om gurave namah
The time allocated for each topic is about 15 days and the dates indicated are the last date for the topic to be completed and assignment submitted. If you are late, please do not submit the assignment. Students will be graded on the basis of their assignments and tests. However, we have done away with the grading system and this removes the stress and makes the learning much more fun.

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All of you must have read the preparatory lesson titled Foundation of Vedic Astrology. Now, when you have the time, please listen to these 36 CD quality recordings of the foundation lecture. For your convenience, a ready link for the paper is also provided. You are allowed to download these MP3 audio files, burn them into CDs or simply compy them into your MP3 player, IPhone etc, and listen to them whenever you have the time. Even if you have heard this before or heard it a few times before, there is no harm in repeating it. Strong foundations hold

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Mṛtyuṅjaya Mantra
त्र्यंबक्कं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टीवर्धनम्।
उर्वारुकमिव बन्दनाम् मृत्योर्मोक्षीय मामृतात्॥
tryaṁbakkaṁ yajāmahe sugandhiṁ puṣṭīvardhanam|
urvārukamiva bandanām mṛtyormokṣīya māmṛtāt||

Understanding the subtleties of this mahā mantra as taught by Maharṣi Vasiṣṭha, the grandsire of Parāśara.

Mṛtyuṅjaya Mantra Initiation

Initiation | Download and Print

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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

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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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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.

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

PJC Year-1
PJC Year-2A
PJC Year-2B
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

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Sanjay Rath belongs to a traditional family of astrologers from Bira Balabhadrapur Sasan village of Puri, Orissa, which trace their lineage back to Shri Achyuta Das (Sri Achyutananda). Sanjay studied under his uncle, late Pandit Kasinath Rath. His grandfather, the late Pandit Jagannath Rath, was the Jyotish Ratna of Orissa and authored many books on Jyotish. He began his studies at a tender age, and received the depth of Jyotish only found among those who have been trained in the ancient traditional way of the parampara. He later became a graduate of mechanical engineering and worked for some time

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By Śaṅkara Bhāgavatapāda, this Śrī Kṛṣṇa Aṣṭaka is to be sung every evening to remove the evils. This was taught by Sarbani Rath at PJC-1 Batch 2, 2013 Himalaya Class. We hope that future batches will also learn this song of Kṛṣṇa which protects us through the turmoil of Kali Yuga.
भजे व्रजैकमण्डनं समस्तपापखण्डनं
स्वभक्तचित्तरंजनं सदैव नन्दनन्दनम्‌।
सुपिच्छगुच्छमस्तकं सुनादवेणुहस्तकं
अनंगरंगसागरं नमामि कृष्णनागरम्‌॥ १॥
bhaje vrajaika-maṇḍanaṁ samasta-pāpa-khaṇḍanaṁ
sva-bhakta-citta-raṅjanaṁ sadaiva nanda-nandanam |
supiccha-guccha-mastakaṁ sunāda-veṇu-hastakaṁ
anaṅga-raṅga-sāgaraṁ namāmi kṛṣṇa-nāgaram || 1||

मनोजगर्वमोचनं विशाललोललोचनं
विधूतगोपशोचनं नमामि पद्मलोचनम्‌।
करारविन्दभूधरं स्मितावलोकसुन्दरं
महेन्द्रमानदारणं नमामि कृष्णावारणम्‌॥ २॥
manoja-garva-mocanaṁ viśāla-lola-locanaṁ
vidhūta-gopa-śocanaṁ namāmi padma-locanam |
karāravinda-bhū-dharaṁ smitāva-loka-sundaraṁ
mahendra-māna-dāraṇaṁ namāmi kṛṣṇā-vāraṇam

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To be recited everyday morning. Mantras given at the end
वसुदेवसुतं देवं कंसचाणूरमर्दनम्
देवकीपरमानन्दं कृष्णं वंदे जगद्गुरुम्॥ १॥
vasu-deva-sutaṁ devaṁ kaṅsa-cāṇūra-mardanam
devakī-paramānandaṁ kṛṣṇaṁ vaṅde jagadgurum || 1||

आतसीपुष्पसंकाशम् हारनूपुरशोभितम्
रत्नकण्कणकेयूरं कृष्णं वंदे जगद्गुरुम्॥ २॥
ātasī-puṣpa-saṅkāśam hāranūpura-śobhitam
ratna-kaṇkaṇa-keyūraṁ kṛṣṇaṁ vaṅde jagadgurum || 2||

कुटिलालकसंयुक्तं पूर्णचंद्रनिभाननम्
विलसत्कुण्डलधरं कृष्णं वंदे जगद्गुरुम्॥ ३॥
kuṭilālakasaṁyuktaṁ pūrṇa-caṅdranibhānanam
vilasat-kuṇḍala-dharaṁ kṛṣṇaṁ vaṅde jagadgurum || 3||

मंदारगन्धसंयुक्तं चारुहासं चतुर्भुजम्
बर्हिपिञ्छावचूडाङ्गं कृष्णं वंदे जगद्गुरुम्॥ ४॥
maṅdāra-gandha-saṁyuktaṁ cāru-hāsaṁ catur-bhujam
barhipiñchāvacūḍāṅgaṁ kṛṣṇaṁ vaṅde jagadgurum || 4||

उत्फुल्लपद्मपत्राक्षं नीलजीमूतसन्निभम्
यादवानां शिरोरत्नं कृष्णं वंदे जगद्गुरुम्॥ ५॥
utphulla-padma-patrākṣaṁ nīlajīmūtasannibham
yādavānāṁ śiro-ratnaṁ kṛṣṇaṁ vaṅde jagadgurum || 5||

रुक्मिणीकेळिसंयुक्तं पीतांबरसुशोभितम्
अवाप्ततुलसीगन्धं कृष्णं वंदे जगद्गुरुम्॥ ६॥

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