What is the Science of Light?

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This site supports readings with in depth explanations and a community to discuss personal, social and global concepts. This is all in the context of Vedic (sidereal) astrology as a tool to analyze and treat modern issues. It gives us access to information about small changes, in every area of life, to elevate your personal caliber and maximize the positive impact of your life.

Jyotish: from Sanskrit jyotiṣa, from jyótis- “light, heavenly body” is a traditional science also known as Vedic Astrology.

Where did Vedic Astrology come from?
Why haven’t I ever heard of it?
How is it different than regular astrology?

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Ganit and Jyotish: The Long Overlooked Mathematics and Astrology of India

“Veda” (noun): 1. the most ancient Hindu scriptures, written in early Sanskrit and containing hymns, philosophy, and guidance on ritual for the priests of Vedic religion.

If the word “Veda” is familiar at all, it is likely to evoke images of Hindu mythology. Or it might remind you of the word “Ayurveda,” referring to a system of healing based on elemental energies. The Western concept of a magical and superstitious India might be why I was surprised to see India pop up in the BBC documentary “The History of Mathematics” which explained that Vedic scholars set forth advanced mathematical treatises 1,000 – 3,000 years ago. They described the concept of zero, the 10-based value method, the techniques of algebra and algorithm, and square root and cube root, for the first time in recorded history. Sanskrit words contextually and phonetically similar to “geometry” and “trigonometry” appear in mathematical texts dating from before India’s contact with Greece and the word “Algebra” comes form the title of the first foreign book describing Indian methods of calculation. There is evidence that concepts such as “Pythagorean Theorum”, attributed to Greek or European scholars, were in common use during the construction of the ancient Harappan civilizations over 6000 years ago.

European scholars overlooked evidence of advanced mathematical knowledge in India for so long that these fields were slowly and gruelingly re-invented in the West over millenia before their existence in India was re-discovered. Perhaps Europeans believed that a land so full of ritual and faith based belief systems, where people wear turbans and select their foods for their “energetic” qualities, could not possibly possess the the tools for such precise logical analysis of reality. It is only very recently that the field of quantum mechanics brings conventional wisdom full circle to concepts described in the Vedas.
Why did the ancient “Seers” need to invent methods to make such complex calculations?
What were they doing?

Perhaps the most important thing, by their reckoning, was the calculation of Vedic astrological charts. These charts were cast not only for the birth of kings but also for the beginning of journeys, at the outset of important endeavors or in any given moment to seek guidance.

I first discovered Vedic astrology when I began to practice Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Yoga and Ayurveda are both said to be branches of Jyotish (Vedic astrology), the “science of light.” The founder of the yoga studio where I practiced Kundalini was a Vedic astrologer named Mehtab. At the time I had lost interest in astrology, but a friend bought a reading by Mehtab as a gift for me. When he performed my first chart reading I discovered that my interest in India and the Vedas went much deeper than I ever imagined.

I had grown up learning about Western astrology, but the astrology that Mehtab used was a ancient and detailed form of that I had never seen. It included “remedial healing measures” prescribed by the Vedic texts. Any problem that could be defined came with an array of treatments to correct it. Whether the subject preferred gems, color therapies, aroma therapies, mantra, meditations, dietary or lifestyle changes, there was an appealing option somewhere in each chart to improve life. This empowering concept thrilled me, since I had never conceived of the idea that a person had any option to strengthen or counteract the events described in their own birth chart.

An astrology chart has something to say about absolutely anything one can ask. In Western astrology this information reads like a description of a static pre-destined path. Not so in Vedic astrology, which emphasizes the impact of free will, describing the precise tools each individual can use to reach their unique potential. Ironically, I found that Vedic astrology treated the planets much more like symbols of personal and practical concepts in life than their unyielding and often tyrannical Western counterparts, which suddenly seemed oddly superstitious by comparison.

In a Vedic astrology class taught by Mehtab I learned what he called “arcane knowledge” which inspired me to begin making charts and diagrams, exploring and arranging new and old concepts that took on new meanings. Planets, chakras, linguistics, aesthetic and stylistic choices all revealed their interrelationships and intrinsic meanings.

A chart I designed in the style of the North Indian system.
A chart I designed in the style of the North Indian system.

The first surprise I uncovered was in my own chart. “My sign” was not my actual sign at all.
Actually, none of them were…

Since the Western zodiac does not account for the procession of the Earth’s poles it is in error by more than a week, meaning that there is a good chance that your Western signs are incorrect. The Western system slides a little bit more out of whack each year, while the Vedic system remains accurate in any century and it showed that all three of my main signs were wrong.

Sun signs in the Vedic System:

Apr 14 – May 14 Aries Sun
May 15 – Jun 14 Taurus Sun
Jun 15 – Jul 15 Gemini Sun
Jul 16 – Aug 16 Cancer Sun
Aug 17 – Sep 16 Leo Sun
Sep 17 – Oct 16 Virgo Sun
Oct 17 – Nov 15 Libra Sun
Nov 16- Dec 15 Scorpio Sun
Dec 16 – Jan 13 Sagittarius Sun
Jan 14 – Feb 12 Capricorn Sun
Feb 13 – Mar 13 Aquarius Sun
Mar 14 – Apr 13 Pisces Sun

The traditional twelve signs are further divided into 27 smaller sub-signs which explained how two people in the same sign can be so different; something I really took issue with in Western astrology.

In Vedic astrology the planets each signify a category of roles and activities at play in a person’s life. Their hierarchy of importance follows the same basic order as the actual influence they have on the surface of the Earth itself.

The Earth’s orientation, your rising sign, is important as it represents your body and personality.

Second, the Moon, your inner mental and emotional state.

Third, the Sun, signifies the soul and indicates your dharma, public life, and the effects of authority upon you.

Next are the five visible planets, like character archetypes, representing their own roles and activities in the world. Each has a strong personality, and is located in one of twelve houses describing every domain of life, in a sign that adds its own atmosphere.

So, basically, the planets are like people and the roles they play. The houses are areas of life, like career or home. The signs are the condition and feel of those areas.

Also, there is an extremely useful “mahadasha” system to plot the unfolding time periods unique to one’s life, each ruled by different planetary influences. This is not to say that they dictate what happens. Instead, they mark the influences and probabilities at different stages, giving us a heads up when it might be a good or bad time to start a business, have a child, go to school, or any other activity we might consider.

If you think about it, we have existed in some form for billions of years within the cycles of repeating movements of our solar system. It’s more absurd to think that we are unaffected by it than to say that, of course, we are both aware of it and influenced by it on some level.

The world around us is full of tools with hidden meaning which we can use to assert our own free will. Ayurveda is meant to be used with Vedic astrology to not only heal the body, but to support all of life’s activities. We are all meant to solve the unique puzzle of our lives.

“What is the use of much speaking? Whatever object exists in this moving and non-moving world, cannot be understood without the base of Ganita (Mathematics).”

— Vedanga Jyotisha text 1,000 BCE

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