“The Fourth House”
vaahanaanyatha bandhoosh cha
nidhi kShetraM gRihaM chaapi
vaahana – vehicles; anyatha - in another way; bandhoosh - relatives, friends, connections, ties, relations; cha - and; maatRi – mothers; saukhya-adikaani – welfare, comfort, health, happiness, felicity, enjoyment; api – even; nidhi - treasure, devote, entrust, commit, deposit, preserve, burry; kShetraM - fields, land; gRihaM - home; cha – and; api – even; chaturthat – the fourth; parichintayet – apply cognition from all angles.
Apply your thought to the Fourth House, it shows: What one treasures, protects and is devoted to; One’s mothers and their effect, including how they enabled one to experience emotional welfare, comfort, health and happiness. It shows how one relates to land and one’s home; and shows one’s ties to relatives and friends. From another angle, it can also reveal the vehicles one possesses.
By now we have studied the two horizons, East and West – their houses, 1st and 7th – and the two houses below each (2nd and 6th) as well as the two houses above each (12th and 8th). We have thus come to the end of our study of the two horizons and their surrounding areas. Now we turn our attention to the sky above and sky below. We start with the Fourth House, the sky that is directly below the ground.
This is the central, most important word defining the Fourth House. Today we put our treasure into banks, safes and vaults. In days gone by this was done by burring treasure underground. The Fourth House is below the ground – therefore it reveals what you bury there – your treasures. Today this translates into what you put into your savings accounts and safety deposit boxes.
This however, is a very materialistic and superficial understanding of the word “treasure.” Any fan of Sanskrit literature will find many romantic and devotional books which use this word (nidhi) in their title to indicate devotion, commitment, and entrusting. As in, “I entrust my heart to you.” And “I treasure you, my dear!”
The Fourth House truly reveals what one is devoted to and how one experiences devotion to others. Being the deepest house below the ground, it is completely hidden from public view. It shows what we treasure within our most private heart of hearts.
It is also the house which reveals one’s spiritual connection to the mystical path of devotion as a vehicle and goal of self-realization (bhakti-marga).
After “treasure” the next most crucial word defining the Fourth House is “Mother’s.” The Fourth House is hidden from view, under the ground. The Mother traditionally is hidden from the public and nurtures the children from within the privacy of the home. The Fourth House, being so hidden, is therefore the most private area of the chart. Traditionally there is nothing more dear to a person’s heart than his or her mother. Our mothers hold a special place within our most private inner beings. This is why the Fourth House reveals one’s experience of and attitude towards mothers.
I purposely use the plural form here, “mothers” and not the singular “mother” as that is the intention of the Sanskrit – the culture of which declares that we all have seven mothers: (1) The biological mother, (2) the teacher’s wife, (3) the philosopher’s wife, (4) the queen, (5) the cow, (6) the nurse or babysitters, (7) the earth. Obviously these are highly culture-specific in their detail, but it makes the point that the Fourth House does not only show one’s biological mother but all mother figures in one’s life.
The author, Parashara, extends the concept of mothers using the word “api” to indicate that the Fourth House includes not only one’s mothers but also the effect of one’s mothers. What is the effect of a mother? Her private caring and nurturing and love enables us to have emotional welfare, mental health, and true happiness and comfort.
Being that this is the house hidden from public view – it tells you about the inner person and the conditions of their inner, private life.
As an aside, the Fourth House teaches us that mother figures are the most important people for the general mental health and inner happiness of human society.
Ties to Relatives (Bandhoo)
Since this house deals with our inner private emotions, it reveals the nature of our attachments (bandha). It shows how much we are attached to the emotional comforts of home, relatives, friends, and the like.
Land and Home (Kshetram Griham)
Now we move into some more ancillary themes of the Fourth House. Since it is the sky that is directly below us, under the ground, it pertains to the ground itself, the dirt, the earth – actual land that we own and use for farming or development.
Since this part of the sky is private and hidden in reveals where we go to separate ourselves from the public eye and enter a more private space: the actual house that we live in.
As a side note, the Seventh House, which is the fourth house from the Fourth House, shows the most private place in the privacy of the home – one’s bedroom.
Finally, on a tangent (“anyatha”) the author notes that one can also discover the nature of the vehicles one utilized by examining the Fourth House. This is because we sit upon Vehicles and they hold us up and carry us about. The Fourth House is below the ground which is holds us up and carries us.
- Vic DiCara
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