“Vedic astrologers” read dharmashastras upside down!
A common question I am often asked is, “Why are you against ‘Vedic astrology’ and not againstother predictive methods like palmistry, Tarot etc. etc. Do you believe in them"?. The answeris an emphatic no. Then why am I against “Vedic astrology” alone?
“Vedic astrology” and Vedic calendar have an inherent mutual conflict!
As is common knowledge by now, there is a direct conflict between Mesha, Vrisha etc. rashi based jyotisha, whether sayana or nirayana, and the real Vedic calendar, since there are no Mesha etc.rashis (nor Mangal, Shani etc. planets) but only Madhu, Madhava etc. months, tithi, nakshatrasand Udgayana etc. phenomena in the Vedas, Brahnmanas and the Vedanga Jyotisha etc. whereas “Vedic astrology” cannot survive without Rashis and Mangal, Shani etc. planets. “Vedicastrologers” are imposing those very imaginary rashis -–
zodiac means an imaginary “circle of animals!”
---on the Hindu calendar dictating simultaneously that even if there are no Mesha etc.Rashis in the Vedas or the Vedanga jyotisha etc., we must celebrate all the Vedic, Pauranic andgeographic/seasonal festivals like Uttarayana, Vasanta Navratra or Sharadiya Navratra etc. on dayssuggested by “Lahiri jyotishis” and not the Vedanga Jyotisha or the Puranas or even geographicalphenomena etc.!
“Vedic astrologers” never quote the exact references in spite of repeated reminders!
To continue their opposition to the real Vedic calendar because of its conflict with “Vedic astrology”,these “Vedic astrologers” are claiming that predictive gimmicks through Ashvini, Bharni etc.nakshatras which, according to them, are subsumed in Mesha, Vrisha etc. rashis vis-à-vis Mangal,Shani etc. planets have been advocated/permitted/sanctioned by our dharmashastras!
Somemoderators/owners of astrology forums even claim that the Atharva Veda has given results of being born in different nakshatras!
Another "Vedic astrologer" says that "the sun went to meet theBull" means the astrological sign Vrishaba as per the Vedas!
As they are not quoting the relevantshlokas/mantras in support of their arguments, in spite of being asked to do so repeatedly, theyare liars and are obviously making a fool of everybody!A “Vedic astrologer” had even claimed "The Manu Smriti is the oldest Dharmasashtra and the factthat it permitted astrology means that astrology was permitted from the beginning of the Hinducivilization." But, as is the habit of these “Vedic astrologers”, he also has not quoted any shloka insupport of his “declaration”!The facts of the case, however, are:
“Nakshatra-jeevis i.e. jyotishis must be debarred from performing any religious rites”--Manu
I request these "Vedic astrologers" to do some introspection after reading as to what the Manu hassaid actually about "nakshatra-jeevis" (jyotishis!) in shloka 162 of third adhyaya, and I quote:
"hasti go ashva ushtra damako NAKSHATRAIR YASHCHA JEEVATI,pakshinam poshako yashchai, yudhacharyas tathaiva chai.."