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Vedic Astrology Demystified

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Item Code: IDI120
Author: Chandrashekher Sharma
Publisher: Parimal Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Edition: 2011
ISBN: 8171102921
Pages: 388
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 6.2"X 9.6"
weight of the book: 655 gms

Jyotish or Vedic astrology, as it is referred to now, is one of the most ancient and divine shastras (sciences) of the Hindus, whose civilization dates back to tens of thousands of years, if not more.

In order understand the terms and the philosophy of this divine science of Vedic astrology, it is necessary to understand the background of how the ancient sciences are perceived to be created and their interpretation by the Hindus. Various ancient sciences are said to be revealed by various deities to different sages at different points of time in order to help human beings survive in this world. Lord Shiva is said to have can help overcome suffering of the common man by knowing what the future holds in store for him. Devarshi (sage of Gods) Narada, who was present at the time of this revelation, is said to have carried it to Prithvi Loka (Earth), the abode of human beings.

It is also necessary to understand the education system followed by Hindus in ancient times, so that certain terms and reference used in astrological texts become easy to follow. There are 36 different shastras (sciences) and 64 different kalas (arts) that comprise the entire system of education of the ancient Hindu culture. In ancient times a Hindu Shishya (disciple or Pupil) used to go to the guru's ashram (monastery) to learn, at ages ranging from 5 to 12, depending on his family background, after his Upanayana Sanskaara (thread ceremony indicating the fact of his becoming a student). Till the time of Upanayana, the father of the pupil used to care for him and instill in him the basic tenets of dharma (dharma means both religion and duties). During Upanayana, the father used to give the secret Gayatri Mantra (a powerful set of words capable of invoking the Sun God) to his son. Once in Gurukul (ashram of preceptor), the shishya was under the care of his guru, who used to instruct him in dharma and various shastras and kalas. The guru used to look after the shishya during his stay there in the same manner as his father and the shishya had to abide by the rules laid down by his guru. He was required to do all the chores allotted to him by his guru during his stay there. In the Gurukul the shishya was taught the entire curriculum in a period of 12 years. This is the reason why dharma (duties and religion), Pita (father) and guru are all seen from house, the 9th house of a horoscope.

All Hindu sciences are based on the Hindu Philosophical dictum "yat pinde tat bramhande". This Sanskrit (language used by ancient cultured Hindus) shloka (verse, usually a couplet or quatrain) means that what ever is in the human body is a reflection of elements present in the universe. This led ancient sages to equate each science with the form of human being called Purusha. Thus while referring to science of kaala (both time and death) one talks of Kaala Purusha, when referring to Vedas one talks of Veda Purusha and while talking of architecture one talks of the Vaastu Purusha. Various branches of the sciences are therefore referred to as limbs of their respective Purusha. The limbs of a major science are six in number and feet, arms, nose, ears, mouth and eyes. Each organ is capable of further six-fold division. The branch of any science that the status of eyes is of prime importance for that science.

Astrology is said to be the eyes of Vedas, which are ancient scriptures of the Hindus, and said to be revealed by the Lord himself. Astrology is therefore referred to as Vedanga (limb of Vedas). The science of Hindu astrology, "Jyotish" is thus thousands of Years old and the most ancient amongst various forms of astrology practiced today. It is referred to as Vedic astrology to distinguish it from astrology practiced in other parts of the word. The Sanskrit word for astrology is Jyotish. This word is formed by joining two words, Jyoti + Isha. Jyoti means flame or light and Isha means the Supreme Being (God). Thus it can be Loosely translated as light of the Lord. In Sanskrit, light is also representative of knowledge. Thus Jyotish represents the knowledge of the future, which is only known to the Lord. Jyotish, in Sanskrit has another meaning and that is one that is luminous, thus the word also refers to the study of the movement of planets and stars. Daiva means "of God" or fate and gya (pronounced Dhnyaana) means knowledge, hence an astrologer is known as DaivaGYa, indicating one who can foretell events in the life of human beings. Jyotish consists of three branches known as Siddhanta or Ganita (astronomy), Samhita (meteorology and effects of natural phenomenon) and Hora (predictions from horoscope). These three distinct divisions of Jyotish are known as skandhas (literally shoulders or pillars) and one who is well versed in all three branches in known as a Triskandha Jyotish (one who has knowledge of all the three skandhas of Jyotish). It is well to understand Triskandha Jyotiksh is a rarity.

Back of the Book

"Vedic Astrology Demystified" is written for the beginner to intermediate Jyotish student. The purpose of the book is to introduce the reader to the basics of Jyotish, starting with its origin. All essential information required for interpreting a chart is detailed, with a comprehensive look at each of the rasis, grahas and the 12 different bhavas. An overview is provided of many of the important yogas to look for in a chart to interpret combinations themselves. After setting out of the basics of a chart interpretation, "Vedic Astrology Demystified" details how to predict using Vimshottari Dasha system and how to incorporate transits into prediction. The book finishes with a practical review of various charts and the timing of events using the knowledge learnt.

"Vedic Astrology Demystified" is written in a friendly style, so that the reader feels he is having a personal lesson from the author. As there is much conjecture on various topics within Jyotish, the author has incorporated into the book his own practices when interpreting predicting from a chart.

Chandrashekhar Sharma is an engineer by training having done his Diploma in mechanical engineering in 1965. He is also as Associate of the Federation of Insurance Institutes (India) and an Associate of Institute of insurance Surveyors and Adjusters. A sympathizer of cause for farmers for his region of Vidarbha, he has run a dairy and is a lover of dogs and Animals in general, having bred and exhibited his dogs of many breeds. He was a member on the animal husbandry committee (Central India) for devising an action plan for preservation of national biodiversity set up by government of India.

Chandrashekhar has been learning Jyotish for over 50 Years. He started learning when he was 8 years old, initially from his father. His grandmother was also an astrologer and the learnt from her own ancestors. A firm believer of astrology being Vadanga (limb of Vedas) and thus to be used for helping those in distress, he follows the family tradition of not charging for astrological readings. He has delivered lectors on Vedic astrology at many astrological conferences in India and abroad. Chandrashekhar teaches from the classical texts and with his wife, Sulakshana, son, daughter-in-law, grandsons and two dogs and operates a small distribution company.


  Foreword i
  Introduction vi
  Chapter I 1
1 Origin of Jyotish 1
2 The Basis of Jyotish 3
3 Creation of the Universe 3
4 Planetary Cabinet 9
5 Ayanamsha (Precession of Equinox) 11
6 Nakshatras and Navamshas 12
7 Vargas 15
  Chapter II 18
1 Lagna 18
  Vishesha (Special) Lagnas 18
  Arudha Lagna 19
  Upa Pada Lagna/ Gauna Pada 21
2 Construction of the Kundali 21
3 Grahas 23
  Surya/ Ravi 24
  Chandra 25
  Mangal 25
  Budha 26
  Guru 27
  Shukra 28
  Shani 29
  Rahu 29
  Ketu 32
  True Nodes versus Mean Nodes 33
  Aprakasha (Non Luminous) grahas and Upagrahas (Satellites) 35
  Gulika/ Mandi 37
4 Grahi Maitri (Friendships) 39
  Naisargika Mitra/ Shatru (Natural friends/Enemies) 40
  Tatkaalika Mitra (Temporary Friendships) 40
  Panchadhamaitri (Five-Fold Friendships) 41
5 Graha Karakatwa (Signification of Grahas) 41
  Naisargika Karakas 42
  Sthira Karakas 42
  Bhava Karakas 44
  Chara Karakas 45
  Grahas and their Professions 47
6 Graha Bala (Strength) 48
  Sthana Bala 49
  Digbala 49
  Kalabala 50
  Cheshtaabala 50
  Nisargabala 50
  Drink or Drigbala 51
  Pranapada 51
  Special attributes of Grahas 51
  Chapter III 54
1 Rasis 54
2 Additional Characteristics for Lagna or Chandra Rasi 61
3 Groups Based on Characteristics of Rasis 69
  Chara, Sthira and Dwiswabhava 69
  Rasi grouped by their place of Residence 70
  Rasi with respect to Progeny 70
  Laghu/ Hraswa, Sama, Deergha Rasi 70
4 Varga Chakra (Divisional Charts) 73
  Parashara's Shdashvarga (16 fold divisions of Rasi) 73
  Rasi Chart (D-1) 75
  Hora (D-2) 75
  Dreshkaana (Drekkna/ Decanate or D-3) 76
  Saptamsha (D-7) 77
  Navamsha (D-9) 78
  Dwaadashaamsha (D-12) 80
  Trimshaamsha (D-30) 80
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  Chapter IV 84
1 Griha (house) and Bhava (house indications) 84
2 Bhava versus Bhavana 86
3 Bhava Classifications 89
4 Bhava Names 91
5 Bhavas- body Parts 94
  Chapter V 99
1 Strength of Bhavas 99
2 Functional beneficence/ malfeasance of Bhava Lords 100
3 Bhavas from Chandra 103
4 Bhavat BhavaH and Bhava from Karaka Bhava 103
5 Guru and Shani 104
6 Results of Rahu and Ketu 106
7 Analysis of Navamsha and Vargottama Grahas 108
8 Placement of One Bhava Lord in another Bhava 112
9 Sambandha and Paraspara Karaka 114
  Chapter VI 115
  Bhava Analysis 115
1 Lagna/ Tanu (Ascendant) Bhava 115
2 Dhana (2nd )Bhava 117
3 Sahaja/ Prakrama (3rd ) Bhava 120
4 Sukha/Matru (4th )Bhava 123
5 Putra (5th) Bhava 127
6 Shatru/ Ripu (6th) Bhava 132
7 Jaayaa/ Daaraa/ kalatra (7th) Bhava 134
8 Ashtama/ Randhra/ Mritu (8th) Bhava 144
9 Bhagya/ Dharma/ Pitru/ Navama (9th) Bhava 151
10 Karma/ Rajya/ Dashama (10th) Bhava 155
11 Aaya/ Labha (11th ) Bhava 163
12 Vyaya/Shayana (12th ) Bhava 167
  Chapter VII 172
1 Yogas ( Planetary Combinations) 172
2 Panch Mahapurusha Yogas 173
3 Yogas with more than one Combination 176
4 Other named Yogas 178
5 Yogas Based on Bhava, Karaka or other Lordships of Grahas 182
6 Debilitated Grahas 183
7 Yogas arising out of Bhavesha's relative positions 187
8 Yogas giving wealth 196
9 Surya centric Yogas 202
10 Chandra centric Yogas 203
11 Yogas for Penury 204
  Chapter VIII 208
1 Arishta (Mishaps) and Aayu (life Span) 208
2 Yogas for Long Life 210
3 Yoga for Medium Life 213
4 Yogas for Less Life 214
5 Other Methods to Determine Longevity 215
  Chapter IX 235
1 Chandra and Yogas related to Chandra 235
  Basic Astronomical Information on Chandra 237
  Swaroopa (Nature and Qualities) of Chandra 237
  Lunar Calendar and Jyotish 238
  Attributes of Chandra in Vedic Jyotish 238
  Different factors that impart strength Chandra 240
  Importance of Chandra in Vedic Jyotish 241
  Chandra Kriyaadi (calculations based on Chandra's longitude) 244
2 Important Chandra Yogas 245
3 Other Raj Yagas formed by Chandra 261
  Chandra in Arudha Pada, Karakamsha and Navamsha 261
  Chandra as Arishta Bhanga Karaka 265
  Chandra and Mental Afflictions 266
  Chapter X 272
  Use of Gochar (Transit of Grahas) in Prediction 272
  Chapter XI 282
  Vimshottari Dasha 282
  Chapter XII 307
  Kundali Analysis 307
  Swami Vivekananda 307
  M. S. Subbulaksmi 323
  Coco Chanel 333
  Sofia Loren 337
  Timing of Marriage 340
  Appendix I 362
  Different terms specific to Jyotish 362
  Appendix II 367
  Lunar Calendar and Tithis 367
  Yoga 368
  Karana 369
  Chandra Kriaadi- Shlokas And Indications 369
  Appendix III 373
  Ouick Reference Tables 373
  Index 374


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