The Messiah of Non Violence: Mahatma Gandhi

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The Messiah of Non Violence: Mahatma Gandhi


Known for his keen observation of life and non-violent philosophy for getting freedom for the British Rule in India, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi famously renowned as ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ was born on 2nd October 1869.

The United Nations (UN) has assigned Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (also celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti in India) as the International Non-Violence Day as a day dedicated to following Non Violence or Ahimsa as a way of life. It also made him an inquisitive and penetrative person who dived into the pond of social issues at that time to bring relief for the oppressed and downtrodden people of the society.

At the time of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, the Libra Lagna was rising on the eastern horizon. In lagna, Mercury, Mars, and Venus were present and Jupiter occupied the Seventh House (House of Marriage and Business). Libra moon sign stands for ‘Balance’ and hence, Mahatma Gandhi had a balanced approach throughout his lifespan. This very trait made him fall prey to strike the right balance his personal and public life. But every time, he chose the latter option and worked towards the overall welfare of the general populace.

In general, if we see any horoscope, we have noticed that if there is a malefic planet placed with Moon or in the First House (House of Ascendant, Personality or Character), it makes that particular person pretty aggressive and violent in nature. But the story changes in the case of Mahatma Gandhi. Here, Atmakarka and Amatya Karaka come into major role plays that represent the King and the Commander-In-Chief respectively. They help in navigating you to the right direction that will further help you boost your personal and professional life.

In the case of Mahatma Gandhi, his Moon is placed in Cancer sign in the Ashlesha Nakshatra (constellation) which is ruled by Mercury. According to Vedic astrology, Moon was his Atmakarka as well as the Lord of his Tenth House (House of Career). This can be said to be the reason behind his total devotion and dedication towards his duty.

Jupiter which is the planet of wisdom and strong believer of the system and religious customs is his Amatya Karaka in the natal chart or birth horoscope for Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi a.k.a. Mahatma Gandhi. During his time of birth, Jupiter was present in the fiery moon sign Aries which blessed Gandhi Ji with the quality of courage to fight for the right for freedom and morally correct values against human oppression.

The presence of Mars, Mercury, and Venus in lagna is considered to be stupendous in Vedic Astrology. Jupiter has a mutual aspect with the mentioned planets posited in the Lagna and it is well-posited in the Seventh House. This fabulous configuration not only creates a Raj yoga but also provides tremendous power and strength to the native. Venus, in the given scheme stands for confidence and aesthetic sense whereas Mercury rules over higher intelligence. Mars, on the other hand, gives the needed boldness along with the blessing of intellect and wisdom from the teacher himself Jupiter. Mahatma Gandhi can be said to be one the most perfect example of all of these qualities amalgamated into one body.

The placement of Moon and Rahu in the Tenth House (House of Career) is an encouraging factor as it has been observed in most of the horoscopes of the politicians and mass leaders that the placements of Rahu in their Tenth House (House of Career) brings them immense popularity and are good at reading the pulse of the masses. This conjunction of the Moon and Rahu helped Mahatma Gandhi to realize the need for identifying with the general populace majorly living in the villages at that given point of time.

The presence of Gaj Keshri Yoga in his natal chart shows the reason for the unfailing strength and courage he had shown during the freedom movement of India.

Saturn occupies the Second House (House of Wealth) which is a good sign and in Navamsha Saturn occupies the Capricorn sign. Saturn is known as the Karaka of his horoscope and helped Gandhi Ji to become the greatest leader of all times who even though always had a stick by his side but became famous for becoming the first preacher on non-violence in the world and never once used his stick or violence to prove his point.

The presence of Ketu in the Fourth House (House of Family Relationship and Property Matters) is said to be unfavorable for the mental peace and happiness at the home front. The same was proved correct in the case with Mahatma Gandhi as he faced many family-related problems during his fight for freedom at his family front. He also suffered a lack of mental peace due to his son during his lifetime.
The placement of Sun in the Twelfth House (House of Spirituality, Expenses and Overseas Travels) is considered good and in Navamsha, Sun occupies the Gemini sign while Jupiter entered Sagittarius sign. Thus, the Jupiter and Sun beautifully aligned with each other in the Navamsha chart which brought the everlasting fame and recognition for Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and also earned him the title of ‘Mahatma’ by the common masses.

Gandhi Ji became the inspiration for many to follow nonviolence as a part of their day to day life. He helped India gain her independence with his non-violent movement of civil right and social changes across the globe. Throughout his life he stood firm on his belief in Ahimsa even under atrocious conditions and while facing insurmountable challenges.