Vedic Astrology – Jyotish
A unique, predictive and preventive ‘karmic engineering’ system that helps maintain only positive influences in our returning karmas. Jyotish gives high probability predictions, based on the ‘code’ contained in a person’s birth-chart, in all key life areas such as health, wealth, relationships, family, success and spiritual growth. It predicts when certain returning karmas will take place and offers a wide range of remedial measures to deflect returning negative karmas – making life happier and more fulfilling.
Vedic Healthcare – Ayurveda
A holistic, wellness creating system giving advice on lifestyle, daily and seasonal routines and diet to help maximise our health and prevent illness. Unlike Western medicine, the health advice varies according to our own individual mind-body type (categorised as combinations of the Ayurvedic principles Vata, Pitta and Kapha). Ayurveda has unique, low-cost, non-invasive methods for diagnosing disease and offers treatment via herbs and a range of detoxification and re-balancing programmes.
Vedic Living Spaces – Vastu
A unique planning system to create peace, positivity and harmony in the home, the local environment and the community; through the correct orientation, layout and design of buildings. It is the Vedic equivalent of the Chinese ‘Feng Shui’ and is also known as Vaastu, Yogic Design, Vedic architecture, or Sthapatya Veda. It gives advice for housing locations to avoid and how to make our homes more positive and life-supporting.
Ancient Wisdom for a Modern World
Although this is ancient Vedic wisdom, it is particularly relevant to our modern, stress filled world. It is full of practical tips and hints that can be easily applied to our everyday living. These simple Vedic principles can make a tremendous difference to our overall well-being, health and happiness.
Many of the articles appearing on this site are ‘introductory level’ articles, specifically written for Westerners new to the concepts of the Yoga related subjects of Jyotish, Ayurveda and Vastu.
Resources on Jyotish, Ayurveda and Vastu
Introduction to Jyotish
- Introduction to Vedic Astrology – Jyotish
- Vedic Astrology FAQs 1
- Vedic Astrology FAQs 2
- Origins of Jyotish Astrology
- Jyotish and Karma
Jyotish Key Concepts
- Jyotish – Sidereal Zodiac
- Jyotish – Planetary Forces
- Jyotish – Forecasting Analogies
- Jyotish – Origins of Vedic Astrology
For Western Astrologers
- Vedic and Western Astrology: Key Differences
- Vedic Astrology – A Paradigm Shift
- Jyotish – Sidereal Zodiac
- Jyotish – Origins of Vedic Astrology
Resources for Students of Jyotish
- Jyotish – Resources for students – Overview
- Planets and Their Indications
- Planetary Strengths or Powers
- Chart Formats in Jyotish Astrology
- The Twelve Houses and Their Indications
- ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Houses in Jyotish
- A Rare and Auspicious Planetary Alignment
Introduction to Ayurveda
- Introduction to Ayurveda
- Ayurveda FAQs 1
- Ayurveda FAQs 2
- Ayurveda FAQs 3
- Origins of Ayurveda
- Vata, Pitta, and Kapha Explained
Ayurveda – Top Tips
- Boosting Immunity with Ayurveda – Overview
- Ayurvedic Herbs to Boost Immunity
- Increasing Ojas to Improve Immunity
- Better Immunity through Meditation
- Strengthening Our Digestive Fire to Prevent Disease
- Ayurvedic Diet to Increase our Resistance to Disease
- Ayurvedic Lifestyle to Strengthen our Immune System
- Yoga and Pranayama to Boost Immunity
Introduction to Vastu
Top Tips for Better Homes with Vastu
- Vastu: Top Tips for Better Homes
- Vastu: Housing Locations to Avoid
- Vastu: Removing Negativity from Our Homes
Articles on Vedic Philosophy
- Vedic Model of Reality: A Scientific Perspective
- Vedic Cognition – Origins of Ayurveda
- Vedic Cognition – Origins of Jyotish Astrology
- Jyotish is one of the yoga related ancient sciences – all originate from the same Vedic tradition.
- It has withstood the long test of time – people have derived benefits from it over thousands of years.
- Jyotish has very different aims and methods from modern Western astrology. It comes from a tradition that views the cosmos and all the beings in it as part of an integrated whole.
- It is more concerned with predicting ‘returning karmas’ – compared with Western astrology’s more ‘psychological’ emphasis. Jyotish is good for solving real problems. Western astrology is great as a starting point for counselling.
- Vedic astrology has unique methods to identify when returning karmas, for better or for worse, will affect the individual. There is no equivalent to this in Western astrology.
- Jyotish astrology is also preventive – giving a whole range of ‘remedial measures’ designed to deflect negative returning karmas (which can be viewed by an astrologer on the ‘future event horizon’).
- Jyotish can be regarded as ‘Karmic Engineering’ – a means of detecting, and even deflecting, returning karmas in all areas of life.
- Unlike modern Western astrology which uses the movable Tropical Zodiac, it uses the fixed or Sidereal Zodiac (which is permanently referenced against the background of the fixed stars and has remained in the same position for thousands of years).
- Vedic astrology only uses 9 celestial objects or ‘planets’. All the information needed to make accurate predictions is contained within a person’s birth-chart. The arrangement of the 9 planets amongst the 12 signs and 27 Nakshatras (constellations or ‘lunar mansions’) is viewed as part of coded information that a Jyotish astrologer can interpret. This is similar to the highly condensed information, needed for the complete development of a person, being stored as a code in their DNA which can then be ‘read’ by scientists.
- Jyotish does not need to invent forces being emitted by planetary bodies – it deals directly with a field of information and not ‘forces’. This contrasts with Western astrology’s on-going development as more planets (and even planet-like objects) were discovered by astronomers when telescopes started to be used.
- Jyotish can also be used to predict the best time for any particular action – ‘there is a time for every purpose under heaven’. So, it will predict the best time to get married, to start a business, to begin building a house, etc. As the saying goes ‘well begun is half done’.
Ayurveda – Quick Facts
- Ayurveda is a holistic, wellness creating healthcare system.
- It an ancient Vedic science related to Yoga.
- Ayurveda is unique in that all health promoting and treatment strategies are tailored specifically to the individual.
- In this system, individuals are categorised into 7 main mind-body types according the principles of Vata, Pita and Kapha. The mind-body type is a key determinant of the advice and treatment regime recommended.
- Ayurveda uses low cost, non-invasive diagnostic techniques. Observation of the patient and a process called ‘Pulse Diagnosis’ enable an Ayurvedic Doctor to determine the degree of imbalance present in the system, the level of toxins, etc.
- Ayurveda works on a totally different model of operation of the human physiology compared with the Western medical paradigm.
- Ayurveda is not just herbal medicine, although herbs, minerals, etc. can be used as just one of a much wider range of rebalancing and detoxifying processes.
- Ayurveda gives wellbeing advice in the areas of daily and seasonal routines, diet, improving digestion and immunity, tips for mealtimes, exercise recommendations and herbal supplements to restore balance. Advice is essentially practical, with many simple to follow, health promoting tips.
- It places great emphasis on the prevention of illness and promotion of wellness – because prevention is much easier and cheaper than cure!
- Ayurvedic treatment usually involves removing toxins from the system, followed by methods to rebalance it, and then advice on how to maintain long term balance. Ayurveda also offers complete detoxification regimes called ‘Panchakarma’ – the five cleansing actions.
- It has withstood the long test of time and is well regarded by the Indian government as a useful, low cost alternative healthcare system.
- Ayurveda is not based on experiment or years of experience. It was cognised thousands of years ago in the consciousness of a great Vedic Seer or Rishi – Charaka.
- Vastu is the Vedic equivalent of ‘Feng shui’ – it creates harmonious and uplifting living spaces that support wellness and wellbeing in the occupants.
- Vastu creates ideal living and working spaces. It does so by connecting the individual with all the supportive forces of nature. It therefore links the individual’s consciousness with the universal order.
- Occupants of homes and offices designed according to Vastu principles report feeling happier, healthier and in the long term, even more prosperous.
- Vedic Architecture produces ‘well building syndrome’ – as opposed to modern building design which often produces ‘sick building syndrome’.
- While Vastu is mainly applied to homes, it can also be applied to offices, work spaces, places of worship, etc. Even whole ‘garden cities’ can be laid out according to its principles.
- Vastu is another ancient Vedic science related to Yoga – it comes from the same tradition.
- Vastu comprises a set of guidelines for the optimum orientation, layout and proportion of buildings. For example, it favours East facing main entrances, certain rooms allocated to specific directions, a quiet central area in a building, optimum sleeping directions, etc.
- It suggests a range of ‘environmental factors’ which should be considered when buying or building a new home. The aim is to maximise the positive influences of the laws of nature in the surroundings.
- If perfect alignment and environmental factors are not possible, Vastu suggests a range of mitigating strategies to make the building more harmonious and life supporting.
- Vastu is not based on experiment or experience – like other Vedic sciences it was cognised in the consciousness of fully enlightened living Masters.
- Vastu principles probably morphed thousands of years ago into the Chinese Feng shui system.