What is the Jaimini Scholar Program?
The Jaimini Scholar Program seeks to continue the esteemed Jyotish lineage of Pandit Sanjay Rath, Atri Gotra, and reveal the true teachings and spiritual wisdom of Maharishi Parāśara and Maharishi Jaimini. This lineage traces directly from the enlightened Jyotishi Sri Achutyananda Das (born 1510), the teaching being passed down within the Brahmin families unbroken for 500 years.
For the first time outside of these few Brahmin families in Orissa, and by the grace of the Rishis through our Paraṁparā Guru Pandita Sanjay Rath, the real deep secrets of Maharishi Jaimini’s Upadeśa Sutras are now being taught through the Jaimini Scholar Program. Maharishi Jaimini’s guru’s guru was Maharishi Parāśara and these upadeśa sutras actually explain the correct method of applying many of the techniques found in Parāśara’s text Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra. For centuries many erudite astrologers have struggled to interpret what Parāśara and Jaimini really meant, even to the extent that many thought Jaimini had created his own tradition separate from that of Parāśara. However, the true meaning of the word Upadeśa is: ‘instructions and advice from the master’, clearly showing that the sutras are the teaching of the tradition and thus coming down from Parāśara.
Pandit Sanjay Rath is personally training 26 Jaimini Scholars in a four year program to become the custodians of the spiritual knowledge and wisdom of this 500 year old Jyotisha tradition to which Sanjay belongs. These Jaimini Scholars will then have the responsibility to teach students themselves who will then also become Jaimini Scholars. To this lineage we are greatly indebted and those who are part of it aspire to uphold this sacred knowledge to its highest and utmost dignity.
For more information on The Vedic Tradition of Jyotiṣa
What does the course involve?
The Jaimini Scholar program is a four year course based on the Upadesha Sutras of Maharishi Jaimini (one Adhyāya per year) with a background of the Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra of Maharishi Parāśara. Each year is also related to one of the four Vedas and is taught as a separate module, which means that successful participants will obtain certification from the Devaguru Bṛhaspati Centre for each year completed. However, it is expected to take longer in view of the intricate, in-depth teaching. Three years of lessons have been completed covering the first two adhyāya and a half of adhyāya III of the Upadeśa Sutra of Maharishi Jaimini.
All of Sanjay’s lectures to the Jaimini Scholars in India were recorded, and all students will have web access to these recordings in this website. Thus every Jaimini Scholar will receive exactly the same teachings and materials as those originally taught by Sanjay; however, these teachings must be learned through a Certified Jaimini Scholar. Year 1 involves 28 principal lessons and several subsidiary lessons, exactly as taught by Sanjay in India, and this first year course is now being offered in the UK.
How do I become a Jaimini Scholar?
To become a Jaimini Scholar you first need to be selected as a student of a Certified Jaimini Scholar. Please click here to contact me to discuss this. A list of Certified Jaimini Scholars is available online at www.sohamsa.com for your ready reference. Certification depends upon receiving direct teaching from a Jaimini scholar, as the ‘word’ can only be transmitted from the mouth as was done originally by Brahma in teaching the Veda. Therefore part of the teaching will be given in person and the rest conducted online. This course is unique in the history of Jyotiṣa and may not be offered again for a very long time. It is a very serious study requiring commitment and dedication.
You can access the courses in this website under ‘Jaimini Scholar’ LMS, but will need to be tutored directly by a qualified Jaimini Scholar for the purpose of final accreditation. This website gives you the certificate for completion of the web-based learning material. You have the option of (1) just learning from this website with a certificate of course completion or taking this to the required level of (2) also learning with one of the accredited Jaimini Scholars WHO ARE ALSO QUALIFIED TO TEACH.
Completion of these courses does not qualify you to teach the Jaimini Scholar Program but this will take your astrology practise to great heights with accurate predictions and excellent remedial measures for overcoming the suffering and problems of your clients and having the insight of the Vedic seers to give proper guidance. In simpler words, this course qualifies you to become a Jaimini Scholar and Jyotish Consultant. In order to qualify to teach, please write for special testing to Pt. Sanjay Rath.
What are the fees?
Please contact one of the 26 qualified Jaimini Scholar Teacher directly for the teacher fees.
In addition to the teacher fees there is a website fee of $299 [about €200] to access the slides and lectures given by Sanjay in India, and all the other teaching material. This payment of €200 [per course-year] is also required to obtain certification for successful graduates.
The Centre also offers a Sādhana pack including special Mālā, an Asana (meditation seat), mantra book and other recommended items (approx cost $100).
All details of individual courses are available under the Jaimini Scholar LMS. Each course year comprises many courses, roughly 20-30 courses at least.
What background do I need?
A good general background in Jyotish is recommended. This can be obtained through my other online Vedic Astrology courses with BAVA, ACVA, Śrī Jagannāth Centre, Dirah Academy or by studying with a tutor privately.
Also, one should aspire to have a basic grounding in Sanskrit but this can be developed as we go through the course. This course is also a sādhana, or serious spiritual practice, and eligible students should be practising some form of meditation and yoga.
If you have any doubts, the best thing is to check the FAQ or write to one of the Jaimini Scholars for guidance. In this manner you can also build a personal rapport with your tutor.