It is common for people to try to know what the future holds in store for them. When will I get a job?, which job will I get?, when will I get married?, to whom will I get married?, when will I get promotion?, when will I go abroad?, when will I have kids?, when will I buy a house?, This human instinct of trying to peep in the future, has provided a flourishing business to astrologers, fortune tellers, palmists, tarot card readers and the like.
When will I get a job?, which job will I get?, when will I get married?, to whom will I get married?, when will I get a promotion?, when will I go abroad?, when will I have kids?, when will I buy a house?
No wonder newspapers, magazines, and TV channels are carrying astrological predictions daily. It is not only the common people who believe in these predictions but also some of the highly educated intelligentsia. Politicians have patronized famous astrologers and pundits for knowing their future and guiding them to the corridors of power. A question which comes to the mind is, does it really work? Let’s begin by understanding what Astrology is.
What is Astrology?
Astrology is the study of the influence that distant cosmic objects, usually stars and planets, have on human lives. The position of the sun, stars, moon and planets at the time of people’s birth, is said to shape their personality, affect their romantic relationships and predict their economic fortunes, and future events. One’s life pattern can be charted by determining the position of the stars and planets at the time of one’s birth. The chart that attempts to accomplish this is known as a horoscope.
A cursory glance at any set of predictions in the electronic or print media will reveal, how vague they are. A lot of them are generic statements about the future: some positive others negative, that are true for most of us. I am reminded of a journalist friend of mine who used to get weekly zodiac predictions from a reputed astrologer. Once the sheet of predictions got misplaced. To avoid embarrassment, the journalist used one of the earlier sheets. Surprisingly many readers appreciated the correctness of the predictions.
I wish to share the experience of my friend Rohit, who happened to visit an astrologer casually to know about his future. One prediction which really upset Rohit was “a person very close to you may cheat you in the coming year”. Believing it to be true, Rohit started exercising caution. He kept on stretching his imagination to guess who that damned person could be? He started doubting his family members, close friends, colleagues and even neighbors. This changed behavior of Rohit brought cracks in the cordial relationships, and people started drifting away from him very soon. The vague prediction about the future, subjected Rohit to avoidable tension, worry and strained relations with his near and dear ones in the bargain.
Remedies to avoid misfortunes
Fortune tellers are adept in the art of reading not only the faces but also the minds of their clients. They know one thing for sure, the person who has come to them is in trouble. Exploiting this very emotion, they paint a frightening picture of the things to come in future. “How can we avoid this misfortune? “is the cry they have been longing to hear. Without losing a second, they assure the client, “there is nothing to worry”. They rattle out a number of remedies like puja(worship), havan(religious ritual), daan(donation), wearing gem stones, etc. In the same breath, they add those specific things (which are not easily available) will be required for the puja, which needs to be done at an unearthly hour and that too in Sanskrit.Obviously, the client requests him to perform the puja,havan on his behalf and oblige, by taking a donation.
Let’s analyze the above on the touchstone of common sense. If a certain misfortune was destined to occur in future, as per the horoscope, and it can be avoided by the puja, then it was actually NOT destined. Moreover, how can a puja be performed by someone else, to mitigate another person’s misfortune?
Law of Karma
Astrology is a part of Vedanta, and Vedanta is very clear about LAWs of KARMA; Simply by praying to Gods, getting a pundit to perform puja for you, wearing gem stones, donating money to poor doesn’t save you from the trouble you suppose to face in future. The astrological DOSHA present in your chart only indicates your previous unpaid karma, it is not that by chance you took birth at an inauspicious time. This is one of the most important principles of astrology that is wrongly understood, that it is you who was destined to take birth in such and such planetary condition according to previous life karma. The sensible way would be to pray to God for strength to face the situation and cleanse your thoughts, words, and actions.
In a nutshell
- I don’t have any doubt or prejudice about the science of Astrology.
- The problem is with quacks posing as Astrologers and exploiting gullible people.
- Believe me, if something is destined, it is bound to happen: it is a result of your past karmas.
- Instead of trying to look for remedies to prevent the misfortune, it is more sensible to pray to God for, stability and strength to face the situation.
- Go a step further and improve your present karmas, to ensure a happy future.