2015 Audio Book

The Audio Recordings for the 2015 Himalaya Classes are linked below for your convenience. You can click on them and listen, or just download them and save them to your favorite music player to listen when driving! So long as you are listening, you are learning.
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PJC-1 Himalaya Class 2015

Students are encouraged to participate in the contact classes as there is no real substitute to learning directly from the guru. In addition to the lessons, some mantra initiations are also done during these classes which enable you to be a perfect jyotiṣa paṇḍita. Please note that students opting for certification will have to participate in the contact classes for one week (at least) in the third and fifth academic years.

parasara_jyotish_250The contact course for the Parāśara Jyotiṣa Course Year-1 | Batch 2015 (Mentor: Sarbani Rath) (in short PJC-1, H-IV] will be held from 10-22 September, 2015. The course begins at exactly 8am on Thursday, 10 September, 2015. All participants are requested to give their names and course attendance dates to the Course Liaison Mrs. Sarbani Rath. It is imperative that you arrive a day before the start of the class for briefing on the previous Wednesday.
All members of Parāśara Jyotiṣa Course Year-1 Himalaya-IV batch (2015) are welcome to participate in this contact class.
Participation is extended ONLY to the members of PJC previous batch (2013) with the hope that those of you who could not attend to the first year can avail of this. If some of you who have attended the first year wish to again attend PJC Year-1, please inform Sarbani Rath and she will place you in the list of participants. However this will depend on seats available and explicit prior approval of Course Director

Detailed Schedule

10-09-2015 Thu Creation Incarnation
11-09-2015 Fri Navagraha Navagraha
12-09-2015 Sat Navagraha Navagraha
13-09-2015 Sun Navagraha Navagraha
14-09-2015 Mon Rāśi Rāśi
15-09-2015 Tue Rāśi Rāśi
16-09-2015 Wed
17-09-2015 Thu Lagna Lagna
18-09-2015 Fri Lagna Lagna
19-09-2015 Sat Bhāva Bhāva
20-09-2015 Sun Bhāva Bhāva
21-09-2015 Mon Rāśi Dṛṣṭi Rāśi Dṛṣṭi
22-09-2015 Tue Graha Dṛṣṭi Graha Dṛṣṭi
Maharishi Atri
ॐ नमः शिवाय अत्रिश्वराय सोमनाथाय नमो नमः
Brahmarsi Atri

The Contact Course is completely FREE of Cost. You do not have to pay additional fee or cost to attend this course in the Himalayas except your own travel, stay and incidentals.
Guru Dakṣiṇa
The traditional method of giving a gift in cash or kind to the teacher is called guru dakṣiṇa. It is your wish and only if you wish to do so, you can make a goft or donation. What you give cannot be refused by the guru especially when he is in this mode of teacher of vedāñga jyotiṣa. So please think before giving anything as dakṣiṇa. If you wish to give money, please cover it in an envelope to avoid the effects of the strong rajas guṇa associated with money.
The appropriate time to give this is after the class and normally, in private.

neelesh_innNeelesh Innlocated at Bhimtal, Kumaon, Himalayas, is built on the banks of Bhimtal Lake, where a gentle breeze and the sound of rippling water are our constant companions. Neelesh Inn’s dinning hall faces the lake too and offers a truly sumptuous and varied spread. You can treat your palate to Indian, Continental or Chinese cuisine.Neelesh Inn Bhimtal is built on the banks of Bhimtal Lake Where a gentle breeze and the sound of rippling water are your constant companions.
The location is exceptional, right on the banks of Bhim Tal. You can actually see the lake from your rooms, forget the balconies which almost feel like dropping to the gleaming surface of Bhim Tal during moon lit evenings. It is at Bhimtal so very well accessible. And most importantly, though it overlooks the lake, it is not on the main road. So it can not get any better than that. It is a walking distance from the touristy market of Bhim Tal and hence on location and access.
22kms away from Nainital and at a height of 4500 feet above sea level Bhimtal is centrally situated among the famous lakes of Kumaon. A total of 9 lakes in the region offer excellent rowing paddle boating, trekking , fishing, swimming and picnic opportunities. This lake town has the distinct advantage of a very pleasant weather all around the year because of its ideal altitude. Bhimtal takes its name from mighty Bhim (one of the Pandavas). In Hinduism. This picturesque lake perked by an island is believed to be full of Mahabharata legends. Today this lake interlude has emerged as a ‘different’ tourist destination.
There are many government and private institutions in Bhimtal which include Tassar Regional Research Center (Ministry of Textile, Govt. of India), National Cold Water Fisheries Institute, Jan Sikshan Sansthan, Birla Institute of Applied Sciences (a Institute if Higher Technical Education), Kumaon University Campus (Faculty of Management and Pharmacy) and District Institute of Teachers Education (DITE).

Hotel Neelesh Inn, Mandir Marg, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand
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Rates are copied from 2013 – check with mentor for latest

Negotiated room rates for the course: (1) Double Sharing is Rs 1600/- Per person per day. (2) Single Room Rs.2500/- Per person per day. Please indicate your preference. This cost includes room and board plus all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea/coffee during classes) and TAXES. It does not include laundry, long-distance calling etc. However, internet is FREE and included in this cost and you are advised to use Skype to call home, when you have the time to feel homesick or are just catching up.
Participants accompanied by spouse can avail of this cheap facility for family/spouse as well. Please book and pay directly to the hotel by getting in touch with Neelesh Gunwant at neelesh_inn@rediffmail.com . Kindly inform Sarbani Rath sarbanirath@gmail.com intent and number of family/spouse accompanying.


Welcome to the webinars of PJC Year-1

  1. Everytime we have a webinar, we will keep updating this page. So it is a good idea to share your recordings so that they can be made available here.
  2. Use the forum for not only asking questions pertaining to the webinars but also new questions that come to you as you study PJC Year-1

First Webinar 8 Mar 2015 | Sanjay Rath

Second Webinar 22 Mar 2015 | Sarbani Rath

Expansion of Nārāyaṇa – Directions

In the lesson Foundation of Vedic Astrology, the first division of the body of Nārāyaṇa was divided into four parts. If we consider the entire body to be represented by an endless circle, then dividing by 4 would give quarters of 90° each. Let us use a special word called KENDRA for this. This Sanskrit word केन्द्र (kendra) simply means a center like a focus. If we talk of directions, then we have ONLY FOUR Cardinal directions – East, West, North and South. We call each of these a Kendra because at any point of time, when we face one of these directions, the other three directions completely go out of our vision. Try standing facing east and notice how much of west or north or south you can actually see when you are looking forward. Now, this is an exercise and everyone must attempt it –
There are four names mentioned – (1) Param-Brahma, (2) Maha-Vishnu, (3) Sada-Shiva and (4) Vāsudeva; I want each of you to think calmly and choose one of these names for one of these directions.

In order to reply to the question about the kendra and the four expansions of Nārāyaṇa, we need to have some information about some important charts used in vedic astrology.

First is Niṣeka, the copulation which produces the baby. The timing of this can be back calculated form the birth chart and it is a tedious process and the chart is called Niṣeka Chakra. However, what is of more relevance is the Conception chart called Ādhāna Chakra. In this chart the Lagna rising must be the sign which is the 7th house of the birth chart.

The birth chart, called Jātaka (from the word jāta, meaning birth) has the head of the native mapped to the first house. This sign is always opposite to the sign rising at the time of conception. At least this is the view of the majority of the maharṣi and jyotiṣa classics. For example, if the Lagna of a person is Pisces, then his Ādhāna (Conception) Lagna must have been Virgo, the 7th sign in his natal chart.

Finally when a native dies, his body is always kept with the head in the south direction as this is the direction of the god of death, Yama and the soul travels in this direction after death. A chart drawn for the moment of death is called Puṇya Chakra.

The Ādhāna Chakra (conception chart) represents Sṛṣṭi, Jātaka Chakra (birth chart) represents Sthiti and Puṇya Chakra (death chart) represents Laya.

Home Work: Study these words and try to understand them ādhāna, niṣeka, janma, jāta, jātaka, puṇya, mṛtyu, sṛṣṭi, sthiti, laya, pralaya

Expansion of Vāsudeva

adhana_vasudevaComing to the concept related to the expansion of Nārāyaṇa, the evolver is Vāsudeva and the jīvātman is carried by him through the moment of birth. Birthing is associated with the concept of वाह (vāha) which literally means flowing and simultaneously bearing, conveying and carrying. This is an important word-stem in Sanskrit from which many words that we use in jyotiṣa spring up; Words like vivāha, vāhana or vāhaṇa all come from vāha and this is the action of the principal evolver Vāsudeva in his expansions. In order to accomplish this, we must mark Vāsudeva to be in the 7th bhāva from the ādhāna lagna, which becomes the janma lagna (ascendant) in the jātaka (birth chart).

adhana_sadashivaSadāśiva is the parameṣṭhi guru who gives intelligence to all creatures. He must sit on the head to accomplish this enormous task. The brain is one of the few organs in the human body which has the power to regenerate and stay alive – this ability comes from Amarnāth Śiva. However, the head must ultimately control and harmonize all the parts of the being. For this purpose Sadāśiva expands in five forms. He starts from his seat on the head of the foetus in the west taking the form ‘Sadyojāta’ from where the impulses related to the creation of the being are triggered from the brain; then he moves to the north where he takes the form ‘Vāmadeva’ which is a joint form of Śiva and Viṣṇu; then to the east he takes the form ‘Tatpuruṣa’ to match the ‘Kālapuruṣa’ form of Vāsudeva; then to the south he takes the form of ‘Aghora’ which removes the blemish of impurity as the name implies anti-impurity and removes the blemish that will come when Brahma takes his seat here to create the body and all sorts of waste are produced. A final form of Sadāśiva is ‘Iśāna’ which is upward and out of this chakra which gives the permanent spiritual direction. When the creature is in peril this is automatically activated to bring about harmony between all the kendra so that it can survive and accomplish its tasks.

adhana_allFrom the above, it is obvious that Param-Brahma takes the form of Brahma the creator to create the body of the creature, for which purpose he must sit in the 4th house from ādhāna lagna. This represents the major part of the body – the torso.

Finally Mahā-Viṣṇu takes the form of Viṣṇu so that he can decide the delivery of the child, an act called ‘tāraṇa’ which means causing or enabling to cross the hurdle of being trapped in the womb and liberating the foetus from the murky womb it is trapped in. This concept continues into life and is the path of liberation from this world as well, for which we call him the avatāra.

Later we learn what happens to these devatā at birth and later.

Welcome Freshers: Subharambha Plan Jan-Feb


Hare Rama Krishna

Dear Jyotishis,

Welcome to the 4th batch of the Parasara Jyotish Course (PJC 1  2015) commencing 14th January, Makar Sankranti, 2015. As the Sun enters the Uttarayana on this auspicious day and commences its glorious journey, so shall you embark on this path of light and become Ganeshas. I pray to the great Vyasa that your journey be successful.

The time table is given below for the first part of your studies. Please adhere to the dates, although extention is permissible if the majority of the students require more time. After each topic is covered you may discuss in the group or pose questions in the forum. It is crucial that you digest the Subharambha lessons, otherwise when you begin the class audios, you will have a problem. Assignments wherever mentioned maybe uploaded here. In the next few days, other members will be joining. As they do, kindly ensure they read this mail.

Your study is defined in three major parts:

  1. Subharambha – the all important preliminary lessons, available in written and audio format.
  2. Recorded Power Point Presentations – these are the audio recordings of the first batch of PJC conducted in the Himalayas. Each year was taught extensively for a period of 1 month and you get the complete teachings including the class discussions.  These are very exhaustive lessons and you will need to take notes while studying.
  3. Contact Classes: Selected topics will be taught for a period of 10-14 days in the Himalayas. Attendance is not compulsory as you already have the class recordings of all the lessons. But if you can attend at least the first year, in person contact with your teachers do make a difference.

namste1Subharambha Time Table

  1. Prayers for Vedic Learning – 14th – 17th January
  2. Foundation of Vedic Astrology – 18th  – 31st January
  3. Yuga Time Cycles – 1st – 8th February
  4. Language of the Seers – 9th – 23rd February
  5. Vedic Calendar – 24th February to 11th March

Do note that none of these materials, whether written ot audio, maybe discussed or shared with a non member. Otherwise you maybe removed from the course.

For any queries or clarifications please write to me at sarbani.rath@devaguru.com

Vidya, Jnana and Mantra

As you know we have a contact class for a short period where we teach some of the topics of the PJC and get an opportunity to meet with the students. The interaction is very beneficial for both as in the end, this is a guru-shishya parampara or ancient Indian traditional method of teaching. The Gurukula system envisaged that the ‘Guru’ or plural ‘gurus’ or female ‘gurvi’ would be like the elders of a joint family system and the shishya would be like the children. Age was never a factor as learning was allowed at all ages and all stages. It is the knowledge alone that was respected as all knowledge is ‘Shiva’ – after all Shiva is jnana-rupa. Many times the students were much elder than the guru. Knowledge is the only consideration here for defining who is the guru – the one who has the knowledge and who is the shishya – the one seeking that knowledge.

Knowledge is Shiva

dakishnaNo human being in this world can have all the knowledge in every subject. If he did he would be Shiva. Therefore all gurus are also shishya in other subjects and they too are striving to increase their levels of knowledge in that subject. The day any human being stops learning and arrogates that he is the repository of all knowledge, he is actually mocking Shiva. His foolishness will only be his own downfall as what other purpose can any soul have in this planet other than to acquire knowledge. Everything else we do is only meant to support his continuous learning of all subjects and all knowledge. Why are we doing this? Because we want to become like Shiva, we want to become enlightened … in all subjects – that’s important. The entire basis of Advaita is that when we have such knowledge, we become like Shiva and then we can merge in Him. This is one of the types of Moksha. Now don’t get caught up with the advaita-dvaita debate … both are taking place simultaneously. Isn’t that what Chaitanya said? One point is clear now that the subject matter is Parvati and is called ‘vidya‘ and that the knowledge in the subject is Shiva and is called jnana.
In jyotish these are the 4th and 5th houses respectively – 4th is the Vidya Mandir or temple of learning while 5th is the Jnana Bhandara, the repository of knowledge. Since the natural 4th sign is Cancer, we say the Moon, the lord of Cancer, has the Mother Parvati as its pratyadi-devata. Similarly since the natural fifth sign is Leo, we say the Sun, the lord of Leo, has Lord Shiva as its pratyadi-devata.

Vishnu is Relationship

There are millions of subjects, some known and others unknown to mankind. How do we even get to know of them? How do we develop a liking for a subject, then find a teacher, then get admission into a course and then start learning? How do we continue to learn the subject? All this happens by the grace of Vishnu. He is all that and much more as He sits in the heart chakra and makes us like something by giving us the right information based on which we get to know and then gradually start liking. It is only by his grace that we can continue to learn the subject as he ensures that the relationships with the subject, the books, the time, the teachers, the gurus are all being maintained. By the flick of his little finger he can cause the like to be converted into dislike – be it for the subject, time or place or even the teacher. Then the learning stops …and sorrow envelopes the shishya as well as the guru. It was a good opportunity lost for both. The shishya missed the learning opportunity while the guru will not get more knowledge as he failed to share.


chaitanyamantraVidya is Jala tattva, Jnana is Agni tattva while Sambandha (relationship) between all that is Akasha tattva. In all we learnt above, the one thing which is the hand of destiny, which can change and is subject to human vagaries as well as destiny, is the sambandha which is controlled by Vishnu. Vishnu takes multiple forms, in fact countless forms. For our jyotish studies we have ten principal forms we call ‘yuga-avatara’. There are many other forms and each is very important – we learn this much later as Parashara has devoted a chapter to this topic but the tradition shall devote much more time and resources.
We have previously determined that Vidya → 4H → Parvati → Cancer → Moon. Now we have also been taught by Parashara that the holy avatara name associated with the Moon, the Chandra-avatara is Krishna. This name has the power to ensure that our sambandha with the Moon is always going to be good. This has multiple implications including eating good food, respecting family and home besides always respecting and loving Vidya. Similarly, Jnana → 5H → Shiva → Leo → Sun. And Parashara also teaches that the holy name associated with the Sun is Rama. Now we bring these two names together in a mantra, called the Janaka Sadakshari.

हरे राम कृष्ण
hare rāma kṛṣṇa

As soon as we awaken, even without putting the weight of our body, the weight of our sins, on the Mother Earth, we recite this mantra a hundred and eight times. This mantra is for people who are born to a Hindu father. But what about those who are not born to a Hindu father? What about those who do not know about their father? Based on the teachings of Chaitanya for bhakta Salbeg, the mantra is reversed. Recite this mantra is exactly the same manner as the previous till the day you get the gayatri mantra. Thereafter, you can do the Janaka shadakshari.

हरे कृष्ण राम
hare kṛṣṇa rāma

Jyotiṣa Devatā

karttikeya2As a subject, Jyotiṣa has a few major heads which include –
• Lakṣaṇa Śāstra which means study of the omens and signs on the body and around. This includes Hastā-rekhā śāstra or palmistry which is the forte of Subrāhmaṇya or Kārtikeya
• Horā Śāstra is the forte of Gaṇeśa
• Gaṇita Śāstra including Vedic Numerology is another head
…. All these come under the three wings called Gaṇita, Horā and Saṁhitā
Once there was a debate between Kārtikeya and Gaṇeśa and Lord Śiva was the judge. Kārtikeya wrote the entire Lakṣaṇa śāstra whereas Gaṇeśa wrote Horā śāstra. Śiva judged horā to be superior to aṅga-lakṣaṇa (palmistry as well as all body study). In anger Kārtikeya threw the entire book into the ocean and from there it was retrieved partially by various teachers. Hence palmistry is also called samudrikā śāstra or that which has been retrieved from the samudra (ocean). That word samudrikā can also mean that which encompasses all the mudrā and mudrikā.
Praśna requires a study of aṅga lakṣaṇa and good ability in that as well as study of omens etc. which are a part of saṁhitā (nimitta śāstra). Hence anyone wishing to learn this has to worship Kārtikeya else he cannot learn this subject just as without Gaṇeśa, Horā śāstra will become very difficult. They are the original writers of these śāstra and they alone can teach what they have written.
In addition, Jyotiṣa is ruled by grīṣma ṛtu (among the six vedic seasons). Grīṣma ṛtu is ruled by Mars. Hence it is necessary to worship some form of Mars devatā for this study. Our tradition recommends the Narasimha sādhanā for this purpose. You are also taught Gaṇeśa sādhanā.
When we teach praśna course, then we will teach the worship of Kārtikeya as ‘Subrāhmaṇya’ and also the Praśna Upaniṣad … see the link. Kārtikeya is the teacher of this upaniṣad where Maharṣi Pippalāda is the śiṣya.
Jñānī Bhava ~ Namaskāra

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