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.

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
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Mr. Steven Hubball
steve.hubball@btinternet.com
+44 (0)1228 674 225
63 Edenside
Cargo, Carlisle
Cumbria CA6 4AQ
United Kingdom
BRIEF OVERVIEW
  • 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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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).

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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.

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