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Blog posts August 2013

(Mumbai / Asaram Bapu) Rape Incidence National Breaking News

   I had written a detailed astrological analysis in this website on the 16 December 2012 Delhi Nirbhaya Case , just  to show how Mars ( Mangal) and Saturn's aspects or meeting creates big news on TV channels. In that article, in last para , I had predicted for similar but relatively minor incidences in April 2013 . And it did happen in mid April with rape incidence to a 7 year old girl in Delhi . Now this time, with same combination occurring again on 19th August , the similar breaking news happened on 22/23 August 2013 on Mumbai Photo Journalist rape case, followed by rape allegation against Asaram Bapu and his consequent arrest. 

    Those who know the basics of astrology , can see in above charts that Mars is in Kendra ( 4 squares inside)  from Saturn in all three cases and Mars is entering in its exalted sign (Makar), Own sign ( Mesha) and Neecha sign ( Cancer)  respectively in three unfortunate incidents  , while Saturn remains fixed in Libra (Tula) as shown in charts. 

In all three cases , the tenth house of  Highlighting gets the 10th aspect of Saturn and 7th, 4th and placement aspect of Mars respectively in December, April and August 2013 incidences. Simultaneous aspect or meeting of Mars & Saturn always creates some big news on violence, though  its level and seriousness depends more on Jupiter's involvement .

The simultaneous Mars and Saturn glance on 10th house of high level publicity created big breaking news in these 3 unfortunate incidences, otherwise hundreds of rape incidences may be happening everyday in a country with 1.3 billion population with poor law and order conditions.

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Why India is A Secular Country & Pakistan is not ?

Recently India and Pakistan both celebrated 66th anniversary of Independence. These countries were born like twins at almost same time. Astrological effects can be best described through the examples of twin births and I have several of them.

In Twin births ,most of the planet configuration remains same but  change of one or two critical parameters  result in big contrast in nature and characteristics of the twins. India and Pakistan's birth as twin nation is a very interesting astrological case study but today I am restricting my study only to study of religious aspects of the two countries.

Before we start our discussions on Pakistan and India , we need to discuss briefly about 9 planets's relationship with God /Faith  and Guna Theory of Planets.    

Indian astrology classifies its 9 planets on various parameters. One such parameter is Guna (गुण ). There are 3 gunas : Satoguna, Rajoguna and Tamoguna. Let us understand the theory behind Gunas.

We can divide a 24 hour day in 3 different parts based on lighting condition :

1. The maximum lighted part from 8 AM to 4 PM. ( 8 hours)

2. The maximum dark part from 8PM to 4AM ( 8 hours)

3. The 2 mixed parts, joining above parts, from 4AM-8AM & 4PM-8PM ( 8 hours)

The first part , with maximum light has its own characteristics. During this period, one can see long-distance with clarity. There is no scope for confusion, untruth or imagination. One can drive or act with confidence at good speed with least chances of mistakes. This part is termed as Sat (सत -the truth or real) and the property of Sat as Satoguna ( सतोगुण) . Therefore, we can say that satoguna is closely related to light or Jyoti or vision,farsightedness .

The opposite part of above,  is concerned with total darkness and during this period,  there is little chance for truth, reality, clarity of vision while confusion, untruth, imaginary things have a field day. The consequence of the darkness are rise in mistakes , errors of judgement, crimes, accidents, loss of good behaviour, insecurity , blocking of real growth prospects and so on. So, this part was termed as Tama (तम, तमस- Darkness : Sanskrit ) and the property is termed as Tamoguna (तमोगुण ).

The remaining part of time represents joints ( संधि ) of the brightness and darkness periods , hence termed as Sandhya Kaal (संध्या काल ) and in English Evening means leveling or equalising . This time span is neutral in nature and it is a mix of darkness and brightness and it can attain the characteristics of darkness or brightness both. So, this was considered equal to dust ( रज) , which can sit anywhere and its quality is known as Rajoguna (रजोगुण). During this period, your own decision capability can make some difference and  with little effort , you can know the reality, but if you do not make any effort , you may get results of Darkness. The rajoguna provides for equal opportunities for good and bad acts , crimes and its prevention , vision and distortion etc and it is almost a neutral entity.

Now let us come to  classification of 9 astrological planets :

1. Jupiter ( गुरु या बृहस्पति ) - Satoguni

2. Saturn शनि , Mars मंगल , Rahu राहु : Tamoguni

3. Venus शुक्र , Mercury बुध : Rajoguni

4. Sun सूर्य , Moon चन्द्र , Ketu केतु : Can be any of above, Decided by association with above.

Some persons may think why there is only one satoguni planet Jupiter while there are more than one in other categories. The reason is the weightage of Jupiter. Jupiter weighs almost 3 times of total mass of Moon, Mars, Mercury, Earth and Saturn combined together and it is more than 300 times Earth's mass while Saturn is second heaviest with 90 times Earth's mass.

Jupiter's Sanskrit name Guru (गुरु) literally  means heavy. And this quality of Jupiter has been endorsed by NASA , for its protecting ability. NASA found in a study that many small planets, meteors and comets , which are likely to hit Earth , are deflected to Jupiter's surface because of its excessive gravity pull created by its heaviness and chances of hitting of Earth by such bodies are reduced million times because of Jupiter only. Earth is virtually sitting in the protected cosmic lap of Jupiter.

Jupiter, The Planet Behind Faith in God

The Indian astrology  assigned  this  protective  ability to  Jupiter since  beginning  and  it is the  undisputed  planet  for  Satoguna  or  enlightenment,  vision            ( farsightedness), wisdom, hope,patience. Hope arises from brightness or light and hope is linked to future. So all future planning and its science astrology comes under the purview of Jupiter only. Jupiter being heaviest , remains undeterred (अविचलित) from its stand of truth despite various attacks from its antagonists.

Keeping all these divine qualities , the Jupiter was assigned the portfolio of religion, faith in God or supernatural powers. Its mere presence in any malefic planet combination in Kundli , gives an assurance that trouble will be finally sorted out while its absence is almost  a guarantee for a catastrophe. Sun as ruler of planets is also considered Satoguni by some scholars but it needs Jupiter's association.

On the contrary , Saturn ( Shani) is planet for Karma ( Action believer) and hence does not believe in faith or religion. Rahu is another planet which has been assigned as planet for so-called rational thinking or secularism. Mars and Ketu are  firm believers in immediate action irrespective of consequences , so all these planets, when alone ,cause Tamoguni actions and create violence.

Moon ,Mercury and Venus are clear Rajoguni planets who would join any of the  Satoguni & Tamoguni planets  and act accordingly.

Now let us analyse the case of India & Pakistan and we begin our case with Pakistan . 

Pakistan's Chart

Pakistan's chart has Aries (मेष-1 )ascendant , ruled by Mars (मंगल). Aries sign is first sign hence denotes borders and its planet is considered planet of war and defense. Therefore , since beginning, Pakistan has its focus on expanding the borders ( though it shrinked in 1971 !) by encroaching India and Afghanistan. Pakistan's ascendant Aries is  without any planet and it is aspected (looked) directly by Guru and 10th aspect by Shani  but direct aspect of Jupiter(Guru) is more powerful than Shani.

Pakistan was born in Rahu Mahadasha with balance period till May 1949 . Rahu is  clearly a planet for scientific, rational and secular thinking. The founder President of Pakistan , Mohd. Ali Jinnah was a living example of secular personality. But ,his family doctor had diagnosed him with TB or  Cancer in 1946 and he was becoming physically  weak each day. Therefore, Mr. Jinnah was in a hurry to become the head of an independent country. And this haste forced him to adopt fanatic approach in politics in his last years of life , insisting  division of India.

Because of Rahu Mahadasha start , when Jinnah achieved his life time ambition of becoming head of a State , he declared on 11 August 1947, that Pakistan will be a secular country where Muslims, Hindu, Sikhs, Christians will have  equal right. Via astrology , we know that this was possible only till May 1949 and after that Mahadasha of Guru , the planet for religion , was to start for 16 years. Therefore, when Jinnah died in September 1948 ,  Pakistan moved on the path of becoming an Islamic Republic.

Pakistan had Shani Mahadasha  from  May 1965  to May 1984 . During this period, the religion theory on which Pakistan was formed was shattered because Shani (Saturn) is a non-believer in Religion. Shani aspects Lagna of Pakistan , so it punished Pakistan for not being secular or agnostic as promised before independence by its founder . Pakistan fought two wars in Sept 1965 and December 1971 during Shani Mahadsha and it was reduced to half .Religion could not unite the country , on which it was founded, and language became a bigger issue than religion in creation of Bangladesh.

Budha ( Mercury) Mahadasha from May 1984  to May 2001 had less religious overtones as Budha is a Rajasik planet , though it rules 3rd house of neighbours and 6th house of disputes in Aries lagna . Therefore in this period ,Pakistan was involved with internal affairs of  Afghanistan ( Ruling via Taliban) &  India( Kargil war and terrorism ) .

 Ketu is another planet for religious extremism  so  Pakistan had close interaction with Taliban ( Represented by Ketu, the headless planet for mindless violence) during 2001-2008 and Pakistan converted to  a full orthodox religious country and Blasphemy law started during this period , in which even saying that one does not believe in God , will invite death sentence. Its two time PM Benazir Bhutto who could become PM third time, was killed in election rally by  Taliban attack in 2008 .India also faced the heat by 9/11 actions of USA  and  deployment of armed forces on border after parliament attack happened. 

After 2008, Pakistan is currently undergoing Shukra Mahadasha till 2028 and it is again a Rajasik planet , so it will continue in its present violent state as Venus is Maaraka ( fatal) for Aries ascendant and it may slowly  lose its relevance in world politics during this period, getting internally sick and incapacitated. The emphasis on religion would get diluted during this period but undercurrent will still remain. 

India's Chart  

 India's ascendant is Taurus (वृष -2) and Rahu is placed in that house. Rahu as explained earlier , is secular in nature if it is not associated with Guru. Therefore, India , by nature and tradition , remains truly secular at heart.

Indian leaders had full freedom to declare it a Hindu Nation, when India was divided on religious lines but Rahu factor did not let it happen . Also, India started with Shani  Mahadasha till 1965.  Saturn is  the atheist planet so India was governed by a true secular leader Pt. Nehru till 1964. India also did not go for ethnic cleansing of Muslims as Pakistan did for Hindus and Sikhs and still doing so, to  its 2% minority population.  

 From 1965  to 1982, India was under Mercury's ( Budh) Mahadasha , which is again religiously neutral Rajasik planet, so status quo was maintained during this period also. But Ketu Mahadasha in 1982-1989 , caused  Sikh religious riots and like Benazir killing by Taliban in Pakistan in Ketu Mahadasha, PM Indira Gandhi was killed in 1984 by Sikh extremists in Indian Ketu Mahadasha , after operation Blue Star  in Golden temple in June 1984. 

Presence of Rahu in ascendant did not alter the secular character of India even after 1989, though BJP aroused religious sentiments in 1989-93 period of Venus-Venus antardasha . Venus (Shukra) being a Rajasik planet , BJP lost its religious ground soon after demolition of disputed structure in Ayodhya and it shifted its  political stand  to patriotism.

Venus Mahadasha has ended in 2009 and country is still secular.But 2009 onward till 2015 we have Surya ( Sun) and after that , till 2025 Moon Mahadasha  of India . Sun and Moon are considered natural enemies for Rahu and Sun is considered slightly religious / Saatvik planet( planet of light) also, therefore , during these periods, secularism ( Rahu) will become slightly weak ,and religious issues may come up again on forefront of politics. But this time it will not be in pure religious symbols, but it will be more in the name of Nationalism and governance , which are Sun's natural significations.

 But one thing is still very clear that, as long as, we have the present constitutional set up of 1947, Rahu in ascendant assures us that India will not be a religious country at least till Guru Mahadasha starts in 2050.   

Conclusions :

  If a country is destined to become secular or religious depending upon  birth time , we ordinary people are definitely bound by planetary effects of  destiny, to become theist (आस्तिक) or atheist (नास्तिक ) as per our planetary situation at birth or with change of  Mahadasha . So next time , you see somebody debating zealously on God's existence  or Non-existence , on various social sites , you can understand the cosmic reason behind such behaviour.

But an astrologer very well knows all the time that this debate is meaningless , because nature created both, for supplementing each other and they are not going to change in this life and will stick to their inborn instinct.  

Business Applications of Above Knowledge :

 The Gun Theory (Satoguna , Rajoguna, Tamoguna ) has great applications in running of a family, business or a company. Each employee is born with major percentage of one  of  the three  Gunas , various  assignments in a  business are also divided on guna  basis .Like strategic  planning  needs  a person  with vision which comes under Saatvik Guna and hence Jupiter dominated personality suits more in strategic planning while a Shani personality will be a great failure there but will be good for routine operations. Employees can deliver best results when their  natural Guna matches with the Guna of activity / assigned  job . 

For more details of such business applications of astrology , contact at ycshukla67@gmail.com.  

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Do you Believe in Re-Birth ?

Is Re-incarnation A Reality ? (  क्या पुनर्जन्म होता है ?)

Indian Astrology is based on edifice of Law of Karma and  Law of Karma is again based on Re-birth concept . Rebirth is itself a very controversial subject.Following essay by Swami  Sivanand , is in support of Reincarnation Theory . I hope you will seriously ponder over his logics.

 Emerson, Plato, Pythagoras had perfect belief in the doctrine of reincarnation. The doctrine of reincarnation is the foundation of Hinduism and Buddhism. The ancient Egyptians believed it. The Greek philosophers made it the corner-stone of their philosophy.

Man clings to this earthly life. This clinging to life proves that there is past experience and existence. This proves also that there is a future life. Man likes this life immensely and strongly yearns for a future life also.

Some are born and pass out within a few weeks, a few months, a few years. Some children die in the womb. Some are centenarians. Why is this? Why do some people come and live for a short time and others live longer? Is this accidental? Is there any law that governs life and death? Do the human beings come here and pass out without any definite purpose? There is a law which governs life and death. That law is the law of cause and effect.

The law of cause and effect governs everything. The law of cause and effect is inexorable and all-powerful. This whole world runs under this supreme law. All the other laws come under this law. The law of Karma is the law of cause and effect. God does not punish any one. Man reaps the fruits of his Karma. The law of cause and effect operates on him. He reaps a harvest of pleasure for his good actions. He suffers and experiences pain and disease, loss of property for his wicked actions.

Instinct is the result of past experience. One of the important arguments for reincarnation has been built on this by the Hindus. The past experiences of death remain in the subconscious mind or Chitta in a latent or dormant state. They are in the form of Samskaras or impressions. They are working underneath the conscious, objective mind. Man is terribly afraid of death, because the past experience of pain is in the subconscious mind.

Love at first sight is a certain feeling of a previous life lived together. These souls loved before. They remember that and actually feel as if they had met each other. Such loves are not at all a matter of sex, and are seldom broken off. Lord Buddha told his wife of her kindness to him in a previous birth and several times gave details of the previous lives of other people.

Every effect must have a cause. Something cannot come out of nothing. Existence cannot come out of non-existence. This is the fundamental principle of modern science. This is the fundamental doctrine of philosophy also. You have not come out of nothing. There is a cause for your existence here. One is born blind. One is a genius. One is dull. One is rich. One is poor. One is healthy. One is sickly. There is a definite cause for all these things.

The cause is the unmanifested condition of the effect. The effect is the manifested state of the cause. Tree is the cause. The seed is the effect. Vapour is the cause. Rain is the effect. The whole tree remains in the seed in potential form. The whole human form remains in the drop of semen in an invisible potential state. The seed of a banyan tree can produce only a banyan tree but not a mango tree. The drop of human semen can produce only a human being but not a horse. From a tiny drop of semen a big human form with various limbs and organs comes out. What a great marvel! From a small seed a gigantic banyan tree comes out. What a great wonder! Just close your eyes and reflect over this mystery. You will be struck with awe and wonder.

Within the gross physical body there is another subtle body or Linga Sarira or Sukshma Deha. This subtle body comes out with all its impressions and tendencies at the time of death of the gross physical body. It is like vapour. It cannot be seen by the naked eye. It is the subtle body that goes to heaven. It manifests again in a gross form. This re-manifestation of the subtle form into the gross physical form is called the law of reincarnation. You may deny this law, but the law is there. It is inexorable and unrelenting. If you deny the law, it clearly shows that you are quite ignorant of it and it will surely operate whether you admit it or not. The light of the Sun is there whether the owl accepts it or not.

You acquire your knowledge through experiences. A man plays on the harmonium. He places each finger on each key consciously. He repeats it again and again. After some time the movement of fingers becomes a habit. He plays a tune without looking into the particular keys. Even so your tendencies are the result of your past conscious actions.

Sri Sankara and Sri Jnana Dev knew the Vedas and other Sastras in their boyhood. A child plays on the piano in a masterly manner. A child delivers lectures on the Gita. Goethe, the eminent German poet, was the master of seventeen languages. These geniuses did not acquire these in this life. They must have had them in past lives.

Every child is born with certain tendencies or predilections generated by past conscious actions. No child is born with a vacant mind or a clean blank page of a mind, a tabula rasa. We have had past lives. This is the emphatic declaration of the great sages, Rishis and Yogis of the past and of modern times. Jesus Christ believed in it. He says in the Bible: “Before Abraham was, I am”. Reincarnation made its appearance in the early Christian Church. Elijah is reborn as John the Baptist.

Heredity cannot explain all these inequalities and diversities, the cases of geniuses. The parents, brothers and sisters of these prodigies are quite common persons. Tendencies are the result of the past actions. They do not come through heredity. The geniuses have gained their talents in their previous lives. If your desires are not gratified in this life under present conditions, you will have to come back again to this earth-plane for their fulfilment. If you have a strong desire to become a Master Musician in this birth and if you cannot achieve this and still cherish this desire, this desire will bring you back to this earth-plane and place you in suitable environments and favourable conditions. You will start again from your childhood with a tendency to become a Master Musician.

An objection is brought against the doctrine of reincarnation. That objection is, “Why do we not remember our past?” Do you remember what you did in your childhood? Will you say you did not exist then, because you cannot remember? Certainly not. If your existence depends upon your memory then this argument proves that you did not exist as child, because you do not remember your childhood. The details have passed out of your memory, but the knowledge you have acquired through your experiences is still in your subconscious mind or Chitta as impressions.

If you remember your past you may make a bad use of the present. Your inveterate enemy in your past life may be born as your son in this life. If you remember the past you will draw your sword to kill him. Feelings of enmity will rise in your heart at once. When you enter college you carry with you all the knowledge you acquired at school. You increase and develop that kind of knowledge in your higher studies. You do not remember fully everything you did at schools, yet the experience is there when you are in the college. Even so past experience influences your present life.

Mother Nature has concealed the past from you. It is not desirable to remember the past. Suppose for a moment you know the past—you know that you have committed a sinful action in your past life and you are going to suffer for it. You will be thinking of this always. You will worry yourself constantly. You will not have sound sleep. You will not relish your food. That is the reason why sages tell you, “Do not think of the past. Do not plan for the future. Mould your present. Live in the solid present. Entertain good thoughts. Do virtuous actions.” You can make your future better.

A Yogi can remember his past lives, through concentration on the Samskaras. He can tell you all about your past lives also through concentration on the Samskaras or impressions that are lodged in your subconscious mind.

Your present birth is the result of your past actions. All the actions that you do now will determine your future birth. You have set the law of causation in motion and you are caught in this wheel of birth and death. This is the law of reincarnation. This law binds all beings. When you attain the perfect knowledge of the Imperishable the wheel is broken and you attain freedom and perfection.

Your experiences can hardly be destroyed. Your actions are endowed with an invisible power called Adrishta or Apurva which produces fruits. The actions manifest again as tendencies. If you do several merciful acts you develop a very strong tendency to do acts of mercy. Those who are merciful in this birth have done great acts of mercy in their previous births.

Reincarnation depends upon Karma. If a man does actions of a beastly nature he will take the birth of an animal.

The doctrine of reincarnation is as old as the Vedas or the Himalayas. The doctrine of reincarnation will solve many problems of life. Each word, thought and deed lays up a store for you. Be good. Do good. Entertain good thoughts. Do virtuous actions. Purify your heart. Meditate regularly on the Immortal Atman, thy universal Self. You will free yourself from the round of births and deaths and attain Immortality and Eternal Bliss in this very life.



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Remedial Measures of Astrology

ग्रह शांति के तथाकथित  "उपाय"  

 

An astrologer of Delhi ,himself wearing Rs. 5 Lakh worth of emeralds on his hand and arm.Emerald is recommended for Mercury or Budh planet for increase in business , intelligence  etc  but  excess  of  anything,even vitamins,is always detrimental and it must backfire but this astrologer is ignorant of this basic fact.( Photo courtesy Outlook , Nov'2004 )


 In 6 months  of my on-line astrological consultancy , I have been often asked a question ,why I do not advise traditional उपाय or remedial measures like pouring oil on Shani stone , wearing gemstone or throwing something in river or Poojapaath, tantra  and mantra. This essay is  all about those issues.

  The ancient Indian astrologers, who were more astronomer than astrologer, earned the trust of public , by accurately calculating the timing of solar and lunar eclipses . And when eclipses actually happened as calculated , everybody excluding astrologers , started considering astrologers next only to God . If astrologer can predict about Sun's and Moon's problems with certainty , he can definitely  tell about human being's problems also ! 

  This inspired astrologers to research the effects of various cycles of planets on human life. Over centuries of data collection resulted in the  good knowledge about such effects and problems arising during some planetary cycles and that collective knowledge  is called as astrology .

  But knowing, that an eclipse will happen or a human being will suffer at some juncture, is one thing and to prevent it from happening is altogether a different issue. It is easier to know that there is no seat vacancy in train but managing a reservation seat in that situation may not be feasible at all. But people want Upaay in crisis at all costs  and therefore, physical Upaay Industry in astrology started from there.

   Initial remedies mentioned in Parashar Hora Shaastra , were restricted to faith in God, prayers, donations to needy and going to pilgrimages etc. The kings, who were the real patrons of astrologers, had no problem in doing these Upaay. But some of the Kings like Vikramaditya and Raja Bhoj , who learnt astrology themselves, did not go for these Upaay, but thought more on planet's characteristics and  took preventive measures accordingly.

After many centuries, astrology descended from royal courts and came to poor and illiterate public, via astrologers with elementary knowledge of astrology. Such astrologers started highlighting the Donation theory for remedies, because otherwise they could get only some trivial things only in life , like food stuff etc  as consultancy charges.

I have a book "Jyotish Shyam Sangrah", published from Bombay in Hindi & Sanskrit , some hundred years ago. The astrologer in that book, all the time keeps on describing a bad planetary combination and associates many horrors with such combination . Then he tells Upaay which are basically donating almost all possible things of use to astrologer like cow,buffalo, a quintal of grain, kitchen utensils, gold, silver , gemstone,bullock cart, horse and elephant , cooking oil, agricultural land and so on (see below). By the time book ends, the astrologer becomes super rich with the donations. Further he warns that donation must be made only to the astrologer , who predicted the future(See second pic ) .

 

  Then most people got attracted to a book called Lal Kitaab , initially published in 1940s. The book was written in Urdu-Hindi and it completely detached the serious study of astrology and it became a text book for overnight astrologers similar to quack doctors. The Upaay of Lal Kitaab did not have any scientific connection with original planetary astrology and easy Upaay were suggested more on problem basis , without any need to go for Dasha or calculation of planetary astrology.

Gresham's rule in economics , says that a counterfeit coin or less valuable coin for same denomination will get the more valuable coin, out of circulation in market. For example, people would not keep a torn or counterfeit bank note with them and would give it to someone else and that way a bad coin circulates more while a new note is preserved with a few persons.

So, the start of Lal Kitaab era led to eclipse of actual planetary astrology based on Dasha cycles. And finally modern TV Babajis in 21st century ( Nirmal Fame) discarded even Lal Kitaab also and just started doling out ridiculous Upaay while charging people in tens of thousands and claiming it is no tantra mantra. The general public as on date is fed this counterfeit astrology only and hence it is not effective at all. But the blame comes to astrology while public is equally responsible.

I have written an essay on this issue titled  http://tinyurl.com/o8dkdus ( उपेक्षित ज्योतिष से बड़ी बड़ी उम्मीदें क्योँ  ?)

Astrology & Psychology

Astrology and medical science both are excellent in finding the cause of problem. But when it comes to treatment and remedial actions, the human emotions come into picture. That is where, the role of psychology becomes important in both medical and astrological science.That is why, medical college syllabus has a patient psychology course as its integral part. And a successful doctor is not that,  who can diagnose the disease, but the one , who can convince the patient for taking right treatment. For diagnosis, there are now machines, which have great accuracy in pinpointing the problem . So, doctor's role has more tilted towards psychological counselling  of patient with human touch.

The same thing has happened in astrology also. With advent of computer software, anybody can draw the Kundli chart in seconds. So, the role of astrologer has shifted more to psychological counselling of mentally stressed persons, based on planetary cycles. I have a very good story on this psychological angle of  Upaay. Please enjoy this story :

" In a Gurukul in a village ,an experienced  astrologer used to teach astrology to his disciples .The astrologer was quite famous in his locality for his accurate predictions , so people would come to his Gurukul to consult him at fixed morning hours. The trainees under him would also participate in the question and answer session as part of  practicals .

One morning in a summer season, in the scheduled 2 hours of consultation time, the first person who visited astrologer , was a local poor farmer.He gave a bag of grains to astrologer as fee and  then narrated his problem of scarcity of money in great details and asked astrologer whether he should borrow some money to sow his fields , because last year crop had failed due to drought and he could not repay the earlier loan also.

Astrologer used to practice "Prashna Jyotish" and was ready with current planet positions , so he did not take much time and told farmer that, there was no need to worry and he advised to go for loan and do the sowing and gave him a rosary and instructed to do Shiva Naam Japa with rosary twice a day for 4 months and told him that with this Upaay , his money problems would be solved in 4 months.Farmer was satisfied and thanked astrologer and went.

After half an hour , a local money lender businessman visited the astrologer. He gave some silver coin to astrologer as fee and started telling his problem that farmers had not paid their loan last year because of crop failure , so he had scarcity of funds . He was left with some reserve money only , but the farmers are again coming for borrowing. So his problem was, to know whether crops would be all right this time, then only he could lend further money.

Astrologer said that everything would be OK in 4 months and he would get back all his lent money provided he wore a diamond stone in golden  ring, after doing Puja and donation to 11 Brahmins. The moneylender thanked the astrologer for advice and decided to act on the advice soon.

After the businessman left , after half an hour , a chariot stopped at Gurukul gate and the local landlord or Zamindaar came to meet the astrologer. After touching the feet of astrologer and giving him a gold chain, Zamindaar said, that he was worried due to scarcity of money in his treasury. Because of last year's crop failure , he could not realise his land tax from farmers, while he had to deposit the annual compulsory tax to Nawaab of State. So, he wanted to know the prospects of tax realisation from farmers after rainy season, otherwise he may have to sell some land to pay taxes to Nawaab.

The astrologer assured the Zamindaar that everything would be OK in 4 months and he would not need to sell his land, provided he goes for a Mahayagya for Shiva, spanning over 21 days and then organising a free lunch to villagers and donation to 101 Brahmins at the end of Mahayagya. Zamindaar got relaxed with this assurance and thanked the astrologer for telling him the appropriate remedy. He got Muhurt for Yagya and proceeded back.

The 2 hour session ended that day. Then, the most intelligent disciple of astrologer, who was also involved in the process, stood up and asked the teacher " Guru Ji, I also tried to solve the three questions. The Chart for 2 hours was same for all the three persons. The ascendant lord planet was in second house of money , aspected by a Retrograde Shani. So all had money problem. Further, after 4 months , Retrograde motion of Saturn was to become direct , after which the money situation should become normal . Am I right in my conclusion Guru Ji ? " Astrologer answered in positive. Then disciple asked " Then Guru Ji ! what was the need of any Upaay in all three cases ? and if at all Upaay was necessary ,then why so much difference in Upaay for 3 persons ?"

The astrologer Guru replied " my dear disciple ! the calculation part you carried out , is part of astrology and since you have knowledge of astrology and calculations, you can be confident that even without doing any Upaay , things would be OK after 4 months . But transferring that confidence about a positive future event to the 3 persons of different economic standards , is the main problem for an astrologer and here knowledge of psychology comes in picture.

If I simply ask them not to worry , everything will be OK in 4 months, they will  still remain in self-doubt and may not sow the crop, lend money or sell land in panic etc. So , even good rains will become futile. Asking somebody to do an act proportionate to his economic standard boosts his ego and enhances confidence with a belief that good things happened because they did good things on advice by astrologer. Same Upaay will not work for all 3 persons , because each has a different economic and social standing, so each one was told a different Upaay. "

The disciple said "Guru Ji, if I would have come with that question , what Upaay you could have told me ? " Guru ji said " An astrologer never tells an Upaay to another astrologer , he only shares his logic and calculation , because here psychology will fail . Upaay (Remedies) are only for astrology ignorant persons. If you can swallow the bitter pill medicine without honey, there is no need of honey at all ! "

The disciple then asked " Guru Ji ! Had the calculation shown a crop failure again , what Upaay would have been suggested by you ?"

Guruji replied " My dear son ! since I had already calculated the chart for that time span , I already know whether  the answer to be told to prospective clients would be positive or negative . In case of negative prospects, I would not accept the fee,given by them on arrival and did not add to their problem . Second , they would have been hinted about a bad prospect by advising them to remain spendthrift, reduce the exposure to expenditures etc  and explore better alternatives and have less expectations from rains. But I would have still refrained from saying that there would be another drought , as it would kill their living spirit immediately. " 

Osho in his write up on astrology , says that predictions for a person will work, as long as the person does not change himself and goes on working like a machine. Astrologer can see, that this person, behaves like a machine and every time, under influence of Mars, reacts revengefully, if excited or abused. So astrologer's prediction will keep on happening. But, if that person is told about his faulty design,which creates same scenario of violence repeatedly  and then counselled to practice forgiveness and if he reforms , then prediction lose their meaning in future.

Gemstone or Upaay are no match for a good counselling by an astute astrologer, which can bring long term reforms in personality and thus change the destiny also ! 

 

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