Real understanding of Planetary Drstis/aspects

Real knowledge of Drstis or Aspects

Jyotish in tradition is always taught in two levels. One is Stula or gross level, while another is Sukshma or subtle levels. Many areas in Vedic Astrology can be studied in both ways. In this Kali yuga as the knowledge of traditions (paramparas) started to fade away, the subtle aspects of this Vedanga was slowly getting lost. Normally, the first legs to break are dharma and moksa, and in this Yuga, Nandi, the bull of the Lord Shiva only stands on one leg, which is artha. That is the main interest of people in this age, and normal, subtle knowledge of Vedanga Jyotish is getting out of sight. Parashara Rishi stated that certain aspects in his Brhad Hora Shastra was given for sinful minds of this age (Kali), since people in this age would not be able to comprehend the subtle aspects of this Shastra. There are many topics in Vedanga Jyotisha, where subtle aspects (Suksha) is generally lost, or kept only within few paramparas. Such of these topics are varga charts, argalas,many different dasas, avastas, chara and sthira karakas and so on. All these areas are taught today only on a gross (stula level). Even drsits or planetary aspects are generally studied in a very superficial way. Today Vedic astrologers do the following:

1.Take only purna or full drstis

2.Ignore rasi drsits (generally)

  1. Ignore Drsti pindas calculations

In our tradition we study both graha and rasi drstis which I explained in my book : Brush up on the Vedic Astrology Volume 1

We even go step further in analyzing rasi drstis, giving different values and explanations to different rasi drstis. Regarding graha drstis we take each pada drsti into consideration, and never take only purna or four pada drstis. As a matter of fact, each pada drsti can be used for different types of remedies. For example, Shani one pada drsti (Dharma), can be appeased by doing some good karmas (righteous), while arta drsti can be appeased (two pada) by donating money to the poor. In case of Kama drsti, some good karmas should be done for people who are suffering, while four purna drsti of Shani, a person should study and do tapasya. Can you see how each pada drsti can have different impact. In my previous article on Shani and longevity, I explained how we use pada drstis for calculation of longevity in case of Shani aspect on 8th bhava. Many astrologers equate 7th drsti of different planets which is not correct. For example, Guru has only two pada drsti on 7th bhava, while Shani has three pada drsti. Mangal on the other hand has only one pada drsti or desire on its 7th bhava. This is disasterous to equate these drstis. For example, a person with Mangal in Lagna, will desire only one stable relationship, while a person with Shani in Lagna can have three major relaitonships due to its three pada drsti on 7th bhava. Guru on the other hand can give two. Can you see the difference? This view of understanding drstis will give you a totally new dimension of understanding a birth chart.

In the same way, we understand a big difference between a planet drsti on another planet, and vice verse. For example, Guru aspecting Shani and Shani aspecting Guru will give totally different result. The same effect is with other graha. For example, Budha aspecting a graha can show what we have to do to become successful in choosing a career of that graha aspacted by Budha. We can start such career , if we know how to unlock and strengthen Budha drsti. On the other hand, if Graha aspects Budha, we can easily become successful in a career of that planet, once we adopt it. Shani drstis can show the sources of our suffering and pain, while drstis on Shani surely leads to disease and suffering, if we activate these grahas.  In this way, we have to carefully analyse each drsti, both rasi and graha, having in mind, many different methods of how to understand padas of drstis, which is taught in our tradition.

Graha drstis and padas
As I mentioned earlier, drsti, drsti comes from knowledge, desire, seeing, undersanding, and has element of satva guna. Drsti is always element of knowledge and understanding. There are two types of Graha drstis:
1.Inner grahas
2.Outer graha
Inner Grahas
Inner grahas are Surya, Chandra, Budha and Shukra. These grahas are close to the earth (by distance order). These grahas are karakas for kendras. Lagna Karaka is Surya, 4th bhava karaka is Chandra, 7th bhava karaka is Shukra, and 10th bhava karaka is Budha. These grahas stends for me and my reality, my karmas. That is why they are karakas for kendras, since kendras are related to Chandra (My life). As per the teachings of Bhagavad Gita, men takes birth due to desires, and that is why all these inner grahas have purna or full drsti on 7th place from themselves (7th is the seat of desire and rebirth).
Outer grahas
Outer grahas have vishesa or special drsti (as en Eagle). This drsti belongs to God, and that is why, outer grahas stand for Gods vision or drsti. For that reason, these grahas have Vishesha or special purna or full drsti, since such powerful visions comes from God. Shani rules shristi or creation, and is responsible for ushering us into this birth. He created this life, by registering the sins of the past birth, and forcing us to take a birth to suffer the conscequences of our own sins. In this form Shani is Brahma. Guru vishesha drsti is like a trishula of Lord Shiva, and it has a power of jive (life) and sustenance. In this Form Guru represents the Vishnu or sustainer, and rules the sthiti or sustenance. Mangal is the representation of Rudra, and has a vishesha drsti of Chaturashraya or and represents the destruction or mrtyu, or Laya. Therefore we have:
1. A-Shani or Brahma
2. U-Guru or Vishnu
3. M-Mangal or Rudra
From the Holy Father (Surya) and Holy Mother (Chandra), Surya and Chandra are created. They also created the trinity AUM, and from the trinity AUM, pancha tatvas were created together with Pancha devata, Ganesha, Rudra, Durga, Surya and Vishnu. Ganesha created Budha graha, Rudra created Shani, Surya created Mangal, Vishnu created Guru, and Durga created Shukra. Rahu and Ketu were created by Vishnu cutting the snake into two parts.
Lets go back to Drstis. Therefore, it is important to know two things about drstis:
1.We have to learn calculations of Drsti pindas or exact quantity of drsti, where we follow Parashara, while many authors follow Shripati
2.We have to know exact pada drstis, and forget to look at only full or purna drstis
Each drsti has a deep philosophical and practical use, and we shall teach that elaborately at our SIVA university. However, people tend to forget that drsti has an element of knowledge, and each drsti will behave as such. That is the reason, behind many statements in classical texts that when all grahas aspect Lagna, a person will get Rajayoga. Why? Each drsti will give knowledge to a lagna. A person will simply have knowledge and will understand each graha having a drsti on Lagna. Therefore, even if a malefic aspect Lagna by graha drsti, it will give a knowledge of that graha to a person, which we consider as a blessing.
We also use a lot of different methods. We can see which grahas and bhavas are aspected by how much drsti pinda or padas, and understand which areas of life are under the focus of a person or totally ignored and without light and knowledge. We can do so using three different methods
1.Lagna chart (what we get)
2.Bhava chart (where we use a bhava cusp or Madhya as the Lagna degree plus 15 and minus 15 degrees on both side. Each bhava cusp is exact as Lagna degree. This chart shows what we want
3.Graha Lagna charts. We prepare all nine graha chart, where we put each graha on lagna and study houses from there. We also study the extant of drstis on this house. Therefore, do not think that graha drstis or aspects is a simple subject. There is a lot of both philosophical and practical use of graha drstis.
As I mentioned, Drsti comes from drish, and drig, which means knowledge, light and direction. It is closely associated with Dig Chakra and eight directions. Drsti of grahas are of two types:
1.Graha drsti born out of desire of senses to experience this samsara
2.Rasi drsti, casual sight which comes due to the position. For example, I live across you and perhaps I do not wish to know you, but due to position (sthana), I am able to see you. Rasi drsti is associated with more dridha karmas, while graha drsti requires effort and kriyaman karma to activate.
Each graha drsti has four padas, and pada comprises 3 degrees 20 minutes. It is the unit measure of dharma and bhagya (luck). It is also known as one navamsa. So there are four padas such as Dharma, artha, kama and moksa. At a more advanced stage, you will be able to exactly identify which segments among these four are desired by a graha. There is a method to know this.
Four types of Drsti
1.Kama drsti is drsti on 7th place from its placement
2.Upachaya drsti, is the drsti on 3rd and 10th bhava.Upachaya means growth drsti
3.Chaturashraya drsti is the drsti on 4th and 8th bhava from its placement. Chaturashraya drsti is drsti of protection
4.Kona drsti is the drsti on 5th and 9th, bhava from its placement, and this drsti has a divine blessing and is giver of knowledge
The last three types of drstis are known as Vishesa or (Special) drstis
Inner Grahas
We have also understood that inner grahas show me and my own karmas. Due to a human being reborn because of desires (Bhagavad Gita), the most important aspect for all inner grahas, Surya, Chandra, Budha and Shukra is 7th drsti or kama drsti. All these inner grahas will have four pada on 7th place from their own placement
1.Surya drsti on 7th shows vaha or the path we take in life
2.Chandra drsti on 7th shows, obsessions of the mind, greatest desires in this birth
3.Budha drsti on 7th shows obsessions for money and non-living rajas
4.Shukra drsti on 7th shows, love and desire for living rajas, people, love and relationships
As human beings (Inner grahas and kendras) we have the following priorities as needs
1.Purna drsti of Kama drsti is the most important for human beings, and this drsti has four padas for inner planets
2.Human beings are highly selfish and protective, and that is why three pada drsti for all inner planets is Chaturasharaya drsti
3. Human beings are fifty percent oriented towards knowledge and have half good and half bad luck on this earth (day and night, love and hatred, the world of duality). That is why all inner grahas have two pada Kona drsti
4.Human beings are lazy and tend to exploit other beings and nature, so Upacharya or hard working and growth drsti is only one pada for all inner grahas.
In other words.
Inner grahas (Sy,Ch, Bu, Sk) have the following drstis:
1.Four Padas on 7th from its position
2.Three pada on 4th and 8th rasi&bhava from themselves
3.Two pada on 5th and 9th rasi&bhava from themselves
4.One pada on 3rd and 10th rasi&bhava from themselves
Vishesha Drstis
1.Vishesha is high vision from Above related to God (as I explained). There are three outer grahas and three vishesha drstis
Guru, Mangal and Shani Drsti
Guru is Bhagavan or God, Lord Shiva dristi
1.Purna drsti or 4 padas on 5th and 9th, Guru is the most interested in Kona and knowledge, and he gives the blessings ALONE!
2.Three Pada upachaya drstis, on 3rd and 10th, Guru is hardworking, and very much interested in growth
3.Two pada kama drsti, on 7th bhava. Guru has normal desires
4.One pada chaturashraya drsti on 4th and 8th bhava. Guru does not protect himself, but protect others. He is poor in self-protection
Shani is Brahma, or shristi karaka (creator)
1.Shani has purna drsti or 4 padas on Upachaya or 3rd and 10th bhavas&rasis from him. He is donkey among the planets and is mostly interested in self -growth
2. Shani has 3 pada drsti on 7th (kama drsti), and is full of desires
3.Shani has moderate, or 2 pada drsti on 4th and 8th, is moderately self -protective
4. Shani has the least knowledge and blessings, luck, and he has only 1 pada dsti on Kona (5th and 9th)
Mangal or Rudra drsti
Mangal is graha of protection and normally:
1.He has poorna chaturashraya drsti with 4 padas (4th and 8th)
2.He is very interested in knowledge (Agni graha), so he has 3 pada drsti on Kona bhavas 5th and 9th from its placement
3. Mangal is moderately interested in growth and hard work, so he has 2 pada upachaya drsti on 3rd and 10th from himself.
4. Mangal has very little desires for sex, and is known as Brahmachari or celibate guy. Therefore, there is only one pada of kama drsti on 7th bhava&rasi from its placement.
Rahu Drsti, or drist of rebirth
Rahu has drsti but Ketu is blind and moksa karaka, so no desire is there, and no graha drsti for Ketu
Rahu has following drstis:
1.Four pada drsti on 2nd from it which is known in tradition as Marana or back-stabbing drsti. Rahu wants to kill with this drsti, Rahu also has four pada on kama or 7th from itself.
2.Three pada drsti on Kona bhavas 5th and 9th, because he is Ravana and is very interested in all kinds of knowledge. However, he cannot get moksa, so one pada (moksa) is missing
3.Two pada drti of Rahu is in Chatruashraya or self protection *( 4th and 8th)
2.One pada drsti of Rahu goes to Upachaya 3rd and 10th, since he is exploiter by nature, and does not like to work but exploit and scheme.
Once we understand Pada drsti, we have to draw Dristhi pada chakra. In this calculation, we need the following assignments:
1.For one pada drsti put the number 1
2.For two pada drsti, put the number 2
3.For three pada drsti put the number 3
4.for four pada drsti put the number 4

Here is the example how you do it in authors chart

Surya Drstis
Surya has one pada drsti on 4th and 11th bhava from Lagna (3rd and 10th from its position). So we shall put number 1 in each Mina and Tula
It has two pada drsti on 5th and 9th from itself, namely 6th and 10th bhava. So we shall put numbers 2 in each Vrsha and Kanya Rasi
It has three pada drsti on 5th and 9th bhava from LAgna, (4th and 8th from its position), and we shall put number 3 in each Mesha and Simha rasi
It has four pada drsti on Karka or 7th from itself, and we shall put number 4 in karka
Chandra drstis
Based on the above rules Chandra has the following pada drstis
1. We will put 1 in each Kanya and Mesha
2. We will put 2 in each Vrschika and Mina
3. We will put 3 in each Tula and Kumbha
4. We will put 4 in Makara
Budha drstis
1.The same as Surya:
1.We will put 1 in each Mina and Tula
2.We will put 2 in each Vrsha and Kanya
3.We will put three in each Mesha and Simha
4.We will put 4 in Karka
Shukra drsti
1.We will put one in Vrsha and Dhanu
2.We will put two in Karka and Vrschika
3.We will put three in Mituna and Tula
4.We will put four in Kanya
Now Vishesha Drsti
1.We will put 1 in Mesha
2.We will put 2 in Dhanu and Karka
3.We will put 3 in Kumbha and Mituna
4.We will put 4 in Makara and Vrsha
1.We will put 1 in Dhanu and Mesha
2.We will put 2 in Mina rasi
3.We will put 3 in Vrschika and Mituna
4.We will put 4 in Makara and Vrsha
1.We will put 1 in Karka and Vrschika
2.We will put 2 in Mituna and Tula
3.We will put 3 in Kanya
4.We will put 4 in Vrsha and Dhanu
1.We will put 1 in Vrsha and Dhanu
2.We will put 2 in Mituna and Tula
3.We will put 3 in Karka and Vrshika
4. We will put 4 in Mesha and Kanya

Now we just have to add these results up to get drsti chakra of bhavas&rasis
Mesha=13 padas
Vrsha=18 padas
Mituna=13 padas
Karka=16 padas
Simha=6 padas
Kanya=16 padas
Tula=12 padas
Vrschika=11 padas
Dhanu=9 padas
Makara=12 padas
Kumbha=6 padas
Mina= 6 padas
Put four pada into each Rasi, where graha is placed, because each graha by its placement will add four extra padas. Once you add graha placements in a sign , you will get total drsti pada chart.
Now add the corrections
1.Karka has Chandra so add 4 padas, total, 20 padas
2.Kanya has two planets, however, Ketu does not have drsti, so we shall not here add four padas for Ketu, so only Guru adds 4 padas. Total 20 padas
3.Tula has Mangal and add 4 padas, so 16 padas total
4.Makara has two grahas and add total 8 padas, 20 total
5. Mina has three planets and add 12 padas, so total 18 padas
Now see the table of padas:
Rasi Padas Bhava Padas
Mesha 13 5 13
Vrsha 18 6 18
Mituna 13 7 13
Karka 20 8 20
Simha 6 9 6
Kanya 20 10 20
Tula 16 11 16
Vrschika 11 12 11
Dhanu 9 1 9
Makara 20 2 20
Kumbha 6 3 6
Mina 18 4 18

We can clearly see that 2nd 10th and 6th bhava have the highest drsti padas or desire to learn and focus these bhavas. The lowest are 3rd and 9th bhava, desire for parikrama and teaching &bhagya (fortune)
1.Take the lowest and the highest drsti pada and divide by two. This is the average your own interest and focus on a bhava.
Theoretically, we can have minimum 8 and maxiumum 32 padas per sign, where average would be 20. Above twenty is good, below twenty is bad. However, it is better to use the first method which shows your own interest, knowledge and focus.
In the previous chart, 26:12=13, and everything above 13 is desired, below not
There are a lot of implications how to use it, and for a start learn calculations and these rules first, the rest later.
Second Source of Strength and Manushya Bala Rule:
1.Grahas in own sign gets a super strength, blessing of Bhu Devi (Durga) and tattva devata. Rasi aspected by Purna drsti by its lord gets a bhu devi power
2.Guru gives blessing of Lord Shiva. Guru in own sign is blessing of Kartikeya
3.Budha gives blessing of Lord Vishnu (Krsna). Budha in own sign is blessing of Ganesha
Technically, all rasis aspected by graha drsti of the lord of the Sign, Guru and Budha, as well as a rasi where lord is placed in own sign, could get 4 more padas. This rule is applied for Manushya or human chart only.
Now philosophy!
This philosophical part is not easy to understand, yet it is essential for the understanding of the complete system of Vedic Astrology and Vedas as such. In Jyotisha we follow geocentric system, since it is important how the karmas are affecting us. From the point of heliocentric system (the Sun is in the center) as in astronomy, it is God, and that is the truth. From the earth, we experience Maya, but from the Sun (sarva atma) is the truth. That is why we cannot calculate the time on the sun, in the same way we do it here on the earth. For that reason, jyotish as Vedanga has two aspects:
1.Stula or gross
2.Sukshma or subtle
From the point of gross aspect we approximate everything, we take average motions of planets, our mind perceives bhavas as equal, there are 12 equal signs as per 30 degrees each, there are drsti padas or desires in the way our mind perceives them and so on. From the Suksha or subtle aspect, the signs are of different legnth, even naksatras, planets have exact motion, however without these approximation we cannot calculate it,. We cannot caclulate anything absolute, so that is why our mind perceives even time in cycles and in a linear way, definine past, present and future.This is our maya, and awakening to the fact, that we are the soul which is eternal, is breaking this approximate paradigma. So, all these calculations of drstis in the form of pada, is our reality of our own karmas. There is another type of drsti calculation which is explained by parashara and it belongs to Sukshma jyotisha or the real sitaution of what we may call not our reality but God reality. These are so complicated, and are known as drigbala, where we calculate exact shastiamsas or virupas (potency of karmas). These type of drsti is only understood and given by rishis, and all modern authors made mistakes about it. All these calculations including strength of bhavas are so complicated and difficult to understand (philosophically), due to them picturing subtle reality of jyotish which is outside of our maya. That is why Parashara stated that Asthakavarga system, is very good and convenient for the sinful minds of Kali Yuga people, since they will not be able to understand all these calculations and sukshma aspects of jyotish. He gave excellent and simple methods to see the strength of bhavas. That is why even if we know how to calcualate drsti pindas by the proper method of Parashara, we have to use standard drstis and padas, becuase they deal with our own maya and karmas. How does it look in practice. By stula method in my chart, Surya has purna or four pada drsti on Chandra. However, by sukshma method (outside of my maya), Surya has ZERO shastiamsa or virupas on Chandra.. Therefore, God has made sure that people in this Kali Yuga lost the knoweldge of the rishis, otherwise, this and similar facts could drive our minds crazy. In our tradition, we do teach sukshma methods, however, a person has to grow and mature in knowledge to be able to understand all these subtleties properly.