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By Michael Laughrin,

Jyotish enthusiasts may find this article helpful when faced with problems in charts.

This is what I found in Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra on upayes. First of all, you must determine what the bhukti lord (antardasha lord) is. Then, see if that planet is afflicted in the natal chart.

A planet is afflicted when:
1. It is conjunct a natural malefic (Sun, Mars, Saturn, Rahu or Ketu), or
2. It is aspected by a natural malefic, or
3. It is placed in house 6, 8, or 12, or
4. It is surrounded by malefics ('papa kartari yoga'), or
5. It is placed in the house of an enemy, or
6. It is combust, or
7. It is debilitated (neecha), or
8. It is in the 6th, 8th, or 12th house from the dasha lord.

Then, if you have an afflicted bhukti lord, here are some of the remedies Parasara recommends: If the afflicted bhukti lord is Mercury, recite the 1000 names of Vishnu. If it is Jupiter, recite the 1000 names of Shiva. And if it should be Saturn, use the Mritunjaya Mantra. If the bhukti lord be Rahu, often he also recommends using the Mritunjaya Mantra, but in other places he says to worship Durga, do Rahu japa, do "Durga Saptashati Path" for Ketu-Rahu.

If the afflicted bhukti lord is Ketu, sometimes the worship or propitiation of Durga is also recommended, but at other times he suggests the Mritunjaya Mantra (for Moon-Ketu), giving a goat in charity in Rahu-Ketu.

If the afflicted graha be Venus, Parasara suggests Mritunjaya Mantra for Sun-Venus. Several times giving a cow or she-buffalo in charity is mentioned. Worship of Durga or Lakshmi is given for Rahu-Venus.

The main remedy for an afflicted Sun is to worship the Sun. Although for Ketu-Sun, giving a cow or giving gold is mentioned.

As the Moon is the main planet that stands for females, upayes relating to women, female animals, and female deities are recommended. In other words, giving in charity a cow or female buffalo is suggested. Also reciting mantras of Durga or Lakshmi or mantras of the Moon are recommended in different places.

For Mars, the remedy most frequently mentioned is the giving of a bull in charity (also cow is seen sometimes).

The above list is not conclusive, but there do seem to be some readily discernable patterns to the upayes found in chapters 52 thru 60 in Parashara. I offer this information to the lovers of Jyotish so that they have some ready ideas in their heads when faced with problems in charts they are shown.

In this modern age, I feel that often it is useful to just listen to tapes of Vishnu Sahasranama, Shiva Sahasranama, etc. especially if your pronunciation of Sanskrit is not quite perfect. Also, I believe that just giving the amount of money that the bull, cow, buffalo, or goat is worth will also have a good effect.

(c) Copyright 1998, 2004 Michael Laughrin.

This article was originally published in Winter 1998. From the August, 2004 issue of Michael Laughrin's North American Jyotish Newsletter. Click to subscribe to this free Jyotish newsletter.

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