Ancient Vedic Astrology
Such questioning tends to cause strongly emotional reactions among Hindu astrologers. In fact, I put myself in the middle of a profound conflict between two cultures. Traditional Hindus believe that the Vedic culture, including Indian astrology, was revealed about 5,000 years ago by holy Indian sages in India and was from its beginning perfect, eternally valid, and holy. Thus in their opinion, culture was not developed in terms of a progressive upward development, as Westerners believe, but was established at the beginning of time by divine beings in highest perfection and since then has only deteriorated. For this reason, Hindu traditionalists tend to interpret western notions of the history of culture, which assumes that the ancients were more primitive than we are, as an insult or their greatest saints.
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