Monday, July 25, 2016

Application of Shadbala in Vedic Astrology

We have written about Shadbala and its crucial importance in predictive Vedic astrology at the advanced levels-

The importance is implicit in the fact that Bala or strength of a planet shows the inherent ability to influence matters within its domain in the horoscope, and thus in life.

But the importance of Shadbala is actually due to the intricacies of its application. This is the reason for our stating that the secrets of Shadbala will not be disclosed even in the privacy and seclusion of consulting. The secrets, hitherto unrevealed, pertain to the rules of application which make Shadbala what it is. Also, as we have stated, Bala comes from Hanuman, the epitome of strength in Hinduism, and to treat the source of strength (Shadbala) without proper respect is to fall foul of the mace of Hanuman.

It is realm such as Shadbala which really deflects our attention from the dominant perspective that centres itself on the Lagna and gives us a standard way of looking at the Rashi Chakra. Bala truly tells us that life does not really manifest only in standard ways but is replete with a myriad perspectives, all more important than the other, especially since all flow directly from the higher echelons of the Shastra.

Let us only take three areas of application, for the purposes of illustration. There are strengths in the system of Shadbala, which are focussed completely on the extent to which a particular kind of planetary strength gives a semblance of power to the native. In other words, this measure of strength gives the native, through the planet, the power to influence the minds of a large number of people, through the significations of the planet. Obvious achievement in society and its deciphering become greatly assisted when this measure of strength is studied and applied in accordance with the system of application given above.

An extremely important measure of strength is related to how and when things of note happen to individuals. This measure of strength is rooted in the filtering of potential through the prism of Time which renders it kinetic. To put it differently, this measure of strength not only indicates which Dashas in the chart are likely to yield fruits if they should be promised, but also how the potential itself is arrayed in crucial areas of life. An instance could be work. We are always looking at the 10th Lord and the 10th House and the Karakas and so on, and so we must, but there are measures of strength which can give us unparalleled insight into achievement and work related application through this system, which insight cannot otherwise be had.

[Note: Some of these calculations are not correctly given in the modern softwares and may have to be separately computed, a brief foray into which gives us an idea of the sort of mathematics our ancestors were doing in the Vedic era.]

Finally, we can look at overarching indications through the Shadbala, if these should manifest in the horoscope. These would indicate overwhelmingly strong abilities and things of that nature. Strengths in this segment can show prowess in one or more avenues of life. This reveals the consequences of knowingly or unknowingly following the agenda of a planet in quite a magnificent way. If this is one end of the diameter, then the other must necessarily show injurious settings in life if such strengths should be lacking and will damage that area of life through the weakness of the planet.
Bala gives the real picture of what a Graha holds within it for a native and without this we cannot really know the basic intent and purport of the planet.

Anurag Sharma
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Shadbala- Six Measures of Planetary Strength in Vedic Astrology

When the discerning neophyte is able to interpret the placements of planets from the Lagna, certainly perspective accrues and he is able to form an opinion about a variety of matters, and this holds true even if we were to restrict our study to the Rashi Chakra.

There is, of course, no reason to restrict the study to the Rashi Chakra, for we do know by now that the true elixir of Vedic astrology is to be found in its stalwart Vargas or the divisional charts. Every specific of life, in any segment thereof, may be found in these divisional charts.

But if we deflect our present line of discussion slightly, every now and then, amongst people seriously evaluating their lives through Vedic astrology, the sentiment does rise, and is expressed in conversation in a myriad ways, and this is the curioisoty as to what might truly be, Karmically, inside a given planet, as it were.

In other words, apart from its lordship and placement and relationships, the question which arises in the minds of many people is: what is a planet in itself,  in the horoscope and life of a given person in the reference frame of the destiny that it promises to deliver on its own part in those realms. People do ask, if a planet which is well-disposed, is capable of doing so to the utmost, and in the process alter the life of the individual significantly. Conversely, the question which often besets the mind of the thinking individual is, whether a planet which is ill-disposed, would be less problematic if it were somehow inwardly weak, or strong.

This intuitive insight into the internal world of a planet is not misplaced or ill-advised but is rather one of the highest and best kept secrets in traditional Vedic astrology. Secret, not insofar as its existence is concerned, but most definitely a secret when it comes to its usage. The matter of which we speak is that of the six-fold strength or the Shadbala of the planet.

There are six crucial measures of the strength of a planet which comprise its internal universe of strengths and weaknesses, and therefore its core, and this is of the utmost importance at the increasingly higher levels of Vedic astrology when it comes to the role and impact of the planets in any given nativity.

There are ambiguities in the computation of these strengths in the minds of technical people which lead to softwares computing it differently. This area of Vedic astrology is wholly classical and like much of Vedic astrology at this level is tied closely to the religious truths of Hinduism. When we appreciate this fact, we realise that the correct ways of both computation and application are those that are closely aligned with scripture.

Shadbala sounds like a subtle and internal matter, and is, but is equally pragmatic and dynamic in its application. The principles pertaining to its proper understanding and application are not given anywhere in any text and are protected by the mace of Hanuman. This is knowledge which comes by the grace of the Gurus and is so precious that it can completely illuminate the horoscope in a new, divine light.

Apart from its glorious nature, the subject of strength derives further importance from the fact that the six-fold strengths of the planets are far more numerous than just six because the fundamental divisions have very many sub-divisions which truly elucidate matters in such a way that the understanding of the chart, and thus of life will never be relegated to the previous levels even if someone has been walking the relatively high path in Vedic astrology.

It should be very clear that we would not be divulging the secrets which make the Bala what it is, in consulting, as they rightly belong with Hanuman, but shall be applying the Bala fully in certain cases where papers such as the Advanced Detailed Chart Analysis, and others of a similar trajectory are being written, so that the intended Jyoti or illumination is fully in evidence and the benefit thereof is derived to the utmost.

We have written about these advanced works previously, including at- and at

The point is, that in these works composed at the higher trajectories, depending on the nature of the chart at hand, and the nature of the concerns which are most fundamental in the lives of the consulters, we shall be delving into the Bala (s), (without exposing their secret core)  which is most crucial given the facts, and that of those planets especially which require a measurement and understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, and above all, the application of those to the chart and life of the native of the horoscope.

Anurag Sharma
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