Sunday, August 8, 2010

Yagya- the Ritual of Surrendering to the Almighty

The word Yagya has its origin in the Sanskrit word ‘YAJAN’ meaning prayer, sacrifice, surrender. It also means action without expectation. It’s a specific ritual for gaining a peaceful and happy life on earth and it is meant for all kinds of human beings. Yagya is a science and a method of self realization- it’s a way of living. There are various kinds of Yagya. The kings and the rishis have been performing yagyas since time immemorial. The Gyaan Yagya is the most auspicious of all Yagyas. Among the other Yagyas following are the most popular ones-
1.) Agnihom Yagya
2.) Ashwamedh Yagya
3.) Brihaspati Yagya
4.) Devasatra Yagya
5.) Go-medg Yagya
6.) Gyaan Yagya
7.) Pitaamaha Yagya
8.) Raajsooya Yagya
9.) Sarmedh Yagya
10.) Som Yagya
11.) Vaajpeya Yagya
12.) Vishwajit Yagya

The process of Yagya involves the setting up of a Vedee (alter), lighting it with fire and offering Aahuti (oblations) to it. It is done in two parts- Mantra (sound energy) and Havishya (food of gods). Mantras are chants that invoke the gods and Havishya is the food that is offered to the gods for their satisfaction. Food is offered to all gods through Agni which is the symbol of mouth of all gods.
Yagya is a term associated with Indian astrology and is cognate with the English word ‘ignite’ and so is connected with fire. The process of Yagya involves an offering to gods which is consumed by the fire. Generally if one is going through a bad phase in life due to negative influence of the planets, he can perform a yagya and sort the problem out. But it’s important to consult an astrologer before performing a Yagya, as a wrong choice of Yagya can increase the malefic effect of the planets which in its turn can further aggravate the situation. The astrologers will advice which Yagya to perform depending on the nature of trouble. Besides, it’s also important to think a lot and doing a little bit of research before deciding on the vedic priest who will perform the Yagya. It can be done in your presence or absence. Whatever be your decision, you should first find out if the priest you have selected is reputed or not, as there are many unscrupulous people in this business. If not chosen properly it can be an utter misuse of money, as a Yagya performed in a wrong way yields no result.

Jyotish- Illuminating the Future of mankind

Jyotish, which means light or lord, is the study of the divine and expressing it through time and space. It is the existing form of ancient astrology and is still rampant in India. It is known as the Eye of the Veda for its ability to see the future. It is a process of drawing a parallel between people’s inner qualities and ways of life and the time and places of their births, through the relative positions of different heavenly bodies to one another. The origin of Jyotish can be traced back to the 3rd millennium BC, but it’s still very much in vogue and most people prefer to consult it before taking any important decision. There is a popular tradition among the Hindus to keep the name of the newborn on the basis of their Jyotish chart. Besides, Jyotish concepts are hugely in use in the organizations of calendars and holidays as well as in many other areas of life and science. Jyotish is also known for providing solutions for the problems detected by the Horoscope or astrological charts of people.
Earlier on the Hindu Brahmins used to practice Jyotish, but in recent time India has seen a renaissance in the field of studying Jyotish and other Vedic sciences. The Indian universities are planning to begin sponsor courses on this science. The study of Jyotish is known to be timeless and universal in nature. It primarily deals with the influence of the stars and planets on human beings. Jyotish decodes the fundamental rules of the Nature and looks for conveying to mankind a technique which smoothes their approach to life in association with Nature. By doing that it increases the opportunities for betterment and decrease suffering.
Jyotish Shastra is an important part of Vedanta and is known as Vedic astrology. It is based on what Western astrologers call the whole house system and recognizes nine grahas which means heavenly bodies or planets. The nine planets are: Surya or Sun, Chandra or Moon, Mangala or Mars, Budha or Mercury, Guru or Jupiter, Sukra or Venus, Sanaiscarya (Sani) or Saturn, Rahu or Ascenting/North Lunar Node and Ketu or Decending/South Lunar Node. However, there is a fundamental difference in the measurement of the Zodiac in the Jyotish Shastra and in the Western astrology. Jyotish recognizes the sidereal Zodiac (the stars are believed to be the fixed background against which the motion of the planet is measured), while the Western astrologers uses the tropical zodiac (the movement of the planets is measured against the position of the sun on the Spring Equinox.).

Horoscope- The Eternal Match Maker

Horoscope is an astrological chart that maps the position of nine planets across a number of houses representing the solar system, in a graphical pattern. It’s a well known part of Indian astrology and is believed to that the astrological charts can identify and predict the character and fate of a person. The Indian astrologers believe that the horoscope exerts an important influence on human life. That is why the matching of horoscope is very popular and widely practiced in Indian matrimony. Birth horoscopes are compared once a marriage is fixed in order to find if the two people are compatible. It’s an ancient Vedic practice to match the astrological charts of two people. The matching process is done in eight spheres of life. The charts are made on the basis of the full name of the concerned persons and the date, time and place of their birth. Earlier the Indian marriages were finalized only after the matching of horoscopes of the bride and groom.
In order to prepare a perfect chart, one should provide with the exact date, time and place of birth, as even a small error can vastly influence the interpretation of the horoscope. Today there are many online service providers to can prepare your horoscope online. But often there are differences in interpretations by different service providers. The general trend is to consult a Vedic astrologer in order to get a proper interpretation of a horoscope, though the interpretation of different astrologers too can vary. Horoscopes are mostly used to find out the positive and negative characters of a person. Almost every religion has the tradition of matching astrological charts, though the technique differs from one religion to another. However, the most iniquitous attribute across all religion is the Manglik Dasha, which occurs when Mars is placed in 1st, 4th, 7th, 8th or 12th house. These houses stand for the happiness, mental peace, marriage, longevity and expenditure. In spite of having a diverse cultural mosaic, the astrologers across India believes in the ill effect of Manglik Dasha. If a marriage occurs with one of the partners having Manglik Dasha, this could mean devastation in their married life as there would ensue constant quarrel, divorce and even death of spouse. But there is a solution to this problem- Performing puja, making the Manglik wear a coral or getting him/her married to a tree to absorb the aggression, are some of them.

Vedic Horoscope- The scientific way to know destiny

There is a natural instinct in man to know the unknown, and that instinct has been the driving factor of all creations including the science of Vedic Horoscope. It is believed that Maharishi Parashara has given the Vedic Horoscope its present written form. It is an important branch of Indian astrology and is the most trusted one too. By it the personality and true nature of a person is determined in respect with the planetary positions at the exact moment of birth. Mainly used for predicting the future of a man, the Vedic horoscope is an ancient science used for knowing the future and is over 7000 years old. The abrasive meaning of Vedic horoscope is ‘science of light.’ It has become an intrinsic part and practice of the Hindu way of living. The larger aspects of Vedic Horoscope incorporate architecture, mathematics, military and medical know how. Vedic Horoscope believes in distant stars. Vedic Horoscope deals with twenty-seven stars or Nakshatras. The Vedic astrologer interprets the movement of these distant stars to find deep and intense meaning that is reflected in the lives of human beings. The stars are related with Deity’s of difference. Vedic Horoscope deals with twenty-seven lunar archetypes.
Vedic Horoscope helps a person live a conscious, happy and peaceful life. It is practiced by professionals and well respected astrologers in India and all over the world. Many people throughout the cross section of the society rely on Vedic Horoscope while taking important decisions like- starting a new business, marriage, traveling, relationship problems, as they believe that it would guide them in taking the right decision. Vedic Horoscope signs constellations are- Aquarius-Kumbh, Pisces- Meen, Aries-Mesh, Gemini-Mithun, Taurus- Vrishabh, Virgo- Kanya, Capricon- Makar, Libra-Tula, Leo- Singha, Sagittarius- Dhanu and Scorpio-Vrishchik. Vedic Horoscope of every individual consists of combination of Planets placed in different houses, where every house stands for some aspect of human life like education, profession, wealth, material comforts, health, love, happiness etc. It is the planetary combination of each horoscope that determines the human life by exerting either positive or negative influence.
With the help and guidance of Vedic Horoscope one can avoid any problem in life way ahead of time. The charts in Vedic Horoscope called the Janma Kundali represent the point of beginning in one’s life and predicts the advantages as well as the disadvantaged throughout his/her life. Vedic Horoscope endorses the customs of balancing, gem stones and mantras as they are believed to assuage the impacts that may be detrimental to a healthy life.

Indian Horoscope- The Chart of Time-Space

Indian Horoscope is a map of space and time- an “image of the hour.” It is basically a chart of the positions of the sun, moon and the planets in space at a particular time and place on earth. It is like an image of a particular place in respect to time and space. If that particular time or place indicates the birth time and place of an individual then the horoscope will be termed as “natal horoscope” or “natal chart” or “birth chart”. The natal horoscope differs from people to people as the planets are constantly on the move. Astrological analysis of a man starts with his horoscope that requires exact date, time and place of his birth. The technical meaning of a horoscope is close to that of a pack of medicine. In any pack of medicines we will find-
-manufacturing date
-expiry date
-batch number
Similar to that the Indian horoscope carries a stamp from Nature and contains
-date of birth
-time of birth
-place of birth
For preparing an Indian horoscope the astrologer will need astronomical data that will provide him with the exact positions of the planets on their respective orbit of movement at the time of birth of the concerned person. The place of birth of a person helps in determining the geographical latitude and longitude and calculating their differences from the celestial latitude and longitude. The main objective of studying astrology is judge a horoscope accurately. The Indian horoscope helps an astrologer understand the psychophysical nature of individuals and can predict his latent potential, role in life, health, wealth, friends and foes, ups and downs, life span, diseases, kinds of difficulties one can face in life, nature of relationship that one will share with his parents, siblings, partner and peers.
Since time immemorial the application of Indian horoscope is rampant in the country. Be it birth, death or marriage, horoscope is an integral part of every event in India. But it’s most popular in the Indian marriages. In case of arranged marriage in India once the marriage is finalized, the elders of both the family exchange the horoscope of the would-be groom and bride and consult an astrologer to find out the compatibility between the two. The two things that are given utmost importance while considering the horoscopes of brides and grooms are the graha and the dasha, as without the compatibility of these two no marriage can be successful, believes the Indian astrologers.

Vedic Astrology- Most Popular Astrology

The most popular among the sciences of Indian astrology is the Vedic astrology. In India it is known by the name Jyotish and deals with the sidereal positions of the planet. There is a basic difference in the technique of calculation in Vedic astrology and that of Western astrology. The zodiac of the Weatern astrology is based on the equinoxes. According to the Western astrology the position of planets changes with respect to the stars. Vedic astrology believes in twelve constellations from the Babylonian, and also has an additional “lunar” zodiac based on 28 lunar constellations or Nakshatras. The twenty eight Nakshatras are- Ashwini, Mrigshirsha, Ashlesha, Hasta, Anuradha, Uttarashadha, Poorvabhadrapada, Bharani, Ardra, Magha, Chitra, Jyeshtha, Shravana, Uttarabhadrapada, Krittika, Punarvasu, Purvaphalguni, Swati, Moola, Dhanishtha, Revati, Rohini, Pushya, Uttarphalguni, Vishakha, Purvashadha, Shatbhisha and Abhijit.
Since the ages of Veda, Vedic astrology is considered to be a noble science and dates back to 4000 years. The maharishis of the Vedic era founded, investigated and developed this science of astrology. Among the contributors the names of Aryabhatta, Parashar, Varaha, Mihira, Garga and Kalyan Varma are still remembered and revered. Vedic astrology is based on the following three seminal subjects-

1.) Planets- Vedic astrology recons only nine planets- i.e. Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, and teo Shadowy planets Rahu (the dragon’s head) and Ketu (the dragon’s tail).
2.) Stars- the science of Vedic astrology identifies twenty seven constellations from Aswini to Revathy.
3.) Signs- The planets are believed to move under twelve signs of zodiac thus covering the entire sky from Aries to Pisces.

The basic principle of this astrology is the belief that all things are linked. The karma or fortune is determined by a predestined cosmic design. In this science birth is seen as the incarnation of a soul in a body at a specific time and place which is a reflection of the greater whole. Just as different flowers bloom at different time depending on the time that is congenial for them, birth too is dependent on the congenial position of the stars. Vedic Astrology believes in Dashas which are “planetary ruling system” that provide a system to judge the effects of the planets throughout a person's life, by indicating how the planets distribute their effects throughout a lifetime (Wiki Defination). The Dashas endows the Vedic astrologers with a tool for predicting the trends, changes and events in a man’s life with perfection and precision.

Indian Astrology- An Interesting and Useful Science

The history of Indian astrology can be traced back to the Vedic times of 1500 BC. Parts of Atharvaveda deals with traditions of Indian astrology. The influence of planets on human life is the basic mantra of Indian astrology. The ancient saints and sages of India have spent years to study the influence of the planets and formed the science called Indian astrology. It came into being long before the advent of western astrology. This science is interesting, instructive and useful to the moral and material advancement of mankind. Interpreting the planetary movements, Indian astrology foretells the future of individuals, nations or other events. Indian astrology figures out what it envisages about the future of a man as shaped by his previous karma or birth and by the planetary positions at the time of his birth.
There are mainly three branches in Indian astrology, namely-Siddhanta, Samhita and Hora. Siddhantas are those who deal with the astronomical study of heavenly bodies. Samhitas devote themselves in mundane astrology like that of earth quakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, rainfall, whether conditions, economic conditions. The Hora predicts the proper timing of the events in our daily lives. Indian Astrology believes in twenty seven Nakshatras. The movement of the two luminaries Sun and Moon, the five major planets- Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Mercury and the two nodal points of the Moon i.e. Rahu and Ketu are considered to be of profound importance. The planets like Pluto, Neptune and Uranus are not recognized by Indian astrology as they were discovered much later.
Indian astrology is hugely popular in India for predicting the birth, nature of marriage, compatibility of the bride and groom, career, finances, diseases and also death of people. Day by day Indian astrology is gaining popularity all over the world. The zodiac used by the Indian astrologers and that of the western astrologers different in nature. The popular sciences in Indian astrology are Palmistry, Sade Sati and the Nadi Shastra. Palmistry or Hasta rekha Vigyan is the most popular form of astrology in India. In this form the shapes of the hand and the lines are interpreted by the astrologers in order to understand the nature of a person as well as to predict his future. The Sade Sati deals with an important aspect of reading horoscope. It refers to a time period of seven and half years dominated by the influence of Saturn in human life. Originated about 2000 years ago the Nadi Shastra is a unique form of astrology. In it an individual can read his destiny inscribed on Palm leaves thousands of years ago. It’s an ancient method of recording data.