Light on Vedic Astrology
LITTLE LIGHT VANISHES DARKNESS
Astrology is understood to be both a science and a mystical art. It claims scientific status because it requires mathematics and an understanding of Astronomy. It is a mystical art because the actions of other systems are mostly regulated by the natural response to environmental stimuli, man, endowed with a superior brain, is capable of having a proper understanding of divine law and choosing a course of actions (karma) favorable to continuous spiritual growth deserving His God’s grace. A horoscope is a map of the sky, of all the planetary positions, at the time of birth”. An astrologer reads these planetary positions and interprets their effects on the native. But all it is an indication of future of the man shaped by his previous karma which is indicated by the planetary positions at the time of birth.
The doctrine of karma, according to Sikh belief, is a part of the Divine law. “The whole universe,” says Gurū Arjan, Nānak V, “is bound by action, good or bad.” Gurū Nānak declares in the Japu that “all forms, beings, greatness and lowliness, pain and pleasure, bounties and wanderings are subject to the great divine law and there is nothing outside the jurisdiction of religious law,”
Karma means action, means “to do.” Direct we have an indication that the real meaning of karma is not fate because karma is action. It is equivalent to Newton’s law of ‘every action must have a reaction.’ When we think, speak or act, we initiate an energy that will react accordingly. This returning energy may be altered, reformed or adjourned, but most people will not be able to eliminate it.
A person may not escape the consequences of his actions, but he will suffer only if he has prepared the conditions for his suffering. Unawareness of the law is no excuse, whether the rules are standard or universal. A karma theory considers not only the action but also the actor’s intentions, attitude, and desires before and during the work.
Many people, I see, have this discussion between free will and destiny. “Man is, no doubt, a creature of destiny, but he is not entirely or its slave.” The man has some freedom of will and action too. Because, if the man has not such freedom how can he overcome his karma. Thus, it should be accepted that there is no place for pessimism in Jyotish. I believe in free will and choice of actions. But I also know that there are some things we do not control. Like we do not choose our time of birth, place of birth, parents, brother-sisters or our gender.
You can hold on to the past, or you can create your happiness today. Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart. Every movement is a new beginning and a new conclusion. Those who want to know about the astrology, they must forget the past and concentrate on the present action. There is no need to evoke unpleasant memories and immerse yourself in them for what is gone or happened in the past. Therefore do not think of past or the future, we can never recover the past, make good use of present, man suffers because he forgets the present.