In the Ashtakoota method, eight different aspects of marriage have been focused on. All these eight kootas are calculated by a decided pattern of scoring. These scores or points are referred to as ‘Guna’ and hence this process is many times also referred to as the ‘Gunn Milan method.’
This method comprises of 36 total gunas, or in common terms, points. From these total gunas, it is essential that a couple at least has about 18 gunas matching for their marriage to be a stable and lasting one.
Ashtakoota method, as mentioned, has eight different aspects or ‘kootas’ that focus on various qualities of a relationship, and amongst these eight comes the koota named Gana.
About the GANA Koota.
It is the sixth aspect or Koota that is considered in the Ashtakoota method. It focuses mainly on the behavioural characteristics of the two involved individuals. It helps the astrologers in predicting the compatibility of the two individual’s temperament.
No relationships, not even the perfect ones, are free of conflicts and arguments. Regardless to say, all couples are bound to experience several disputes and friction between them. The stability and strength of the bond formed between them are tested by the manner they handle any heated situation between them. It is a person’s behavioural characteristics, their intensity of aggressiveness and the way they handle anger which determines how far a heated discussion would go. This compatibility between two individuals concerning any possible conflicting situation is precisely what this ‘GANA’ koota focuses on.
Divisions of Gana koota.
In conformity with the beliefs of several generations of Vedic astrologers, the Gana koota has three further division. These three divisions are Deva Gana, Manushya Gana and Rakshas Gana. They are controlled by where the Moon is placed in one’s chart.
Characteristics of Gana Koota.
The three Gana, as stated, influences the person’s temperament and dictates how they would behave in a particular situation where their patience is tested. All the three Ganas are equally significant from the astrological point of view and each has different characteristics of their own.
The disposition of this Gana is being humble, having generous behaviour towards others, and are very kind-hearted. They are very understanding and forgiving. They are highly empathetic, possessing a high level of self-control. They tend to follow the societal norms and find difficulty in going against tradition. They tend to avoid conflicts and any possible conflicts and prefer staying calm in all hot-headed situations.
This provides someone with much needed human nature. They usually have a mixed disposition of all the good and the bad traits. A person with dominating Manushya Gana tends to have a kind side to them, a forgiving side but also a vindictive and aggressive side. They tend to be able to follow rules or even break them, neither of those behaviour being hard for them. They show selfish as well as selfless traits. They help others while also not letting anyone walk all over them. They tend to have a normal amount of aggression which can be controlled and managed by them in most of the situations.
This Gana is for pointing at the darker aspects of a human mind and their behaviour. Whoever belongs in this particular Gana tends to be very hot-headed, completely vindictive and rigid. They pick unnecessary and avoidable fights and are not forgiving. They tend to hold onto grudges and also indulge in actions meant to take revenge. They are often self-centred and insensitive. Although, despite these potential traits, a person with these qualities may not be bad, just need the correct partner who would understand them and knows what to do in any situation to keep things from going out of hand.
Compatibility of the Gana Koota:
A person belonging to Deva Gana can marry someone belonging to the same Gana or to that of Manushya Gana. Individuals belonging to Manushya Gana make a good pair with someone from Deva Gana or someone from their own Gana. And lastly, someone from Rakshas Gana can bode well with an individual with the same Gana or that of with Manushya Gana.
All marriages are full of their ups and downs, several conflicts, arguments, disputes and differences, but if all of such experience were to go extremely out of hand or such experience were to become something that keeps a constant presence and regular occurrence, more so than moments of tenderness, the marriage is more likely to be doomed.
Keeping that in mind, the couple needs to show a certain level of Gana compatibility to experience a successful life.