What is Jyotish?
"Jyotish" is a Sanskrit term derived from the word "jyoti" or
light. Jyotish is the Vedic science of Astrology and Astronomy.
It is the science of the luminaries.
The science of Jyotish is
based on the ancient Sanskrit scriptures, the Vedas, Puranas,
Itihasas and Samhitas and the Rishi-vaakyas, or the statements
of great sages like Maharishi Parashara, Vedavyasa, Jaimini,
Bhrigu, Narada, Garga etc. The Vedic texts are said to originate
from the breathing of Maha Vishnu, or the Supreme Godhead, and
thus are accepted as being Apaurusheya, or infallible.
The ancient Maharishis who have realized the laws
of the science of Jyotish, did so while submerged into
meditation upon the Supreme Lord, and in this transcendental
state of consciousness the truths of Jyotish were revealed to
them by God. Therefore this holy science is accepted to be
perfect. Of course the system of Vedic Astrology is very vast
and elaborate, and many people nowadays have difficulty in
comprehending or correctly interpreting it. This is because the
people of Kali yuga, the present world age are much more
degraded in consciousness, memory and intelligence than the
ancient Maharishis who were present in Satya, Treta and Dwapara
yugas. For timing of the ages see section 5. So many newcomers
to Vedic astrology may find its calculation or interpretation
methods quite complicated and unreasonable. But from modern
science we also know that even the simplest cell of our organism
is incredibly complicated in its structure and function.
Therefore we should not expect
that a system describing the fate and all characteristics of a
person should be very simple and exact at the same time. We
should have the faith that the teachings of the Maharishis are
perfect, and if we follow in line with them, we will gain the
ability to understand the principles of Jyotish and apply them