Vedic Astrology and Self-knowledge
Vedic astrology is an integral part of our Vedic teachings as one of the most important aspects of Vedic knowledge. Yet we approach Vedic astrology in a way that may be different from what many people do, which is to use it simply tell their fortune. We approach Vedic astrology as a way of Self-knowledge, Self-healing and Self-realization through Yoga, Ayurveda and Vedanta – providing insight on how to understand our karmas, work with them and transcend them.
We have been critical of the superficial fortune telling that can go on under the name of astrology, East or West. That is not the authentic Vedic approach. Vedic knowledge teaches that our inner being and higher Self transcends time and karma, but to reach it we must properly harmonize our manifestation in body and mind – learning how to understand our karmas, not just pursue personal happiness.
Predictive and Counseling Models of Vedic Astrology
Vedic astrology is dominated by two main lines of interpretation; the first is predictive, while the second is counseling based. We embrace the second line primarily and have qualifications about the predictive model.
Some people, particularly in India, think that Vedic astrology can provide accurate dates for events in life from birth to death, including marriage, children, education, assumption of new jobs, moving, and so on. While Vedic astrology can help us understand important trends, it does not embrace fatalism, nor make a correct timing of our outer events the most significant factor in how we live.
We all come under certain karmic influences, both individual and collective that affect our lives, sometimes in dramatic manner. Yet we also have an ability to adapt to these influences – and through a higher consciousness utilize them in a spiritually transformational direction. Human life is a creative and spiritual unfoldment; it is not simply a working out of mechanical forces, like a ball rolling down a hill that cannot chose which way to go.
The Vedic counseling approach helps us understand the planetary influences operating in our lives and the various times at which they will likely predominate. This is not to blindly accept them as fate but to learn how to adjust to their energies in an optimal manner.
Scope of Vedic Astrological Counseling
Vedic astrology forms an important counseling model because it is the only Vedic discipline that has tools for examining all the main goals of life as Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha, as well as the underlying Arogya or physical and mental health necessary to pursue them.
Ayurveda focuses on Arogya; it deals with it in a more immediate and effective manner than Vedic astrology, but Vedic astrology may better reveal long term health trends or disease potentials.
Yoga and Vedanta orient us to Moksha or the liberation of consciousness in a direct manner, but Vedic astrology also helps us understand our readiness or timing for its pursuit.
Vedic management deals more appropriately with Artha as the goals and wealth that we wish to achieve, but Vedic astrology shows important trends and timing issues here also.
Vedic teachings on Dharma address our life purpose and action in a primary way, but Vedic astrology shows our potentials and changes in this area as well.
In short, Vedic astrology as the eye of the Vedas helps us understand the different aspects of our lives and provides us a good overview of their development. It can help us understand which Vedic disciplines may be most needed for us at any particular moment.
Vedic astrology provides a comprehensive overview that supports any type of Vedic counseling, Vedic educational approaches, or Vedic treatment measures. That is why it is important for every individual to have his or her Vedic chart examined by an astrologer trained in deeper Vedic values and insights through Yoga and Vedanta.
It is wrong to look at Vedic astrology purely in a predictive light, or to judge the efficacy of a Vedic astrologer by their ability merely to provide accurate dates for the outer events of our lives. The true role of a Vedic astrologer is that of a life counselor, helping us understand not only the outer movement of our lives, but the more important inner movement and spiritual development behind it.
There can be no lasting positive changes in life unless we develop Self-knowledge – a knowledge of who we truly are at the level of inner consciousness, not simply as outer personalities. Vedic astrology interpreted rightly helps us connect with our inner being or higher Self – that is its true purpose as is the case with all Vedic disciplines. It directs us to rituals, mantras and meditation practices to help us address the karmic limitations in our birth chart. Vedic astrology has as its true goal the higher knowledge, not simply making us successful as an ego in the material world.