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The Importance of Astrology – Do planets influence man?
Sivaram Babu Kumar
Astrology has a long history from the dawn of civilization. In India we have evidence of astrological knowledge even in the great classis, the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Sage Parasara who is said to have lived before the dawn of Kali Yuga is believed to be the father of astrology. Astrology explains life’s reactions to planetary vibrations. In Sanskrit, it is called Hora Sastra or Jyothisha or the science of time. All these definitions do not convey a correct idea of the subject. It is much more than a science. It is a science of sciences, the key to all knowledge. it is the knowledge that links man to nature and establishes that order reigns supreme in life and that chance and accident have no place.
The most easily referred to difference between the Indian/Kerala astrology and Western astrology lies in the method of measurement of the Zodiac. Vedic astrology uses primarily the sidereal zodiac (in which stars are considered to be the fixed background against which the motion of the planets is measured), whereas most Western astrology uses the tropical zodiac (the motion of the planets is measured against the position of the Sun on the Spring equinox). This difference becomes only noticeable over time, after the course of several centuries, as a result of the precession of the equinoxes. Synchronically, the two systems are identical, with just a shift of the origin of the ecliptic longitude by about 22 degrees or days, resulting on the placement of planets in the previous sign in Western charts about 80% of the time.
Do planets influence man? Astrology and astronomy are inter-related. Astronomy is the study of the location and movements of stars and planets in the heavens, while astrology is the study of the effects of the planets on human life. Astrology is the study of effects of the planets on human life and determines the relation between a person’s life and the planetary position. The Sun is addressed in the Vedas as the soul of the universe. The Sun and the Moon are the visible Gods. Without Sun’s heat and light nothing could exist in the world even for a single second. The sun’s power is the cause of the cyclic motions of the earth and other planets. 40 years ago, around 1980s, an American-satellite reported a tremendous explosion in the sun. During this time, it was found that the number of patients in hospitals had increased tremendously. Cases of hypertension, heart and nervous diseases had also increased. The kind of correlation had been predicted by our ancient sages. NATURE, a famous British scientific journal, observed that a change in sun’s outermost layer is followed by a change in the breeding patterns among fish. Similarly, changes in the heavenly positions of planets secretions in the human body, as well as sleep, sexual activity and other functions. During lunar phases women undergo bodily changes during their menstrual period, which sometimes lead to mental tension.
“What is the purpose of life?” or “What is it exactly that we need to accomplish while we are here?” Once we get a feeling about where we came from, how we got here, and where we are going, we have increased sense of purpose. We are directed. It is not an easy task to get clear on this. You could have a PhD from the best university and still be foggy about your purpose. The role of Karma and Rebirth comes there. Many people imagine that the theory of Karma is based on fatalism and predestined necessity and that, therefore, it leaves no scope for individual development. One must admit that the universe is either cosmos or chaos; it cannot be partly ruled by law and partly by chance. The universe and the life activities are regulated by certain laws. If the Sun and the planetary bodies are subject to discipline and their movements and phenomena are according to a certain order, then the lives of individuals who inhabit the planetary systems must also be guided by certain definite laws and rules, and chance cannot make one King and other a beggar by mere accident of birth. according to ancient texts when one dies, his soul which is enveloped in a subtle body and invested with the sum-total of good and bad Karma passes after some time into another body leaving off his gross body, as a man casts off worn-out clothes and put on new ones. His reincarnation takes place in a physical body corresponding with the deeds done by him in previous life. The process of death and birth go on until the person concerned attains emancipation. This particular branch of science is well taken care of in Prasna Sasthra in Kerala Astrology.
Kerala is famous for Horary or Prasna astrology. Horary astrology deals with the answering of questions in the light of planetary influences, relating to important events in the daily transactions of human life. This branch indeed forms a most useful and prominent aspect of astrological science in as much as it helps us to foretell the occurrence of many important future events beforehand, how and ‘when such events will take place, what their exact nature is whether or not they terminate favorably, who is instrumental for them and how far ‘such events are beneficial or detrimental to the interests of the party concerned, without reference to the birth chart. If any obstacles are thrown on the way of success in any undertaking or enterprise, by ascertaining these beforehand by means of Horary Astrology, we can resort to remedies to minimize or completely overcome such evils, and augment the good, so that the future way for one’s progress and prosperity may be smoothened.
The author Jyothish Acharya Sivaram Babu Kumar is practicing and teaching Vedic Astrology for the past 15 years. He is the official astrologer and Researcher in Astrovision Futuretech Pvt. Ltd, leading astrology Software Company worldwide, a member of Planetary Gemologist Association, Bangkok and also a member of Astrological Research Project, Kolkata. More than 500 astrology articles written by him were published in various Astrology Magazines and online sites. He has written a book on gemology too by name NAVARATNA VISHESHANGAL in Malayalam.
Sivaram Babu Kumar
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