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Jyotisha is Sanskrit terminology for “the science of Light”. It is also called ‘hora sastra”

Here light means perception or illumination. Just as we are able to see things better when illuminated with lights, similarly when we have our perceptions leading us we are able to see, experience and understand better. So we should term Jyotisha as science of perception. That’s exactly how this science came into being when great ancient seers perceived things directly without the aid of any material tools or telescopes, the planets were identified and their relation with human lives ‘seen’. It was established the living beings are actually connected with the universe directly and the conceptualized separated entity is false.

Over a period of time these astrological and astronomical calculations became too technical and the science of direct perception declined, leaving behind the analytical concepts of planetary positions, lords of the houses, aspects and other combinations and its effects. Now these methods are mostly used for mundane predictions of wealth, marriage, fortune etc instead of the seeking knowledge and enlightenment.

This science is referred as eye that shows the path to evolution and enlightenment. Other sciences like yoga, ayurveda, siddha are connected with this science. Thus Jyotisha becomes science of life itself. Because of this interconnectedness this becomes science of sciences. So much for astrology! Yes the limitedness of the science exist only because of its limited mundane usage.

Vedic astrology commonly use the sanskrit text expounded by the sage Parashara which is called Brhat parasara horasastra. Other texts such as Bhrigu Sutras, Jaimini Sutras, Kalyana Varma’s Saravali are also used among many others.

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