or a very unpleasant malefic in ones horoscope.

Mercury is lording over Gemini and Virgo, two signs naturally residing in 3rd and 6th house. These are upachaya or growth houses, and with that Mercury is responsible for growth and development. This also brings about intricate relationships that Mercury is having with Venus and Ketu (lording the sign of its debilitation), and Rahu (lording the sign of Rahu’s exaltation and multrikona (Gemini & Virgo). Being the lord of Rahu’s exaltation and mulatrikona signs it shows how Mercury is the playground for Rahu’s master plans. Being rajasic by nature, Mercury is signifying money, profession and all such things which Rahu can use to fulfill his internal desires.

Mercury’s day is Wednesday, number is five and his color is green.

Symbols and objects: toys, paperwork, information’s and stock market, newspapers, as material plastic and bras as well as all other mixed materials, fruitless threes, etc.

Professions such as: writers and journalists, all sales jobs as well as marketing jobs, translators, sportsman (as type of game), information desks and receptions, acting and other such professions where imitation and play is involved, comedians, etc. In professional sense, he represents business and its partners.

Places: playgrounds, gardens, market place, etc.

Mercuries gemstone is green emerald and is often advised for monetary matters as well as those under studies, but is known to adversely affect all relationships or Venus related issues, hence is not recommended during the first marital year.


Benefic versus malefic

Mercury as a benefic will give a very pleasant conversationalist with good sense of humor. He gives very youthful appearance (good looking skin) and in case such Mercury is associated with the ascendant or Moon, can also give fresh mind, curiosity and openness to new ideas and concepts.

Inauspicious Mercury can give argumentative speech, immaturity and difficulty in making or sticking to decisions. If inauspicious and associated with the ascendant, Mercury can give dyslexia.

If afflicted by Sun, Mars or Ketu the native may show complete disinterest in education. So also if the mentioned fiery malefics are associated with the fourth house.

When afflicted by the airy malefics, Saturn and Rahu, Mercury will make one very controlled under distress, make a good/cool driver and experts in dealing with chaotic or disturbing circumstances. However in all cases of affliction will cause dissatisfaction with appearance and a desire to change the body or appearance significantly. If such an instance is also associated with the Janma Vighatika Graha, then this change may be a change of gender! If not then the change is merely superficial.

Mercury’s worst houses are the fourth and seventh houses, its houses of Marana Karaka Sthana. If placed in the fourth house it causes difficulty in marriage and with everyone one lives with, whereas in seventh house the native treats their spouse and partners life friends. In both cases relationships suffer due to lack of emotional intimacy and lack of commitment. This is solved by wearing the gems of Moon (pearl) or Venus (diamond) for the fourth and seventh house placements respectively.

In all cases of afflicted Mercury such people take excess responsibility becoming the center of attention in any project and the recipient of chastisement as a result. They tend to be ‘go-getters’ seeking to pleasure their peers but are always passed over in favor of undeserving others.

Afflicted Mercury is always suffering under the domination of another person, be it boss, a parent, spouse or someone else, depending on the placement and lordship of Mercury. Remedies consist of worship of Sri Rama, Sri Krishna or Sri Vishnu depending on whether Mercury occupies the first, second or third drekkana (10 degrees each) of the sign it is placed in. Preferably the worship of benefics joined or aspecting Mercury are augmented as well.


bhRigu sūtram – Mars in the Third House

लग्नात्तृतीये भौमफलम्Sage Bhrigu2

lagnāttṛtīye bhaumaphalam

lagnād Lagna or Ascendant, tṛtīye third, bhaumaphalam fruits or results of the Mars

Translation: The results of the Mars in the third house.


स्वस्त्री व्यभिचारिणी॥ १६॥

शुभदृष्टे न दोष अनुजहीनः॥ १७॥

द्रव्यलाभः॥ १८॥

राहुकेतुयुते वेश्यासंगमः॥ १९॥

भ्रातृद्वेषी क्लेशयुतः शुभगः॥ २०॥

अल्पसहोदरः॥ २१॥

पापयुते पापवीक्षणेन भ्रातृनाशः॥ २२॥

उच्चस्वक्षेत्रे शुभयुते भ्राता दीर्घयुः धैर्यविक्रमवान्॥ २३॥

युद्धे शूरः॥ २४॥

पापयुते मित्रक्षेत्रे धृतिमान्॥ २५॥


svastrī vyabhicāriṇī || 16||

śubhadṛṣṭe na doṣa anujahīnaḥ || 17||

dravyalābhaḥ || 18||

rāhuketuyute veśyāsaṁgamaḥ || 19||

bhrātṛdveṣī kleśayutaḥ śubhagaḥ || 20||

alpasahodaraḥ || 21||

pāpayute pāpavīkṣaṇena bhrātṛnāśaḥ || 22||

uccasvakṣetre śubhayute bhrātā dīrghayuḥ dhairyavikramavān || 23||

yuddhe śūraḥ || 24||

pāpayute mitrakṣetre dhṛtimān || 25||


svastrī own wife, a woman, vyabhicāriṇī unchaste, improper, going astray;

śubhadṛṣṭe aspect of benefic; na not; doṣa fault, vice, sinfulness; anuja younger brother or sister, being born after; hīna abounded, left, forsaken;

dravya substance, object; lābha obtaining, profit, gaining;

rāhuketuyute conjoined Rahu or Ketu; veśya a harlot, courtesan, prostitute; saṁgamaḥ meeting, intercourse;

bhrātṛ a brother; dveṣī hating, disliking, enemy; kleśa difficulty, distress, anguish; yuta union, association; śubhaga beautiful, elegant, gracious;

alpa small, little; sahodara born from the same womb, brother or sister;

pāpayute conjoined malefic; pāpavīkṣaṇena malefic aspect; bhrātṛnāśa loss of brother;

uccasvakṣetre exalted or in own sign; śubhayute conjoined benefic; bhrātā a brother; dīrghayuḥ long lived; dhairya calmness, constancy, patience; vikramavān courage, strength, striding;

yuddhe battle, war, fight; śūraḥ strong, heroic, brave;

pāpayute conjoined malefic; mitrakṣetre friendly sign; dhṛtimān resolute, satisfied.


Translation: If Mars is in the third house, the native will be married to unchaste woman and will have no younger brothers or sisters. This will not happen if Mars is aspected by benefic planet. Person will also have financial gains.

If Mars is conjoined Rahu or Ketu, person will have associations with prostitutes. He will have inimical relationship with his brothers and will face difficulties on that account. His wife will have well shaped female organ.

He will have few brothers and sisters. If Mars is conjoined malefic or receives malefic aspect, person will experience loss of brothers (or sisters). If Mars is exalted (Capricorn) or in own sign (Aries or Scorpio), or aspected by benefic, natives brother will be long lived and native will be patient and brave. He will be vary heroic on battle field. If Mars is conjoined malefic or is in a friendly sign, the native will be courageous.




Challenges of retrograde Mercury

talkingGam Ganapataye Namah

Mercury goes retrograde three times a year, and buckle up, it is that time of year starting from today!

For those who are new to astrology, here are few words on what retrogression really means. All planets go direct/forward around the zodiac, but sometimes, when our earth overtakes them on the zodiac-track, they appear to move backwards. The Sanskrit word vakra (वक्र) means retrograde but also crooked, curved, bent, cunning, dishonest, etc. and with that, retrograde planets bring somewhat unexpected results, throwing us curveball’s (literally) and challenge us, all under a banner of their own significations. Malefic’s become even more malefic whilst benefic’s are generally praised as being stronger benefics, but don’t get fooled by it.

What to expect?

Mercury is a planet of communication, speech, education and learning, the written word, intelligence, growth, business skills, etc. When it comes to retrograde Mercury, we should be careful with all forms of communication, both oral and written. Suddenly jokes and wits can come across offensive and might not be understood. We are more prone to conflicts and arguments. Avoid doing important paperwork at this time or starting important projects that require the same, and if forced to, think three times before acting. Mercury is a rajasic planet representing the monetary system at large, transactions and all forms of transport of information and money. Be careful at money speculations and stocks. And finally, avoid being trigger happy on your smart phones and computers and don’t take things to personally, we are all in the same booth.

Without a doubt, Mercury’s retrogression will have different impact on lives depending on individual horoscope. We learn how from its stationary position, the position it takes just before becoming retrograde, and herein we are concerned with the ninth divisional chart, the Navamsha. Mercury becomes stationary in Cancer Navamsha. Hence the retrogression will benefit people with Cancer in their quadrants or trines to their ascendant, e.g. Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn, Scorpio and Pisces.

For those whom Cancer is a Dusthāna, this can cause some problems, e.g. Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius. We should add Taurus to the picture as well. For the remaining ascendants the effects may be neutral.

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Leadership Skills for Managers

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