Maharishi Jyotish Program

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Glossary of Jyotish terms
  • Bhava (BHA-va): One of the 12 divisions or houses of the Birth Chart or horoscope. Each Bhava represents a specific aspect of our life, such as education, health, profession, or marriage.
  • Birth Chart: The visual display of the Planets at the time of our birth, which is like a snapshot of the qualities of Nature’s intelligence that govern the trends of our life.
  • Dasha (DHA-sha): A period of time associated with the cycles of the Planets or 9 Grahas. Your Maharishi Jyotish Consultation will include predictions in reference to the major Dasha period (Mahadasha) you are in, as well as one or two sub-Dasha levels (Antardasha and Pratyantardasha), depending on the length of the consultation.
    • Mahadasha (MA-ha-dha-sha): The major Dasha period, lasting from 6 to 20 years.
    • Antardasha (AN-tar-dha-sha): The second-level Dasha period, lasting about 6 to 20 months.
    • Pratyantardasha (prat-YAN-tar-dha-sha): The third-level Dasha period, lasting from a few days to a month or more.
  • Gochar (GO-char): The movement or transit of a Planet through the 12 Bhavas or houses, which brings different influences to the Birth Chart over time.  
  • Graha (GRA-ha): The Sun, Moon and Planets, whose position in the Birth Chart and movements are used in the Maharishi Jyotish system of prediction.
  • Graha Shanti (GRA-ha SHAN-ti): The word “Shanti” means peace. “Graha Shanti” refers to a being in a state of harmony with the Planets so that they bring maximum support for progress in life.
  • Jyotish (JO-tish): One of the 40 aspects of the Veda and Vedic literature which were revived in their purity and completeness by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Jyotish is known as the “Eye of the Veda” which can see the past, the present, and the future.
  • Kundali (KUN-da-li): The Sanskrit word for the Birth Chart or horoscope.
  • Maharishi Jyotish: The science of Vedic Astrology which Maharishi reconnected to its foundation in the field of pure consciousness—the field of Pure Knowledge at the basis of all creation, and the home of all the Laws of Nature.
  • Maharishi Yagya (YUH-gyuh): A traditional performance by Maharishi Yagya Pandits to bring greater balance and support of Nature to the recipient and the environment.
  • Nakshatra (nak-SHA-tra): One of the 27 Constellations with reference to the Moon, which play a role in the science of prediction.
  • Pandit (PUN-dit): An expert who has been trained from an early age in a specific branch of the Vedic knowledge.
    • Maharishi Jyotish Pandit: An expert in the Maharishi Jyotish program who is trained to create and analyze the Comprehensive Birth Chart portfolio, and who can provide other Jyotish services. The Jyotish Pandits have also been trained to practice Maharishi’s programs for the development of consciousness.
    • Maharishi Yagya Pandit: An expert in the Maharishi Yagya program who is able to perform traditional Vedic recitations from a settled level of awareness. The Yagya Pandits have also been trained to practice Maharishi’s programs for the development of consciousness.
  • Rashi (RA-she): One of the 12 Constellations that are the traditional Signs of the Zodiac.
  • Sankalp (sun-KUL-puh): The intention or specific purpose of a Maharishi Yagya performance.
  • Veda (VAY-duh): Maharishi described Veda as a field of pure knowledge—the total knowledge of Natural Law which is available to us on the level of our own Transcendental Consciousness.
  • Vedic (VAY-dik): Pertaining to Veda, the field of total knowledge.

2. Comprehensive Birth Chart

What is the purpose of the Comprehensive Birth Chart portfolio?

The Comprehensive Birth Chart (CBC) system allows the Maharishi Jyotish Pandits to have a much more complete vision of the forces acting upon your progress in life. This is why it is important to add the birth information of your closest living family members—parents, spouse, and children—into your Comprehensive Birth Chart portfolio. This will enable the Jyotish Pandits take into consideration the influence of these individuals on your life.

The CBC portfolio is a unique feature of Vedic Astrology introduced by Maharishi after reviewing the experiences of those participating in the Maharishi Jyotish program. If the expense of adding family members will be an obstacle when registering your CBC portfolio, you can choose not to add any relatives at this time, and include them later when finances allow.

What is the policy on the privacy of my personal information?

Everything regarding the Maharishi Jyotish and Maharishi Yagya programs is kept strictly confidential. This includes all personal information that you provide, all details of your Comprehensive Birth Chart portfolio and Jyotish Consultation, and any other services you may request.

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3. Maharishi Jyotish Consultation

I have requested a Maharishi Jyotish Consultation. What happens next?

The Maharishi Jyotish office will send your Comprehensive Birth Chart portfolio to the Jyotish Pandits in India. They will prepare for your consultation, giving careful attention to any questions you have submitted. The Jyotish office will then send you the date and time of your consultation appointment, and how to connect by phone.

At the time of your consultation, your local Maharishi Jyotish office will connect you to the Jyotish Pandit and his translator, who will confirm that you can hear and understand everything that is being said.

Watch a video about the Maharishi Jyotish Consultation.

What areas of life does the Maharishi Jyotish Consultation include?

Any area of life can be explored through your Comprehensive Birth Chart. The 60-minute General Consultation provides insights into key areas of life such as health, profession, family and home, relationships, income, wealth, loss and gain, and education. You may also ask questions regarding issues in other areas of your life.

Do I need to know much about Vedic Astrology in order to understand what is being said during the consultation?

No, it’s not necessary. During the consultation, the Maharishi Jyotish Pandits will describe in everyday language the different aspects of your life, including health, wealth, family, and profession.

They will discuss the timing of both positive and negative influences that may affect these areas of your life. They will also check to make sure that you clearly understand what is being said, and that you are satisfied with your consultation.

What is the difference between a 60-minute General Consultation and 15-Minute, 30-Minute, or 45-Minute consultation?

The General Consultation provides an overall analysis of your Comprehensive Birth Chart. It describes your basic nature that continues with you throughout life, and includes general predictions for one year.

For example, the Birth Chart will show if you might have talent as an artist or writer. Whether you have a tendency for health problems, and if so in what area. If you are likely to succeed in a particular profession. If wealth is indicated, where it might come from. In addition, the General Consultation includes a detailed one-year prediction to help you plan for the coming months.

During a 15-Minute Consultation you can choose ONE of the following two options:

  1. Detailed predictions for 1 year with no questions.
  2. Answers to 3-4 questions.

During a 30-Minute Consultation you can choose ONE of the following two options:

  1. Detailed predictions for 1 year, and answers to 3-4 questions.
  2. Answers for up to 6 questions.

During a 45-Minute Consultation you can choose ONE of the following three options:

  1. Detailed predictions for 1 year, and answers for up to 6 questions.
  2. Detailed predictions for 1 year, a general prediction of trends for a second year, and answers to 3-4 questions.
  3. Answers for up to 10 questions.

All Maharishi Jyotish Consultations include a Maharishi Yagya Recommendation at no extra charge.

I’m not sure that I totally believe in or understand the field of astrology. Will the consultation still work for me?

Yes. The effectiveness of the Maharishi Jyotish program does not depend upon any belief or level of understanding. The proper analysis of your Comprehensive Birth Chart portfolio is based on the ancient science and technology of Vedic Astrology.

The value of a Maharishi Jyotish Consultation comes from the accuracy and usefulness of the information you gain, not from your level of understanding or belief. As an example, you do not need to believe in or understand the science of electricity in order to switch on a light and enjoy its benefits.

4. Maharishi Yagyas Performances (Graha Shanti)

What more can I do to ensure success in overcoming any obstacles?

You can use your good judgment to deal with whatever challenge may be seen. If a challenging trend has been predicted, then you won’t be so surprised when it arrives. For instance, if the Jyotish Pandit sees a period in which you could fall ill, then you can make sure to get extra rest, have a health check-up, and take other precautions during this time.

The balance, creativity, and intelligence in your mind and body are supported by the level of your consciousness. So being regular in the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique will be very important, and will help you deal most effectively with whatever comes your way in life.

In addition, Maharishi brought out a very powerful Vedic technology to eliminate the influence of past actions at their very basis—the Maharishi Yagya program. Each Maharishi Jyotish Consultation includes a recommendation indicating which Maharishi Yagya performances will be most effective in eliminating problems and promoting good fortune.

How can Maharishi Yagya performances change the trends of time?

A Maharishi Yagya performance can introduce new life-supportive influences to counteract the impact of potential negative consequences from past actions, before they can fully develop and interfere with the progress and happiness in our life.

Through the Maharishi Jyotish program—the Science of Prediction—the timing and quality of upcoming trends is determined. Through the Maharishi Yagya program—the Technology of Transformation—some positive influence could help change that destiny.

Maharishi shared an analogy to help us understand what happens. An arrow shot from a bow is on its way to hit the target. What can be done? If some wind could come up and blow the arrow off its path, then the arrow would miss its mark.

In a similar way, a Maharishi Jyotish Consultation describes the trends of time, and prescribes the remedial action required to counteract the influences of past mistakes. Maharishi Yagya performances then help correct these trends and protect you from their unfavorable effects by averting the danger before it arises.

Maharishi Yagya performances are offered by the Brahamanada Saraswati Yagya Foundation. For more information visit: Donations to sponsor Maharishi Yagya performances are tax-deductible in the USA.

How does a Maharishi Yagya performance work?

A Maharishi Yagya performance is a technology of consciousness that can create a balancing influence from the level of the Unified Field of Natural Law, which gives rise to and administers all levels of creation. This is the fundamental field of Nature’s creativity and intelligence at the basis of all time and space.

The Vedic technologies of consciousness, including the Maharishi Yagya program, operate on the level of the Unified Field. It is the most powerful level of Natural Law—millions of times more powerful than the nuclear level—and is a field of peace and unity as well.

Maharishi Yagyas are performed in India by Yagya Pandits who have many years of special training in this Vedic technology. They also have training in Maharishi’s programs to develop consciousness, which help ensure that the Yagya performance will be most effective.

At the beginning of each Maharishi Yagya performance, the Vedic Pandits state a Sankalpa which includes the purpose of the Yagya, the name of the person for whom the Yagya is being performed, along with other information such as their date of birth and details from the Birth Chart that identify the recipient.

What kinds of Maharishi Yagya performances are available?

There are two categories of Maharishi Yagya performances:

  1. Planetary or Graha Shanti Yagyas are recommended based on your Comprehensive Birth Chart portfolio to help create favorable influences from the Planets, so that you can enjoy greater progress in life. Learn more
  2. Specific Purpose Yagyas enhance and nourish key areas of your life, and provide greater support for the fulfillment of your desires. Learn more
How do I sponsor a Maharishi Yagya performance for myself or a family member?

For Planetary Yagyas and Specific Purpose Yagyas, you will need to have a Comprehensive Birth Chart portfolio for the person honored in the Yagya performance. You will also need to apply for either a Maharishi Jyotish Consultation or a Yagya Recommendation for yourself or your family member. At that point, you’ll be ready to sponsor a Maharishi Yagya performance through Brahmananda Saraswati Yagya Foundation.

5. Jyotish Predictions

For which areas of life can the Maharishi Jyotish Pandit give predictions?

By analyzing the relationship of the various influences in your Comprehensive Birth Chart, the Jyotish Pandit is able to provide detailed insights into all areas of life, including health, wealth, relationships, and profession. They can also predict future trends and events, and when they may occur.

Is it possible to predict the probability of an accident?

It is possible to determine when an accident may be most likely to occur. Any unfavorable period can be foreseen, along with its possible effects in a particular area of our life.

How is the timing of events determined? For example, can the Maharishi Jyotish Pandit tell when an accident may happen?

There are several methods that the Vedic expert can use to determine the timing of events. One method called the Dasha system is based on which Planets have the strongest influence on your life at any given time. There are times when we are experiencing favorable influences from the Planets with rapid progress and success. And then there are other times when we may face obstacles, problems, or disease.

Another method to foresee the quality of time is based on the constant movement of the Planets or Grahas. This is called the Planetary Transit or Gochar. The Planets create specific influences when they are in different positions in the sky. Some positions promote progress, while others can create problems.

If the Maharishi Jyotish Pandit can predict the future, is everything pre-destined?

Everyone can determine for themself what they want to do. This is your free will, which you can exercise as you like. But we often find that we are compelled by circumstances to move in a particular direction. These circumstances are the result of previous actions that are now influencing our present life.

The Maharishi Jyotish program can calculate influences coming from past actions that are returning to you, predict what these influences will be, and the time of their return. It’s our common experience that knowledge of upcoming events can help us prevent problems before they arise. For example, if we know that it’s going to rain, we can take our umbrella when we go outside. It may not stop the rain, but it will allow us to stay dry.

Watch a video describing the three kinds of karma in Maharishi Jyotish.

6. Asking Your Questions

Can I ask personal questions of the Maharishi Jyotish Pandits?

Yes, if they are submitted beforehand. When you apply for the consultation, you will have the option to include questions for the Jyotish Pandits. It’s important that they have these questions well in advance so that they can carefully consider all aspects of your Birth Chart to give you a complete answer. The number of questions they will answer is determined by whether you have requested a 15-minute, 30-minute, or 45-minute consultation.

Can you suggest what kinds of questions I could ask?

Here is a list of sample questions.

Physical Health
  1. When should I be especially alert to a possible physical imbalance?
  2. What kind of health issues may occur, and when?
  3. How long will my health be at risk?
  4. Is there any danger of accidents or injuries?
  5. Is any kind of surgery required, or can it be avoided?
  6. If surgery is necessary, when is the safest time to schedule it?
Mental Health
  1. When will I feel more confident and have less anxiety or worries?
  2. I’ve felt jealous of others lately. When will these feelings change?
  3. I feel very forgetful. Is there any problem with my memory?
  4. Why do I feel a lack of creativity and focus at work?
  5. Why do I get upset with others so easily?
  6. Why don’t I get more recognition and appreciation?
  1. Is married life appropriate for me?
  2. When might I find a suitable spouse?
  3. What qualities in a spouse would be best for me?
  4. Will communication with my spouse improve?
  5. At some point in our marriage, will more understanding and patience be needed?
  6. Will there be difficulties in our marriage?
  7. Can my overall relationship with my spouse improve?
Family Life
  1. When would be the best time for us to have children?
  2. How many children will we have?
  3. Can we have another child?
  4. Will I have a close relationship with my children?
  5. Are there any concerns about my children?
  6. Will our children make good progress in school?
  7. Which school is best for my child?
  8. How can we improve harmony in our family?
  9. Are there any concerns regarding my relatives?
  10. When will my relationship with relatives improve?
  1. Is it likely that we will move our residence?
  2. Is it possible that we will live in another country?
  3. When will we get a better house?
  4. When and where should we build a new house?
  1. What field of study is most suitable for me?
  2. What level of education should I pursue?
  3. How will I perform on upcoming examinations?
  4. Would it be good for me to study in a foreign country?
  5. Can I pursue higher studies along with my job?
  6. When will my relationships with classmates and teachers improve?
  7. Should I return to my university studies now or later?
  1. What profession is most suitable for me?
  2. Should I change professions now?
  3. Will I continue to advance in my present job?
  4. When will my relationship with my boss improve?
  5. Is it likely that I will lose my job?
  6. I have been unemployed for some time. When will I find a new job?
  7. Can I get a job with better pay?
  8. Why don’t I get the recognition or promotion that I deserve?
  9. Why am I facing obstacles in my work?
  1. Should I have my own business, or is it better for me to work for someone else?
  2. Should I start a business on my own, or be in partnership with others?
  3. Can I find investors for my business?
  4. Are there any dangers or hindrances for my company? And if so, when?
  5. Will I be successful against competitors?
  6. Why are there obstacles to my progress?
  1. Is wealth a possibility for me?
  2. What areas of investment can bring me wealth?
  3. What can I do to avoid losses?
  4. Is there any danger of financial loss?
  5. When might I profit from selling a stock?
  6. When should I sell my property for best results?
  7. Is there any indication of receiving an inheritance?
  8. Why are there obstacles to my financial progress?
Spiritual Life
  1. When are the best periods for me to make spiritual progress?
  2. Are there any obstacles to my spiritual development?
  3. When will I gain more spiritual knowledge?
  4. When would be the best time to enroll in courses for spiritual development?
  5. Will I continue to enjoy progress in my personal growth or evolution?
Other Areas of Life
  1. When is the best time for me to take a trip?
  2. Which countries are best for my travels?
  3. Will I live abroad?
  4. When will I get a new car?
  5. What sports should I pursue?
  6. Do I have any special musical or artistic talents that I should develop?
  7. Are there any hidden dangers I should avoid this season?

You can also submit other questions that are not included on this list.

If I think of follow-up questions after my consultation, can I ask more questions?

Yes, you can. However, in most cases you will need to submit your additional questions as part of a new consultation. You can then schedule a follow-up Jyotish Consultation to receive the answers.