Shadbala: The Six Fold Strength

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Shadbala: The Six Fold Strength

Post by champeya » Fri May 20, 2011 10:29 am

Dear Learners,

I was reading this topic; felt it will be a contribution to the learners of lightonva. A very long essay :D, broke into parts.

As the name suggests Shadbala means six fold strength. Although these strengths are combinedly used for finding the effect of planets on the lives of the natives, there is more use of the strengths and we get the clue of those uses from their names. If they were to be used combinedly, then such specific names were unnecessary. Moreover, this is more logical to think that, a planet when strong, might not be so for influencing all affairs in our lives. A planet which might give good status might not be good to show the direction of your life. So we must construe, the special significance hidden in the names given to the six sources of strengths. These strengths need not be used only predicting the results of the dasa, however, can be used for normal horoscopic interpretation. One can understand their use more and more by understanding their name and their basis of calculation.

Shad Bal consists of the following strengths
1. Sthana Bala (Positional strength)
2. Dig Bala (Directional strength)
3. Kaala Bala (Temporalstrength), inclusive of Ayan Bal (Equinoctial strength)
4. Chesht Bala (Motional strength)
5. Naisargika Bala (Natural strength)
6. Drik Bala (Aspectual strength)

It must be kept in mind that when reading the planets’ distinct strengths as regards to an individual’s character, the planets are grouped. Each group represents a theme so if one planet does not meet the requirement for a certain strength, another planet in the group will make up for it.

Jupiter, Mercury and the Sun form one group:

Jupiter, Mercury and the Sun have to do with identity, learning, communicating, management, confidence, faith and hope. When one of these planets is weak in one of the strengths, another planet of this group can help to salvage the damage done by weakness.

Venus and the Moon form another group:

These are the female, receptive planets and they have to do with comfort mainly, finding what is worthwhile to do and happiness. Venus evaluates and decides what will make a person the happiest, so Venus is the decision maker. Venus’ moolatrikona (root trine) sign, its source of power, is Libra, the Scales. The Moon is consciousness and as such will act on the decision making of Venus to make the consciousness comfortable.

Mars and Saturn form the third group:

These are the planets we need to have strong if we are to deal with the adversities of life effectively. Mars flies into action when faced with a problem and takes care of it. Mars is the planet that deals with problems that can be and need to be solved. Saturn deals with problems we can do nothing about and must suffer through, like when someone dies or we are in an accident or something that is cause by circumstances out of our control. When Saturn is high in strength we have a high tolerance for suffering and can weather the storm.

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Re: Shadbala: The Six Fold Strength

Post by champeya » Fri May 20, 2011 10:30 am

Sthana Bala (Positional Strength):

Sthana literally means “stance” or “standing”. When we look at a person, how they stand automatically tells us a lot about their character. Their stance is how they face the world. In martial arts, the first thing they teach you is a stance. This is how you face your opponent. The planet which has the highest points in Sthana Bala is very apparent in a person’s character. This strength is ruled by Mercury. Mercury is the planet a person uses to manage their life and in the classical texts, Mercury is called “the consciousness spoken”. Thus, the planet that has the highest points in Sthana Bala will be communicated by the native and the person will have trouble communicating through the planet that is weakest in Sthana Bala.

Sun highest in Sthana Bala: The person is extremely confident and is a natural leader. The person likes to be in charge and there is a natural authority radiating from them. The person is highly creative and acts on their inspirations. What inspires them is what guides their life and how they manage their life.

Jupiter highest in Sthana Bala: Their stance is one of learning, wisdom, happiness and faith in the greater good. The person will manage their life with higher knowledge and love to learn and dispense what they have learned. The person will be a natural with children. To others, they will appear to be highly intelligent. Faith in life will give them a natural optimism.

Mercury highest points in Sthana Bala: The person will be able to get things done effectively and manage their life very well. They are a great communicator and a great friend. He or she likes doing for other people. The person is easily able to practically manifest goals and ambitions. Mercury is the planet representing Lord Vishnu and he wants to help everyone. Mercury is also the most important planet to analyze when looking at Sthana Bala, so its strength will tell a lot about how a person manages their life.

Venus highest points in Sthana Bala: The native will manage their life through taking care of themselves and their body. They will enjoy beautiful things and gravitate towards relationships where there is mutual sharing. Their stance is one of the lover and they will be flirtatious and sensual. Venus looks for the worth in everything, so this native will always be calculating the worth of everything they do. Venus is the guru of the demons and was given the boon of bringing life back into the body, or rejuvenating. So this native will be able to revive lost causes and keep situations alive with vigor.

The Moon highest points in Sthana Bala: The Moon is the consciousness, changes and the comfort we feel. The native will be able to make changes in his life that will give him comfort, satisfaction and happiness. He will appear to change quite often to others. But in every change he makes, he will be very happy with the outcome. The Moon likes to feel comfortable and live in the moment. Others may see the person as “flaky” or a “drifter”, but this is how the native will manage their life, by constantly changing.

Mars highest points in Sthana Bala: The stance will be a Martian one. The native will manage their life by attending to crises with fervor and gusto. The person is no-nonsense and harsh. They get to the point of any issue right away and deal with it effectively. They are very logical and enjoy the thrill of adversity. Frivolity and luxuries are shunned and are of no use to this native.

Saturn highest points in Sthana Bala: The person will be a loner and love nature. He or she works very hard and is usually meticulously clean. They will have a humble stance and be uncomfortable with positions of authority. The native may appear psychologically wounded in some way. Stoicism and seriousness are very present in the personality.

The Components of Sthana Bala (Positional Strength):

1. Ucca Bala (Exaltation Strength): Assesses the strength of the planet by how close it is to its exaltation or debilitation point in the Rasi (birth chart)

2. Saptavarga Bala (7 Divisional Chart Strength): Assesses the strength according to dignity of the planet in 7 Vargas (divisional charts)

3. Sama/Visama Bala (Odd/Even Strength): Assesses the strength of planets as to whether feminine planets are in feminine signs and masculine planets are in masculine signs in the Rasi (birth chart) and navamsa (marriage chart)

4. Kendradi Bala (Angle Strength): Assesses strength based on the position of planets in angular, succedent, cadent houses.

5. Dreskana Bala (Decanates Strength): Assesses strength based on position of masculine and feminine planets in Decanates (drekkanas).

All of these components are based on the “position” of the planet within the horoscope and divisional charts. Thus, the name “Positional Strength: Sthana Bala”.

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Re: Shadbala: The Six Fold Strength

Post by champeya » Fri May 20, 2011 10:31 am

Dig Bala (Directional Strength):

The planet with the highest dig bala points will be the planet that most guides the person towards what they want in life. If a planet does not meet the minimum requirements for this strength, then that planet cannot guide the person towards fulfillment and there will be regrets in the end. Venus rules dig bala as Venus being desire, assesses the worth of any situation and then makes a decision. The decision then guides in the direction you want to go.

The Sun and Mars get their maximum dig bala when they are in the 10th house. The 10th house is the house of action and power. The Sun is the King and Mars is the warrior; these masculine planets perform the best when they are the most visibly seen as the 10th house is directly overhead when we look at the sky. Who can follow the King when he is invisible and how can a warrior lead others to victory if he is invisible? This is why these planets get no dig bala strength when they are in the 4th house, which is directly beneath the earth and cannot be seen. When the Sun and Mars are strong in dig bala, they are able to effectively guide the person to achieving his ambitions and goals, and will give a lot of power.

The Moon and Venus get maximum dig bala when they are in the 4th house and no dig bala points when they are in the 10th house. The Moon and Venus are female planets and as such are planets of being, not doing. They are planets of receptivity. The 4th house, among other things, represents happiness. The Moon is the planet of consciousness so it does best when it is in the place of happiness. Venus is the desire planet. As desire, Venus makes choices in life that will lead us to happiness and comfort. Venus asks, “What’s more worth it?” Venus is also the comforter and the nurse. The closer Venus is to the 4th house, the more it is able to provide comfort to the emotions (4th house). When the Moon and Venus are strong in dig bala, these planets will guide the person to be able to roll with the changes and change gracefully according to necessity.

Jupiter and Mercury get the maximum dig bala when placed in the 1st house. The first house is the individual person. Jupiter and Mercury are planets of individuality because they are planets of learning and speech. Jupiter as the planet of higher knowledge and faith distinguishes the person and gives these traits to his personality. When Jupiter is in the 7th house, he gets no dig bala, meaning that the person has faith not in himself, but in others, and optimism and higher knowledge is based on other people. Mercury is the planet of speech or “the consciousness spoken”. When Mercury is low in dig bala, then the person has a hard time expressing himself through word. It will take a long time for other people to get to really know the native, because he cannot effectively express what is in his consciousness. When Jupiter and Mercury are strong in dig bala, they guide the person to higher knowledge that will benefit the personality and towards communicating and managing their life effectively.

Saturn gets its highest dig bala in the 7th house. Saturn is the planet of suffering, but more specifically, it is the planet that gives us the ability to weather suffering. The 7th house is what is most unknown as it is the farthest from the 1st house. Saturn is also the planet of time and of death or longevity. The 7th house is a maraka or death inflicting house. When placed in the 7th house, Saturn gives a tremendous ability to weather whatever adversities life throws at us. When high in dig bala, Saturn will guide the person towards building security and staying steadfast.

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Re: Shadbala: The Six Fold Strength

Post by champeya » Fri May 20, 2011 10:31 am

Kala Bala (Time Strength):

This strength is based on the time a person was born and the planets gaining strength because of that time. Some planets are stronger when born during the day and some are stronger at night. The lord of the year, month and day also come into play. Time is the force that brings events to pass, thus the planets that are strong in Kala Bala, exert the strongest force in the horoscope while running their periods (dasas and antardasas). The native will feel the effects of these planets more than others and remember them throughout life. Saturn rules Kala Bala as Saturn in Kronos or Time personified and Saturn rules longevity, the individual’s time here on Earth.

The Sun: the person will take note of and remember those things having to do with power and authority, with inspiration and leadership. Events transpiring that have to do with the government and politics will mark the native very strongly.

Mars: events involving sports, prowess and logic will mark the native. The siblings and competition will also be remembered more than other things.

Jupiter: Events involving learning, religion, philosophy and children will strongly mark the native.

Mercury: Events involving humor, management, friendship and business will be remembered and will mark most strongly the native.

Moon: Life changes and emotional states will be most recalled by the native.

Venus: Comfort, luxuries, romantic partners and the give or take of partnership will strongly mark the native.

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Re: Shadbala: The Six Fold Strength

Post by champeya » Fri May 20, 2011 10:42 am

Cheshta Bala (Motion Strength)

What does Cheshta Bala measure? It measures the confidence of the planet.High cheshta bala = high confidence.How does confidence make a planet effective?It creates magnetism that draws in the whatever is desired.A person who has confidence but no skill almost magically can manifest what he desires. Confidence really helps us make effective use of the planet.A person can have a lot of skill but no confidence and won’t be able to manifest the full extent of that planet.

How do each of the planets manifest their low or high Cheshta Bala?

The Sun is the confidence to lead and handle responsibilities effectively.Only 1 out of 6 charts has sufficient Cheshta Bala for the Sun so only.he Sun is also the confidence to do our duty and the confidence to reach our inspiration.

The Moon is how socially confident we are.How confident we are with our sense of self in the world.When the Moon is low in Cheshta Bala, the person does not feel at ease around other people.They will be less socially inclined.The Moon is perception and receptivity, so the person cannot see their reflection in other people and consequently have a vague feeling that they don’t exist when around others.

Mercury is more often combust than any other planet out there.The confidence helps persons with high Cheshta Bala for Mercury negotiate in meeting their desires.Combust or low Cheshta Bala Mercury makes them ineffective in confidently negotiating.Low Cheshta Bala Mercury will feel misunderstood when it comes to what they say. Only one out of six people have the required Cheshta Bala for Mercury so only one out of six people feel fully confident in negotiating.

Jupiter is a planet that needs a lot of points to meet the requirement for full Cheshta Bala.People with low Cheshta Bala Jupiter will not have confidence that they can learn.High Cheshta Bala Jupiter will have confidence that they can learn anything.It is not that a combust Jupiter person is not smart or intelligent, they can be a genius, but they are not confident in their learning.Jupiter is our capacity and confidence to achieve our hopes.When Jupiter is combust or has low Cheshto Bala, the person does not have confidence they can achieve their hopes.Everyone aspires to have confidence that the things they hope for will be realized.

Venus is how confident we are in our pride. Venus is the pride, but healthy pride.Persons with a high Cheshta Bala Venus have a sense of dignity and pride so that when someone steps on them.Persons with combust or low Cheshta Bala Venuses have no confidence in their sense of self worth.When someone treats them badly, they don’t have the confidence to call them out on it.They will feel unhappy and frustrated in their relationships but may not feel they are worth enough to get out of a debilitating relationship.Their pride, dignity and sense of “do you love me” gets hurt.

High Cheshta Balas for Moon and Venus helps us feel confident as a member of society in the world.
Saturn and Mars get more cruel and nasty when they don’t have confidence.Their tendency is to keep the best for themselves and dish out the bad stuff. Malefic planets hurt others when they are combust.

Mars is exerting ourselves, our will and our energy.We feel confident that we can overcome obstacles with our will. If Cheshta Bala is low or if Mars is combust, we do not feel confident in the use of our will.Combust or low Cheshta Bala Mars becomes willful, angry and pushy because they feel no confidence in the exertion of their will and they try to compensate by proving they are strong.They are pushy and sometimes overbearing with others.

Saturn has to do with our confidence to bear hardship.Do I feel secure to endure loss?High Cheshta Bala of Saturn feels confident in bearing suffering.When loss happens,these people will be genuine about it, whatever burden they bear,they will be able to do it in an honest way.When Saturn is combust or the Cheshta Bala is low,the person will be cold, detached and distant from people, things and situations that they fear to lose.When they feel they are about to lose someone close, this person will get cold and distant because they are non confident in bearing that painful loss. Saturn acts cruelly in that he gets detached and cold with others.

If Saturn is weak and there is no confidence to bear difficulties, but Mars is strong in Cheshta Bala, then the person is confident in exerting will and they will do everything they can to beat loss or overcome loss.As they are striving to beat it, they can be honest with those things they will certainly lose.

Consider Cheshta bala is 60 points of the total Shad Bala score so it is an extremely important bala.

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Re: Shadbala: The Six Fold Strength

Post by champeya » Fri May 20, 2011 10:43 am

Naisargika Bala (Natural strength) :
Naturally the planets are stronger in the order of Saturn, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Moon and Sun in the ascending order. There natural strength is computed by dividing one Rupa by 7 and multiply the resultant product by 1 to 7 separately to obtain the strength of Saturn, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Moon and Sun respectively
Each planet gets a certain amount of Shashtiamsas according to the luminosity it has. Because the Sun is the brightest planet it is given 60 Shashtiamsas. Saturn is the faintest and gets 8.57 Shashtiamsas. This means that the amount of Shashtiamsas a planet receives according to Naisargika Bala is in every chart the same.

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Re: Shadbala: The Six Fold Strength

Post by champeya » Fri May 20, 2011 10:47 am

Drig Bala (Aspectual Strength)

Requirements for Drig Bala are that the planet should have a positive value and not a negative value.Drig Bala is the aspectual strength.This is measured by the benefic or malefic aspects to the planet.This strength is gained by the virtue of the aspect (Graha Drsti) of different planets on a planet.The aspect of benefics are considered to be strength and the aspect of malefics are considered to be weaknesses.For calculation of this strength,the partial aspects are also taken into consideration.

The most important planet to have with positive Drig Bala is the Moon. The Moon will make us suffer if it has a lot of cruel aspects to it. With many malefic aspects, we are receptive to more cruel and negative things. When someone has a lot of planets with negative drig bala, it seems that whatever they try to do is blocked and many obstacles present themselves. Drig Bala lets us see all the obstacles a planet meets with when it tries to do its thing. Sun, Mars, Saturn will have a higher drig bala than Mercury, Jupiter or Venus because there are more malefics then benefics. This all means when that when we try to express our malefics, these malefics have an easier time doing what their job rather than benefics.

If a planet has a high negative Drig Bala, as the person pursues those things ruled by that planet, then they will have a lot of frustration. A planet with a positive number will have an easier time of it.

If Sun has negative Drig Bala, then every time the person tries to do something career or leadership oriented, they will have many obstacles. Their self-esteem will suffer. When Drig Bala of the Sun is positive, then the person will fulfill their responsibilities easily, but if low, the person will have trouble fulfilling their responsibilities.

If the Moon has negative Drig Bala, the person’s mental outlook and attitude will suffer a lot more because the Moon is our perception of our lives. If the Moon has high Drig Bala, then the person will see their life a lot better than it really is. The Moon really is so important to have positive Drig Bala. It’s the feeling we get from everything. If we get help from somewhere, but the Moon is negative Drig Bala, then we will perceive the help negatively. A person may help us get a job but they may do it in such a way as to make us feel bad about ourselves.

When we have a challenges to overcome, when there are conflicts to be resolved, then positive Drig Bala Mars will be able to do it without added stress. Just the opposite for negative Drig Bala Mars. A negative Drig Bala Mars will be given obstacles when it tries to assert its will power. Logic will go far for a person with a positive Drig Bala Mars and for a negative Drig Bala Mars, the person’s use of logic will be met with irrationality and frustration.

Mercury is the ability to concretely manifest. When we need to get the job done, Mercury is the one to do it. Mercury with positive Drig Bala will be able to easily get the job done and manifest goals. Craftsmanship type things will also go well because Mercury rules craftsmanship. In communicating, it there is negative Drig Bala for Mercury, then the person will meet with adversity when trying to communicate his views.

Jupiter rules learning and knowledge. When Jupiter has negative Drig Bala, then when we try to study or learn, we will encounter a lot of obstacles and stresses. Jupiter is children, philosophy and wealth. If Jupiter has negative Drig Bala, then a person will encounter stress and conflict when dealing with these things.

In encountering and managing relationships, if Venus has negative Drig Bala then it will be a rough road in the love life and the partner will provide much stress. High Drig Bala of Venus will reduce the stress of the break-up and the partner will not be a source of stress.

Saturn is used when we have to weather the adversities of life. Positive Drig Bala for Saturn will find a lot of peace and harmony when he surrenders and suffering through difficulties will be easier. Negative Drig Bala Saturn will have a difficult time of it in surrendering to suffering. In this case, the person should take the path of Mars and use their will power to overcome obstacles and challenges.

If you want a stress free life, then concentrate on positive Drig Bala planets. When in the dasa of a positive Drig Bala planet, life will feel less stressful and happier.

Charts that don’t have a lot of conjunctions usually have higher values for Drig Bala. If you have a chart where the planets are spread out and across from each other then the aspectual values will increase.

Remedial measures are good for any planet that is low in Drig Bala. Take the Bach Flower remedy for that planet. If for gems, wear the color of that planet’s Moolatrikona Rasi.

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