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    Indian Astrology and its advent to a computer age.

    I ndian Astrology, called the Jyotish, is universal and timeless. Jyotisha is one of the most time-tested and oldest systems of astrology in the world. In Westerncountries, it is called Vedic astrology, which refers to Indian or Hindu astrology.

    Indian Astrology originated from Vedic Scriptures, dating back at least ten totwenty thousand years. The Vedas the oldest books of the world library. Theyare the worlds most ancient scriptures and the most vast, complete system of knowledge known to man. Thus, Indian Astrology is the science of understanding the subtle influences that come to us from the greater universe.

    The most popularly followed astrological classics today are the ones written byRishis like Parashara, Varahamihira, Garga, Jaimini and their followers. People inthose days had no satellites or telescopes and yet the planetary positions andtheir motions recorded by them are as accurate as the planetary positions anddegrees recorded today using the space satellites. Our ancient astrologers usedtheir divine intuition to record these planetary movements and their effects onus.

    Astrology has undergone several changes with the time. Earlier everything wascalculated through hands and even calculators were not there. It was verydifficult to calculate. This however created problems with precion as well. Forexample panchangas were published by several publications and even todayeach panchanga has different calculation for different planets. This also lead tosevereal controveries including the famous controvery related to Ayamansha.

    Further there were problems with calulations as well. For instance one needs tohave atleast six to seven hours to calculate Shadbala. This requires a lot of skill

    and only the finest few could be able to calculate the same in that length of time. For an ordinary astrologer it make take days to complete the same.

    And this is not all, Indian astrology is full of all such calulations which requiredhigh skills and extreme length of time.

    With modern times, time became more precious and time for some becameequivalent to money. Today people who consult astrologers need everythingwithin minutes. They do not have time for such lenghty calculations. This thinggave impetus to the world of astrology softwares. Today astrology softwaresoccupy a big chunck of the market with many western and Indian companies inthe race. It has also given sway to the financial astrology softwares whichanalyze market from several angels. Researches are going on in the field of medical astrology software, financial astrology software and facial metricsanalysis through Shareer Lakshan Siddhant.

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    Following is the screen from one of the softwares:

    This is the basic screen with Navmasnha, dasha and planetary positions.

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    Following screen shows you a compound calculations of transits, Tatwa,Kakshas, Vedhsthana and dasha time.

    If you are an astrologer you will already be aware that you require a goodlength of time to calculate these things. And if you are holding a falultypanchanga you may very well lend up into big troubles of faulty calculations.

    These softwares are based on highly precise Swiss panchanga and theircalculations are detailed and extensive. You can calcuate planetary positionseven in milliseconds.

    Some of these calculations are literally impossible if they are calculated by

    hand. For instance following charts depict a complex matrix of aspects inpercentage.

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    This may take day of calculated through hands. While on your laptop orcomputer it may just be a matter of clicks.

    While one can easily make out the benefits of these astrology softwares, thereare areas where softwares will fail miserably. This area is the area of predictions. Being a software engineer and astrologer I am very well aware of the limits of astrology softwares.

    Despite of hiring the best teams in the world one cannot device a software thatwill predict future. A human mind is more complex and more affirmative then asuper computer. While it may not calculate as fast as a computer it may verywell do things which a computer cannot do. For example only an human eye canwatch and calulate gender, age and economical and social background of aperson. The amount of data required to calculate these areas is three time thenthe population of the whole world. This limits the predictive analysis of computers. A wise astrologer should never depend on computer for hispredicitons. One has to learn it and it can only be achived through experience.

    People who approach astrologers for predicitions should know that astrologershould use computers only for technical calculations of the horoscope. It shouldnever be employed for predictive analysis.

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    But this does not undermines the impact of technology in this sacred field of astrology. Today you do not need those heavy panchangas and booklets tocalculate a horoscope. You can keep a palm pocket pc or Palm phone in yourpocket and can easlily calculate horoscope anywhere.

    Technolgy has made these calculat ions so easy that even a chi ld could dothis wi th a s imple c l ick of mouse but ton or wi th the help of a touch pad.

    With the coming t imes technology wil l be so advance that a s implewebcam wil l read your face and detect i t and wil l provide you al lcalculat ions without even l i f t ing your f ingers . You wil l jus t enter a

    ast rologer s off ice and you wil l get a completed horoscope within seconds.Or who knows there wil l be as t rol ogy cafeter ias in publ ic places . While youwil l be s ipping you favouri te f lavours of coffee a be hind the scenecomputer wi l l be pr int ing you horoscopes wi th max speed.

    Alok JagawatJyo t i sh Vi sha rad , Jyo t i sh Mar t andPGA(Gemolog i s t ) Bangkok .4/298-Mavl iya Nagar, Ja ipur. Rajas than.

    Email . pdp@gems-astrology.comTel: 2521225


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