Indian Council of Astrological Sciences
The President’s Message
ICAS is poised at a momentous state today. We are on the threshold of starting new courses and consolidating our achievements. Since 1984 when under the leadership of our Founder-President Dr B V Raman, ICAS was founded, we have been a truly pioneering institution. To our credit, we have taught more than 12,000 students and they are guiding thousands of persons all over the country and abroad. True to the spirit of founders, we have tread the path of not only disseminating astrological knowledge but also has taken up some of the finest researches in the field. Today we represent the largest astrological organisation in the country. Even today, the examinations conducted by ICAS is considered to be most rigorous and comprehensive in the country as we have made suitable changes in the content and type of skills analysed through our examination system.
ICAS has started truly all India spread Vaastu course and Palmistry course. This One year course leads to Vastu Acharya title where as one year palmistry course leads to Hastha Rekha Vishardha. Just like Jyotisha Praveena and Jyotisha Visharada titles, Vaastu Praveena, Vaastu Acharya, Hastha Rekha Praveena and Hastha Rekha Visharadha have been patented by ICAS. We will be starting first of its kind Nadi course in the country very soon. It is also planned to start many short term courses keeping the changing times in mind and also to begin state-of-the-art online course in astrology.
The growth and consolidation of ICAS is not just in terms of student base. We have also taken up research that has a bearing on basic principles of jyotisha and vaastu to enrich the learning of students. In fact, ICAS is at the forefront of astrological education because of its research activities. Today some of the work done by us (occasionally published in the Face Book group: ICAS Examination Wing) has given the capacity to explain issues that were vexing astrologers for long. To name a few:
- We do have a convincing explanation about why the first house of Kalapurusha chart is primarily characterised as a dharma house and also owned by Kuja or Mars. It has its roots in the very first rik/mantra of RgVeda (To hear the video lecture click: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRos4FzFwoo )
- We all are familiar with the concept of badhaka. This changes for chara, sthira and dvisvabhava signs. Why the sages gave this order can be explained through a verse of Srimadbhagavadgita. In the 28th shloka of 2nd Chapter, Lord Krishna offers indications for understanding the concept of badhaka
- We all are also familiar with the dictum that Guru is the most important planet in a horoscope. This basic astrological dictum can only be understood when we see it in the light of 2nd verse of 2nd chapter of Bhagavadgita.
- What makes a good astrologer? People have speculated a lot and come out with umpteen number of combinations of planets. Once again, however, it Bhagavad-Gita that offers a solution. In 10.37, Lord Krishna emphasises the role of Venus as primary significator for learning astrology.
- All of us wonder how was our past life was and what we have brought forward to this birth. 43rd shloka of 6th Chapter has guided us to come out with the powerful tool of Central Plan of Previous Life (CPPL)
- Event Time Prediction (ETP) is another wonderful tool that affirms the importance of being in consonance with nature and helping people with predictions
- Retrograde planets have always been an enigma to the astrologers, It seems they indicate something but what is it remains elusive. Retrogression is an astronomical phenomena and to understand this we need to go back to our rich heritage of studying astronomical data. Studies on the retrogression of Jupiter and Venus has provided explanation to various astrological principles. We took up a study of retrograde movement that ranges from 800 years to 4000 years that throw light on some interesting insights like Venus never retrogrades in the nakshatra of Ketu!
- Naamaaksharas are something that is know to even lay persons. How did they come about and what is the rationale? Does naamaaksharas throw light on the nature of different nakshatras? This study led us to identify 4 special nakshatras and their importance.
- Vaastu is interplay of 5 elements. What is the reason for assigning varied importance to different directions? A study of Taittiriya Brahmanas teachings gives a convincing explanation.
- While performing remedies which Veda should be followed and how should we reckon nakshatras? A study of Yajurveda provides us a clue
These are only a few of multiple studies that have yielded results and guiding us in the path of dissemination of astrological knowledge. I do hope that we as a team can bring about a positive change and do our service to the cause of jnana.