AYURVEDIC MEDICAL AS AST T ROLOGY BY DR.SRI VI DYA SUB SUBRAMANI RAMANI AN MD ( AY AYURVEDA URVEDA)) & DR. PADUR SUBRA SUBRAMANI MANI A SA SASTRI STRI KA KAL L
The measures and rites to treat diseases are dealt in both Atharva Veda and Ayurveda. In Atharva Veda, it sounds somewhat primitive, but Ayurveda strikes good by its logical approach to the cure of diseases . A practitioner of Ayurveda is supposed to know the Vedangas for prognosis, selection of herbs, fix the appropriate time of treatment and finally to assess the life span of the patient.
W hat is Ved ic M edical As Astrology? trology? M edical Astrology is a branch of Vedic As Astr ology. ItIt d eals w ith th e m edical aspect aspect (health pro spects) of astro astro logy, that is, a Vedic horo scope is drawn by t he Vedic M edical Astr Astr ologer, based based on t ime, place, place, date of b irth o f t he concerned concerned p erson erson and then approp riate advice advice is given given to cure th e diseas disease, e, the person is suf fering from . The ro ots of Ayu rveda can can be t raced to Atharva Veda among t he fou r Vedas. Vedas. The The m easures easures and rites to t reat d iseas iseases es are dealt in bo th A tharva Veda and Ayurveda. In In Ath arva Veda, it sounds som ewh at pr imit ive, bu t Ayurveda strikes good good by its logical logical app app roach to t he cure of diseases diseases.. Jyot isha isha is one am ong th e six six limbs of Vedas. ItIt is considered t o be eye of t he Vedas. A practitio ner of Ayur veda is supposed to know the Vedangas for p rognosis, rognosis, selection selection of herb s, fix th e appropriate time of t reatm ent and finally finally to know the life life span span o f the patient. In our coun try, Ayurvedic practit ioners keep them selves associated associated w ith learned astrolo gers and often consult them regarding regarding their patients, becaus becausee they know and understand w ithin their hearts that Karma plays a very impo rtant role in the state of on e’s health. health. Karma is no thing but d ifferent p rojections created created b y the unconscious unconscious mind , base basedd on on e’s th ought p att erns and and can be negative/ positive, depend ing upon t he state of con sciousness ciousness one is at. These These projection s are carried carried along to t he next life and on e is born to par ents w hose karm karm ic records com com plem ent t he soul soul taking the phy sical ical body th rough th at parent s. These These Karm ic records can can b e erased, erased, only by t he grace grace of God and constant constant sadhana. sadhana. Apart Apart from the above t wo , a spiritu allyacc allyaccom om plished plished person can also help u s to lead lead a healthy life, besides besides m edical care.
Ayurvedic A strology The Seven Seven planets correspond correspond to the t hree Hum our s (Doshas) (Doshas) in in Ayurveda— Vata (wind), Pitt Pitt a (bile) and and Kapha (ph legm legm ). In th e Ayurvedic par lance, the ‘Seven ‘Seven Revolving Revolving Heavens’ Heavens’ are classi classified fied th us (“Vatam Pittayu tha
Vata Va ta & Kapha
Pitta, Vata & Kapha
Vata & Kapha
The seven p lanets correspond correspond to th e Seven Seven Gross Tiss Tissueue- elem ent s (dhat (dhat us) thus:
Bo n e M a r r o w
Sem inal Ene rgy
Accordin Accordin g to t he fam ous Ayurvedic sag sagee Vagbhata, Vagbhata, Pitt Pitt a has the characteristic characteristic of fire (pitt am -
vahnihi). Therefor e, when th e Sun Sun or M ars becom becom es unfavourable, one suff suff ers from disease diseasess due to heat such as constipation , m easles easles,, ulcers, skin skin eru ptio ns, sm sm all-pox, all-pox, bu rning sensation, sensation, et c. Unfavour able M oon and Venus prod uce diseas diseases es caused caused by wat er such as sw ellings ellings in differen t part s of th e bod y. Saturn Saturn brings abou abou t d iseas iseases es du e to (wind ). M ercury b rings about disease diseasess such such as brain fe ver, typ hoid , etc., etc., due to t he inflamm ation o f all th e thr ee doshas. doshas. Jupit Jupit er brin gs about deafness. deafness. IfIf in t he b irth ho roscope, any any planet is funct ionally a great great m alefic, the n, during th e m ajor, sub, sub, sub-sub sub-sub period o f th at p lanet lanet , the respective diseas diseasee w ould m ake its appearance.
By analys analysing ing the ho roscop roscop e, the astrologer can discern discern the b adly placed placed planet and th e corresponding Dhatu w hich has caused caused the prob lem and can prescribe prescribe Ayurvedic remed ial m easures easures (“ (“ Dusht Dusht hith asyadi asyadi Dhatustho Rogeenam Rogeenam Roga Eeryatham Eeryatham “ ) M edical Astrology’s perspective perspective about th e 12 Houses of t he Zodiac:
Ist Ho use
2nd Hou se
Fou rth House
Fifth Fi fth House
Place beneath the heart
Sixth Hou se
St om ach
Upper Thig Thighh
Nint h House
Elevent El event h Hou se
Twelft h House
If the 6t h ho use is is afflicted, afflicted, th ere can be digestive digestive tr act disorders. Natu ral malefics in th e 6th h ouse m ay create create hyp er-acidity er-acidity and gas tro uble. Affliction Affliction to t he 7t h hou se indicates disorders of the digestive digestive t ract, hyperacidity and gas trou ble (“ Papa Saptam Saptam agah Tadodara Tadodara Ruja” Ruja” ). The The sam e ho lds good fo r th e 6th h ouse (Papa (Papa Shashtagatha Shashtagatha Tadodararuja). Tadodararuja). IfIf th e 6th hou se or t he 7th House is afflicted, one should b e very careful careful abou t t he bod y’s acidity level. level. The The bod y’s pH value value should be kept at 7. Anyth ing less less than 7 is dangerou s. The The 80% alkaline alkaline natu re of t he bod y should be kept up and acidity acidity shou ld not be above 20%. The The best foo ds to be t aken are Vedic Foods, wh ich are low in acidity acidity and cholestero cholestero l. To maint ain th e AcidityAcidity- Alkalinity ratio , you consume 100 gram s fruits and and 300 gram s vegetables vegetables daily daily and avoid no n-natural fo od. Natu ral food s are alkaline alkaline and non vegetarian vegetarian fo od are basically basically acidic acidic.. From From experience, it can be discerned discerned t hat no t on ly malefic planets bring in in prob lem s from enem ies, ies, bu t also also prob lem s to t he stom ach (“ (“ Pape Shas Shasht ht opagathe Vrina Bhayaschora Satr Satr u Peeda Cha” Cha” ). If t he 12 th h ouse is afflicted afflicted by malefic planets, planets, then there can be affliction affliction t o t he f eet. We h ave seen m any a patient suffering from 12house 12house affliction, affliction, w hich hich m anifests anifests as problem s on the f eet. Similarly, imilarly, 4th house affliction affliction m eans eans troub le to the heart. Affliction to a ny hou se indicates affli Affliction affliction ction to the corres correspond pond ing part of the body body.. Affliction Affliction to th e first ho use indicates prob lems to th e head. (“ Pape Lagnag Lagnagathe athe Parajaya arajaya Bhaya Siroruja” Siroruja” ). The p lanet lanet s corr corr espond espond to t he differ ent ph ysiologic ysiological al system system s of a hum an being thu s:
The Bone System
M oo n
The Circul irculato ato ry System
The M usc uscular ular System
The Vei Veins ns
The Re Repro pro du ctive System
The Digestive System
The Ex Excreto creto ry System
Looking at V ed ic M edical Astrology Astrology from a logical logical perspective perspective :- If you look at the statistics for m ajor health health problem s suffered suffered by th e mankind, you you can observe observe that m en suffer suffer m ostly from a specific set of diseases and on the other hand women suffer from a different set of diseases and then there are comm on d iseas iseases es suffered suffered by bo th m en and w om en. Dis Diseases eases comm on t o all (both (both men and women) : Asthma, Skin Diseases, Allergies, Headaches, Vision problems, Respiratory prob lems, Hearing prob lems, Stom Stom ach disorders, sexual sexual prob lems, Obesity Obesity etc. Diseas Diseases es com com m on amo ng M en are: Heart Heart Problem s (M (M ost com m on am ong M en), Brain Brain Diseas Diseases, es, Liver Problem Problem sand prob lems relating to sexual sexual organs and at t imes Brain Brain Cancer Cancer or Tum or. Diseas Diseases es com com mo n am ong W om en are: Cancer Cancer is com m on am ong w om en, especial especially ly Breas Breastt Cancer, Cancer, Thyro Thyro id malfunct ion, and problems related to reproductive sys system tem . Here is another secret, ecret, w hich the ancients ancients knew , but t he m odern science has no id ea abou t it. A child is bo rn, reaches reaches puberty and un til he/ she has her/ his first sexual sexual intercourse, the diseases diseases one suffers are mo stly com m on and curab le or th ey are born with Karmic diseases (birth defects), out of which 90% are incurable unless and until one knows how to access karmic records and rectify them. But after the first intercourse one has with the opposite sex, one has entered a new energy field which could prove deadly to each other or extremely favourable; favourable; that is the impo rtant r eason eason w hy in India horoscopes horoscopes are matched before marriage and carnal pleasures are forbidden for both boys and girls before marriage. Ancients knew th e secrets secrets of b io-energy. io-energy. He alth Science an d Astrolo gi gical cal Science Science According to Indian conceptions, certain types of diseases such as tuberculosis, cancer, etc,, are Karm ic, being th e consequences consequences of certain p rohibited acts which th e native mu st have don e in his past life. The Western medical men try to find for every disease causes within the body, and they are treated by m edicines, edicines, surgery, surgery, etc., The major ity of Hindu s ho w ever still still believe in th e ancient ancient theory of our suffering, (physical, mental, etc), in this life, being the consequence of certain acts don e in ou r pr evious life life or lives. lives. Karm Karm a Vipaka is is an an ancient treat ise, ise, listing listing th e cause cause and rem edial m easures easures of various diseas diseases. es. Remed Remed ies mainly con sist ist of japa (Chant (Chant ing of scriptu res) homa (Fire (Fire sacrifice), sacrifice), Dhana (Charit y), etc.
Diseases and their cure Planets and the respec respective tive signifi signified ed b ody part s
Heart, spine, man ’s right eye, w om an’s left eye, m out h, spleen, thro at, brain.
Breasts, Breas ts, left eye of the male, rig right ht eye of the female, sto mach, esoph es oph agus agus,, uter us, ovaries, ovaries, bladd bladd er, lymph atic system system .
Head, externa l reprod uctive organs, left ear, blood , pelvis pelvis,, pro state gla glands. nds.
Lungs, sol solar ar plexus.
Thighs, hip s, liver, gall b ladder , pan creas.
Eyes, kidn eys, skin, chin, cheeks.
Bones, t eeth , hair, ears, kne es.
By consideri considering ng th e intensity intensity of affliction affliction of t hese hese planets, planets, the strength or w eaknes eaknesss of t he respective respective organs can can be ascertained. ascertained. Wanin g M oon b rings abou t th e dosha dosha of t he lord o f the Rasi Rasi w hich its occupies; occupies; Full M oon brings abou t kapha only. IfIf t he Sun Sun and M ars are unfavou rable, diseas diseases es due t o t he inflamm ation of pitta (bile) becom becom e m anifeste anifested. d. Type s of Diseases There are t w o typ es of d iseas iseases, es, viz., viz., Nija and Aagant Aagant huka. These tw o can again be sub-divided th us : Nija int o Sarirotha Sarirotha and Chitt oth a; and and Aaganthuka into Drisht Drisht a nim ittaja and Adrishta nim ittaja. Bodily diseases diseases are of fou r kinds, viz., viz., tho se cause causedd by Vata, tho se caused caused by Pitta, t hose caused by Kapha and t hose caused by Sannip Sannip ath a. The The classification classification of d iseases iseases can be rep resent ed thus :
Diseas Diseases es arising arising in t he bod y m ay also also b e due t o a com binatio n of Vata and Pitta, Vata and Kapha Kapha and Pitta and Kapha. Thus Thus the re are seven seven variations of b odily tr oub les arising arising fro m (1) Vata, (2) Pitta, (3) Kapha, Kapha, (4) a comb ination o f Vata and Pitt Pitt a, (5) Vata Vata and Kapha, (6) Pitta Pitta and Kapha and (7) Vata, Pitt Pitt a and Kapha. Astro-indicators The bod ily diseases diseases (sariroth (sariroth a) can can be det erm ined by considering the strength of t he 8t h hou se, its lord , the planet aspecting or occupying it. Anger, fear, sorro sorro w , desires desires and such emo tion s brin g about m ental diseas diseases es.. They They have to be d etermined by considering considering the relationshi relationshipp betw een een the lo r d s o f t h e 5 t h a n d t h e 8 t h . The Drishta-nim ittaja disease diseasess — curses, curses, incant incant ation s and falls from elevation — shou ld be asce ascertained rtained from the 6th house, its lord lord or t he planet aspecting aspecting the 6th house or the p lanet lanet occupying occupying the 6th hou se. IfIf th e lords of the 6th and 8t h are related, related, then t he intensity intensity of the diseas diseases es w ill be m uch. The Adrishita-nimit Adrishita-nimit taja diseas diseases es should be kno wn from the at tack of evil spirits. There There are tw o t ypes of Agun Agun thaka diseases diseases viz., viz., drishtanim ittaja and adrishta-nimitt aja. To To th e form er category, belong th e curses curses of great m en, elder elder s, paren ts, Gurus, etc., etc., th e incant incant ation s (Ks (Kshud ra, M antras) of enem ies and sudden fall from elevatio elevatio ns and and accidents. Examine t he 6th lord , th e planets aspecting aspecting th e lord / hou se 6th and t he planet s occupying the 6t h hou se. Consider Consider th e stro stro ngest ngest and determ ine the d iseas isease. e. IfIf t he 6t hand 8t h lord s are related (i.e., (i.e., in m ut ual aspect, aspect, association, association, etc.), th en t he effect of t he curses, curses, incantation incantation s, etc., will be po w erful and t he nat ive w ill have to constant constant ly suff suff er. The The adrishtanim ittaja diseases diseases are said said to be b rought abo ut by spirits, devils, devils, hob gob lins, ghosts, etc. (Badhaka (Badhaka Grahas). Those diseases, diseases, fo r w hich n o im m ediate cause cause could be t raced, raced, are karm ic in origin and are caused by t he Badhaka Pla Planet net s. Astanga Astanga Hridaya explains explains that th e shad-ras shad-rasas as (6 (6 differen t t ypes of t aste) remove o r aggravate aggravate th e th ree doshas as follow follow s : — Vata (wind ) is rem oved by m adhura (sweetn ess), ess), amla (sour (sour ness) ness) and
lavana lavana (salt); (salt); Kapha Kapha (phlegm) is neut ralised ralised b y t hiktha (bitter ), ushna (hot) and kashaya. kashaya. Pitta Pitta is destroyed b y m adhura (sweet ), thiktha (bitt er) and kashaya. Con trarily, Vata is aggravated aggravated by th iktha (bitt er), ushna (hot) and kashaya. kashaya. Kapha Kapha is increas increased ed b y m adhura (sw eet), amla (sour (sour ), lavana lavana (salt) (salt) and u shna (hot ). The The d iseas iseasee one w ill suff er fro m arises arises from th e dosha governed by th e planet causing causing th e diseas disease. e. Different planets govern d ifferent doshas. doshas. For For exam exam ple, if th e Sun Sun is the d iseas isease-c e-causi ausing ng planet , then t he diseas diseasee w ill ill be due t o im balance balance of Pitta. Pitta. If it is the M oon t hen t he disea disease se will be du e to Vata and Pitta. In th is w ay, on e should ascertain ascertain t he cause cause of d iseas iseases es from the planets. Signs of Lon g Life Signs Life Various condit ions of planatery arrangemen ts are prescribed prescribed in Vedic Astrology Astrology t o det erm ine longevit y in m any astro logical classics classics like Phalade Phalade epika, Saravali, Saravali, Ho rasaaram, Brihat jat akam (6th chapter) and so o n. Prasna-marga, Prasna-marga, explains explains the lon g life life as follows:- IfIf all are d evoid of afflictions and are favourable, th e person w ill live live long. IfIf t he com bination s are all evil, he w ill die soo soo n. IfIf t he influences are m ixed, then t he quer ist ist w ill neith er die no r recover from his diseas diseases. es. Happiness and m isfortun isfortun es w ill ill alternat alternat ely trouble him. Lagna (Asc.) (Asc.) indicate s, Deha (b ody ). The The 8 th is Jeeva Jeeva (life). If t h eir lor ds are stro ng, or ar e in conjunction or in m ut ual aspect, aspect, the q uerist w ill have long life. life. IfIf t he lord of Lagna Lagna or Jupit Jupit er or Venus is placed in a kendra f rom Arudha o r if t hese lords, Jup iter, Venus and and lord o f lagna are in in m ut ual kendras, th ere w ill ill be long life. IfIf ben efics are in kendras, tr ikonas, th e 2nd and 8t h o r llth and m alefics alefics are in th e 3rd, 6th and llth, th ere w ill be lon g life. life. IfIf m alefics alefics occupy hou ses oth er than 3, 6 and 11 and benef ics are in 3 , 6 and 12, death and serious illness illness w ill be th e result. If Gulika Gulika occupies th e 8th, th en th e questioner’s death cannot be do ub ted. Of all th e m alefic planets, Gulika contr ibut es the w orst evil. IfIf Gulika has the association, association, aspect aspect o r vargas of Satur Satur n, its evil becom es m ore intensified. intensified. Longevity from Bi Birth rth Chart All beings take fresh fresh b irths to experience the results of th eir actions don e in their p revious birth . Depending upon th e past past Karma, the longevity longevity w ill ill be long, m edium or short. People People are born in th is w orld ju st t o exhaust th eir Karma-phala. Karma-phala. Even Even if th ere is a lit lit tle Karma left over, it has to b e experienced. Effect Effect s of Karma can how ever be overcom e by Atm a Jnana Jnana (selfrealisation). (selfrealisation). Yogas Yogas reveal to u s the results of Karma. Yoga Yoga mean s ‘w ‘w hich joins or connects’. Puru Puru sha is that w hich has bod y. Yogas Yogas conn conn ect Purusha w ith Karma-phalas. Planets indicate how th ese yogas yogas conn conn ect t he Purusha with Karma-phala arma-phala from their po sition. Yogas and Longevity There are seven typ es of yogas. yogas. (a) Those form ed by po sition sition , (b) (b) tho se form ed by Bhavas, Bhavas, (c) (c) tho se for m ed by planets, (d) (d) tho se form ed by po sition, Bhavas Bhavas and planets, (e) those form ed by sthana and Bhava, (f) tho se form ed by Bhavas and planet s and (g) those form ed by po sition and planets.
By sthana, sthana, it is referred t o th e placem placem ent of th e planets in in u chcha, chcha, m oolath rikona, etc. By By Bhava, it is m eant Lagna, Lagna, etc. The planet s are the Sun Sun , etc. Bhava Bhava St St hana and Graha are th e causes o f Yoga. Yoga. The stron gest gest in b ringing abou abou t a yoga is th e yogakarta (com (com poser of yo ga) and it is tha t planet w hich gives the results of th e yoga. There are tw o t ypes of longevity, viz., viz., Yogayus Yogayus — th at w hich is cont cont ribut ed by Yogas Yogas;; and Dasayus, Dasayus, that w hich is cont ribut ed by Dasas. Dasas. There are six six typ es of Yogayus ogayus indicating death w ithin on e year (Sadhyorishta), (Sadhyorishta), death w ithin 12 years (Arishta (Arishta o r Balaris Balarishta), hta), death w ithin 3 2 years (Alpayu (Alpayu or Risht isht a), death w ithin 70 years (M (M adhyayu), death w ith in hun dred years (Deerghayu) (Deerghayu) and death after 100 years (Am (Am ithayu). Sadhyor Sadhyor isht isht a, Arisht Arisht a and Am ithayu are ind ependen t o f Dasas. Dasas. As stud ents of astrology, astrology, we know that there are m arakas arakas or deathinflicting deathinflicting planets planets with reference to each each lagna. The period of deat h (maraka Dasa) Dasa) shou shou ld be fixed fixed consisten consisten t w ith t he te rm of longevity indicated in the ho roscope. roscope. By By not ing wh ether one ’s term of life refers to Alpayu (32 (32 years), years), M adhyayu (70 years) or Deerghayu (100 years), th e approp riate Dasa Dasa and Bhukt i for death shou ld be fixed, taking into consideratio consideratio n t he death -inflicting -inflicting planet s and t heir Dasas. Dasas. If ther e are Sadhyor ishta, ishta, Arishta Arishta or Am ithayur yogas, th en th ey function w ithou t ref erence to th e Dasas Dasas and Bhuktis. References Horasaram Horasaram , Brihatjatakam , Krishneeyam Krishneeyam , Prasnamar Prasnamar gam, An ustanapaddht hi, Saravali Saravali,, M angalavali, angalavali, Astro classi classics cs and Astanga Hrud aya, Charaka Charaka Sam Sam hit a, Susrut Susrut ha Sam Sam hit a, Vagbhata Sam Sam h ita, Bhela Sam hita , Karm avipaka samh samh ita et c of Ayurvedic class classics, ics, besides a fe w w ebsites, ebsites, dealing dealing w ith Ayurveda and m edical astro astro logy. New Fr Free ee Service Offer in EST EST Dr.Srividya Dr.Srividya Subram Subram anian BAM S M D(Ayurveda), Senior Senior Research esearch O fficer o f Arya Vaidhya Pharmacy Research esearch Institu Institu te, Coim Coim bator e 641 045 w ill ill diagonise diagonise th e problem s in Ayurvedic way, to redu ce th e severity severity o f th e health aff liction liction s. Ayurvedic cure cure , Ayurvedic sys system tem of d iet, healing healing and health m aintenance w ill be suggested. suggested. Dr.Padur Dr.Padur Subram ania Sas Sastrikal trikal M A, PhD(S PhD(San), a kno wn Vedic Scholar and traditio nal Astro Astro loger, HOD of Post Post Graduat e and Research Research Departm ent of Astro Astro logy, SASTR ASTRA A University, Thanjavur 613 402 w ill diagon diagon ise ise t he p roblem s, after exam ining an individual’s natal chart. He will give give guidance abou abou t th e areas of th e body, in w hich the nat ive is is m ost likely likely to experience troub le. He will recom m end Vedic remedies like M ant ra, Yantra, Yantra, gem et c. Pleas Pleasee not e that th e above r em edies are are all only SUPP SUPPLLEM ENTARY NTARY and d o no t re place the m edical edical care, wh ich ich th e native is receiving receiving already.