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He was introduced to jyotish by his

Kulguru at the age of eight. After the

initial trigger early in life, he has pursued
the study of jyotish with utmost passion
ever since. He writes with the pen name
Abhishekha and is the Editor/Publisher
of AIAC Times, Chicago.
Abhishekha, USA
Associate Editor: Yenbeeyes

1.1 As in BPHS
his article is a sequel to the
article titled A Look into
Pranapada Lagna - Part 1
published earlier in Saptarishis Astrology
Magazine and should be read in
conjunction to the mentioned article.
The version of Brihat Parasara Hora
Shastra referred in this article is the
translation by Pandit Sitaram Jha
. This is
the most reliable version I have come
across on this text, especially in matters
of translation.
In the Aprakasha-Graha-Phala Adhyaya
(Chapter) of BPHS we see a
continuation of the hint that Parasara

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gave us in the interpretation of Pranapada in the end of
Chapter 3 [Graha-Guna-Swaroopa-Adhyaya].
Just to recollect, let me revisit those verses [73, 74 of Chapter 3]

Sphutam pranapadakhyam tatlagnam gyeyam dwijottama
Lagnad dwi- kone turye cha rajye pranapadam tada - 73
The resultant degrees obtained earlier should be added to get the Pranapada Lagna, O best of the
twice born! From the Lagna, if Pranapada falls on the 2, 5, 9, 4, or 10 Bhavas then

Shubham janma vijaniyat tatha eva ekadashe api cha
Anya-sthane stitham cheta syatat tada janmashubham vadet - 74
Such a birth is considered auspicious. Also 11
House placement of Pranapada should also be
considered for auspicious birth.
If Pranapada is placed in other Bhavas from Lagna, the birth is not considered auspicious.
So, to summarize, 4, 10-5, 9-2, 11 placements of Pranapada with respect to Lagna is
considered good while other placements are not considered good.
In Chapter 25, Parasara details the result of such placements. In verses 74 to 87, Parasara
writes about the result of placement of Pranapada from the Lagna.

Lagne pranapade kshano rogi bhavati manavah
Mookonmatto jadangastu heenango dukhitah krishah - 74
When placed in the Lagna, the native will be weak, diseased, dumb, lunatic, dull-witted,
handicapped and melancholic.

Bahudhaanyo bahudhano bahubhrutyo bahuprajo
Dhanasthanasthite prane subhago jayate narah - 75
When in the Dhana Bhava, the native will have abundant grains, wealth, many servants, many
praja [subordinates, can be children too] and shall be fortunate.

Himtsro garvasamayukta nishturo-atimalimluchah
Tritiyage pranapade gurubhaktivivarjitah - 76
When in the third Bhava, the native will be aggressive, will be haughty, hard-hearted, very
unclean and without any devotion to the teachers.

Sukhasthe tu sukhi kantah suhrudramasu vallabhah
Gurau parayanah sheetah prane vai satyatatparah - 77
When in the fourth Bhava, the native will be happy, good-looking, friendly, liked by friends and
women, devoted to Guru, soft and truthful.

Sukhibhak sukriyopetastapacharadayanvitah
Panchamasthe pranapade sarvakamasamnvitah - 78
Pranapad in the fifth bhava makes the native happy, do good acts, kind, and makes all wishes come

Bandhushatruvashsteekshano mandagninirdayah khalah
Shashte pranapade rogi vittapolpaayureva cha - 79
Pranapad in sixth makes the native subdued by his enemies and relatives, rude, have defective
digestive fire, wicked, diseased, wealthy and short-lived

Irshyalu satatam kaami teevra raudravaouhu narah
Saptamasthe pranapade duraradhyah kubuddhiman - 80
When Pranapad is in the seventh, the native will be jealous, lusty, and fierce in appearance, will
not be worth any respect and will be evil-minded

Rogasantapitangacha pranapade ashtame sati
Peeditah parthivaidukhaihimritya bandhu sutodbhavaihi - 81
When Pranapad is in the eight bhava, the native will be afflicted by diseases, troubled by the king,
will be miserable on account of servants, relatives and sons.

Putravan dhanasampannah subhagah priyadarshanah
Prane dharmasthite bhrityuhu sada adushtah vichakshanah - 82
When Pranapad is in the ninth bhava, the native will be endowed with sons, wealth, be fortunate,
charming, will always serve others, will not be wicked and will be skillful.

Veeryavan matimaan daksho nrupakaryeshu kovidah
Dashame vai pranapade devarchanaparayanah - 83
Pranapad in tenth makes the native heroic, intelligent, skillful, expert in carrying out royal orders
and makes him worship gods.

Vikhyato gunavan pragyo bhogeedha nasamanvitah
Labhasthanasthite prane gaurango matruvatsalah - 84
When Pranapad is in the eleventh bhava, the native will be famous, endowed with virtues,
learned, and indulging in pleasures, fair-complexioned and dear to his mother.

Kshudro dushtastu heenangah vidweshi dwijabandhushu
Vyaye prane netrarogi kaano va jayate narah - 85
When Pranapad is in twelfth bhava, the native will be mean, wicked, handicapped, will hate
Brahmins and relatives, suffer from eye diseases or be one-eyed

Itiaprakashakhetanam phalanyuktani bhusura
Tatha yani prakashanam suryadeenam khacharinam - 86

Tani sthitivashat tesham sphutadrishtivashat tatha
Bala abala vivekena vaktavyani sharirinam - 87
These are the results of the non-luminous planets, O Brahmin. Before declaring these results, the
effects of Surya and other planets should be examined wisely by their positions, relations, aspects,
strengths and weakness of the Grahas.

Commentary of Verses 73 to 87
s detailed in the part 1 of this series, Pranapada is related to Hridaya Spandana
[Heart Beat]. It measures the flow of blood from the Heart to the Brain
[Sahasrara Chakra] and is thus a measure of what stirs increased heart beat in
us, humans.
If we observe the verses of Parasara carefully we will see that among the Kendras, 4
Houses are considered auspicious. Konas [5
and 9
] are considered auspicious. 2

and 11
are also considered good.
The question is the same eternal mindboggling Why.
There are four pillars of human life Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha. Man like rest of
the animal kingdom is genetically tuned to reproduce. If we carefully study the animal
kingdom we will see most of the animal kingdom dies out after giving birth to their
offspring. Kama reduces Ayu
. This was known to the sages and thus they stressed on
celibacy for people who have a lot of karma to fulfill and needs to live longer. However,
that is a whole different discussion.
Pranapada in Kama Bhavas like 3, 7
will cause heart beat more when Kama situation
presents itself. However, 11
Bhava has the connection with brotherhood, friendship and
gains so it is not as bad. However, 11
Pranapada placement can make a persons heart
faster in matters of money and wealth.
Artha Kona is considered natural desire for most of humanity and has a good side to it
too. 2
Bhava indicates family, sustenance; food etc and a person with Pranapada [PP] in
will have his heart beat faster in those matters. Similarly a person with PP in 10

bhava can be a workaholic. However, PP in 6
Bhava would make a person too focused
on winning and defeating his/her opponents and is thus not considered a good thing. His
focus will be too much on victories and this may cause his demise.
One thing to note is that what causes our heart beat faster can also be the cause of stopping the
heartbeat, meaning cause of death. Thus, PP can show connection to death or death circumstances
of a person.
Dharma is always considered a good thing. PP in 5
will make the native very focused on
his/her children. Similarly, PP in the 9
Bhava makes a person very focused on his/her
mission in life.
Moksha is related to relaxation, passage and death [sleep]. PP in the 4
Bhava makes the
person very home-oriented and comfort seeking and it is his/her mother or home that
he/she is very attached to and makes his heart beat faster. PP in the 8
makes a person a
worry about his/her health and very interested in the occult. PP in the 12
makes a
person relaxed and lazy since sleep is what makes the persons heart beat faster.
What we desire most is what our heart beats for and finally it is the same thing that
causes our demise. We also have to keep another thing in mind. Aspects and conjunction
of Grahas will PPLG [Pranapada Lagna] will also have a severe impact on PPLG. The
slower the heart beat the better. Taking this into account, Saturn, [Rahu], Jupiter,
[Ketu], Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury and Moon will [in descending order] help the PPLG
[Pranapada Lagna]. Keeping this in mind, let us see a few case studies.

In Taoism, there is a slightly different view, Kama (considering it as sex here) without ejaculation increases longevity.
SA Editor
Case Studies
Thakur Ramakrishna Paramhamsa

Calculation of PP
PP = Ishtagati [in minutes] X Rate of PP + Arka-kona
Sunrise Time on the day of birth of Thakur = 6:31:24 hrs
Time of birth of Thakur = 6:44:00 hrs
Ishtagati = 12:36 minutes = 12.6 minutes
Rate of PP = 1 rasi/6 minutes = 5 degrees/minute
Ishtagati X Rate of PP = 63 degrees = 2s + 3
Arka-kona = 7 degrees of Libra = 6s + 7
Thus, PP = 2s + 3 + 6s + 7 = 8s + 10 = 10 degrees of Sagittarius
Analysis of PP
PP is in almost in the exact degree as Lagna in the 11
Bhava. The sign is the Sagittarius
[ruled by Jupiter] and Guru [Retrograde] has 7
aspect on it from the 5
House. Saturn
[also Retrograde] has 3
house aspect on PP from the 9
House. PP is also aspected by
Venus by Rasi drishti.

Swami Lokeswarananda writes There is no doubt that Sri Ramakrishna took on the sins
committed by Girish, for he once said, 'Because I accepted Girish's sins, I have this
disease.' The Master was referring to the throat cancer which eventually took his life.
Girish mentioned in the above quote was Girish Ghosh. Girish Chandra Ghosh was a
Bengali musician, poet, playwright, novelist, theatre director and actor. He was largely
responsible for the golden age of Bengali theatre. He can be referred to as the Father of
Bengali Theatre. He was a versatile genius, a scholar without having any formal
educational background, an actor of repute and a mentor who brought up many actors
and actresses, including Binodini Dasi. He cofounded the Great National Theatre, the first
Bengali professional theatre company in 1872, wrote nearly 40 plays and acted and
directed many more and later in life became a noted disciple of Sri Ramakrishna.
What is to be noted here is that Girish Ghoshs Moon was in Gemini in Ardra nakshatra.
Ramakrishnas PPLG Lord was Jupiter [R] in Gemini in Ardra nakshatra. 5
house is the
House of Disciples in a chart of a Saint. Girish Ghosh was a revolt and extremely
materialistic man [Gemini] and Ramakrishna had to take away his sins to free his karma
to bring him on the path of salvation. This caused the PPLG to activate and finally
became the reason of his death through a throat cancer [negative Jupiter]. We also see
here that Venus rasi drishti [Dramatics, Stage, Glamour] on PP activated because of
Thakurs association with Girish Ghosh.

One of the most famous quotes of Thakur was My hand
gets all twisted up if I hold money in it; my breathing stops.
But there is no harm in spending money to lead a spiritual life
in the world if one spends it, for instance, in the worship
of God and the service of holy men and devotees.
The difference between normal people and saints is that they
are divinely aware of what remedial measures they need to do
to fulfill their karma.
Although, both Guru and Shani aspects PP, Thakur only
lived till he was 50. Saturn and Jupiter both were retrograde.
Ramakrishna was extremely careful never to associate
himself with any wealth.
Swami Ramakrishna died of throat cancer but what is more
interesting is how he contacted this cancer.
Swami Vivekananda

Calculation of PP
PP = Ishtagati [in minutes] X Rate of PP + Arka-kona
Sunrise Time on the day of birth = 6:42:47 hrs
Time of birth = 6:33:00 hrs
Ishtagati = - 10 minutes
Rate of PP = 1 rasi/6 minutes = 5 degrees/minute
Ishtagati X Rate of PP = - 50 degrees = -1s - 20
Arka-kona = 29 degrees = 12s + 29
Thus, PP = 12s + 29 1s 20 = 9 degrees of Pisces
Analysis of PP
PP is in the 4
Rasi but in the 3
Bhava. PP is aspected by Saturn, Moon and Sun [Rasi
Drishti]. In the Bhava Chakra, there is no aspect on the PP by graha Drishti. The PP
Lord is placed in the 8
from the PP.

Vivekananda died at ten minutes past nine p.m. on 4 July 1902 while he was meditating.
The doctors remarked that it was due to the rupture of a blood-vessel in the brain, but
they could not find the real cause of the death.
There was another side to Vivekananda too. He honestly confesses in one of his writings
Once in me rose the feeling of lust. I got so disgusted with myself that I sat on a pot of
burning tinders, and it took a long time for the wound to heal. [Reference - Sil,
Narasingha P. (1997), Swami Vivekananda: A Reassessment (Mississauga, ON: Associated
University Presses).]
However, perhaps being bachelor and a celibate was best for him and thus Ramakrishna
never encouraged him to get married after his fathers demise.
Saturn shows good longevity but Moon shows short longevity. Moon also shows blood.
Sun shows death by heat or fever. PP in this case got afflicted by Saturn, Sun and Moon
Rasi drishti.
Both Thakur and Vivekananda have predicted their own death. Thakurs PP Rasi Dhanu
was owned and aspected by Guru. Vivekandas PP rasi was owned by Guru. A Guru
connection with PP perhaps makes an individual aware of his demise.

The 3H shows courage or urges. According to Wikipedia
His tours, hectic lecturing engagements, private
discussions and correspondence had taken their toll on his
health. He was suffering from asthma, diabetes, chronic
insomnia and other physical ailments. The severe austerity
he performed in his youth had already sapped his physical
A few days prior to his demise, he was seen intently
studying the almanac. Three days before his death he
pointed out the spot for his cremationthe one at which a
temple in his memory stands today. He had remarked to
several persons that he would not live to be forty.
On the day of his death he woke up very early in the
morning, then he went to chapel and meditated for three
hours, sang a song on Kali and then he whispered- "If
there were another Vivekananda, then he would have
understood what this Vivekananda has done!
I would encourage earnest learners to do more case studies on known personalities.