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Fundamentals of Vedic Astrology: Vedic Astrologer's Handbook Vol. I Paperback – Jul 15 2003

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus Pr (July 15 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940985527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940985520
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
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The information is quite good and comprehensive though presented in a dry format. Bepin is considered as an authority in Vedic sciences, so his information is considered as being valid. What I find lacking is that he does not necessarily bother to explain the role of philosophy, karma and the planetary positions that are found, how one can surpass the negative position fruits and so on...

In his defense I suppose, this is just supposed to be a book on Astrology details about astrology basics, details on fruits of placements of various planets in varied signs and houses; which he provides. I think from a user's benefit perspective, it will be helpful to know that Astrology is not a means to feel blessed or cursed and feel helpless about changing either- BUT it is about using the details as a guiding method along with free-will and karmic clearing to bring about the desired life.

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Nice book, covers the topics in detail.
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HASH(0x9ccdb114) out of 5 stars Recommended Reference Guide for Jyotisha Beginners Aug. 28 2009
By Anna Noehre - Published on
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Like its companion volume, "Planets in Signs and Houses" (2003), this book is a well-organized, portable reference guide to Jyotisha basics. Nicely typeset with clear chapter headings. Assets for the learner include an extensive table of contents, index, glossary, and a variety of handy charts.

Introductory Topics in Part-1 and Part-2 = rashi (signs), bhava (houses), signs (rashi), yogas (combinations), nakshatra (lunar astrology), varga (divisional charts), Kalapurusha (the cosmic man, for medical astrology) and planetary friendships. Part-3 interpretation = more esoteric but still basic enough to guide beginners.

Because this list of topics would be covered in any introductory Jyotisha class, Behari's "Fundamentals" makes a convenient textbook for a first class in Jyotisha or for self-learning. For my beginning classes, I recommend the pair, Vedic Astrology Handbook 1 and Handbook 2. Intermediate students are directed to more comprehensive English texts such as "Light on Life" (1996) and "Three Hundred Important Combinations" (1947, 1983)and others.

The nakshatra descriptions are scaled-down versions from "Myths and Symbols" (1990). These simplified versions = 3-4 paragraphs each, which seems just right for the beginner who is already overwhelmed with the complexity of Jyotisha terminology. Intermediate students can search "Myths and Symbols" for more depth. Behari's drishti patterns seem a bit exotic, esp. for Rahu-Ketu (p 158-160). If the beginner needs more background on planetary aspects (drishti) there is an introductory treatment of Parashari drishti in David Frawley's "The Astrology of the Seers" (1990).

Overall, a right-sized reference guide that is easy to buy and use for a class. Recommended to students and teachers who need an introductory English-language text for ready reference to basic Jyotisha concepts.
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HASH(0x9ccdb1e0) out of 5 stars Great Fundamental Book May 5 2006
By Sanjay Srivastava - Published on
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I had interests in Astrology since childhood, but in India I was not able to find the good books. Although I had leared the hard way of creating Birth-Chart (Janam Patri)through Panchang and some knowledge of my Pandit Jee. Resently I had started reading lots of books about Astrology written by Western and Indian Authors. Both has different approches as Western wrtiers makes the book easy to read while Indian writers narrates more about the subject. This book is great for fundamentals. It clears all the aspects of Vedic Astrology. Only thing you need is you have to create serious interests and then you will be able to follow each and every words. If not, then just go though this book, let it sink and then read again and again. Thanks to Bepin Behari to provide this misterious and auspicious knowledge to the world.
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HASH(0x9ccdb618) out of 5 stars Good SECOND place to start.... April 25 2010
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For me, as a novice of Vedic Astrology, this one was a bit heavy as a place to start my studies. With that said, Vedic astrology is an amazingly complex system...After reading Beneath a Vedic Sky, this one by Behari was a very helpful, natural next step. He does not write it for the Western mind and leaves out things that, as a Westerner, I didn't know. I have found that Beneath a Vedic Sky and this one have been very complimentary to each other.Beneath A Vedic Sky
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HASH(0x9ccdb600) out of 5 stars Core Text for Vedic Astrologers - Thorough, challenging and rewarding May 8 2016
By AshaMaria - Published on
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Fundamentals of Vedic Astrology: Vedic Astrologer's Handbook Vol. I (v. 1) If you are determined to reach deeper into astrology read this book! Rich information and excellent explanation given - but some background knowledge of Vedic philosophy is assumed. This work is at times complex and presented in a dense format - you are thrown right into the intricacies of the lunar and solar zodiacs and the philosophy of the author - this is not a beginner's basic, cookbook style text (but then you are unlikely to find a reliable Vedic astrology book that is). The author has a mystical and philosophical, not just predictive, approach - he strives to educate his readers in the perspectives of his astrology, the whole purpose not just the results. There are illustrations and figures given to demonstrate the principles of the planets, houses, signs and lunar mansions which are helpful (and at times staggeringly beautiful in their complexity). Behari leaves nothing out in his excellent core text on Vedic Astrology. He has kept firmly to the Vedic principles of Vedanta and Yoga but infuses his work with modern mystical and esoteric philosophical perspectives. The predictive guidelines given in the final chapters of the book are very helpful for organising what you have learned within an interpretation framework. Highly recommend this text for intermediate to advanced students - beginners would better spend their time with Komilla Sutton's excellent "Essentials of Vedic astrology" before tackling Behari's work. If you are a beginner but you are committed to discovery - dive in!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ccdbabc) out of 5 stars It'sText Book Like but not boring at all Aug. 28 2013
By Naomi Perez - Published on
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It's a book to study, still reading it, but so far it's very through and rich. i know i will have to re-read and definitely keep as a guide as i am new to vedic astrology.

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