Astrology & Hinduism

Astrology, which includes astronomy, has performed an important role in Hinduism since ancient times. The oldest existing scripture Rig-Veda has … Continued

Astrology, which includes astronomy, has performed an important role in Hinduism since ancient times.

The oldest existing scripture Rig-Veda has references to eclipses. Jyotisha-vedanga contains shlokas about astrology. Legendary sage Bhrigu is said to have perfected astrology and put together astrological charts laying out the horoscopes of everybody born or yet to be born in the universe. Gargi-samhita (230 AD), an astronomical work, contains a chapter from 50 BCE titled Yuga-purana. Mathematician/astronomer Varahamihira (505-587 AD) is known to have written on horoscopes. Yavana-jataka is another astrological study. Bhattopala authored the astrological work Hora-Shastra in 15th century and Nilakantha brought Tajika in 16th century.

The University Grants Commission, a statuary body of India Government, has been quoted as saying, “…there is an urgent need to rejuvenate the science of Vedic Astrology in India…” About four dozen universities and institutions in and outside India, including Banaras Hindu University, M.S. University of Baroda, and University of London, offer astrology courses. Many annual astrological almanacs are published in India.

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  • Ash

    Please be honest. Astrology does not “include” astronomy by any modern definition of the words. You’ll never find a scientific study of, say, the cosmic microwave background focusing on its influence on human destinies.One way of identifying crackpot beliefs is by noting the non-crackpot ideas that believers try to associate with to help make their nonsense seem more respectable. You might fool yourself, but you ain’t foolin’ me.

  • jyhume

    “Whether this gives better results is highly-debateable…”Astrology isn’t debatable, it’s testable. And it’s bunk.”Constellations” are classic examples of reading into nature what we wish were true. They are not real entities. Like reading cloud formations, is it a rabbit? Or a cellphone?! It’s just water.Constellations don’t care about you. They’re just stars, doing what stars do.

  • Betsyw

    I wonder whether Rajan Zed would comment on the Ganesh milk drinking events which first occured in 1995 and spread to Hindu temples around the world?

  • sanjay mittal

    Astrology is dumb and an idiot’s paradise; or the astrologers easy way to make mnoney.Now Hinduism is a great religion which is capable of flexibility and change. Being a HIndu I have nothing to do with astrology, except as a means of amusement. Maybe all Hindus should outgrow astrology now since it only promotes superstition. Anyway chaplain you would be doing your religion and yourself a favour by taking your followers away from astrologers and other idiots…:)There is a lot Hinduism has to offer the world. Yoga, meditation, genuine secularism and an ability to absorb good from all other relgions; Hinduism also has a rich tradition of relgious texts and folklore. Hinduism also has the ability to reject and outgrow, whatever is dumb and unscientific. It’s about time, HIndus start rejecting astrology as a science and instead concentrate on astronomy of which they have a rich history….And our dear chaplain should start offering this great liberalism of HInduism to the world.

  • sanjay mittal

    The best part of Hinduism is that you can be a good atheist and remain a good HIndu.Maybe Hindus should start using this great liberal tradition of their religion to weed out fools who promote astrology as a face of Hinduism.