The purpose of Vedic astrology
is not to make us feel subject to external forces but to help us use our
life in a positive way for a greater Self-Unfoldment. For this we must
first understand ourselves. "KNOW
THYSELF" Without some
degreee of Self-Knowledge, the astrologer, even if he can perceive the
power of planetary influences, will merely impose his own judgements upon
his clients. As such he will only serve as another obstacle to the flowering
of that individual. Such astrology will be that of the ego, not that of
the soul, and will not be of any lasting benefit to the world.
Another name for Vedic astrology is "JYOTISH,"
which means literally "the
science of light." This is its most accurate name.
Vedic astrology is the traditional astrology of India.
It goes back many thousands of years to the ancient Vedic culture, in
what is to us prehistoric times, before 3000 B.C. It is based on the Vedas,
the original scriptures of India, and perhaps all Indo-European peoples.
In the Vedas we find references to equinoctial positions
of great antiquity. We find many references to the vernal equinox in the
Pleiades, or the beginning of Taurus, indicating a date of 2500 B.C. in
later Vedic literature. There are references in the earlier Vedas to dates
thousands of years before this, to the Gemini-Orion era, c.4000 B.C. and
the Cancer era, c. 6000 B.C. and earlier.
The Vedic culture was based upon an elaborate ritual
attuned to the cycle of time, following the cycles of the day, month and
year as revealed by the movements of the Sun, Moon and planets. The ancients
looked to the heavens as their CLOCK, meditated upon its influences, and
so came to discover the cosmic truth of who we are.
Even the Hebrew scriptures allude to the creation of
the solar system, "to serve as signs to mark the seasons and days
and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light
on the earth." Genesis 1:14-15.
Astrology has been and should again be a spiritual
science. Our birth chart is, in a sense, the mirror of our soul and its
orientation to our particular incarnation. In our stars we see our destiny
as a soul. We see the growth and evolution of our inner being from life
to life. This does not mean that we can find truth or liberation just
through reading astrological charts. It means that astrology gives us
keys to the unfoldment of the SPIRIT, as this is the essence of the cosmic
Vedic astrology, like the science of Yoga, arose from
the ancient seers of India, the Vedic rishis. From the meditations of
the rishis came the great system of "Vedic Science," an integral
spiritual science comprehending all domains of existence. The rishis discovered
the universal science of creative intelligence. This they cast in the
language of mantra, the human replica of the cosmic sound vibrations at
the origin of creation.
THE FOUR AIMS OF LIFE
Vedic Science recognizes four legimate aims or goals
of human life:
Desire, Achievement of Goals, Principle or Law and Liberation
Vedic astrology recognizes the validity of all four
aims of life and is oriented to facilitate the human being in the attainment
of each of them.
Start from where you are, and begin to take the next
step in pursuit of the appreciation of the higher goal. For astrology
to reclaim its spiritual integrity, it must recognize the right orientation
of the goals of life.
Grateful acknowledgement is made to David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) for
his permission to use excerpts from his book "The Astrology of the