What Is Astrology?
According to the science of astrology, planets represent certain energies, and, in fact, do emit certain magnetic and electric fields which influence the lives of human beings. The horoscope is a map of the heavens at the time and place of birth which shows the positions of the planets and their relation to the new born child. Astrology is the science which studies the combined influences of these stellar bodies on the human being. A Vedic astrology reading gives definition to these influences and how they reflect the destiny of the person who’s chart is being read.
In astrological language, the planets indicate:
- The manner in which activities were performed in previous lives.
- The manner in which they are thus likely to be performed in the present life.
The “houses” of the chart indicate specific areas in life in which actions will be performed, and which will be strong or weak depending on the nature and situation of planets that influence them. An astrology reading probes the depths of meanings to areas of life thus indicated.
What is Vedic Astrology?
Vedic astrology (called “Jyotish”, or the science of light) comes to us from India since times pre-dating the Christian era. It was not experimentally contrived, but rather perceived through enlightened vision by the ancient sage Parasara, who is considered the original author of the Vedic texts. Only until recently have Vedic astrology readings been made available to people in western countries and around the world.
Vedic philosophy and Vedic astrology readings assume the law of karma, which states that a human being lives and works within certain parameters created by actions performed in prior lifetimes. Thus it is generally regarded as predictive in nature — it can show when the results of such prior actions will come to fruition in the present life. Robert Koch has a special skill in defining the nature of karma in his astrology readings, both regarding the past life and in the present life as well.
People in western countries have recently become interested in Vedic astrology and Vedic astrology readings, since collective trends toward advancement in consciousness now require different tools with which to give definition to the challenges of life. Given that people of all cultures are at a crossroads in their collective spiritual development, Vedic astrology is rapidly becoming known as a very effective tool in giving clarity to resolving the dilemmas of life.
What does “Vedic” Mean?
“Vedic”, comes from the word “Veda” in Sanskrit, which means knowledge, in a very broad context. Vedic knowledge embodies every area of human experience. Thus not only spiritual, but medical, political, technical, cultural, and astrological areas of study were to be found in the Sanskrit Vedic writings. Although in modern times Vedic culture and Vedic astrology readings were most closely followed in India, historical writings in the Vedic scriptures record an intellectually and spiritually advanced culture going back in human society to over 5,000 years ago.
Vedic culture was first introduced in western countries in the 1930′s through Swami Vivekananda and later by some of his followers. The true wisdom of the Vedas, however, was more thoroughly implanted by Sri Srimad A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, who rendered volumes of English translations of Vedic scriptures, all with poignant relevance to minds and spiritual needs of Western persons. Robert Koch follows the teachings of the Vedas where not only astrology readings are concerned, but in a lifestyle founded upon Vedic principles.