What'is the Jyotiṣa ? 6

Jyotiṣa: The ancient astrology of Yoga, meditation and Ayurveda.

Vedic astrology is a traditional science of India that has been handed down for millennia. 

Traditionally (in India) Vedic Astrology is called. Jyotiṣa.  

Jyotiṣa is a Sanskrit word, which has the following meanings:

denotes any form of light, of luster emanating from the sky, either directly or reflected on other objects. So the Sun, the Moon reflecting its rays, the Planets, the Stars, fire and electricity.

is actually everything we can see, because it is light that enables us to do so. So jyotiṣa also means the ability to see, the sense of sight, the eye that absorbs light and presents it to us in different shapes and colors.

represents light as the divine principle of life, as the source of consciousness and intelligence, the light of reason.

Is the science of the movement of celestial bodies (astronomy)

Is the science of how celestial bodies intervene in individual and collective Karma (astrology)

Vedic Astrology-that is, coming from the Vedas-is the Astrology of Yoga.

The Vedas are the literature of ancient India. They are written in Sanskrit language, considered the mother of all our Indo-European languages. 

The Vedas are the mother literature of Yoga, Ayurveda (Indian medicine), Vastu (feng-shui type energy architecture) and meditation.

Did you know that the oral tradition of Vedic chants has been declared an intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO since 2008? 

Veda comes from the Sanskrit root √vid- (lat. Video). 

It means vision, development of realized knowledge. Its purpose is to broaden vision, open the eyes (veda-cakshur).

The idea of the Vedas is to broaden vision-not to create a dogmatic or sectarian view of reality. 

So the same is true of Vedic Astrology: it is made to expand your knowledge, your perception of you and your view of the world. 

The Vedas is an immense body of literature. Passed down orally, since time without beginning (by tradition the Vedas originate with creation). 

If you think about it it is true, knowledge has been there since there have been objects to know and since there have been consciousnesses that can know. 

Tradition claims these texts were put in writing more than 5,000 years ago, but that they have been handed down for tens of thousands of years.

Vedic Astrology is part of this very ancient culture that has come virtually intact to the present day.

The "cradle of civilization" and our eastern cultural origins

We have studied in history books that our origins are in the Middle East, but in reality our real roots go (and for many it is a "nuisance") much further east. 

Roots that are too oriental are inconvenient because they decentralize Europe from its centuries-old Eurocentrism. A vice that has made us call for hundreds of years "History" only the history of Europe and "Philosophy" only the history of European philosophy, erasing from our studies the history and philosophy of the East. Which is no small thing, if you think about it....

Who among you doesn't remember the first civilization we studied in a history book in elementary school (and then middle school, and then high school, and maybe college)? 

Yes, that's right, the one between the Tigris and the Euphrates. 😊 Admissible (right?) because it is still in the Mediterranean limits.

Oh, the Mediterranean...the "cradle of civilization"! But are we sure? 

However, a few pages for Mesopotamia and the Babylonians, a few more pages for the Egyptians, and then again turning to the Greeks and Romans, which are definitely closer.

Not to mention the inconvenient Jewish religious roots, again Middle Eastern, which then fortunately gave birth to Christianity a European "upgrade" of the religion.

Yes okay, now I am exaggerating. But if you think about it, there are subtle truths in my words: we have forgotten our eastern origins.

In other words: the history and philosophy of India is YOUR culture at least as much as Socrates and Plato.

I have to tell you even though it is uncomfortable: the civilization that resided in the Indian sub-continent millennia ago is the mother of our ancient civilizations, it is our cultural root. 

Sanskrit (or Vedic), the language of this culture's texts, is considered the mother of our Indo-European languages. 

Vedic Astrology is part of these forgotten roots of yours. 

Jyotiṣa and "Western" Astrology!

Unfortunately, Vedic Astrology is little known and is often confused with the astrology we are used to in the West. 

Nothing could be more wrong... although "Western" Astrology and Vedic Astrology are "distant sisters" they have a completely different history.

Imagine twin brothers separated at birth. 

The first brother lives a life in his land, with his parents, within his culture. 

It is born in a natural environment and develops healthy and strong. This is the context in which Vedic Astrology was born and developed. 

L'other brother Is abandoned, taken abroad, to a foreign and hostile land. 

He lives a difficult life full of hardship. He becomes a fugitive, has to hide, has to change his form and identity. 

On his way he encounters bad acquaintances (magic, superstition and superstition). 

This is the difficult story "Western" astrology.

I assure you that this is no small difference.

Because let's be frank.: while in the East astrology was considered a noble traditional science carried out by people of great learning; here in the West astrology is something by those who are at least (to be polite anyway ) a little "strange." 

It is not astrology...as we understand it in the West!

"Western" Astrology began its journey in India and passed through the Babylonians. 

Then went to Greece and later taken up by the Arabs. Again adopted by the Hellenes and again Arabs and again Greeks. 

"Western" Astrology then had to face the great challenges of the Middle Ages, the Inquisition, the Enlightenment and positivism. 

Astrology in the West came to us from India, yes, but filtered, modified, censored, distorted, fragmented, mutilated, mixed with medieval superstition and so on. 

The more time has passed, the more the "twins" have become. completely different people!

How much is left in "Western" astrology of the mother science narrated by the Vedas, humanity's oldest literature? Very little... 

As you will realize from my work, the tradition of Indian astrology is very different. 

Here I am speaking not only to the way this has been handed down and has maintained its traditional scientificity but also to the astrological techniques and the precision with which it arrives at concrete results.

As I told you Vedic Astrology had a different history. In fact it has remained intact, it has been transmitted by the same method by which the Vedic texts have come down to us in the present day. 

Have you ever wondered why we know very little about the Babylonian civilization, the Egyptians, the Mayans, the Phoenicians, and so on? Yet they were not civilizations older than the Vedic civilization....

Some of these great civilizations, which dominated vast lands and were certainly holders of great culture, we know little or nothing about.

Whereas of the Vedic civilization we have an almost intact heritage. Why?

The difference lies in the method of knowledge transmission that was used in ancient India. 

I am not talking about historiography (dating was not the forte of the ancient Indians), I am talking about the tradition itself, its essential aspects of which astrology was an important part.

Customs and traditions in ancient India

In India, astrology has never been censored; it has never been considered heterodox. It never felt the need to become hermetic to protect itself from certain death, as was the case with Western astrology. 

It has always been part of the customs and traditions of both the aristocracy and the people in general. 

It was considered an indispensable factor in measuring the "quality of time" (and not just the quantity measured by clocks) and thus exploit the fact that different times produce different results and that time has within it the description of its quality.  

You have probably already heard of Yoga and its benefits. Yoga is also a millennia-old science that has been handed down since time immemorial and whose written origins are codified in Sanskrit texts such as the Bhagavad-gītā and Patañjali's Yoga-sūtra. 

Similarly, Vedic Astrology has very ancient texts that canonize its rules and practices. 

We find the presence of Vedic Astrology as early as the Ṛg Vedas for choosing the right times to perform important actions for the maintenance of life, state and cosmos. 

In the Purāṇa (another type of Indo-Vedic literature) we see Astrology "in action" used by kings to make important political decisions or applied to foresee a child's potential in order to steer him on his path.

In fact, in ancient times one of the basic initiatory rites that every Indian child had to go through after birth was the Nāmakaraṇa (let. naming) ceremony. Our name is a mantra that we will hear all our lives because others will call us that when they need us. 

The Vedic Astrologer calculated this name based on the benefit this sound would have on karma in the native, for the purpose of enhancing his talents and reducing his blockages.

Astrology has always been a means of counseling, and the most important modern application is to direct you to know yourself better for the purpose of effectively using the hidden possibilities and latent forces in your life.
 

Vedic Astrology in just 11 minutes!

Vedic Astrology is the ancient Astrology of Yoga and thus boasts a tradition dating back thousands of years. 

In the ancient Vedas it was considered a science that studied (along with Astronomy) the quantitative and qualitative aspect of time.

The Vedic Christmas Card is the photograph of your Karma on which the Planets "imprint" your destiny at the moment of your birth, that is, when you come out of the "dark room" of your mother's womb.

An amazing metaphor when you think about it. Before we are born our mind is like a completely neutral roll of film. Later, the Planets "imprint" in our natal chart their karmic information that will determine our fate in this life.  

If you want to learn more check out this video (here's another freebie for you!) which is part of a 2-day seminar I gave in Ravenna in 2016. 

In just 11 minutes I tell you about the pivotal aspects of Vedic Astrology!

Specifically in the video I explain the 3 types of Karma you need to know in order to know how to direct your life and best invest the most important and valuable resource you have: time. 

Also remember that there are 3 strategies for dealing with these 3 types of karma: accepting fixed karma, taking action to resolve mobile karma, and striving to change semi-mobile karma.

Okay, now you know what Vedic Astrology is and the next step is to know the Planet of Destiny.

In fact, I created a path based on the ancient traditional science of Vedic Astrology in which I tell you about the 3 most important aspects of Vedic Astrology that you should definitely know about. In particular, I tell you about the Planet of Destiny, the most important and essential aspect.

So if you haven't done so yet, download the free mini-guide: "Tell me your Planet of Destiny and I will tell you who you are!"