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Originally written for Journal of Astrology. This article and related material has been syndicated to other websites.

Second step

Whatever the translators say must never be accepted blindly. Remember that most of the translators are Sanskrit scholars but not distinguished astrologers or successful predictors. We are grateful to them for making available many manuscripts but we must become cautious when it comes to their what I call “ shloka mauling and sutra chopping” boast. 

My Finding
Manoj Pathak a teacher of astrology in the Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, New Delhi, decided to do a research on Parashara’s Chakra dasha and found that out of eight different translations of available Parashara texts, no astrologer knew how to compute it. The translation they gave never gave any accurate results. He has solved the problem amazingly now. He and his students have been giving brilliant readings based on Chakra dasha. Soon they are going to come out with an amazing book. 

Through experience you will know when and how to ignore these translators or even commentators (though there is none really who can be called a commentator of these books) and then getting enmeshed in a confusion, seek a way out of it with lot of struggle if you persist with your research. 

Third step
Test whatever has been understood on the well known events of your own life on your chart and on those of your family members or friends whose life events are known to you with correct events and correct dates. 

My Finding
The results I got were amazing and brilliant and it is the experience of my students also. 

Fourth step
Now try it on the well known horoscopes of famous people and test the validity of your understanding on the horoscopes of yours and of your relation and friends which you have done earlier. 

My Finding
It is what I am going to show in this article. 

Fifth step
Do not bring in fanciful theories which are not mentioned in any translation of Jaimini like the CHAR KARAKA SUBSTITUTION which is a fanciful, if also fraudulent, theory being circulated now. 

My Finding
Reject totally what is not given either in Jaimini sutras or in the Jaimini portion in Parashara text otherwise you will walk into a cave where you will suffer astrological suffocation. 

Sixth step
Wherever your testing necessitates it, modify with reasons the translation of Jaimini texts remembering that most of these translators were and are only Sanskrit scholars and not sucessful predictors because of which they may have misinterpreted or even wrongly translated some shlokas and sutras. 

My Finding
It is a risk you take but not rashly or with fraudulent claim that you have learnt it from some secret tradition which can be dubious and fraudulent.  Claiming to be belonging to a secret tradition is marketing.

You must prove it and replicate it over a period of many years as I have done before publishing my research. Your aim must be to contribute something for understanding the changed and changing times through astrology and reject  or modify whatever has agricultural and pastoral connotation when these books of astrology were written.

Seventh step
Without losing respect for Krishna Mishra or Neelakantha, the famous commentators on Jaimini sutras, keep in mind that their own understanding or interpretation may be incomplete or even wrong.  

My Finding
I will refer to it later and not in this article. 

After laying the seven step approach let me explain how I proceeded in interpreting Jaimini astrology within my own limitations. I took a bold decision to do it myself, a task which had never been done before by anyone.

Special Point
Finally, no writer on Jaimini has talked of Darakaraka as both giver of spouse and also death. Death should ofcourse be predicted after finding out the span of life which is a tough task and should be approached through many techniques combined in a harmonious scheme and technique.

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