ASTROLOGY CAME FROM THE RIVER SARASWATI ALMOST 11,000 YEARS AGO !
Yukteswar Giri was one of the most brilliant, knowledgeable Vedic astrologers that ever lived. This Guru to Yogananda Paramahansa told him one day that he could not completely “beat the planets” and escape his fate, but he could have RIGHT UNDERSTANDING of their influence and do what he could to best protect himself.
Guru Yukteswar told Yogananda, the disbeliever of astrology(Jyoti + Isha), “The message boldly blazoned across the heavens at the moment of birth is not meant to emphasize fate… but to arouse man’s will to escape from his universal thralldom… He can overcome any limitation…” Now, by “universal thralldom” he means the stuff most of us get distracted by – the worries and fears that truly make SLAVES of us all.
The hope is that astrology can help you GET OUT of that, and lift you to a higher point of view. Now, if you’re wondering what made Yogananda such a spiritually spunky warrior, one clue is his Moon sign. The Moon sign, more than the Sun sign of a person, reveals their deep emotional and psychological nature. His Moon fell in the sign of Leo and is in a smaller sign within the sign of Leo called, “Magha,” that is considered one of the DEMON/Asura constellations. “Demons” are not evil or bad – not at all – but they are here to break the rules and find the REAL truth.
Once you know all about all twenty-seven of these original signs of astrology, as well as the most empowering things you need to know about the twelve “normal” signs of the zodiac, and what they all have to do with relationships. When you know this information about yourself and the people you care about, it’s like having a window into your (and their) very SOUL.
In The Bhagvad Gita, Sri Krishna has mentioned at several places about how sun and the moon are your two eyes and how they are linked to your mother and father. He says "sarva-jiva-nivaha-prano jivas" - meaning “the moon is the jiva or life breath of all living entities”-are not to be found in any jyotish shastras. Shri Krishna advises us in 8.4 to leave this world in jyoti, or “in the light”. That means: during aha (the day), when the moon is in shukla-paksha (or waxing) and the sun is in uttarayana or in the northern region of the demi-gods. Also called devayana, the northern movement of the Sun comprise the six months of the year from Lord Surya Narayana’s entrance into Capricorn (Makara) on January 14th or 15th (or Makara Sankranti) and continues until he enters Karkataka-rashi or Cancer six months later. Did not the Mahajana Pitamaha Bhishma wait until Makara Sankranti to leave this world despite his many wounds? You can still visit the holy place of his ascension at Ban Ganga in Kurukshetra. From there he left this world with his mind fully absorbed upon Shri Krishna who was seated beside him.
It is the quality of the moon-ruled mind (the mental or subtle body) that dictates the specific type of sun- ruled gross physical body that a living entity must “enjoy”. For example, Shrila Prabhupada often said, “If you make your consciousness dog-like you will become a dog. If your mind is pigeon-like you will take birth as a pigeon and enjoy sex life thirty times a day”. We have layered many lifetimes of egoistic self-concepts involving our own concocted mental designations concerning who we think we are over our originally pure spirit soul, the eternal identity. These misconceptions of the mind have prevented us from achieving liberation since time immemorial.
"Astronomical calculations of stellar influences upon a living being are not suppositions, but are factual, as confirmed in Srimad-Bhagavatam. Every living being is controlled by the laws of nature at every minute, just as a citizen is controlled by the influence of the state. The state laws are grossly observed, but the laws of material nature, being subtle to our gross understanding, cannot be experienced grossly. As stated in the Bhagavad-gita (3.9), every action of life produces another reaction, which is binding upon us, and only those who are acting on behalf of Yajna (Vishnu) are not bound by reactions. Our actions are judged by the higher authorities, the agents of the Lord, and thus we are awarded bodies according to our activities. The law of nature is so subtle that every part of our body is influenced by the respective stars, and a living being obtains his working body to fulfill his terms of imprisonment by the manipulation of such astronomical influence." (Srimad Bhagavatam 1:12:12)
The Padma Purana says that the fate of five things in one's life is already decided at the time of one's conception in the womb ^ the aggregate wealth one will acquire, one's occupation, education, lifespan, and when, where and how one will die. Happenings associated with these five are preordained and will come to pass, no matter what, and can be termed one's destiny. One's character, moulded by one's samskaras, will then make one act in such a manner that events play out as destined.
Astrology is about the karma we are born with, what tendencies we have according to our natures, and what the influences of the karma of the individual (native) is, that influence the place of our birth, the planets that are influencing us at time of our birth - the micro (individual – family situation), meso (extended family), exo (social, community, work, etc., situation), and macro (social economic, national, world situations) systems that we are born into. Our purpose then is to understand what influences we do have, if we like them (if they are conducive to our purpose in life), and if we don't (if they are not conducive) what we can do to change them, by changing the way we handle them to influence us.
Shrees cha te laksmeesh cha patnyau
aho raatre paarshve
istam manishaana amum manishaana sarvam manishaana
“Hri (natural virtue) and Laksmi (glory – the goddess of fortune) are Your consorts. Day and night are Your sides. The innumerable glittering constellations are Your form. The ashvins, appearing as dawn, are Your open mouth. Please grant our desires for self-realization. Grant us that facility in the material world. Grant us the supreme goal.” (Purusha Suktam, Krishna Yajurved)
"The Vedic system is also broken up into different purposes of or for astrology; Mundane or National Astrology to find the karma and reward for a particular country, celestial phenomenon such as Equinoxes, Solstices, New Moons, Eclipses, Planetary Conjunctions and Comets - our Almanacs are based on this; Atmospherical Astrology or the Annual Horoscope which is the art of foretelling the condition of the weather, and the nature of seasonal conditions - a function that is now attempted (not very accurately we may add) by the Meteorological Department of the Governments, this covers the influence of planets over rainfall, agricultural growth, metals, fluid substances, gems, seeds, etc.; Genethliacal or Natal Astrology which deals with the character and destiny of the charts of individual people, through the Rising sign, the positions, aspects, and conjunctions, etc., of planets at the moment of birth; Transit or Lunar System, which shows which planets are transiting where, and at what time; Horary Astrology, which is designed to deal with foretelling the result of any undertaking or transaction, of the immediate future; Election or Muhurtha System, which most believe is the simplest and most useful from the point of view of the activities of man on a daily basis."
In the Ramayana, Maharaja Dasaratha asked Sri Rama to go and meet Sage Vashishtha to know about the suitable nakshatra for the crowning ceremony. And Rishi Vashishtha gave the Tishya/Pushya nakshatra the next day. Those of you who would say that it did not happen should know that walking the path of the Lord like a sannyasi is the greatest crown and not the material kingdom of riches and wealth.
Brihatsamhita (The Great Compilation) discusses topics such as :- Descriptions of heavenly bodies, their movements and conjunctions, meteorological phenomena, indications of the omens these movements, conjunctions and phenomena represent, what action to take and operations to accomplish, sign to look for in humans, animals, precious stones, etc.
Did you know the 12 disciples of Jesus were the 12 zodiacs and that days became longer than nights only after 3 days of Jesus being crucified?
Did you know that Vyas Muni named Uranus, Neptune and Pluto as Shveta, Shyama and Teevra in the Vedic texts? That many terms you do not understand are linked to the astronomical terms and astrological planets and zodiacs you know by different names today. 108 Upanishads, 12 rashes and 9planets equals 108, Ketu the moksha pradayak planet resonates to 9.
Astrology doesn't fix one's future - it only reduces the set of possibilities in a probabilistic manner. If an astrologer claims 100% success rate, he is cheating you for its that SRISHTI thats all knowing. Be a servant unto the Lord always! Gullible ones getting into the myre of results even before the action has taken place do not understand its a sin to foretell or predict an action in time future that does not exist. Reading to know the karmic path and why a person is going through what has transpired is the task of the Vedic students set onto the path by their Gurus who have been Chaturvedis and Ritwiks.
MAY THAT ETERNAL LIGHT OF THE LORD (Jyotisha) LIGHT UP LIMITED UNDERSTANDINGS AND EGOS AND BURN ALL IGNORANCE TO KINDLE THE LAMP OF TRUE KNOWLEDGE. JYOTISHA_THE EYE OF THE VEDAS THAT IS CAPABLE OF DISPELLING ALL DARKNESS.. let it not be ridiculed because of some ignorant fools who profess their expertise but get into the karmas of others and create their own karma by getting into the humdrum of low talk as against the ones gifted with the powers of the third eye and serving the Lord through the Vedic readings and putting people back on the path to serving the Lord that is the Supreme pursuit of this human life.