Scope of Jyotiṣa
Of late I have found some of my new students to make blunders which none of my older students would ever do. It is something very basic, very foundational. It is the scope of vedic astrology – vedāñga jyotiṣa. While everyone quotes Ādi Śaṅkara in stating that vedic astrology is as vast as the ocean and one lifetime is not sufficient to master every aspect of it, we need to articulate this in a scientific manner and define the scope. This has been done in a broad manner by Harihara (author of Praśna Mārga) for his students and we have explained this in some detail in the following slide presentation.
We expect every student to be fully aware of every word in this presentation and lapse will not be tolerated. If a jyotiṣa does not even know what is the scope of the subject and their ordering, it will speak very low of him. It is like an engineer wondering if Computer Science is really an engineering subject and what is even worse, is when they say that Thermodynamics is a separate subject and should be in the Arts stream. Does this not sound ridiculous? This is how it sounds when someone who knows vedic astrology says that Muhurta is not a part of jyotiṣa. We hope that no jyotiṣa will ever be in such a state, no matter what his level of knowledge.
[pageview url=”https://skydrive.live.com/embed?cid=1331C550A328AA0B&resid=1331C550A328AA0B%211916&authkey=AMw8H295eHxVN2I&em=2″ width=”600″ height=”488″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”] Note: The last slide shows the entire scope of Vedic Astrology