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It was with a sense of pleasant surprise and a degree of disbelief that I had responded to the news from our family friend about regular courses on Astrology being conducted. The end of our discussions made up my mind. I was determined to join the course and decide for myself whether Astrology had the ability to visualize the future as is made out, or are the so called rationalists correct when they debunk it all as hocus pocus. With a great feeling of expectation, I joined the course and was relieved to find in the group a number of fellow engineers, managers, doctors, bureaucrats, senior police officials etc. Not to forget we also had in the group two professors from the Delhi University, one from the field of Medicine and the other from Psychology. The two years spent in the study were indeed rewarding

The basic objective of any pursuit to know the future is to provide man with some tangible or intangible benefit to man in his day to day life. The essence of living is harmony. A man in harmony with his environment, with his work, with his desires and with his family can lead a meaningful life. Any attempt to have knowledge of the future should be positively oriented and used as a contribution towards harmonizing ones life. It is indeed a blessing that the timing is coinciding with the personal computers becoming a household item. Normally a detailed preparation of a complete horoscope with all its parts may have involved hours of tedious calculations. This can now be accomplished within seconds and does not require the astrologer to have any proficiency or knowledge of astronomy or mathematics.

The two years provided a rich treatise of the varied facets of Vedic Astrology, and believe you me; they are indeed varied having a vast range of subjects and specializations. Needless to mention that to become a specialist in any of the fields of astrology would entail an amount of effort, time and dedication very much similar to those required for becoming a specialist in any field of professional specialization like engineering, medicine etc., as are in vogue these days. May I venture to say that the innovative effort required would be manifold due to the lack of inadequate research and development in this subject consequent to the detriment suffered by Vedic astrology at the hands of the Mughal and British rulers of India.

A subject, which impressed me tremendously, is Ashtakvarga. Credit for this is very much due to Mr.Vinay Aditya, who taught the subject to us. Perhaps but for his handling of the subject in his own unique open and innovative manner, the same level of understanding and appreciation may not have been possible. He has authored a book on the subject, “Dots of Destiny”; acknowledged widely as being the best on the subject. Appreciation is also due to Mr.Vinay Gupta who subsequently taught the subject.

The shloka 12 in the chapter on Ashtakvarga in Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra states:

"While answering Maitreya, the most outstanding student, the sage Parashara says that the Jyotisha Shastra has been divided into two parts, i.e. general and specific. The portion already described is the general part and now I take on to the specific part."

It is this specificity that has attracted me to Ashtakvarga. While the basic Natal Chart, Yogas, the Dasha system and the Transit give us clear indications of the direction of events broadly, to be able to pronounce the relative nature of the results duly quantified on a particular day, day after day, with precision has proven elusive so far. Possibly I speak for a majority of us who had taken up the study of astrology, it is the desire to be able to have a precise judgment of a day, to the extent possible, that has been one of the prime motivating factor for taking up this study.

Precision involves details; more the details better the precision. Sage Parashara further states that just as there are auspicious and inauspicious results of the twelve houses, with respect to the Ascendant and the Moon, in the same way, these houses have favourable and unfavourable results in relation to the other planets. The results relating to the auspicious and inauspicious events connected with the life of the native in the predictive astrology are based on the positioning of planets, for example the planets being in the signs of exaltation, friendly, inimical or debilitation, located in an auspicious or inauspicious house etc., and the timing of an event has been attempted on the basis of different Mahadashas and Antardashas etc. According to Maharishi himself, it is difficult to say, whether an event will take place in all certainty. At times these parameters could emanate signals which are contradictory to and conflicting with each other. Therefore, under these contradictory situations, it is difficult to delineate the results. So much so, the predictions go quite wrong. To tide over these vexed problems, the Maharishi Parashara has expounded the Shastra of Ashtakvarga in great detail.

Owing to the complex, laborious and time consuming calculations involved, Ashtakvarga may not have attained the heights that it has the potential of in the earlier times despite its strength and precision. The fact that such a subject was conceived and formulated in the times when virtually no calculation aids were available, is in itself a statement of its underlying importance. With the growing popularity of computers these extensive calculations have become relatively simpler, fortunately for aspiring astrologers of the current times. The availability of modern day computational aids has made it practical for astrologers having a research orientation to be liberal in attempting to apply various theories and hypothesis in this area. The time and effort involved for the mathematical calculations has reduced sufficiently for the astrologer, neither to be scared or disheartened at the prospect nor lose focus or direction of his basic research. Ashtakvarga can be incorporated as well onto a Varshaphala Chart, Prashna Chart, any divisional chart etc. Mr.Vinay Aditya had seen a vision, which he had expressed thus:

"Computer astrology hitherto has been quite inane and its utility has been restricted to mathematical presentations only. I foresee a future when computer programs will be able to churn out a new kind of  Varshphala, or a daily report based entirely on Ashtakvarga and transits which would give meaningful How is your day today from your individual birth data."

Similar predictions based on the Sun-sign or the Moon-sign presently dished out in newspapers or magazines are so generalised that they become preposterous; their popularity is only due to rules of probability.


The desired objective therefore would be to have a system, which would incorporate the genius of the Ashtakvarga principles along with the other vital astrological factors and produce a purposeful report for the native on a day to day basis duly quantified numerically. To begin the strength of the natal planets needs to be determined. This maybe based on the following factors:  

1. Number of benefic points obtained by the planet in their own Bhinnashtakvarga.
2. Benefic point contributed by Kakshya lord or not.
3. Kakshya-bal of the planet based on panchda maitri status with Kakshya lord.
4. Planet being combust or not. 
5. Shadbala status of the planet.  

The strength determined by the above contributing factors would have an effect on the auspicious or inauspicious effects of the transit. Planets having a higher strength will enhance the auspicious results and planets with lower strength will enhance the inauspicious results.

Likewise the strength of the planets in transit is to be determined. For evaluating the transit strength the following factors may be taken into consideration:

1. Benefic points obtained by the planet in the sign being transited in its Bhinnashtak.
2. Rasibala of the planet based on the on panchda maitri status with Kakshya lord in which it is currently situated.  
3. Benefic point contributed by Kakshya lord or not in the sign being transited by the planet currently.  

The amalgamation of the above two strengths calculated could be suitably quantified in a numerical manner depicting the auspiciousness or the inauspiciousness of a particular day for the native.

Mr. Shyam S. Kansal has done pioneering work in this field. He has successfully developed software using Ashtakvarga and other relevant quantifiable astrological parameters which aims at providing a sound basis to anyone looking for astrological guidance in everyday endeavours. He has also attempted to quantify factors that were hitherto not quantified. He has been the first and is the only person in our knowledge so far who has recognized the potential of Ashtakvarga and married it to computers with very successful predictive results.

The degree of success can only be adjudged based on actual results. Therefore permit me to share a chain of events in their chronological order. Convinced of the veracity of the efforts invested and feeling that the time was ripe, he decided to share his views with the outside world. Though the system is equally applicable to all aspects of everyday life, being an astute businessman it was the world of finance that was chosen by him. On 12th November 1996 he sent an open letter to various fund managers, portfolio managers, stockbrokers etc. introducing his method of analysis and prediction. Therein also was a set of predictions pertaining to the movement of leading pivotals on the stock market for the period until 31st March 1997. That this is not a tall claim in retrospect is borne by the fact that a leading financial newspaper, Business Standard carried an article based on this very letter on the front page of its edition dated 5th December 1996. It must be mentioned that the tone of the article was satirical in nature, but that is not a matter of discussion here. I do now wonder if it was a mere coincidence that this article caught my attention then, and that I had approached Mr.Vinay Aditya with the same to seek his views. I did resolve to trace and contact Mr.Kansal to have him throw more light on his approach. It was indeed a pleasant surprise when Mr.Vinay Aditya informed me a couple of weeks thereafter that I need not make further efforts as he had received a letter from the very same Mr. Kansal. It was with a sense of expectation that I approached Mr. Kansal to understand and appreciate his achievements. The meeting was a satisfying experience; and at its conclusion I had gained a friend with similar interests and impressed by the thorough dedication to the subject displayed by him. 

Needless to mention that his predictions regarding the movement of the pivotals during that period were correct. Sensex (Bombay Stock Exchange Sensitive Index) was predicted to witness a sudden upsurge around 13th December 1996 for a short period. On 4th of December 1996 Sensex hit a 52-week low. Business Standard in its edition dated 5th of December 1996 has quoted analysts at Unit Trust of India expecting the Sensex to touch a level of 2600 within the forthcoming settlement. In this backdrop the Sensex shot up sharply by 143 points on 11th of December. This led a leading stock analyst to state in The Economic Times that “…it is interesting that this type of rally should take place at the fag end of the year. Normally this is the time when shares have fallen…. It is extremely difficult to predict whether this rally will carry on.”   

Particularly interesting has been the case of Bajaj Auto Ltd. The share was predicted to lose value while majority of the market felt that it would shoot up. Astrological analysis prevailed over the conventional economic analytical approaches and the share took a battering in the coming months. The significance of the period and the intensity of its impact on the company can be gauged on the basis of the interview of its chairman Mr.Rahul Bajaj published in The Economic Times on 15th May 1997. He says,  

“ …Hence there must be some other reason. It could be political uncertainty. But even the political uncertainty began after February ’97, but the fall in growth started in October or November. The decline could be on account of the fall in the Sensex, but again does not explain the entire fall. ……Political uncertainty does not explain the low growth in the second half of the year. We had a very good monsoon, therefore purchasing power should have been higher. My dealers say that people are just not buying scooters. Perhaps they are saving instead of buying. I had to cut down production plans for two-wheelers.”  

So much so that the Economic Times carried an article in its edition dated 3rd of October 1997 with the headline being “Bajaj stock value plummets 40%”.  The story does not end here. Encouraged by the vindication of his efforts, he arranged to have the reports of previous ten years generated through the system described above, validated by none other than Mr. Rahul Bajaj, chairman of the company. Of the 74 critical dates identified, 69 were confirmed as having been significant for the company in some or the other manner. Of the remaining 5 adequate data was not readily available. This goes on to confirm the multilateral utility of the method and its multidimensional applicability in all spheres of everyday life. This could go on further, but the point I am trying to make has in all probability been conveyed.

The practical applications of Ashtakvarga as explained have unlimited potential waiting to be tapped for the good of mankind. However, as far as the readers of Vedic Astrology are concerned all that has been stated is about the past. What of the coming months? Based on this very methodology, the share of Bajaj Auto Limited is likely to be doing well on the bourses during most of July & August and part of September 1998. On the flip side the scrip will be under bear pressure and face declines during November and December 1998. Happy punting!


Anshumalee Sood is a consultant in environmental engineering and financial management. He is a highly qualified professional (M.Tech in Structural Engineering, and M.Tech in Management, both from I.I.T. Delhi) who has taken up Vedic astrology as a hobby. He qualified as Jyotish Acharya from the Institute of Astrology othe Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Delhi. Presently, he has been undertaking fund management and portfolio management on Stock exchange. He is also a regular contributor of astrology articles to the globally circulated "Vedic Astrology" bi-monthly journal. To contact him, you may write us. We shall forward your mail to him.

Note:  Mr. Sood wrote the above article in October 1997 when he came across a news article in "Business Standard", a leading financial daily published from Bombay, about some astrological predictions based on Ashtakvarga method of Vedic astrology. Click here to read this article.

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