The best example of the Guru (teacher) and Sishya (student) relationship is of Siva and Parvati who reached perfection merging into each other. Siva as the perfect Guru bestowed Divine Knowledge on Parvati, the ideal Sishya. This complete transfer of knowledge was possible only because of the total surrender of the Sishya to the Guru. And creation started with the merger of Siva and Parvati or Shakti or the principles of Purusha and Prakriti. Lord Siva or Purusha is represented by an upward-pointing triangle and Shakti or Prakriti is depicted by a downward pointing triangle.
When these two triangles combine what one gets is the horoscope in the domain of astrology.
All the 12 Bhavas or houses in the merged diagram with the 12 Rasis or signs depict the different aspects of human life.
Lord Krishna makes use of the Siva-Shakti triangle in the Srimad Bhagawad Gita (IV-19) from which Sloka, one can answer the querent seeking to know the result of an exam or test one has appeared in.
यस्य सरवे समारमभा आम:
पण्डितं बुधाः ।।
Yasya sarve samarambhaah
Gnaanaagn idagdhaka rmaanam
tamaahuh panditam budhah II
meaning: Whose undertakings are all devoid of sensual desire, will achieve results and whose actions are burnt by the fire of Self-knowledge, such a one is called a pundit or an expert by the wise.
In other words, the highest knowledge is completely dependent upon the Supreme Lord Who alone guarantees that all reactions to or results of actions are neutralized by the fire of wisdom. Coming to the astrological aspect of the Sloka, there can be four possible results to the above query as follows:-
i) Will be outstanding, or
ii) Will be good, or
iii) Will be average but definitely a pass, or
First, note the Ascendant of the Prasna chart and also see how the Moon is placed with reference to the Ascendant or the Ascendant lord. Then apply the astrological principle embedded in the Sloka in the following way:
i) Tamahuh panditam budhah: This scenario emerges when the disciple has fully surrendered to his Guru and gets merged in the Guru; then there lies no difference between the Guru and the disciple, that is, when Shakti itself becomes Siva and has no separate existence and then it achieves the Siva triangle. So when the mind is free of desires or goals, then the querent attains complete knowledge. So when the Moon is in the 1st, 5th or the 9th (Siva triangle) and is related to either the Ascendant or its lord, then the result will be outstanding.
ii) Gnanagnidagdhakarmana: This occurs in one’s life in his struggling hardworking phases when one burns all of one’s efforts and Karma in the fire of Self-knowledge and moves ahead, but still is left with a small ego (the thought of being Karta or the doer) or that he himself has done this and therefore this small ego creates hindrance and thereby his surrender cannot be said to be total or complete. This leads to a scuffle where his sincere efforts to attain knowledge take him forward but at that very same moment, the feeling that he himself is doing the Karma drags him backward. The belief that with one’s own knowledge one has been able to burn the Karma leaves a feeling in the mind that one is the doer instead of the Guru. This leads to a result which is not outstanding but still can be described as a good result. In the horoscope of Kalapurusha or the Zodiac, hard work (Mars) reaches its exaltation in the 10th house or the “Karma house”. Guru or Jupiter, the preacher of knowledge, reaches his exaltation point in the 4th house. Therefore, the 4th-10th axis is where the Purusharthas get dissolved in the fire of spiritual knowledge. Also, we may note, the 4th and 10th houses act as the central axis dividing the chart into two equal parts.
So when one burns or purifies oneself in the fire of knowledge and diffuses all of one’s Karma then all the efforts begin to succeed. So when the Moon in the Prasna chart is in the 4th or 10th house and in a favorable relationship with the Ascendant or its lord, then the result will be good.
iii) Kaamasankalpvarjitaah: This scenario occurs when although one is wanting to move ahead, one still has strong desires within him which constantly hinder him from moving towards his goal with complete dedication. One’s own desires pull one backward. But still one has a clear understanding that one has to bypass all the desires and eventually move towards the path of knowledge and therefore, one tries to become a good disciple. This belief never lets one lose the battle and Nature also supports one from time to time, so even though one is not able to attain the best results one still manages to clear the exams. Shifting the focus now to the Prasna, the querent may not succeed very well but his constant motivation to move ahead is always kept alive. So if the Moon is placed in the 1st, 3rd or 7th (Shakti or Kama Trikonas) and is favorably related to the Ascendant or its lord, then the result is average but a definite pass.
iv) The result is Failure: This is the most difficult task for the astrologer when he has to tell the querent that there may be no success in the exam. So Lord Krishna gives an easy solution to this dilemma in this Sloka. After explaining the cases for outstanding, good and average performance, the Lord simply maintains silence and does not speak anything about it in the Sloka. So when the Moon comes into the 2nd, 6th, 8th or the 12th houses and is related to the Ascendant or its lord then the best option is to defer the answer. When even Lord Krishna prefers to stay silent where is the need for the astrologer to answer it!
Question data: January 30,2012 at 11 a.m. in Delhi
This is an example of a querent asking about the outcome of the result of an entrance exam which his son had appeared for.
The Moon is in the Ascendant (Siva-triangle) and the Ascendant lord too is in a Siva-triangle, so the result should be outstanding. So it was, the son securing 99-99 percent in the examination.
Through this Gita Sloka and the Siva-Shakti triangle, we are told that when the Sishya goes to a Guru in a spirit of complete surrender and dedication than he always moves ahead into higher realms of life and ultimately attains complete knowledge.