हरे राम कृष्ण
Dear K. Lakshman, Namaskar.
Heres answering your query on the topic of Varṇada Lagna.
Varṇa means color, caste or the single syllable of a word or mantra. As a sound syllable it refers to the origin of our creation, namely sound itself of which the first sound was aum. Sound manifests in the Akaśa or ether element, followed by the creation of the Vāyu or air element, which again is followed by the Agni or fire element. At this stage light and therefore also color emanated. This then resulted in the creation of Jala or water which gave sustenance and finally Prthvi or earth which brought about the solid surfaces and therefore also food.
Da means to give but also refers to the upadeśa or advise given by Brahma to the three gana of Deva, Manushya and Rakshasa when they asked to know their birth purpose. Brahma answered da to all of them, of which the Manushya interpreted this as dāna meaning to give as a means to overcome their excess personal greed. The Deva interpreted this as dama meaning to suppress or tame as a means to suppress their excessive desire to entertain themselves. The Rakshasa interpreted this as dayā meaning sympathy, compassion or pity, as a means to overcome the mercilessness they expressed towards other beings.
There are two methods of calculating Varṇada Lagna. One is based on degrees and the other is based on signs. Both methods follow the same steps, but can reveal different results if the combined result of the Lagna and Hora Lagna exceeds 30 degrees.
The calculation of Varṇada Lagna is based on the Horā Lagna (sustenance/food) and the Lagna (self). The signs of the two, viz.: Horā Lagna and Lagna being odd or even will decide the method of counting.
• If either is in an odd sign then count from Aries regularly to the sign occupied by Lagna/ Horā Lagna. Example: If Horā Lagna is placed in Sagittarius then counting forward from Aries we get Sagittarius as being the ninth sign from Aries.
• If either is in an even sign then count from Pisces in reverse to the sign occupied by Lagna/ Horā Lagna. Example: If Horā Lagna is placed in Scorpio, then counting in reverse from Pisces to Scorpio we get Scorpio as being the fifth sign from Pisces.
The next step is adding the two results.
• If the two of Hora lagna and Lagna are both in signs of same oddity then merely adding the two gives the result. Example: for Lagna in Cancer (9th from Pisces) and Horā Lagna in Virgo (7th from Pisces), then since both are in even signs the addition of 9+7 gives the result of 16. Remove multiples of 12 to get the exact sign-number as 4.
• If the two of Horā lagna and Lagna are both in signs of different oddity then finding the different between the two gives the result. Example: for Lagna in Leo (5th from Aries) and Horā Lagna in Scorpio (5th from Pisces), then since both are in signs of different oddity the difference of 5-5 gives the result of 0 which is the equivalent of the number 12.
• Note that the final result will always be an even number.
This result is then counted from Aries in forward order if the Lagna is in an odd sign to attain the Varṇada Lagna. If the Lagna is in an even sign then counting the result from Pisces in reverse order gives the Varṇada Lagna. Example: For the result of 12 for Lagna in Cancer count to the twelfth sign in reverse from Pisces, i.e. Aries. This is applied to all the houses from Lagna and Horā Lagna to calculate the Varṇada of each house.
Note that the Varṇada lagna will always occupy a sign of different oddity than that of the Lagna. But, if you add or deduct the degrees of the Lagna and Horā Lagna to attain the Varṇada lagna, then this can change.
Upadeśa: The Varṇada Lagna is responsible for sustaining the Lagna as it gives food to the Lagna. The two work in pairs where the Lagna acts and the Varṇada sustains the acts of the Lagna. Therefore whichever oddity the Lagna has, the Varṇada Lagna has to be that of a different oddity working as a balance to the Lagna.
The Varṇada Lagna doesn’t show abilities or sources of income, instead it shows the color or mood you will occupy as a means to sustain yourself in society. There are four main Varṇa which are meant to uphold dharma. Therefore it is from dharma that one finds a purpose and performs karma, and the four main Varṇa are actually the four feet of the cow or Kāmadhenu which uphold the Veda.
karmaru varṇa sṛjanā hoici
karmara caḍā āna nahiṁ kicci|
– Sri Acyuta Dasa, varṇa saṁhitā
Translation: Varṇa has evolved from Karma and other than Karma nothing else exists.
The various Varṇa are indicated by the four types of signs, viz.: Fiery, Watery, Airy and Earthy signs. The Kshatriya belong to the Fiery signs. The Brahmins belong to the Watery signs. The Vaishya belong to the Earthy signs whilst the Shudra belong to the Airy signs. The Varṇa of the airy and earthy signs is sometimes reversed due to reasons of supply and demand caused by the two types of Varṇa, but for the purpose of using the Varṇada lagna we will use the list as given.
The planets also indicate Varṇa. Sun & Mars denote the Kshatriyas. Jupiter & Venus indicate the Brahmins. Moon & Mercury indicate the Vaishyas, whilst Saturn indicates the Shudras. The nodes go against the norms of soceity as well as the Varna.
Example: Sri Achyuta Dasa
Date: January 30, 1510
Time Zone: 5:43:20 (East of GMT)
Place: 85 E 50′ 00″, 20 N 30′ 00″
1. The Lagna is in Virgo – an even sign, hence counting from Pisces in reverse to Virgo we get the 7th sign.
2. The Horā Lagna is in Taurus another even sign, hence counting from Pisces in reverse to Taurus we get the 11th sign.
3. 7+11 is 18.
4. As Lagna was an even sign, we must reckon this result in reverse from Virgo. The 18th sign is equal to the 6th sign (18-12=6) hence the 6th sign in reverse from Pisces must be found. This is Libra, which is the position of the Varṇada Lagna.
Libra is a Shudra sign hence we may infer that Sri Achyuta Dasa was given Shudra -type work, i.e. service, physical labour, arranging amenities for worship, etc. He has stated in his works that whilst his grandfather was a Kshatriya, his father was occupying the Shudra caste as appointed by the Mahaganapati at the time. The lord of Varṇada lagna is Venus and is placed in a watery sign indicating that he would change to Brahmin-work, and would enjoy a lot of happiness from the exaltation of the same. Venus is unconjoined hence it alone will indicate the type of Brahmin work. Among Brahmins Venus indicates consultants and advisors, i.e. like astrologers, therapists, doctors, etc., whilst Jupiter indicates teachers, singers, actors, etc.
Hence Sri Achyuta Dasa would have been involved in a consultant related profession. He was a very renowned Jyotisha for the heads of Orissa.
Yours sincerely, Visti Larsen