Is Vedic Astrology really is 'Vedic'?
My views on Misnomer of Vedic Astrology
During my experience on various facets of Astrology for more than 37 years, I have observed that the ancient Indian literature on Astrology needs logical analysis and lucid explanation. While I have deep sense of respect for Indian or Vedic Astrology; I believe it is my privilege to differ on the things where I don’t find enough logical support. The reasons for the short coming were various. Lack of publication and duplicating technology and the intention of the seers to safe guard the knowledge from unworthy persons were the main reasons for the formation of literature in condensed form called Sutras. The seers, for sure created the scripture keeping in view the caliber of their worthy disciples. This attribute of the literature made it most susceptible to misinterpretation.
With the passage of time, the caliber of average person has degraded to a great extent. Sanskrit has remained no longer a language understood in its depth and gravity. The few who know the language of the scriptures are not pure at heart and intent. Thus, the ancient astrological works are now at the mercy of interpretation of greedy Pandits.
On the one hand there are many who are ignorant about the essence and principles of the subject . On the other hand there are people who know something about the subject. This combination has created opportunities for thriving cheats in the market.
There are many schools of thoughts and equally numerous are the systems and sub-systems of Astrological knowledge. There is not a single authentic and standard syllabus for recognition of its education. As a result of this, there are number of institutes working in their own fashion. They are good enough to hold a few ceremonial gatherings and conferences on Astrology. Needless to say, they do not serve any other purpose but to artificially inflate the market value of their associates by way of awarding titles and certificates of honour.
There is a genuine and urgent need of a regulating agency to coordinate the activities of such associations and institutes who promote professional Astrologers.
- Most people erroneously call it Vedic Astrology whereas it has nothing to do with Veda. Astrology has seldom been discussed in Veda as a predictive tool. There are of course, references of astronomical value e.g., eclipse, seasons, constellations etc.
- The most books of predictive astrology, that the so called pandits refer to be Vedic, were created in India during the time of foreign cultural and political invasion.
- The usage of ‘Vedic’ with Astrological books was promoted by publishers to create an impression of being ancient text dating back to the beginning of Kali-yuga (3102 B.C.). This has been guided by apparent commercial interest equally echoed by the professional astrologers and due to ignorance of amateur astrologers.
- One of the highest valued books, Brihat Parashara Hora Sastra itself has an indication to the fact that the same dates back to 7th and early 8th century era. Do we think Vedanta originated during 7–8th Century?
- The authors of such books were largely Yavanas (Indo-greek) who used the pseudo names similar to Rishis of Vedic times to get larger acceptance with supremacy.
- The kings of ancient India used to patronage persons possessing skills and talents in the areas believed to be advantageous to the kingdom. When we analyze various yogas of classical works, we may verify the royal interest.
- Similar to what happened with many other subjects, with the passage of time, the predictive astrology got transformed into form that can serve to the curiosity and interests of masses. From spiritual and royal interest to areas of mundane subjects.
- The BPHS has surfaced only in recent past with different sources claiming to be authentic but include different number of chapters etc.
With all said against its claim about being part of Vedanta, I do not undermine its value and utility by any means. I just mean that it is not fair to call it Vedic. In stead, it would be fair to call it Indian Astrology.