Written by Sri Swami Chandrashekarendra
Astronomy examines the position of the planets and other heavenly
bodies. It does not concern itself with how they affect the life of the
world or the individual. It is not its function to find out how far the
celestial bodies are beneficial to us or how they may be made favourable
to us. Such functions belong to astrology. Jyotisa includes both
Telling us about the results of performing a ritual at a given time,
in mind the position of the planets, the sun and the moon and the
naksatras ( asterisms ), comes under the purview of astrology. The hours
favourable to the performance of Vedic rites are determined according to
calculations based on the movement of planets. All this entails
The measurements of the place where a sacrifice is to be conducted
(yajnabhumi) are based on certain stipulations. These must be strictly
adhered to if the sacrifices are to yield the desired benefits.
developed in this way as a handmaid to the Vedic dharma.