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Dr. A. P. Rao awarded honorary PhD in Astrology


Dr. A. P. Rao was awarded an honorary PhD by the Indian Institute of Oriental Heritage on February 18th, 2017 during the 40th International Conference of Oriental Heritage for his exceptional service in the field of Vedic Astrology. More..

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Dr A.P.Rao is an Adjunct faculty member at the Hindu University of America. Dr. Rao is now accepting students who are interested in pursuing a Masters in Astrology (by study or research), or PhD in Astrology (by research). Please contact Dr A.P.Rao at or the Hindu University of America for more information.

Lord Vishnu in the name of Veda Vyasa supposedly divides the knowledge of Hindu scriptures divided as Vedas, Vedangas, Upanishads, Puranas, Upapuranas and Itihasas from the Nirguna Brahma so that we can lead a rightful life, which is the purpose of creation. Vedic Astrology has a twofold purpose. On one hand it is used as a tool to select the right time to start various actions so that the results are better. On the other hand it is used as a guide to study the destiny of an individual.  The Hindu way of life, based on the Karma theory, looked at the progress of the human soul through various janmas..They classified purpose of life into four broad aspects - Dharma or right living, Artha or the monetary aspect, Kama or the desires and finally Moksha or spiritual progress and liberation. They recognized the importance of balancing these four aspects of life for the proper progress. To understand and improve all these four aspects they gave us knowledge. The Vedas for spiritual progress, the Dharma and Nyaya shastras for the legal and social conduct, the Artha (finance), Ganita (mathematics), Vanijya (trade) shastras for earning money, Sangeeta (music) Nritya (dance) Shilpa (art) etc. Finally the Jyotishya or Astrology was given  as a guide, to get the best results during the most suitable times, in each of the above four areas of life. 

According to Vedic astrology a person is born at a place and time when his individual karma is in perfect mathematical harmony with the progress of the stars in heaven. Astrology lets one know what one is born with, the limitations, strong points and  drawbacks.  It also prescribes various remedial measures to ward off the bad effects and to enhance the good results. Astrology is a roadmap of destiny. The scriptures guide by telling  what is good and what is bad; what to do and what not to do; how to do and how not to do. One is given a piece of land and the seeds to sow. How much effort to put in to it, what amount of manure and water to add and when how to reap the produce is ones effort.. One cannot blame the roadmap if drunk, drive badly and have an accident. Thus astrology is a road map to lead  a good life for success in all aspects.

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