It means “When even Mlechchas and Yavanas well versed in astrology are held in thesame esteem as Rishis, who would deny respect to an astrologer who happens to be aBrahmin?” (translation by Dr BV Raman to the verse in Prasna Marga)If Mlechchas were non-Vedic and barbaric, how could they come to know of this Saastrawhich was dominated by Vedic Maharishis.
says “Yavana Mlechcha jateeya horavidah”
, a danava was considered as a Mleccha.
(or Lomasa – interchange of ‘ra’ with ‘la’) was a Mlechcha whose Siddhanthawas part of Pancha Siddhanthika of VarahamihiraTheir region was not where the present day Greek and Rome are situated. They werefurther beyond- located on the fringes of the landmass that perhaps formed the boundaryof Jambhudweepa.This is being said with certainty because Roamaka, where Maya heard the Siddhanthafrom Surya was 90 degrees to the west of Lanka. This area is now under the sea!Similarly, Yamakoti which is reported in Surya Siddhantha was 90 degrees to the east of Lanka. This area also is under the sea now but underwater traces of a civilization arefound here.
The Vedic source of astrology.
The Mlechchas in the west and North West of the present day India contributed richly tothe body knowledge of astrology though they were said to be not following the Vedicway of life. Romasa and Yavana were mentioned as Jyothish pravarthakas by Narada,Parashara and Kashyapa in their works.(1)They are highly respected among the 18 pravarthakas (pioneers) of astrology of the Vedic system.But researchers having no knowledge of Indian astrology, keep saying that this Vedicsystem of astrology was borrowed from those who were classified as non-Vedic. A look at the Rig Vedic hymn on
(Rig Veda 1-164) tells the Vedic origins of astrology of the sun’s movement around the 12 signs, the varga divisions and the yugaclassification of the ritualistic life. This verse is about sun, the way it has enriched theworld as a livable one and the birth of jives.
of this hymn says,“Formed with twelve spokes, by length of time, unweakened, rolls round the heaven thiswheel of during Order.