Vedic Astrology (which is one of the three sections of "Jyotisa" ) is among the most ancient of all sciences in the world and is part of the "Vedangas" (scriptures) of the Hindu religion. Unlike sciences like Mathematics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology etc., Vedic Astrology aims at something higher than ordinary logic and commonsense reasoning.
In these pages, I have given a brief introduction to this vast science; this is mainly intended for those who have no idea of what this great science stands for and to clear some common misunderstandings on the subject.
Grahas and Human Life:
Under this heading, I have given relevant excerpts on the subject of astrology, from the lectures of the Sankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham (popularly known as "the Periyaval") on Hindu Dharma.
A number of people have been asking me: How does this science and the knowledge obtained through it benefit a person in his day-to-day life? Another common question is: Are the predictions based on the "natal chart" and the "Gochara" results absolute and unchangeable? I have given answers to these questions in this section.
Qualifications of an Astrologer:
Readers have also asked me on how to identify a good Vedic astrologer. This section deals with the definition of a good astrologer.
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Fallacies in Astrological Readings and Interpretations:
Astrological science, as any other branch of scientific knowledge, has certain postulations, rules and norms which are crucial to accurate readings of a horoscope and therefore, to predictions. A misinterpretation or wrong understanding by the general public, mostly caused by pseudo-astrologers, can lead to unfortunate results in the lives of individuals. I shall refer here to a few common mistakes made in astrological predictions when matching boys' and girls' horoscopes for marital alliance.
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Fate and Free Will:
Very often people get confused with what fatalism is and to what extent free will can be exercised to guide their life to get the best out of it in this world. This section discusses the theory of fate and free will.
Navagraha Shanthi or Parikaras:
The planets which are inimical to an individual will give bad results during their Main Dasas (periods) or Antharas (sub-periods) or during their transits (Gochara). Depending on which specific aspects of life are affected, one has to do Shanthis or Parikaras (propitiatory actions to counter the ill effects) for the particular planet (s) and its/their Lords (Gods).
Panchaanga(m) or Almanac:
In Hindu Society, all important functions or rituals will be conducted only after choosing a proper time for them. This is done with the help of Almanac or Panchaanga(m), an important booklet possessed by every house-hold in Hindu families throughout the world. This section briefly describes this and gives important Dates for Marriages to be conducted at Bangalore and New Delhi for the Hindu Nandana Year commencing from 14th April 2012.
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Many readers have asked me to provide astrological services through correspondence. As a policy, I do not give predictions through e-mail or other modes of correspondence. Firstly, it is impossible to handle such large number of requests. Secondly, astrology is a science which provides guidance for one's life as a whole and personal interaction with an astrologer is a must, as in the case of a physician or an advocate. In fact, some of my attempts to guide people in the past through e-mail correspondence failed miserably; it took the character of media (general) astrology columns, which have, in my opinion, limited utility.
Hopefully, Internet readers would understand and appreciate this and excuse me for my inability to help them in this manner. I am always willing to share my knowledge and experience with those who are able to meet me in person, by appointment. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.