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(HinduDharma: Jyotisa)

NIRUKTA:

We must add to this list the four Vedas which were dealt with in Part Five.


ASTERISMS:

Also called " lunar mansions ". They are 27 in number, though there were originally 28 including Abhijit.


TRISKANDHA BHASKARA :

" The Sun of the Three Sections of Jyotisa. "


" MANGALYA - DOSA" :

"Fault " in a girl's horoscope that suggests early widowhood; this is dependent on the position of Mars.


TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR :

Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

How I wonder what you are!

- from "The Star" by Jane Taylor.

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GRAHAS:

The nine grahas: the sun, the moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn, and the shadow planets Rahu and Ketu.

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DHATUS:

The dhatus : vayu (wind), pitta (bile ), kapha (phlegm)

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KESAVA:

Nimittani ca pasyami viparitani Kesava

Na ca sreyo nupasyami hatva svajanam ahave

---- Bhagavadgita, 1. 31


SAVYASIN:

Tasmat tvam uttistha yaso labhasva

Jitva satrun bhunksva rajyam samrddham,

Mayai'vai'te nihatah purvam eva

Nimittamatram bhava Savyasacin

- Ibid, 11. 33

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PRASNOPANISHAD (3. 8) :

"Adityo ha vai bahyah prana udayatyesa hyenam caksusam pranamanugrhnanah Prthivyam ya devata saisa purusasyapanamavastabhyantara yadakasah sa samano, vayur-vyanah"

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SUN REVOLVED ROUND IT:

It was in 1543 that the Polish astronomer Nicalaus Copernicus published his book in which he said that the sun, not the earth, he considered the centre of the universe.

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ARYABHATA:

"For purposes of calculation the planetary system was taken as geocentric, though Aryabhata in the 5th century suggested that the earth revolved round the sun and rotated on its axis, this theory was also known to later astronomers. The precession of the equinoxes was known and calculated with some accuracy by medieval astronomers, as were the lengths of the year, the lunar month and other astronomical constants. These calculations were reliable for most practical purposes, and in many cases more exact than those of the Graeco-Roman world. Eclipses wre forecast with accuracy and their true cause understood. "

- A. L. Basham in " The Wonder that was India"

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STARTED:

There is a remarkable similarity between this argument and the imaginary experience of a famous French writer recounted by Ya. Perelman in his Physics for Entertainment:". In his statirical History of Lunar States and Empires (1657) the witty 17th century French writer Cyrano de Bergerac describes an amazing thing which had suposedly happened to him. Experimenting one day, he was lifted up into the air with all his retorts. On landing several hours later, he was astonished to find himself not in his own land of France nor even in Europe but in Canada. Strangely enough Cyrano de Bergerac believed his transatlantic flight quite possible, claiming that while he was up in the air, the earth had continued to rotate eastwards which was why he had landed in North America and not France.

" A very cheap and simple mode of travel, I must say! Just ascend and stay suspended a few minites and you will return to a totally different place much further westwards. . . . "

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BLAVATSKY :

Madame Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society in 1875.

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60- YEAR CYCLE :

This is the Barhaspatiya or Jovian circle.

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"Hindu Dharma" is a book which contains English translation of certain invaluable and engrossing speeches of Sri Sri Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi MahaSwamiji (at various times during the years 1907 to 1994).
For a general background, please see here