Calculation & Applicability
Sanjeev Ranjan Mishra, India.
M.A Economics (Patna University). Former lecturer of Economics at A.N College (Magadh University) at Post Graduate Level. Believes in serious & scientific Astrology unlike today’s superfluous & superstitious astrological practices & beliefs. More than 200 articles on scientific Astrology & Vastu published to date. A simple and humble man who has the rare ability of praising others contribution to astrology.
Maharishi Parashara said to Maitreya: O Brahmin! Now I will impart to you the knowledge of great secrecy and superior importance which was communicated to me by Lord Brahma himself for the benefit of the world. This is a chakra by the name of Sudarshan through which Devajanas will be able to predict the favourable and unfavourable results for every year, every month, and every day from the time of birth to the time of death of a person. Listen to this very intently. [BPHS Ch 76- shloka 1] In the same chapter he explains the process of calculating Sudarshan chakra dasa. SC Dasa is very simple to calculate – It is a 12-year cycle dasa. It should be judged from Dasa Pravesha charka. Each Dasa has 12 AD and each AD will have 12 PD of 2.5days each. The first Dasa commences from the lagna or the first house. The 1st year is the dasa of the 1st house and so moving, the 12th year is the dasa of the 12th house. From the 13th year again, the 1st house dasa would be repeated and so Here, some important points to note are-
1] A Dasa is of a house and not of a sign or rashi and each house has a dasa of one year.
2] The dasa at birth starts from lagna and rotates in regular order i.e. The second dasa is of second house, third dasa is of third house, fourth of fourth house and so on till the 12th year when the dasa is of 12th house . Again, from 13th year dasa repeats in a second cycle. So the first house dasa will operate in 1st year, 13th year,25th year,37th year, 49th year,61st year, 73rd year, 84th year and so on . Similarly other houses dasa will repeat at different times.
3] In each house’s mahadasa, there are 12 anterdasa [AD] of one month each and the AD starts from the mahadasa house. So, if mahadasa is of the first house, the first AD will be of first house itself, the second AD would be of second house and so on. Similarly, if mahadasa is of second house, the first AD will start from second house. Likewise AD of other houses are calculated.
4] You can further divide AD in 12 parts to get pratyanterdasa [PD]– PD will start from AD house and continue in regular order like AD. Each pratyanterdasa is of 2.5 days or 60 hours. Similarly, sukshma and pran dasa can be calculated. This much about Sudarshan dasa everyone is aware of – but Sudarshan dasa is a house based dasa and its calculation must take into account the degree of lagna into consideration—this is what I want to elaborate here.
Method Of Calculation
Since, in Sudarshan dasa, a house dasa is of one year, it means that one sign is equal to one year or
30 degree =360 days [for simplicity of calculation I am taking a year’s value as equivalent to 360 days – but for precision it should be 365.25 days because Sudarshan dasa is based on lagna degree which is dependent on solar movement so solar longitude based year should be taken.]
1 degree = 360/30 =12 days. [ for 365.2425 days it comes to 12 days 04hours 12 minutes to be precise]
Hence, a degree gives the span of 12 days. Therefore, it is necessary to take into account the starting degree of lagna for finding the remaining balance of the dasa. It is essential because lagna point will vary in each and every case and it will be erroneous to assume that, for everyone, the starting dasa is equal to one year irrespective of rising degree being one or 29.
To make it further clear, if the ascendant is at 10 degree then it means that 120 days have elapsed [one degree =12 days so 12*10= 120 days] and hence only 240 days have to be passed by the lagna in the first year and so the dasa of 2nd house will start after 240 days not after one year. Or, to put it in another way, the first year will last till 10 degree of second house. But for ascendant with 10 degrees as rising point, the dasa of the first house[ sign] will last for only 240 days [ because only 20 degree of ascendant has to be elapsed]. After 240 days, the second house [ sign] dasa will commence. Thus consideration of lagna point makes lot of difference. Giving importance of lagna degree for calculation makes the Sudarshan dasa more effective and scientific and this is not in deviation with Prashar in anyway.
The most important point to note here is, Sudarshan dasa takes D 12 in AD level [ 30 degree divided by 12 is equal to 2.5 degree which is dwadasmsa span of a sign] , D12*12 in PD level [ 30degree/12*12 =12.5 minute which is the span of D144 division] and D 1728[ 30 degree/12*12*12=1.25 minute of a sign ] in sukshma dasa[SD] level. In each level counting is done from the sign itself.
A] in Sudarshan Dasa, the Mahadasa is of one year but the starting dasa is calculated on the basis of lagna degree.
B] AD is of one month i.e. each house gets one month AD, but, since starting dasa is calculated on the basis of lagna degree and is not equal to one year the first AD will not start from first house in every case. First AD is calculated on the basis of lagna degree –if lagna falls in first dwadasmsa [D12] i.e. between 0 to 2.5 degree the first AD will be of the first house but if the degree is between 2.5 to 5.0 the first AD will be of second house. To make it simple first AD is of that sign which falls in D12 lagna. Span of first AD can be proportionately calculated depending on rising degree.
C] Similarly PD is calculated from AD sign but from which sign PD will start will depend in degree- if the degree is in the very beginning of AD, PD will start from AD sign itself but if it is not so then it will be calculated on the basis of degree. Likewise Sukshma and Pran Dasa is calculated.
To make it more clear suppose the lagna is Aries 12 Degree and you have to calculate MD,AD and PD. Mahadasa always starts from lagna sign so the first Mahadasa will be of Aries sign that falls in lagna. But since 12 Degree has passed Aries sign dasa will last for 12*12 =144 Days less of year. First AD span is of 2.5 degree and 12 degree has passed that means 4 part [dwadashamsa] of 2.5+ 2.5+ 2.5 +2.5 =10 degree is passed and fifth part is running –since 5th part is running, then the AD is of the 5th sign from lagna sign i.e. AD will be of Leo sign. In 5th AD, 2 degree or 120 minutes have already passed –one PD part is equal to 12.5 minute i.e. 120/12.5 minute or 9 part has already passed and 10th part is running –so the PD is of 10th sign from AD sign Leo i.e. PD of Taurus is running at the time of birth. So for 12 degree Aries lagna at birth MD of Aries, AD of Leo [fifth house] and PD of Taurus [ 10th from Leo] will run at birth.
But for practical purpose always remember that first MD is of rising sign in D1, AD is of rising sign in D12 and first PD is of rising sign in D12*12. Remember these signs are very important as it greatly influence the nature of result of whole horoscope. These three sign and planet placed therein will affect the lagna or the result of 1st year first month and 1st 2.5 days [or less than that]. This whole exercise is done only for first MD to find the balance dasa period and AD, PD, SD and Pran dasa sign, thereafter one year is add to find other house MD till 12th MD. Thereafter MD repeats in 12 year cycle. For a person of 72 year longevity every house dasa repeats for six times. Uniqueness of this dasa is that you straightway come to know the house/houses operative at a particular time period.
Implication Of This Calculation
SUDARSHAN CHAKRA DASA can be used as a unique method to identify the timing of events. As each house represents certain years in person’s life so each degree represents a particular year and month in the individual’s life. Each degree of horoscope from lagna or rising Degree represents certain time period in person’s life and from this you can find eventful years of one’s life easily.
Distance from rising point to planet or house cusp when converted into time gives eventful years of once life.
For example, if lagna is 9 degree of Aries and Saturn is placed in 21 degree in Aries –the distance from lagna point to Saturn is of 12 degree. You know that
1degree =12 days
12 Degree = 12*12 =144 or 3 Month 24 Days
it means that some events will happen in 3 months and 24 days of the first cycle, 12th year 3rd month and 24 days in second cycle ,24th year 3rd month and 24 days in third cycle and so on. These events will be influenced by Saturn –nature of the result will depend on other astrological factors.
Similarly, the distance of every planet from lagna degree indicates/represents particular year and month of native’s life or you can say that every planet generates particular events at the year and month represented by the distance in degrees at which it is placed from lagna. For example if a planet is placed in 12th degree in the fourth house in a chart and the lagna is also 12 degree then it means the planet is 90 degrees away from lagna point which when converted in days 12*90 =1080 days or 3 years or you can say that just after 3rd year, events will be influenced by that planet or that planet will influence the result of the first month of 4th year, 1st month of 16th year and so on. So each planet influences the events of a particular year and month.
So, from 9 planets you get 18 unique time period [9 for planet to rising point and 9 for rising point to planet] for each chart and also planet to planet distance and points aspected by planets influence /generate some events. This is very important point which can make art of prediction very easy and scientific.
Similarly planet to planet distance or planet to house cusp distance, when converted into time gives particular year of life in which karakattwa of that planet or bhava significance manifests. For example, the distance between Venus to Jupiter or Jupiter to Venus when converted into time may indicate marriage or events related to married life prospect.
Each point in chart represents a particular sign in D1, a particular sign in D12 and a particular sign in D144—when a particular planet is situated in a sign, they will also represent some sign in D1, some sign in D12 and some sign in D144. Signs represented by the planet in D1, D12 and D144 greatly influence the behaviour of that planet. Or, put it another way, planet is placed in which house in D12 and D144 division and these house falls in which house in D1 chart –planet will give the result of all these houses along with matter signified by house in D1.
Thus Sudarshan Dasa is a very easy and effective method for prediction. Through this you can easily identify the house and houses operating at a particular time period and you can also easily identify important time period/periods of future. Calculation is easy and with practice one can easily calculate it mentally. With basic astrology and Sudarshan dasa, predictive accuracy of a reasonable level can be achieved.
Working of Sudarshan dasa in horoscope [ example]
I will explain the working of dasa through the chart of Indira Gandhi as events of her life is well known. Only simple astrology [house and house significance] is applied no additional variable is taken.
Date Of Birth : November 19th, 1917 Time Of Birth : 23:11
Place of Birth: Allahabad, India
Since rising degree is 27.29 of cancer, only 2.37 degree is to be elapsed in the sign –therefore the dasa of cancer in first cycle will run for only 29 days – from 18.12 1917 Leo dasa will commence thereafter each sign dasa will run for one year each. From 18.12.1928 second, from 18.12.1940 third, from 18.12.1952 forth, from 18.12.1964 fifth and from 18.12.1976 sixth Sudarshan cycle will start. How easily Sudarshan dasa correlates to actual event is illustrated in the chart given below. One can find Sudarshan dasa calculation in Jhora but you have to make correction as per lagna degree. To make the matter simple only MD and AD is considered.
Let’s verify the event from another angle. As mentioned above Distance from rising point to planet or house cusp when converted into time gives eventful years of once life.
Lagna deg: 27Cn29
Date of birth :November 19th, 1917
Some variation is there which is due to birth time error and simultaneous operation of other factors [which I propose to elaborate in some other article]. Verification from both ways establishes the scientific property of this dasa. One can verify this in any number of charts.
Distance from lagna to planet, planet to lagna, planet to planet and planet to bhava gives distinct time period in life –in and around that period some events happen pertaining to the bhava and planet involved. Altogether 40 to 50 time periods can easily be identified which triggers some events in one’s life. After finding the periods one can identify the events by operating house MD. AD and PD. Remember that an event happens on or around that period, not always on exact date because at the time of event, the transit must also correlate- Sun–moon must be in some specific position from that point which is determined by birth tithi. These points activate significance of house and planet involved .
In fact Sudarshan Dasa is single most reliable method of timing of events. It is a system in itself through this birth time rectification and transit analysis can also be easily done. It is very precise and minute method as at pratyanter dasa level it considers D1728 division.