Wednesday, October 9, 2013 10:58:17 PM
In Srimad Bhagvatam Brahma Dev tells his son Naradarshi:
“ na bharatee menga mrushopalakshyate
na vai kwachinme manaso mrushagati:
na me hrusheekani patantyasatpathe
yanme hrudoutkantyavata dhruto Hari: ” (2- 6- 33)
My Dear Narada, my words never go wrong. My mind never thinks of any false idea. My senses also never go after worldly pleasures. It is all because I always meditate upon Sri Hari without any longing in my heart. My heart only full of devotion to Him is always carrying Him. So my words as they are coming from my heart will never go wrong. My mind also never flatters; neither my senses go astray.
It is clear that if we dedicate our heart and soul at the Lotus Feet of the Lord and lead a righteous life, our words will also become true.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 11:58:07 PM
OHM NAMO BHAGAVATHE VASUDEVAYA.
WHY WE WORSHIP GOD, IF NOT WHAT?
The entire edifice of Indian philosophical thought, known as ‘Sanathana Dharma’ or the Perennial Wisdom, is founded firmly on Vedas. Vedas, as we all know, are the original Scriptures of Hindu teachings. They contain spiritual knowledge encompassing all aspects of our life, also for the mankind in general. They can be really supposed to be the basic constitution of all religions. Humans did not compose it and hence it is known as ‘apourusheya’. We all know that they have stood the test of time also. Temples play a major role in sustaining Sanathana Dharma. Temples are constructed based on Agama Sastras as contained in ‘Tantrasamuchayas’, also compromising between sacred and spiritual ideals, worldly, secular and local restrictions. They are intended to limit and accommodate at first, a fraction of the Ultimate Universal Power of God therein, physically and mentally into various units, so that people can access and enjoy the blessings of that Supreme Power, more easily, than to stand aghast at its manifestly voluminous, invisible and invincible form. It is for our comfort and convenience that temples are made, installing there, Moorthy or Moorthies in lovable forms, of the Supreme Consciousness, obeying the rules of Vastu, and also combining with pragmatic concerns. Tantra Sastra helps us this conversion of Nirguna Brahma into Saguna Moorthy, with powers of Anugraha or Blessings.
Temples inculcate devotion to God (Bhakthi) in us. They offer us ample opportunities for Sat-sang. In my humble opinion and experience, I think only two things can take us towards the door of Self-realization or God-realization. They are Sat-sang and extensive travel around the world, with a view to see and study the real lives of mankind, as a whole. Of the both, Satsang is the easiest one for us and Sat-sang gradually makes us perfect in our spiritual lives. Spirituality requires not blind faith, as some people think. But faith in materialism and faith in spirituality may not always go hand in hand. Materialism requires us to believe that material trappings like money, sex, and luxuries will make us happy. But is this belief grounded in facts?. No. They only give us temporary pleasures, mostly ending with pain. If we go after materialism, everything we toil to acquire and achieve will come to a naught when death ends our existence. In marked contrast, spirituality offers us principles and techniques of perennial joy, that enables us to carry intangible assets beyond death into our future lives, aswell .
Humanity is always under the sway of dark and ignorant forces and that is the reason for human sufferings, diseases, death and all signs of imperfection. It is clear that man has to progress towards a Light which brings knowledge, power, happiness, love, beauty, and if possible even physical immortality. The Divine is the essence of the whole Universe and to realize and possess HIM should be the spreme aim of human life. To acquire all the qualities of the Divine is the final purpose of Nature’s evolution crossing the great ocean of delusion.
Temples are rich resources for Satsangs. There is water on earth, but in order to get it for drinking without contamination, we want a good well or water tap or the like. A temple is like that. Temples are like the udders of a cow. There is milk all over the body of the cow, but if you want to get milk from the cow, you have to hold and draw it from the udders of the cow. Similarly, God is everywhere; inside us and outside-‘antharyami’ and ‘sarvavyapi’, but to get the experience of the presence of God, temples help us most. A Temple is like an electric fan. If we want to get the flow of air from the fan, we have to switch it on and only then we could enjoy the breeze. Temples turn our static piety into dynamic spirituality. The effulgence in the form of vibes emerging from the Sanctum-Sanctorum or the ‘SREEKOVIL’, makes us enjoy the immeasurable and inexplicable experience of bliss of ecstasy from God’s love. A temple is also the LKG for learning Bhakthi.
It is laid down in our Scriptures that idols of gods, worshipped in our temples are considered as the incarnations of the chosen deities of devotees or personal gods. They are known as ‘Archavatharas’ of God, as different manifestations of the BRAHMAN or the Supreme Power. “Ekam Sat Viprah Bahudha Vadanti..”, meaning, the Universal Reality is the same , but different people call it by different names. “Sarvam Brahmamayam”. They are worshipped by people using elaborate rituals prescribed in the ‘Agama Shastras’. As a result of strict observance of proper and regular rituals, as ordained in Agama Shasthras, by learned Tantris, the idols become ‘Moorthies’, with full Divine Presence in them, and they then lavishly shower blessings on true Devotees. I used to believe that the existence of the world as such may perhaps be due to the worship of its Creator. The relation between the God and ourselves is like that of the relation of the Microcosm and Microcosm; the Brahmandam and Pindandam; the Samashti and Vyashti; the vast Ocean and a drop of water from it. Whatever there is in the Macrocosm, it is there in the Microcosm. The only thing is that it is a very little part of the big whole. The only difference may be that the former is in Maya or Illusion and the latter is outside it.
We worship God because we have Bhakthi or love towards God. Bhakthi really means remembering always God. ‘Swaswaroopa sathanam Bhakthi.’, meaning discovery of one’s own soul (atma swaroopa) is Bhakthi. All the other rituals are only the ways and means to reach that goal. The realization of God in oneself is Atma Jnana. It requires ‘Vairagya’, dispassion or hesitation towards excessive worldly pleasures. Realization of Brahman or Self-realization requires Bhakthi, Jnanam and Vairagyam, combined together in almost equal proportion.
‘Sadhakas’ by repeated ‘Sadhanas’, like: “Sravanam, Keerthanam, Vishno: Sevanam Smaranam, thattha, Archanam, Vandanam, Dasyam,Sakhyam and Atmanivedanam”, inculcate Bhakthi. We should hear patiently Bhagavan’s Leelas, tell people and share them with others, serve the Lotus Feet of God and Mahathmas, serve poor people, do necessary and required Poojas, and completely and unconditionally surrender to Him. By repeatedly reciting God’s name and by constant prayers with dedication and austerities in all its sacredness and sanctity, adhering strictly to Dharma or righteousness, we can become ‘Sidhas’. We should love God; belief or faith is not enough, for they are really a sort of business words of mutual obligations. At that stage, God becomes the same as man.
Isavasya Upanishad says:
“Om Isavasyamidam sarvam yatkiñca jagatyam jagat |
tena tyaktena bhuñjitha ma grdhah kasyasvid dhanam..”…., meaning:
Isam (the One God) is present (inhabits) here everywhere; the entire universe is covered by the Supreme Being; He alone is the Reality. Therefore, covet not the wealth of others. Live a happy life in this world, enjoy your existence; and do not suffer. God is not an object; It is the subject and the Only Subject.
I think we can put briefly five of the main principles of God, also in consonance with all our Puranas, as:
1. God Exists: It is the Absolute Truth, the Brahman. There may be many manifestations, as the Moon reflects in water as many in different vessels of water.
There is only One Hindu Trinity (trimurthi): Brahma, the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva as Judge. In the Maitri Upanishad (in Sanskrit it is called ‘Maithrayaneeya Upanishad) the three are called the "foremost forms of the supreme, the immortal, and bodiless Brahman”.(4. 6)
2. All human beings are divine
3. There should be Unity of existence through love
4. There should be Religious harmony
5. We should strictly follow Bhagavatha Dharma, which is really the intimate interrelation between Bhaktha, Bhagavan and Bhakthi.
The most important 10 Disciplines or 10 commandments, so to say, to uphold Bhagavatha Dharma are:
1. Satyam vada (Speak only the Truth) and do accordingly.
2. Consider Ahimsa (Non-violence) as our Parama Dharma or Sreshta Dharma. Do only Dharma.
3. Follow Brahmacharya (Celibacy, non-adultery). It never means that one should not get married. It means only avoid excesses. That is you may indulge yourself, but with ultimate moderation, if possible moderate to the minimum, applying the power of self-restrain.
4. We should observe Asteya (No desire to possess or steal)
5. Also observe Aparighara (Non-corrupt) Do not wish the property of others.
6. Observe Shaucha (Cleanliness); we know, cleanliness is next to Godliness.
7. Be happy and contented with what you have ie, the state of Santosha(Contentment)
8. Practise Swadhyaya (Reading and understanding of Scriptures)
9. Do Tapas (Austerity, perseverance, penance) with some sacrifice, since prayers without any sacrifice is like a cry in the wilderness.
10. Also do Ishwarpranidhan (Regular prayers) or worshipping God on a regular basis.
The main quality of a human being is to have sense control, which is to be necessarily, possessed by all human beings for obtaining GNANA. Manusmrthi, while detailing the features of Dharma, makes special mention of the importance of self-control.It says that senses are the sources of happiness. Since our Panchendriyas are always in search of pleasures, it may be difficult to control our senses. We must allow them to follow sense objects only in the way prescribed by DHRMA. Do not indulge in Adharma. When a person, having interest in materialistic objects, attaches himself to sense enjoyment, he will become a slave to his senses and commit sinful acts. The person who has the power of ‘Indriya Nigraha’, (Hrisheekesha) ie who controls his senses and uses his Karmendriyas and Gnanendriyas in a Dharmic way, is sure to have his inclinations fulfilled in the righteous way.
Of course, we must keep all our bodily organs strong and vigorous. It is said in Veda that like a Moon in Sukla Paksha who progressively shines day by day, one must obtain progress in his body and mind day by day. Brahmacharyam is a suitable stage for one’s physical and mental development. It is through Brahmacharyam, one can keep all his senses under control as said in Aurveda Sastra written by sage Susrutha and others.
To have friendship with persons who are well versed with Vedas and Sastras, who are charitable in nature for getting virtuousness and wisdom and also to be far away from bad-natured people can be termed as Satsangam. Of all the living beings created by the supreme God, the human body is the best one. Such an excellent human birth must be utilized for getting divinity by way of performing holy actions. Having friend ship with people of good conduct, listening to the speeches of virtuous and learned persons and having trust in Vedas and Sastras etc., come under the qualities of Satsang as narrated by Sages.
Nirmohatve Nischalatatvam (principle of God)
When the mind is under control, all the senses will attain steadiness, which will take the person to the state of Salvation.
Once Lord Vishnu asked King Bali whether he would go to heaven along with bad persons or to hell along with good person. Bali replied that he would go to hell along with good persons because even a place of hell when it is touched with the feet of good persons will change as heaven just as the milk in large quantity will lose its real shape with the mixing of a little quantity of butter milk. The human being having good and noble habits must keep himself away from illusion and fascination. Then he will shine with divine qualities.
The saying goes that ‘Manthramoolam gurorvakyam..’, and hence a Sat-Guru can help facilitate Self-Realization. Also, Adi Sankara re-iterates that ‘Isvaro gururatmeti ...’ , meaning, God is the same as Guru and Self. A Sat-Guru can therefore make us ‘Adhikari’ for God-Realization, which is the ultimate purpose of human birth.
We mainly pray to depend on God for help in distress, we ask for enlightenment, we pray for communion with God through single-minded devotion, we ask God for peace when our mind is restless, we pray for surrendering ourselves to God completely, we pray to God for giving us the ability to comfort others, we pray for thanking God for his blessings, we pray for expecting God to decide what is best for us when we are in a dilemma, we pray for making friendship with God, we pray for melting the mind and ego, in silence to God, we pray for requesting God to give strength, peace and pure intellect, we pray for asking God to purify the heart and make us abide in Him forever. Usually, prayer has two parts: one is soliciting a favor from the Almighty and the other is surrendering ourselves to His will. While the first part is practised by most of us on a daily basis, the second part is the real and ultimate goal because it implies dedication. Dedication means feeling the light of God within your heart. If your heart is devoid of divine light, you will not be happy, cheerful and successful in your lives.
We consume our thoughts with controlling every angle of our behavior and our decisions and we delude ourselves into thinking we actually had a hand in our outcomes. In fact, the illusion controls us and not the other way around. Surrender steps in when all our control finally fails to produce our desired result. Surrender doesn't equate to saying "yes" to detrimental circumstances or behavior, surrender merely allows the flow of the universe to manifest in the situation and the greater good. Surrender should not be misunderstood as inaction. Hold dear the process of doing everything you can do, and give up the outcome, like the Gopis who did everything Krishna asked them to do and left the outcome to Lord.
Very often your thoughts on what would be the best for you are not proper. Pursue instead the path of straightforwardness and reconcile with whatever you have. Think that a change in the life situation will take place only when it is called for in the impartial judgment of the Impersonal Providence. That will deepen your austerity and make you deserve the progress more and naturally. Leave the external things – the fondness for them. Grow fondness for the qualities of the mind and heart. Begin a new note. Let it grow into exclusiveness. Whatever be your external situation – sufficiency or insufficiency – try to feel fullness of heart with all that. This alone is ‘Sadhana’. And every day and minute of your life offers scope for this. Remember, your success depends on the inward state of your mind. Your mind will create hindrance in your work if it is not in communion with God because He alone is the permanent abode of peace. Yes, I agree that most of us want to have riches, healthy lives, nice children and prosperous future. But if we always approach God with a begging attitude then we are treating Him as our bearer to supply the things required by us at once. This is no devotion to God but devotion to our own selfish desires”.
Satsangs bring together the similarly placed souls for common worship, service, charity, education and culture. Satsang is like nectar. It is precious. As water diminishes when we drink it, we have to replenish the deficiency of the Divine Power, by mantra-sakthi and restore the grace, always to the brim. Here comes the power of Mahamantra. God or Deva has Grace and Effulgence. Only complete surrender to God or ‘Sharanagathy’, is the easiest way to realize the fullness and grandeur of His love. God is the only reality; the only Truth. One cannot but sing His glory, because we are all parts of the God - individual units of microcosms of the huge, voluminous and indefinable Macrocosm. The Supreme Power is Brahman, the Paramatma, and it is infinite. It is the all pervading Consciousness. We are jeevatmas, the infinitesimals; the relation is like that of an ocean and a drop of water, thereof. If Brahman is fire, jeevatma is a spark, therein. The union of jeevatma with Paramatma or the Jeevatma-Paramatma aikyam, or Pindandam merging with Brhmandam or the Microcosm becoming one with the Macrocosm, is the ultimate aim of our birth and it will be repeated until the last life exists. Only God, the Supreme Truth is perennial; everything else is ephemeral. Sanathana Dharma, the perennial wisdom, makes it clear to us. We should try to concentrate on things which last long, for only it could give us permanent joy. So, we should concentrate on God. The higher the soul evolves the more spiritual the understanding becomes, until rapport with the Divine Spirit is attained. This is atonement and it makes a man perfect. For making easily eligible to be loved by God, we must remain grateful, humble, patient, generous, show response, be motivating, be brave in all our actions, be disciplined in prosperity, spread good ideas, fetch name, fame and reputation to the family and to the country by dedication to work, be intuitive, and also have patience, persistence, perseverance, and providence.
If we negate or contradict, God, He will not punish us. Punishment is not His work.
Srimad Bhagavatham, believed to be the appearance of Narayana and hence considered as the main means to find Lord Sri Hari, without Yoga and Tapas, says (11-2-37):
“ Bhayam dwiteeyabhiniveshata: sya – deesadapetasya , viparyayo smrti:
tanmayayato budha aabhajetham, bhaktyaika yogam Gurudevatatma.”, meaning: One who turns away from God, loses his real self and falls a prey to the erroneous belief due to God’s Maya (delusion) and believes that the body is the self and finally he is endangered and he himself will be put in troubles of ‘Shoka’(sorrow), ‘Moha’ (worldly desires)and fear (Bhayam) and ruined at the end. No one can save him, from the peril he himself has created. We must always keep this in our memory. In Bhakthi and Worship, we should emulate the example of our Bhaktha Hanuman, who is always in Dasabhava to Lord Sri Ramachandra Prabhu.
28th March 2012.
Friday, March 2, 2012 8:26:37 PM
SANATHANADHARMA, YET ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE :
The entire edifice of Indian philosophical thought, known as ‘Sanathana Dharma’ is founded firmly on Vedas. It is the perennial wisdom of ages. Vedas are the original Scriptures of Hindu teachings, and contain spiritual knowledge encompassing all aspects of our life, also for the mankind in general. They can be really supposed to be the basic constitution of all religions. Humans did not compose it and hence it is known as ‘apourusheya’. They have stood the test of time. ‘Veda’ means wisdom, knowledge or vision. The laws of Vedas regulate the social, legal, domestic, and religious customs of the Hindus to the present day. All the obligatory duties of the Hindus at birth, marriage, death etc. owe their allegiance to the Vedas. The Vedas are mainly compiled by Vyasa Krishna Dwaipayana around the time of Lord Krishna.
Sanathana Dharma, embracing Vedas, draw forth the thought of successive generation of thinkers, and so from time to time according as the situation demands, essential things are added on to it, unnecessary things are made obsolete from it and requisite modifications suitable to the time are brought to it periodically to keep it always new, fresh and most useful to man, without even any damage to its pristine glory. It is handed down through generations by the word of mouth from time immemorial by ‘Mantradrashtas’ or Rishis of the yore, as ordained. It is very strong and everlasting. No one can destroy it. Since it is intended for the well being of all people on the mother Earth, hopefully one day the whole world will accept it, irrespective of caste, creed or color, as a panacea. If the world is to live in peace and prosperity, it is also absolutely essential to propagate and cherish Sanathana Dharma. I believe that as long as Sanathana Dharma is there, nothing will happen to Hinduism, whatever may be done against it by anyone, since they are one and the same. We need not worry much about that, provided we trust, imbibe and follow its doctrines strictly, and put it into practice truly, sincerely and with dedication.
Sanathana Dharma has numerous connotations. Literally Sanathana Dharma may mean eternal righteousness. It is really Vedic Dharma. Dharma denotes duty. Dharma also means virtues, righteousness, natural laws, giving alms, sa`th etc. There is also a famous axiom, ‘Dharmo rakshathi, rakshitha’, meaning, one who protects Dharma, is protected by Dharma. “Ahinmsā Paramo Dharma”, meaning, non-violence is the chief of all Dharmas. Any type of cruelty is also considered as Adharma. ‘Dharmam chara’ is used to mean Practice righteousness -- act according to your Dharma. Now, Dharma is a complex word with innumerable meanings.
Sanathana Dharma, a perennial philosophy, is supposed to be the breath of Lord, and hence it is natural and ubiquitous and hence people who love Sanathana Dharma, love nature also. It extols love towards God and hence it is Supreme Dharma, by which the heart of man achieves his highest welfare. It is Eternal Faith. It embodies all ancient Hindu Scriptures, and it is Vaidika Dharma, embracing Vedic injunctions. Though it is very vast and exhaustive, at the core of Sanathana Dharma, we can find four fundamental doctrines to follow, namely:-
1. The entire phenomenal world –the perceptible universe – Drshya Prapancham, with all its diversities consisting of every animate and inanimate object of creation, is only the manifestation of ONE single Divine Ground, known as BRAHMAN, and apart from that they are all nonexistent.
2. Human beings can, not only acquire knowledge about this Divine Ground by study of Scriptures, observation, reasoning and inference, but can also realize its existence by a direct communion with it through contemplation and meditation.
3. Man possesses a double nature of which one is a phenomenal ego confined to the body, mind and intellect, and the other is higher Ego, which is the Eternal Self, surpassing the limitations of all earthly concepts of self-identification. It is possible for man through spiritual practice, and Divine Grace through Guru’s blessings, to realize his identity with the Supreme Eternal Self, the BRAHMAN.
4. Man’s life on earth has only one end and purpose; and that is to realize his identity with the Eternal self and thus attain the undivided, unitive knowledge of the Divine ground –BRAHMAN, and act accordingly.
BRAHMAN is the only one Scientific Supreme Truth and it forms the Akhanda (Infinite), Nithya, Sathya, Shudha, Budha, Mugdha Swaroopa or the Omniscient and Omnipotent.
The word ‘BRAHMA’ literally means ‘to grow’ or ‘to expand’ or ‘swell’. Adi Shankara puts it as the quintessence of his philosophy: “BRAHMA SATHYAM; JAGAT MITHYA, JIVO BRAHMAIVA NA APARAH”- Brahman (the Absolute) is alone real; this world is unreal; and the Jiva or the Individual soul, is non-different from Brahman. The forces opposed to Vedic Dharma were more numerous and powerful at the time of Adi Shankara than they are today. We owe him so much on that account, because without him Vedas would have remained inaccessible to us. BRAHMAN is not an object, it is the Subject- the only Subject and the Essence. It is constituted by Sat-Chit-Ananda; Sat, that which exists eternally; Chit, is the light of knowledge; and Ananda is bliss. This is precisely the true nature of our spirit.
The electro-magnetic waves of the Scriptures contained in Sanathana Dharma are helping all of us, in our day today life, knowingly or unknowingly to a great extent in making improvements in various fields of our lives individually, physically, mentally and spiritually. Sanathana Dharma is really meant for all and it is above religion; it envisages that every individual should attain the Self and thus bring about the welfare of humanity. It is beautifully depicted in Manusmrthy that we should handle Sanathana Dharma, little delicately aswell:
“satyam bruyat priyam bruyat na bruyat satyam apriyam
priyam ca nanrutam bruyat esha dharmah sanatanah”, meaning:
All that you speak must be truth, but you do not have to say all that is true. Speak truth in such a way thatit should be pleasing to others. Never speak truth, which is unpleasant to others. This is the path ofeternal morality or Sanatana Dharma.
All Scriptures of other religions put together will come to only half of the Scriptures in Sanathana Dharma. Approximately 1280 foundation books are there, in hundreds of languages, with more than 10,000 commentaries, and more than one lakh of sub-commentaries. The Scriptures therein, reveal 330 million gods, hundreds of thousands of Rishis and a huge variety of ‘acharas’, rituals etc, among many other precious gems of axioms, aswell. The exhaustive literature under Sanathana Dharma is almost like an ocean.
It has its origin from Smriti and Sruti and lie embedded in Vedas, Brhmanas, Aranyakas, Upanishads, Puranas, Ithihasas, Tantras, Sutras etc., in hundreds of thousands of texts and manuscripts in almost all the world over, establishing the Universal Truth:
“Bhagavatha vidhathraya kreeyathe tat sarvamhi shubhayathe”, meaning shortly, every action of the Supreme Power and Creator, is only for the good of its every creation.
God Bless America.
2nd March 2012.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 11:15:46 PM
Astrology; as I humbly see it :
The word Astrology is derived from two Greek words Astra (Stars) and Logos (Study). So, Astrology is the study of Stars. Astrology is Astronomy brought to earth and applied to the affairs of men. It teaches us that the Universe is governed by a perfect system , accurately timed with marvelous precision and accomplished with unerring exactness. It is a noble Science as old as the ages of Vedas. It is not a secret now that each planet has its own unique polarization /frequency which affects all living things in the universe on a cellular level
The influence of time and space of an event stamps a permanent seal on it through the planetary alignment, the forces of which are flowing around us in invisible channels directing our lives towards certain conditions, some of which can be avoided by knowing them in advance. Astrology gives us a picture of the whole of life. It is more sophisticated and more useful than any other Science.
The planets in the sky, which are within our Solar System, have direct impact on earth. The most important of them are the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Jupiter, Neptune, the North Node (Rahu) and the South Node (Kethu). Their route is the Zodiac, which is divided into 12 Signs, from Aries to Pisces. From the earth we see the Sun rising, moving across the sky, and setting, because of the rotation of the earth. As we are on earth, we calculate the chart as geocentric.
Horoscope or Natal Chart reveals the influence of time and space of a birth, stamped permanently on it, through the planetary alignment, their relations with the cusps and angles etc. In this context, we must always remember the Universal fact that Stars cannot compel, they only impel. They can help us shape our Destiny, but the ultimate Destiny or Fate is unto HIM. As Shakespeare once pointed out that the fault is not in our stars , but it is in ourselves. Fate mostly depends on Karma, which is the law of consequences – of merit and demerit. Karma depends on Character. When we change our Character, we change our Karma. Character, in its turn, depends on habits. One may say that when character is lost, every thing is lost. If one grows in the habit of getting unconditional love from his parents, getting situations to help develop self-esteem, values, morals, and good traditions of life, enjoyment, good health, secure surroundings, chances to develop skills and abilities, of course coupled with strict discipline, he will have strength of character, which leads him to proper Karmas, the consequences of which will be a meaningful life. One thing is certain that unto every violation of law of the nature, there is meted out a penalty and it is inevitable. We can then try to mitigate evils, hoping for comfort, the result of which depends on many factors, like the bank balance of our papa-punyas transcended from our previous births, if any.
Astrology is really like a vast ocean. A famous Vedic Astrologer once said that he is only a particle of sand on the bank of the great ocean of Astrology. Astrology is spiritual, mystical, magical, and it is the music of the cosmos. A true and learned Astrologer can guide one to do the right thing at the right time and can guide to avoid the wrong thing at the tempting time. It is a Divine Science too, though empirical predictive in nature. It s purely based on mathematics, if the time and calculations go wrong, every thing will go wrong. The most important thing to be borne in mind about Astrology is that it should never be taken on any level other than the level of Vedanta, since it contains the quintessence of the philosophies of the entire world. It is a truth that no better boat than a well written Horoscope can help a man cross over the troubled sea of life. It ultimately helps our Atma ( soul), to become Jivatma (manifested soul) and eventually to become one with Paramatma (The God), through Deliverance ( Moksha ), which alone is supposed to fulfill or materialize the purpose of human It is the Bliss. The higher the soul evolves the more spiritual the understanding becomes until perfect rapport with the Divine Spirit is attained. This is the atonement, which makes a man perfect. So, Astrology helps one to lead a perfect life.[/FONT]