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Darapada and Upapada


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sarvavrttdhikr ca bandhaknmokakrat tath


sarva- whole, entire, all every; vrtta- having means of subsistence, practising any business or
profession, karma; adhikra-m. authority, government, rule, administration, jurisdiction; ca-and; bandham. binding, tying, fetter, arrest, imprisonment; kntana-n. cutting, cutting off, dividing; moka-m.
emancipation, liberation, release; kt-making, doing, performing, accomplishing, author; tath-so also, in
like manner;
Translation: [The tmakraka] has complete jurisdiction and authority over the entire field of karma and
is responsible for binding or imprisonment of the soul in the cycle of rebirth or can grant emancipation or
release wherefrom by cutting off the yoke of bondage.
Release or emancipation is examined from the twelfth house. Whereas the twelfth house from lagna
shows the release from the body or the last stage of life, the twelfth house from kraka, also
called jvanamukta shows release from the cycle of rebirth or moka. The term jvanamukta is
mentioned in the Chandrakal ni and the state of a jvanamukta is described in the Srimad
Bhagavatam while discussing the avadhuta brhmaa. Suffice is to say here that it is a state which can
be achieved in this body through complete and total detachment (Pisces/12th house) etc.
Just as moka is examined from the 12th house from the kraka, bandha or bondage in the cycle of
rebirth is examined from the seventh house from kraka. Whereas the seventh house from lagna in
the birth chart is the lagna of conception indicating the bondage of this birth due to desires (7th house is
the seat/Kendra of the Kma trikoa), the seventh house in the punya (death) chart shows the place of
rebirth. For example, if Mars is in the 7th house the native is reborn in an island. Such dictums are
mentioned in the classics that have only possible use in death charts and confirm the thought about the
7th house and rebirth. Similarly the seventh house from kraka shows the strongest desire causing
rebirth and planets in this house can also give marriage and fulfil all the desires for which one is born.

Battle between 7th & 12th houses


The seventh house and twelfth house are paraspara aaka(mutually 6/8 or inimically disposed).
Thus, normally rebirth indicated by the 12th house and rebirth indicating by the 7th house mutually
opposing directions of the soul and both of these cannot happen. Guru means a teacher and one that
guides thinking or processes logic in a certain direction based on individual preferences and senses.
Venus is the asura guru (teacher of the dark path or apara vidy) because he rules the seventh house
of the natural zodiac and guides the thoughts towards fulfilment of desires and rebirth. It is through the
semen ruled by Venus that rebirth occurs. Jupiter is the sura-guru (teacher of the bright path or para
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vidy) because he rules the 12th house of the natural zodiac and guides the thoughts towards
emancipation and spirituality.
However, in some cases when the lords of the 7th and 12th houses are natural friends then they come in
the category of mitra aaka where the native is promised both fulfilment of the desires and wishes
pertaining to the incarnation as well as emancipation by following the spiritual path of the ia devat.
For such people, marriage can cause spiritual growth and fulfilment. A thorough examination of not only
the 7th and 12th houses but also the dr-pada (A7) and upapada (A12 or UL) is necessary to take any
view on marriage and material comforts and renunciation of the same.
The significators of these are Venus (marriage) and Ketu (renunciation and moka). The Pauric
episodes related to Tulasi (Venus) Gaea (Ketu) shows how Tulasi gets cursed by Gaea to lose her
purity and spouse by Viu as she disturbed Gaea when He was meditating on Viu. In turn Tulasi
curses Gaea to have two spouses at the same time. This works in a strange way in charts where Ketu
in 7th house or A7 and Venus in 12th house or UL can give two spouses at the same time confirming the
curse of Tulasi. In the opposite, Venus in 7th house or A7 and Ketu/Rhu in 12th house or UL can cause
loss of spouse or two marriages after losing a spouse or even renunciation of spouse as the curse of
Gaea. On the other hand, Venus in the 12th house from lagna or ruha lagna (AL can show
someone losing his spouse while Ketu so placed can cause delay in marriage or complete denial of
marital bliss. Venus in the 6th house from AL can show absence of marriage or separation from spouse
while Ketu so placed shows a spiritual person who maybe cheated in relationships.

Chart 1: Two spouse

In Chart 1, Ketu is in the 7th house and Venus is in Upapada in Leo showing the curse of Tulasi on the
native. The native had a love affair in college and continued to date even after he was engaged to and
married another lady (second spouse). He has two sons from his first love from college and a daughter
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from his second spouse. The spouse know of each others existence and are doing everything to get
each other out of the triad relationship. The native is immersed in this mess of a relationship all the time
and the spiritual path is quite disturbed or blocked as the mind does not have the time to dwell on this
subject.

Chart 2: Swami Prabhupada-renunciation of marriage

The converse is applicable in the chart of Sri Prabhupada where Venus is in A7 in Virgo and Rhu
(node) is in Upapada in Aquarius. This shows the curse of Gaea (which for very spiritual people can
be a blessing in disguise). Using Caturasii sama daa (10th lord in 10th house), we note that
Prabhupada renounced his spouse when she preferred to have tea instead of him at the age of 54
years (1950) in Sun da Venus antarda. Four years later in Moon da Mars antarda he took to
the vanaprastha life and finally in 1959 in Moon da Venus antarda, he renounced and took
sannysa. The crucial role played by debilitated Venus (with ncabhaga rjayoga but in 6th house from
AL, placed in A7 and with nodal axis along the UL) is noteworthy confirming the curse of Gaea for
losing spouse and going towards Viu.

Chart 3: Female ditches

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In Chart 3, Ketu is in the 7th house and Venus is not only the lord of Upapada but also aspects the
Upapada in Libra. The lady had a long standing boyfriend who was not financially stable and then she
fell in love with an immigrant Indian who was much older than her. She was always suspected of
continuing the relationship with the old boyfriend, which is evident due to the presence of the curse of
Tulasi (see Chart 1). Her husband was a top executive in a company and got her a consulting contract in
the company so that they could live together. When the question of child came up, she took a transfer to
another continent and later divorced him. Venus in the second house shows poor sexual relationship
with spouse[i]. Marriage with the sugar daddyoccurred in Jupiter da Venus antarda and separation
occurred in Sun antarda when she got decent alimony and could continue with her first (original) love.

Chart 4: Bhanu Pratap Shukla

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In Chart 4, Venus is in A7 and UL as well in Leo and Rhu instead of Ketu is in the 7th house. Compare
this to Chart 1 where Venus is also in UL in Leo but A7 has two planets Sun and Mercury in Libra. Again,
Chart 4 has debilitated Rhu in seventh house and Chart 1 has exalted Ketu in 7th house. The native of
Chart 4 is a confirmed bachelor, has practiced celibacy throughout life and has dedicated his life to
social service and the nation.
NOTE: Merely looking at UL and 7th house cannot decide whether a person is to marry. The drpada
(A7) plays a significant role in sexual desires and their fulfilment or renunciation. Venus in A7 in the
Charts 2 and 4 of Prabhupada and Bhanuji was responsible for curtailing their sexuality and they would
strive to renounce the same completely.
An important exercise is to examine the placement of A7 and UL from the ruha Lagna (AL). The
ruha lagna is the most important sign and those in Kendra to AL shall flourish while those in duthna
shall perish. Sanysa is promised only if Venus is in a duthna from AL. In the case of Chart 2
Prabhupada had Venus in the 6th house from AL and took perfect sanysa and he wanted to take
sanysa. On the other hand Bhanuji has Venus in AL with UL and A7 and never took sanysa.

Chart 5: Swami Vivekananda

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In Chart 5 Venus is in the second house showing a lacy of sexuality either for self or spouse. The
ruha lagna is with upapada and drpada in Leo indicating that Swami Vivekananda in his early days
wanted to marry and settle down.
However, Venus is in the 6th house from ruha lagna and renunciation was his destiny when his guru
Ramakrishna forbade him to marry and instead directed him to lead Indian spiritual renaissance which
started with the freeing of the soul from bondage and led to Indian Independence. Note that Venus is in
the 2nd house from both lagna and Sun. He was a celibate throughout life.

Harmony between 7th and 12th houses


If there is harmony between the 7th and 12th houses and their ruha, especially from kraka then
the native shall benefit and spiritual advancement occurs due to the support of a spiritual spouse.

Chart 6: Rmakrishna Paramhansa

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In Chart 6 the 7th lord Sun is placed in lagna and it is also the chara drkraka. It is trines to its
dispositor and lagna lord Saturn which is also the 12th lord. The harmonious trine between the 7th lord
and lagna (also 12th lord) shows that spouse shall contribute substantially to the spirituality of r
Ramakrishna. Since Saturn is naturally inimical to the Sun, Ramakrishna was initially disinclined to
accept r Sarada Ma although they were legally wedded in childhood (she was six years at the time of
marriage). However on seeing her spiritual honesty, he agreed to her staying with him in the temple on
the condition of complete abstinence from any physicalcontact. It is interesting to note that Venus is in
the 2nd house from both lagna and the Sun indicating that Thakur (r Rmakrishna) shall have
complete celibacy throughout life even though married and staying with spouse. r Sarada Ma was an
epitome of perfect motherhood and she not only supported him completely in all spiritual practices but
also agreed to him worshipping her as the manifestation of Tripur Sundari (the form of Kali for the
sustenance and starting of a Parampara-lineage).
The Upapada is in Aries and its lord Mars is exalted in the 12thhouse of spirituality and is debilitated in
Cancer nava. This would cause separation from spouse unless the relationship is strongly spiritual.
Venus the significator is in the second and is also debilitated in nava in 12 house showing absence
of physical contact. To add to this the tmakraka Rhu is in drpada A7 in Taurus showing spirituality
dominating over sexuality thereby confirming a spiritual bond and not physical bond.
In a way, Sarada Devi was Thakurs first disciple. He taught her everything he learnt from his various
Gurus. Impressed by her great religious potential, he began to treat her as the Universal Mother Herself.
He said, I look upon you as my own mother and the Mother who is in the temple. Notice the upapada is
in the 4th house of mother confirming the truth behind Thakurs words.

Chart 7: Spiritual spouse


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In Chart 7 Ketu is in the 12th house indicating troubles in marriage but this is fully blocked by the argal
of Jupiter in the second house. Upapada is in Libra with the 7th lord Jupiter promising a very good
marriage and spiritual growth due to marriage. This spiritual growth should satisfy Ketu and the marriage
would be blessed. The drpada A7 is in Taurus and in Kendra to the ruha lagna confirming normal
physical desire. However the upapada in the 12thhouse from ruha lagna shows that the native may
tend to ignore his spouse. If Jupiter is the strongest influence on lagna or the second house (in that
order) and is unassociated then the native shall become very spiritual and shall search for the final
truth-om tat sat. Since Jupiter is 7th lord and is in upapada this search shall begin after marriage and
since the spirituality is coming through marriage Ketu shall not be averse to it.

Conclusion
The question of rebirth or moka cannot be settled with the birth chart and the death chart called puya
chakra has to be examined. We have explained how to examine this elsewhere in the paper titled
Saptaloka and Tala at the SJC West Coast USA conference.

[i] NOTE ON VENUS: Venus can be placed in houses 11, 12, 1, 2, or 3 houses from the Sun (dharma).
When behind the Sun it shows sexual immaturity and indulgence whereas when ahead of the Sun it
shows sexual maturity and abstinence in general. Of these, the placement in the second/eighth house
from the Sun and /or lagna can indicate complete denial of sexuality. In the charts of Rmakrishna
Paramhasa and Vevekananda we find Venus in the second from both Lagna and Sun showing denial
or abstinence throughout life whereas in the chart of Sri Prabhupada it in the second from the Sun alone
showing denial or abstinence in old age after he renounced marriage and took Sannysa

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