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om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

Ashta Siddhi
SJC Conference Europe 2006
Serbia, Novi Sad

Presented by Krgovic Zeljko,


SJC Serbia

zeljko@adhipurusha.com
om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

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tasmädasaktaù satataà kärya karma samäcara|
asakto hmäcaran karma paramäpnoti püruña||19||1

Introduction:
Ashtha Siddhi The eight renowned accomplishments of ancient India
through which one can gain miraculous powers.

Aò isÏ> añöa siddhaù eight – perfect

Word siddhi we can divide into the 2 word: Sidh and Dhi. Sidh means: to
move, to go, to attain one's aim or object have success and Dhi means intelect. So
whole story about siddhi is based on improving intelect, to move our intelect
towards highest goal, illumination. Lord Shiva is the achiever of the eight Siddhi
and His worship as the Teacher is symbolic of the perfection of divinity.
A Siddha is one who has succeeded in stabilizing these controls in oneself and
maintains equanimity and a sense of equilibrium. Today, only a few Yogis
possess these Siddhis.
In his work Yoga Sutra, Patanjali on the beginning of the fourth chapter,
whose name is Kaivalya2 says:

jNmaE;ixmÙtp>smaixja> isÏy>. 1.
janmauñadhimantratapaùsamädhijäù siddhayaù || 1||

Siddhis are gained through birth, specific herbs, mantras, austerities, or samadhi.
Yoga sutra of Patanjali IV book kaivalyapädaù verse 1

àaitÉadœ va svRm!. 33.


prätibhäd vä sarvam || 33||

1
Remaining unattached, always perform the obligatory duty, for, by performing (one’s) duty
without attachment, a person attains the Highest. – Translation by Swami Gambhéränanda.
2
Perfect isolation, detachment from all other connections, which leading to eternal emancipation.
om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

Siddhis may also be attained through pratibha (intuition, or inner light of wisdom), thus
knowledge of everything arises spontaneously.
Yoga sutra of Patanjali III book vibhütipädaù verse 33

Here we see that there is various ways for the native to acquire siddhis. If
Patanjali said that Siddhis can be gained through birth, we can assume that
knowledge about them can come from previous birth.
From the Jyotish perspective Patanjali said that siddhis are develop
through Lagna (birth), forth house (specific herbs), fifth house (mantras), eight or
nine house (austerities) or twelve house (samadhi).

From this we can conclude that there are 2 ways to attain the siddhi: through the
dharma trikona and through the moksha trikona.
om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

Eight types of bondage:


Bhagavat Géta

ÉUimrapae=nlae vayu> o< mnae buiÏrev c,


bhümiräpo'nalo väyuù khaà mano buddhireva ca |

Ah<kar #tIy< me iÉÚa àk«itròxa. 7-4.


ahaìkära itéyaà me bhinnä prakåtirañöadhä || 7-4||

Prabhupada’s translation: Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and
false ego – all together these eight constitute my separated material energies.
Here we see that these 8 types constitute Lord’s separated energies. Point is
on word separated. We can not be one with the Lord if we don’t cross this
bridge, and that bridges are:
„ Earth called bhümi or påthvi tatva, solid state: Mercury,
„ Water called äpa or jala tatva, liquid state: Venus,
„ Fire called anala or agni tatva, energy state: Mars,
„ Air called väyu tatva, gaseous state: Saturn and,
„ Ether called khaà or äkäça tatva, vacuum: Jupiter
The mana is the ‘mind’ of the universe as well as the individual and indicates the
class, group or family identifying the created being or object and is represented
in astrology by the Moon. These define the class or family to which it belongs.
Buddhi refers to the intelligence or body of knowledge related to the object. This
defines its purpose of creation and existance and the effects of the various laws of
nature on it called its Dharma. The laws of nature that the created body must
obey are seen from the ascendant called Lagna and this is the seat of the dharma
trikona which includes the fifth & ninth houses. Lagna represents prajäpati, the
creator. Also we can include here also and Rahu because without it there won’t
be any birth. Rahu is cause of the birth.
Ahaìkära refers to its independent identity and is the false ego This is false
because the identity is not permanent and it is an ego as it helps to identify the
object and differentiate it from the other bodies/creatures of its class or family.
This is represented by the Sun in astrology.
om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

Ashta Vasava
Among 33 devas there are eight vasus which are the givers of light. The 8
vasus give light from which we get enlightenment and then knowledge. This is
the original light, which has a control over our minds.
The 8 vasus are:

1. Surya
2. Chandra
3. Agni (Mangal)
4. Prithvi (Budh)
5. Vayu (Shani)
6. Jala (Shukra)
7. Antariksh (Guru)
8. Nakshtrani

Again we have number eight. So to attain these eight vasus native need to do
something what will bring him to those eight lights of enlightenment. That are
eight siddhis.

Astha Siddhi & Jyotish


Siddhi is mostly connected to the the fulfilling of Karma. So, our focus will
be on Dashamsha were are ten directions of Karma. As we know, everything in
classics has deeper meaning specially the names that Rishis has been used in
Jyotish terminology. Parasara in classic Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra says in the
chapter Divisional Consideration (Atha VargavivekaadhyaayaH), Maharishi
Parasara states:

dzma<ze mhT)lm!,
daçamäàçe mahatphalam |
Power (and position) from Dashamsha
Here is take closer look on meaning of the word Mahatphalam, we will se
that real meaning of that is Mahat – big, huge, great and Phalam – fruit,
consequence, result.
om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

„ #izTv (Prakamya) – the ability to create or control – Surya rules East and
devata is Indra. So east is point of creation. Therefore, Surya rules the east
and desires the throne which is the natural desire of the King

„ àkaMy (Prapti) – the ability to overcome natural obstacles – Chandra


rules Northwest and devata is Vayu. Chandra rules mother, and the duty
and desire of mother is to keep awake, to be active (vayu tatva) to secure
that the child is always safe.
„ vizTv (Vasitva) – domination over the entire creation – Mangal rules the
South and devata is Yama. The desire and the purpose of the worrior is to
kill the enemy. So if we do not achieve higher goal, Yama will definitely
come for us.

„ Girm (Garima) - the ability to reach every where – Budha rules the North
and devata is Kubera. Budha is karaka for communication and ruling the
trade and organizing material resources naturally desires the wealth
which is signified by Lord Kubera.

„ mihm (Mahima) – the ability to expand infinitely – Guru rules the


Northeast and devata is Isana, Lord Shiva Guru, graha of teaching,
knowledge and dhi shakti naturally desires to cognize the God, and to
maintain the course of knowledge. Guru wishes to insure that knowledge
reaches everyone.

„ li"m (Laghima) –the ability to float through the air – Shukra rules the
Southeast, and devata is Agni. Shukra rules the peace and as long as
Shukra is strong, the God of war becomes weak. Shukra also rules
entertainment which also requires a lot of energy – Agni. Thus, Agni is the
need and desire of Shukra, not her goal.

„ Ainm (Anima) – the ability to become as minute as an atom – Shani rules


the West and devata is Varuna. Lord Varuna, is ruler of the ocean. And for
ocean, we know that is the same constitution in one drop and in the huge
ocean.
om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

„ kamavsiyTv (Kamavasayitva) – control anyone’s mind and make him


work according to native’s wish – Rahu rules the Southwest and devata is
Nirriti (Raksasa). Rahu is direct cause of our birth and he can make such
an influence on mind that that the person can rule over others mind.
Devata is Nirriti which is very destructive.

„ Ketu rules “the Upward direction” Ananta – neverending, boundless… It


is direction upwards towards God. Whenever Ketu strongly influences the
house of karma (10th house), a person’s karma yoga must be related to
“upward direction”

Every Graha will indicate Direction of the Karma related to that Graha.
Asta Siddhi is of three orders, two siddhis of knowledge (garima and prakamya),
three siddhis of power (prapti, vasitva and kamavasayitva) and three siddhis of
the body (anima, mahima and laghima).

Now we must differentiate to chakras. One is Kalachakra, and the the other one
is dig chakra. In Kalachakra there are eight directions where four kendras are
ruled by two luminaries and Guru and Shukra. Kendras are the places where
energy is entering and four rest are the places where energy getting out.
om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

The planets have digbala in the directions as indicated and to ascertain whether
they really have this strength we have to consider their position from the (1)
lagna and (2) aruòha lagna.

Graha devatas indicate MOTIVATION and DESIRE of a graha. This is very


important.

From these verses we can see that siddhis are definitely not a final goal. It
can be helpful to some extent but in native need to give up from them to achieve
samadhi.

Asta Siddhi is of three orders, two siddhis of knowledge (garima and


prakamya), three siddhis of power (prapti, vasitva and kamavasayitva) and three
siddhis of the body (anima, mahima and laghima).

Kala Dig
Graha Siddhi Type
chakra chakra
Surya East East Prakamya Body
Shukra West South – East Laghima Body
Mangal South – East South Vasitva Body
Rahu North – East South – West Kamavasayitva Knowledge
Shani North – West West Anima Power
Chandra North North – West Prapti Knowledge
Budha South – West North Garima Power
Guru South North – East Mahima Power

Naturaly, Ketu is not include in this concept because it represet Moksha Marga
and his direction is upwards.

Darakaraka in line of eight charakarakas represent our Atma in


matters related to Siddhhis.
This doesn’t mean that every body has the siddhi. We must observe whole
horoscope to see that. Because Darakaraka will just show our desire towards
om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

specific siddhi and to see will we got that siddhi we must confirm that in various
Vargas.

In the first example we got chart of His Holliness


Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who bring Patanjali Sutras to the
west. He also began movement of Transcendental
Meditation and advance stage of meditation called Siddhi
program. In his case, Rahu is Darakaraka, placed in
twelwe bhava in yuti with Atma Karaka. Rahu also
having drishti on Lagna, forth and eight house (all four of
this Grahas was mentioned in Patanjali’s Sutras. Rahu is
vargotama placed in Dhanus.

But to comfirm that person have a siddhi we need to check Navamsha also,
especially Karakamsa.
om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

In Navamsa, Rahu is on Karakamsa Lagna, together with Atma Karaka, Surya,


which is ruling over ninth house from there. Also there is drishti of Bhatru
Karaka (Guru Devata). That show that siddhi that he attaind has come from the
teaching of His Guru. Rahu also is rulling over third bhava from Karakamsha
Lagna which shows Guru Upadesha bhava.
om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

And in Dasamsha we see that there is again yuti of Darakaraka and Atma
Karaka. Surya is ruling over third bhava which is Guru upadesha. Chandra as
bhatru Karaka is placed in forth bhava from Aruda Lagna and having Digbala.
Dasamsa Devata of Rahu and Surya is Ananta – going upwards.
Maharishi Parasara states:

iv*aya vedbþ<ze.
vidyäyä vedabahvaàçe ||

Learning/Education should be discerned through the 1/24th (Chaturvimsamsa ) division


of Rasi.
Here Parashara used word vidyä which refers to vidyä whose primary meaning
is knowledge, which can be Para and Apara vidyä. It also can mean mystical or
magic skills. Naturally siddhis are a kind of knowledge.

In case of His Holiness in siddhamsha Atma karaka is on Lagna and


Darakaraka is ucha in twelve bhava. And because it is Rahu’s ucha dignity for
Ayus, it will show that He will use His siddhis for the benefit of peoples health
and prolongation of longevity.
om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

Example 6.

Sai Baba is one of the Guru’s in India, well known


because of His Siddhi materializing things. In his case
Darakaraka is dispositor of Atma Karaka and having Graha
and Rasi drishti on it and it is placed in Lagna.
om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

In Navamsha, Karakamsha conjoin Vigyanamsha Lord. So He receives the


Diksha Mantra. Shani is placed in twelve bhava conjoining Ketu, having Graha
Drishti on the Vigyanamsha. But in this case, Darakaraka rules over Shiva
Kalamsha3 what can indicate that person develop that skins though own effords,
because Vigyanamsha show that type of knowledge that Guru teaches native and
Shiva Kalamsha show what we learn alone.

In Dasamsha Darakaraka is placed in Lagna. Devata is Isana.

3
Fifth bhava from Karakamsha Lagna
om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

In ancient text there are descriptions of various siddhih. Like get overcome
pancha tatvas and similar. In this research I was focusing just on the primery
eight.

namaao gaNapto tuByaM jyaoYzjyaoYzaya to nama:.


namo ganapate tubhyam jyesthajyesthaya te namah

Appendix:

Chart of the peoples from TM movement. Every chart got the connection of
Darakaraka with Mangala and Vigyanamsha. Also there is connection between
Karakamsha Lagna and Vigyanamsha. Here are presented only Navamshas.
om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

Surya Atma Karaka has Rashi Drishti on Vigyanamsha. Guru DK conjoins


Mangala and Mangala aspects Karakamsha Lagna.

Atma Karaka – Mangal rules over Vigyanamsha. Rahu – Dara Karaka has Rasi
and Graha drishti on Mangala.

Atma Karaka is Budha. Lord of Karakamsha Lagna has a Graha Drishti on


Karakamsha and Rasi Drishti on Vigyanamsha. Surya – Dara Karaka has Graha
Drishti of Mangal, who also aspects Vigyanamsha.
om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

Shani and Rahu, lords of Vigyanamsha aspects Karakamsha Lagna. Mangal is


dispositor of Dara Karaka Shani.

Guru from the Vigyanamsha aspects Karakamsha. Dara Karaka – Mangal,


dispositor of a Lord of Vigyanamsha and aspects Karakamsha.
om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

Atma Karaka – Guru aspects Vigyanamsha and conjoin Lord of Vigyanamsha.


Mangal – Dara Karaka is in Vigyanamsha itself.

Mangala has aspects on Atma Karaka and Dara Karaka also ruling over
Vigyanamsha.
om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

Lord of Karakamsha aspects Vigyanamsha. Mangal rules over Vigyanamsha and


aspects by Rashi Drishti on Dara Karaka Chandra.

Rahu Atma Karaka aspects Vigyanamsha. Mangal is dispositor of Shukra (Dara


Karaka) and has Rashi and Graha Drishti on Vigyanamsha. Also rules over
Karakamsha.
om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

Dispositor of Atma Karaka aspects Vigyanamsha. Dara Karaka (Chandra)


aspects Vigyanamsha and is in Parivartana with Mangala.

Ketu, lord of Vigyanamsha conjoin Atma Karaka. Budha, dispositor of Rahu


(Dara Karaka) is aspected by Mangala. Rahu (Dara Karaka) aspecting dispositor
of Mangala.
om namo ganapate tubhyam jyestha jyesthaya te namah

Rahu Atma Karaka aspects by Rashi Drishti on the lord of Vigyanamsha.


Mangala in the Vigyanamsha and his dispositor is Budha (Dara Karaka).

Om Tat Sat