Sannyas Yogas: Combinations for Spirituality
All that has been said here forms the background for the discussion of the horoscope of my Guruji, late Swami Paramananda Saraswati. He was like any true and genuine saint of India encouraging the study of astrology, not for any mercenary motives, but for the twin purpose of keeping alive a great Vedic heritage and seeing practically, through the planets, how God controls, regulates and guides the universe. I would have given up astrology long ago but, he insisted that I should not, for the sake of my own sadhana (spiritual practice). My straying into astrological writings and becoming a predictor for many is what he had foreseen and told a guru-bhai (fellow disciple) more than thirty years ago, and more than twenty-two years before, I wrote the first article on astrology. He was a seer in the truest sense of the term and the greatest I have met, though others who too are lucky like me to have genuinely great Gurus, must be having the same regard for their Gurus – and such feelings, sacred and pure as they are.
Now see in the horoscope four striking sannyas yogas (planetary combination giving renunciation and spirituality):
1) Four planets in the 11th houses with the 10th lord and none of them combust. The conjunction being in the 11th house (of gains) gave him his spiritual attainments very early in life and brought him donations for his ashram (spiritual center) in lakhs (100,000 rupees), not merely when he breathed and lived amongst us but even ten years after he left us.
2) In the navamsha, Moon in the rashi (sign) of Mars aspected by Saturn, which is another sannyas yoga.
3) Jupiter in the 8th aspected by Saturn was good for yoga sadhana (spiritual practice), but it had a sinister implication for him. I had once discussed it with him and he said, “That is God’s will.”
4) Ketu in the 12th alone, without aspect of the 5th or the 9th lord or of the deva-guru (teacher of gods) Jupiter, cannot be treated as a spiritual combination my Guruji told me many times when he asked me to work on the horoscopes of many sadhakas (spiritual aspirant). I can now say with confidence that, when spiritual promise exists, Ketu’s presence in the 12th house is an indicator of steady to spectacular progress in spiritual life. In the horoscope of three other extraordinary saints, whom I had the occasion to know closely, I found it giving them, at the right stage of their lives, such spiritual upliftment that is rare.
from Yogis, Destiny and the Wheel of Time
reprinted with permission