Time Required

How many hours by week i.e. how much time is required? Also in which month (approx) the contact program will be held?

Winkelman__Van_der_Bijl_Amsterdam_Art_Deco_zodiac_clock_Amsterdam_School_photo_2_lAnswer: You can study the course at your own pace as each individual has their own time and method of learning a subject. In the vedic studies, it is best advised to wake up early at 4 – 4.30am and start studying at 5am. That way you can put in about 1-2 hours every morning when there is no disturbance and the mind is also well rested and free from the days energy. This early morning has the mind in a very sattvika state whereas after about 8am, the rajas of the day gradually becomes stronger.
Lessons will be made available at a frequent rate of about a few every month and you are expected to follow them during the month.

The PJC Himalaya Classes are normally held at the end of the year between September-November each year. PJC Year-1 will be starting around the last Thursday of October. All PJC Classes always start on Thursdays.

Online Classes

How are the classes conducted online through internet?


Answer: The classes are conducted through lessons. These lessons are online pages and they also have video in the form of recorded slides from live classes that were conducted in the Himalayas.

In addition, there are preparatory lessons, about one per month, that precede the Himalaya (or other contact classes).

Many mentors have their own schedule of webinars. PJC-India webinars are uploaded to the website

We also have a Forum for answering your questions from time to time and those who ask are always the ones to benefit the most besides benefiting others. There are support forums as well as PJC Forums for each year of the course. Every mentor is responsible for their batch of PJC Students – to guide them and discuss their questions.

You can study at your own pace but it is good to study an hour a day at least

New Batch?

Will the course starting from January (2015, or any year) have a new batch of people or the course is continuing from previous years?

original_455_1Answer: Whenever we mention ‘New Batch’ it means that this is for a new batch of students.

There are already other batches from the calendar years 2011, 2012, 2013… They are in advanced years. They are not to be mixed up with new batch of students.

There is a new batch for the first year of PJC i.e. PJC Year-1 for each calendar year. For example for the year 2017, there will be a batch of PJC Students. Every odd year is ‘PJC-India’ and every even year is PJC-International. For example, 2017 is an odd year and shall be handled by PJC-India whereas 2016 is an even year and is handled by PJC-International.
PJC-India covers the South-East and Middle-East Asia region including Indian sub-continent.

Admissions for a new batch are open from September-October of the previous year. For example admissions for PJC-2017 shall open from the winter of 2016 and classes shall begin from Makara Sankranti (about Jan 14) of 2017. This pattern is generally followed for all DBC Courses. However some mentors have preferred changing these dates and announcements are made accordingly by them.

Śubhārambha Plan

We have a certain vision for the students of PJC Year-1 which needs to be completed with their mentor. You will notice under Members >> PJC Year-1 >> Śubhārambha that there are 15 lessons including some slide presentations. The objective of this introductory course is to give you a taste and real introduction to the knowledge of the seers. The lessons include nice examples and are well illustrated covering the entire gamut of vedic learning with a focus on jyotiṣa. We have continued the traditional way of learning this subject as the eye of the veda rather than just as astrology as is being done by most modern teachers of this divine subject.

Time estimate

You all need time to read, hear and digest the knowledge and we have an expectation that you would complete this in about 2 months’ time before venturing into the first subject – Sṛṣṭi (Creation). Accordingly your mentor shall fix your time table.

Discussions, not debates

Your assignments will also be checked by your mentor(s) and we shall randomly check some of the assignments. We urge you to ask both intelligent and stupid questions in the forums and start a dialogue on the subject. This subject can only be learnt through discussions. By asking intelligent questions, you will know the highest knowledge and digest this learning and by asking stupid subjects you will do your colleagues, who have lost their speech in awe or fear, a real favour. Either way, you will get noticed, and that means we will be listening to you more often.

Questions and Answers

In the first batch we had a few QA sessions which you will find under ‘Prakīrṇa: Miscellaneous’ where we have added the notes made by Prithwiraj Bose. Prithwiraj turned out to be among the brightest students of the first batch of PJC and his meticulous note taking will always be remembered by everyone who reads them. Why should you not be one of such student?

In any case, we will be giving ‘Audio Replies’ to your Questions or better, ask your questions in the forum. So, if you have questions and need a nice answer, make sure that it is discussed, and the best way to do that is to Create a New Topic in the Forum or add to an existing one.

Long Course

BPHS takes 5 months to read, max! why does this course need 5 years?

Mukteswara Temple, Bhubaneswar

Every subject has levels of knowledge and the same book can be taught at different levels. I studied Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ for my 10th Grade and am pretty sure that the Masters level students in English Literature who study the same book would be doing more justice to it. Consider the pronunciation of words.

When I was four, I dropped a book on the floor and my mother taught me to pick it up and place it back. Then to touch the book and say ‘विष्णु’ (viṣṇu), to touch my head and say ‘विष्णु’ (viṣṇu) again and finally a third time, to touch my heart and say ‘विष्णु’ (viṣṇu). I was too small to understand the value f such an important lesson, a lesson that would change the course of my life, a lesson that would bring the wealth of knowledge to my head. I was so small that I could not even pronounce the holy name ‘विष्णु’ (viṣṇu) and would say biṣṭu-biṣṭu-biṣṭu …

Don’t look for short-cuts as that is the surest way to delude yourself. Hurting your intelligence is the surest way to hurt yourself. Ādi Śaṅkara called jyotiṣa the ocean of vedic sciences and refused to debate on this topic as one lifetime is not sufficient to finish the debate. By accepting that you can read this huge secret vedic science in just about six months is a sign that your ahaṁkāra has definitely got the better of you. Please do not delude yourself. It has taken me more than three decades of sincere study every day to fathom some of the depths of this ocean. It will take you as much time and you can choose to start today, or maybe in ten years, or maybe in the next life. This choice is yours – and this is really the freewill you can exercise.

Jyotiṣa is the safest path through the terrible darkness in this age of ignorance (Kali Yuga). Very often I meet people who are so tied down with the chore of earning money and survival, so caught up in their daily life that they just cannot find any time for study. Well, that is exactly what Kali Yuga is about. You will become a slave of Kubera, the god of wealth and will be dragged around the planet like a draught animal and will spend the rest of your existence either pitying yourself (most of the time) or patting your back (rare) when you think that you pulled the cart (job) better than your colleagues. How long will you live under this carrot-and-stick formula of this Kali Yuga? Is it not time to say a prayer to Lord Śiva, the great Tryaṁbakkaṁ who shows the path to emancipation?

ॐ नमः शिवाय नमः मुक्तेश्वराय
om namaḥ śivāya namaḥ mukteśvarāya

And we are only saying that we need ‘a few academic years’ and will allow you to learn at your natural pace while we will keep urging you on. We expect you to take about 15 months and would advise you to keep a target of 12 months to finish the first year of PJC. Work systematically and the you will finish this academic year in time and will join the rest of the batch in PJC Year-2.

BPHS Path

Why are we approaching the topics of BPHS in this manner?

This is the manner in which we have learnt Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra and that is the exactly same manner in which we intend to teach this vedic classic. The present form of BPHS is the result of the efforts to bring together the lost book. Even at the heights of his fame, Varāhamihira did not have access to BPHS which can only mean that the book was not publicly available and only certain brāhmaṇa families held this sacred knowledge in secrecy. Later, fragmented chapters were recovered from all over North India and various versions of BPHS has been published, each with a few more chapters. We believe that the original had 108 chapters of which about 100 chapters are available.

In fact the way BPHS is taught is that it starts with Chapter 3. Planetary Characteristics and then we arrive at the incarnations of the Lord Viṣṇu only at the end. Only then can we be in a position to understand the difference between the various incarnations.
In fact we have a very definite plan for PJC Year-1 in which we cover 28 Chapters of BPHS, which itself is no mean achievement, in a systematic manner. We first learn about the Graha, the Upagraha (including Aprakāśa graha), the signs (rāśi) and bhāva (houses).

We then bring these factors together in learning how the graha affect the rāśi and the bhāva, starting with the lordship of the rāśi and the effect of the placement of these rāśi lords as owning different bhāva, in other bhāva. This is critical to proper judgement of the chart.

Dṛṣṭi (aspect) is an important topic in this year. Rāśi dṛṣṭi is learnt in a very natural manner followed by graha dṛṣṭi. We also learn the exact difference between the two thereby being able to appreciate the reasons for having these two so different types of dṛṣṭi. We also learn to derive various significations of the planets based on these dṛṣṭi. For example, everyone knows intuitively that Mars, the warrior, also rules celibacy as boxers must remain celibate to be able to battle well in the ring. Yet can we derive this logically? Without the logical derivation of why Mars rules celibacy, we can never understand its power and influence. We can never extend this to brahmacārya.

There is so much more in the very first year or Parāśara Jyotiṣa Course. Are you willing to take the leap into this ocean of Jyotiṣa, then … start PJC Year-1.

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