Jupiter - Brihaspati

Yoga of the Planets: Jupiter - Brihaspati

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Extract from Yoga of the Planets - Jupiter

ॐ गुरवे नमः

om gurave namaḥ

1. Salutations to Guru – the remover of darkness.

Gu is darkness and Ru is removing it. The one who shows us what is real and to whom we surrender by accepting what we see is the Guru. He is our own Self. That is why it is said that Lord Shiva is the Guru. Shiva is the field of Pure Being, our own undivided consciousness. We touch that through our own knowing. That is why knowing has no doubt. When we think or feel something, we can convince ourselves that it is true but some level of doubt always remains. When we know something, there is no doubt.

Arthur Eddington, the great physicist, undertook a trip to Principe, an island off West Africa, to verify Einstein’s theory of General Relativity by photographing the stars during a total eclipse. Einstein had predicted that their light would bend around the Sun effectively displacing them from where they normally appear. The effect was observed. When a journalist asked Einstein what he would say if Eddington failed to observe the effect, he replied, “I would feel sorry for the Good Lord, the theory is correct.”

That is how we know something. There is no doubt and there is sweetness in it. This is the nature of Shiva consciousness. It is described as Sat, Chit, Ananda. Sat is uncomplicated, pure, and thus free of doubt; Chit is intelligence, which gives it the capacity to know; Ananda is bliss, it is nectar.


ॐ गुणाकराय नमः

om guṇākarāya namaḥ

2. The author or origin (Akara) of all good qualities (Guṇā). Abounding in them.

In a Vedic birth chart, Jupiter brings good qualities wherever it goes. If Jupiter is rising at the time of birth, the person is trusted by others and approached for advice. If Jupiter is strong in a chart, people tend to trust the person wherever it is placed. However, if it is not associated with the Ascendant, which represents the person, or the second house of speech, the person can even be a con artist if other factors support this. I have met several but they keep on getting away with it because of the illusion of trustworthiness. If Jupiter is placed in the third house with a sign of Venus rising, then especial care is needed to honour and respect truth and the wise teachers.


ॐ गोप्त्रे नमः

om goptre namaḥ

3. Goptṛ is the guardian, one who protects and preserves.

Goptṛ also conveys a sense of hiding and concealing, which reveals an interesting aspect of the Jupiter energy. Jupiter relates to the establishment as well as to teachers, both of which exhibit a certain secrecy. Information is only given to those who need it or who are on the level to receive it. For instance, in the US government the database security system prevents the passage of information to anyone lower on the rungs. It’s the same thing with the Guru, who has all the knowledge, but she or he only gives it when the student is ready or considered fit.

We see this in the Brihat Parāsara Hora Shāstra, the greatest text of Jyotisha, and other texts where the Guru is teaching the disciple. In these, many verses start with “O Brāhmin!” This is a way of saying: “You’re fit to receive this knowledge, because you are quiet, gentle and not overcome with greed.”

A Brāhmin or Brāhmaṇa means literally one who is a knower of Brahman. Adi Shankarāchārya was one of the greatest Brāhmins in history, but even he was tested. One day he was walking down the street in Varanasi (Benares), when a frightful looking person appeared in front of him with four dogs. He was a Chaṇḍāla, a downtrodden caste, said to eat dogs. Shankarāchārya commanded the man: “Out of my way.” The Chaṇḍāla asked him what he was ordering to get out of his way. “Are you referring to the body,” he said, “which is anyway of itself inanimate and therefore cannot be inferior to yours, or are you referring to the soul, which being beyond caste cannot be lower than yours either.” Shankarāchārya was shocked and saluted the man for his profound knowledge. Then the Chaṇḍāla turned into the form of Lord Shiva with the four Vedas.

This is the principle of Jupiter. What it gives is for the greater good. This is important in Jyotisha, which is not to say that the practice should not sustain the practitioner. Rather the point is that the practice will always sustain the practitioner if one’s attitude is one of service. If we think we need to get something, or deserve to get something, then we are not yet ready for this knowledge. Equally those who take from a Jyotishi (Vedic Astrologer) without giving something of value in return, will get no real benefit from the advice.

Those trained in the Kerala style of astrology will look at the gift given to see the answer to the question. That is why it is said that one should never approach an astrologer empty handed. If you see an astrologer in person, think of what you can take to him apart from the money to be given. The best is something that will create a delighted mood even if it is something simple. Good people are delighted by the genuineness of the offering, not the cost. This activates the great benefic Jupiter.