Blessings to you. My name is Umapati Collins and I do jyotish astrology consultations.
The most common question I am asked is, "What is jyotish?"
Jyotish is a predictive form of astrology that is commonly referred to as Vedic or Indian astrology.
Many of the terms from western astrology are usable such as the planet names and sign names but there are fundamental differences
in their meanings and method of interpretation. Many other jyotish web sites do a fine job of discussing these differences
so I will not elaborate on them here.
Modern jyotish has its roots in the ancient Indian texts called the Vedas. Veda means "knowledge".
It is believed by Hindus that thousands of years ago, great Rishis (Spiritual Seers) cognized the four Vedas
and 6 Vedangas (limbs of the Vedas) which are the generally accepted source texts for Hinduism. Jyotish is one of the 6 Vedangas.
The Vedas tell us that everything in the universe is the manifestation of light and sound. "Jyoti" is the sanskrit name for the
divine light. Jyotish literally means "the science of light".
The stars and planets are each composed of unique vibrations of divine light which are catergorized in jyotish as
archetypical consciousness or personalities. Their placement in the heavens in relationship to our physical body at the moment of
our birth are reflected in our natal chart. They indicate the stored karma (action) that has ripened and is ready to be
experienced in our current lifetime.
Karma does not indicate a predestined life. God has granted us free will. It is the accumulation of our own past actions that
determine the virility of our karma. Just as free flowing water carves out a groove in the dirt which in turn directs the future
so does our past actions and desires carve out a restrictive groove that define our future tendencies.
Repeating an action is like adding to the flowing water which carves the groove even deeper. Eventually the groove becomes a canyon
and our life choices are greatly minimized.
There are areas of life where our karma does not restrict us at all. We are free to create with just a little effort.
Other areas of life require real effort but, desired changes can be achieved.
Finally, there are some aspects of our lives that are composed of fixed karmas.
These are areas of life that are not likely to be changed even with the greatest of efforts.
Jyotish is first a practical tool. By analyzing our karmic patterns, we can use it in making personal life decisions to improve
our security or wealth and to enhance our enjoyment in life. It's more advanced function is as a tool for spiritual growth.
According to the Vedas, our whole purpose in life is to merge with the Divine. We must empty our bank of karmas for this to happen.
We entered our physical body at birth with the purpose of burning off old karma created by our actions in past incarnations.
To burn off old karmas and not add new karma, it is vital that we lead a
dharmic life (one of righteous actions). Leading a dharmic life will help free us
from the cycle of birth and death. When properly used, jyotish provides us with a personal navigation guide for leading a