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Well Begun is half done proverb must have said keeping in mind, Muhurta. Muhurta means a time, which is auspicious for particular kind of activity. Here the timing to be seen for particular action to particular individual. The Pancha Angas (Five limbs) of Muhurta are Tithi (Lunar day), Vara (name of the day), Nakshatra (star), Yoga (Auspicious/Inauspicious nature) and Karana (1/2 of Lunar day).

In addition to these five limbs, Ayana (1/2 of the year), Masa (Month), Paksha (15 days of month), Planetary transit, Lagna (Ascendant) too are considered for specific Muhurtas. The self created Short term destiny (Muhurta) certainly will have its say provided it is put in harmony with the Birth chart. Relevance of Muhurta also lies in its being a means through which one can accept the Nature. It is better to draw auspicious Cosmic power than going against it.

Generally Muhurta is seen for the following:
1:To start a new project/Business Undertaking
2:For House Warming
3:For Marriage
4:For Sacred Thread ceremony
5:For Distant Travels
6:To start Yajnas
7:To start Studies/Vedic Studies
8:To join employment
9:For Naming ceremony
10:For Engagement

Muhurta generally gives high success rate in fulfilling the purpose of the events.

Maharishi Parashar stressed the importance of remedial measures and their effectiveness in three ways

1) The planets can be worshipped through prayers, charities, devotion, etc.
2) The devotion has to be in a dedicated manner with complete faith.
3) Initiation has to be on an auspicious day and in an auspicious time on the advice of a proficient astrologer.

Why an auspicious time?

We are performing remedial measures to make good certain deficiencies and to mitigate unfavorable influences. If these are not started at an auspicious time, there may be problems in the continuance of these, the desired strength may not be forthcoming from the measures taken for strengthening weak planets, etc.

As we all know, by the word 'Muhurata' we understand the time elected for initiating a particular event, e.g., a journey, starting construction, purchase of movable/immovable property, celebration of marriage, namkaran sanskar, etc. The importance of Muhurata is understandable from the fact that we firmly believe in the growth of everything as per the natal planetary position. The only difference between the natal chart of a person and muhurata is that, while we have no control over the birth time, we can time the events for some auspicious planetary combinations.

There are various sets of rules like

1.Ascendant of a muhurata to be occupied by benefics.
2.No planets should be in the eighth house.
3.Kendras should be devoid of malefics.
4.The lord of the ascendant should be strong.
5.Avoiding a particular sign, nakshatra, day, tithi, yoga, karana, etc.

Still, experience shows that events initiated in a duly elected traditional muhurata do not succeed and even fail miserably. For example, a Hindu marriage in particular is invariably solemnized in a duly elected muhurata Now what is it? Is it a farce only? Is the muhurata elected not auspicious or flawless?

After carefully examining a number of cases, WE have come to the conclusion that, most of the time, muhurata is not auspicious and even when the muhurata is auspicious, the exact time is rarely adhered to.

Systems' Approach

When we believe that muhurata is a controllable factor, we should not hurry, but wait for the suitable time. The following system and scientific approach should be followed.

(A)Election of Sign in the Ascendant

Matching with the duration of the event for which the muhurata is to be worked out, the sign should be a fixed or movable or common. For example, for construction/purchase of a residential building or marriage, the sign should be fixed; whereas, in the case of a business, the movable or a common sign may be suitable. As change is the law of nature, any business which is most successful at a particular time may fail because of the ever changing environment. To reduce the number of inauspicious influences, we should restrict our choice to the signs Aries, Libra, Gemini, Leo and Sagittarius in the ascendant of the muhurata.

(B)Strength of the Ascendant

After deciding a particular sign, we should elect a time when the Ascendant is in full strength i.e.

(i)It should be devoid of malefic aspects.
(ii)Its lord should be strong, well placed and afflicted by malefics.

(C) General Strength

No house of the muhurata chart should be weak and afflicted and there should be no concentration of malefic influences.

(D)Strength of Significators

In addition to the strength of the lagna, the lagna-lord and the general strength of the muhurata chart, the strength of the significator signifying a particular event for which a muhurata is being elected is of utmost importance. For example, for marriages Jupiter and Venus should be strong.

(E)Placement of the Moon

This is the key point and the life of a muhurata chart. The Moon should occupy nakshatras of any of the lords of a strong and well placed lagna or fourth house or ninth house or at least of a benefic house. On the other hand, it should not be in the nakshatra of a functional malefic planet or a weak planet. The main reason why the event timed as per muhurata does not bless the natives with auspicious results is that the Moon occupies the nakshatras of planets mentioned in the preceding sentence.

The remedial measures suggested after careful analysis of a natal chart and the time for initiation of these in line with the guidance of the propounder of the divine science, Maharishi Parashar, do bless the natives with success. In dire emergencies, these remedial measures for offering prayers and charities can be suggested when the lagna lord is strong and the Moon is rightly placed in the nakshatra of a strong functional benefic with reference to the ascendant.

I would like to dwell a little more on the guidelines of the Maharishi once again. The practitioners of this divine science have to be of righteous conduct,i.e., free from vices, pride, greed, anger and jealousy. The remedial measures produce results when these are dedicated with devotion,i.e., the performer should also be initiated into the right course. A clue which comes from Sant Tulsidas is that a person enjoying divine grace is not encountered with tragedies in the life. In astrology we associate "divine grace" with the planet, Jupiter. Therefore, both in the natal chart and the initiation chart, the favorable inclination of Jupiter to the ascendant has to be properly analyzed.

One should not be afraid of spending time and working hard for electing an auspicious lagna. Sometimes, even a few thousands combinations have to be tried. It is the experience of the author that even in a year's time the auspicious lagnas which can be adopted for strengthening weak planets may be quite few, sometimes even less than five. In a nut-shell, we should first select a time when planets are free from combustion, debilitation and are not in their debilitated navamsas. Then, the selection has to be started from the lagnas prevailing in the working hours of the day so that the performer can perform the measures suggested. Another point which I would like to make here is retrogression of planets which is only a visionary phenomenon as this occurs due to different speeds of the planets in relation to the earth. The effects on a natal chart are due to angular position of planets with reference to a particular place on the earth. Hence, the author is of the firm view that retrograde planets are to be treated in a normal way as per their actual longitudes. That is why no special significance has been attached to retrograde planets during the course of discussions of various charts in this book.

HOW TO PROCEED FOR ELECTING AN AUSPICIOUS TIME

1.Eliminate the dates when any of the planets is in a state of combustion. This information is available in the ephemeries under the heading "helical setting or combustion of planets" for a particular calendar year.

2.Eliminate the dates when any of the planets is in a state of debilitation, infancy, old age, in the malefic houses, debilitated in navamsa and afflicted by the close affliction of the functional malefics with reference to the ascendant in view.

3.Find out if the Moon on the auspiciously identified dates is in the nakshatra of a functional benefic planet with reference to the ascendant and the sub-period of a functional benefic is in progress.

4.Find out the beginning and ending time of the said ascendant.

5.Note down the longitude of the functional malefics.

6.Leave the time represented by five degrees on either side of the degrees of the functional malefics.For example, if the ascendant has been elected as Aries and the longitude of functional malefics Rahu/Ketu is 27 degrees and the longitude of the functional malefic Mercury is 4 degrees, then, we should finalize the time of muhurata when the tenth degree rises in the ascendant and this can extend to the time when the ascendant is of 22 degrees.

We hope the readers will be able to elect an auspicious time with the above methodology.



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