PRANAPADA METHOD: BIRTH TIME RECTIFICATION
by Nitish Arya
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Birth Time (BT) rectification is an important consideration for any serious use of tools provided by Vedic astrology. While there are many methods prevalent for doing a BT rectification, this article presents a novel method for Birth Time rectification using PRANApada (zodiacal point of reference, related to expression of PRANA or Universal Life Force).
To understand the PRANA-pada as enunciated by Jyotish texts, one needs to know how PRANA functions in body as mentioned in Yoga texts. This is the key to have any meaningful discussion on its applications, which include Birth-time rectification and deciphering the forces of self-created destiny.
“Breath” is the primary cause for the expression of consciousness that we call as Birth in human body. This breath is intimately related to the PRANA in human body. While Vedic Jyotish texts (BPHS) give a concept of PRANA-pada, its application is very little understood in Birth Time Rectification.
PRANA in subtle body (sookshma sharira) is divided into 5 specialized forces operating in 5 cerebro-spinal chakras (wheels) of life and consciousness. Each of these chakras has a gross and a subtle PRANA associated with it, thus making for 10 distinct bodily PRANA (Dash mahavidya/10 incarnations of cosmic mother). The respective gross/subtle pranas are given in Table 1 below:
“Udana/Devadatta” Vishuddhi Ether D-49 to D-60
“Prana/Naga” Anahata Air D-37 to D-48
“Samana/Krikal” Manipura Fire D-25 to D-36
“Vyana/Dhananjaya” Swadhisthana Water D-13 to D-24
“Apana/Kurma” Mooladhara Earth D-1 to D-12
These five principle and subtle PRANA together take care of all the bodily functions, while the cosmic PRANA in the 6th/Ajna chakra takes ones’ consciousness and life to the realm of omnipresence and omniscience respectively.
Table 1 binds the 10 bodily prana with Chakra, Tattwa and Varga together.
Table 2, at the end, maps the 9 planets and ascendant to 10 bodily prana via the common thread (in Yoga and Jyotish) of 10 incarnations of cosmic mother, thereby bringing them all under an umbrella notion of Prana. These two together are used to correlate the role of Pranapada (Jyotish) to the role of Breath (Yoga) in the process of birth, Prana being the common thread.
Thus, from the zodiacal reference point of Pranapada we are looking at the zodiac as an expression of subtle (non-physical) life-forces that regulate the life-processes in human body. As such, Sun/Moon are seen as Devadatta/Udana prana as mentioned in Yoga treatises and not as the zodiacal Sun/Moon as treated in Jyotish texts, allowing us to move inside-out (body to zodiac) as easily as outside-in (zodiac to body).
Process of Birth
When a baby is born, he is not breathing because mothers’ bodily PRANA is taking care of all the necessary functions for the baby. So, he has to start breathing, as soon as he has an independent existence or Birth. Thus, the process of birth involves two factors:
1. Physical level –> This has to do with cutting of umbilical cord, giving an independent physical identity to the baby. This should be used to rectify the D-60 lagna, and is beyond the scope of discussion of this article.
2. Mental level –> As per yoga texts, flow of “Breath” is a mental concept that causes the unceasing movement of mind in all directions. Breath flows uninterruptedly in one of the three principle nadis of subtle body, i.e ida/pingala/sushumna giving rise to various states of conscious awareness. At birth, the internalized mental awareness of baby is directed outwards (Zodiac shows the placement of Pranapada) to cause breath.
Birth, marked by presence of breath, happens when the process of breathing is initiated by the combined action of Prana in Agya (HaM beeja) and Vishuddhi (SaH beeja) chakras. “Udana/Devadatta” being associated with Vishuddhi chakra, breath, and with the ether elementary vibration, is therefore the gross bodily prana that is closely related to process of Breathing. In Jyotish, the etheric consciousness corresponds to Shastyamsa(60th division of Zodiac/D-60). Now, Moon rules Udana and Sun rules Devadatta. Thus,
YOGAS’ RULE FOR BIRTH
Due to inherent duality in nature, a second principle is simultaneously called in. In yoga, 5th chakra (etheric consciousness) is linked to 2nd chakra (sub-consciousness) by duality. Clearly, the karmic destiny of the baby starts to unfold through the stored up impressions in this chakra. Thus, in Jyotish, the plane of subconsciousness is seen from Siddhamsa Chart (D-24) as the highest harmonic.
It is important to underline the significance of Siddhamsa, generally used to see the acquisiton of Siddhis (control of an aspect of ones’ own or cosmic nature) by birth or according to dashas. Thus, while mastery of breath is considered as a Siddhi in Yoga (Kevala Kumbhaka), it follows that such an acquisition of control over breath is related to control of movement of life-force in the sub-conscious through the cultivation of mental calmness inherent in the etheric consciousness.
Note that these two rules should be simultaneously satisfied to figure out the intervals in which a birth can occur. Prana-pada takes 15 seconds to change sign in D-24 chart and 6 seconds to change in D-60 chart.
These two rules together can be used to fix the valid ranges for human birth for a given D-60 ascendant. But they do not pinpoint which one of the multiple valid ranges within a D-60 lagna duration (105 sec) is to be considered authentic, and it requires still deeper considerations.
Pranapada method fits well for very closely separated multiple consecutive births, like octuplets (like the recent case of 8 babies in 5 minutes in L.A.). Each inidividual baby may have same lagna in all the amsas from D-1 to D-60, but the key differentiating factor of karmic destiny that unfolds for each individual differently is Pranapada lagna in D-60.
As a reference, the Gross/Subtle Prana, their planetary rulers, and cosmic mothers’ aspect is given in the Table 2 below. This list is helpful in buidling a deeper knowledge by constructive analysis of time-proven jyotish and yoga principles, and is one of the key drivers of future posts on this site.
Rulers Prana Dasha Mahavidya
Sun Devadatta Matangi
Moon Udana Bhuvaneshvari
Mars Krikal Baglamukhi
Mercury Vyana Shodashi
Jupiter Apana Tara
Venus Dhananjaya Kamala
Saturn Prana Kali
Rahu Naga Chinnamasta
Ketu Kurma Dhoomavati
Lagna Samana Bhairavi
This is the illustration of principle of birth in accordance with the Yogic understanding of PRANA. I will put up a case study in next article on 8 babies birth in 5 minutes in L.A., where both Pranapada method and Kunda correction will be used.