Vedic Astrology Lesson 1:
Brief history of astrology
Astrology is as old as time immemorial. No one knows its origins but it came to us from our ancestors in a Guru-sishya parampara. In its presents form, it is very powerful and presents us an ocean of knowledge. The signs of powerful and successful use of astrology could be traced to the Ramayana and Mahabharata periods in the ancient history known to everyone.
Mention of Muhurta in Ramayana
In Ramayana, Sage Vasista fixed the muhurta for the coronation ceremony of Lord Rama and it denotes the use of astrology and its factors during those days for the successful completion of personal and Governmental projects involving the public welfare. In Mahabharata epic, we find that the fighting warriors of Kauravas and Pandavas fixed a muhurta for the launching of great Mahabharata war. It shows that the kings and people of those days resorted to the use of astrology for several important events in addition to applying it for the conduct of daily life. There must have been hundreds or thousands of years of gap between the two ancient epic wars fought on the planet earth. It tells us how the practice of astrology continued from the ages of Ramayana to the period of Mahabharata. It continued to this day all over the world and will continue in the future too for hundreds of thousands of years to come.
Sage Vasista chose Muhurta for exile of Lord Rama
One great doubt arises here for the lovers of astrology. When astrology was so perfect, why did the muhurta fixed by the great sage Vasista for the coronation ceremony of Lord Rama go wrong resulting in the postponement of the ceremony and the exile of the Crown Prince? It must be noted down here that Rama no doubt remained a Crown Prince and an ordinary person till the fixing of the muhurta. The muhurta turned his life into divinity and made him God. Because of that great muhurta only, we still remember Lord Rama as an avatar of God and worship Him. We find hundreds of thousands of temples all over India for Rama. We still find people building temples for Him. The divine power and greatness of that muhurta was such that people have been continuously worshipping Lord Rama with great devotion and love for thousands of years since then. It is due to the greatness of that muhurta and nothing else. It must also be remembered that sage Vasista fixed the muhurta for sending Rama into exile and making Him a divine personality. The muhurta was not for the coronation ceremony of Lord Rama.
The practice of astrology was not limited to India alone. All over the world, millions and millions of people are going by astrological advice in conducting their day to day affairs. It is no surprise that even top scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation have been seeking good muhurta timings for launching rockets and missiles into space. Even presidents and prime ministers are being guided by personal astrologers.