Thursday, August 12, 2010


It is impossible ascertain the exact time of origin of our astrology. Even the most famous historians differ wildly, from 1200 BC to 2500 BC while trying to fix our Vedic period. A lot of them, especially the westerners, still study India based on the Mahenjadaro and Harappan discoveries, which were discovered in the 1920’s!! Several archeological discoveries of recent times date our culture to 7500 BC, making it the ancient most civilization in the world. Our astrology has details of the horoscopes of Lord Krishna, Lord Rama and many other ancient Indian kings and queens, recorded thousands of years ago. The Bhishma Parva and Udyoga Parva chapters of Mahabharata mention many astrological descriptions and omens just before the Mahabharata war. It also describes a period of draught with several planetary combinations. There is also a very clear reference about two eclipses, a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse occurring, creating a rare 13 day lunar fortnight. Available scientific research data shows that the Mahabharata war must have occurred either in 3129 BC or 2559 BC. According to the Hindu Panchangas, maintained from ages, Kaliyuga era is counted from February 17/18 midnight 3102 BC. Hindu epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana have been written off as myths by the western historians. However the recent discovery of the submerged ancient city Dwaraka, (the site of the legendary city of Lord Krishna, which got submerged in the sea after the death of Lord Krishna), led by Dr. S.R. Rao of the Marine Archaeology Unit of the National Institute of Oceanography of India lends a lot of credence to our mythology. Various texts attribute the origin of Indian astrology to various gods and Rishis. It is futile to ascertain who was the originator. The most popularly followed astrological classics today are the ones written by Rishis like Parashara, Varahamihira, Garga, Jaimini and their followers. People in those days had no satellites or telescopes and yet the planetary positions and their motions recorded by them are as accurate as the planetary positions and degrees recorded today using the space satellites. Our ancient astrologers used their divine intuition to record these planetary movements and their effects on us.

Astrology has a twofold purpose. On one hand it is used as a tool to select the right month the right date and the right time to start various auspicious rites and rituals so that the results are better. On the other hand it is used as a guide to study the destiny of an individual.

Saturday, June 5, 2010



¬Astrology seems to have made no progress since the
days of Claudius Ptolemaeus, who wrote nearly two
thousand years ago, and his "Tetrabiblos" is undoubt-
edly the best text-book on the subject existing today.
Modern astrologers, notably Kepler, have introduced
some changes, and made large claims, which Ptolemy
did not venture to do. He said specifically that the
science of astrology does not enable any man to predict
particular events, and there are certain things which no
rational man would think of foretelling. His method of
prediction was precisely that of the modern doctor, who
says that a disease will run a certain length of time, that
a certain constitution must have care or it will break
down, that from external appearances one man should
make a good blacksmith, another a good orator, and
so forth. The positions of the stars help us to analyze
more subtle physical conditions, not subject to external
observation. But the whole ground of prediction is
simply a knowledge of the physical, mental and moral
condition of a human being from birth. If we know
that the germs of hereditary consumption exist in a
child from birth, we can predict that he will die of the
disease, and may judge the time with tolerable accuracy.
And if we know the mode of crystallization, we have as
it were a chart of latent germs.

PTOLEMY as Cartographer

Ptolemy gave details on how to create maps both of the whole inhabited world (oikoumenè) and of the Roman provinces. In the second part of the Geographia he provided the necessary topographic lists, and captions for the maps. His oikoumenè spanned 180 degrees of longitude from the Blessed Islands in the Atlantic Ocean to the middle of China, and about 80 degrees of latitude from The Shetlands to anti-Meroe (east coast of Africa); Ptolemy was well aware that he knew about only a quarter of the globe, and an erroneous extension of China southward suggests his sources did not reach all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

The maps in surviving manuscripts of Ptolemy's Geographia, however, date only from about 1300, after the text was rediscovered by Maximus Planudes. It seems likely that the topographical tables in books 2-7 are cumulative texts - texts which were altered and added to as new knowledge became available in the centuries after Ptolemy .This means that information contained in different parts of the Geography is likely to be of different date.


Claudius Ptolemaeus (Greek: Κλαύδιος Πτολεμαῖος Klaúdios Ptolemaîos; c. AD 90 – c. 168), known in English as Ptolemy was a Roman citizen of Egypt who wrote in Greek.He was a mathematician, astronomer, geographer, astrologer and a poet of a single epigram in the Greek AnthologyHe lived in Egypt under Roman rule, and is believed to have been born in the town of Ptolemais Hermiou in the Thebaid. He died in Alexandria around AD 168.

Ptolemy was the author of several scientific treatises, at least three of which were of continuing importance to later Islamic and European science. The first is the astronomical treatise now known as the Almagest (in Greek, Ἡ Μεγάλη Σύνταξις, "The Great Treatise", originally Μαθηματικὴ Σύνταξις, "Mathematical Treatise"). The second is the Geography, which is a thorough discussion of the geographic knowledge of the Greco-Roman world. The third is the astrological treatise known sometimes in Greek as the Apotelesmatika (Ἀποτελεσματικά), more commonly in Greek as the Tetrabiblos (Τετράβιβλος "Four books"), and in Latin as the Quadripartitum (or four books) in which he attempted to adapt horoscopic astrology to the Aristotelian natural philosophy of his day

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Maharshi vastu


The principles of orientation in Maharishi Sthapatya Veda are based on the position of the sun, considered by MVS to be the most powerful natural influence on Earth. Aligned with the rising sun, an East-facing house is considered most auspicious for the building's inhabitants. The other three cardinal directions also have their corresponding influences. Homes with entrances facing west invite "poverty, lack of creativity and vitality",and "anxiety, depression, bad luck and even criminal tendencies". According to the MVS official website, the west direction is said to have the influence of poverty and lack of vitality or creativity, the north direction has the influence of prosperity and happiness and the south direction has the influence of negativity, problems and suffering.

When a house for a particular individual is being designed, the placement of the building and its rooms are carefully planned according to their intended usage and the influence of the sun as it moves throughout the day. Rooms are placed to "take in the sun's light as it passes overhead". Windows and skylights are also used to allow as much natural sunlight as possible to enter the building.An aspect of MVS called "Vastu Vidya" determines the places in the building that are used for generating and storing natural elements like fire and water; heating and plumbing Bathrooms fixtures such as sinks and mirrors also have a particular placement according to MSV.

The rule for proper proportion in MVS is symmetry. Symmetry is orderly and in a symmetrical system every part is related to every other part. MVS says that there is an ideal proportion for every room in a home or office. Also, the length, width and elevation of the building are individually calculated using the ancient Vedic mathematical formulas and requires a level of construction precision that includes a one eighth inch error tolerance.

MVS planning and building is said to take into account the effects of the sun, moon, planets and stars and also using the poles and the equator as reference points. The measurements and proportions are calculated in reference to proportions of the human physiology and the cosmos. This results in building proportions that are in harmony with nature.

One unique feature of a MVS or "Vedic building" is a center space called a 'Brahmasthan', serving as a "silent core" which is "never walked on" and is "lit by a skylight". The Brahmastan is said to act as the "nucleus" or axis point for the structure like the nucleus of a cell or an atom.

Other unique features include a perimeter designation called a 'vastu fence'. This boundary line may consist of shrubs or a metal, stone or wood fence. Another feature is a "small, golden, roof ornament" or cupola, called a 'kalash'.

Three "special ceremonies" performed on "auspicious dates" are recommended by MSV. These include a ground breaking in which is described as digging a precise square hole while facing East, adding organic fertilizer and "sacred water" from India and making statements of goodwill and success for the new construction. A cornerstone laying and moving in ceremony complete the trio of recommended procedures.

Maharshi Vastu,mix of OLD AND NEW

Maharishi Sthapatya Veda (MSV) concept advocated by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi andpurportedly a school of "architecture" based on the Hindu tradition of Vastu Shastra.

MVS is said to be based on "ancient Sanskrit texts".MSV emphasizes the use of natural or "green" building materials such as wood, bricks, adobe, rammed earth, clay, stucco and marble. Other natural fibers such as wood, paper, cotton and wool are used in the interiorThe MVS architect also considers the slope and shape of the lot, exposure to the rising sun, location of nearby bodies of water and the other buildings or activities in the nearby environment.Items in the nearby environment, such as high tension wires and microwave towers, are avoided.

According Maharishi Global Construction LLC (MGC) in Fairfield, Iowa, building a home according to the principles of MSV "connects the individual intelligence of the occupant of the house to the cosmic intelligence of the universe".Craig Pearson, Executive Vice President of Maharishi University of Management (MUM), says that spending time in buildings that follow these principles makes one smarter