PJC Year-1 Syllabus

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Syllabus PJC Year-1

This is the foundation of Vedic astrology where the teachings of the sage Parāśara are explained in scientific detail. The principles involved in each śloka must be understood to ensure a strong foundation. Dṛṣṭi (aspects) are all derived and are not random.

  • The highlight of this year is the initiation into the sacred mantra of Maharṣi Parāśara. Those who have attended the contact course have benefited by the initiation. Others can consider seeking a private audience for the initiation with the Jyotiṣa Guru.
  • How do planets in the 12th bhāva encourage keeping pets, especially lagneśa? Because they aspect the 6th bhāva by the kāma dṛṣṭi (7th house aspect).
  • Did you know that all planets aspect the trines or have special aspects like the outer planets – Mars, Jupiter and Saturn? How do we derive some significations using the special aspects of these planets? All this is taught in the first year.

Syllabus

PJC Year-1 syllabus covers the first 28 chapters of Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra (BPHS) in eleven topics called ‘Category’. However, we have an epilogue called Śubhārambha meaning ‘Auspicious Beginnings’ and a prologue called Prakīrṇa (Miscellaneous) where we touch upon topics not covered by the remaining eleven core BPHS topics.

Each of these topic based categories is quite detailed with a number of lessons, audio and video presentations. Śubhārambha itself has ten lessons to start with, as an example.

TOPICS BPHS CHAPTERS
Śubhārambha
Sṛṣṭi: Creation 1. The Creation
Graha: Planets 3. Planetary Characters & Description
Rāśi: Vedic Signs 4. Zodiacal Signs
5. Planetary Positions in Signs
Dṛṣṭi: Aspect 9. Aspects of the signs
28. Planetary Aspects
Upagraha: Secondary Planets 26. Effects of Non-Luminous Bodies
Bhāva: Houses 13. Judgments of houses
14. Effects of the 1st house
15. Effects of the 2nd house
16. Effects of the 3rd house
17. Effects of the 4th house
18. Effects of the 5th house
19. Effects of the 6th house
20. Effects of the 7th house
21. Effects of the 8th house
22. Effects of the 9th house
23. Effects of the 10th house
24. Effects of the 11th house
25. Effects of the 12th house
27. Effects of the bhāva lords
Viśeṣa Lagna 6. Special Ascendants
Sūtikā: Birth 10. Birth Circumstances
Ariṣṭa Bhaṅga 11. Evils at birth
12. Antidotes for evils
Avatāra: Incarnations 2. Incarnations of Viṣṇu
Prakīrṇa: Miscellaneous

Jyotiṣa Paṇḍita

CertificateThe Jyotiṣa Paṇḍita Certification examination can be taken by students after they complete the following academic years of study of the Parāśara Jyotiṣa Course.

  1. PJC Year-1
  2. PJC Year-2A
  3. PJC Year-2B
  4. PJC Year-3

Rules and Regulations

The examination and viva-voce is conducted by the DBC Examination Board constituted for the purpose by the Certification Head Steven Hubball. The decision of the Board can be appealed to the Certification Head and the decision of the Head is final and binding.

Students interested in Jyotiṣa Paṇḍita certification must inform the DBC Examinations Officer Mr. Ajay Zharotia. For Questions contact your Mentor and/or PJC Liaison Mrs. Sarbani Rath (sarbanirath@gmail.com)

Each student will be judged by a Certification Board Member who will be a certified Jaimini Scholar.

Examination Fees must be paid at least 60 days prior to taking the examination.

All documents and logs must be received at the DBC Certification Office. Please email these to the Examinations Officer.

DBC examinations are conducted both online and in person by Jaimini Scholar teachers. The written examination is submitted online prior to the viva voce.

The Certification primary requirement, as has been done traditionally for centuries, is the viva voce which will include a 30 minute chart interpretation and remedy recommendation which has to be defended by the student in front of a panel of scholars.

Certificate

Certificates will be issued by Devaguru Bṛhaspati Center, New Delhi on receiving recommendation from the Certification Head. Certificate will be provided as PDF bearing the signature of Certification Head, Mentor and Examiner (DBC Board).

To obtain a printed Jyotiṣa Paṇḍita Certificate, please requisition PJC Liaison Mrs. Sarbani Rath (sarbani.rath@devaguru.com). Cost of print and postage is to be borne by the student.

Duplicate print certificates will cost ₹1500 (INR) each for Home students and $40 (USD) Overseas students provided the student has requisitioned print certificates originally. Else the PDF can be downloaded online.

Certification Optional

graduation-cap-diploma Certification is optional as jyotiṣa is a vedāñga or spirituality related discipline.
♦ Students who wish to become Teachers of any course or Mentors will have to be certified
♥ Students who wish to practice as professional consultants are encouraged to consider certification.
♠ Entitlements and Honors like Jaimini Scholar (JSP), Jyotiṣa Paṇḍita (PJC Year-3), Jyotiṣa Guru (PJC Year-5) or any similar recognition, will not be awarded to one who does not qualify the certification requirements
♣ Every Certification has its own process which is dependent on the Program (and Course).

DBC Officers Contact Address
Certification Head
steve
Mr. Steven Hubball
steve.hubball@btinternet.com
+44 (0)1228 674 225
63 Edenside
Cargo, Carlisle
Cumbria CA6 4AQ
United Kingdom

Certification

[su_heading style=”flat-blue”]BRIEF OVERVIEW[/su_heading]
  • Certification is optional as jyotiṣa is a vedāñga or spirituality related discipline.
  • Students who wish to become Teachers of any course or Mentors will have to be certified
  • Students who wish to practice as professional consultants are encouraged to consider certification.
  • Entitlements and Honors like Jaimini Scholar (JSP), Jyotiṣa Paṇḍita (PJC Year-3), Jyotiṣa Guru (PJC Year-5) or any similar recognition, will not be awarded to one who does not pass the certification requirements
  • Every Certification has its own process which is dependent on the Program (and Course).
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PJC Overview

The Parāśara Jyotiṣa course is to be taught in the tradition of Puri, India and includes spiritual instructions to develop the mind in order to grasp the entire subject. The student is to develop a keen understanding of Vedic astrology and will master all the śloka of Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra (BPHS).

Syllabus
The syllabus primarily includes the jyotiṣa classic Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra as available today. The various chapters are grouped into various “Topics” to be covered in two parts – (A) Jyotiṣa Paṇḍita ( Four Academic Years) and (B) Jyotiṣa Guru (Two Academic Years). Cartificate of completion is issued after successful completion of these programs.

Course Dates
The course for each academic year of the Parāśara Jyotiṣa Program (Jyotiṣa Paṇḍita) shall commence from Makara saṅkrānti (about 15 January) and is taught online. These online lessons can be accessed by PJC Members who will also have access to recordings and power-point presentations if they fail to attend the Contact Course.

Himalaya Class
The contact course shall be for about 30 days (as required for each year, refer syllabus) in the Himalayas, India during the auspicious Tula māsa (Kārtika). Other mentors may choose other suitable locations and are required to announce this well in advance for the benefit of the students. Course Fees for any academic year does not include travel, stay or any other cost associated with the contact course.

Program Director
All courses are designed and taught by Pt. Sanjay Rath who will be supported by assistant instructor(s) to help with assignments, calculations etc.

Course Mentors
Subsequent batches of PJC have a Mentor to guide the students. These mentors are alternately chosen form Asia and World (remaining other parts).

The Inspiration

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ॐ हंसहंसाय विद्महे सोऽहं हंसाय धिमहि।
हंसः सोऽहं प्रचोदयात्॥
om haṁsahaṁsāya vidmahe so’haṁ haṁsāya dhimahi|
haṁsaḥ so’haṁ pracodayāt||

Brahma taught the Vedas and vedāñga (which includes Jyotiṣa) to his mind-born son Nārada. Some jyotiṣa teachings are available in the Nārada saṁhitā. In turn devarṣi Nārada passed this knowledge to Maharṣi Saunaka. Maharṣi Parāśara was the disciple of Maharṣi Saunaka and received the complete knowledge of the Vedas and vedāñga from his spiritual master in addition to substantial learning from his most illustrious grandfather Maharṣi Vasiṣṭha.
His magnum opus Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra is in the traditional form of dialogue with his śiṣya Maharṣi Maitreya wherein the humble disciple makes sincere queries and is taught the complete Horā śāstra. An exactly similar dialogue exists between Parāśara and Maitreya in the Viṣṇu Purāṇa. Therefore it is imperative to also study this purāṇa to develop a better understanding of the teachings of the seer. In our tradition three books are considered the foundation –

  • Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra
  • Maharṣi Jaimini kṛta Upadeśa Sūtra
  • Srimad Bhagavat Gītā

Overview

The Parāśara Jyotiṣa course is to be taught in the tradition of Puri, India and includes spiritual instructions to develop the mind in order to grasp the entire subject. The student is to develop a keen understanding of Vedic astrology and will master all the śloka of Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra (BPHS).

After successful completion of the requisite course students will receive the title of Jyotiṣa Paṇḍita (3rd Academic Year) and Jyotiṣa Guru (5th Academic Year) from Devaguru Bṛhaspati Center [under the by-laws of the governing body Śrī Jagannāth Center®]. Students will be required to take an oath for this certification that entitles them to practice as Vedic astrologers and to mentor apprentices besides being qualified to teach ‘Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra’ in the tradition.

The course involves study of the monumental classical Sanskrit literature authored by Maharṣi Parāśara – Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra, which forms the foundation of Vedic astrology. Every śloka will be examined in depth and Sanskrit words explains and translated in English. All study will be with ample illustrations as is the method of the tradition which shows the use of the teachings. Rather than just remember śloka by rote, which is also encouraged, it is better to remember them through application which causes the knowledge to sink deep. The student will develop a thorough understanding of the principles involved and the tradition encourages in-depth thinking to bring out jyotiṣa consciousness.

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.

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