1. If the field of knowledge you are researching is still alive, and its rules of interpretation, including ones that existed in the past, are known - then you have got to use that to study the field. For e.g. studying a sanskrit text.
2. You cannot study a Sanskrit text as if you are doing some archaeological research or decrypting an ancient inscription or cave paintings.
3. You cannot say "hey look at this Sanskrit shloka - it contains the word sun, moon, rohini and peeda - so it means sun and moon are giving peeda to rohini".
4. You can perhaps do this if you were looking at a painting that had pictures of sun moon, rohini constellation and some indication of trouble being given. But in a shloka, you have got to respect the rules of grammar and translate it.

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