The knowledge of Vedic astrology (Jyotish Vidya) was traditionally passed down from master to disciple for thousands of years ensuring the purity of the teaching. Unfortunately such illustrious teachers are rare today and we have to struggle to learn from incomplete and/or incorrectly compiled manuscripts.
(BPHS is a prime example of this where much of Jaimini has been inserted into the text, trapping many into believing that Jaimini and Parashara are interchangeable. Many self-proclaimed (internet) gurus have fallen into this trap and even published books extolling the erroneous practice. Quite a dilemma for the budding astrologer! See the article "Jaimini or Parashara" for more information.)
Some of these treatises (translated manuscripts) are available here in our "Online Library" for the benefit of all sincere students.
BPHS Chapter 1:
"I shall proceed to narrate to you the science of astrology as heard through Lord Brahma.Only good will follow the teaching of this science to students who are peacefully disposed, who honor the preceptors (and elders), who speak only truth and who are God-fearing. Woeful for ever doubtlessly will it be to impart knowledge of this science to an unwilling student, to a heterodox, and to a crafty person."
Definition of Science:
A branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws. The word science comes from the Latin word "scientia" meaning "knowledge" and, in the broadest sense, it is any systematic knowledge-base or prescriptive practice being capable of resulting in prediction.
Sincerity and integrity
are the most essential qualities needed for a student wishing to grasp the essence of this most divine science.