SECOND HOUSE AND ITS MEANING
Second House as per Brighu Sutram
Money matters, fortune, profit, gain or loss, one’s power and resources, worldly attainments and possession of extrinsic value, jewellery, precious stones, bonds, securities and shares, speech, vision, right eye, memory, imagination, nails, tongue, nose, teeth chin, family members. This is also a house of death or maraksthana. Many a learned are of the opinion that educations is also a signification of this house etc.
Second House as per Phaldeepika
The second house can be called Vitta (wealth), Vidya (learning), Swa, Annanpana (riches, food and drink), Bhukti (eating), Dakshashi (the right eye), Asya (face), Patrika (document), Vak (speech) and Kutumba (relatives).
Second House as per BPHS
Wealth, grains (food etc.), family, death, enemies, metals, precious stones etc. are to be understood through the 2nd House.
EFFECTS OF RAHU IN THE SECOND HOUSE
• Need to manage their own resources
• Need to create his or her own destiny
• A craving to make a financial standing in the society
• A strong hand at management
• A speech which can be sarcastic or hurtful if afflicted. If aspected by a benefic, a witty and humourous speech.
• Driven in their desire for achievement
• A mind bent towards acquiring knowledge
• A craving for money and wealth
• On a higher octave, a love for the poor and downtrodden.
EXAMPLE- Linus Carl Pauling
Linus Carl Pauling was an American chemist, biochemist, peace activist, author, educator, and husband of American human rights activist Ava Helen Pauling. He published more than 1,200 papers and books, of which about 850 dealt with scientific topics. New Scientist called him one of the 20 greatest scientists of all time, and as of 2000, he was rated the 16th most important scientist in history.
Pauling was one of the founders of the fields of quantum chemistry and molecular biology. His contributions to the theory of the chemical bond include the concept of orbital hybridization and the first accurate scale of electronegativities of the elements. Pauling also worked on the structures of biological molecules and showed the importance of the alpha helix and beta sheet in protein secondary structure. Pauling’s approach combined methods and results from X-ray crystallography, molecular model building and quantum chemistry. His discoveries inspired the work of James Watson, Francis Crick, and Rosalind Franklin on the structure of DNA, which in turn made it possible for geneticists to crack the DNA code of all organisms.
In his later years he promoted nuclear disarmament, as well as orthomolecular medicine, megavitamin therapy, and dietary supplements. None of the latter have gained much acceptance in the mainstream scientific community.
For his scientific work, Pauling was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954. For his peace activism, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962. He is one of four individuals to have won more than one Nobel Prize (the others being Marie Curie, John Bardeen and Frederick Sanger). Of these, he is the only person to have been awarded two unshared Nobel Prizes, and one of two people to be awarded Nobel Prizes in different fields, the other being Marie Curie.
Pauling attributes his interest in becoming a chemist to being amazed by experiments conducted by a friend, Lloyd A. Jeffress, who had a small chemistry lab kit. He later wrote: “I was simply entranced by chemical phenomena, by the reactions in which substances, often with strikingly different properties, appear; and I hoped to learn more and more about this aspect of the world.”
Pauling held a number of jobs to earn money for his future college expenses, including working part-time at a grocery store for $8 per week. His mother arranged an interview with the owner of a number of manufacturing plants in Portland, Mr. Schwietzerhoff, who hired him as an apprentice machinist at a salary of $40 per month. This was soon raised to $50 per month. Pauling also set up a photography laboratory with two friends. In September 1917, Pauling was finally admitted by Oregon State University. He immediately resigned from the machinist’s job and informed his mother, who saw no point in a university education, of his plans.
Pauling married Ava Helen Miller on June 17, 1923. The marriage lasted until Ava Pauling’s death in 1981.
Here, Rahu in the 2nd House brings in a fascination for education. In the house of speech, it gave him a witty speech and an ability to be on a thinking curve which was ahead of his times. He was a source of inspiration for many.
The need to establish his financial independence to work and collect enough for his college can be seen in his life.
Rahu seemed to have been operating on its higher octave for him as he championed many a cause which were purely altruistic in their approach.
EXAMPLE- John Bardeen
John Bardeen was an American physicist and electrical engineer. He is the only person who won the Nobel Prize in Physics twice: first in 1956 with William Shockley and Walter Brattain for the invention of the transistor; and again in 1972 with Leon N Cooper and John Robert Schrieffer for a fundamental theory of conventional superconductivity known as the BCS theory.
The transistor revolutionized the electronics industry and ushered the birth of the Information Age. The semiconductor device also made possible the development of almost every modern electronic device, from telephones to computers to missiles. Bardeen’s developments in superconductivity—which won him his second Nobel Prize—are used in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) or its medical sub-tool magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
In 1990, John Bardeen appeared on LIFE Magazine’s list of “100 Most Influential Americans of the Century.”
Bardeen attended the University High School at Madison. He graduated from the school at age 15 in 1923, even though he could have graduated several years earlier. His graduation was postponed because he took courses at another high school and also partly because of his mother’s death. He entered the University of Wisconsin in 1923. While in college he joined the Zeta Psi fraternity. He raised the needed membership fees partly by playing billiards. He was initiated as a member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He chose engineering because he did not want to be an academic like his father. He also felt that engineering had good job prospects.
Bardeen received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1928 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He graduated in 1928 despite taking a year off to work in Chicago. He took all the graduate courses in physics and mathematics that had interested him, and he graduated in five years instead of the usual four. This allowed him time to complete his Master’s thesis, which was supervised by Leo J. Peters. He received his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1929 from Wisconsin.
As a graduate student, Bardeen studied mathematics and physics. Under physicist Eugene Wigner, he ended up writing his thesis on a problem in solid-state physics. Before completing his thesis, he was offered a position as Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University in 1935. He spent the next three years there, from 1935 to 1938, working with to-be Nobel laureates in physics John Hasbrouck van Vleck and Percy Williams Bridgman on problems in cohesion and electrical conduction in metals, and also did some work on level density of nuclei. He received his Ph.D. in mathematical physics from Princeton in 1936.
In 1956, John Bardeen shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with William Shockley of Semiconductor Laboratory of Beckman Instruments and Walter Brattain of Bell Telephone Laboratories “for their researches on semiconductors and their discovery of the transistor effect”.
At the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm, Brattain and Shockley received their awards that night from King Gustaf VI Adolf. Bardeen brought only one of his three children to the Nobel Prize ceremony. King Gustav chided Bardeen because of this, and Bardeen assured the King that the next time he would bring all his children to the ceremony. He kept his promise.
Bardeen married Jane Maxwell on July 18, 1938. While at Princeton, he met Jane during a visit to his old friends in Pittsburgh.
Bardeen was also an important adviser to Xerox Corporation. Though quiet by nature, he took the uncharacteristic step of urging Xerox executives to keep their California research center, Xerox PARC, afloat when the parent company was suspicious that its research center would amount to little.
Bardeen was a scientist with a very unassuming personality. While he served as a professor for almost 40 years at the University of Illinois, he was best remembered by neighbors for hosting cookouts where he would prepare food for his friends, many of whom were unaware of his accomplishments at the university. He enjoyed playing golf and going on picnics with his family. Lillian Hoddeson, a University of Illinois historian who wrote a book on Bardeen, said that because he “differed radically from the popular stereotype of ‘genius’ and was uninterested in appearing other than ordinary, the public and the media often overlooked him.
An unassuming man, he was a visionary, an attribute of the 2nd House. He was dedicated to his family and work, another attribute of the 2nd House, he was fascinated by education and had left a good and paying job to return back to the world of academics. He exceled in his work and was made money to pave his way for his education.
He was focused about what he wanted from his researches and worked accordingly. Administration is again a feather in his cap of accomplishments.
A stable and loving family life can be seen.
EXAMPLE- Swami Beyondananda
American Swami Beyondananda, AKA Steve Bhaerman, is serious about laughter. Describing himself as an author, humorist and educator, his mission is to help us improve our lives through laughter. As befits a healer of this caliber, he dispenses “laughatives” containing practical and wise advice that gently invites us to lighten our load.
Endorsed by such experts in the mind-body connection as Dr. Larry Dossey and Dr. Bernard Siegel, Swami Beyondananda, has led workshops for educational, spiritual, psychological and business groups such the Association of Humanistic Psychology and the International Conference on Science and Consciousness. In addition to being on the lecture circuit, Steve has produced books, CDs, and tapes that express his views of the world with refreshingly humorous perspective.
A serious and quiet man, Bhaerman once taught in high school and even began his own alternative educational institute, writing a book about the experience. The teacher blossomed into a free-lance writer. A long-time student of humor and its psychological and cultural implications, he began to combine his passion for writing, education and humor. Under Swami Beyondanda’s byline, he produced a humorous New Age advice column, a column which proved popular with New Agers and Golden Agers alike. For the past sixteen years, he has used his perceptiveness, facility with words, and his wit to put into practice his belief in the healing force of laughter. Through his work he teaches us ways to attain inner peace and shares his thoughts on achieving global peace as well.
His articles on political affairs and on the peace process convey wisdom through wit. In a recent political campaign, he urges his U.S. audience to join his World Win Campaign to Elect Ourselves and Choose a New Precedent. It may not be a surprise that he supports his astro-twin, Dennis Kucinich, a Democratic candidate for president.
His books bear such titles as: “Driving Your Own Karma: Swami Beyondananda Tour Guide to Enlightenment” and “Duck Soup for the Soul: The Way of Living Louder and Laughing Longer.” In the words of this inimitable sage: “May you wake up laughing and leave laughter in your wake … and may the Farce be with you!”
The second house of speech and laughter, money and an ability to make money while creating a niche for himself with his speech and laughter has been an apparent case for him.
He takes education to a different level. Talking about the mental health and humour with its effect on the human psyche he has lead people to make their lives turn around and leave a mark on many a life with his satire and wit too.
Carving niche for himself and being amongst the first few in his genre to take something as laughter so seriously at international levels does show the man’s intense desire for achievement in his chosen field while helping others to lead better lives.
Craving for Knowledge and its acquisition and the ability to create wealth through it while being structural and disciplined about it is most important when Rahu sits in the Second House.
Love for family and love bestowed by spouse can be seen in this position of Rahu.