Jyotish: Science, Ability and Limitation
by Anuj Bahl
JYOTISH : THE SCIENCE OF LIGHT
Jyotish is the science of light. The word "Jyoti" means light.
Jyotish is known by the names: "Vedic Astrology", "Hindu
Astrology" or "Indian Astrology".
Jyotish is the science of light and
light is a form of energy. Light carries the information of
events with it. When mind registers the light through the eyes,
the event becomes evident to us. In other words, light is one of
the main factors that make the time continuum possible. It
brings certain continuity between events as it carries vital
information from one event and enables its effects.
Let us use an example. If a friend,
who is sitting next to you, is suddenly sick, and this
information is arrested by arresting the energy that carries
this information, then, you would not realize that your friend
is sick. Imagine something that arrests both the light and sound
that it cannot reach you. In such a case, the effect of his
cries for help will not be there on you. Whereas, the moment you
get this information, you will act. It is safe to presume that
light carries information and enables cause and effect. Here
light should be understood as energy.
Cause and effect enables time. Time
is defined as the interval between two events. If events do not
exist, then, time cannot exist. In our deep sleep (dreamless
sleep) we get a glimpse of no-time situation.
The ancient seers of India
recognized these facts and employed them beautifully into a
subject of Jyotish. Jyotish Astrology takes its subject matter
from the very basis of space and time and it does not lack in
its scientific approach.
JYOTISH AS A VEDANGA
Vedanga refers to those bodies of knowledge that are the "limbs"
to the Vedas. In other words, it aids in understanding of the
It would be important to understand
what Vedas are. The word "Veda" means knowledge. Vedas contain
aphorisms to understand the true identity of ourselves. Many
people think Vedas are part of Hindu Religion. It would correct
to say that Hindu Religion has adopted itself from the Vedas.
Vedas are universal and came before the word "Hindu" came into
Jyotish is an Vedanga and in its
approach it follows the Vedic teaching. Jyotish cannot go
against the Vedas in its teaching or analysis.
Jyotish follows the principle of
freedom of choice. It gives individuals the right to choose in
any given situation. The choices always available to an
individual in any given situation of life are:
1. To react (anger, jealousy, envy,
fear, fight, arrogance, likes, dislikes, etc.)
2. To pro act (do one's action as
required by the call of duty, without involving oneself in the
3. Remain calm without any action
(Realizing the results are given by the lord, and accepting them
without any reaction)
The 2nd choice has all the elements
of the 3rd choice. Jyotish as a subject, never undermines these
choices. With these choices, one can change one's future. With
the first choice, one can enhance the difficulties in one's
destiny and with, the second and third choice, one can enhance
the quality of destiny in happiness and success. Each time you
make the 2nd or 3rd choice, you weaken the reactions within
yourself. Over a period of time, you stop reacting at all.
Jyotish understands this principle and employs it.
Jyotish never promises a pre
destined life. Mother, father, brother, sister may be
predestined but not your future. Your future depends upon the
JYOTISH AND ITS ABILITY TO FORESEE THE FUTURE
Most people in the world, neither study the Vedas nor attempt to
understand them. They are not aware that they have the above
mentioned choices. They become mechanical in their thinking and
actions. They are easy to predict.
How are such people easy to predict
should be understood scientifically. For example, if a ball is
set into motion on a surface whose friction quotient is known
and the force and direction applied to the ball and its dead
weight is known, then, we can calculate in which direction the
ball will move and for how long.
Jyotish uses the same principle. It
analyses the planetary forces on an individual and determines,
where it will take that person and for how much time. If the
person does not use the choice (2 or 3), there would be no
interjection to the planetary forces and prediction could be
made with ease.
In case the person reacts, the
planetary forces get strengthened for the worse and the event
shall happen, probably before the stipulated time.
In case the person uses choice 2
and 3, the planetary forces get interjected and poor results are
either delayed or reduced in magnitude or removed all together.
As science and chaos theory states, tiny imperfections can bring
huge amounts of changes in any system. Similarly, tiny
interjections of choices 2 and 3, bring huge changes over the
years. A person totally free from reactive ness, is very
difficult to predict through jyotish.
HOW IS JYOTISH HELPFUL
The Jyotish word for planet is "graha". Graha means "the
seizer". It can be said that planets (grahas) seize the
individual and tend to "make him/her" react in a particular
manner. Jyotish understands what forces are binding the
individual and harming in the goal of life. Jyotish also checks
of possible health hazards, financial difficulties, problems in
associating with other individuals through marriage,
relationship or business. Jyotish makes an individual realize
the choices and helps the individual understand his/her
Jyotish readies a person for the
present and the future. It enhances value to life of an
individual. It help removes many negative traits and its
corresponding problems that might have manifested in the future,
had these traits not been removed.
Jyotish, in effect, is a life changing subject. It relates to
everything in a person's life. It can guide an individual
towards riches, business, health, career, marriage, friendship
and towards fulfilling sexual life.
Jyotish readings should be read,
carefully understood and acted upon. They should also be
preserved for future reference.
The person who practices Jyotish is called a "Jyotishi". A
Jyotishi is also known as a Vedic Astrologer or a Hindu
Astrologer or an Indian Astrologer. It is the duty of the
Jyotishi to help people understand the basics of Jyotish and the
It is also the duty of a Jyotishi to not to present the readings
or predictions from Jyotish in a deterministic way. Jyotishi has
to respect the status of Jyotish as an Upa veda and should not
consider the subject of Jyotish as end all of things.