The detailed version of this article is featured in the book ‘Important Yogas in Vedic Astrology Part-2’.
According to the prevalent definition of Vimala Yoga; if in a horoscope, the lord of the twelfth house is placed in the sixth or eighth house, Vimala Yog is formed in the horoscope. This yoga may bless the native with good character, health, wealth, property, power, authority, spiritual growth and other good results. The placement of the lord of the twelfth house in the twelfth house itself is not considered to form Vimala Yoga and it is considered as an exception to the formation of this type of Vipreet Rajyoga.
As already discussed in the chapter named Vipreet Raj Yoga, Vimala Yoga is one of three types of Vipreet Rajyoga. For any of these Yogas to be formed in a horoscope, two additional conditions should also meet, apart from the condition mentioned in its prevalent definition.
The first additional condition is that the lord of the twelfth house forming this Yoga in a horoscope by virtue of its placement in the sixth or eighth house of the same horoscope should be benefic. The second additional condition is that the overall horoscope should be benefic and strong. They seem like two conditions but in reality; they are one. It is because of the overall benefic and strong horoscope that that lord of the twelfth house may turn benefic and form Vimala Yoga in such horoscope.
Coming to the benefic results produced by this Yoga, it is a type of Vipreet Rajyoga and it is not a usual type of benefic Yoga. A usual type of benefic yoga is formed in favourable conditions in a horoscope whereas Vipreet Raj Yoga is formed in unusual or somewhat negative conditions. The world Vipreet means opposite and hence this yoga is formed in seemingly opposite or unusual conditions in a horoscope. Therefore in case of Vimala Yoga, the native under its impact may come across adverse or unusual type of opportunities and he may witness gains through such opportunities, if his overall horoscope is supportive.
Taking an example, a number of political parties may win different number of seats in election, but none of them may have clear majority. Hence a coalition government may be the only solution. One of the parties may have many elected members and they may stand good chances of forming government. However, most other political parties may not be willing to support this party; because of their projected candidate for chief minister or prime minster. The situation may get stuck and such political party may need another candidate who may be acceptable to the parties interested in forming government with them. A leader having Sarala Yoga may finally appear as the one who may be proposed as well as accepted by most/all other political parties. Hence such native may become chief minister or prime minister though he may not have been the projected candidate for such post.
Once the formation of Vimala Yoga is confirmed in a horoscope, the next thing to check is its strength. Contrary to most other yogas; the strength of this Yoga is not measured only by the strength of the planet forming this yoga in a horoscope. The strength of this yoga is measured by drawing a relative comparison between the strength of the planet involved in the formation of this Yoga; and the overall strength of the horoscope.
It means if the planet forming Vimala Yoga is strong in a horoscope, the overall horoscope should be even stronger. Likewise, if the planet forming this Yoga has average strength only; a relative less strong horoscope may be capable of handling it. In the second case, the overall results produced by this Yoga may decrease in quantum; since the planet forming this yoga as well as the overall horoscope is not that strong.
However, if such planet is strong but the overall horoscope is not capable of handling such strong and difficult planet; such planet may end up causing problems instead of a producing benefits. For this reason; Vimala Yoga is among the most difficult to detect yogas featured in Vedic astrology. The formation and working of this yoga hangs in fine balance. As long as the overall horoscope is strong enough to handle the planet forming Vimala Yoga; this yoga may produce benefic results. The moment a horoscope becomes incapable of controlling such planet; this yoga may start causing problems. It means this Yoga may cause problems; even when it is actually formed in a horoscope. This may happen in cases where the difference between the strength of the planet forming Vimala Yoga and that of the overall horoscope is not much.
In such cases; the key to the working of this yoga lies with the Mahadashas (planetary periods). As long as the Mahadashas of benefic planets controlling this yoga are in effect; Vimala Yoga may produce good or very good results. This is because the overall balance of the horoscope may shift more towards positivity; as these planets gain more strength through their Mahadashas. On the other hand, when the Mahadasha of the planet forming this Yoga is in effect, the native may face problems. This is because such planet gains extra strength through its Mahadasha. As that happens, the overall balance of the horoscope may shift more towards negativity. Hence the native may witness problems.
However, if the difference between the strength of the overall horoscope and that of the planet forming Vimala Yoga is big as well as in favor of the overall horoscope; even the Mahadasha of the planet forming this Yoga may produce very good results.
Hence Vimala Yoga is a different and special type of yoga and it is nothing like the regular yogas in Vedic astrology. Its formation as well as its strength primarily depends on the overall theme of horoscope. Hence the overall theme of horoscope holds the key to this Yoga.
Vimala Yoga indicates gains through risky and adverse looking situations. Hence the overall horoscope should be strong enough to benefit through such adverse and/or risky circumstances. Taking an example, suppose one such native deals in spiritual field. He may engage in such intense forms of meditation or worship with great discipline and perseverance; which most other natives may not even think of engaging in.
Such native may engage in meditation or worship; continuously for 10 to 20 years. Due to his overall strong horoscope; the native may succeed and he may emerge as a spiritual guru. Such native may start a new religion or a mission; having a large number of followers. He may also guide a number of people on the path of spiritualism. This situation is risky and most people may choose to avoid it. However, the native with Vimala Yoga may accept it as a challenge and he may benefit through it.
Taking another example, one such native may be a scientist. However he may be targeted by the ruling political party of his country due to his religion, race or his political views. Troubled by such problems or forced by the government; he may leave his country and move to another country. With time, he may settle well in such country. Such native may invent/discover something big and he may receive great honour, a post of authority in the government of such foreign country and a number of other benefits. Here again, Sarala Yoga may bless this native through adverse circumstances. The native may choose to leave his country instead of sacrificing his beliefs; in search for an uncertain future in an unknown/foreign country. However, he may achieve much more success in such country; than he may have achieved in his own country.
Likewise, Vimala Yoga may bless the natives under its influence with benefic results through other risky, sudden, mysterious, adverse and/or unfortunate situations.