The term ‘Jyotisha Sastra’ is known as Indian Astrology in English words. But, in reality, there is no equal word for Jyotisha Sastra in English.
The word “Jyotisha” is derived from two words i.e. Jyoti + isha. ‘Jyoti’ means light (divine light) and ‘isha’ means Ishwar / God. Hence, Jyotisha is Light of God. Sastra or Shastra means knowledge / principles / education. The person who studies and practices Jyotisha Sastra can be called as Jyotisha Sastri. In English words, Jyotisha Sastri is known as Astrologer.
“There is no better boat than a horoscope to help a man cross over the sea of life” – Varahamihira (Great Astrologer who lived in the court of King Vikramaditya) Jyotisha Sastra is a divine subject. Some people call it as a Science and some call it as an Art. I define it as a Divine Science and Art.
Hence, Knowledge / Principles is Science and Prediction is an Art.
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