Pancangam and the Bhukta Tithi Rasi (Tithi based sign)
Further hints as to the significance of the Sun and Moon in Prabhupada’s chart (relegated to Sri Rama and Sri Krsna respectively), may be seen through the vara (weekday), tithi (lunar day), karana (half of tithi), yoga (Soli-lunar-yoga) and nakshatra (lunar constellation), as well as tithi-based sign at the time of birth. These constitute the five limbs of muhurta or Pancangam.
Prabhupada was born on the Krsna Navami Tithi, or the 9th lunar day of the waning Moon, which is ruled by the Sun, according to the Kalachakra. Sun, as has been reiterated in this article many times, is the 9th lord in occupation of the 9th house with lagna lord Jupiter and Ketu, thus suggesting that Prabhupada’s guru was a direct representative of the Paramatma, the in-dwelling Supersoul. It also suggests that Prabhupada himself attained the highest level of realization, thus qualifying him to become a diksa-guru also. This is confirmed by way of BK Saturn’s aspect to the Sun and the 9th house. Tithi is relegated to jala-tattva, or the element of water, and thus has to do with that which sustains the native.
The sum of the longitudes of the Sun and Moon fall in some nakshatra (one out of the 27), and for the purposes of the yoga thus obtained, various planetary rulers are assigned to each of the 27 nakshatras. Vajra-yoga was in place when Prabhupada was born, which is ruled by the Moon, who is very significant as the Ista-devata in his chart. Yoga, according to rules underlying the pancagam, is relegated to the akasa or element of ether, which joins or binds all things together. Thus, the force which brought Prabhupada to his guru as well as to the rest of the world is directly the Ista-devata Moon, who rules the Vajra-yoga.
Jyotir-linga and the Bhukta Tithi Rasi (tithi-based sign)
Jyotir-lings is the Sun sign of the chart, representing the point of conjunction of Siva (Sun) with his wife Parvati (Moon) for the purpose of birth of human beings. Briefly, this may be understood as the point where life force (Sun) joins the womb (Moon) of matter symbolically, and where the seat of the native’s incarnation and life purpose may be found in the astrological chart. So far as the tithi-based sign in Prabhupada’s chart is concerned, 60.11% of Navami tithi was remaining at birth, or in other words, 39.89% of the tithi had elapsed (100-60.11). This percentage, multiplied by twelve, equals the sign of the zodiac representing the Sun’s symbolic movement and yoga with the Moon. The tithi-based sign (Bhukta Tithi Rasi) arrived at, may therefore be found as follows:
- 0.3989×12 = 4.79
- 4.79 = 4 sign, 23.70 degree, or 23 degree 42’ of Leo
So, 23 degree 42’ Leo is a very significant sign of the zodiac for this chart, and its emphasis indicates the main purpose for incarnation of this individual. Leo – 9th house, as we have seen, is the sign-house position of the most signification raja-yoga in this chart for spirituality, and is directly the insignia of Lord Sri Ramacandra as well.
Navamsa of the Tithi-Based Sign
23 degree 42’ Leo falls in a Navamsa of Scorpio. Scorpio is the 12th house of the Rasi chart, while both of its lords, Ketu and Mars, join both of the Sun and Moon respectively in Prabhupada’s chart. Thus, the themes surrounding creation, sustenance of life and the specific avataras Ramacandra and Krsna, Who are everything in Prabhupada’s life, can be seen by the confluence of the above factors. Note also that the Sun, Moon and sign Scorpio , are all in kendras to the Atmakaraka, while the Sun, Moon, Mars and Ketu all form unobstructed argala to the Atmakaraka Rahu.
Thus where life force joins the womb of matter symbolically is where the seat of the native’s incarnation and life purpose may be found in the astrological chart.
Vara: the Weekday (Agni-tattva)
The day of week on which an auspicious event occurs, is every important in Muhurta Jyotish, as the Vara is representative of agni-tattva or the element of fire. Agni indicates physical strength, as well as the ambition and determination of the native to carry some goal into fruition. Prabhupada was born on Monday, which is ruled by the Moon (Sri Krsna by astrological correspondence), which again brings the energy to determination and life force directly to the Ista-devata, who is the Moon in this chart.
Nakshatra: Vayu Tattva
The nakshatra that the Moon may be placed in at birth, as well as its ruler according to Vimsottari dasa, in addition to its natural ruler, indicates vayu-tattva, the energy of air. Air indicates the way the mind works, and in which directions the mind may direct the native’s actions. Mrigasira is ruled by the deity Chandrama or the Moon, who is again the Ista-devata. The Vimsottari dasa ruler is Mars, who, as shown above, rules the 12th house and the Navamsa of the tithi-based sign. Significantly, Mars is also the Dharma-devata for this chart, which was mentioned above. Finally, the Moon and Mars form Vipareet raja-yoga, which gave Prabhupada intense determination and enthusiasm in the manner of serving his guru, and ultimately the Ista-devata as well. This passion may not be seen as material or personally ambitious, as the Mrigasira is a deva or godly star, which resonates with the material quality of sattva or goodness. Among the four orders of human evolution that it is ascribed to, i.e., dharma, artha, kama and moksa, Mrigasira is relegated to moksa. So, the mind is determined in his mission in an aggressive, yet pure and godly type of way, which ultimately aims at moksa, or the freedom from the repetitions of birth and death.
Karana: One Half of a Tithi
A karana is half of a tithi, in other works, the division of each of the thirty (30) tithis in one lunar month in half gives sixty (60) karanas. A karana is relegated to the prithvi-tattva or earth element, and shows factors which supports the life or mission of the native which endure over an extended period of time. The Taitula Karana in which Prabhupada was born is ruled by Mercury, who is exalted in the 10th house, as well as who is in the 6th from the arudha lagna. Thus, the one effort that he wished to endure over time, and which in fact formulates the basis of his legacy, were his books and translations of Vedic literature. The key to Mercury’s participation in the Sun-Moon themes in this chart is its position in the Hasta nakshatra, whose Vimsottari dasa ruler is the Ista-devata Moon. The natural ruler for Hasta is Suryadeva, the Sun, who again is the 9th lord and lord of the Jyotir-linga (tithi-based) sign.
Bringing all of this together, we see that the many important factors underlying this individual’s life focus around the Sun and Moon, both representative of the two main avataras of Visnu, Sri Ramacandra and Sri Krsna. Mars, as the Dharma-devata, and also as representative of Sri Nrsimhadeva (half-man, half-lion incarnation of Visnu), stimulates all the yogas in this chart as well. Given that these are in great strength in the Rasi chart, and given that they alone either occupy or aspect the 12th house from Karakamsa lagna, it is evident that Prabhupada attained moksa at the conclusion of this lifetime. Similarly, the 12th house from the Navamsa lagna (Lagnamsa) is aspected by Jupiter, Ketu, Mercury, as well as Bhartrikaraka Saturn. These are strong confirmations and evidence of the likelihood of his having attained a state of liberation following death. This was the fulfillment of the dream, in which the avatars of Visnu guaranteed that he would “cross the ocean” safely and fulfilly his mission in his lifetime. He undoubtedly was rapt in full consciousness of Krsna at the moment of his death, and left this world in Sri Vrindavana-dhama amidst the uproarious sankirtan of the Holy Names of Krsna. Moksa is guaranteed by leaving the world in this way, a fact which Sri Krsna affirms in the Bhagavad-gita.
Indication of Moksa in the Rasi Chart
Although Maharsi Jaimini emphasizes the 12th from Karakamsa or Lagnamsa as indicative of moksa, we also get very clear indications of the same in Prabhupada’s Rasi chart. Moksa can be seen with respect to the Rasi lagna, in the following ways;
- Ketu rules the 12th house, as it is the stronger ruler of the sign of Scorpio.
- 12th Lord Ketu joins the lord of the ascendant in the 9th house, while the lord of the 9th (Sun) indicates that he left this world in a temple. Jupiter’s presence indicates that he was in the association of many disciples. Sun and Jupiter’s forming unobstructed argala to the exalted Moon indicates that the place was a temple of Sri Krsna.
- Finally, the stronger between the AL and the A7 can be judged in the matter of the circumstances of death. It was already mentioned that the 3rd or 8th from the AL can give indications of the circumstances, although Maharshi Jaimini advises that the 3rd and 8th from the A7 (Darapada), can be seen also, if the A7 is stronger than the AL.
- Given that the A7 (Virgo) is stronger than the AL (Aries, with no planets in it) its vantage point may better indicate the circumstances of death. Ketu is the lord of Scorpio, which is in the 3rd from A7. Twelfth lord Ketu, in company with lagna lord Jupiter and the Sun in the 12th from A7, give strong and similar confirming indications of moksa after the completion of this lifetime.
- Finally, he left this world in the Vimsottari dasa of Ketu, and sub-period of Mercury, the lord of A7.
Drig Dasa and the Timing of Events
The events in the spiritual life of Srila Prabhupada are graphic examples of how the Drig dasa times spiritual occurrences very accurately. Among many, the following are studied from this point on:
- March, 1922: Met his guru, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati
- August, 1925: First visit to Vrindavana, the home of Lord Krsna
- December 13, 1936: His guru enters samadhi and passes from the world
- October, 1944: Started his own magazine, Back to Godhead
- August, 1954: Left his wife after she traded his Srimad Bhagavatam for tea
- September, 1959: Received sannyasa initiation (formal renunciation) from Srila Kesava Maharaja
- September 18, 1965: Landed on American soil (Boston harbor), for the first his mission of spreading Krsna Consciousness in the west. Note that while on the voyage from India, he had two heart attacks.
- August, 1969: Held the first Rathyatra ceremony ever of Lord Jagannatha outside of India, in London, UK
- November 14, 1977: Passed from this world amid the chanting of the Holy Names of Krsna in Vrndavana, India, and attained moksa.
Srila Prabhupada Life Events and Drig Dasas
|Events||Dates||Drig Dasas: MD/AD|
||March, 1922||Capricorn/ Leo|
||August, 1925||Cancer/ Taurus|
||December 13, 1936||Scorpio/ Gemini|
||October, 1944||Gemini/ Gemini|
||August, 1954||Virgo/ Pisces|
||September, 1959||Sagittarius/ Virgo|
||September 18, 1965||Sagittarius/ Sagittarius|
||August, 1969||Pisces/ Gemini|
||November 14, 1977||Aries/ Gemini|
Drig Maha Dasas (Major Periods) for Srila Prabhupada
Only the mahadasa are given below:
|Leo||1896-09-01 – 1908-09-02||Scorpio||1934-09-03 – 1943-09-03|
|Aries||1908-09-02 – 1909-09-02||Gemini||1943-09-03 – 1947-09-03|
|Capricorn||1909-09-02 – 1913-09-02||Virgo||1947-09-03 – 1959-09-03|
|Libra||1913-09-02 – 1923-09-02||Sagittarius||1959-09-03 – 1967-09-03|
|Cancer||1923-09-03 – 1026-09-03||Pisces||1967-09-03 – 1974-09-03|
|Taurus||1926-09-03 – 1929-09-03||Leo||1974-09-03 – 1977-09-03|
|Aquarius||1929-09-03 – 1934-09-03||Aries||1977-09-03 – 1985-09-03|