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‘Guru Jnäna’ – Knowledge making one a Guru (part 5)

Source of blessing
puraexsa< c muOy< ma< sa< iviÏ pawR b&hSpitm!,
purodhasäà ca mukhyaà mäà säà viddhi pärtha båhaspatim|
O son of Parthä, know Me to be Brhaspati, the foremost among the priests of kings. – BG 10.24
In the Bhagavad-Gita, Sri Krishna describes one of his many forms as that of
Båhaspati among priests of kings. Båhaspati is another name for Jupiter and is the giver
of knowledge
Being the biggest planet in our solar system is also the biggest to reflect the light
of the Sun, who is the source of all knowledge. Jupiter, being the lord of the natural 9th
and 12th houses (Sagittarius and Pisces), shows knowledge or understanding coming to
us as a result of our past karma, or blessings.
This blessing comes to the native if Jupiter is placed in trines (1st, 5 th or 9th) to the
Lagna - the Lagna, being the residence of the intellect and its trines having a direct
influence on the nature of the intellect. A person with such a Jupiter will have mastery in
at least one type of knowledge1.
In fact, the soul blessing of all knowledge comes from Jupiter and this should be
checked in the charts of all Jnäna Yogis, as it opens the Ajna Chakra, also known as the
3rd eye!

Jupiter in Divisional charts

The Divisional chart where this happens is important.
• If this combination happens in the Naväàça (D-9) the knowledge comes as a
result of personal mastery in the past lives and the native will have a complete
understanding of the knowledge. Similarly as Jupiter is a käraka for the 5th and
9th houses, any planet in trines in the Naväàça confers knowledge.
• If instead Jupiter is placed in trines to Räçi Lagna, the native is merely associated
with the knowledge through their efforts and activities.
• If this happens in the Vimsäàça (D-20), the blessings come as a result of a
divinity’s good will, towards us through our austerities.
• Similarly in the Siddhäàça (D-24), the knowledge comes as a result of
educational pursuits, whilst in D-60 the knowledge comes due to ones efforts in
the past life.
• If instead of placement, Jupiter has Räçi dåñöi on the Lagna, the native does not
desire for this knowledge, yet attains it due to another person’s good will, i.e. if
this placement happens in Vimsäàça (D-20), the native is blessed by a divine

gué[a svaRivd ¢iNwkZc.106.guruëä sarvävida granthikaçca||106||
personality and will hence expose this divine knowledge as a result of another
persons will.

In this manor the results of Jupiter’s placement should be determined.

Various Yoga’s with Jupiter

The placement of Jupiter or planets joining it indicates the type of knowledge one
will attain.
• Jupiter and Saturn together cause Brahma Yoga. Saturn indicating the deity of
Brahma and hence also the knowledge of creation and rebirth is indicated by this
Yoga, as well as the knowledge of Yogic practices.
• Jupiter and Mars will give the native strong sense of discrimination, and will be
apt at discerning big and complex systems2.
• Jupiter and Sun gives the native supreme knowledge about the universe and the
native will be knowledge like Lord Shiva, with understanding of Vedas, Puranas
and other spiritual texts.
• Jupiter and Venus forms Yoga for very fine eloquence, knowledge of poetry and
the fine arts, and the native will have strong aesthetic tastes3.
• Jupiter and Mercury together will make the person proficient in many languages,
and very able in the study and interpretation of various texts.
• Jupiter and Moon causes the birth of an excellent author, or one who can bring
stories to life4. This in turn is a very strong indication of fame coming to the
• Jupiter and Rahu together is less fortunate, thou it can give a very high level of
abstract thought. If aspected by many malefic’s devoid of benefic aspect, it can
make the native an apt killer, as the formation of Asura Yoga is formed.
• Jupiter and Ketu together forms Ganapati Yoga, where the native is blessed with
full understanding of Ganita and Jyotiña Çastra’s5. This is a perfect combination
for an astrologer.

Hence our focal point is – Jupiter placed in Lagna or its trines, forming a Yoga with a

k…jen naEyaivk>.111.kujena nauyävikaù||111|| (UPJS)
zu³e[ kivvaRGmI kaVy}Zc.105.çukreëa kavirvägmé kävyajïaçca||105|| (UPJS)
matipÇae> cNÔgué _ya< ¢Nwk«t!.102.mätapitroù candragurubhyäà granthakåt||102|| (UPJS)
ketuna gi[t}>.114.ketunä gaëitajïaù||114|| (UPJS)
Examples of some Jupiter’s Yoga’s
Chart 1: Naväàça - Albert Einstein

The Naväàça chart of Albert Einstein is given.

Jupiter is placed in trines and indicates a deep knowledge, and as its placed in
Scorpio it indicates a very powerful sense of logic and mathematics (Mars & Ketu)
coming to the native due to past life austerities and will definitely be used in this life.
It’s notable that Rahu is in the Naväàça Lagna in the pure sign of Pisces, and
Rahu only receives the Graha Dåñöi of auspicious Jupiter. Mr. Einstein was not only a
good mathematician but also a brilliant thinker and was known for his works using
abstract mathematical formulas.
Chart 2: Naväàça - Swami Vivekananda

The Naväàça chart of Swami Vivekananda is given.

The Naväàça Lagna is Scorpio and houses Jupiter, who has Mutual aspect with
Saturn and Mars in the 7th house, forming two Yoga’s for the knowledge of creation and
Yoga and giving powerful abilities of discrimination.
Swami Vivekananda was known for having spread the Vedanta philosophy in
America and England, and later returned to India to found the Ramakrishna Math and
mission, in the name of his guru – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahaàsa.
Ketu is in trines showing abilities in math and Ganita Çastra, whilst Venus
exalted in the 5th house would produce an excellent speaker and poet, which indeed
helped mark his fame in the assembly of ‘parliament of religions’ in Chicago the 11th
September 1893. As quoted from Romain Rolland:
"His strength and beauty, the grace and dignity of his bearing, the dark light of his eyes,
his imposing appearance, and from the moment he began to speak, the splendid music of his rich
deep voice enthralled the vast audience.... The thought of this warrior prophet of India left a deep
mark upon the United States."
Chart 3; Shastyäàça - Male Jyotiña

The native of the given chart was blessed with the learning of Jyotish and
spirituality, from a very young age, as a result of birth in a traditional lineage of
astrologers. Such blessings must be seen from the Shastyäàça (D-60), as such blessings
come from past life merits.
The Shastyäàça Lagna is occupied by an exalted Jupiter, indicating that the
native was a very learned person or Guru. With Ketu in trines to Jupiter, this ensures
that the native had excellent knowledge of mathematics and hence also Jyotish.
As Ketu is in Pisces, the lineage the native belonged to was a place close to the
sea. The native was born into the tradition belonging to Puri, Orissa, in this life, which is
close to the sea and the Jagannath Temple situated there.
After note to Jïäna Yoga

Jïäna Yoga at a glance

Notably in the given charts, the Guru Mangala Yoga is a reoccurring theme.
Mars is a fiery planet, and this fire in the form of ‘Tejas’ is used to burn away ignorance.
It is for this reason that the first çloka of the Åg Veda is a salutation to Agni:

A/i¶mI?¦e puraeih?t< y/}Sy? de/vm&iTvj?m!, haeta?r< rÆ/xat?mm!.

aÞgnimé×øe purohi×taà yaÞjïasya× deÞv amåtvija×m| hotä×raà ratnaÞdhäta×mam||
“O! fire, which all priests gather around, the resevoir of all sacrifices offered by the highest of
priests. Fix in me that jewel (of the universe) which removes all darkness!”
This first Åg is a prayer to ensure that the student of the Veda is always on the
path of the light – i.e. gets there ignorance removed. The light that removes this
ignorance is called Tejas, which finds its source in the Sun. Tejas is also the meaning of
the word ‘Bhargo’ in the Sävitur Gäyatri. Hence the Åg Veda has extolled the Sävitur
Gäyatri as the mantra which all can recite, whilst the other Gäyatri are more specific and
require initiation.

Importance of Sävitur Gäyatri

Just as the Sun is the source of all light, all knowledge finds its source in the Sun.
But without the light of the Sun the beings are lost, just as a person is blind
without their eyes. This blindness is caused by ones discarding of the God or spiritual
knowledge. This is exemplified by Mahaåñi Päräçara in the following çloka with
reference to Astrology:

raErv< nrk< Éu®va caNxTv< caNyjNmin.13.

rauravaà narakaà bhuktvä cändhatvaà cänyajanmani||13||
”One who devoid of astrological knowledge and blames this science, will goto the hell called
Raurava and will be reborn blind.”
This blindness is caused by the eclipse of the Sun by Rähu, and hence the worst
enemy for a person who is trying to learn about the universe. So to avoid the eclipse we
must worship the Sun, and the Sävitur Gäyatri is the best suited for this purpose.
The Sun is known as Sävita (Sävitur) or Äditya and praising the Sun whilst
performing Arghya6 is said to bestow the greatest results on the native. The Sävitur
Gäyatri is traditionally given to Brahmin children in their childhood, along with the
sacred thread, to ensure their enlightenment, protection as well as fortune throughout

Offering water.
It is the greatest blessing for the seekers of knowledge as the Gäyatri mantra is
addressed to Sävita who is said to be the embodiment of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva,
hence he encompasses the entire cycle of birth and rebirth, and if worshipped sincerely
the knowledge of this cycle will be revealed/realized and the native will break this

`7 tTsivtuvRre{y< ÉgaeR devSy xImih, ixyae yae n> àcaedyat!.

Om tatsaviturvareëyaà bhargo devasya dhémahi| dhiyo yo naù pracodayät||
O! Savitur (Creator & Lord of all) we praise8 Thee as the cause of the brilliant sunshine9 (that
burns our sins) and the Omnipresent giver10 (of life, sustenance and purity).
We meditate11 on Thy most glorious (Omniscient form) for imbibing the wealth of perfect
knowledge. We pray for Thy mercy in impelling12 and guiding our intellect, purity, growth
(both material and spiritual) and perfection/success in all good actions. – Translation and
comments by Sanjay Rath (Vedic Remedies in Astrology).
The Omkara (AUM) is prefixed to this mantra as per the advice of the Rig Veda
(Gaëeña Gäyatri), to (among other things) remove any obstacles in ones path from
having recited the Mantra incorrectly. Some also prefix other Beejaksharas to the
Gäyatri; however this should be done as per the guidance of a competent Guru.

As exemplified in the scheme of the Shad-Darshana the various parts of
knowledge are merely divisions of the Sun. These divisions are also called Vedanga or
“limbs of the Vedas”. These 6 parts are personified as its feet, face, hands, eyes, nose and
ears. Chandas, vyakarana, kalpa, jyotish, siksha and nirukta represent these respectively. And
as per Harihara (author of Prasna Marga) Jyotish is the eye of the Vedas and is given the
highest pedestal.

“Om” is not in the original Mantra as given by MahaÅñi Vishwamitra in the Rig Veda and has been added on the basis of the Ganesha
Varenyam means to sing and praise
Bhargo refers to the “Tejas” or fire of the Sun, its brilliance and shine and its Divine power to eradicate the root of all sins thereby
delivering us from evil for the sake of emancipation from the cycle of re-birth. Since it is always present and constantly doing this Holy
duty, it is the Omnipresent aspect of God (Vishnu).
Deva can mean both light/illuminator as derived from Diva or the giver as used in Daata or Devata. Thus in a sence is also defers to the
indwelling spirit.
Dhimahi refers to the act of meditating (with this mantra). The object of meditation is the Divine light of God (referred to earlier as
“Bhargodevasya”) and refers to His power of illuminating our minds with perfect knowledge. This is the second aspect of Godhead as
being Omniscient or the All-Knowing (Brahma). This is the highest meditation and is the crux of the teachings of Aurobindo. (Ref: Sri
Aurobindo’s works – “Savitur” and “The Secret of the Veda”, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry.
Dhi means intelligence, mind, intellect both conscious and in the higher planes of consciousness or subconsciousness. However, the
broad meaning of “Dhi” has been given by Harihara in the opening prayer of his monumental classic “Prasna Marga” [Translation by
maQyaaTvyaaiQapM dugQaisanQauknyaaQavaM iQayaa. Qyaayaaima saaQvahM bauWo: SauQyaO vaRQyaO ca isaWyao..
Harihara prays to Vishnu for “Dhi” in the four forms of Buddhi (intelligence/enlightenment), Suddhi (Purity), Vriddhi (prosperity and
growth) and Siddhi (Success in all good actions or perfection).
Hence those learning the knowledge of Jyotish or astrology are indeed
embarking on the highest among sciences or ways to understand the essence of the
Vedas and thus God…
Such people should lead a spiritual life and definitely add the Savitur Gayatri to
their compendium of mantra, as without the Sun… we are blind, but with it we can
become brilliant.