Sage Gautama’s Vidyashram

Shri Chandrashekhar sharma

Gautama Maharishi is one of the Saptarishis   of the current Manvantara (seventh). He was one of the Maharishis of Vedic times, known to have been the discoverer of Mantras — ‘Mantra-drashtaa’, in Sanskrit. The Rig Veda has several suktas (Sanskrit: ‘hymns’) that go with his name. He was the son of Rahugana, belonging to the line of Angiras. The Devi Bhagavatam says that the river Godavari is so named because of its association with Gautama. He had two sons by name Vamadeva and Nodhas, both themselves discoverers of Mantras. There is a hymn called Bhadra in the Sama Veda which again is ascribed to Gautama Maharishi.

Guru: Shri Chandrashekhar sharma

Chandrashekhar Sharma, from Nagpur, has good knowledge of sanskrit and a well known name in the internet forums for his humbleness & kindness to teach each and everyone.  He has been an ardent student of this science from decades with deep thoughts into various disciplines. He is the author of  the best selling book “Vedic Astrology Demystified”, available in books stores and on Saptarishis Astrology Online Book Store.

Jataka Tatva, Chp 3 Prakirna Tatva, Navama Viveka, Verse 31 & 34

Verse 31: If the lord of the 4th house is in the 5th the native shall be a devotee of God Vishnu

Verse 34: If the planet owning the Navamsa occupied by the Lord of the sign, Jupiter is posited in, be aspected by Jupiter or Venus the native shall be devoted to his Guru.

Guru Shri Chandrashekhar Sharma:

At the outset I must say that Jataka Tatva is primarily a collection of yogas from different astrological classics therefore some of the yogas indicated are only repetition of what is said in other texts in words of Mahadev Pathak. He has also included yogas that occur in Jaimini sutras. Some of the yogas including the Nabhasa yogas may not occur in the form they are given, due to astronomical reasons. One must bear this in mind before blindly applying the yogas to live charts.

Now coming to the specific question that is asked (letting go about the correct shloka numbers) and keeping it in mind that Mahadev Pathak followed the deities as given by Jaimini, I think that the reason that he ascribes:


  • 4th lord being in 5th leading to bhakti of Lord Vishnu is that he has considered the kendra, that is 4th bhava, as Vishnu sthana (as told in BPHS) and its lord going to the Mantra bhava that is the 5th appears to result in the jataka being a devotee of Lord Vishnu.


I think the next shloka referred to is :

jIvezSya<zeze guézu³†òe guéÉ´>.40.

jéveçasyäàçeçe guruçukradåñöe gurubhaktaù||40||

  • I think the correct translation should be “when the lord of the navaaMsha occupied by Jupiter is aspected by Jupiter and Shukra, this makes the Jataka a devotee of his Guru.” Jupiter is the karaka for one’s Guru. Now if we remember Kalpadruma yoga we can see how strength of the dispositor of lagnesha and the NavaMsha lord of the navamsha occupied by him (and its dispositor etc) grant strength to lagnesha. Here the same principle appears to have been applied and thus the navamsha dispositor of Guru being aspected by the only two full time benefics who are both themselves Gurus (one of the Gods and other of the demons), strengthens the 9th bhava, which is also the mUlatrikona Rāshi of Guru in natural zodiac, indicating besides others Guru and as such this leads the Jataka to be devoted to his Guru.



  • Jataka Tatva, Chp 3 Prakirna Tatva, Navama Viveka, Verse 89 & 94

Verse 89: If Rahu or Sun occupy the 10th house, the native shall have the opportunity to bathe in the Ganges.

Verse 94: If Mercury or the lord of the sign occupied by him is in the 12th house, the native shall have the luck of bathing in the Ganges.

Guru Shri Chandrashekhar Sharma:

1) Rahu occupying the 10th bhava leading to one taking a bath in holy river Ganga is mentioned in many classics. Mahadev Pathak adds Sun also to this position. As a matter of fact he has associated Ganga bath with most of the natural benefics when connected with the 3rd, 9th, 10th bhavas and in exaltation in rasis etc. But let us look at the combination under discussion and try to understand the logic behind Ganga bath being the result of the yoga.

         I think the primary reason is that some authorities consider that the 10th house is also related to conducting the final rites of father after his death. I tend to agree with this as 10th is 2nd (the bhava of wealth) from 9th , the bhava for father and since, for a Hindu, the most important wealth is final emancipation that is only possible if son performs the last rites of a father. In Hindus these last rites have, traditionally, been conducted on the banks of River Ganga during which one also takes a bath there. Rahu is said to represent our desires to remain on the martya loka (Mortal universe) and his going to the 10th signifies end of such desire and liberation for the father this to my understanding is on account of the fact that when Rahu is in the 10th Ketu the granter of Moksha (Moksha Karaka) occupies the apex of Moksha Trikona; that is the 4th bhava. Thus Rahu in the 10th is said to lead to bath in Ganga. The reason Sun is also added here might be as Sun being Karaka for the father and its being positioned in the 10th aspecting the 4th and would indicate liberation of the father and, in turn, the son that is the jataka, being able to take bath in river Ganga.


2) In case of Mercury or its dispositor in 12th leading to bath in Ganga, the logic appears a bit more tortuous. It seems that here (as with Sun connected with Ganga bath) karaka for relatives (Gyati karaka), that is Budha, is considered. So Mercury or its dispositor going to the 12th which is the bhava of final emancipation is perhaps thought to make the final rites of his relatives (not only father) in order to grant them final emancipation and for that purpose the jataka may perform the last tires by bank of Holy Ganga and hence the reference to Bath in river Ganga. Here again we find that use of karaka and the moksha Trikona is made to conclude that the Jataka shall perform last rites of relatives and thus shall have an occasion to bath in Ganga.



  • Jataka Tatva, Chp 3 Prakirna Tatva, Navama Viveka, Verse 113

If Jupiter is in the 6th house and the Sun is in the 4th, the native shall take to ascetic life without necessary religious penance.

Guru Shri Chandrashekhar Sharma:

I would personally think that the translation of “tapohIna sanyaasi” as one who takes to ascetic life without necessary religious penance may not exactly be right. It could mean one who is some one who poses as an ascetic. And to me that appears to be more likely in view of Jaimini sutra “ravigurubhyaam gurovavishvaasa”, and the fact that the primary karaka for 9th that is Sun occupies 8th from it as Jupiter the karaka for Guru goes to dusthana (6th, 8th & 12th houses are termed as Dusthanas).

However assuming the translation to be correct, the logic for the yoga could be that here Jupiter the karaka for religion, Guru, as in preceptor, and owner of the 9th bhava in natural zodiac is going to the 6th that is 10th from the 9th indicating some fame due to religion. However he is also Karaka for wealth, income and progeny so it is possible that the Jataka may not undergo any religious penance. This is further consolidated as Sun the karaka for atmabala is bereft of Digbala and he is lord of the 5th bhava that is mantra pada being positioned at 12th from 5th which is Mantra bhava (which happens to the 9th from the 9th)  leading to not undergoing the religious penance.

 In order to put record straight, let me reiterate that I do not think these results will ensue with the combinations given in the yoga and most probably the person will be one who poses as an ascetic.



  • Chp 3 Prakirna Tatva, Dasama Viveka, Verse 44 (Page 224)

If Jupiter is in the 1st or 4th house the native would engage himself in Govt or public work.

Guru Shri Chandrashekhar Sharma:



Then we again find sutra 35 telling us “maatari gurau shukre candre vaa raajakIyaaH” indicating one to be a high government official if Guru (Shukra or Chandra) is in trines to the Lagna lord or the 7th lord. Even otherwise Guru is called the Mantri or adviser to the King Sun. Thus when in the Lagna he aspects the 5th bhava which happens to be the rasi of Sun in natural zodiac and he therefore may be connected with government work. His aspect on the 9th would also indicate his caring for righteous behaviour and so public work maybe mentioned. The logic for Guru in the 4th giving government work or public service may have to do with its aspect on the 10th bhava which is also called throne of the King and connection with it might be taken to make one take government work or Public service as the 10th bhava is also called “Maana Sthana” and Guru in 4th can certainly give honours to the Jataka which could be on account of his public service. So personally I would think that while Guru in lagna would give government work, for his position in the 4th public work might be more prominent, especially in education field.


  • Jataka Tatva, Chp 3 Prakirna Tatva, Dasama Viveka, Verse 101 (page 231)

If Mercury is in Virgo Ascendant, Jupiter in Pisces, Saturn in the 11th house and Venus in Sagittarius and Mars and Sun are weak, the native would be a King of Kings

Guru Shri Chandrashekhar Sharma:

I think the reference is to the following shloka:

kNya¼e }e H;e jIve laÉe mNde hye zu³e v³akaRblaE rajaixraj>.101.

kanyäìge jïe jhañe jéve läbhe mande haye çukre vakrärkäbalau räjädhiräjaù||101||

This means when Budha (Mercury) occupies the lagna in Kanyaa (Virgo) rasi, Guru be in the Pisces, Saturn in 11th (in Cancer) and Venus be in the 4th occupying Sagittarius while Mars and Sun are weak (obviously Mars occupies Cancer in the 11th bhava and Sun occupies Libra the second bhava in debility and being lords of trika sthanas in debility in good bhava gives viparIta rajyoga, the person becomes King of Kings. The translation is correct.


The logic is simple, the lord of the 10th occupies the lagna giving the jataka fame on his own efforts, Venus is with digbala in 4th giving luxurious houses, vehicles etc., Guru in 7th in own rasi aspects the lagna giving wisdom, the 11th giving wealth and as that happens to be Cancer owned by Moon strengthening the mind, and the 3rd strengthening the bhava and also making him one who cares for his bretheren. Mars though in debility being one trishadaaya lord in another trishadaya house and giving good results of vipareeta rajyoga being a trika lord (8th lord) in debility in 11th and Sun another trikesh (12th lord) in debility in 2nd bhava giving rise to viparita raj yoga and Mars aspecting the 6th by aspect the ability to overcome his enemies. Saturn in an upachaya (11th), which also happens to be its multrikona bhava in natural zodiac that is the 11th  and also lord of one trishadaya sthana (6th) placed in another trishdaya sthana, gives him wealth. This is a classic case of all benefics occupying kendras and malefics occupying upachayas and trikeshas in debility in bhavas other than trika bhava, resulting in vipareeta rajyoga leading to an extraordinarily powerful rajyoga. I think in such a case, though the shloka does not mention it, Chandra should be in the 7th conjunct Guru giving it pakshabala.


  • Jataka Tatva, Misra Viveka Verse 39

If Saturn and Venus combine in a single house, the native would be short sighted but conversant with the art of writing books and painting.

Guru Shri Chandrashekhar Sharma:

I think the reference is to the following shloka:



The reason for Shani conjunct Shukra giving short sight is understandable (though personally I think “alpa-drishti” means afflicted sight or one with deficient sight) as Shukra is connected to Eyes and affliction to Shukra can cause problems with eyesight, however it need not necessarily be only short sight. The author seems to think that Saturn afflicts Shukra. Shukra also gives interest in painting and other art forms and being called Kavi (poet) is also connected with poetry and also writing (Jaimini). However I would doubt if Saturn and Venus being conjunct in any bhava will give these results. That is more likely if they occupy the 3rd or more likely the 11th bhava. Personally I think that the word “lipipustakacitravetta” indicates that the intent of the author in giving the yoga was to indicate that Saturn and Venus being conjunct, the jataka will be having defective eyesight and be either a clerk or seller of books or drawings/paintings. It is also felt that for this the combination has to occur in the 2nd bhava.



  • Jataka Tatva, Chp 3 Prakirna Tatva, Saptama Viveka, Verse 164

If Saturn or Moon is in the 10th or the 4th house counted from Mars, the native could satisfy his wife in Coition.

Guru Shri Chandrashekhar Sharma:

Moon and Mars being in square to each other leading to expertise in coitus is understandable, as Moon is Lusty by nature and Mars has lots of energy and both are young planets, and being in square they would become Paraspara karaka (mutual causative agents) thus helping in satisfying the wife. In case of Saturn, however, if Saturn is in 4th to Mars the two planets would be aspecting each other, where as when Saturn is in the 10th from Saturn both would be aspecting the 4th and the 7th from Mars. Mars being the lord of the 8th in natural zodiac his connection with sexual organs is obvious. However their nature is divergent and I must confess why they would lead to expertise, as indicated by the author; just by this placement is beyond me to understand. The only reason would be that Saturn may be able to constrain the hastiness of Mars and thus allow the coitus to last for a longer period leading to the wife being satisfying. Again when Moon is in 4th from Mars it gets aspect of Mars, whereas when in the 10th it is devoid of such an aspect.

So barring the Paraspara karaka (mutual causative agents) principle, at least I am not able to fathom the reason behind the results attributed to this yoga, since none of the planets involved are karaka for wife. Thus, though they may indicate good libido for jataka, unless the reference to satisfaction of wife is a figure of speech to indicate his virility.

I would have understood Venus and Moon in square to be able to give the results in the yoga attributed to Mars-Moon relative position as Jaimini says that when in Karakamsha “raajakiyaaH kaaminaH shatendriyaashca shukre.” Venus also rules semen. But this must remain my personal opinion.