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Roots of Mlechcha Astrology

Roots of Mlechcha Astrology

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Published by Jayasree Saranathan
This article traces the origin of Mlechcha astrology or Yavana astrology to the Vedic source which however was not used by those following Vedic way of life. The Yavanas were there far back in history - even before the times of Ramayana and were given a lease of life by sage Vasishta when he took help from them in protecting the Divine Cow Shabala from Vishwamitra. In return he taught them astrology meant for non-vedic people. From the Yavanas it spread to the European world and re surged through Greeks after the submergence of Romaka desa - the Atlantis! Read on to know the origin of Yavana astrology and differences with Vedic astrology.
This article traces the origin of Mlechcha astrology or Yavana astrology to the Vedic source which however was not used by those following Vedic way of life. The Yavanas were there far back in history - even before the times of Ramayana and were given a lease of life by sage Vasishta when he took help from them in protecting the Divine Cow Shabala from Vishwamitra. In return he taught them astrology meant for non-vedic people. From the Yavanas it spread to the European world and re surged through Greeks after the submergence of Romaka desa - the Atlantis! Read on to know the origin of Yavana astrology and differences with Vedic astrology.

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Roots of Mlechcha astrology and Mlechchas.
 Written byJayasree saranathan.Published in Astrological Magazine, December, 2009 issue
A genetic study by the researchers of Harvard University and CCMB, Hyderabad hasrevealed that though ANI (Ancestral North Indians) and ASI (Ancestral South Indians)had evolved from a common ancestral gene pool, the ANI share similarity with the people of Middle East and Central Europe. This connection that remains un-explained byscientists and historians has an explanation in Hindu texts particularly the many texts of astrology evolved in different times in the past.The specific varga charts, the annual progressive charts and the dominant role given tothe nodes with monthly conjunction of the luminaries articulated by the Yavanas can notescape the probing mind of the student of astrology who can not, other than these, findany deviation between the Yavana cult from the Vedic cult of astrology. The progenitorsof the Yavana cult were connected to the areas mentioned above as having geneticconnection with ancestral North Indians.
Who are Mlechchas?
‘Mlechcha’ is the general term used to denote the people of the areas of Middle East andGreece. From
Amarakosha
, we come to know that the region to the North West of Bharat was known as Mlechcha desa. “Prati anto Mlechcha syaat” ('at the end of thecountry there is Mlechcha province)From
Bodhayana
we understand that Mlechchas were 'eaters of beef, talkers of oddlanguages, devoid of all ethics with reference to Indian scriptural ethics, especiallymarriage as an institution, immoralities etc”. The eating habits, the language they spoke,the ethics they followed were different from the people of the Vedic religion. If so, isn’t it perplexing how they could contribute to the body of astrology in such a way that the people of this Vedic country regarded them as Rishis?
Varahamihira
had no qualms in stating,“ Mlechchahi yavanasteshu samyak sastramidam sthithamRishivattepi poojyanthe kimpunar daivavit dwojaha” (Brihat samhita II -15)The same verse was repeated by
Neelakanta
in Prasna Marga I- 14.
 
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.
Yavanas
were Mlechchas.
Bhattotpala
says “Yavana Mlechcha jateeya horavidah”
Maya
, a danava was considered as a Mleccha.
Romasa
(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
Visvedevas
(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.
Verse 11
of this hymn says,“Formed with twelve spokes, by length of time, unweakened, rolls round the heaven thiswheel of during Order.
 
Herein established, joined in pairs together, seven hundred Sons and twenty stand, OAgni.”The movement of the sun around the zodiac happens at the rate of 1 degree a day and iscompleted in 360 days. This 360 degree zodiac is ‘twelve spoked’(said in this verse) intotwelve signs. This verse further says“joined in pairs together ”. That means each sign hasa pair. It is true that Jyothisha tells about a pair in each sign! The pair is known as ‘hora’ -theSurya horaand theChandra hora. The sequence of the hora alternates with the signs. That is, in odd signs the first half isSurya hora and the second half is Chandra hora. In even signs the reverse happens – firstis Chandra hora and the second is Surya hora.The hora is analyzed to determine thewealth that one gets.If we look at the previous verses of this hymn it talks about the fathers and mothers andthe about the cows. The Surya and Chandra hora signify father and mother.The cow signifies ‘kaama dhenu’ that gives wealth. And Hora as a varga in VedicJyothisha reveals the wealth that one gets. This is also emphasized by Parashara, theVedic seer of astrology.But the Mlechcha-Yavanas did not attribute the above notion of Vedic system to the horadivision, though they have spoken about the Hora varga.Chapter 3-50 of 
Yavana Jathaka
states this:-“These Horas, whose purpose resides in (the determination of) the thoughts, places of origin, and qualities (of natives), are described by the Greeks by means of illustrationswherein their forms, insignia, and ornaments are successively given. They have names inaccordance with their natures.”The Yavanas only allotted attributes to the persons born in respective hora – which isanyway there in Vedic astrology. In other words, we can find the core concepts of Mlechcha astrology drawn from Vedic sources, but the difference exists in the utilityattributed. The utility that they have attributed anyway does exist in Vedic sources but isnot meant for the people of Vedic way of life. Let us see other examples to know howthis happens.The previously quoted verse from Rig Veda also speaks about 720 sons. It tells that the pairs are joined together and the 720 sons are established. Since the pair is formed of Sunand Moon, this number seems to denote the rounds of sun and moon around the zodiac

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