"Ayyappan" V. Subramaniam
Jyotisha Shastra (Astrology) is one of the six Shastras (lit: Rules) written by the Aryans many thousands of years ago.These are known as the " Eyes of the Vedas". Jyotisha Shastra has three divisions: Ganitha, Samhitha and Hora.
Hora Shastra has six parts viz Jatakam, Golam, Nimiththam, Prasnam, Muhoortham and Ganitham. Jyotisha Shastra is acknowledged as one of the most widely understood and studied parts of the Vedas in India.
Jyotisha Shastra lays down that there is a very deep and fundamental relationship between the planets, stars and all living organisms in the world.....not only human beings...but even plants, animals and even microorganisms.Tha planets and stars influence the behaviourisms of all these creatures to the level of controlling their destinies..so to speak. Jyotisha believes that by knowing this relationship, one can know the past, present and future of all these organisms.
The saptarishis ( or the seven great seers of India) : Atri, Bhrigu, Kutsa, Vasishtha, Gauthama, Kashyapa and Angirasa are believed to have learned Jyotisha Shastra from the vedas and developed this stream of knowledge. Learned men like Rishi Parashara are said to have gained this knowledge and applied it to the benifit of human beings.
According to some books on the subject, it is believed that Brahma - the creator - who is attributed to have the knowledge of the past, present and the future of all living beings gained this knowledge from Skanda...and hence Jyotisha Shastra is also known as Skanda Hora.
When Jyotisha Shastra came in to popular use..it came to be called Jyotisha in short...in the southern part of India, this became Jyotisham, which then became Josiyam - which is also the name of this portal!
Josiyam is a part of India's timeless heritage and is a gift from India to humanity. It needs to be as widely spread as it can get, so that man may realise that he is a unique and important part of a vast web of existence and due to is intellect..is responsible for its safe existence; so that when he lives his life, he may remember its importance; when he faces joy or sorrow, he may think that it was pre-ordained by the forces of nature, and be not overly affected by it; And so that whatever he may do may be to the betterment of the entire world.
If this philosophy be securely lodged in our beings, the world would become a better place, and we would be able to lead our lives with the joy with which it is meant to be.