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What is jyotish?

What does the word jyotish mean?

The word Jyotish originally in Sanskrit has two meanings:

• jyoti, means the light and
• isha, means the Lord or God.

In literal translation Jyotish means God’s light.

Jyotish is also reffered as Vedic astrology. Vedic astrology builds on the knowledge of celestial bodies and their influence on people’s lives. Our soul or clear reflection is like a light. This we seek on our way through our lives. Vedic astrology helps us to find it. But in a larger context, jyotish is the knowledge of time. It is good to know in what time and in what kind of world we live. More than a thousand years ago, the ancient Vedic sages knew that Kali juga (the time of ignorance or machines) would come. At this time, people have a distorted perception of reality.

Our misconception is that material happiness is the most important thing. Our thoughts are increasingly fleeing into the future, where we see the fulfillment of our wishes. We neglect the here and now. Although more and more people are turning to spirituality, human consciousness is not yet developed enough to make major changes.

Proof of this is that jyotish is still considered just fortune-telling, card reading, or destiny interpretation today. But this also means that our consciousness and our bias do not allow us to look more openly at our inner self. So we do not feel the spiritual experiences and can not feel our true nature.

 

What kind of influence do the planets or stars have on us according to jyotish? 

Stars are light bodies that radiate their own energy into space. Also, the planet Earth receives these rays of light and so each individual star or planet influences the physical, mental and spiritual level of every living being. Everything in space changes and moves and everything that moves or travels takes a certain amount of time. This not only means human life, but also events on the whole planet. In the vedic science, Saturn is the farthest planet that influences our being. The closest planet is the Moon. With the help of the nine planets (or the nine natural principles) one can explain the whole creation and the manifested world.

The ancient science called Jyotish or Karma Astrology is based on accurate mathematical calculations. The basis for this is the position of the light bodies in space. From these calculations one interprets one’s personal qualities and can deduce the rough direction of his life. Important for this are the exact time and place of our birth. These are unique combinations, as are the features and traits. The result of the calculations is the so-called birth chart. It shows our character and internal conflicts that come from our past life karma. At the same time, we can use vedic science to find out how we fit together with other people.

This jyotish science is still deeply rooted in Indian tradition. The creation of horoscope is the first thing the Indians do when giving birth to a child (they want to know who joined their community), before they arrange a wedding etc.. Our misconception is that material happiness is the most important thing. Our thoughts are increasingly fleeing into the future, where we see the fulfillment of our wishes. We neglect the here and now. Although more and more people are turning to spirituality, human consciousness is not yet developed enough to make major changes.

Proof of this is that Jyotish is still considered just fortune-telling, card reading, or destiny interpretation today.But this also means that our consciousness and our bias do not allow us to look more openly at our inner self. So we do not feel the spiritual experiences and can not feel our true nature.