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I heard from someone that parashara hora shastra states that using knowledge of astrology as business is restricted and no one should charge money for it. But I never have came across such verse.

So, any shastra comment on this subject?

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    I don't have the text reference now, but in samudrik Vidya text which I had read long back, it was mentioned: "one can use this knowledge for earning but only whatever the other person offers"
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Nov 28, 2023 at 2:10
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    I remember reading (possibly its from Skanda Purana) that astrologers who earn from predictions go to hell after death .. so ideally they should not charge money but without giving Dakshina one can not take any favor too .. so some amount should be paid .. or may be some gifts like fruits etc. In any case astrologers who charge huge amount of fees surely are not doing right.
    – Rickross
    Nov 28, 2023 at 5:33
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    @Rickross ji If u get that reference please tell me...I also want that for some purpose. :)
    – LSSJ Broly
    Jan 10 at 16:07
  • Okay ... @LSSJBroly
    – Rickross
    Jan 11 at 7:24
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    Thanks for help :) @Bingming ji
    – LSSJ Broly
    Feb 16 at 5:03

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Varāhamihira seems to not hold those daivajñas highly, who are determined in earning sampatti but lack hold in jyotiṣaśāstravidyā (like many current-day popular jyotiṣīs) -

sampattyā yojitādeśastadvicchinakathāpriyaḥ /
mattaḥ śāstraikadeśena tyājyastādṛṅmahīkṣitā //
~ Bṛhatsaṁhitā (2.36)

Bhaṭṭotpala, in his commentary on Bṛhatsaṁhitā (2.36), adds-

yo daivavitsampattyā yojitādeśaḥ / sampattyā arthadānena yojita ādeśo yena / yathā pūrvamevaṁ mayā kathitametatsa devavadaiśvaryaṁ prāpsyati / taditi jyotiḥ śāstramucyate /

Skanda Purāṇa (1.2.39.19-20a) seems to say that a person who practices jyotiṣa as a jīvikā, attains Vaitaraṇī.

mārjjārakukkuṭaśvānapakṣipoṣṭā prayāti ca / badhirāndhagṛhakṣetratṛṇadhānyādijvālakaḥ //
nakṣatraraṅgajīvī ca yāti vaitaraṇīṁ naraḥ /

According to me, in the days of old, a daivajñā/jyotiṣī was not a person who sustained his living with jyotiṣavidyā, but one who was its viśeṣajña. They might have offered their services to Rājās, common people, etc. and the people must have given them gifts, etc. too for the services. But treating it as a profession, was perhaps not the norm in olden times.

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    It would be helpful if you are able to add English translations.
    – estimator
    Feb 15 at 13:31
  • Can you please add English translations too in it?
    – Rudra
    Mar 7 at 1:40

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