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Highlights of May-June 2002 issue • Vol. 6 No. 3

Dasha Periods of the Wayward Rahu (Part 5)
Dr. K.S. Charak

Of the natural malefics, the mention of Rahu generates a peculiar awe and anxiety. Rahu’s dasha periods are often quite important in one's life and are remembered long after they are over, irrespective of whether they prove beneficail or harmful to the native. The author elaborates the subtle point in the analysis of Rahu’s dasha.

The Lord Rama Temple at Ayodhya
Anshumalee Sood

Lord Rama, the most revered of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, is worshipped throughout the length and breadth of the country cutting accross the diversity of language, culture, tradition, etc., that comprise the present day India. The controversy relates to the birthplace of Lord Rama at Ayodhya located in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. There stood a holy shrine at the spot that was amongst the holiest of pilgrimage spots for the Hindus, equivalent perhaps to a haj journey to Mecca for a Muslim and to Jerusalem for a Christian. Then suddenly, in the early 16th century, it was demolished and its debris was partially used in the construction of a mosque, now called Babri Masjid. There are two persian inscriptions still existing in the Masjid. It records that this mosque-like structure was actually built by one Mir Baqi at the command of Babar in Hijra Era 935 which comes to 1528 AD. In the early 16th century, Mughal ruler Babar proceeded to demolish most Hindu shrines and symbols holy to the Hindus and building mosques in their place.

The author gives the historical background and discusses the March 15, 2002 muhurta chart associated with the symbolic stone laying and offering prayers to mark the commencement of the construction of the temple.

Predictive Application of the Drekkana
Dr. Suresh Chandra Mishra

The Drekkana Chart is an important entity in Vedic astrology and enjoys a prime significance in natal chart reading. All the divisional charts are inherently linked to the lagna and are thus a part and parcel of the basic chart.

According to a statement attributed to sage Narada, the lagna is of two types, the visible (gross) and the invisible (subtle), like a tree and its seed. The invisible lagna is thus immutable, infinite and ultimate. To get at the invisible aspect of the lagna, the visible lagna is minced into several parts, right from two equal parts (Hora) to sixty equal parts (Shashtyamsha). In order to achieve the ultimate truth, the astrologer transgresses at least the six divisions, like the Yogi who traverses through the six 'Chakras', from the Mooladhara onwards, to attain the Sahasrara.

According to a clear dictum from an ancient rare work, the Drekkana is the Mooladhara, ruled by the Sun, and represents the Bhurloka (the earth). Its prime concern is the same as that of the Sun. Hence, the lineage as well as the present status of the native, his appearance and characteristics, his temperament, nature, destiny, fortune and worldly success, all fall within the domain of the drekkana.

Dr. Mishra has explained with the help of the example charts, the use of Drekkana for various predictive purposes.

Laghu Jatakam - Part 6
English Translation and Commentary by Dr. K S Charak

Varahamihira is considered the greatest authority on Vedic astrology after the era of the sages like Parashara. He was born near Ujjain during the sixth century AD. His most popular works are the Brihat Jataka and the Brihat Samhita. The Laghu Jatakam is a rather abridged version of the Jataka text. Easy to comprehend and rich in substance, it is a classic that must be studied alike by the novice and the master.

Remedies in Astrology (Part 2)
Lalitha Krishnamurthy

The Surya Kavacham is the standard stotra or hymn to propitiate the Sun-god and to seek his protection. The complete technique consists of the preliminaries; the meditation; and the stotra proper. The author describes the meditation and the stotra proper for the benefit of the readers in this article.

Lessons in Palmistry (Part 4)
Vinay Aditya

The author explains various minor lines in a hand – line of Mercury, lhe Via Lasciva, lhe line of intuition, the girdle of Venus, the line of marriage, line of Mars, the ring of Solomon, the ring of Saturn, the Rascettes, travel lines and the lines of children.

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