Kurma Avatara by Pierre Sonnerat, 1782
Note the chakra in both hands

The Parāśara Jyotiṣa Course for the academic year 2A envisages two very broad areas of study – Varga (Divisional Charts) and Varga Viveka. We will be primarily focusing on the ṣoḍaśavarga or the sixteen D-Charts of Parāśara. Before starting the Lessons pertaining to any of the major topics, always finish the associated lesson in Prārambha first. At the outset, we have three lessons on Concepts Revisited namely (1) Karma and Free Will (2) Exaltation and Debility and (3) Method of Three Kings, to get started. Thereafter the following Lessons must be completed before we really get into individual D-Charts.

  • Primary Divisions
  • Guru Vandanā
  • PJC Year-2 Start
  • Śloka 01: Varga Bheda
  • Śloka 02: Viśvarupa
  • Śloka 3-4: 16 Varga
  • Divisions of a Sign

We start with the beautiful mantra that free’s us from all bondages

ॐ नमो भगवते अकूपाराय
om namo bhagavate akūpārāya

The word अकूपार (akūpāra) means  unbounded (RV. v.39.2 and x. 109.1) like the sea which grants the freedom of movement in any direction without restriction. It refers to the tortoise avatara, the mythical tortoise that upholds the world.