Vimshottari and other Dashas in Vedic Astrology: Deeper Truths of the Harbingers of Karma

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Dashas in Vedic
astrology are the harbingers of Karma. The natal Vedic horoscope remains the
same from birth to death but it is the Dashas, along with other factors such as
transits (Gochara) that fructify different parts of the Karma in the same natal
horoscope, and thus change life.
Kinds of
Just as there are many
intricacies in the Vedic horoscope such as Arudha Padas which were not as
well-known a few decades back as they are now, though they have always been
pillars of Jyotisha, so too the presence of various kinds of Dashas in the
classical literature. Not only are there a host of Dashas, there are numerous
factors associated with Dashas which are otherwise not known, and which are to
be used for effective analysis of the Karma and predictions emanating
Higher works
and distinct analysis
Just as one has
been travelling higher in terms of advancement of the works written for
consulters over the years, as awareness of principles sets in, these intricacies
of Dashas are now being used both in distinct papers as well as parts of these
higher and advanced papers, as tools for interpretation.
Specific Dashas:
One has written
earlier, and used profusely, some of these Dasha systems based on the
configurations in individual horoscopes, and those that have received these
works, shall readily recognize the fact. For instance, the Padakrama Dasha or
the Narayana Dasha of Rashis has been extensively used where fate or
determinism plays a significant role, signs indicating circumstance rather than
Other Dashas such
as the Dwisaptati Sama Dasha, Ashtottari Dasha, Dwadashottari Dasha,
Chataruasheetika Dasha, Shashtihayani Dasha, and so on, have often been used in
private papers as tools for investigation of the unfolding of Karma.
and desire
Desire then is
left to the Grahas (planets) and the manifestation of this Karmic desire of the
planets manifests through the Dashas of these planets in the various systems
based on the Nakshatras occupied by these planets.
Dasha, the Chief
Be that as it may,
the classical literature is distinctly clear in that it is the Vimshottari
Dasha, which is the chief among all the other Dashas. Thus, even though
conditional Nakshatra Dashas may be applicable in a horoscope, in certain ways the
Vimshottari Dasha is always applicable.
The term Dasha indicates
and means a state of being. Thus, all Dashas aim to reflect the state of
affairs in the horoscope under scrutiny owing to their own operation, and
precipitation of the Karma in their realm of operation.
Types of
Vimshottari Dasha
The Dasha that is
used most often, and rightly so, is a reflection of the social stimuli, public
participation, emotions, and the overall flux of life that pertains to the
existence of the native of the horoscope in question. However, advanced
Jyotisha is quite clear that there are variants of the general Vimshottari
which are to be used in cases where the conditions for their applicability are
These are: Utpanna
Vimshottari, Kshema Vimshottari, Aadhana Vimshottari and Kevala Vimshottari. Especially
for predictive purposes, it is important to use these variations so as to
arrive at the correct manifestation of the Karma during the operation of the
Mahadasha and Antardashas of the various planets. The conditions for the applicability
of these variations are distinct and specific.
Judgment of
Results of the Vimshottari Dasha
Thus, when we
consider the Vimshottari Dasha in all its classical splendour, we will discover
as we proceed that the judgment of its results does not truly emanate from the
popular premise which is commonly understood in the public domain.
Suffice it to say at
this juncture that there are numerous considerations such as evaluating the
lord of the Dasha in ways that are not popularly known, and then moving on to
the lord of the sign which the lord of the Dasha occupies.
Separately, we
also consider the various internal and external domains of the application of
the Dasha, and then the extension of this principle to the mutual interplay of
the Mahadasha and the Antardasha is undertaken applying the same device. All this
is largely unknown in the realm of popular astrology, even in its more sincere
In the result, it
is clear that the meaningful journey in Vedic astrology involves traversing increasingly
rarified though classically astute segments and principles of Vedic astrology,
and equally, it is a very rewarding personal journey to try and adhere closely
to the works and words of the Rishis.
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