The Jaimini Scholar Program

Studying Jyotisha in the Ancient Parampara Tradition of Vedic India

What is the Jaimini Scholar Program?

The Jaimini Scholar Program seeks to continue the esteemed Jyotish lineage of Pandit Sanjay Rath and Atri Gotra, and reveal the true teachings and spiritual wisdom of Maharishi Parashara and Maharishi Jaimini. This lineage traces directly from the enlightened Jyotishi Sri Achutyananda Das (born 1510), disciple of the avatar Sri Chaitanya (born 1486), 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 Paratpara Guru Pandit Sanjay Rath, the real deep secrets of Maharishi Jaimini’s Upadesha Sutras are now being taught through the Jaimini Scholar Program. Maharishi Jaimini’s guru’s guru was Maharishi Parashara and these Upadesha sutras actually explain the correct method of applying many of the techniques found in Parashara’s text Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra.

For centuries many erudite astrologers have struggled to interpret what Parashara and Jaimini really meant, even to the extent that many thought Jaimini had created his own tradition separate from that of Parashara. However, the true meaning of the word Upadesha is: ‘instructions and advice from the master’, clearly showing that the sutras are the teaching of the tradition and thus coming down from Pandit Sanjay Rath who has been teaching worldwide since 1997, establishing centres throughout the world, and in 2006 decided to bring to the world the deep secrets of Maharishi Jaimini’s Upadesha Sutras in a five year program called The Jaimini Scholar program. Sanjay personally trained 23 Jaimini Scholars, from 2007 to 2011, to become the custodians of the spiritual knowledge and wisdom of this 500 year old Jyotisha tradition to which Sanjay belongs.

These Jaimini Scholars now have the responsibility to teach students themselves who will then also become Jaimini Scholars. In this way, the eternal wisdom of Jyotisha, in its pure and unadulterated form, will be passed down from generation to generation for the benefit of mankind. 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 Jyotisha please click here.

What does the course involve?

The Jaimini Scholar program is a five to six year course based on the Upadesha Sutras of Maharishi Jaimini and the Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra of Maharishi Parashara. The course structure is based on the four Adhyayas (chapters) of Jaimini’s text, and is taught as six separate modules.

All of Sanjay’s lectures to the Jaimini Scholars in India were recorded, and all students will have web access to these recordings. Thus every Jaimini Scholar student 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. You will also have the added advantage of having regular telephone or Skype tutorials with me in which I will summarise and review each lecture and you will be able to discuss questions and charts. Year 1 has 28 principal lessons, exactly as taught by Sanjay in India. Please click here to email me for further details.

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 contact me to discuss this. A list of Certified Jaimini Scholars is available online at for your ready reference. Sanjay has emphasised that certification depends upon receiving direct teaching from a Jaimini scholar, as the ‘word’ can only be transmitted ‘by mouth’ as was done originally by Brahma in teaching the Veda. Therefore, part of the teaching will be given in person and the rest (listening to Sanjay’s lectures) conducted online. This course is unique in the history of Jyotisha and may not be offered again for a very long time. It is a very serious study, requiring commitment and dedication. After completion of all six modules, and passing a formal assessment, the student will be awarded the esteemed title of Jaimini Scholar by the Devaguru Brihaspati Center. Please contact me for further information about enrolling and you can also visit for more information.

Please contact me directly for the teacher fees. In addition to the teacher fees there is a website fee of €200 to access the slides and lectures given by Sanjay in India, and all the other teaching material.

A good general background in Jyotish and Vedic Science is recommended. This can be obtained through my other online Vedic Astrology courses with Dirah Academy or by studying with BAVA or CVA, or by studying with me privately. Also, one should aspire to have a basic grounding in Sanskritbut this can be developed as we go through the course.

This course is also a sadhana, or serious spiritual practice, and eligible students should be practising some form of meditation and yoga. If you have any doubts or questions, the best thing is to just email or telephone me.

“One drop of Pure Knowledge is worth an ocean of polluted waters”

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi