Astrology is the language of the stars. "Astro" stands for stars and "logos" means language. It is the nuances, the reach ad the depth, ad the scope of this fascinating, language that makes up Astrology. Astrology has three main branches "Skandha Traya" viz Hora (Individual), Ganita (Mathematics), and Samhita (Collectivities). This book introduces a discerning reader to all the three branches. The introduction provides an authentic overview of the Astrological world giving an educated prospective by taking in the majestic grandeur and the amazing reach of this science, to all prospective readers who wish to seriously study this subject in greater details.
Our journey of understanding of this Vedanta commences with salutations to Mahrishi Parashara and Varahmihira, the sages who have bequeathed the Astrology knowledge to us.
Time moves on. It is a relentless march. The beautiful dawn heats itself to become noon and then wanes away to be mellow dusk. The night dies to be born a fresh day. Time marches on steadily, softly and relentlessly. Man sees his future becoming the present and his present rolling into an endless abyss of the past. The present is forever contemplating plans and carrying out endless maneuvers to brighten the future. It is here that Astrology steps in it prepares one to match steps with the strides of time. Astrology is a harmoniser interfacing between a person and his destiny. Astrology is the one that can spot the "Golden Deers" of Lust and Greed and save the abduction of Sita like wisdom. The utility of Astrology and a peep into its history are captivating expositions for a 21st century, educated upwardly mobile young population. This fascinating "Vedanga" explains that "Bharata" is "Karmabhoomi" made strong, "adhyatmic" and imperishible by our Sages, Rishis and Gurus doing "Tapas", Japas and Teerthas. One reads history and echoes Iqbals words "Hai Baat kuch aisi ki hasti mitthi nahin hamari".
The annexure on Astrology in Mughal Period is must read. It explains the depth and the hold which astrology exercised on the Mughal rulers- Babar, Humayun, Akbar, and Jahengir. It is the most secular of all educational subjects.
Learn the essentials of Karma theory see how destiny and freewill co-exist.
In the Samhita, the book introduces the reader to the fascinating Astro-Meterology. One learns and applauds the wisdom of our Rishis and marvels at the wide applicability of their observations even today. When one talks of Astro-Meteorology today, KN Rao-our revered Guru, walks in as the one who has proven the applicability of this hoary technique again and again in the modern times too. The introduction shows the glimpses for further study read KN Rao's articles in Journal of Astrology.
In Ganita learn how to cast an horoscope both in traditional and modern ways.
It gives me immense satisfaction to present this the second, revised and enlarged edition. This book has been well received. It will be my endeavour to further improve it the readers feedback is welcome.
This book has come to frutition due to the persistent and dedicated hard work of Dr. Uday Kant Misra he deservedly merits heartfelt thanks.
K Raju Nair speaks from every line of this book he has done the hard and thankless job of computerisation of this book. He is an astrologer a dedicated, spititually elevated person. He is a person of multiple talents and the book has gained by his efforts.
Ravindra Kumar- an Artillery officer has contributed the chapter on casting the horoscope by modern method. I thank him.
The students of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan have contributed in their own ways in making this an excellent book.
The diversity of subjects that have been covered in the book are due to my being taught by Shri KN Rao. I am hopeful that this presentation comes up to his standards.
It is also my pleasure to thank Shri Jain and Alpha Publications in presenting this book in such a captivating manner.
About the Book
This book provides a platform to the serious, discerning seeker of astrological essence; by providing an overview of Ganita, Hora and Samhita.
The book explains the position of Astrology in our Vadic, Pauranik, Rishi-prokta heritage.
The reader is introduced to the harmonizing influence of Astrology along with its utility; one to know what is Astrology and what are the qualifications of an astrologer.
The vexed questions of Fate and Freewill, an acquaintance with Destiny and the infallibility of Karmic ruler make for an illuminating reading.
The book trace the history of Astrology and shows its amazing reach even in times Ramayana and Mahabharata. The reach of this science and the utter dependence of the Mughal rulers-Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir is stunning. It is compelling reading and good to know the universal appeal of Astrology.
This book attempts to make the Panchanga user friendly to the non-Hindi medium group. There is introduction to Ganit learn casting of horoscope the modern and the traditional way. Samhita is introduced with a chapter on celebrated Astro-Meteorology.
This book would give a correct perspective to Astrology.
About the Authors
Col. A.K. Gour was born in Lucknow on the 9th of March 1938 in a religious brahmanical family. He graduated from University of Delhi and was commissioned in the Regiment of Artillery in December 1957 through NDA and IMA. After serving the nation for more than 3 decades, he took voluntary retirement in February 1989. <> His mother had taught him to trust God during his formative years emphasising the helplessness of an individual in controlling ones destiny. This was properly honed under the able guidance of Shri K.N. Rao where he completed his "Jyotish Visharada" and joined the faculty of Institute of Astrology, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. He being one of the brilliant, sincere and dedicated student of astrology and has contributed many astrological articles in various magazines and particularly to Journal of Astrology A research based astrological magazine of Shri. K.N. Rao.
He is the senior most faculty member, after Shri. K.N. Rao, and his seniority is quite visible in his command over this great science called Astrology. He regularly undertakes pilgrimages apart from doing regular "Havans" as per Hindu beliefs ad visit to Kailasa Manasarovara in 1990 is one his fondest pilgrim memories.
He is the most admired and loved teacher the Institute of Astrology, BVB. His teaching principles and style is such that Astrology becomes the easiest subject one can learn. Having the army background, he puts forth various tasks (lessons) in a planned way for the student to understand, contemplate and to practically follow this subject, which is the beauty of his teaching.
He is the author of the first extensively researched genuine book on "Professions", which has helped lot of students and parents in particular for analyzing the carreer of their children.
His book, "Transits The Celstial Delivery Boy", is one iof its kind in bringing out the secrets of predictive astrology of timing the events.
The present book "Introduction to Astrology" is the outcome of great demand by people after the success of his book on "Jyotish Praveshika" in Hindi. This book is the updated version of "Jyotish Praveshika" with new chapters on Astro-Meteorology, Traditional and Modern method of casting Horoscopes, Astrology and Science and Panchanga etc, are the added features of this book. This book is an eye opener for any non-believer of astrology, especially the scientist community.
He has written this book in a simple, easy to understand and systematic manner for the benefit of the society at large, which will help people in understanding this great science that was given to us by our great Rishis for understanding the law of Karma. Ironically the law if controlled by the uncontrolable Planets, which is the face of God for our limited understanding.
The readers will certainly gain knowledge and wisdom, after they go through this book once. It will help readers in understanding the very purpose of life.
Dr. Uday Kant Misra started receiving his astrological insights from the age of 9. Astrology was there is family for generations and that is the reason that he is really a master of this great science.
He is teaching in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan since 1995. He is not only a good Astrologer, but also a Master of Sri Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of Living and imparts training on Art of Living regularly.
He is thoroughly steeped in Vedic 'Samskaras'. He just exudes goodness making everyone who comes in contact with him a better person. He teaches with abundance of love and affection. His teaching is a marvels. He infuses traditional values into modern progressive thought and thus producing a unique blend.
Being a civil engineer, he has the ability to teach mathematical portion of astrology in such a simple way that students don't forget the calculations even if they are not good in calculations and his 'memory tablets' given to students for remembering Dasha's, Nakshatra's etc. are life long companion for serious astrologers.
He is the master of Hindu rites and rituals. He follows all the Vrata (fast) and Anushtans as given in our scriptures and performs 'Pooja' and 'Havans' regularly and his expertise in these can be seen during Navratras when he performs the Havan with Durga Saptshati. That is the reason that he always start his class with a prayer and ask the students to do the same, which shows the respect and dedication towards Supreme Lord and astrology.
Presently he is serving Government of India as GM in C-Dot (Centre for Development of Telematics).
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