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The Role of Jyotish in Yogic Counseling

Jyotish transcends mere astrology; it embodies a deeper understanding of existence. Unlike astrology, which we eschew in all its guises, we wholeheartedly embrace Jyotish in its purest essence. This article delves into the true nature of Jyotish and its profound significance in comprehending life through educated predictions. It elucidates how Jyotish serves as a vital tool in our lives, offering insightful glimpses into our destiny. Furthermore, it elucidates the integral role of Jyotish in Yogic Counseling practices, illuminating the transformative power it holds in guiding individuals towards greater clarity and fulfillment.

Yoga is best known as The Path of Wisdom. Wisdom, according to Yogic texts, essentially comprising of 7 Gitas (Read: The 7 Gitas That Pioneered Counseling), is defined as a quality that is about realizing the Truth. Truth isn’t the same as Fact. Fact is time-sensitive. A Truth is that which is eternal. The greatest Truth is that which never changes, that “You are never that body nor that mind.” That your true self – Consciousness – is always in bliss. That the mind is always the root of all problems you face.

A wise person, according to Yogis and Rishis, is one who “Neither broods about the past nor worries about the future; they live blissfully in the present and do whatever best they can in every way they can.” Given this, to say that “Astrology is critical in Yoga” is ludicrous. Also, Jyotish is never astrology.

Jyotish is made of two Vedic Sanskrit words; namely Jyoti (Light) and Shastra (Science). It is the science of light. It is essentially astronomy. It is using the astronomical aspects of Jyotish that a pseudo-science of astrology is made. It is further convoluted with mindless terms such as “Ayurvedic Astrology,” “Vedic Astrology,” and even “Medical Astrology.” Best to say that these notions have neither scientific nor Vedic origins.

But true Jyotish is useful even to this day. The idea of timekeeping, tracking movements of celestial objects and the like have all originated from Jyotish or Jyoti Shastra. Jyoti Shastras were the first texts to explain the impact of the Moon on water bodies, and the implications of solstices on the water, forecasting the advent of seasons. And since external implications on nature have a bearing on human life, the impact of Jyotish has a substantial impact on our lives even to this day.

Apart from astronomy and weather, Jyotish Shastra also included the concept of psychology. It mentioned traits that made humans sane or insane, stupid or wise. It gives ways to make educated guesses or projections of human behaviour and results. For example, “You can’t expect to sow a seed of neem and expect an apple from it,” spoke of the obvious results. But these obvious results that must have been a matter of common sense are no longer common.

Jyotish teaches us how to make educated guesses more efficiently based on the understanding of Karma (the law of Causation) and Dharma. Since the two subjects are convoluted and distorted – a great many people make it a matter of religion rather than logic.

Jyotish is based on logic. Which is why Yogic Counseling draws heavily from it. Jyotish uses various aspects of Jyotish but particularly more on human psychology and its application in addressing the challenges of the mind. Jyotish teaches us that if we observe traits in people, we can expect their outcomes and even predict when that outcome would come.

Vidura in his Gita explains vehemently about the quality of a stupid person. And since stupidity is about doing things in a way they shouldn’t be done, they always end in troubled waters and live a life filled with confusion and chaos which then results in lifestyle diseases – including hypertension and diabetes.

Consider the following Shloka:

Analokya Vyavam Karta Hyanathaha Kalapriyaha |
Aaturaha Sarva Kshetreshu Jantavaha Samulam hi Vinashyati ||

He who spends senselessly, always engaged in mindless fights, eager to achieve success in all pursuits is a person destined for destruction.

Even today, this shloka has a bearing on our life. We can use it to project a person’s personal and professional trajectory over a period of time. For example, look at the likes of Elizabeth Holmes and Sam Bankmen-Fried in the US or Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, and the likes in India. They all were glorified in media at all times, given mindless awards like there was no end, and they spent on things they never needed just to look “Successful.” You don’t get mindless publicity without publicists and spending heavily in them, you don’t spend mindlessly the money you have hard-earned, you don’t try to pretend someone you aren’t unless you need people to believe in you and do things or give you money.

There are a great many pointers like this in the science of Jyotish which is barely known to any Jyotishis of today. There is nothing worthwhile to be had from them, and yet people go to them because they pretend to be know-alls and explain things as if true and suggest ways that can benefit them financially.

Yogic Counseling, on the other hand, uses true Jyotish and harnesses its power to make projections and educated guesses and provides alternative perspectives to situations to help people find better and sustainable solutions. Yogic Counseling doesn’t make false promises because it believes if a person is in his problem it’s because of his actions – it only tries to explain the reason why the person is in a problem. If you are in a problem then to get out of it you cannot be in the same state of mind or have the same approaches. Yogic Counseling focuses on first calming the mind, then seeing the problems as a situation and devising ways to get out of the problem. Because Yogic Counseling believes in Karma – that if you have a problem it’s because you have made it happen through your actions and only you can fix it. Others can only help with advice and resources. Yogic Counseling believes it can be done with better conversation that is blended with wisdom and logic.

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