Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ravi Shastri- Yogas in his Vedic Astrology Horoscope

Cricket fundamentals:
Ravi Shastri has always been in the news. Whether it was his beginning as a slow, left-arm orthodox bowler or his growth as an all-rounder, he has almost always been at the forefront of events.

Recently, he has been appointed head-coach of the Indian cricket team after being a notable presence in the commentary-box. Ravi Shastri helped the Indian cricket team earlier with his distinctive style and came out with flying colours. He has not been shy of taking up the mantle despite the unseemly controversy between the former coach Anil Kumble, and the captain Virat Kohli.
Almost immediately he appears to have done away with the appointment of Rahul Dravid as one who would give inputs from the batting perspective, and Zaheer Khan, who would give inputs from the bowling perspective.

World Stage:
Ravi Shastri has played County cricket in the past and also worked on the international stage as an ambassador.  

From batting lower down in the order, Shastri graduated to opening the innings for India. He won the ‘Champion of Champion’ award in Australia and brought back an Audi, which in the day was a very conspicuous thing in India. He shares the rare record of hitting Tilak Raj for six sixes in an over in a first-class game.

Karma from the Vedic Horoscope:
The events in life having been notable, it is axiomatic that Shastri have the Karma which has brought the said events about. Let us then see the Rashi chart of the Vedic horoscope which is given below:

Before we start, we must note that the term Yoga is too lightly used in Vedic astrology. Of course, the coming together of two entities in Jyotisha amount to yoking and almost invariably we can discern its impact. But that is not even the tip of the iceberg. The classical literature in Vedic astrology is replete with the specific impact of Yogas and it should be clearly understood that Yogas are a distinct and major subject in Vedic astrology, and furnish the subject-matter of inquiries which must be undertaken independently due to the sheer width, magnitude and real-life impact that they entail. 
Thus sobered by this knowledge, let us look at this chart as we usually do, noting the coming together of entities but also realising today, that there is a whole substratum of Yogas in any given horoscope which must be strictly interpreted according to the Shlokas in the classical texts and which then dictates the entire fabric of Karma. That level of study and interpretation of the horoscope cannot be given here for a variety of reasons. Even so, let us continue. 

The Sun is in the Lagna and being the significator of prowess and fame, gives precisely that to Ravi Shastri. The fact that he shines can directly be linked to the Sun in the Lagna, and Sun is the Karaka of the Lagna as well.

The fundamental aspect of Yoga tells us that Budha-Aditya or Nipuna Yoga is formed due to the conjunction of the Sun and Mercury and gives high intelligence and expertise in the chosen vocation. Mercury is also the Karaka for speech and communication, explaining a part of his career very well.
Mercury is retrograde showing that this aspect of communication has been cultivated with hard work and did not come very naturally to him. At the basic level we can also see that Mercury is a first-rate benefic for Taurus Lagna and its placement in the Lagna is excellent.

The basic understanding of Rajayoga also reveals that since Surya is the lord of a quadrant and Budha the lord of a trine, their association yields Rajayoga and that too in the Lagna. [One will take the Rajayoga at the cost of a receding hairline, which the Agni of the Sun in Lagna will give without gender discrimination.]

Excellence in the career:
The 10th House from the Lagna is the career, and is the Swarga or heaven of the chart. Any planet here will give good results, as a rule of thumb. We find the oft-celebrated Gajakesari Yoga which is profound being in the 10th House. Also, planets in mutual quadrants are co-workers and support each others’ endeavours, which makes Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Moon helpful to each other. The results of the association of Jupiter and Moon are very auspicious and would have given a spotless life but for the exchange between Rahu and Moon.

The Moon in the 10th House is an excellent placement as the mind, social bearings, popularity and the human factor in life are at their highest. It is no wonder then that Ravi Shastri has enjoyed the popular acclaim that he has.

Rahu and Moon:
The exchange between Rahu and Moon changes things and brings in controversy and worse because the Moon gets tainted with the energies of the malefic Node. Rahu indicates shock, deceit, deviation from the norm, loss of protection and such things. These matters will have their say in his life and shape his personality. He is known to be stern and quick to take offence, probably because he found out the price of letting things be, when life dished out inexplicable and unpalatable things to him.
Rahu joining Jupiter in the 10th House owing to the exchange forms an adverse Yoga, the Guru-Chandala Yoga which will make it hard to form a reliable value system with which to navigate life. Counsel is required but may not be forthcoming. There is a chance of charlatans entering life if counsel is sought without due diligence, owing to the problems with the latter Yoga.

Image and visible life:
The Parivartana Yoga between the Moon and Rahu impacts the image and visible life because Rahu is in the Arudha Lagna. He has been seen as a person who has not cared for convention (Rahu), his earlier personal relationships were the focus of much public attention and scrutiny and generally the image was dominated by Rahu. But due to the exchange, Moon comes to its own sign in the Arudha Lagna pushing out the earlier perception and giving genuine, clean and conventional acclaim and popularity which are matters governed by a strong Moon. But he will never be too far from controversy because of this exchange. 

There is Kala Sarpa Yoga in the chart as all planets are between Rahu and Ketu and virtually everything is Karmic in life. It is excellence in the Lagna which breaks the Yoga.

Personal life and relationships:
Rightly or wrongly, this aspect of his life has been much discussed and Venus in the 2nd House from the Lagna, as the Karaka for relationships and marriage can contribute to this. The 2nd house from the Lagna is the 8th from the 7th House of relationships and thus adversely disposed to the latter, especially as Venus rules these as the significator.

The 7th Lord Mars has gone to the 12th House which forms his philosophy of ‘Work hard and party harder’.

It was evidently falsely reported in the media that the couple had filed for divorce because Shastri categorically denied it. Anyhow, the Upapada Lagna showing manifest realities of marriage is in the 9th House in malefic Capricorn and has Saturn and Ketu in it. The length of the marriage is seen from the 2nd House from the Upapada Lagna which is protected by the Gajakesari Yoga. The reason why the reports emerged in the media is because of the exchange between Moon and Rahu which brings Rahu to the 2nd from the Upapada and fosters doubts and discussions and these of rumours.

The Navmasha:
The Navamsha is the real test but here it is a pre-requisite that each very serious matter of the heart be tabulated and recorded for these tend to exhaust (apart from the human heart) the relevant reference-points in the horoscope. Suffice it to say that the 7th House in the Navamsha with the given time of birth has a debilitated Rahu.

even a fundamental view of the Yogas can yield an accurate portrayal of the Karma in life. Further, and deeper, Venus for certain reasons indicates that he should always retain professional proximity with companies.
Mars shows whatever may happen at the metaphysical level he will always be accepted as a leader of all he surveys since Mars is in the 10th House from the Arudha Lagna in Aries, and for some other crucial reasons apart from that.
Deeper Yogas:
The deeper Yogas are steps that are to be climbed so proportionally escalate the understanding of the chart, and of life in general. Since one step is higher than the other, there is great significance implicit in this seemingly simple fact. Due to this, these are required to be studied at an entirely different level of appreciation and understanding.


Anurag Sharma,

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