Vedic Astrology is a tool that aims to benefit every person who utilizes it.
Take a look at this verse, from the primary text on Vedic astrology, which clarifies Jyotiśha's own lofty purpose – to aid everyone.
sādhu pṛṣṭam tvayā vipra lokānugrahakāriṇā
Bṛhat Pārāśāra Horā Śāstra*, Chapter 1 verse 5
‘O Wise one, your honorable inquiry is for the aid of all beings.
Thus, to the question, “who is Vedic Astrology for?”, this quintessential text answers, “you”.
Jyotiṣh is a key part of the Vedic tradition, the whole of which was revealed to help us – from mantra recitation, to Ayurvedic remedies, to the teachings of Vedānta – the entire tradition is for the purpose of resolving the layers of our human suffering.
Jyotiṣh is for you - you who are in need of a balm for your wounds and a plan for your dreams.
In the hands of an apt practitioner, Jyotiṣh has an explicit ability to resolve a key cause of suffering, by resolving our confusion with regard to purpose or dharma.
Fundamentally, dharma can be reduced down to “that which is right”, and a dharmic life has two aspects:
When you're confused about the past, struggling in the present, or overwhelmed by the future, you may be experiencing the effect of a common human problem: discord with dharma.
But you may have noticed, your sva-dharma can be hard to decipher!
The dharmic choice can be difficult to recognize, and here are a few reasons why:
While every client and horoscope is unique, some of the core questions behind the specificity are: What is the right choice now? What should I let go of and what should I pursue? How can I understand and move forward from the past? What should I do now? How can I apply my free free will for the most success possible in this precious life? The answers to these life questions are the heart of Vedic Astrology.
The living map of specific combinations in your unique vedic horoscope provides both insight and strategy. With the aid of Jyotiṣh, you are relieved of the confusion about what to do, and you can avoid doing the wrong thing at the wrong time, or even the right thing at the wrong time.
It's a misnomer that your dharma is static.
The truth is, duty and purpose, ebb and flow with the waves of life. This makes it very tricky! What was “right” for you 10 or 20 years ago, may be shifting now. Your dharma morphs with the rhythms of time, and your horoscope provides the key to that rhythm.
It is also a misnomer that your dharma is always the obvious “go with the flow” choice. Sometimes what is right is a pleasure and a joy. But sometimes what is right is inconvenient and requires great effort. Again, Jyotiṣh can be used to clarify when strong efforts should be made for the sake of dharma, and when the easeful choice happens to be the right choice.
Jyotiṣh offers incredible clarity about when and how to apply your free will.
Left to our own impulses, we may believe we are acting on free will but are really driven by conditioning. This often leads us to jump to act at the wrong time, swim against an impossible current and flounder or even fail at what we hope for. The Vedic Astrologer can offer a practical and objective viewpoint that can guide you to get out of impulse-acting and use true free will to take the right action at the right time.
Life’s journey hands us so many twists, turns and doorways that left without wise counsel we take important decisions too lightly, or give simple ones too much heavy pressure.
Living in accord with dharma, may not always be “easy” but a dharmic life is one in which you are part of the fabric of life, you are a key thread, woven into the manifestation. The the entirety of the fabric is dependent on the individual fibers and the individual fibers become greater as part of the larger fabric.
A dharmic life is a life of a contributor, in which you uplift what is "right" above all else.
Dharma impels us to do our duty with full commitment, free from worry about the perfect outcome.
A dharmic life is one of mutual support – you contribute to the whole, and the whole supports you. Thus, what may at times require great effort, ultimately provides you with the support of the whole manifestation.
Being aligned with one’s dharma knowingly can help relieve doubts or confusions about what is right. Understanding of and commitment to pursuing dharma sooths, supports, and inspires us even in difficult times.**
Imagine doing the exact right thing, knowing it is the right thing! Suddenly what was difficult becomes more easeful.
Also imagine knowing when you can let go of the wrong thing. What a relief!
The tools of Jyotiṣh, in the hands of the practitioner allow us to advise an individual how to swim with the current - even if at times the swimming requires great effort. To align with your purpose, here and now, and from moment to moment is an invaluable gift.
Dharma is a living, breathing organism. It morphs as we commit to it. It grows, and committing to dharma, we grow as well. In this way, Vedic Astrology is here for the aid of all.
*Bṛhat Pārāśara Horā Śāstra is the classical ancient source work and go-to reference which compiles various important astrological techniques. The name translates to Pārāśāra’s Big Analysis of Natal Astrology / Astronomy. Bṛhat = big, large, compilation; Pārāśara = the author’s name; Horā = Birth Astronomy / Astrology; Śāstra= text.
** My wife, Kaya Mindlin, teaches Dharma in the context of the Bhagavad Gītā, the most essential text on how to live a life of spiritual growth in the midst of life. Her approach is meaningful, deep, funny, smart and a true balm for human suffering and desire. This text begins and ends with the word "dharma" and its teaching is threaded throughout. You can still join this online program, learn more here.