The Vedic and the Vedas
Approximately 5,000 to 8,000 years ago the Vedic civilization may its way in the India. During that period, this culture created several methodologies to help them understand life and relief people from its sufferings: such as Yoga, the Kamasutra, the Ayurveda medicine, the Vedic mathematics and the Vedic astrology.
As a cultural, religious movement within society, the Vedic people started developing a collection of hymns, prayers and mantras, called the Vedas. These Vedas globalized the sacred knowledge of the whole universe. They are written in Sanskrit and have been studied for the last couple of centuries by millions of people. One of the main teachings in the Vedas is that all creations were and are equal, thus, bound together by an immense and divine love, so, there is no distinction per se between animals, individual human beings, plants, etc. because everything was created by the sacred.
Also referred to as ‘Jyotish’. This is a branch of the Vedic culture that involves the studies of astrology. Jyotish astrology is based under the believe that all things are linked. Karma (whether ‘good or bad’) has simply been determined by a design that the cosmos made even before the person was born.
At the time of birth, the specific planetary positions will indicate many things, such as traits about the strengths and weaknesses of the individual’s personality, how the character is likely to be, or whether the person will have a good life or not. Just like in Western Astrology, a birth or natal chart can then be drawn up upon all the given information and this will allow the person to understand the important events in their lives.
However, unlike Western astrology, Vedic astrology uses the sidereal zodiac; in other words, the zodiac is based on a fixed and observable position of the constellations, as seen in the sky. In high contrast to Western astrology that uses the tropical sun, influenced by the changeable position of the sun.
This is a map-like information on the planets that influence during the moment of birth and subsequent life, this then allows the dashas (system that specifies a period of time), to be arranged. The dashas are used by the astrologer to ‘see’ when an event will occur in a person’s life. This is the reason why Vedic astrology remains important in the lives of many Hindus, because it is not only used to predict the good or the bad, but it is also used to name newborn babies thanks to their charts, or to see whether a new business should be opened or not or whether the union of two people in marriage will succeed or not. Vedic astrology is intrinsic to the Hindu culture, because of their own nature of being connected with all, due to its closeness to each other and their respect to the earth and its creatures.
Can Vedic be Veridical?
So, with all of this in line, can Vedic Astrology be predictive? Dashas provide with a greater accuracy than what the Western astrology could ever do, simply because they help to have an overall look instead of a more meticulous look on a specific matter. The siddhis (or metaphysical powers) that the Vedic sages (thinkers) displayed, only further up the extent to which the research and knowledge on an astrological level was.
The Bhrigu Samhita astrology system was designed by Bhrigu who was a disciple of Shiva. This is a great example of how to map human consciousness. It was created through a yogic power called ‘citta siddhi’ which is an ancient power in the Vedic scriptures that allows minds to be read. With his own perceptions in place, he drew a general comparison on how human beings will be, as humanity, up until the end of life or the end of the solar system. He spoke about how the evolution will occur, what humans will do, and how situations will happen to people according to the combinations of the charts.
Bhrigu then had disciples of his own who continued mapping a person’s life. However, the interpretation sometimes made was not always accurate, because it always depends on the expertise of the person reading it, or on the willingness the person who receives it has.
Furthermore, there has been some well-known international mistakes made by Vedic astrologers in the India, for example, when they failed to predict the war between Indian and Pakistan in 1982. They also failed to predict the assassination of Gandhi. This has given Indian’s scientific community the opportunity to speak out against the importance that the Vedic Astrology has in the country, because there are no scientific methods or scientific background that backs up the knowledge that the ancient Vedic astrology has put on display.