Bhava Phala Praveshika — 1
Bhava analysis is one of the largest area in the analysis of a horoscope and it is the most complex one.
After understanding the effect of Grahas placement in Rasi and Bhava, one needs to gain composite understanding of the influence of those Grahas in various aspects of our life.
The bhava analysis is critical in a way that, without analysing a bhava, the analysis of Graha is not complete. For instance different placements of Grahas such as Sun, Mars in the 10H, Mercury in the 8H, Venus in the 12H etc. can give access to much wealth in life, however, nothing can be concluded unless one judges the impact of the Dhana bhava, all the yogas pertaining to Dhana bhava etc. Similarly, the placement and yogas pertaining to the Dhanesha (2nd lord) has strong say on the sources of gain of wealth or how and where wealth is lost.
However, it is not easy to do analysis of bhava, hence many astrologers don’t even resort to this and rather be happy with Graha-rasi and Graha-bhava results.
The complexity of Bhava analysis stems out of the fact that there are thousands of yogas pertaining to each bhava which is not amenable to limited memory faculty that we are given.
In ancient times, the original Sanskrit shlokas pertaining to various bhava results were memorised using memory techniques that are lost to most of the world. These are still practiced in some Gurukula in India, impacting Vedic studies.
Some of the combinations in bhava analysis involve more than one Bhavas, more than one Grahas, aspects, placements etc. For instance note the combination pertaining to destruction of lineage (1) Malefic in 4H, Venus in 7H and Moon in 10H; (2) Malefics in 12H, 5H, 8H and the Lagna; (3) Venus and Mercury in the 7H, Jupiter in the 5H and malefics in the 4H; (4) Moon in the 5H and malefics in the 8H, 12H and the Lagna. How does one remember all such combinations?
Now, how to handle such complexity of the Bhava analysis? Is it possible to decipher all the Bhava results without learning all the principles and yogas pertaining to them? There are so many questions which appear in the mind!
The only way to handle this complexity is follow certain disciplines 1) Keep mind open and do not rush to conclusion 2) give yourself time to reflect and understand 3) Don’t cheat yourself 4) Learn from past mistakes 5) Practice incessantly
The biggest issue with the Bhava analysis is that we don’t get ample horoscopes to observe and practice some of the combinations, for instance destruction of lineage. Hence when we encounter some such horoscopes, we get into trouble. Hence, one should know the books where one can refer if such cases arise once in a while. There is no short-cut than practicing the combinations and reviewing many horoscopes to get a grasp of certain combinations.
Last but not the least, Jyotish is more a practical subject than an academic discipline. The real test of Jyotish is the ability to apply the principles and dictums on real life situations. Hence, nothing can substitute real life understanding of life’s experiences, human struggle for existence, hope, destiny etc. While learning Jyotish one should keep one’s mind open and be observing without judging.
This subject has to be taken in a structured manner. One should understand the generic principle of Bhava analysis which applies to all the Bhavas i.e., Bhava significations, Bhavesha and Karaka. Benefics and malefics influence etc. Then one should understand the essential difference among the Bhavas before delving into various matters governed by a Bhava.