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The Philosophy and Psychology of Jyotish

A new renaissance for the New Age


Maharishi Brighu

 


 

The word ‘Jyotish’ comes from the Sanskrit language. "Jyoti" meaning light, "ish" the prefix of the Sanskrit word ‘Ishwar’ or God means ‘made of’, so Jyotish mean "Made of Light", "The Light of God" or in other words "The study of Light." The word Light is the keyword here. Though Jyotish uses the Graha (Planets) in its calculations, it does not mean that the Planets rule or govern us, they are used as a metaphor, a device in this science. We should not take it too literally, but unfortunately, many traditional Astrologers do. Jyotish is the science of our existence in this physical, astral and causal body and our relationship with Nature (God). The existence out there is macrocosm and the existence within the body is the microcosmic of the same. My definition is that Jyotish is the study of that microcosmic.

Indian philosophy and yoga sutras mention the seven bodies, the seven chakras (psychic centers) within our body. The first is at the base of the spine and the last is above the head. The cosmic power (energy), Kundalini, known as the serpent power is in the spine. All the clues are given here. But many astrologers miss the point. They study Jyotish in a traditional way, but they do not try to understand the psychology and philosophy of it. My attempt is to bring about a renaissance, a new consciousness of Jyotish.

Jyotish, the science can be explained by a simple physics experiment. When we pass a beam of light through a prism, the light refracts and opens a spectrum of seven colors. Here the prism is the physical body, the beam of light is the soul, the study of this spectrum is Jyotish and the source of that beam of light is God. The energy that sustains all is The Kundalini the all pervading cosmic energy.

The seven colors of the spectrum complement the seven planets. There are two extra un-illumined planets called Rahu and Ketu. They are the North and South Poles of that spectrum. Western Astrology also have these nodes, they are termed Dragon’s Head and Dragon’s Tail respectively. Hence in Jyotish there are seven planets and two nodes. These planets are devices used in this science, just as a clairvoyant use a crystal ball as a device to predict.

Jyotish uses a set of formulas. This science can predict events in one’s life whether they are humans, animals or even the planets themselves. In fact, Jyotish is the map of the soul’s journey in God or in other words a journey back to Godhead. In India this is called - Karma (the happening). As a matter of fact one’s Past, Present and Future lives are known. This science is very vast. Everybody’s spectrum is unique and when this spectrum is represented graphically it is called the Rasi Chakra or Birth or Natal Chart. The Rasi Chakra tells us about the individual’s personal and physical characteristics, financial position, relationships, academic achievements, past lives, health, spousal happiness, disgrace and illnesses, spiritual attainments, occupation or means of livelihood, freedom from misery and gain, divine knowledge and Moksha (salvation) or the state of existence after death.

Questions arise about Birth, sickness and death and remedial measures, I will give you a reference from the Bhagawad Gita, Sri Krishna explained to Arjun that the soul sitting in the body thinks that he is the doer of activities in this physical, astral and causal body. But all these are mere ego of the soul in this body and mind. For the mind misleads. All our actions are controlled. Our life is predestined - our Birth, our Life and our Death. The Doer of all actions is the Supreme Disinterested Worker of this Universe who we call Krishna. By the way, this is the meaning of the word Krishna." The Krishna is also made of three words – ‘Kr’ means ‘worker’, ‘ish’ means ‘God’ and ‘na’ means ‘beyond mind’; so when we put all these together we get ‘Disinterested Worker beyond the mind who is God or Ishwar of this Universe.’

Traditionally sicknesses or bad events in life are termed as Graha. Masses are generally instructed to perform Graha Puja to overcome such events. But I can tell you that Graha Pujas do not work or help. By doing such actions one is only cutting the sick branches, whilst the seed of sickness is somewhere else. Nothing has been done to remove the damaged seed that lies in the consciousness of the soul. Many of my clients have reported that they were instructed to perform a Graha Puja or they will die. Scared, these innocent people perform these Graha Pujas. One should learn to be responsible for their actions and not blame the planets. Man has crossed the solar system, landed on Mars lately; still ignorant people worship these planets?

Accumulated negative happenings from the past (whether this life or past life) causes sickness. Sickness does not come suddenly, but it happens gradually. But its eruption is suddenly. Let’s say one was diagnosed to have diabetes, now that can come from inherited genetic hormones or it could be from accumulated over-indulgence of sweets in childhood, or alcohol abuse, etc. Again I mention Sri Krsn in the Bhagawad Gita (Chapter 2.42-43) "Arjun, those who are full of worldly desires and devoted to the letter of the Vedas, who look upon heaven, as the supreme goal and they argue that there is nothing beyond heaven are unwise. They utter flowery speech recommending many rituals of various kinds for the attainment of pleasure and power with rebirth as their fruit. Those, whose minds are carried away by such words, and who are deeply attached to pleasure and worldly power, cannot attain the determinate intellect concentrated on God.

Jyotish is not only the study of the planets in relation to human behavior or a device to predict past, present or future. It is a Yogic science that shows how one can attain Godhead, what state of life ‘Dasha’ and what direction ‘Disha’ the soul has reached on this journey in God. ‘Dasha’ means state of life in Sanskrit and ‘Disha’ direction of life that one is heading for. "Unfortunately, the science of Jyotish is very much misunderstood and ill conceived."

It is wisely said, "Fools allow planets to rule them, but a wise man rules the Planets". Jyotish can advise what ailments or sicknesses one could have and when. Remedial measures are Meditation, Hypnosis and PG Programming (PG means Pituitary Gland). The PG programming is a new technique that I developed over the last six years and is designed to communicate with the etheric body of a person and heal. Patanjali Sutra declares that with meditation, concentration and inspirational vision anything is possible in this universe.

"Death, is a birth into a different dimension. To understand more one should study the Bhagawad Gita, Patanjali Sutra, and the Upanishads including Jyotish and learn meditation from a bona fide Master. Traditional study of Jyotish or any scripture is obsolete in this age; a new consciousness, a new understanding is needed."

Tradition is no part of me; therefore I am studying the scriptures in an unconventional way, a new way. Why? "Tradition has badly damaged the consciousness of Man and we need to change in this New Age. Man is in a schizophrenic state and this is all due to tradition, because tradition puts guilt and condemnation in Man’s consciousness. Man has become a beggar, not knowing his true existence and that he is the Master of his own destiny! Every Enlightened Master encourages meditation. Only meditation can release the potential of man. That is your birthright!"

The Philosophy and Psychology of Jyotish as I understand is "Yes, We are God, but we are missing Godliness, our quest to find our true self, our true reality. Traditionally, we are taught to love others as we love ourselves, but how can we love others, when we cannot learn to love ourselves? To me "Love Thy Neighbor" does not mean the person next door; it means your inner person - the seven bodies that we are made of first then share our experiences of Love.

Traditional chanting of mantras is a mental substitute; it is a deception, for the mind is very tricky. Tradition tells you to create a false sound within yourself as if your heart is speaking - it is not. Praying to manmade imaginary images and expecting salvation is not going to help. Man has to put his effort in himself, nobody is going to help you, and you have to help yourself. Paying someone else to pray for you is not going to help. My observation is that tradition is only a moneymaking machinery and there is nothing to gain. Meditation is the only key to open the door of your true self. To learn to meditate one has to find a true bona fide Master and that is very difficult to find. One should quest and not request."

Jyotish calculates a life span of 120 years to every entity born on earth, whether it is humans, plants, aquatics, or birds. But we do not live so long. We die before that, for the movements of one or more than one planet causes the person’s death. When, How or Where a person will die can be predicted. The first four years of a child born here is influenced by his mothers’ Karma. Here the meaning of Karma is – the happening. One cannot blame or pray to God or man-made images, for the long life of a dying mother or child. No one is to be blamed. That’s how it is. The next four years from the age of four to eight the child life is under the karma of his father, same injunctions apply. Then from the age of eight to twelve, the child is under the karma of his past live. If his past life karma is good, the child dies for there is no more karma to undo or to do. He leaves this dimension and is born in another one. But if the child karma is not good or he has not undone his past life karma he lives up to the age of twelve and goes beyond that age.

When the child goes beyond the age of twelve hes’s allocated 50 million karmas to undo or to do. Attachment to Parents, Spouse, Children, Siblings, Dharma (Religion), Kama (Pleasures), Artha (Wealth) and Moksha (Salvation) gives rise to Karma. And these Karmas are linked with one’s breathing pattern. A healthy person breathes 16 times a minute, in a day he breathes 23,040 times; in one-year approx. 8.5 million and in a life span of 65 years he breathes 548 million times. Attachment increases Karma and meditation dissolves Karma. These Karmas are subject to multiply with the objects of attachments. So if you have a desire to eat ice cream you should fulfill that desire within 11 breaths otherwise your allocated karmas will be increasing. But there is a way to dissolve karmas – the only way … Meditation.

Many times we hear someone say that a person is suffering because of his bad karma from his past life. This is a very irresponsible statement, for the speaker himself is here too. No one in this dimension is happy, those who have every material happiness or have lived a life of consuming all, he is unhappy for he is looking for something more. Those who do not have material happiness are unhappy too, for they too want to consume. No one is happy here. For all this unhappiness is due to the mind, conformism, religion and society’s man made dos and don’ts.

Jyotish is a Yogic Science – Meditation. Many times a question is asked, "What is Meditation"? My Master Osho answers: "Meditation is a state of no mind. Meditation is a state of pure consciousness with no content. Ordinarily, your consciousness is too full of dogmas or rubbish that tradition conforms on you, just like a mirror covered with dust. This mind is a constant traffic: thoughts are moving, desires are moving, memories are moving, ambitions are moving – it is a constant traffic! Day in, day out, it is dreaming. It is still thinking; it is still in worries and anxieties. It is preparing for the next day; an underground preparation is going on. This is the state of no meditation. Just the opposite is meditation. When there is no traffic and thinking has ceased, no thoughts move, no desire stirs, you are utterly silent – that silence is meditation. And in that silence the ultimate truth is known, and never otherwise. Meditation is a state of no-mind.

And you cannot find meditation through the mind, because mind will perpetuate itself. You can find meditation only by putting the mind aside, by being cool, indifferent, unidentified with the mind; by seeing the mind pass, but not getting identified with it, not thinking that I am it.

Meditation is the awareness that I am not the mind. When the awareness goes deeper and deeper in you, slowly, a few moments arrive – moments of silence, moments of pure space, moments of transparency, moments when nothing stirs in you and everything is still. In those still moments you will know who you are, and you will know the mystery of this existence.

A day comes, a day of great blessings, when meditation becomes your natural state. Mind is something unnatural; it never becomes your natural state. But meditation is a natural state – which we have lost. It is a paradise lost, but the paradise can be regained. Look into the child’s eyes, look and you will see tremendous silence, innocence. Each child come with a meditative state, but he has to be initiated into the ways of the society – he has to be taught how to think, how to calculate, how to reason, how to argue; he has to be taught words, language, concepts. And slowly slowly, he loses contact with his own innocence. He becomes contaminated, polluted by the society. He becomes an efficient mechanism; his no more a man.

All that is needed is to regain that space once more. You have known it before, so when for the first time you know meditation, you will be surprised – because a great feeling will arise in you as if you have known it before. And that feeling is true; you have known it before. You have forgotten. The diamond is lost in piles of rubbish. But if you can uncover it, you will find the diamond again – it is yours.

It cannot really be lost; it can only be forgotten. We are born as meditators, and then we learn the ways of the mind. But our real nature remains hidden somewhere deep down like an undercurrent. Any day, a little digging, and you will find the source still flowing, the source of fresh waters. And the greatest joy in life is to find it.

So the first thing is to know what meditation is. Everything else follows. I cannot say to you that you should do meditation, I can only explain to you what it is. If you understand me, you will be in meditation; there is no should to it. If you don’t understand me, you will not be in meditation.

Meditation is nothing but coming back home, just to have a little rest inside. It is not the chanting of a mantra, it is not even a prayer; it is just coming back home and having a little rest. Not going anywhere is meditation, just being where you are; there is no other ‘where’ – just being there where you are, just occupying only that space where you are…"

How one can meditate? Osho said, "One has to begin from the physical. Then every other step opens up for you. The moment you work on the first body, you have glimpses of the second. So begin from the physical. Be aware of it moment to moment and not only outwardly aware. You can become aware of your body from the inside also. The inner feeling is quite different. So the feeling of the body from within is the first step."

"First, and the most basic, is muladhar - that's why it is called muladhar: muladhar means the most fundamental, the basic. ‘Mul’ means the basic, of the roots. The muladhar chakra is the centre where sex energy is right now available, but the society has damaged that chakra very much. Sex has been condemned so much you cannot enjoy it. And that's why energy remains fixated somewhere: oral, anal, genital. It cannot go upwards. Man has to be relieved, de-structured from these three things. So the first great work has to happen in the muladhar. For oral freedom: screaming, laughing, shouting, crying, weeping, is very helpful. That's why my choice of encounter, gestalt, primal and that type of groups - they are all helpful to relieve the oral fixation. And to relieve you of the anal fixation, pranayam, bastrika -fast chaotic breathing - is very helpful, because it hits directly on the anal centre and makes you able to relieve and relax the anal mechanism.

And then the sex centre: the sex centre has to be relieved of the burden of guilt, condemnation. You have to start relearning about it; only then can the damaged sex centre function in a healthy way. You have to start relearning to enjoy it - without any guilt." Hence Osho devised dynamic meditation which is of tremendous value. More information is available; this is just the tip of the iceberg. Please inquire here at World of Osho Web Site

These nine planets are given portfolios and they are as follows: Sun is the soul. Moon is your intuition. Mars is your anger, your aggressiveness to move forward. Mercury is your intelligence and communication. Jupiter is your godliness and inner quest to find the ultimate truth. Venus is your mundane desires, sexual desires and love for God. Saturn is your perfecting perfection for nothing is perfect in this existence. Rahu is your ability to rebel against the norms of society and your ability to renounce attachments. Ketu is your depressed mind, anxieties, suicidal tendencies and also he is Moksha-karaka, meaning the giver of salvation to move from one consciousness to a higher one.

The twelve zodiac signs represent the following parts of the human body. Aries, Head and brain. Taurus, Facial features. Gemini, Lungs and heart region. Cancer, Stomach and intestines. Leo, Liver and lower intestines. Virgo, pancreas and solar plexus. Libra, Kidneys and inner and outer sexual reproductive organs. Scorpio, Excretory system and bladder. Sagittarius, Arterial system. Capricorn, the skeleton in general. Aquarius, Blood circulation, eyes and breath. Pisces, the lymphatic system. More details are given in a medical astrology analysis.

These planets are allocated various parts of the body. Here this study can be very helpful in overcoming various sicknesses and ailments. Also to balance the chakras. My analysis is as follows:

CHAKRAS - BASIS OF JYOTISH - A comparative study

BASE CHAKRA - Muladhara

Symbol: Four petalled lotus, seat of the Kundalini, roots, foundation, standing with both feet on the ground.

Color: Red

Element: Earth.

Sense: Smell.

Keynote: Will power, manifestation in the physical world.

Parts of the Body: Spine, blood, nervous system, bladder, external reproductive organs.

Gems: Smokey Quartz, Red Garnet, Obsidian.

Deficient Expression: No confidence, difficulties in grounding one-self, weak, unable to fulfil task, no go for it, self-destructive.

Sexual Energy: Feelings of unworthiness, insecurity, little sexual drive, masochistic tendencies.

Excessive Expression: Egocentric, dominant, greedy, and violent.

Sexual Energy: Indiscriminate, nervous sexual energy, focused on purely physical/genital aspects of sex, sadistic tendencies.

Balanced Expression: Well centered and grounded, self-controlled, healthy, lively, abundant physical energy, able to fully use energy of manifestation in the physical world.

Sexual Energy: Affectionate, open, vulnerable, and sensual.

The effects of excessive expression can be counter-balanced by the Color Blue (Saturn).

SACRAL CENTER - Svadhisthana Chakra

Symbol: six petalled lotus, receptivity, creativity, intuition, emotion, seat of the vital force.

Color: Pastel Rose.

Element: Water.

Sense:Taste.

Keynote: Desire.

Parts of the Body: skin, internal reproductive organs, pelvic, kidneys.

Crystals: Tiger's Eye, Carnelian.

Deficient Expression: Shyness, timidity, fear, touch, over-sensitive, self-negating, emotionally repressed, guilt complex, distrust.

Sexual Energy: Clingy, guilt feelings, tendency to be abused, frigid/impotent.

Excessive Expression: emotionally explosive, aggressive, over-ambitious, manipulative, illusioned, over-indulgent, self-concern, can't distinguish between own and other people's feelings.

Sexual Energy: Obsessed with sexual thoughts, excessive sexual gratification, sees others as sex objects.

Balanced Expression: Open hearted, optimistic, concern for others, imaginative, union with another, attuned to own emotions.

Sexual Energy: Orgasmic, Ecstasy.

The effects of excessive expression can be counter-balanced by the Deep Violet Color (Jupiter).

SOLAR PLEXUS CENTER - Manipuraka Chakra

Symbol: Ten petalled lotus, Jewel of the Navel, center of strength, self-development leading to self-fulfillment, finding one's task.

Color: Soft Yellow

Element: Fire.

Sense: Sight.

Keynote: Self-fulfillment.

Parts of the Body: Diaphragm, skin, adrenals, digestive and abdominal organs, abdominal region.

Crystals: Turquoise, Malachite, Citrine.

Deficient Expression: Depressive, lack of confidence, confusion, controlled by other people's expectations, fear of loneliness.

Sexual Energy: Insecure, need approval and reassurance, jealous, distrustful, intolerant, judgmental, workaholic, perfectionist, mentally highly strung and over intellectual, difficulty to relax, authority complex.

Sexual Energy: Demanding, testing and complaining.

Balanced Expression: Extrovert, joyful, respect of self and others, personal power, on the path to fulfil personal task, skillful, intelligent, in the flow, spontaneous, expressive, enjoys challenges (physical and mental).

Sexual Energy: Caring, responsible, sensitive, cares for partner's fulfilment and satisfaction, uninhibited, emotionally warm.

The effects of excessive expression can be counter-balanced by the White Color (Sun).

HEART CENTER - Anahata Chakra

Symbol: Twelve petalled lotus, balance, harmony, spiritual quest, yin/yang balance.

Color: Emerald Green

Element: Air

Sense: Touch

Keynote: Love.

Parts of the Body: .Heart, Lungs, Immune system, lymph glands, thoracic region..

Crystals: Emerald, Green Jade, Rose Quartz, Aventurine, Watermelon, Tourmaline, Malachite.

Deficient Expression: Self-pity, paranoid, indecisive, fears letting go, being free, emotional pain and loneliness.

Sexual Energy: Feeling unworthy of love, needs assurance, can't reach out.

Excessive Expression: Demanding, critical, possessive, moody, melodramatic, manic-depressive, manipulative of others through money, martyr complex.

Balanced Expression: Balanced, compassionate, empathetic, humanitarian, looks for the positive in everyone, nurturing, loving, warm, cares for community, discriminating, in touch with own feelings.

Sexual Energy: surrender to love, love as a body/soul/mind experience.

The effects of excessive expression can be counter-balanced by the Emerald Color (Mercury).

THROAT CENTER - Vishuddha Chakra

Symbol: Sixteen petalled lotus, opening of the spirit, purity.

Color: Blue

Element: .Ether

Sense: Hearing

Keynote: Free expression of thoughts and feelings.

Parts of the Body: .Throat, thyroid, nerves, ears, muscles.

Crystals:.Sodalite, Azurite, Lapis Lazuli, Clear Quartz Crystal.

Deficient Expression: Fear, retentive, quiet, unreliable, weak, devious, unable to express thoughts.

Sexual Energy: can't relax, conflict with spiritual outlook, fear of sex.

Excessive Expression: arrogance, self-righteous, talkative, dogmatic.

Sexual Energy: strong sex drive, macho, domineering.

Balanced Expression: Contented, centered, self-contained, lives in the here and now, sense of timing, expressive, inspired, grasps spiritual wisdom.

Sexual Energy: free flowing sexual energy, can be channeled into creative expression or spiritual growth process, tantric practices, bliss.

The effects of excessive expression can be counter-balanced by the red color (Mars).

THIRD EYE CENTER - Ajna Chakra

Symbol: two petalled lotus, command, Christ consciousness.

Color: Deep Violet

Element: .Mind, electric/telepathic energy

Sense: Thought

Keynote:Clarity

Parts of the Body: .the brain, sensory organs, pineal and pituitary gland.

Crystals:.Sodalite, Amethyst, Fluorite Cluster.

Deficient Expression: Lacks assertiveness, undisciplined, insensitive to other peoples feelings, fear of success, schizophrenic tendency.

Excessive Expression: autocratic, ego-maniac, proud, manipulative, religiously dogmatic, authoritarian.

Balanced Expression: Charisma, seeker of knowledge and truth, able to receive guidance, cosmic consciousness, unattached to material things, no fear of transformation or death, live their truth.

Sexual Energy: Androgynous, complete inner balance, no need for partner (celibacy).

The effects of excessive expression can be counter-balanced by the Pastel Color (Venus).

CROWN CENTER - Sahasrara Chakra

Symbol: Thousand Petalled Lotus

Color: White

Element: .Spirit, Cosmic Energy

Sense: Seventh Sense, ESP

Keynote: ?

Parts of the Body: .Pituitary and pineal gland, nervous system, brain.

Crystals: Lapis Lazuli, Purple, Blue, Gold or White Fluorite, Amethyst, Clear Quartz Crystals.

Deficient Expression: No spark of Joy, catatonic, unable to make own decisions.

Excessive Expression: Frustration, unrealized potential, psychotic, depressed, manic-depressive, destructive.

Sexual Energy: Changeable from passionate to distant.

Balanced Expression: In harmony with the divine spirit, able to control power, can work miracles and transcend the laws of physical reality, access to the unconscious contents of the soul, no fear, no attachment.

The effects of excessive expression can be counter-balanced by the Soft Yellow (Sun and Jupiter).

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