The second of the two books on Vedic Astrology that I’m studying is a text book – a course – for those interested in becoming practising astrologers.
It’s very technical, and very complex.
And I find it absolutely fascinating.
The book is called: The Art and Science of Vedic Astrology – The Foundation Course. Written by Richard Fish & Ryan Kurczak.
The essence of Vedic astrology comes from the ancient scriptures that underpin Hinduism – The Vedas, in particular the Rig Veda, and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – which is the source of yogic philosophy and practise.
I’ll quote from the introductory chapters of this book, which looks at Vedic astrology in overview. Again, remember that the book is written for aspirant astrologers –
Vedic astrology is a spiritual discipline. It shares its roots with Yoga and Ayurveda. All three are sister sciences with one ultimate aim: to provide the proper structure in the physical world to allow the clarity of Self-Realization to flow freely into material creation.
Yoga provides physical and mental practices to tame the mind and the restlessness of the body. Ayurvedic lifestyle regimens harmonises the individualised mind/body constitution for optimal physical functioning. Vedic Astrology reveals the map and timing of habits and tendencies that may manifest in our life experiences. All for the purpose of elevating our awareness above the pull of the unconscious influences that can keep us bound to sorrow, grief, and repeated needless suffering.
Vedic Astrology is best practised by a person whose awareness is clear and whose intuition is highly developed. To this end, yogic meditation and lifestyle, which facilitate clarity of awareness, is recommended.
Mastery provides a means for greater Self-Awareness. The more one learns about the planetary movements through the heavens, and the relationship between sky and Earth, the more inclined one is to perceive that consciousness is a seamless whole.
The purpose of Vedic Astrology is to promote Self-Realization. It encourages awareness of one’s essence of being as superior to the transient phenomena with which most people identify, such as circumstance, personality and the body.
It teaches, “Here are the trends of your life, the life experiences you sustain through behaving in the same ways repeatedly. If you keep living in the same way, here is an estimate of how your life will unfold. Now that you know the patterns, you can change them, because the patterns are not you.”
The ultimate goal of Vedic Astrology is to reveal the manifest nature of reality, as it is, beyond hopes, dreams, or delusions.
Okay – cut to eighteen months ago, before I walked the Camino. If someone had told me then that I would one day be writing a blog espousing the spiritual nature of Vedic Astrology, you know what I would have said to them? I would have said: “What’s a blog?”
If you’re interested, here are links to the two books:
This will be the last posting on Vedic Astrology. While I find it absolutely fascinating, I’m sure that most of you don’t. You probably think I’m weird taking it as seriously as I do.
But the more I read, the more fascinated I become.
Do I believe that a Vedic astrological birth chart can predict your future? Do I believe that the cosmos has an influence on each of us? Do I believe that there’s a sun behind the sun – the Central Galactic Sun – that controls all?
All I can say is this: it was only five hundred years ago we believed the earth was flat.
We know nothing.
I completely agree that we know nothing. 😦 The more I learn, the less I know. 😦 We have some really smart fore bearers. 🙂 I admire your quest for more knowledge.
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Bill, we do know one thing today we didn’t know yesterday, at least.
We now know Julian is fine. He’s hitched up with another pilg and is proceeding very slowly, for some reason. 5 or so K a day, it says. So he has not yet reached Santiago.
As we agree we know nothing, except about Julian, we would certainly be rash and foolish to assume that astrology, religion, palmistry, or reading the entrails of dead chickens, are things to put too much store by.
I am reading The Autobiography of a Yogi right now. After this title being suggested a number of times over the years I decided I probably should be listening to the repeated suggestions , and read it. The people and places i heard about the book were strangely from all unrelated areas of my life. I am finding it very interesting and totally new stuff to me. I am just trying to be open to all of it, pondering it all. It has made me really look at your astrology stuff differently too, that you are sharing at tis same time as I am reading. I am glad that you have explained a little of the difference of the historic Hindu astrology and western astrology. That totally opens my eyes to understand it in a different way. My only knowledge has been in the western mode and not taken too seriously. I see this as a whole other thing. I appreciate the opportunity to learn more through your experience. I don’t know enough to believe or not and have not had my own experience with it myself.
(don’t limit your sharing if you come across something fascinating and unusual)
Autobiography of a Yogi is a classic Kathryn. It’s the book that Steve Jobs returned to year after year. Sri Yukteswar, Yogananda’s guru, is regarded as one of the great spiritualists of recent times. There’s a lot of substance to the book, but as well, you need to be ready for it. I read it years ago and wasn’t ready for it. A lot of it went over my head. I reread it before this last trip to India, and it informed that trip wonderfully. And I got a lot more out of the book. I guess that’s why Jobs reread it so many times. And yes, I’ll continue to post up odd things that come my way!!