One of the most important Yogas in a horoscope has to be, and is, the Neecha Bhanga Raja Yoga. reason being, that in 8 out of 10 horoscopes that float around, there is likely to be at least one Graha that could be debilitated at any given point of time in the horoscope.
Does a debilitated Graha mean that there is no hope for it? does it mean that a debilitated Graha looses all it's powers and that the Bhavas it owns and the Bhava where it is placed is devitalised? jyotish provides us with several rules which can mitigate debilitation. Let me quote, Dr Robert Svoboda, who I consider to be my Guru, and let me share with you, his opinion on Neecha Bhanga.
let me give you an example to illustrate how neecha bhanga raja yoga works -John Michael Crichton
was an American best-selling author, producer, director, and screenwriter, best known for his work in the science fiction, medical fiction, and thriller genres. His books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide, and many have been adapted into films. In 1994, Crichton became the only creative artist ever to have works simultaneously charting at No. 1 in television, film, and book sales (with ER, Jurassic Park, and Disclosure, respectively).
His literary works are usually based on the action genre and heavily feature technology. His novels epitomize the techno-thriller genre of literature, often exploring technology and failures of human interaction with it, especially resulting in catastrophes with biotechnology. Many of his future history novels have medical or scientific underpinnings, reflecting his medical training and science background. He was the author of, among others, Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, Congo, Travels, Sphere, Rising Sun, Disclosure, The Lost World, Airframe, Timeline, Prey, State of Fear, Next (the final book published before his death), Pirate Latitudes (published November 24, 2009), and a final unfinished techno-thriller, Micro, which was published in November 2011.
Crichton showed a keen interest in writing from a young age and at the age of 14 had a column related to travel published in The New York Times. Crichton had always planned on becoming a writer and began his studies at Harvard College in 1960. During his undergraduate study in literature, he conducted an experiment to expose a professor whom he believed to be giving him abnormally low marks and criticizing his literary style. Informing another professor of his suspicions, Crichton plagiarized a work by George Orwell and submitted it as his own. The paper was returned by his unwitting professor with a mark of "B−". His issues with the English department led Crichton to switch his concentration to biological anthropology as an undergraduate, obtaining his A.B. summa cum laude in 1964. He was also initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He went on to become the Henry Russell Shaw Traveling Fellow from 1964 to 1965 and Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom in 1965.Crichton later enrolled at Harvard Medical School, when he began publishing work. During his clinical rotations at the Boston City Hospital, Crichton grew disenchanted with the culture there, which appeared to emphasize the interests and reputations of doctors over the interests of patients. Crichton graduated from Harvard, obtaining an M.D. in 1969, and undertook a post-doctoral fellowship study at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, from 1969 to 1970. He never obtained a license to practice medicine, devoting himself to his writing career instead.
As you can see, the 2nd Bhava lord Ravi, is debilitated in the 4th bhava and aspects the 10th Bhava. how does Ravi get a Neecha Bhanga Raja yoga? Dr Svoboda lays down 4 conditions for cancellation of debilitation.1. The lord of the Rashi occupied by the debilitated should be in a Kendra from Chandra or the Lagna
2. The lord of the Rashi where the debilitated Graha is exalted should be in a Kendra position from Chandra or the Lagna
3. The Graha that Gets exalted where the Graha is debilitated has to be conjoined with the debilitated Graha in a Kendra From the Lagna
4. The Graha that gets exalted in the Rashi occupied by the debilitated raha has to be in a Kendra position from Chandra or the Lagna[/color][/b]
5.The Graha which is debilitated has to be in a Kendra from the Lagna and Chandra.
Now look at Crichton's horoscope,
1.Ravi is in Tula Rashi, which is in a Kendra position from both the Lagna and the Moon. What is even more better, is that the Moon itself is in a Kendra from the Lagna
2. Kuja, the lord of the Rashi where Ravi gets exalted (Mesha/ Aries) is in a Kendra position from Chandra and the Lagna. what makes it even better, is that Kuja is in a Kendra from Ravi, because he occupies the same Rashi as Ravi.
3. Shukra, the lord of the Rashi where Ravi gets debilitated is in a Kendra from Chandra and the Lagna. What makes it even better, is that Kuja is in a Kendra from Ravi, because he occupies the same Rashi as Ravi,
4. Ravi is in a Kendra from the Lagna
However, like Dr Robert Svoboda says, A Neecha bhanga raja yoga, is like a prosthetic attached to a limbless body. During his clinical rotations at the Boston City Hospital, Crichton grew disenchanted with the culture there, which appeared to emphasize the interests and reputations of doctors over the interests of patients. Crichton graduated from Harvard, obtaining an M.D. in 1969, and undertook a post-doctoral fellowship study at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, from 1969 to 1970. He never obtained a license to practice medicine, devoting himself to his writing career instead.
The dasha running at the time he enrolled in medical school, graduated from Harvard, and undertook a post doctoral fellowship study at the Salk institute for biological studies was Ravi Maha dasha. His decision not to obtain a license to practice medicine, came in the Mahadasha of Ravi and the Antardasha of Shukra.
Lucky for him, his exalted 3rd lord Budha, who is in the Nakshatra of the Lagna lord chandra, who in turn, occupies the 10th Bhava which rules career, rescued him, and in fact, turned him into a mega successful author. Ravi, still managed to disrupt, what would have been a successful and reputed career option as a Doctor. Nothing would have prevented him from being both a doctor writer at the same time. Note The degree of Kuja and Shukra. Both these Grahas occupy the same degree, causing a Planetary war. This was another reason why the significations of the 10th bhava were disrupted.