फलानि ग्रहचारेण सूचयन्ति मनीषिणः ।
को वक्ता तारतम्यस्य तमेकं वेधसं विना ॥
The August issue of our magazine is always in memory of Grandfather, Dr B V Raman. Dr Raman took it as a life mission to uphold and spread the science of Vedic Astrology to the world. Thanks to his efforts and now the efforts of his children and grandchildren, Vedic Astrology has become a household necessity. People from all parts of the world are now resorting to astrology and vastu shastra to carefully plan their life. The results are remarkable. There is progress in almost every walk of life – financial, mental, spiritual, relationships, career etc. In memory of Grandfather, we bring across a very intellectual set of articles this month.
The cover article is by our beloved Editor-in-Chief, Niranjan Babu. He writes about the Glory of India. Indian masters of wisdom, when we spoke of Jyotisha, Vastu, Yoga, Vedanta, Ayurveda and other disciplines are men of great scientific eminence and not just hair-splitting philosophers. Our editor writes about the great contribution of Indians to various fields including Science, Grammar, Philosophy, Literature, Medicine, Surgery, Mathematics, Astronomy, Astrology and Architecture. Indians have contributed to the world all throughout the known timeline. From Bhaskaracharya to Varahamihira to modern scholars like Satya Nadella, Sundar Pichai and others, the contribution of Indians towards the progress of mankind is indespensable.
Medical Astrology is gaining popularity largely because of the unethical standards maintained by the modern pharmaceutical industry. Hospitals and doctors have become extremely greedy. Rather than ensuring human health is at its best, there focus has now turned to amassing wealthy by unnecessarily prescribing medical tests, endorsing high margin drugs and advising unnecessary operations. The layman is being taken for a ride. Medical Astrology proves to be a invaluable tool. Dr. T.S. Vasan is a research scholar in Vedic Astrology for several decades and the recipient of the Jyothisha Mahasagara Award from the Raman and Rajeswari Research Foundation, writes about Tatwas and their role in Medical Astrology. He gives simple clues through which certain ailments can be foreseen so that necessary precautionary methods can be undertaken.
In Dec 2012, Harold G. Koenig, a psychiatrist and faculty of Duke University Medical Center published a stunning paper titled “Religion, Spirituality, and Health: The Research and Clinical Implications”. He conducted a systematic and quantitative research on the influence of spirituality and its effect on both physical and mental health. He concluded saying that there was a definitive qualitative proof that spirituality is associated with both mental and physical health and positively affects medical outcomes.
In Sanathana Dharma, spirituality is an integral part of everyone’s life. However, the degree of spirituality varies from person to person. Here is a remarkable paper by Sri Gary Gomes where he shows how spiritual tendencies of a person can be examined through the principles promoted by Maharishi Jaimini.
Grandfather, Dr. B V Raman, was known from his political predictions, which now is more popularly known as Mundane astrology. Mundane astrology helps us prognosticate calamities, plagues, financial instability, military tensions and withering economies. These help the leaders of the country to prevent negative mishaps by taking precautionary measures. This is one of the greatest contributions of Astrology to mankind. In this article, Sri V R Soundar Rajan introduces to the world of political or mundane astrology and teaches us the roles and relations of various zodiac signs, planets and their impacts on nations.
Feng Shui, like its Indian sister, Vastu Shastra is an architectural philosophy which originated in certain parts of ancient China, as early as 4000 BC. This science has an underlying philosophy that architecture should bring together and tighten the bond between humans and universe. Early architects of China observed that the two natural forces influencing a human habitation was water and air. Feng Shui quiet literally translates to Wind (Feng) and Water (Shui). They came up with architectural designs that optimized water and wind energies. Water was never stagnant and was effectively stored for consumption, and harsh winds and chill winds were blocked. As the science advanced, newer elements got added in to the design. Feng Shui is now a very advanced science and covers the entire lifecycle of a building – from choosing a site, building floor plans, and geographical and geological influences. Sri Gerry K J Liao writes in detail about this science, and the underlying philosophy, various methodologies in practice, and how these can be applied to our advantage.
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