Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo

Astrologer | Spiritual Guide | Vāstu Consultant | Writer

22nd April

Address Your Own Infirmities First

We are all born with a sense of freedom deeply ingrained in our construct. It often tempts us to live on one’s own exclusive terms, more in demanding rather than a giving mode. In the process, often one becomes oblivious to other’s sensibilities and concerns. So, clash of interest becomes inevitable. With this mindset, how can we ever think of living in peace and harmony?

Amongst all relationship, the one between a mother and her child is believed to be spontaneous, most pure and selfless. Experience, however, suggests that it remains true till the child’s infant stage only. The mother would take all the pains to nurse the child. Even the child will spontaneously seek mother’s refuge whenever they feel threatened. The scenario changes, once the child gains the sense of freedom and begins exerting it. And then, clash of ego becomes probable. A large majority of mothers though reconcile by digesting even the child’s vagaries, but some of them won’t take it kindly. They feel that their identity is being threatened. In such cases, clash of ego becomes imminent.

One such worried mother, not able to get along with her only child, came asking: “What has destiny in store about our relationship? Is there any scope of improvement in our relationship in near future? Will he ever care for my sensibilities?”

Well, let me make it clear that destiny is not something like a self-intelligent independent force that could strike unrestrained, and with no scope for being spared of its onslaught. Again, destiny is not something being arbitrated by some independent agency. Destiny, in fact, is a fallout of how we negotiate the callings of life, and which varies from person-to-person according as one’s unique character. Therefore, destiny can’t be predefined in finite terms. But given our freedom to make choices, which is duly aided by faculty of discriminate intelligence to pick up the most appropriate lead, it can, however, be consciously shaped to our advantage.

The reason why our relationship goes for a toss is because we usually remain trapped to our habits and attitudes, which does not let us get to the truth underlying seeming realities. Also, we remain ignorant of the existential dynamics, vital to a smooth run of life. The paradox, however, is that it is writ large in nature, but we seldom care to see through it to learn our lesson. A glaring example is the way planetary cabinet in the immediate galaxy, conducts itself. All planets traversing their independent axis, move at their respective speeds, around the Sun. But at the same time they maintain a relativity amongst them, as if they would be conducting as a unified family. While enjoying their independent space discharging individual specific functionalities, they remain in harmony and balance with each other, simultaneously attending to their collective obligations towards the life cycle. Remember, the Sun, though the prime-mover, its radiation by itself can’t sustain life, it has to be joined by energies available from other planetary bodies. It is this very arrangement that has kept the planetary bodies in harmony and balance since time immemorial. A relationship conducted in this very mode alone can have a smooth go.

That makes it incumbent upon us to watch out our individual limitations and address them before it is too late. With our vulnerabilities gone, our scope of vision expands. You may then look at an issue with an open mind, free from any preconditioning whatsoever, which will make you perceive things in the right perspective. Following which, one would refrain from reacting impulsively on instinctive judgment, which is adversely affecting the lady’s relationship with her son. Instead, one would allow time and space to apply proper forethought before responding to an issue in hand intelligently.

Astrological pointers of the lady suggests that she is a domineering lady with a fixated one track mind, not easily amenable to change, coming as it may with Saturn owned Capricorn lagna, read together with a debilitated Moon. The lagna lord Saturn locks horns with mischievous Neptune, which makes her self-deluding and moody. On top of that wisdom signifying Jupiter is placed adverse to Mercury, identified with intelligence, which accounts for her insensible judgment. If ever she is faced with a contrarian view, even without reasoning, the lady doesn’t take it kindly.She rather feels that her sensibilities are not being taken care of. This is not to suggest that the son is flawless. But then the lady needs to first become accommodative, before expecting from her son to become responsive.


15th April

Mind Your Mental Limitations

Perception drives a being, which may vary from person-to-person, depending on how the individual mind is predisposed. Accordingly, different people have varying perception of the same subject matter. In this connection it will be interesting to see how different publishers had varied perception of the book I scripted, which I forwarded for their consideration.

Editorial team of one of the publishers came out with the view that they could not agree with the philosophy of the book. I won’t blame them. For, even members of the editorial team are human beings having their individual specific mental predisposition, which serves as defining principle for evaluating any subject matter under their consideration.

The above view was contrasted by another publisher who found the manuscript interesting and enlightening. But even they limited the scope of this book by terming it worth those who have some understanding of soul and mind. They deemed it fit for those seeking spiritual evolution. The truth, on the contrary, is that the word ‘spirituality’ has not been mentioned even once.

If the manuscript is looked at with an open mind, free from any preconditioning whatsoever, it will come out that it explores existential dynamics, vital to quality living. Becoming aware thus, one may look within, evaluate one’s individual frame of mind, address its limitations, expand the vision, and prepare the ground to successfully negotiate the callings of life with ease and comfort. So, the write up may help common readers add quality and value to their life by making right choices and picking up most appropriate lead.

The purpose of this discussion is not to highlight my brownie points. The deductive inference that can be drawn is that even those entrusted with responsible assignment, could miss out on the true import of an important work, because of limitation of one’s mind. For, that restricts the scope of vision, thus offering a prismatic view. Another related question that arises, and which calls for attention is: “What does spiritual evolution mean in practical terms? Does it mean seeking God, following the principles enshrined by different religious faiths?”

Mind it: God or no God, how does it matter? If God exists, He would be doing His rounds unabated, not looking for anybody’s seeking or prompting. Even if there is no God, even then, how does it matter? For, the journey of life has to continue marching ahead. What is most important for us is the quality of life we enjoy. And how we conduct in life, will define, what we become due for, which primarily depends on how are minds are predisposed. So, whatever be necessary to provide right direction to our thought process, and thereby our conduct, has to be our real calling. For, mind remains the prime-mover of a being, which defines one’s functional mandate, and accordingly drives it. To sum up, working out ways and means to add quality and value to individual and collective life, is what spiritual evolution may mean in real terms. Seeking God will not suffice.

Let us now see, how someone who didn’t care to watch out his mind trends, to set right its fault-lines, has become a victim of his own making. Mind signifying Moon, occupies a fiery and movable sign Aries, and which is ill-disposed off to Saturn, Rahu, Venus, and mischievous Neptune. In the first place, it speaks of an impulsive, impatient, and a head strong person, who jumps into action without applying proper forethought. Second, he has a negative mindset with a nagging attitude, who will be always suspicious of other’s intent. Third, he is oversensitive, who may get over exercised even on trivial issues, and keep mulling over them for long. In the process, his productive initiatives often get compromised. Fourth, he lacks focus, who may not hold on his attention over a subject for long, and with obvious consequences. Fifth, he remains stuck to his self-delusionary perceptions, often distanced from ground realities. In his rush to reach the dream destination, he won’t care for anybody’s advice and counsel, no matter how reasoned it may be. He may not acknowledge truth on its first appearance. He will rather prefer to hold on to his dream perception, on hope against hope, till pushed to the wall.

This person was doing well in his career. Without caring for his basics, whether he is fit to pursue business, and ignoring elder’s counsel, impulsively took up an entrepreneurial venture, and miserably failed. Almost a decade has gone by, and he has not been able to come out its hang.


8th April

Watch Out For Karmic Baggage

Worried father of a married girl sought my advice on the prospects of her marital stability. A pundit had hinted turbulence in marriage a few years down the line. He had advised some puja to salvage the situation. Not sure about the probable outcome of belief driven puja, the old man wished to countercheck. He approached me with a set of questions: “Is my daughter’s marital separation fated? If so, is there any scope to save it? Can heavenly forces be appeased by conducting puja to change the course of anybody’s destiny?”

Let me make it clear that destiny is not something like some independent force that may strike on our lives unrestrained. In fact, it is a related fallout of how we approach life and conduct ourselves. Of course, it is set in motion by karmic imprints carried over from the past, which defines our unique character. But at the same time, we enjoy the scope to modify it through awareness and conscious efforts. Evidently, if our conduct is reasoned, we become due for a smooth run of life. Well, if the couple are in love, conscious about caring for each other’s sensibilities and concerns, there remains no scope for separation. But if we unmindfully submit to our inherent habits and attitudes, its character will define our fate. So, marital separation will not simply happen because it would be so scripted in one’s destiny. What, therefore, is needed is to live consciously, watch out individual specific karmic baggage, and make necessary amends through fresh educative inputs.

Remember, every human being is born unique, each reflecting varying mental orientation – desire trends, likes and dislikes, prejudices & passions, virtues & attributes, habits & attitudes. So, there is nothing unusual if the couple happen to carry varying mental orientation, even conflicting trends. Here comes the role of interpersonal relationship skill, which shows us the way how to be accommodative, overriding each other’s limitations. The irony, however, is that invariably we live more in a demanding mode, expecting from the partner to remain true to one’s expectation. And if per chance that doesn’t come about, it becomes difficult for the egotistical mind to digest. And then, one gets fixated to few negatives inthe partner, often ignoring many positives, becomes overcritical, and the problem begins.

But remember, human mind is empowered to self-reflect, identify one’s potentials and vulnerabilities, filter off the undesirables, and make right choices. Caught up in our usual mills of life, invariably, we don’t remain live about exercising this option, and with obvious consequences. Often, our egotistical mind doesn’t let us acknowledge our own fault-lines either. Here comes the role of Astrology, which can dispassionately show your mirror image for necessary correction.

Let us now look at astrological pointers of the partners to figure out their inherent mind-trends, vital to marital harmony and stability. The man’s lagna and Moon, both occupying fixed signs, speak of a stubborn character. Saturn being the lord of lagna, implies that he doesn’t express his emotions as would be usually expected by a female, and so could be misconstrued as being devoid of love. Moon locks horns with Uranus, Jupiter, and Saturn. In the first place, it speaks of his mercurial temperament, and unconventionality of approach. Second, he would be emotionally over sensitive, who may get over exercised even on trivial issue, over which he may unnecessarily keep mulling for long. Third, he would be having a negative and a suspicious mindset carrying nagging tendency, and habitually overcritical of others. Mars conjunct Mercury makes him restless. The positives too are immense that balance out his negatives. Jupiter conjunct Saturn, is beautifully aligned to the Sun, Mercury, and Mars. That speaks of a well-meaning person driven by a value system. He should be clear headed, having clarity in vision and thought. Moon beautifully aligned to Neptune speaks of a refined demeanor.

The girl too, seems to be a refined person as Moon is beautifully aligned to Neptune. But her ego level seems to be quite high, given the fact that Mars is placed opposite Jupiter, which makes her stuck to self-assumed dos and don’ts. Anything happening to the contrary, it becomes difficult for her to digest. Saturn conjunct Ketu points to her escapist tendency. If she addresses these infirmities, there would be no scope for separation.

Remember, only such remedial measures would work, as could change one’s thought process, which the person alone could do. It is difficult to digest that any third person conducting some belief driven puja can encroach upon other’s mind-space.


1st April

Astrology Knows No Bounds

Having failed to find a lead over an issue, a disciple of mine called me on March 16 seeking guidance. It was about someone who had gone missing under mysterious circumstances. Naturally, his near and dear ones were worried – whether the person was alive, what exactly happened to him, will he come back home.

For a precise answer on such specific queries, horary route is preferred. For, the time of birth of a person often carries a margin of error, and therefore, could offer misleading answer. The time of working of a horary chart is precisely to point, and therefore, carries no scope for error. Accordingly I asked the person who had come for consultation: “Keeping the question in mind, quote a number between 1 and 249 that spontaneously arises in your mind.” He quoted number 15.

Following the rules prescribed by Krishnamurti system, a horary chart was drawn for 17:56:51 hrs on March 16th, with the lagna cusp marked for number 15 in the zodiac, which stands for the questioner. With reference to that lagna, the house and the cusp point signifying the victim is it is to be found out. The question was raised by younger brother of the victim’s father-in-law. Now, the elder brother will be signified by 11th house. His daughter will be signified by 5th house from 11th, which means the 3rd house. 7th from 3rd will stand for the lady’s spouse. So, 9th cusp will stand for the victim, which in this case happens to be 12 degrees and 13 minutes in Sagittarius sign.

In horary system, first the genuineness of the question is checked upon. In this particular chart, the lagna sub-lord happens to be Jupiter, which coincidentally is the lord of 9th house, which signifies the victim. Jupiter aspects Moon posited in the 3rd house, with respect to the 9th cusp. 3rd house being 12th to 4th means, the victim is away from his place of abode. Coincidently, mischievous Neptune is conjunct Moon, which adds mysterious nature to the disappearance. So, the question is well signified.

Towards the next step, the possibility of fulfilment of questioner’s desires is checked upon from the status of sub-lord of 11th cusp. Venus happens to be sub-lord of the 11th cusp. Venus in exaltation in the 4th house with respect to the victim, is in direct motion, occupying the nakshatra owned by Mercury,again in direct motion, which again is posited in the 4th house itself. So, fulfilment of desires is promised.

Towards the 3rd step, it is desirable to find out whether the victim is alive. If the lagna sub-lord with respect to the victim, signifies death indicating 8th house there from, then the person will be deemed to be dead, otherwise alive. In this particular case, Mercury figures as the 9th sub-lord, occupying the 4th house in its own nakshatra. It has no connection whatsoever with the 8th house counted from the victim’s lagna, and therefore, the person should be alive.

We then move to the question whether there is scope for return back home, and the probable time thereto. This calls for a linkage between 2nd cusp sub-lord which stands for union with family members; the 4th house meaning the home, both counted from the victim’s lagna; and the 11th house counted from questioner’s perspective. 2nd sub-lord happens to be Mercury. Venus happens to be sub lord of both 4th and 11th cusps. The fact that both Venus and Mercury are conjunct in the 4th house, clearly promises return home.

The question now is when? Applying Krishnamurti principles, planets signifying 2nd, 4th, and 11th houses are found out. In this case, Mars, Ketu, Saturn, Rahu, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Moon and Jupiter,appeared as the signifying planets. For shortlisting, ruling planets at the moment of consultation are found out. They comprise of the day lord; lords of the lagna and Moon sign, their nakshatra, and the sub of the cusp points. They appear to be Mercury, Sun, Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Mars. The common denominators in both the lists point to the probable period of return home. In this case, the ruling planets find presence amongst the list of signifying planets. The period running at the time of consultation was that of Rahu-Mars-Mercury-Rahu, which favored return back home. The day transit Moon, enters the nakshatra owned by Mercury, he should come back home on 19th March, and so it happened.

To sum up, astrology if used properly, will know limits, and shall offer result with a fair amount of precision.


25th Mar

Be Aware of Your Own Empowerment Tool

Picking up threads from the previous issue, it comes out that the choice option we are endowed with, can lead us either way – keep us stuck to the callings of destiny or take us out of its binds. To figure out how it takes varying stance on different individuals, a look into the construct and chemistry of mind, the prime-mover of a being, becomes imperative.

Remember, mind is just an instrument. It can’t work on its own. It takes off on the thought-feed it has in store or all that it picks up from the outer world. Accordingly mind defines a being’s functional mandate. These thought imprints involuntarily develop individual specific beliefs. According as the beliefs, mind excites desire trends, which in turn, stir up corresponding thoughts, which when gravitate following working in the laboratory of mind, translate into action. The feel of the fruits of action find way to our memory bank, which have related bearing in future terms. This way, more often than not, we remain stuck to a circuitous web of thought chain.

In terms of construct, mind has three functional tools – Buddhi, Ahamkara, and Manasa. They are supposed to work in a coordinated fashion in support of each other as a unified organism. Buddhi is the faculty of discriminate intelligence, intrinsic to which is sense of dispassion. It is supposed to analyze the desire trends aroused by inlaid beliefs, figure out its utility value. And accordingly instruct Ahamkara to either shun it, or put into action with the aid of Manasa. It also judges the inputs picked up by Manasa from the outer world and instruct the latter how to respond.

Ahamkarabrings in the sense of ‘I’, which makes one identify with the task in hand, and also own up the consequences there of.

Manasa drives sense aided actions of mind from the front. It puts into action the functional mandate of mind. Also, it picks up outer field data, delivers them to Buddhi for due diligence, seeking guidance on how to react or respond to them. But it also has the capacity to instinctively respond to external stimuli. Out of the three, Buddhi doesn’t come into play involuntarily. It needs to be consciously invoked by Ahamkara. The irony of the whole situation is that often Ahamkara identifies itself with the inlaid desire trends, and makes them its end game. Also, it could come under tempting influences of the glare and glitters of the seeming world and set it as the dream destination. Under both situations, Buddhi aspect gets sidelined. Evidently, for want of due diligence, the probability of failure and frustration gets pronounced. That, in turn, may create ground for stress, depression, and lot of unintelligent actions to unmindfully follow. It is actually on this count that we fail to manoeuver choice option to our advantage. Evidently when we fail to make use of our own empowerment tool, we are bound to become a victim of our own making.That makes it incumbent upon us to be on full alert to keep our Buddhi element in active mode all the time. That alone canhelp us judiciously use the choice option and bring desired change in our conduct pattern.

Before concluding, let us give a look at the import of the above discussion in practical terms. In this context let us analyze through astrological pointers why someone could not escape his suicidal trends. The person is born with fiery and active sign Aries as his lagna. It points to an aggressive, impulsive, head strong, dominant, and an intolerant person, who won’t play second fiddle to any. He may jump into action on instinctive judgement without applying proper forethought. It is only when he falls into self-created pit that he may invoke his Buddhi for due diligence. Lagna lord Mars, crossing path with erratic Rahu, is posited in the 12 house. It implies that the person is vulnerable to unmindfully misdirect his energies towards self-destructive ends. Mind signifying Moon in debilitation, is conjunct mischievous Neptune, and in opposition to its planet of nemesis Saturn. The obvious implication is that the person has a fixated one track mind stuck to self-delusionary perception, and not amenable to change.On top of that is the Sun ill-disposed off to Jupiter, which speaks of his swaggering ego not allowing him to look beyond his self-assumed beliefs. He can’t digest anything happening to the contrary. He never cared to know his own self for the sake of necessary correction, and the result is there to see.


11th Mar

Life Needs To Be Seen In Continuation

Someone forwarded m.huffpost article which deals with the causes of depression and abnormal mental traits in in adult life. It was forwarded by a person, who recently played a suicidal drama, purposely staged to attract attention of his so called love mate, who of late seemed to be getting distanced from him. Though stage managed, but the person did injure himself. Now that the melodrama is past, he is having guilt. So, he is trying to figure out why after all he got into such a misadventure. This person had unsuccessfully made suicidal attempt earlier also. The question is why a repeat? On the advice of a dear friend, he got in touch with a therapist, who ascribed the cause to imprints of traumatic childhood, and which needs to be addressed for once and for ever.

The said article acknowledges the therapist’s observation, belying earlier belief of west based experts that depression is a result of chemical imbalance in one’s brain. I am happy that though late, and still limited to the ongoing life, but at least the western world has begun seeing life in continuity. This truth of life is an accepted fact in Indian philosophic perception. In fact, it stretches far beyond the ongoing life. It sees life in continuation stretching through successive birth-death cycles, as would theory of reincarnation suggest.

Here it will be interesting to give a look at the difference between the functionalities of a human being and animal species. The difference lies in the choice option exclusively available to human beings, which is duly aided by the faculty of discriminate intelligence. The animals do also have mind, but it works on instincts. It can’t make a choice nor discriminate whether its action is right or wrong. They are bound by nature driven living pattern due to them, with no scope for making any exception. But remember, whenever there is choice, it carries equal probability of use and misuse. And there is nothing like a free lunch in this world. So, bearing with the consequences of the choices made becomes imperative. That binds a human being to a circuitous web of cause-effect chain, and which stretches on to successive births. In this scheme of things what happens as on date is culmination of doings in the past. And how you attend to the callings of the present moment, sets the terms of how future would unfold.

Mind it; whatever way you conduct, its impressionsmake an inroad into your memory, and which may find reflection in future in a self-automated mode, as and when congenial ground becomes available. This is how mind’s chemistry works. Going by ancient Indian philosophic perception, a being’s existence is structured in three layers – gross, astral, and causal bodies. On death, it is just the gross body that gets dysfunctional and then disintegrates. The astral and causal bodies that are pure energy platforms vital to a being, do not meet their end as would the law of conservation of energy stand. Causal body is believed to carry a blueprint of the past, which finds reflection through the astral body, which supposedly conducts the mental functions. So, going by this perception, mind has an extra-cerebral existence. Here a question naturally arises: What is that unseen factor, which drives all these subtle functionalities. Going by vedic perception, at the root of all these intangible functionalities lies the all-pervading eternal consciousness element. But the gross body would be anyway needed for manifestation of the mind functions with due support of the consciousness element.

Carrying along all the memory imprints picked up during live existence, the astral and causal bodies set the ground for reincarnation to acquire a fresh gross body. All the memory imprints carried over from the past set the terms of one’s mind and psyche that play out involuntary when congenial ground becomes available. These acquired memory imprints are of course subject to further add on during the ongoing life, with related bearing in the emerging time.

Those who believe in only one life may debate the above concept. But they can’t ignore the fact that every being is born unique, each reflecting varying individual specific traits. Even twins born out of same parents and brought up under similar conditions have often been found to carry dire opposite traits. After all, what makes this difference?

For a plausible answer, a look into ancient India’s philosophic perception is called for, but for which, the working of mind and psyche can’t be understood in perspective.

Continued ………


4th Mar

Shiva Symbolises Unity in Diversity

The unseen creatures in Shiva’s entourage supposedly symbolise the invisible existence during the interregnum period between two successive form-existences. They therefore, symbolise continuum between successive lives. In a way it can be said that Lord Shiva’s entourage presents a picture of all seen and unseen existences forming this living world.

Lord Shiva, despite evolutionary barrier of incommunicability amongst the varied creatures forming His entourage, through His selfless force of love, remains in accord with all of them at one go. Overlooking their individualistic vagaries, He does not differentiate. It is not that He would not be aware of their individualistic limitations, as His eyes, half open and half closed would signify. It implies that knowingly ignoring their limitations, He remains in accord with them.

Why? Is Lord Śiva under some compulsion to do that? Absolutely not, He purposely does that. For, He knows that all creatures, by themselves, are imperfect, and incapable of meeting existential needs all by oneself. But, all put together, complement and supplement each other to together make out a perfect self-sufficient world. If each one of them is bound by individual limitations, they are simultaneously also armed with such virtues, as would be necessary to nourish and sustain the collective existence.

Take the case of a trivial looking termite, which otherwise is known to spoil wood, paper, and if left unattended can spoil the crops also. But then, they dig hole deep inside the soil structure to facilitate entry of oxygen and activate creative potential of the earth mass. In the process, the termite eats earth mass and to digest it, its body releases necessary enzymes. It consumes a small part that it would need for its own sustenance, and excretes the rest, and that being rich in enzyme, further add to the fertility of the soil. But, the termite has to meet its end before the crop comes up, but not before serving the cause of larger existence. Similarly, a bacteria in a drain or a sewer pit treats the night soil, but for which, life will become inhabitable in course of time. In fact, all the creatures form a food chain, which together sustain the existential order, while at the same time not allowing them to grow beyond their due, and maintain biodiversity balance. There is nothing in existence, without a specific assignment in support of the collective existence.

Lord Shiva therefore, in order to get the best out of one and all and facilitate smooth run of the worldly order, purposely ignores their individual limitations. But it doesn’t come about easy, as He has to bear with lot of pains. He absolves all and sundry of the three types of sins– Daihika(Body bound), Bhautika(Material), and Daivika (Cosmic), they attract, as fallout of cause-effect chain they are bound to. He absorbs them all as would His poison fed blue neck implies. He does that in the larger interest of the existential order, but for which life will become unbearable.

Serving as provider, He nourishes the whole living order with all His resources in hand - the cosmic energy drawn through lunar crescent, water stream of river Ganges. Remember, we plunder the earth in a bid to secure our survival. But, the earth on its part bears with it kindly, and still supports us with all provisions - the food it produces or water bodies it holds in its womb, vital to our existence. We, knowingly or inadvertently, vitiate even the atmosphere, which could disturb ecological balance, evidently detrimental to our healthy existence. Nature, however, on its part has been kind enough to make provisions for absorbing them all, but for which our very existence would be at stake.

Lord Shiva enjoys the confidence of all. For, He selflessly serves them all without any sense of differentiation, with the sole noble objective to ensure a smooth run of the existential order. His selflessness is exemplified by being bare bodied. We really need to draw lesson and imbibe the kindness extended by nature.

The message that emerges loud and clear is that the existential order is an organic whole. It is premised on the concept of “Unity in diversity”, framed into an interdependent structure, where no individual holds a reality

independent of the entirety. In fact, we all have a shared destiny. That calls for a harmonious coexistence of all and sundry, all discharging their assigned roles towards essential sustenance and smooth run of the living order. Following the above script in sense and spirit would be real tribute to Lord Shiva.


25th Feb

Learning the Shiva Way of Being

Picking up threads from the previous issue, Mount Kailaśa, said to be the place of abode of Lord Śiva, is one of the high peaks in the Himalayan range to which lot of perennial rivers are sourced. Contextually, however, only the river Ganges alone emerging out of the Himalayan range has been named for the sake of understanding. Being one of the highest peaks, it is closest to the cosmic world, simultaneously having all round view of life down below. Lord Śiva, with lunar crescent over the head, read together with his place of abode,the Himalayan range having in store perennial rivers, is symbolic of eternity, infinity.

The presence of lunar crescent symbolizes the convergence of all nature driven forces. For, Moon’s luminosity is drawn out of the Sun, as well as all the planets and stars up above in the sky. But before all light drawn thus, flows down the line, Moon does its own stamping by turning them into an amiable form, to facilitate creation of form-existences on earth plane. The obvious implication is that Moon symbolises convergence of all nature driven energy streams.

Following intense meditation, the causal stress within led to the first motion, in otherwise restful state of Lord Shiva. The related sound note that got excited was Om. Now going by the scientific perception, once there is entropy, it multiplies in geometric progression. So, it happened following excitation of Oṁ sound. The internal stirring up that followed, which when gravitated further, excited Energy trinity – Sata, Rajasa, and Tamasa. Sata here stands for the potential to create. Rajasa is the activating force, which carries forward the seeds of creation. Tamasa is its corresponding opposite, which holds on the seeds of creation, nurtures it in hiding, following which, dynamic existence with name and form emerges. The suggestive play of Damru symbolises the stirring up of the Creative Matrix that Lord Shiva stands for. Trident, it may kindly be noted is symbolic of Lord Śiva’s power. The three phalanges of the trident branching out of the base rod imply three dimensions of energies emanating from a singularity. The random mutation of the three that followed, led to multitude of differentiated energy streams. The harmony and symphony of these differentiated energy streams that followed, which is metaphorically described as Lord Shiva’s dance, led to all creations, first up above in the sky. The ground thus got laid down for carrying forward the creation chain to the earth plane, in which Moon playing from the front serves as the carrier. Moon, thus, serves as the interface between the cosmic world above and life mechanism on earth plane.

Thus comes into being a life cycle, which runs in succession, as would water stream of the perennial river Ganges originating from Lord Śiva’s hair locks imply.Water travels from its source to the sea, extending life all through its run.We are all aware that but for water there would be no live form-existence. Science also believes that the first live existence emerged in water. Water running down the river stream, as also in the sea, evaporates, takes the form of cloud, and again rains back to recharge the water bodies on earth on a regular basis. All forms of life follow a similar cycle. We are born and then after pursuing one’s journey here in this world for a while, we meet the end of our form-existence. Life’s journey however does not end in finality with death. It rather gets recycled with a new rejuvenated body-encasement, charged with fresh vigour and strength, as the water resources recycle. Life’s journey thus continues unabated changing its garb again and again.

Now coming back to Lord Shiva’s entourage, it exemplifies multitude of existences forming this world. As per Indian perception, approximately 8.4 million species are there in existence. Perhaps, even the chroniclers of modern science too are closing up with this figure. The divine beings are personification of the cosmic forces, vital to creation, sustenance, and recycling of existential order. Human beings armed with intelligence and awareness level, higher than other creatures, are expected to be live towards their collective obligations even while pursuing their individualistic aspirational urges. Devilish existences imply ignorant people with relatively lower intelligence level and primarily driven by animalistic instincts. They, therefore, are not expected to be conscious about their collective obligations. It also implies all negative orientation of mind that may prove detrimental to harmonious and peaceful coexistence. The presence of invisible existences such as ghosts, make out a purposeful reference.

Continued to next issue……..


18th Feb

Shiva Is Existence-Personified

Today, when I am writing this piece, it is Mahashivaratri. Believers have a date with Lord Shiva. The devout will be fasting the whole day and offer prayers to Lord Shiva, seeking thy grace for fulfilment of their desires. If one’s desires could be fulfilled so easily, there would have been no problems in life. The truth, however, remains that life doesn’t necessarily move to our asking. Not everybody’s desires get fulfilled. In fact, life invariably goes through lot of twists and turns, often to our peril. Why then have we dedicated a day to Lord Shiva in our annular calendar?

The paradox, however, is that our Vedic scripturesconceptualizes Creator being devoid of any form or visible attributes. Evidently, our realized masters who were conversant with our ancient scriptures would have been in know of the fact that there is nothing like a form-God sitting comfortably in the heaven, who would be administering our lives. Yet, they presented before us with the imagery of Lord Shivaportraying certain attributes. And they marked a day in our annular calendar, wishing us to be in His attendance as a matter of regular routine. It has to be there with a meaningful purpose in mind.

Our learned masters, applying intense meditative technique had made in-depth study of the existential dynamics – the design parameters underlying our existence. Living in conformity with the callings of nature’s grand design alone would ensure a smooth run of life. In order to make us aware of those vital truths, our learned masters have conceptualized them through the symbolism of Lord Shiva. They consciously adopted the language of imagery so as to reach all and sundry overriding all barriers of lingua franca and varying levels of intellect. And they wished us to be reminded at regular periodic interval as a matter of routine, so that the concept remains live in our minds. Volumes can be written on Lord Shiva’s concept, covering all aspects of our life cycle - creation, sustenance, and recycling. Briefly putting them in words to remind the valued readers on this solemn occasion is my way of paying tribute to the Lord.

See how beautifully, vital truths relating to worldly existence has been portrayed through two imageries of “Lord Shiva”. In the first picture Lord Shiva is seated in meditative posture on Mount Kailash. The second imagery shows Lord Shiva with his entourage. The two imageries put together cover the primal-source, the manifest, intervening dynamisms between the two, and the conduct rules of life on earth plane.

In the first imagery Lord Shiva, with lunar crescent over His head is seated in meditative posture on ‘Mount Kailasha’. He is perceived almost bare bodied, with just the private part covered with tiger skin. His poison fed blue neck is encircled by venomous snake. River Ganges flows down His hair locks. He is perceived holding a trident in one arm, Damru (double headed hand drum) in another, rosary in the third, and the 4th palm in blessing mode. Lord Shiva in meditative posture, symbolises reflecting within on the run of the life cycle. As the rosary keeps going round and round, so does life cycle keeps moving in succession. Different beads of the rosary imply varied existences on the run. The blessing mode implies that all existences draw succour out of His inexhaustible potential.

In the second imagery, LordShiva, mounted on a bull, has in His entourage assortment of multitude forms of existences, some of them weird and even invisible in real terms. To name a few, divine beings; human beings; devilish existences; animals; birds; goblins, and even invisible existences such as ghost etc. Symbolically, His entourage is indicative of the multipolar manifest world with all its enormity and diversity. This particular symbol stands for the dynamic world ever on the move at its own pace, as would a bull keep moving at a constant pace mean. While pulling a bullock-cart, the bull keeps moving unprovoked at a constant pace and would not stop in the way till it reaches a place designated for being fed and taking rest. After a while, the bull again takes the journey forward, and then finally reverts back to its normal place of abode after completing the voyage. The manifest world too, after being on the run for a specified time, reverts back to the primal source to acquire a restful state, whence it gets recharged once again. Following which, out of the seeds of life withdrawn into primal-source, fresh creation cycle takes off.


11th Feb

Train Your Mind for a Smooth Life

Perception drives a being. The way you look at and comprehend issues in hand is how you react or respond to a situation. And that is dependent on the unique character of each being, coming as it may with the way an individual mind is inherently framed. That accounts for our virtues and attributes, as well as habits and weaknesses, and which sets the terms of how we look at life. And since, we are armed with choice option, we remain subject to cause-effect chain. What we go through in life makes a deep imprint in our mind and psyche, and which plays out in future. Unless we consciously resolve our mental inconsistencies, they involuntarily keep influencing our usual conduct. The positives on the contrary, need to be invoked, honed, and consciously put to use. Invariably, stuck to the usual musings of life, we seldom care to figure out our inherent frailties for necessary correction. We, therefore, usually become a victim of our own mental infirmities.

Let us now examine in above light the cause underlyinga bitter family feud, I was confronted witha couple of days back. A promising young man is engaged in a fight with none other than his own father, with mother playing a part from the background. If the conflict continues, not simply the persons concerned are to suffer, even the business may go for a beating, as the young man happens to be playing a pivotal role. That kept me wondering as to what made parents go against their own son, who has been pursuing his duties and obligations efficiently.

Study of the man’s chart revealed that his family members suffered from identity crisis, carrying a sense of fear and insecurity. The irony, however, is that the man’s father is successfully heading a large organization, which is financially doing very well. Seemingly, that doesn’t justify their sense of insecurity. Yet, this mental inconsistency. But why?

Look at the astrological pointers relating to the man’s father first. The 9th sub-lord Mars, identified with the father, is tenanted in the 8th house (12th with respect to 9th). It implies, in the first place, is that he is susceptible to getting into self-undoing act. Second, his actions will hit the son hard as 8th house is identified with serious difficulties. But why? Mars is placed opposite mischievous Neptune, which points to his inferiority complex. Incidentally, the Sun, the natural signifying planet for father, is opposite Neptune, implying being stuck to his self-delusions. Also, the Sun is locked in adverse formation to its planet of nemesis Saturn. The obvious implication is that the man carries lot of negative imprints from the past, which in turn, has implanted a sense of fear and insecurity. When probed, it came out that he was subjected to lot of hardship as he was marginalized and forced to follow his father’s dictates in in his youthful days. That made a deep impact in his mind and psyche, and which is still playing the devil, despite having succeeded well later in life. And now he is unmindfully replaying on his own son, what was meted out to him earlier.

Now the mother, identified with the 4th sub-lord Venus, which occupies the 6th house along with restive Rahu. Venus is locked in adverse formation to the Sun, implying volatile emotionality. Venus being in opposition to Saturn points to being subjected to hardship and limitations, obviously because of her husband’s mental and material suffering during early married life. Venus is placed adverse to mischievous Neptune also, implying inferiority complex. Incidentally the 6th house is identified with inimical forces. Incidentally, Mars, the 9th sub-lord is tenanted in the lunar constellation owned by Rahu, which being together with Venus, the old couple join hands to cause difficulties to their son.

No wonder, as the progressed Meridian became adverse to Uranus posited in lagna, the fight took an ugly turn. Incidentally, transit Saturn is opposite the Sun to excite the seeds of negativity. Transit Saturn also opposite its dire enemy Mars has made the work atmosphere uncomfortable. And the result is there to see. The obvious question now is: What’s the way out? The old couple not in touch with me, counselling them to reasons is beyond question. But fortunately the young man has a fertile and a reasoned mind, as wisdom signifying Jupiter is extending benevolent support to Moon, identified with mind. The young man was advised to act with prudence and patience and intelligently deal with his parents.


28th Jan

Address Infirmities – Dreams May Come True

Dreams are necessary for people to reach heights they are capable of. The Moon always evoked curiosity to man over ages, seen every day – yet unknown. A longing to know it led man land on the Moon. We all dream of making it big in life, according as we set our desire-destination. The flight of mind would look for making it to the dream destination unhindered as a free bird, which can fly to its asking.

Truth, however, remains that not all succeed. We are often confronted with unwanted twists and turns on the way, and we are left nonplussed. Life, seen in real terms, in fact looks paradoxical. You dream flying like a bird, and you end up making airplane.That, however, is contrasted by the fact that often you dream of something much lesser, and you end up a failure. You then realize that life doesn’t necessarily move to one’s asking. The obvious question that arises: Is life just fated one way or the other?

The answer again is paradoxical – Both Yes and No. How do we reconcile these two opposites? For the right lead, a look into our true-self is called for. Here, I am reminded of the opening statement of ‘IsavasyaUpanishada’: It states that out of the Whole (The Divine), we are all born the whole. Remember, the word whole doesn’t mean perfection rather it encompasses within itself both potential as well as vulnerabilities. Study reveals that at the core level we are all born potentially perfect, which when unfolded in full, one would know no limits. But the manifest-self contains lot of vulnerabilities.

The irony, however, is that the indwelling potential needs to be realized, invoked, honed, and consciously put to use. The vulnerabilities, on the contrary, keep involuntarily playing from the front. So long as the vulnerabilities remain subdued, the manifest part of our inlaid potential lead us to success. Normally, when one enters working life, the urge to establish oneself remains dominant. You then articulate your actions well, consciously trying to keep vulnerabilities in check. So, one has a taste of success. But once you gain status through conscious efforts, the sense of achievement brings into play the ego element. You begin to feel being a doer in your own right. You become complacent, when your vulnerabilities find the opportunity for a free run. You may then be taken for a ride.

A gentleman who attained quick success till mid-forties, his life went for a toss post 45. Having struggled for almost 5 years, he came asking: “What made me due for such an ordeal? What lies in store of my future? As of now, I feel totally lost. Shall I be able to come out of present mess?”

A critical analysis of his astrological chart reveals the reason of his early success, failures later, and also the way forward. He was born with Scorpion lagna, with the 10th lord Sun tenanted there, which is well aligned to Karmic Saturn. It speaks of a confident professional, armed with excellent leadership abilities with an eye on even bare details, good analytical abilities, and a good commercial sense. Moon occupying airy sign Libra, and also conjunct intelligence signifying Mercury, points to his fertile brain, having excellent communicative skill. Lagna lord Mars in exaltation, is well aligned to Saturn as well as Uranus. It speaks of his innovative mind, scientific reasoning, organizational skill, self-confidence, and the vitals necessary to carry on the task in hand to logical end. All put together qualifies him to make it big in life.

Towards the negative, the Sun is ill-disposed off to Jupiter. It points to his swaggering ego, which makes him overconfident of his abilities. In that hang, he may not care to balance out his vulnerabilities. The Sun again, is adversely placed to Venus in debilitation in the 11th house identified with fulfilment of desires. This brings in the urge to quickly amass wealth. The Moon placed adverse to Uranus brings in mercurial temperament.

Till 45, the man grew beyond his expectations. Exactly at that age, progressed Sun touched upon Venus axis. Simultaneously transit Saturn had touched upon his natal Moon, which brought his scope of vision under limitation, to play the devil. He lost his sense of direction, where after his indiscrete speculative moves led to colossal loss.

And the result is there to see. It is still not late, if he addresses his inherent vulnerabilities. He may soon regain his potential self, and once again taste success.


21st Jan

Relationship Astrology

All about life is how well we relate to the self, those around, and the society at large. For, the world is so structured, as would not allow any scope for living in isolation. The reason: the world happens to be a unified organism, set into an interdependent framework, where no individual has a reality, independent of the entirety. Remember, no individual is capable enough to service even existential needs in one’s own right. But all put together make out a self-sufficient world. That makes it incumbent upon us to complement and supplement each other’s efforts to together meet our existential concerns.

The irony, however, is that when looked at in real terms, life turns out to be paradoxical, comprising of seemingly opposites – ignorance &awareness, man and woman with varying psyche, positive and negative polarities. But they have to coexist, as they make up for each other’s void and complement each other. And, it is through convergence of the corresponding opposites that even the life cycle is carried forward. Even in material terms, productivity calls for collective efforts.

What makes the journey of life even more complicated is that every individual is born unique, each manifesting varying mind-traits. So, the world turns out to be natural breeding ground for conflict of ideas, attitudes, and interests. That makes the world a very complex organism, with a state of unease prevailing at all levels of our existence.

In such an intriguing framework, more often than not, even man-woman personal relationship doesn’t turn out to be an easy alliance. Yet, the two need to live in a supportive mode, caring for each other’s sensibilities and concerns, to together carryforward the journey of life with ease and comfort. Our learned masters had taken note of this human vulnerability. Accordingly, they devised ways and means for compatibility study of prospective partners, so that the most adaptable amongst them is found out. Yet, an ideal relationship may not be possible. But relatively a workable relationship could be sought after.

Astrology came handy as a diagnostic tool in this respect. For, it can read mental orientation of a being. In conventional mode of working, sign and nakshatra placement of Moon in the two charts serve as the primal marker. Also, the placement of Mars, which is identified with fire energy in a being, is taken into account. Based on this,point system of matching has been developed on 8 counts – Love, compatibility, health, mentality, dominance, attributes, career growth, and destiny.

Experience, however, suggests that the conventional matching system often proves a failure. For, even after scoring highest match making points, marriages have not survived. Further study reveals that Moon alone does not cover up all aspects of human attitudes, which count the most in any relationship. Nature of other energies operative in a being, marked with different planets, do also need to be taken into account. Then only a fair understanding of the overall personality trends of a being would be possible, which the traditional astrologers often tend to ignore.

A case in point is that of a young man with an inflated ego, coming as it may with fiery Mars in opposition to expansive Jupiter. The girl he liked, was found inherently aggressive, impulsive, domineering, and with a swaggering Ego, as would Mars conjunct Jupiter in lagna sign, both ill-disposed off to Moon and volatileRahuimply. She would be erratic as well, with the Sun placed adverse to Uranus. With such a mind-frame, clash of egobecomes most probable. So, despite scoring a fairly high match making points, how can they enjoy a happy marital life? Faced with this analysis, the young man questioned me: “She has a very pleasant demeanor. How comes, we will not get along?” “If you don’t carry an element of doubt, what made you seek my guidance? I countered. Be honest to yourself, and explore the prospect with an open mind.”

Unlike the west, where the prospective partners explore relationship for long, before they settle into marriage, the Indian psyche begins with marriage as the rallying point. So, with this frame of mind, when the two prospective partners get infatuated, there is an aspired destination to reach. To meet your urges expeditiously, you negotiate carefully, consciously leaving your usual habit-trends on the sidelines. Consciously, you avoid roughing feathers with the other side. But, once you settle down in marriage, the destination having been reached, you begin taking each other for granted. Unmindfully then, your natural trends come into play. By that time it becomes too late.


14th Jan

Becoming a Master of Your Mind

Picking up threads from the previous issue, it comes out that we live in our minds. And, reveling in its indwelling sense of freedom, our ego makes us passionately pursue illusionary inducements offered by our own minds. Ignorantly, we remain caught up in its bind. So, we end up being more of a slave to our own minds than using its power of free thinking. The obvious question is why?

For, we remain unaware of the fact that our being is not rooted in the mind. The core of our existence lies beyond the mind, in ‘the whole within’. We remain oblivious to the fact that mind is just an instrument, which works on borrowed strength. It draws its succor from the radiance lent by the ‘whole’ within. In fact, mind is nothing but a projection of the ‘whole’ within, for being used as a vehicle of its operation. It is again the ‘whole’ within that makes the mind pay attention to something, but for which it won’t take cognizance of anything. So, mind is not the real seer or the doer, rather a tool. The paradox, however, is that though acting on the strength of radiance extended by the ‘whole’ within, but mind enjoys a certain level of freedom as well. And the normal human tendency is to submit to the call of mind, and so invariably, we end up a slave.

The question now is: Can we become a master of our own mind. Certainly. The answer again lies in the freedom of making choices, which duly aided by the inlaid faculty of discriminate intelligence,enjoins upon us with that option. The process too is again routed through our mind. Towards the first step, a self-reflection into one’s own mind is called for,to figure out its basic orientation.Having thus, identified, and acknowledged individual specific inherent tendencies, one could address them through fresh educative inputs. Given a consistent effort, over a period of time, mind becomes free from self-acquired limitations. The ground then gets laid down to reign in our mind. But, at this stage, a proven Guru is needed to lead you through the process of transcending elemental limitations. Following the process, eventually, one’s unitary mind becomes synonymous with consciousness element intrinsic to the ‘whole within’. And you become master of your own mind.

The irony, however, is that our ego doesn’t let us acknowledge our own fault-lines, as if that would be one’s identity. Here, Astrology proves handy as a diagnostic tool to identify our inherent infirmities. Here is a case study of a person, who has been meditating with focus on Lord Shiva for long. Yet, it could not make any positive impact in his thought process. The reason, pure and simple is that he has not cared to get over his mental limitations. Consequently, the Shiva mantra loses its relevance amidst all the chaos within his mind.

Let us look at the man’s astrological pointers. The lagna lord Saturn brings the Sun under limitation on account of their conjunction. It implies seeds of fear, insecurity, and identity crisis carried over from the past, embedded deep in his inner realms. Given a small adversarial situation, the inlaid seeds spring up to his detriment, and he loses his sense of direction. Combust Venus speaks of his impaired emotionality, which makes him too much touchy. He takes even trivial issues to heart, and keeps mulling over the issue beyond due, thus losing track of priority preferences. Debilitated Jupiter, ill-disposed off to Neptune, has made him cultivate self-defined beliefs, which doesn’t let him digest contrarian viewpoints. Mercury conjunct headless Ketu, and also placed adverse to Neptune, accounts for his insensible reasoning and judgment. What further compounds his problems is his wish to live on his own exclusive terms, coming as it may with Moon tenanted in Mercury owned sign Gemini, and in opposition to Mars. As a consequence, so long as a person agrees to his views, he is very happy. The moment he is confronted with contrarian view, he loses his nerves, and becomes loud on the person concerned, as if he would be his enemy. And since the world doesn’t move to one’s asking, he has to often contend with such situations. So, not simply he is not able to get along with anybody for long, he continuously remains in a state of stress.

The person was made aware of his fault lines, and advised to follow a process to purify his mind, before he expects to become a master of his mind.


7th Jan

Are We Slaves To Our Mind-Traits?

Human beings are supposedly born with a sense of freedom. Accordingly, one wishes to live exclusively on own exclusive terms, often trying to passionately pursue individualistic whims and fancies. The paradox, however, is that as we move ahead in life, we realize that life doesn’t necessarily move to one’s asking.Quite often, we fail to make it to our desired destination, as if destiny would speak otherwise. Would it mean that freedom just a wishful thinking?

The answer is paradoxically both yes and no. If we look into human construct, as ancient India’s philosophy perceives, every living being is rooted in the whole, lying within our inner realms. With its wholesome powers, the whole drive us through. In this sense, we are all born potentially perfect and thereby free, provided we could make optimum use of the indwelling powers. Had the system as such would not have been perfect, the life cycle – creation, sustenance, and recycling – would not have withstood the ground unabated.

When it comes to our ‘Performing-Self’ – the extent to which we are able to avail of, out of the wholesome power within – we fall short of expectation. For, our cognitive apparatus – the mind, which drives us – remains clouded by five elemental limitations. This is what we term being under the spell of Maya. We call them elemental, because that is in our usual construct. Over and above these, we are also subject to lot of self-acquired limitations, coming as they may as individualistic Karmic carryover from the past.

Coming to elemental limitation, the first in reckoning is limited creative ability, thus necessitating due support of others to meet even our bare existential needs. Second, we have limitation of knowledge, whereby we do not have holistic understanding of the dynamics of life. Third, we lack the sense of fullness as being born with limited creative abilities, which breeds in a sense of want, and thereby desires and cravings. Fourth, limitation of time, in the sense that we perceive happenings in terms of past, present, and future. The fifth is limitation of causality and space. We are all subject to cause-effect chain. What is happening this very moment, is the culmination of the doings in the past. And how we negotiate the callings of the present moment, in turn, sets the premise of the events in offing. We, thus, become a victim or beneficiary of our own doing, which sets the terms of our Karmic carryover. Also, we are under the limitation of space, whereby we identify ourselves in our own right, differentiated from others, which brings in a sense of divide.

The fact that we are bound by cause-effect chain, and as each of us go through varied experiences in life, a deep imprint thereto is made in each mind, a particular way. The footnotes of these imprints play out in our day-to-day life. That makes every individual unique, each manifesting varying mindset – desire trends, virtues & attributes, habit tendencies, likes & dislikes, prejudices and obsessions. We, thus become a slave to our own mental tendencies, not allowing looking at things with an open mind, free from any preconditioning whatsoever. It is in this sense, Rousseau observed: “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. One man thinks himself the master of others, but remains more of a slave than they are.”

Are we born so helplessly fated?Not exactly. Remember, it is our narrowed vision and thereby restrictive thinking, owing to the clouding of our mind, that doesn’t let us perceive issues in hand in right perspective. Consequently, we make inappropriate choices, be it concerning the individual self, or in response to our collective obligations. And, we become victim of our own making, unmindfully though.

If, however, we look into human construct, we are also armed with inbuilt resources needed to rise above our mental limitations through conscious efforts. For, we enjoy the freedom to make choices, which is duly aided by the faculty of discriminate intelligence to dispassionately arrive at the right judgment, and pick up the most appropriate lead. This exclusive human privilege, empowers us to self-reflect and identify one’s self-acquired limitations, following which one could rise above the self-acquired limitations. Taking the step further one could transgress elemental limitations as well, as did ancient India’s seers to have deciphered the subtle realities of life.

It is now for us to make a conscientious choice. Whether we wish to remain slave to our mental tendencies or set the mind free from limitations, and evolve. The issue continues……..


 

 

Closing Issue, 2017

Lessons from the Year Gone By

The Year 2017, while it closes its account, sets the premise on which the Year 2018 takes off. For, there remains continuum in time. How we attend to the callings of the present moment, lays down the foundation of emerging times. It is probably in this spirit that people have gone into celebratory mode, as if this would set the trend of the year ahead.

Life, however, doesn’t move to one’s asking. Not to say anything of the complex world we live in, even individually, we carry our own complexes that doesn’t allow clarity in vision and thought. And in this desire driven world, with all of us keen to passionately pursue individual specific fanciful dream destinations, being accosted with conflicting interests, becomes a natural corollary. More often, the challenges come unannounced, taking us for a ride. So, life is always subject to unwanted twists and turns. Accordingly, we need to be well geared up to meet the challenges ahead in all strength. Also, be on full alert to avail of opportunities, if any, unfolding before us.

Well begun is half won. In this light, it is time to see the legacy that we are carrying from the past. Also, visualize, how the varying energy dynamics of nature is expected to influence our quality of life during the year ahead. With the help of proven astronomical markers, we can figure out with a fair amount of precision, at least the general trends.

In so far as the legacy that we are to carry on, 2017 is marked with three major planetary transitions. First, Uranus moved into Aries sign after a good 84 years, and shall remain there for another 7 years. For a short while, that Uranus was in Aries in 2016, was marked with Brexit vote. With that sense of parochialism seems to have overtaken people of nations faced with serious economic and social challenges. Even in India, there has been lot of hullabaloo on the question of proving one’s nationalistic spirit.

The next major transition has been that of Rahu moving into Cancer sign, which is the 4th house of India’s Independence chart, marked with the general condition of common masses. Incidentally, Cancer sign is tenanted by Moon, Mercury, Saturn, Venus, and the Sun in succession. Moon, concerns matters concerning common masses. Mercury is marked with youth, communication, media, trade and commerce, intellectual world, policy planning, and diplomatic initiatives. Saturn stands for land owners and farmers, mines and minerals, produce of earth, and elderly people. Venus speaks of financial health of the country, females, art and culture. And the Sun stands for those in power.

As Rahu touches them one after other, it is bound to create upsetting situation in areas signified by the concerned planets. No wonder, as Rahu moved into Cancer touching upon the natal Sun on August 20, as already predicted, Supreme Court came out with its adversarial judgment deciding right to privacy as a fundamental right. Voices began to be raised against economic downslide. Government could no longer camouflage the poor economic indices. With Rahu now closing up with natal Venus, and transit Saturn as on date ill-disposed off to the latter, still presents a dismal picture in so far as country’s financial health is concerned. The distressed banking sector doesn’t need any elaboration.Farming sector is in distress. Organized agrarian agitation in different parts of the country has been in evidence.

In the above background, the total Lunar eclipse happening on 31st January evening needs to be marked. The eclipse is happening exactly on the 4th-10th axis of India’s Independence chart, where incidentally the natal Venus and Saturn are posited. It is indicative of sudden destruction and miseries because of unprecedented natural calamity, leading to mass grave. The rural sector is expected to be up in arms against continued neglect. Financial upheavals are not ruled out. There may be death of important personality, which may have significant political bearing.

Even the New Year chart comes with its own warning signals. Saturn, in transit is opposite natal Mars of nation’s Independence chart, signaling serious security concerns. Mars and Jupiter together, both ill-disposed off to erratic Rahu, points to possibility of communal flare up. Combust Venus puts a question mark of female security and financial health of the country.

Having said that, let us not forget that human beings are also empowered enough to not only overcome adversarial circumstances through intelligent handling, but also lay down the ground for a better tomorrow. In this spirit, wish you all a very Happy New Year.

17th Dec

Purified Mind Offers Right Lead

Someone, going through a turbulent personal life, and not able to find a way out, began looking for an escape route. He thought that probably a spiritual turn may bring relief. He then went on a hunt on the ‘Google’ and ‘You-tube’ platforms,in search of a path. After a long drawn exploration, the man finally got drawn towards ‘Lord Shiva’.

The man then tried to meditate with focus on Lord Shiva, chanting a popular mantra. Having tried the process for a while, he realized that his restive mind did not let him remain focused. His mind used to be on an incessant run, either randomly flirting with a heavy baggage of negative imprints picked up in the past, or dream perceptions pertaining to his unfulfilled material desires. Not able to find any headway, he came seeking guidance.

“I have decided to submit to spirituality and seek the grace of Lord Shiva. Please teach me how to remain focused to Lord Shiva’s imagery, and the most suited mantra for chanting during meditation. Or suggest me someone else, if you don’t have time”, he asked.

“Well, bear in mind, there is nothing unusual about being confronted with distraction when you begin meditation. Remember, mind is a plane on which thoughts flow. And mind doesn’t get going on its own. It is set into motion by thought-feed, either sourced within or those excited in response to external promptings. Evidently, when you withdraw your attention from the outer world, as the meditation process calls for,the instore memory imprints begin hitting the ground, making you restive. But then, if you don’t pay attention, to the inflowing thoughts, mind settle down over a period of time.

Once Lord Budha was on a move along with his disciples. He felt thirst and so asked one of his disciples to fetch water from a nearby stream. As the disciple approached the stream, he found that an animal had just crossed, and therefore, water had become muddy. So, he got back, as he could not serve dirty water to his Guru. After sometime Budha asked the disciple: why didn’t you get me water. To that the disciple explained why. Budha then asked him to visit the water stream again, as the mud must have settled down by now. This time when the disciple made it to the stream, he found that mud had settled down and clean water was available. Similarly, if you do not pay attention to the thoughts flowing within, just be a silent witness, mind will settle down over a period of time.

That, however, is not enough. Just that the ground gets ready to pursue the meditation process further. But before proceeding further, you need to now understand the difference between religiosity and spirituality. “Please elaborate, as I don’t find any clear distinction between the two,” the man asked.

Well, religiosity is about following a particular belief pattern distinguished from those followed by others. In its scheme of things, you are to submit to rituals and practices in service of Lord Shiva, which you seem to have opted for, or some other form-God, seeking thy boon. Pursuing the process, it is possible to move beyond, over a period of time. But, more often than not you remain stuck to a particular belief, ordinarily not able to digest any other viewpoint.

Spirituality, on the contrary, is a process to rise above all limitations of mind and emotions. Otherwise, you may remain trapped into the make-believe world of your own making, not able to find the right lead that could free you of pains and sufferings.Bear in mind; with a complexed mind, which remains true for most of us, it is difficult to see truth as it is. For, more often than not, a complexed mind, stuck to a circuitous web of one’s own thought-constructs, will make you move round and round, not allowing you to find the right lead.

Even in day-to-day life, a complexed mind will not let you see the issues in hand in the right perspective. Consequently, you fail to resolve them, thus, ending up stressed and pained. Take your own pressing problem, which has put you through so much of stress. Take my words, once you purify your mind, you will realize how you have yourself been no less responsible than you partner to mess up your personal life. Also, that had you perceived the issues in hand in right perspective, and handled them intelligently, you could have easily got over your problems.

The issue continues……..


10th Dec

Balanced Mind Provides Right Lead

Addressing a gathering recently in Hyderabad, I posed a question before the audience: “Do you believe in God?” Majority said ‘yes’. I followed up with another question: “Have you seen God – male or female?” An old man in the audience responded: “What sort of a question is this? How can you see God, who is beyond us? But there has to be some unseen Power in existence that created the world and would be sustaining it. Otherwise, such a complex world with all its diversity and enormity would not have been doing its round for so long.”

Mind it, sir, when you have not seen God, then it is just a belief, carrying equal probability of being right or wrong. And even assuming that God exists, how does it matter? If He is engaged in creation and sustenance of this world, He has been carrying on His task, and shall continue doing so unabated. He won’t need your prompting or seeking for Him to be propelled into actions due on His part. And it is difficult to digest that He will acknowledge and respond to individualistic seeking.

And even if we are to deny the existence of God, how does it matter? Life has to still keep moving on. Amidst this never-ending debate, what is important is to secure a qualitative existence, which doesn’t come about by default. We have to consciously work towards that end. For, human beings enjoy the freedom to make choices. But when there is a choice option in hand, the probability of its use and misuse remains equal. To overcome this vulnerability, human beings are also endowed with the exclusive privilege of the faculty of discriminating intelligence. Applying which, one could arrive at the right judgment and make most appropriate choices. Yet, human beings often become subject to pains and sufferings. Why? For, human beings often make wrong choices, unmindfully though. Or, are not able to intelligently deal with challenges posed by competing interests. But again why?

Here comes into play our mind – the mover and shaker of a being. It is our mind, which first defines one’s functional mandate and accordingly drives it. The paradox, however, is that mind as an instrument is a double edged weapon – it could provide the most appropriate lead or may prove a trickster. And it is all dependant on how our minds are inherently framed, coming as it may with the Karmic carryover from the past. So, it is important to first know oneself, and make timely corrections. Given the choice option in hand, we are capable of it, provided we dispassionately identify and acknowledge our own fault lines. Once, we purify our minds, we may understand, the true callings of life. Even those keen to pursue divinity, it is important to purify the mind. Otherwise, one may get stuck to misplaced values, and mess up one’s life.

Look at the astrological pointers of a woman having genuine spiritual urges, but driven primarily by her preconditioned mind, she has messed up her life. That is causing tremendous stress to her aging parents. Mercury, the lagna sub-lord (self), Jupiter, the 5th sub-lord (spiritual longings carried over from the past), and Saturn, the 9th sub-lord (desire for fresh higher learning), are well linked to each other. For, Jupiter extends its benevolent aspect on Mercury, and Saturn occupies the nakshatra owned by Mercury. This brings in the urge to pursue spirituality.

The problem, however, is that her mind indicator, Moon, which occupies the fiery and movable sign Aries, crosses path with Mars, Uranus, Saturn, and Venus. That makes her an impulsive, temperamental, unconventional, and a rebellious character, who may detest established norms, and be keen to chart out her own path. She may jump into action without applying proper forethought. Read together with her swaggering ego, coming as it may with the Sun ill-disposed off to Jupiter, she passionately pursues her whims and fancies. Moon in opposition to Venus makes her too much emotionally touchy, who gets provoked even on trivial issues. On top of that, Saturn is ill-disposed to Mercury and Moon. That speaks of her fixated one track mind. Also, with her negative mind-set, she will play victim card, when placed with difficult situation. Consequently, her wandering mind, is yet to find the right lead in life, despite having already entered her Fifties.

To sum up, pursue God or not, what is more important is to first shape the mind. Otherwise, life will be in peril.


3rd Dec

Continuum all through the run of time

Carrying forward analysis of the horary chart taken up for consideration in the previous issue, let us now track down its implication in future terms. Study revealed that the said horary chart did not simply offered answer to the query raised. It also very clearly signalled likelihood of other important events in his life in the emerging times, and with precision.

Remember, events – both good and bad –an astrological chart indicates, come into effect when astrological directions – dasha chakra and transit of slow moving planets – offer ground conducive to their fruition. In this context, let us have a look at the implication of some important astrological directions.Loss of power comes when planets operative in dasha chakra signify 3rd, 5th, and 9th houses. For, these houses respectively being 6th, 8th, and 12th from the 10th house identified with status, serve as latter’s nemesis. The event happens at a time when transit of slow moving planets such as Saturn, Jupiter, Rahu, and Ketu stand in conformity with the above indicators.

Detailed cross checking revealed that most powerful planets signifying the 3rd, 5th, and 9th houses together appeared to be the Sun and Venus. Together they had to play the devil as both were ill-disposed to each other in the horary chart. On April 4, began the sub period of Venus, during major period of Sun. What further lent strength to inimical forces was that Karmakaraka Saturn in transit was closing ranks with its dire enemy Mars in the horary chart. If that was not enough, transit Ketujoined hands with Venus in the horary chart to cast the die, as both were adversely placed in the horary chart. And he lost power on April 9, 2007.

Later in August 2010, the man got arrested on some charges. The question that naturally arises: Was he due for imprisonment? The main pointer to imprisonment happens to be the 12th cusp. If ever Rahu, be directly associated to the 12th cusp, simultaneously signifying the 3rd and 8th house matters, makes one vulnerable to imprisonment. Incidentally, Rahu happened to be the nakshatra lord of the 12th cusp, which strongly signified 3rd and 8th houses. Mercury, the 12th cusp sub-lord,too, joined Rahu in its devilish manifestation. For, it occupied the nakshatra owned by 12th lord Saturn occupying the 3rd house. So, he was due for imprisonment. In terms of time frame,Jupiter signified 3rd and 12th houses, but being in exchange with Moon, the latter would acquire former’s signification. And he was behind bars when sub-sub period of Venus in the sub-period of Rahu, during major period of Moonwas in vogue.

Incidentally, the man’s challenger did also consult me on March 28, 2007, when the power struggle was in full bloom. In the map of heaven drawn at the moment of query, 11th sub-lord Jupiter, identified with fulfilment of desires occupied the 2nd house. It extended its benevolent aspect on career signifying 10th house and its lord Moon; Karmakaraka Saturn posited in the 10th; and the 11th lord Sun occupying the 6th house identified with success over adversaries. All relevant houses promising success in his efforts were thus exemplified. Since a movable sign was rising, therefore, the result had to come within a month. 12 days thereafter, Sun moved to a position when it would be exactly trine – the most beneficial planetary alignment - to Jupiter. But then Moon was shaded by its planet of nemesis Saturn. So, he could regain power in another 12 days but not before facing initial hurdle. Serious obstacle did arise a few days later. Hassled, he consulted again on April 3. A fresh chart was drawn. Incidentally the ruling planets at the moment of consideration were the same as on 28th March. The only difference was that Moon had moved out of Saturn’s ambit. By this chart, the Sun had to gain 6 degrees in the next 6 days to form exact trine with Jupiter. And he gained power on the April 9, as predicted.

The poor man had accidental death on 30th April 2007. On that date, the sub-sub period of Mars, in the sub-period of the Sun, during major period of Mars was operative. For movable sign Libra rising, the Sun as 11th lord becomes Badhaka, and Mars being 2nd and 7th lord remains the Maraka, both thus, carry killing propensity.

To sum up, reflections of horary chart drawn any moment prove true to the callings ofemerging times. It, thus, offers empirical evidence suggestive of continuum existent all through the run of time.


26th Nov

The Precision of Horary Astrology

Picking up threads from the previous issue, be it known that eclipses throw light on future happenings in mundane matters - polity trends, and other happenings affecting common masses. In this respect, astrological chart drawn with reference to the capital city of the country/state during eclipse time serve as the pointers. Even in personal terms, if ever the planetary alignment during eclipse is in close proximity with those in an individual’s chart, they point to important happenings, both good and bad, depending on the nature of planet. Study data covering more than a century bear testimony to the above fact.

Astrology is accordingly premised on this correspondence between planetary motions and an individual’s run of life. In astrology’s scheme of working, the map of heaven (planetary placements) at birth time is drawn with reference to the place of birth. This serves as referral chart, which reflects upon the Karmicimprints carried over from the past birth. These imprints reflect the way one’s mind is inherently framed – desire trends, virtues & attributes, habit trends. Remember, mind is the prime-mover of a being, which first defines one’s functional mandate and then accordingly drives one’s conduct.

It may not be out of place to mention here that how a desire trend, followed by corresponding thoughts,evolves in mind can’t be read in quantifiable terms. But planetary motions are measurable. Based on their progressive trends, the nature of thought movements, and effects theretocan be readwith a fair amount of precision. Evidently, progression of planetary motions is accounted with birth time serving as referral point. But given the fact that there remains continuum in time, if an astrological chart is drawn at a particular moment, seeded in it will imprints of the doings in the past, which will sprout in the emerging times. Therefore, it could very well reflect upon how things are expected to work out in emerging times. Horary astrology works on this very premise. Mind it; there is a chance that time of one’s birth has not been recorded precisely as it stands. Evidently, reading of such charts may at times prove off the track. But the moment when horary chart is drawn carries no scope of error. And experience suggests that findings of horary charts, if worked upon properly,offers results with a fair amount of precision.

A look into the working of the horary chart of the person concerned, which eventually came true precisely as predicted bear testimony to the above facts. The number 247 he quoted referred to 24 degrees 06 minutes and 40 seconds in the Pisces sign. Its sub-lord Rahu occupies the lunar constellation owned by Moon, placed in the 10th house identified with position of public eminence. So, the questioner’s query is very well reflected. Rahu occupies the sign owned by Venus. So, by its sign position Rahuserves as the agent of Venus, and by its nakshatra placement represents Moon, which was over the head when the chart was drawn. Venus occupies the 6th house identified with success over adversary.

The Sun, identified with present incumbent is placed adverse to its planet of limitation Rahu, and therefore, is devoid of strength. The 10th lord Jupiter exchanges sign with Moon in the 10th house. The 10th sub-lord Mars, identified with the present incumbent, is in debility, and being conjunct Jupiter, is involved in latter’s exchange with Moon. All put together implies a change of guard.

On top of that, Rahu the 11th sub-lord, identified with fulfilment of desires, has linkage to 2nd house (gains) by its house placement; 6th house (as agent of sign-lord Venus occupying 6th house); and 10th house (through placement of its stellar lord Moon there itself). All put together promises fulfilment of querist’s desire.

In terms of time frame, the planets signifying the 2nd, 6th, 10th, and 11th houses relevant to the fruition of event were identified as the Sun, Rahu, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, Moon, Mercury and Mars. The ruling planets at the moment of working appeared to be the Sun, Rahu, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter. So, the common determinants, in order of strength were The Sun, Rahu, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Beginning July 29th 2003, transit Saturn and Jupiter, both extended their aspect on the 10th house of the horary chart, thus lending strength to fruition of the person’s desire. In dasha sequence, he ran major period of the Sun, the sub-period of Rahu, the sub-sub of Rahu, and sub-sub-sub of Mars on 3rd August 2003, when he regained power.

The issue continues …….


19th Nov

Astrology know no bounds

More than 15 years now, someone seeking answer to his personal query, raised pertinent questions on the validity of the discipline of astrology. It deserves answer for common man’s understanding. The man asked: “Can I ever regain the position I lost, which I earlier held for a continued spell of 19 years? And if so, by when? But the problem is that I don’t know my exact date of birth, not to say anything of the exact time of birth – the particulars needed to cast one’s horoscope. For, my illiterate village bound parents were not aware of the relevance of keeping a record of birth particulars. Does astrology have provision to answer our questions even in the absence of birth particulars?”

“Let me tell you, astrology knows no bounds. Horary branch of astrology is a time-tested method for answering such questions, and with a fair amount of precision. Keeping your question in mind, quote a number between 1 and 249 that immediately flashes on your thought plane. And you will have answer to your question.” I reacted.

Quoting the number “247” he raised another question: “What is the rationale behind such random questioning method in astrology?”

Well, bear in mind; there remains continuum in time and space in a cause-effect driven human life. Every effect has to be preceded by a cause and efforts thereto. And every effect, in turn, becomes the cause of future happening. Put it the other way, what comes about this moment, is a culmination of doing and undoing in the past. And how we respond to the callings of this moment will set the stage for what is expected to come about in future. It will therefore, not unfair to surmise that in terms of the run of time, seeded in the present moment is the effects of happenings in the past, which sets the premise for future.

Now to look at things in applied terms, in astrology’s scheme of things, all units of time are primarily scaled in correspondence with the periodic motion of the two luminaries in the cosmos, the Sun and Moon. Their movements can be measured in quantifiable terms. Bear in mind, all planetary bodies are ever on their run, simultaneously reflecting their periodic as well as linear nature of motions.Please bear in mind; the planets are not to be seen just as physical bodies moving in the cosmos. They are energy providers of nature, playing from the front. In fact, the planets are markers of energy streams passing through a particular zone, with the particular planet in the centre, each reflecting particular characteristic features. View it in the context of earth plane, which itself is moving at a great speed, in as much as that it completes one spin in 24 hours. Evidently, the impact of energy flux excited by ever moving cosmic bodies, would vary widely every moment. And, a look into the progression of planetary bodies speaks aloud of how thoughts excited in mind would evolve in emerging times, with efforts put in thereto.

It may be pertinent to note here that it is now a scientifically accepted fact that the whole universe is made out as a unified organism set into an inter-dependant framework. In this scheme of things, no individual existence has a reality, independent of the entirety, which includes the observer. It implies that reverberations of echoes excited at a particular point in spaceshall be felt far and wide. That makes correspondence between varying dynamics of planetary bodies in the cosmos and individual life imperative, at least in energy frame.

No wonder, high tides are seen on a full moon day when the Sun and Moon are opposite each other. Now, given the fact that gross human body contains 70% water component, it is difficult to digest that such planetary alignments would not affect us one way or the other. It is, therefore, no surprise that the lunatics get affected the worst on such days. Such a correspondence between cosmic movement and plant behaviour too is in evidence. Every 11th year, following solar flare, the rings formed in the trees become thicker.

During solar eclipses, when the Sun, Moon, and Earth are all aligned on Rahu-Ketu axis, complete darkness is in evidence for a while even during day time. It may be debated that such events are just periodic astronomical happenings with no bearing on our lives. But there is no denying the fact that in absence of solar radiation, bacterial growth will multiply, and with obvious consequences.

The issue continues ……..


12th Nov

Gauging Your Performing-Self

Someone going through tough time in his career came asking the other day: “What is in store of my destiny? I have been conducting efficiently all through my career. But those envious of me have been playing foul with me. They have been sweetly foul mouthing against me before my superiors, which has thwarted my career growth. Suggest me some remedial measures, if it could help me.”

Well, if you taste success anyway, and if ever get on to a high position, it has to invite the envy of competitors, and even the cynics for no rhyme or reasons. But if you look at things in perspective, envy is a reflection of your success. So, there is no reason to grudge envy, rather revel in it. You get caught up only when somehow your own approach is flawed; you fail to deal with competing interests intelligently.

Remember, in the complex world we live in, with each individual being unique by birth - reflecting varying mind-trends - conflict of interest becomes a natural corollary. That makes it incumbent upon us to have lessons in inter-personal-relationship skills. But mere academic awareness is not enough. The lessons learnt has to be absorbed deep within the inner realms of our mind so that it becomes a part of our consciousness. Only then shall it play out spontaneously. The irony, however, is that we often unmindfully get caught by our inherent habit tendencies, unmindfully. That plays spoil sport in relationships, and with obvious consequences. You remain no exception.

So, the need of the hour is to look within to figure out your own fault lines, instead of trying to get self-assuaged by shifting the blame on external factors. Ordinarily, seldom one is open to look into oneself, you being no exception. For, usually one’s ego does not let them dispassionately identify and acknowledge their own fault lines. Here comes astrology into play, which could assess personality traits with a fair amount of precision. Had you cared to self-reflect, identified your inherent habit tendencies, and made timely corrections, your career graph would have otherwise had a smooth go. You did not feel it necessary to seek the services of a consultant either. It is only when compelled by circumstances that you are here.

It was difficult for him to digest my advisory. So, I had to give him a reading of astrological pointers to his personality trends. He is born when Taurus lagna was rising, a fixed sign. Even the lagna lord Venus occupies a fixed sign. The two put together speaks of a stubborn character. Venus, ill-disposed off to Jupiter speaks of his self-conceited nature, strong craving for quick material gains, and susceptible to self-indulgence.

The Sun, the planet identified with one’s individuality, is placed opposite Saturn. This speaks of his negative mind-set, who would be pessimist by nature, also carrying lot of self-doubts. He would be habitually suspicious of others. He carries strong sense of fear and insecurity. He has a grudging tendency who will never accept his own follies, instead;he would cover it up trying to play victim card. He lacks confidence.

Mind signifying Moon, which incidentally being the 3rd lord speaks of his basal instincts, is eclipsed between headless Ketu and mischievous Neptune, and in an airy sign. This speaks of a mischievous mind-set. He has a fertile but a scheming mind, who will be always engaged in demeaning others in a planned way, to establish his superiority over others. Also, it speaks of his unpredictable mood swings. Moon again, locked in adverse formation to debilitated Mars, would imply being temperamental, irritable and argumentative.

What further plays spoil sport with him is thatintelligence signifying Mercury is placed opposite Saturn, which is also ill-disposed off to restive Rahu. On one hand, it speaks of a fixated one track mind, stuck to his own perceptions. And being inherently a stubborn character as explained above, he would not be open to listening or counsel of friends and patrons. Second, he would be a restless character, continuously flirting around with his assumed thoughts. Consequently, mind not being at rest, he becomes vulnerable to unintelligent moves, and with obvious consequences. Third, he will be over critical of others.

If that would not be enough, Mars is placed adverse to Neptune. That brings into evidence the seeds of inferiority complex, coming as it may with all his frustrating experiences as a sequel to his own self undoing acts. So, he is actually reaping the fruits of the seeds that he has himself sown.


5th Nov

Correct own self before blaming others

All about life is how well we understand relationship with those around, the environment, and society at large. For, this world is essentially structured into an interdependent framework. Remember, no individual is born capable enough to service one’s existential needs by oneself in one’s own right, be they physical, material, or emotional in nature. It, therefore, becomes incumbent upon us to complement and supplement the efforts of each other, to make up for each other’s inadequacies, and make a living in togetherness. So, being in harmony with all those around becomes imperative. It is on these compulsive needsover which all relationships in the society are premised.

The paradox, however, is that each being is born unique, everyone manifesting varying mind traits – individual specific beliefs, desire trends, habits & attitudes, likes & dislikes, prejudices & passions, as well as virtues & attributes. In a way, we are all born with a preconditioned mind. Our ahamkara (ego) then tempts us to passionately go about how our minds are inherently framed. Now, with each one of us zealously following individual specific line of thinking and behavioural pattern, often brings us in conflict with those around. Consequently, our relationship goes for a toss. The worst happens when one begins living more in demanding than giving mode on one’s own exclusive terms. Of late, this tendency seems to be on the rise beyond proportion, and with obvious consequences.

To overcome such unseemly situations, a lesson in inter-personal relationship skills becomes necessary. But for which, it will be difficult to engage with those around with ease and comfort, be it at home or works. Normally, people remain conscious on this score at works under the fear of losing on performance, which may cost even the job. At home, on the contrary, invariably people take their partners and other family members for granted, where their true nature remains in full play. Evidently it plays detrimental to familial peace. It may not be out of place to mention here that normally lessons in inter-personal relationship skill are imparted in dos and don’ts mode. But that won’t work. For, when you lose your sense of alert, the habit tendencies begin to play the devil, when you become vulnerable to unmindfully lock horns with others.

When an unseemly situation arises, invariably people are inclined to find fault with others rather than realising one’s own slippages. What they often forget that nobody is ever born a perfect, including the self. It is again equally true that if one carries a few weaknesses, the positives would be invariably on a higher side. So, for the sake of smooth sail of life, we shall have to learn to find a balance amidst all these inconsistencies. The irony, however, is that when over exercised even on trivial issues, we get fixated to other’s fault lines, often ignoring the positives.

What, therefore, is called for is to first have exposure to existential dynamics, whence one may realise where to draw a line in relationship matters. Second, self-reflect and identify your own infirmities, and make necessary amends. Often, our ego does not let us acknowledge our own weaknesses. Here comes astrology into play, which could dispassionately figure out one’s personality trends with a fair amount of precision.

Recently a hassled father came seeking guidance on future of his son’s marital life, which was on the rocks. He had lot of grievances against his daughter-in-law. After analysing his son’s chart, he was advised to counsel his child to first work upon his own inherent weaknesses that were immense, before expecting from his spouse to behave. “Why? He is such a nice guy.” The gentleman retorted. He was then given an account of his child’s personality trends.

Born in Cancer lagna, with its lord Moon locked in adverse formation to Venus makes him too sensitive and vulnerable to unpredictable mood swings. The Sun ill-disposed off to Moon and Venus speaks of his volatile emotionality, which makes him susceptible to emotional conflicts and crisis, and disharmony with others. Mars opposite Uranus makes him temperamental and irrational. Mercury posited in a Mars owned sign, conjunct Rahu, and ill-disposed off to Jupiter, accounts for his fidgety nature, as well as insensible reasoning and judgment. Jupiter in debility is placed adverse to mischievous Neptune, which implies that he would be stuck to his peculiar self-defined beliefs, often distanced from ground realities. On top of that is his stubborn nature, coming as it may with both the luminaries, the Sun and Moon, occupying fixed signs. The result is there to see.


29th Oct

Declutter To Let In Fresh Thoughts

“What is in store of my destiny?” Someone came asking. Before responding, I asked him a counter question to figure out whether the happenings in his life find reflection in his astrological chart: “How was the month of September 2017 for you? Did you suffer financial loss or were cheated by someone?” “I lost heavily.” He responded. If the chart is correct and analysed thoroughly, it could reflect events with such precision.

The person then came forward with his real problem. He then shared: “I suffered heavy losses earlier also. But never lost my confidence, the way it has shook me this time. For, stock trading, I am engaged in,is subject to unforeseen twists and turns, thus making the probability of unprecedented loss and quick gains equal”.

I assured him that his predicament of mind as on date was a temporary affair. He will soon regain his confidence. For, the lagna lord Mars in exaltation is beautifully aligned to exalted Sun, the planet signifying his individuality. Also, the Sun is very favourably aligned to Saturn. The two put together implies a strong sense of positivityfirmly seeded in him. So, his spirit can’t remain low for long. But here again, Uranus is ill-disposed off to Neptune, as well as Karmakaraka Saturn. That makes him vulnerable to be accosted with frustrating experiences off and on when other directions are bad.Following which, he may temporarily suffer from a state of nervousness.

Incidentally, transit Saturn was in Scorpio sign owned by Mars, the planet of its nemesis, last September, simultaneously adversely aligned to natal Uranus. Even transit Sun was ill-disposed off to natal Uranus, Saturn, and Mars in succession. Hence the lowering down of his confidence level. Meanwhile Saturn has moved away from Scorpio sign. In another 3 week, transit Sun will come out of its debility. Thereafter, he is expected to regain his confidence level.

Having said that, it is important to add here that everyday our mind is believed to attend somewhere between 60 70 thousand thoughts. A large majority of those thoughts remain inconsequential, many of them being even unpleasant and negative. And all that we encounter, find space with our memory. So, over a period of time mind gets badly cluttered, not leaving enough of space to process fresh thoughts objectively. It is something like a computer generating temporary files every time a programme is put in operation. If these temporary files are not cleared off at regular periodic interval, the computer becomes slow, and could undergo hang also. So, now that he was in his late sixties, the baggage in mind must have become quite heavy. This remains another reason for feeling badly badgered. For, he would not be left with enough of mind-space to intelligently work out ways and means to come out of his problem.

It may not be out of place to mention here that if the person suffered immense loss, indiscretion on his part becomes imperative. Let us now look at the underlying reasons. The Sun is opposite Jupiter, which is conjunct Neptune. This, in the first place implies being stuck to his fanciful dream perceptions, often out of touch with reality. Second, he has a swaggering ego, which makes him stuck to his self-defined parameters, and not open to look beyond for a reality check. Third, he may not acknowledge truth on its first appearance. He will rather continue passionately pursuing his own belief on hope against hope till pushed to the wall. Fourth, he may at times become victim of his over-confidence. On top of that, intelligence signifying Mercury is placed opposite Jupiter and Neptune both. This accounts for insensible reasoning and impaired judgment particularly when other directions are adverse. And the result is there to see. Had he cared to figure out these inherent frailties in him and accordingly made corrective initiatives, the probability of such losses could have been much less.

It is still not late for him to work upon his fault lines. For, he still has a long way to go in life and intelligently attend to the callings of his other business, which gives him assured return. The best way is to submit to ‘Mind-Detoxification’ process under the guidance of a proven Guru. This, if pursued in all sincerity on a regular basis, will help clear off the clutters of mind on a day-to-day basis. That will create fresh mind-space and thereby expand the scope of vision, which will enable him to pick up the right lead and successfully steer the course of life.


22nd Oct

Cleanliness of Mind and Environment

Taking cue from the previous issue, it becomes incumbent upon us to gather up all our strengths as would be called for by varying energy dynamics of nature. With a raised work spirit thus, we shall be able to successfully work upon opportunities likely to unfold in emerging times, and also intelligently take on the challenges on the way, with ease and comfort. It is in this spirit that the devout submit to a prayer mode with intense emotion, seeking boons from Mother Goddess. If we could remain focused single pointed to our creative urges in the same spirit, there is no reason why fruits shall not be forthcoming.

It becomes all the more important to organize ourselves afresh at this point of time. For, following Deepawali, the Sun begins moving towards its zenith, the Eastern horizon, every successive day presenting itself with raised energy level. It thus rekindles our energy base afresh, arming us with the vitals needed to take on the journey of life in all strength. Moon too, having recharged itselfhaving being in unison with the Sun, begins waxing, raising new hopes. It is as if nature wishes to close its account for a periodic stock taking and in accordance with that reinvent the next productive cycle. It is not a sheer coincidence that a new productivity cycle takes off at this point of time.Paddy and other seasonal crops are in full bloom, ready to be harvested soon, which will be followed by the next crop season. Again rainy season having come to its end, other construction activities take off in full bloom.

In astrological parlance, the Sun is identified with individuality, the potential side; and Moon with personality – the performing self. The two, have to evidently move in tandem with each other to be at one’s best. In real terms, nature holds in its womb the potential side, which when suitably worked upon by human beings shall be able to take care of our existential needs. That further exemplifies the importance of this festivity. So, Deepawalioffers an occasion to figure out our potentials and resources in hand, and accordingly set the course of our Karma to earnestly work towards a fulfilling experience.

No wonder, the whole of India, takes on the darkest night of the year in a celebratory mode. Houses are decked up with flowers, festoons, and other decorative articles. The darkness of night sky is dispelled by lighting our houses heavily with earthen lamps/candles/ set in a decorative fashion. At the dead of night offerings are made first to the Lord Ganapati, the deity personified with worldly wisdom. It ends with offerings to Mother Goddess Laksmi, the principal deity of the day, carrying the hope that with emergence of fresh light, life begins with a new note, which may prove rewarding and fulfilling.

The preparation for this festivity begins much in advance. For, we thoroughly clean up our houses, work station, and the adjoining areas. We clear off all the junk piled up during the previous year. We refurbish and give a fresh look to our houses. We, thus, create a healthy living environment carrying a positive ambience. It is driven by the belief that Mother Goddess Laxmi shuns filth and would make presence only in a clean environment. So, great emphasis is laid on cleanliness, vital to health, hygiene, and a positive work atmosphere. Once the festival gets over, our obligations towards keeping our cities and villages clean, seems to take a back seat in our consciousness. Otherwise, Modiji would not have felt the need to initiate a massive clean India campaign.

Even more important is the cleansing of mind on a daily basis. Remember, all that we encounter in life, good or bad, find space with our memory, major part of which gets into our subconscious. Over a period of time, mind gets too much cluttered with baggage load of inconsequential and even negative thoughts, thus restricting the mind-space available. We, are, thus, not left with the space necessary to process our thoughts objectively. These thought also keep rattling us from within, not allowing us to remain focused to our priority preferences. So, submitting to prayer regime becomes all the more important in order to keep our minds in shape.

The festive calendar of the year will close up with the Chath Puja to follow 6 days after. Offerings shall be made to the prime energy provider the Sun, first when setting, and then to the rising Sun the next morning, acknowledging Sun’s relevance all through its run.


15th Oct

Listen To The Callings Of Nature

I wish the valued readers of this esteemed journal a very happy Deepawali. Wish, your prayers to Mother Goddess Lakshmi, the presiding deity of the occasion, personified with sampada (wealth), bears desired fruits. Let me add here that the word sampada doesn’t simply mean financial and material wealth. It encompasses physical prowess and wisdom as well. Mind it, acquiring financial and material comfort calls for intelligently carrying on sustained quality efforts. The convergence of all these three factors alone would ensure help us meet our aspirational urges. Remember, just a wishful thinking can’t bear fruits, nor just physical efforts alone would suffice. One would need to pool in all resources in hand – physical strength, creative vision, and wisdom – to put in one’s qualitative best. But for which, it would not be possible to make right choices, plan its execution well, and put in quality effort.

The paradox, however, is that following a particular track of life as a matter of routine that one usually gets on to,over a period of time one becomes complacent. Following which, usually one loses the sense of alert needed to put in all acts together while facing the callings of emerging times, failing which one may fail to achieve desired results. Also, one is caught off guard when faced with challenges, and it becomes difficult to deal with. That calls for reinventing oneself at regular periodic interval and be well geared up to negotiate the callings of emerging times in all strength.

Indian festivities are accordingly so timed in our annual calendar, as to provide with the occasion for self-actualizing oneself at regular periodic interval as a matter of routine. The festivities are purposely timed at cross junctions of major seasonal changes of nature. And we are all aware thatlife can’t be spared of the vicissitudes of nature. The sunrise, leaving behind darkness of night sky triggers an action filled day ahead. The same pattern is evident in nature’s annular cycle as well, in so far as the changing phase of nature’s energy orchestra is concerned. It may not be out of place to mention here that seasonal changes have to have a bearing on our health status as well as productivity cycle. Accordingly, we need to be well geared up to intelligently negotiate the callings of varying dynamics of nature.

In nature’s scheme of things Diwali is marked with the darkest night of the year. For, the Sun, the prime-source of light in this world, remains in its state of extreme debility, as it remains at the farthest end from this part of the globe on this day. Naturally, solar radiance available to us remains at its lowest ebb. During this phase, when the Sun elopes the Moon, which is otherwise supposed to enlighten the night sky, we are faced with blinding darkness.

But mind it, in Indian perception, darkness is not taken in a negative sense, rather it is treated as an essential phase of creation process. Darkness, we are all aware remains the precursor to the rise of brightening Sun. It provides us with an opportunity on a day-to-day basis, to relax, recharge the vitals, and get ready to perform well when the rising Sun triggers activities the following day in all strength. India’s seers were aware that life forces vital to our dynamic existence remain rooted in the confines of darkness. The seeds of the manifest world as a whole are rooted in the undetectable dark realms of the Primordial-Source. The essence of even a large tree is veiled within the dark region of its seed. The seed again has to be parked inside the earth mass in utter darkness, for it to gain the vitals necessary to germinate and then sprout. The seeds of life get nurtured within the dark confines of mother’s womb.

It is pertinent to note here that nature’s energy orchestra purposefully follows a pattern - moving alternately from its bright to dark phase and then back to its peak - having related bearing on the life cycleduring all its phases. Accordingly, the main energy provider the Sun, and its counterpart the Moon that reflects former’s light, periodically join hands to provide fresh dimension to the energy orchestra. So, what looks like the Moon coming under limitation on Diwali day, is there to serve a purpose. We can’t change nature’s course. But given our power of freewill, it is very much within our hands to accordingly reorganize ourselves and intelligently respond to its callings in all strength.

The issue continues …….


8th Oct

Blaming Others Won't Help You

Someone visiting India recently came asking: “Why am I going through troubled time? How long will it continue? It seems that those envious of me have been doing some mischief to spoil my happiness. My marital relationship is in a mesh despite best of efforts on my part. I am having sleepless nights. Suggest me some gemstones or puja that may pull me out of my problem.”

Well, your own doing and undoing in the past is what sets the premise of what you become due for in life. So, what you are faced with today is nothing but reflection of your own Karmic carryover from the past. The imprints of your doings in the past find presence in your mind in seed-form. As and when congenial ground becomes available, they spring into action. It works in a self-automated mode. There is no scope for any extra-terrestrial agency playing any part. And it is not that future events are imprinted in exact and finite terms.

Truth remains that the seed-thoughts in mind do also hold the key to your personality traits – desire trends; likes & dislikes; habits & attitudes; prejudices & obsessions; potentials & vulnerabilities. And that is what sets the terms of your priorities in life. Also, how you perceive the issues in hand and conduct in life. Remember, perception drives a being. The perspective in which you look at things is how you react or respond, or for that matter negotiate the callings of life. So, the mind is so made out that it drives a being in a way that creates the ground congenial to the fruition of instore karmic imprints. So, the genesis of all problemsare rooted in the mind, and in fact, you become a victim of your own making.

That makes it incumbent upon us to look at our own fault lines, and make necessary amends, rather than trying to find escape in faulting others. Given the power of freewill, which is duly backed by the faculty of discriminate intelligence, you are capable of identifying your inherent weakness through self-reflection, and then take corrective initiatives. The possibility of mischief by a devil mind can’t be ruled out. But that can make a dent on your relationship only when you allow your impressionable mind to get influenced. If the relationship is firmly grounded, no external factor can affect you.

Let us now give a look at the astrological pointers outlining personality traits of the person and see how he remains vulnerable to become a victim of his own making.Both the luminaries, the Sun and Moon are locked in adverse formation to their planet of nemesis Saturn, as well as mischievous Neptune. That, in the first place,brings into evidence the seeds of fear and insecurity deeply embedded in your psyche. Second, you are vulnerable to remain caught up in your fanciful own dream perceptions often distanced from ground reality. Third, you are habitually an escapist, who may not acknowledge truth on its first appearance. Carried away by the sense of hope against hope, you may stick to your gun till pushed to the wall. Fourth, you seem to be habitually suspicious of others. The fact that Saturn is opposite Neptune, you are also vulnerable to become subject to mischief by others. And you get affected because of your indwelling sense of fear.

Intelligence signifying Mercury, ill-disposed off to Saturn and Neptune implies a fixated one track mind. Also, it accounts for your impaired reasoning and judgment. Mercury also placed adverse to Uranus makes you unconventional, eccentric, and opinionated. Fiery Mars placed adverse to restive Rahu, in the first place makes you impulsive and irritable. Second, it makes you unmindfully misdirect your energies towards unproductive ends, and evidently to your detriment. Mind signifying Moon, opposite Uranus makes you temperamental, erratic, and unstable. Venus opposite Uranus hints out unconventional partnership. Venus also placed adverse to Jupiter speaks of your self-conceit and indulgent habits. And the result is there to see.

So, don’t be in denial. Better acknowledge your own infirmities and address them without further loss of time. Bear in mind, more than other factors, your own habits and attitudes hold the key to marital turbulence. In so far as remedial measure is concerned, any belief driven puja can’t correct your thought process. Gemstones do help balance out any void at energy level to a certain extent. But they can’t mitigate life related problems. Had the solution been so easy, every suffering man would have sported a gemstone, and secured happiness.


1st Oct

Reshape destiny through conscious efforts

I was explaining to a small gathering on how to use astrology as a diagnostic tool to figure out one’s personality traits – potentials and fault lines, both included. Accordingly, one could make necessary amends to come out with one’s best, and give a positive turn to the life cycle through conscious efforts.

A diehard belief driven astrologer, who could not digest the idea, shot up a volley of questions: “Sir, in a way it will mean reshaping one’s destiny. How can one’s basic nature be changed? How can the planetary implications and thereby one’s course of destiny be interfered with? Don’t you think it’s all a fallout of one’s Karmic carryover from the past as arbitrated by the divine? If it could be anyway altered, would it not mean interfering with the divine will? Experience suggests otherwise, as a being’s roadmap of life could be predicted with a fair amount of precision through the study of one’s birth chart.”

“For the answer, exposure to philosophy of life – the way the living order is made out, which includes human construct, and the norms driving its usual run – becomes imperative.” I responded. Well, if we go by the Vedic perception, The God is perceived formless and without any discernible attributes. So, there is no scope for any form-God administering our life cycle from heaven, judging our Karma on a day-to-day basis. Well, the human order is so made out that one’s Karmic cycle works in a self-automated mode. What you do today, sets the premise of future. In this sense, ordinarily, changing the course of destiny may appear inconceivable. The truth will come out otherwise, if we give a look at the premise on which the theory of Karma works.

It is worth remembering here that all existences, but for human beings, are bound by nature driven laws driving them, and with no scope for making any exception. So, unerringly, they keep moving in an orderly fashion, carrying forward their individualistic as well as collective assignments, supporting the run of the existential order. If the Sun has to rise at a particular point of time, it will do so exactly at that very moment, with no scope for any exception even to the scale of a micro second.

Human beings, though ordinarily supposed to follow larger orderliness of nature, simultaneously enjoy a certain level of freedom. For, human mind, the prime-mover of a being, is driven by a ‘sense of duality’, which can form divergent views about the same thing. In turn, it grants us with the freedom to make choices. But if there is a choice, the probability of its use and misuse becomes equal. And there is nothing like a free lunch in this world. One has to bear with the consequences of the good or bad choices made. This is what sets the premise of our almost never ending Karmic cycle.

The danger in this scheme of things is that an unreasoned individualistic choice, not simply disturbs one’s own wellbeing. In a collective living, it could even make a dent in societal harmony and balance. To overcome this fallibility, human beings are armed with the Buddhi – the faculty of discriminate intelligence. Applying this privilege, one could dispassionately analyse, measure the choices in hand, arrive at the right judgment, and strike the most appropriate note. This, coupled with the choice option, also brings in the possibility of making such conscientious choices, as could help make necessary corrections intended to add quality and value to life. If we ignore this privilege, it is our fault.

True, we become due for the consequences of our own doing and undoing in the past, which astrology could predict with a fair amount of precision. The question now is: should we submit to it blindly, or face it intelligently?Obviously, one would prefer the latter option, which, in the first place would mean intelligently dealing with the consequences of the past. Second, consciously work upon the present to set the terms of future right. It is worth adding here that imprints of our past karmaare carried over in seed-form in our mind. That will find reflection only when a congenial ground is available. Here again, applying the choice option in hand, one could deny ground to the karmic-seeds with the help of fresh educative inputs. So, we are not slave to our destiny. The choice of freedom, duly aided by Buddhi, also enjoins upon us with the capacity to come out of our Karmic-bondage, and reshape our destiny.


24th Sept

An Exercise in Self-Actualisation

The existential order happens to be a unified organism, where no individual existence has a reality, independent of the entirety. So, a continuum exists through the entire span of the existential order. Obviously therefore, variation if any at any point of the space shall impact far and wide. Accordingly, any variation in the energy dynamics of nature, which is subject to continued change, has to have related bearing over our life cycle. Such a change is prominently marked with periodic variation in the weather cycle, which moves in correspondence with annular cycle of the Sun, the prime-mover of nature’s energy orchestra playing from the front. The intensity of solar radiation remains at its peak during the summers, when it scorches the earth. And it is at its lowest ebb during the winters, when we have to brave the chill.

We have to keep pace with the callings of varying energy dynamics of nature and get going in life. The real challenge, however, is to brave extremities at regular periodic interval. Purposely so as to successfully ensure a smooth run of life with ease and comfort. Ancient India’s seers understood nature’s chemistry very well. Accordingly, they developed a living tradition in correspondence with the callings of the laws of nature, as would help withstand all vicissitudes of life with ease and comfort. ShardeyaNavratra is one such exercise, which has been made a part of our annular calendar.

Mark the timing – bright half of the Hindu month of Asvina, when the winter season would be setting in. At this point of time, when seen with reference to India, the Sun is moving towards its farthest end. For, following its southerly course, it shall be hitting on the western horizon. On the contrary, we are located in the northern hemisphere towards the eastern horizon. Evidently, the availability of fire energy, vital to our general health and creative abilities, remains at its lowest in the part of the globe we live. During this period, the negative energies gain ground, which we have to contend with. The weather cycle undergoes a major change, which has its bearing on our physiology. Our general immunity level becomes relatively low at a timewhen we are to face the hazards of cold season.

Our seers were also aware that every living being is a power-house by oneself. For, a human being happens to be the repository of all forces playing through nature. So goes the saying: “Yatabrahmandetatapindam (as is the cosmos, so is the man)”. In fact, a human being is born potentially perfect, in so far as the instrumentality of one’s body-mind organism is concerned. If one’s full potential could be unfolded, one would know limits. The paradox, however, is that our ‘Performing-Self’ remains under cloud, coming as it may with lot of elemental and self-acquired limitations. This restricts the scope of our vision. Mind, the prime-mover of a being, thus fails to access its full landscape, and thereby it’s indwelling potential. That comes under further limitation when faced with rough phase of nature.

To overcome the above limitations, our seers designed a 9 days prayer regime at this point of time to stand the test of time. During the process, one is supposed to invoke one’s indwelling resources – the Sakti-s granting us with physical prowess that helps attend to our creative urges vital to our existential needs, and the wisdom needed to intelligently carry forward the tasks in hand. We, thus, get geared up to grab the opportunities coming our way and attend to the emerging challenges in all strength. Accordingly, with primary focus on Mother Goddess Durga, the epitome of physical prowess; the devout does also dwell on Mother Goddess Laksmi identified with our productive urges, and wisdom signifying Mother Goddess Saraswati.

Apparently, it looks like as if the devout are engaged in prayers to seek divine boons to one’s asking. One may also debate whether such form-Gods exist or not. But mind it, any process, which prompts a person to gather up all resources in hand by putting in all acts of body, mind, and psyche together, the fruits of such endeavour would need no elaboration. Evidently, the best in a being would come out. Accordingly, to prove true to the above call, the devout chants related mantra-s, the echoes of which invoke and hone the related indwelling Sakti-s. Simultaneously one focuses attention on different motherly forms, each carrying relevant educative imports.

With these words, I wish all concerned to make the best out of this auspicious occasion.


17th Sept

Balancing Reasons and Emotions

Someone going through a painful emotional crisis came asking the other day: “I have been doing exceedingly well in my works, having earned prestigious awards for my exemplary research work. But in my personal life, I am going through very frustrating experiences. Does my destiny deny enjoying happiness in personal life? And tell me what needs to be done to secure a fulfilling family life? Will some puja help?”

Well, your high ambitions made you put your job work at the top of your priority list. So, you worked meticulously at works, gathered up all indwelling resources and put in your qualitative best. It was further aided by your indwelling talent. That made you perform exceeding well, which made you earn laurels.

On the contrary, once you got married, you left your emotional life just to its usual flow. Earlier, when you were to negotiate with your girlfriend, you moved carefully and paid attention to her immediate concerns and sensibilities more than was due. You were conscious enough not to allow your attitudes stand in the way. So, you could successfully bring her around and finally got hooked up. But once you got settled in marriage, you became complacent, when you began taking her for granted. Also, your true nature – inherent desire-trends, likes, dislikes, habits and attitudes came into full play, often in conflict with hers, and with obvious consequences.

Meanwhile, your intellectual urges and professional callings overtook your thought process. And in a bid to prove true to your aspirational urges, you put in your whole. That did not allow you necessary time and space to remain conscious about paying as much attention to your partner as she expected.So you failed to balance out between your professional callings and emotional life. Over a period of time, a sense of neglect grew in the lady’s mind. Clash of egos followed. In the process, sense of reasons took a back seat, whence unmindfully, both of you have been trying to find fault with each other.

Remember, two factors drive human mind, the prime mover of a being – reasons and emotion. Reasons help take most appropriate choices. Also, helps articulate ways and means to take the task in hand to its logical end with ease and comfort. And in a bid to prove true to the callings of work in hand, usually they lovingly apply reasons to their best. Emotions take care of the feeling side. In personal life, emotion plays heavy, when often reasons take a back seat. One then becomes vulnerable to unmindfully get into unintelligent moves, which may prove a spoiler. So, has it happened toyou.

Now, coming to remedial measures, no puja is expected to do any good. For, the genesis of problem lies in your approach to life. No belief driven puja can correct your thought process and for that matter even that of your wife. It is only when you self-reflect, you may be able to figure out your own fault lines, which when addressed can help you reorient your thought process. In turn, that may help you suitably modify your approach to life.

Let us now look at the astrological pointers of the man. In terms of his dramatic talents, Uranus, well aligned to Karmic Saturn and mind-signifying Moon sets the ground. Jupiter extending its benevolent support to the Sun adds quality and value to his approach. And fiery Mars well aligned to the Sun provides the strength to carry forward the tasks in hand.

Here again, the Sun is ill-disposed off to Moon as well as Saturn. That makes him emotionally volatile, which given a small trigger may lead to serious crisis. Also, he remains stuck to his individualistic beliefs, not easily amenable to change. When faced with unforeseen circumstances, his mind may take a negative turn. He may then become self-pitying and pessimist. Added to that is Mars placed adverse to Mercury and Neptune, pointing to a restive mind, vulnerable to get caught up in a circuitous web of his own assumed thoughts. Also, he is habitually suspicious and overcritical of others, and may develop inferiority complex. Following which, his sense of reasons take a back seat, when he fails to look at the issues in hand in the right perspective, and with obvious consequences. On top of that is his Venus, ill-disposed off to Mercury and Neptune. That makes his inter-personal relationship skill questionable. And the result is there to see.

Better he works upon his own fault lines before expecting from the other side to behave.


10th Sept

Be Master, Not Slave Of Your Mind

We are all born with a sense of freedom deeply ingrained in our construct, which tempts us to live one one’s own exclusive terms, as a free-bird.The paradox, however, is that in real life, often we have to contend with self-conflicts, competing and conflicting interests. So, invariably, nothing comes easy in life. And when things don’t move on expected lines, we lose our sense of direction, often unmindfully ending up with unintelligent moves. The question now is: Are we capable of becoming a free-bird, or is it just our wishful thinking?

Well, if we look at our inlaidpotential, we are all born perfect, in so far as the instrumentality of a being – the body-mind organism - is concerned, which if explored and unfolded in full, would know no limits. The paradox, however, is that our “Performing-Self”, ordinarily remains under cloud, coming as it may with a lot of elemental and self-acquired limitations. This restricts the scope of our vision. Mind, the prime-mover of a being, thus fails to have access to major part of the landscape or our mind, and thereby it’s unabridged powers.

Truth be told – we are hardly able to make use of 5 to 7 percent of our mind-power. If we could make optimal use of even this, we shall be able to negotiatethe callings of life with relative ease and comfort. The irony, however, is that caught up in the vagaries of our own mind, we often misdirect a significant part of the mind-power towards unproductive ends. We are thus, not left with enough to do justice to our aspirational urges. And when we fail to make it to our desire-destination, we often end up at cross roads, not knowing how to go about and which path to access.So, often, our life turns out be like a sea voyage with the other end of the shore not in sight. Yet the ship must sail to the designated destination.

Now, how to go about?Here comes the role of a navigator. They put to use the empowerment tools, and then guided by their intelligence pointers, lead you safely cruise through the best possible path. It will be interesting to note that there exists a navigator in all of us in the form of Buddhi - the faculty of discriminate intelligence. It enjoins upon us with the capacity to dispassionately analyse the choices in hand, filter off the undesirables, and pick up the right lead. And then help us articulate ways and means to take the task in hand to its logical end with ease and comfort. But Buddhi won’t come into play of its own. It needs to be consciously invoked, sharpened and put to use. Also, we shall have to be on full mental alert to keep the said empowerment tool in active mode.

The paradox, however, is that caught up in our aspirational urges, often our egotistical mind plays the spoiler. Identifying itself with inherent urges of mind, blindfolded it wishes to passionately pursue them. In the process, it often doesn’t care to invoke Buddhi for due diligence. Evidently then, there are every chances that you end up as a slave of your mental vagaries.

What’s the way out? Look within, identify your own fault lines, address them, and allow unabridged freedom to your mind-power to provide you with the right lead. You may then turn out to be the master of your own mind. Often our egotistical mind doesn’t let us dispassionately acknowledge our fault lines. Here comes the role of astrology as a diagnostic tool. For, it reads through the energy construct of a being to figure out one’s inherent trends. And energy knows no bias. To sum up, the real freedom means freeing the mind of all its limitations.

Look at the astrological pointers of a person to showcase how being a slave of his mind-traits has lost his nerves. The main marker is his ruling planet the Sun, which shaded by restive Rahu, is placed adverse to Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter. It implies a swaggering ego stuck to his own perceptions, and not open to listening or counsel. He has a negative mind-set, is judgmental, and habitually suspicious and overcritical of others. Lacks the sense of contentment even when he has enough. He is irritable. Added to that is mind signifying Moon, ill-disposed off to intelligence pointer Mercury, which is conjunct Rahu. It speaks of a restive mind, not allowing space to Buddhi for due guidance. And the result is there to see.


3rd Sept

As You Sow, So Shall You Reap

The other day, parent of a girl suffering from serious psychiatric disorder, finding it difficult to manage, brought her seeking guidance. Their opening question was: “What is in store of our daughter’s destiny that she has to go through such an ordeal? Is our family under the spell of black magic that she has not been able to come out of her problems despite medical intervention? And if so, what puja do you recommend that she becomes normal?”

Well, in the first place, please note that psychiatric disorders do not happen overnight. Invariably, it has to have a long drawn history of being met with continued unpleasantness, which makes a deep imprint in the mind and psyche of the victim. Therefore, there is no scope for a quick fix solution to the problem either.

Bear in mind; since the 3rd trimester in a mother’s womb, child begins picking up impressions of what goes around. Whatever the child gathers from the environment till the age of 8, makes a deep imprint in his/her mind and psyche. The carryover effect of such imprints keep playing from within for long till consciously resolved. If per chance, there happens to be absence of love, which every child naturally longs for, s/he feels let down. Over a period of time they develop a sense of something wanting in them is why they are not being cared. Evidently then, unknowingly though, they develop a sense of identity crisis. Such children become susceptible to develop psychiatric disorder as they remain under continued spell of stress. Following which, their hormonal balance gets disturbed, which in turn, further aggravates their stress. The persons thus gets caught up in a circuitous web, difficult to come out. And then, given a trigger, and not been able to digest the situation, their thought process become incoherent, necessitating medical intervention. And for no fault of theirs, they become a victim of circumstances.

So does it seem to have happened with this girl too, as would astrological analysis of the child’s horoscope imply. Restive Rahu in the 4thsign, identified with domestic atmosphere, read together with the lord of sign Moon in debilitation, clearly speaks of unpleasantness prevailing in the family. Incidentally, Moon happens to be the natural signifying planet for mother, which is in conflict with Mercury, the planet identified with intelligence. Further to that, the 4th cusp sub-lord Venus is locked in adverse formation with Rahu. Again, Venus occupies the lunar constellation owned by Jupiter the 8thlord, marked with the girl’s difficulties. Here again, Jupiter locks horns with Neptune. It implies that the mother would be having an unpleasant life, carrying a sense of victimhood. And finding it difficult to resolve her problem, unmindfully she began carrying peculiar beliefs, as if those envious of them would be playing foul with them. That is what made her ask whether her family has been subjected to black magic.

Now coming down to the father, its naturally signifying planet, the Sunis ill-disposed off to Uranus. This, read together with presence of headless Ketu and mischievous Neptune in the 9th house, implies an erratic personknown for his unpredictable and at times unseemly behavior. The 9th sub-lord Mercury occupies the lunar constellation owned by Rahu.

To sum up, parents of the child would be at odds with each other. Being witness to continued spell of infighting, made an adverse bearing on the mind and psyche of the child. Now looking at the chart from child’s perspective, the main marker is Saturn, the lagna sub-lord in debilitation in the 12th. Saturn is placed averse to Uranus, which afflicts the Sun. It implies that the child has become victim of the circumstances. And if that would not be enough, Mars crossing path with Neptune, makes the child susceptible to developing inferiority complex. No wonder, as Uranus in transit crossed over natal Sun; progressed Sun came on Uranus axis; and transit Saturn closed up with natal Moon, close to her 15th year, she developed psychiatric disorder.

Now coming down to remedial measures, she needs proper medical care. No amount of belief driven puja can get into her head to correct her disoriented thought process. Instead of finding fault with unknown inimical factors, better, the parents make necessary amend in their own conduct, and provide loving ground needed to help the girl come out of her problems. And then, the girl and her parents need to be subjected to regular counselling. I am sure, the girl will register significant improvement in the coming days.


20th Aug

Being True To The Self

A highly ambitious guy, also armed with dramatic talent, at his age, was doing very well in career. But he nursed the dream of doing something in his own right that may help quickly make a mark for himself. He found an opportunity when Prime Minister Modi came forward with his “Make in India campaign”. He felt doubly assured when start-ups were offered governmental support. Inspired thus, he gave up his job in a huff and attempted a start-up venture. Within a year, his initiative miserably failed. He has been seriously looking for a job ever since, but in vain.

In a state of desperation, the man came asking: “I have been a performer since my childhood. Based on my score at the college, I got a very lucrative job. At works too, my performance made me a blue eyed boy of my bosses.. How comes, I failed in my start-up venture? And what lies in store of my future?”

“Caught up in the hang of your intelligence and earlier successes, you became overconfident. That did not let you remain true to yourself.” I responded. “What do you mean? Do you think that any sane person could everafford being oblivious to one’s own interest, and indulge in self-defeating acts?” He countered.

Well, you don’t do it consciously. Often, your ahamkara (ego) gets carried away by imprints of earlier success stories and sense of indwelling intelligence.Also, it identifies itself with your dream perceptions, and then passionately pursues it, as if that would be the desirable end game. It then won’t let you invoke buddhi (the faculty of discriminate intelligence) for due diligence before taking the final call. Evidently, then the probability of failure remains high.

Let me add here that the intelligence alone can’t deliver success. It needs to be duly supported by the required skill-sets. Here, it is pertinent to note that the skillsets required for serving an organisation and running one’s own enterprise can’t be similar. So, if you performed well as a service holder, doesn’t imply success in entrepreneurial venture as well. And you never cared to figure out whether you possess business acumen or not.The overall environmental conditions too needs to be factored in. And then you are to put in quality efforts.

You took Mr Modi’s campaign on its face value, and never carried reality check on the overall business environment, which was dismal. Also, you were not conscious about checking upon your mental limitations that would stand in way of putting in quality efforts. It is in this sense, I stated thatyou failed to remain true to your own self, and the result is there to see.

But before I take stock your future possibilities, let me give you a reading in astrological pointers to your inherent frailties that would have proved a dampener. The Sun is locked in adverse formation to Venus. This, in the first place, makes you too much emotionally touchy and sensitive. You may get over exercised even on trivial issues, when your sense of reasons would take a back seat. In the process, your priority preferences may temporarily take a back seat. Also, you may not be good at financial management, which happens to be the key driver of any business. The Sun well aligned to Moon, makes you a comfort loving person.

Mind signifying Moon, ill-disposed off to mischievous Neptune makes you a day-dreamer, often distanced from ground reality. You are basically an escapist, who may not acknowledge truth on its first appearance. Instead, moving on hope against hope, shall remain stuck to your delusionary perceptions, till pushed to the wall. It also makes you vulnerable to losses because of own indiscretions. Mars placed adverse to Uranus makes you temperamental, tactless, irritable, who may at times show signs of even irrationality. Mercury identified with general intelligence locks horns with wisdom signifying Jupiter. This accounts for insensible reasoning and judgment. And when faced with failure and frustration, he may develop inferiority complex, coming as it may with Mars forming unholy alliance with Neptune.

On top of that is his Mercury owned lagna and moon sign, which brings in the illusion of being the best, but not been appreciated by others. Carries a perfectionist streak that makes him measure others by his self-defined standards. If those around don’t prove true to his expectations, he becomes overcritical to the extent of passing caustic remarks, thus often offending others.

He needs to address his fault-lines to remain true to himself.


13th Aug

Balance Conduct for Happy Ties

A couple of years back someone came seeking answer to his failed marriage. “My mother fixed up the marriage after getting astrological matching done. I was given to understand that matching had scored 32 out of 36 counts. Then how comes my marriage broke off? The astrologer we consulted did not give any hint of unseemly conduct of my estranged wife. Would it mean that astrology can’t see things in clear terms? Even a new relationship that I developed post marital break, doesn’t seem to be working. How long shall I have to live a loner?”

Well, astrology offers guidance with a fair amount of precision, provided it is applied holistically. A partial look will always prove misleading. Thetraditional marriage matching offers just a prima-facie view of marital prospects. Following which, personality traits of the prospective partners need to be studied in detail to figure out whether their chemistry would work. Remember, marital harmony or discord doesn’t happen because it is so scripted in one’s destiny. How the two partners relate to each other is subject to their individual mind-traits. It is actually the habits and attitudes of the two partners that set the terms of happiness or discord.

Now coming to unseemly conduct of your estranged wife, it is past, and therefore, doesn’t deserve much of attention. But having said that it is important to note that before finding faults with others, we should first look at our own fault lines. For, in a relationship, it is not simply how the other side presents oneself is what matters. Even more important is how intelligently or otherwise you react and respond. Here comes the role of Karmic acquisitions carried over from the past, which sets the terms of one’s inherent desire trends, habits, and attitudes.

And if your new relationship is not working, here again your psychological frame of mind has a role to play. It appears that you have yet not come out of emotional hang of the failed marriage. The sense of fear arising thereof, has made you suspicious of all females. That doesn’t let you behave normally with your new girlfriend. With element of doubt writ large on your face, how can you earn the trust of other side? Particularly in so far as the question of relationship is concerned, females have the capacity to intuitively have a sense of your intent.

So, should you wish to develop a healthy relationship, you need to first pay attention to your own self. That calls for look within to figure out your own true nature – positives and vulnerabilities. Accordingly, get over all past hangs and address your inherent negative traits. Then only you will be able to negotiate new relationship with an open mind, free from any preconditioning whatsoever, but for which you may not be able to build healthy relationship. Remember, if at all you wish others to prove true to your expectations, you need to balance out your own conduct first.

In so far as your personality fault lines are concerned, let us now give a look at your astrological pointers. You were born with Sagittarius lagna. That makes you tactless and undiplomatic. Though truthful by nature, but your indiscrete and ill-timed reactions and responses make you offend those around, and with obvious consequences. You may make promises, which you may not fulfil. Moon being the 8th lord, you are habitually suspicious by nature. This,read together with your indiscrete outpours do not let you engage others with ease.

Mind-signifying Moon conjunct Ketu, is placed adverse to mischievous Neptune. This makes you vulnerable to remain stuck to your delusionary dream perceptions, distanced from ground realities. Also, it makes you an escapist by nature, who may not own up one’s own indiscretions. You may not acknowledge truth on its first appearance and shall continue with your own wishful thinking till pushed to the wall. You are also worrisome by nature.

Venus, the planet identified with emotionality and relationships, is conjunct Neptune, and ill-disposed off to Rahu and Uranus. This makes you emotionally volatile, which doesn’t let you relate well with your partner on even terms. You may get over-exercised even on trivial issues, following which you may lose all sense of order and self-control. On top of that, Mars and its dire enemy Saturn lock horns with each other. That makes you impatient, intolerant, bad tempered, unrelenting and even revengeful. That makes it difficult for you to digest any contrarian stand. And the result is there to see.


 

 

6th Aug

Take Counsel for Mind Limitations

Human beings are supposedly the most empowered creature of the universe. For, unlike other existences that are bound by predefined limits respectively ascribed to them, human beings can guide their actions by choice and discrimination. Exercising this privilege, one could chart out and follow self-designated path as well. On top of that is the fertile mind, which armed with its inlaid evolutionary potential, could explore beyond the known, expand one’s reach, improve one’s skillsets, and strike even unchartered territories. It is on this strength that human civilisation has grown thus far out of its primitive stage.

The paradox, however, is that human beings happen to be the most troubled lot also. Why?The answer too very much lies in a being’s empowerment tool – the mind – itself, which happens to be a double edged weapon. Bear in mind; human minds are driven by a sense of duality, which holds the key to the choice option available. And whenever there is a choice, it carries equal probability of use and misuse. If rightly applied, it could add quality and value to life. But if it anyway gets misdirected, it could prove a great spoiler as well.

To overcome the above vulnerability, human beings are armed with Buddhi – the faculty of discriminate intelligence. It enjoins upon a being with the prerogativeto dispassionately analyse the issues in hand, arrive at the right judgment, and accordingly pickup the most appropriate lead. This faculty, however, doesn’t come into play by default. It needs to be consciously invoked and put to use. Certainly, if this faculty gets ignored, one becomes vulnerable to get into unintelligent acts, and with obvious consequences. The question now is: why would anybody consciously ignore their own empowerment tool? To find the answer, a look into the construct and chemistry of mind, the prime mover of a being, becomes imperative.

Remember, Mind is an instrument, which doesn’t move on its own. It needs feed from within or beyond. It may be pertinent to note here that we all begin life with a bag full of thought feeds carried over from the past, and which sets the premise on which mind takes off. Picking up threads from these thought feeds, mind involuntarily builds its self-belief mechanism, which accounts for all desire trends and habit tendencies. The desires aroused, excite in turn, corresponding thoughts, which when gravitate, translate into action. Evidently, the character and content of the desires nursed and nurtured, read together with habit tendencies and which account for the quality of our efforts, set the terms of the fruits of our action, qualitatively and otherwise. In a way, it may not be unfair to surmise that we all begin life with a preconditioned mind. The question now is: Are we bound to these limitations?

Certainly not. Provided, Ahamkara, the particular component of mind, which brings in the sense of ‘I’, invokes Buddhi for due diligence, to filter off the undesirables and make most appropriate choices. The irony, however, is that often Ahamkara identifies itself with the inherent tendencies of mind, and then passionately pursue them blindfolded, as if that would be its end game. Also, it comes under the spell of tempting influences of the glare and glitters of the seeming world, and makes it its dream destination. In both events, Ahamkara doesn’t care to invoke Buddhi, thus making one vulnerable to unmindfully make wrong choices. This is exactly what has been limiting someone who came in search of reasons underlying his long drawn stress. Let us look at his astrological markers.

He is born with Virgo lagna, its lord Mercury though occupying its own lunar constellation, but debilitated in navamsha. This brings in the sense of being always right. He has a feel that his worth is not being appreciated by others. Also, it brings in a perfectionist streak, and that too by his self-defined parameters. If those around do not prove true to his expectations, he becomes overcritical and doesn’t hesitate passing caustic remarks, evidently earning their displeasure. The lagna lord, the Sun and Moon, all occupying fixed signs make him a stubborn guy not easily amenable to change. The Sun opposite Mars, both placed adverse to Moon, makes him temperamental, moody, irritable, and argumentative. Moon placed adverse to Saturn, speaks of his closed mindand habitually suspicious by nature. So, he is neither at peace with his own self nor the rest. He won’t share his feelings with others nor seek guidance. So, trapped in his own thought-world, he remains under stress.


30th July

Pay Attention to the Self

Someone came asking a couple of years back: “What level of growth is indicated in my chart?” “Well, with Moon over the head when born, you seem to be capableto earn the status of being in public glare. But having said that let me make it clear that you carry lot of inherent flaws as well, which unless addressed well within time, I am afraid, you remain vulnerable to becoming a victim of your own indiscretions.”

“When I am destined to achieve something, it should happen. Do you think I can ever think of getting into self-undoing act?” He countered. “True, nobody would ever wish to invite his/her own fall. But the danger is that often egotistical mind identifies itself with one’s inherent mind-trends, and pursues them passionately, as if that would be its end game. In the run, often caught up in the indwelling desires, it doesn’t care to invoke the faculty of discriminate intelligence. Consequently, one fails to do due diligence. Also, one is not able to filter off the undesirables. Whence habit tendencies overtakes mind’s drive, and which may unmindfully make you act unintelligently. You don’t do it consciously. You may realise only when the damage is already done.”

It is therefore, important for us to know how our individualistic minds are inherently framed, coming as it may with Karmic carryover from the past. For, that is what sets the terms of how we conduct in life. Remember, just destiny indications won’t grant you the passport to success. For, nothing is expected to come into effect of its own by default. You need to weigh your options before taking the final call. And then, it has to be duly supported by quality efforts. It is here that one’s habit tendencies often prove a spoiler.

“Kindly elaborate my fault lines that need to be attended, the man asked.” A look at your astrological chart suggests that the lagna lord Sun marked with your identity, is locked in adverse formation with its planet of nemesis Saturn. In the first place, it implies that you carry seeds of negativity within, which brings in a sense of insecurity. Consequently, when faced with adverse situation, you may develop identity crisis, and could also encounter depression. Second, you would be stuck to your preconditioned mind, and not open to listening or counsel, which evidently implies a hardened mind-set, not easily amenable for change. This factor gets further compounded by the fact that the Sun is also ill-disposed off to Jupiter, implying swaggering ego. Third, it makes you vulnerable to go through hard times off and on. Following which, your confidence level will go down. Your immunity level too would be relatively low.

Mind signifying Moon occupying Gemini sign, is placed adverse to Mars. This makes you wish to live on your own exclusive terms. Also, you would be temperamental, moody, irritable, rash, argumentative, intolerant and impatient. If ever somebody tries to correct your view points, you won’t take it kindly. In fact, you may become averse to him. For, you wish to have only yes persons around. Venus conjunct the Sun, and also posited adverse to Jupiter and Saturn points to self-conceit, self-indulgent tendencies, and financial losses because of indiscrete decisions. More so because Mercury is posited adverse to Uranus. For, it makes you unconventional, eccentric. It makes you vulnerable to jumping into action on instinctive judgment without applying proper forethought.

The positives too are immense. But simultaneously heavily loaded with negatives, the danger is that you may go through intermittent bouts of growth and fall. For a sustained growth and make a mark for yourself, you need to address the negatives without further loss of time.

“What’s the way out?” The man asked. You need to do dhyana in the right earnest on a regular basis. Let me add here that the word dhyana means paying attention. To what? The self. It implies a process in which you withdraw your attention from the outer world and turn it inwards to figure out your own vulnerabilities and potentials. Accordingly, you may make necessary amends to come out with your best. In the process, first, you will be face to face with all the inconsequential thoughts unnecessarily chasing you from within, which dwindles your mind-power. All these when driven off the consciousness over a period of time, will let you acknowledge your indwelling habit tendencies. You may then resolve them by reflecting upon fresh educative inputs. Having done that, your potentials will play out unhindered.


23rd July

Start in a flash, and end in a crash

Someone, keen to become quick rick, suddenly gave up his lucrative job, and got into entrepreneurial venture. This, despite being forewarned that time was not conducive to business initiatives. “Someday, I had to take the challenge. So, why not today?” He reacted.

Now after 3 years in business, which initially took off considerably well, and the going having become difficult, came back asking: “What planetary placement made me fail in my business enterprise? And what is in store of my destiny?”

Well, let me make it clear that planets are not doers. They do, however, point to the possibilities in offing in emerging times, the domain of which is not limited to the self. It does also account for the overall environmental situation. It was on this basis that you were advised not to take entrepreneurial venture at that particular point of time. So, success or failure doesn’t simply because a particular planetary alignment would have wished it that way. Other related factors too need to be taken into consideration to figure out future implications of initiatives taken.

Truth remains that you made a bad choice and at a wrong time, is what made you go through such frustrating experience.” I replied. “What wrong choice? Don’t I have the right to pursue my desire?” The fellow countered.

Well, you enjoy the freedom to make choices. But before taking any call, you need to first weigh the option in hand. For, your wishful thinking and individualistic efforts alone, no matter how sincere it is, doesn’t grant you the passport to success. In the interdependent world we live in, we can’t afford to ignore overall environmental situation. You plunged into business at a time when nation’s economy was going down. Business was not moving. There was hardly any flow of cash in the market. If there is no fund available, where do you get the buyers from?

Your ego did not let you take kindly to the good counsel offered. And blindly pursuing your passionate urge, you did not care to invoke and put to use your own empowerment tool – the faculty of discriminate intelligence – either, for due diligence. So, without necessary ground work, impulsively you got into business. And the result is there to see.

Bear in mind;the choice option available to us doesn’t come for free. The responsibility for bearing with the encumbrances entailed is implied. So it happened. But all said and done, the moot question here is: Why did he not do necessary homework before taking such a major decision in life? For the answer, a look into the predisposition of his mind becomes imperative.

Let us now look at the implications of man’s astrological pointers. He was born in Aries Lagna with Mind signifying Moon posited there itself. The clear implication is that the person is aggressive, impulsive, arrogant, domineering, impatient, and intolerant. He is independent minded, not keen to entertain other’s views. He will not like to play second fiddle to anybody. He has the tendency of jumping into action without applying proper forethought. It is only when confronted with crisis situation that he may apply his mind. Mars placed adverse to both the Sun and Moon makes him temperamental, irritable, and argumentative. Moon again, ill-disposed off to Jupiter makes him emotionally rash, and also brings in speculative temperament.

Mars placed adverse to Jupiter accounts for his inflated ego, which makes him stuck to his preconceived notions, and not open to listening. He can’t digest any idea that would be at variance with his own perceptions. Mercury, ill-disposed off to Rahu doesn’t allow him the scope to patiently carry on due diligence before getting into any act.

Venus is locked in adverse formation to both Uranus and Neptune. In the first place, it brings in craving for becoming quick rich, by whatever means possible. Second, his finance management skill appears to be bad. Also, it makes him vulnerable to financial losses because of indiscrete and ill-timed investment.

To sum up, it has been the man’s habit tendencies that holds the key to his flawed approach to life. If that would have been figured out and worked upon well in time, he would not have gone through such an ordeal. As already detailed above, his planetary markers speak loud of his basic fabric of mind, and with a fair amount of precision. If Astrology is used in this spirit, it could serve a much better purpose. Taking cue, one could take necessary corrective initiatives, whence, one may shape one’s own destiny.


16 th July

Explore the self to be at one’s best

Nature is a unified organism, which moves in an orderly fashion. That is how it has been doing its rounds in perfect harmony and balance with all its field players, ever since it has come into offing. That, however, would be possible only when all existences move in conformity with the callings of larger orderliness of nature, which includes human beings.

Truth remains that by and large all existences, but for human beings, respectively follow the self-evolved design parameters driving them, and with no scope for making any exception. For, they don’t have discriminatory abilities. Human beings, on the contrary, come with a difference. They enjoy the freedom to make choices. So, they are at liberty to follow a self-designated path. This, however, doesn’t mean that one is free to move on one’s whims and fancies. Given the freedom option, one can do that, but then one shall have to be prepared to bear with the consequences thereof. For, there is no scope for having a free lunch in this world.

Now given the fact that all human beings are born unique, each reflecting varying mind-traits, the choices one makes, often comes in conflict with others. So, the living world turns out to be a natural breeding ground for conflict of interests. Evidently, it will not allow an easy go in life. The question now is: how to overcome this limitation?

Nature has already offered us the clue. It is now for us to draw lessons out of it. Mind it; cosmos has in its womb unaccountable number of field players, each respectively following its own track, and moving at one’s own exclusive speed. Yet, they all remain in perfect harmony and balance with each other, because they all remain true to the callings of larger orderliness of nature.

The fact that we human beings too happen to be an inseparable part of the universe, it becomes incumbent upon us to become aware of existential dynamics. Accordingly, prove true to its callings. The paradox, however, is that the human beings often fail to move on expected lines. Carried over by indwelling sense of freedom, they seldom care to be in know of the existential dynamics. And therefore, often become out of sync with its callings. Consequently, they suffer individually,and evidently with related bearing on at least those around, if not the society at large.

It’s not that we humans happen to be such a fool who would be consciously inviting their problems. They do it out of ignorance, coming as it may with all the elemental and self-acquired limitations of mind. We are all necessarily born with 5 elemental limitations – limited creativity; limitations of knowledge; lack of sense of fullness, and therefore, crave for what is wanting; limitations of time by which we measure things in terms of present, past, and future; and limitation of causality and space. The limitation of causality, which makes us bound to a cause-effect chain, further keeps adding on to our self-acquired limitations.

All put together limits the scope of our vision. Mind, the prime-mover of a being, thus fails to have access to major part of the landscape or our mind, and thereby it’s indwelling potential. But, if we expand our vision, and could access, unfold, and optimize our mind power, one would know no limits. Given the choice option we have, and which is duly aided by the faculty of discriminate intelligence, we could achieve this end through conscious efforts. Provided, we first look within to know our own self – potential and vulnerabilities both included. Following which necessary correction could be done to come out with one’s best. The irony, however, is that often our ego, doesn’t let us dispassionately observe our own self. Astrology comes handy in this respect.

Let us now see how a very potential guy has failed to capitalise on his immense potentials because of indwelling vulnerabilities. Towards his astrological pointers, the main marker is the Sun conjunct Neptune, but both ill-disposed off to Uranus, Mars, and Saturn. The obvious implication, in the first place, is that the person would be charming and very popular, having strong artistic and musical sense and abilities. But, is habitually argumentative, so much so that if ever some good counsel is offered, he will first look for a counter logic. More so, because, he has a negative mind-set, is temperamental, unconventional, tactless, and ordinarily remains stuck to his preconditioning. These frailties do not let his potential bloom out in full. And the result is there to see.


9th July

Astrology, a valid discipline in own right

The other day, I was introduced to a senior journalist. Having learnt that I happen to be an astrologer, his instant response was: “I don’t believe in Astrology at all. So, I keep off its perimeters.” “Well, if this discipline would be really a belief mechanism, even I would have taken the same stand.” I responded. “What do you mean? Astrology doesn’t have a scientific validity. So, no rational person would encourage it.” He countered.

My friend, you have declared Astrology as a belief, based either on your own individualistic belief or hearsay. Let me remind you that sense of rationality and scientific temper calls for an in-depth enquiry with an open mind, free from any preconditioning whatsoever, before arriving at judgment. And you don’t seem to have explored the premise on which this discipline works. Let me inform you that Astrology as a discipline doesn’t need any scientific validation. For, it is this very discipline that has offered to modern science to have taken off.

A run into history becomes imperative to make things clear. In ancient time, agriculture alone was the life line of people. So, wise men of the yore were keen to acquire knowledge about all that would anyway influence the crop cycle. In the process, they first gathered that crop cycle moved in correspondence with weather cycle, which goes by annular motion of the Sun. They later realised that by and large the weather cycle follows a yearly pattern, but it remains subject to variation every year. In a bid to explore the reasons underlying such variation, the wise men explored the role played by other planetary bodies. Once, they had developed a fair understanding of the subject matter, they felt the need to formulate them. In the process they felt the need of symbols, and the first to evolve were the numbers identified with different planets. Had the system of number not come into place, and the world knows that it developed in India, science would not have had the ground to move.

Well, let me make it clear, the planetary bodies are not to be seen just as physical objects moving in the cosmos. They actually serve as markers to different energy streams flowing through nature, with one or the other planet in centre. And the fact that we are all a part of a unified organism, set into an interdependent frame work, how can we afford to be spared of their influence? But having said that, let me add here that the planets are not the doers. We hold the key to all actions on our part, according as our individualistic mental dispensation. And an energy mapping of the heaven (read planetary alignment at the time of one’s birth), reflects upon the Karmic carry over from the past, which defines one’s inherent mind-traits, and with a fair amount of precision. Let me add here that it is the energy connect between the planetary radiations and the making of a being in energy frame, is what sets the premise of astrological study. So, this discipline can on no count be termed as belief.

The reason why many raise their fingers on the rationality of Astrology is that they mistakenly take it as a destiny defining discipline, which it is not. It does however, speak out of the making of an individual mind, which in fact defines one’s destiny trends. So, if we use this discipline to figure out one’s personality trends, it can serve as a very effective diagnostic tools towards human resource development. For, it may offer clues to necessary reform in one’s thought process, needed to ensure meaningful actions on our part.

A case in point is that of an ambitious young man, as would mind indicator Moon beautifully aligned to Uranus may mean. He took off in life early, and registered quick growth. But after tasting success, he lost his sense of alert. His business then suffered severe setback because of his own indiscrete moves, as a fallout of his personality inconsistencies. The astrological pointers are the Sun opposite Saturn; Mercury conjunct Mars, and both adverse to Rahu and Neptune; and Venus ill-disposed off to Neptune and Ketu.

The obvious implication is that as hebecame complacent, he lost his sense of direction. Following which, his unmindful impulsive acts, based on insensible reasoning and judgment,led to severe business setbacks. In the process, he lost heavily, and has not been able to recover so far. He could bounce back again, provided he address his fault lines.


2nd July

Handle children tenderly

The other day a lady under acute stress came seeking guidance. She had two problems. First, her daughter had become defiant. She didn’t listen to her command. Second, she had given up a good job, because she found it too demanding, and then joined her husband’s business being operated from home. She had thought of being at ease working from home office. But soon she got bored and is therefore, looking for a job. But she has so far not been able to get a job of her choice. She wished to know as to what lies in store of her destiny. Also, puja if any need to be done for quick relief.

Well, the problem is in your mind. You are trying to play upon your own mirror image superimposed on your daughter. You are accordingly trying to set the terms of her life by that very measure. Caught up in your own perceptions, you forget that your daughter doesn’t necessarily need to play second fiddle to you. She deserves independent space by herself, and allowed to grow in her own right.After all, your crutch support won’t be available to her for long.

Not able to digest my advisory, the lady countered: “Sir, I am concerned about my daughter, and so I wish to lead her through. She doesn’t pay attention to her studies and therefore, has not been performing well. I wish to tutor her so that she becomes a performer.”

Well, your intent is beyond question. But your mannerism doesn’t seem to be right. A look at your chart reveals that you would be domineering by nature. So, you may wish to commandeer her life, and would expect unquestioned compliance. Your daughter is not the type who may blindly submit to your dictates. She has attained an age when sense of independence overtakes one’s mind’s drive. What is even more important to appreciate that everybody is born unique, each displaying varying mental predisposition. Not even twins come out with different traits. The onus is now on you to understand her mind and psyche, and accordingly articulate ways and means to engage with your daughter with ease and comfort.

Here, I recall how a teacher used to deal with his two grand-children different ways. He used to be very strict with the younger one, but handled the elder one very softly. One day, I asked him: “Sir, do you love the elder grandchild more than the younger one is why you engage with him softly?” He said: “No. As a teacher I understand the psyche of the two. If I interfere too much in the elder’s domain, he may not take it kindly, and shall get enraged. If allowed a free run, he takes it as a challenge to prove himself in his own right. And if I am not strict with the younger one, he will keep playing, and will not attend to his studies.”

A look at the lady’s astrological pointers reveal how her own sense of insecurities and mental inconsistences have been playing spoil in their relationship. Lagna lord Sun is placed adverse to mischievous Neptune and erratic Rahu. She is stuck to her self-delusionary perceptions, often distanced from ground realities, and not open to look beyond. She may not acknowledge truth on its first appearance, and shall continue moving on hope against hope till pushed to the wall. In the process, she may mindlessly keep dissipating her energies towards unproductive ends, and evidently, to her detriment. Also, she may not know what she should expect from life, and therefore, shall never be contended in life.

Mind signifying Moon is placed adverse to Jupiter, which speaks of her volatile emotionality. She may get over exercised even on trivial issues and may unnecessarily keep mulling over them for long. Moon placed adverse to Mars makes her irritable, temperamental, and domineering by nature. Saturn aspectsthe Moon, which brings in a sense of fear and insecurity. It also makes her susceptible to depression, particularly when things do not move on expected lines.

Now look at the factors holding the key to unease in mother-daughter relationship. 5th sub-lord Mercury, identified with children, occupies the lunar constellation owned by Moon posited in the 5th house itself, and which is ill-disposed to Saturn, the lagna sub-lord. So, the factors holding the key to lady’s sense of insecurity, is what governs mother-child relationship as well. So does she overzealously wish to guard her daughter, even if it amounts to the child’s undue encroachment in latter’s independent space.


25th June

Handle relationship issues delicately

We often act impulsively, mostly on instinctive promptings. And in a fit of action, one seldom cares to appreciate other’s sensibilities and concerns. One does not realise that one such act can make a dent on one’s relationships. And if that becomes a habit tendency, its fallout could lead to disastrous consequences sooner or later. The irony, however, is that even after the damage is done, one may not realise that s/he himself was responsible for it.

A case in point is of someone in mid-fifties whocame asking one day in a state of desperation: “What is in store of my destiny in terms of marital stability? Will it survive? My marital relationship has suddenly gone for a toss for no valid reasons. A simple misunderstanding led my partner into a defiant mode. When I try to explain, she won’t listen. Living together is becoming difficult day-by-day. I am clueless about how to handle the situation”

Well, it will be unfair to talk about partner’s fault lines without looking into your own habit tendencies, I responded. Your problem today, doesn’t seem to be a result of misunderstanding had on just one count. The particular event just acted as a trigger, which excited all her pent up feelings piled up for long.If you dispassionately self-reflect, you may be able figure out as to what really lies at the root of your problem. And without making necessary corrections in your behavioural pattern, it will be unfair to look for a congenial behaviour from the other side as would be true to your expectations.

A look at mind-traits of you two, as is implied by lagna and Moon signs, reveal that both of you wish to live on your own exclusive terms, but with a difference. Whereas you act impulsively without applying proper forethought, as you are aggressive, irritable, impatient and intolerant. Always keen to be at the head of things, you wish to carry on life more in a demanding than giving mode. Also, you are judgmental, and carry a perfectionist attitude. You wish others to prove to your self-defined do’s and don’ts, and if ever you find them wanting, it becomes difficult for you to digest. You may then become over critical and shall not hesitate passing caustic remarks.So, habitually you keep offending others.All these stand true to the characteristics of being born in Mercury owned Virgo sign, read together with Moon occupying a movable and fiery sign Aries. Against that, your partner has lot of patience, and will take time to react and respond. She can put up with lot of provocation and for long, until pushed to the wall. But with stock pile of pent up feelings gathered over a period of time, once it goes beyond her tolerance limit, she may react with a sense of vengeance. And in a fit of anger, she may lose sense of direction and proportion and unmindfully act unintelligently. The intent is to tease the other side, but in the process shall harm herself as well. In fact, her lagna sign Gemini, again Mercury owned, is more volatile than Virgo. She can’t withstand contrarian views. But her mind-signifying Moon posited in Saturn owned sign Aquarius, which accounts for her patience, and delayed response.

Coming back to the man’s characteristics, his other habit tendencies too need to be looked at. For, they, too, make him vulnerable to get into self-undoing acts. The Sun is opposite Moon, both shadowed by Rahu. In the first place, it makes him emotionally volatile, who may get over exercised even on trivial issues, and keep mulling over them for long. Second, under the spell of his delusionary visions, he may often misdirect his energies towards unproductive ends. Third, he may unnecessarily worry too much.

Mars placed adverse to Mercury, Uranus, and Neptune, make him temperamental, foul mouthed, irritable, argumentative, irrational, and self-centred. He may suffer from identity crisis, which brings in the tendency to prove himself on each and every count, and by whatever means possible. He may be imaginative, but subject to self-deception. He may carry unrealistic view point towards life. Saturn opposite Neptune makes him self-deluding and moody. And the result is there to see.

He was advised to work upon his inherent frailties without further loss of time. As he shows improvement in his conduct, his partner may soften her stand. With passage of time things may settle down, but not without reforming himself. So, meanwhile, act with prudence and patience, and be vigilant not to provoke her.


18th June

Twists and turns of Ego

“I am what I am. That’s my identity. Why should I think of changing it? And should I not care for my self-esteem. I have read Bhagwad Gita at least half a dozen times and therefore, I understand what ego means.” With these words, the man strongly contested my advisory to temper down his Ahamkara.

“Your strongly worded reaction is enough to indicate that you have a closed mind, not open to listening. You won’t entertain any idea or advisory that would be at variance with your own self-conceived view-points, which could even be mired in self-delusion. Remaining stuck to one’s self-defined limitations, is what ego really means”, I explained.

To make things clear, I had to give him a lesson in the construct and chemistry of mind. Well, Mind has three functional constituents – Budhi, Ahamkara, and Manasa. The three are mandated to work in support of each other as an integrated unitary integrated whole. In this scheme of things, Ahamkara is supposed to be at the drive, which duly guided by Budhi, is expected to steer the Manasa act from the front. Yet, Ahamkara can’t claim to be the doer in its own right. For, it doesn’t have an identity of its own, in its own right. Like its two other functional associates, Ahamkara too moves on borrowed strength extended by the eternal force of consciousness.

In fact, Ahamkara is just a functional instrument of mind. But then the task it is entrusted with, creates the illusion of being the doer. For, Ahamkara brings in a sense of ‘I’ differentiated from others. This, in turn, brings in the impression of the body-mind organism having an identity in its own right.

It is again Ahamkara, which relates to thought-seeds parked in the inner realms of mind, and then triggers the latter into action. But before, it takes the final call, Ahamkara in its usual flow, is supposed to make the data thus gathered available to Budhi for due diligence. Having thus filtered off the undesirables, Ahamkara is supposed to make most appropriate choices, and then will upon to translate them into effect. Again, while responding to external influences/promptings, Ahamkara is supposed to follow similar route before taking the final call.

As one kick-starts life, evidently with a clean slate, Ahamkaraplays a supportive role as is mandated by nature. For, it would not have had a taste of its maneuvering abilities. So, it keeps Budhiin its loop, to facilitate easy success. But once it has a feel of striking success, it gets tempted to exert itself in its own right. It then becomes complacent, when it loses its sense of alert necessary to keep Budhi in active mode. And then it could prove a trickster when unmindfully it could lead us towards self-undoing acts.

In its state of complacence, often Ahamkara gets carried away by one’s inherent tendencies, and pursue them passionately, as if that would be its end game. In that state, Ahamkara also becomes vulnerable to get caught up in the tempting glare and glitters of the outer world, and unmindfully sets them as the dream destination. In both cases, Ahamkaraignores invoking Budhi for due diligence, and with obvious consequences.

Astrology can figure out the probable twists and turns of Ahamkara with a fair amount of precision. A case in point is that of a gentleman, not aware of his own worth, and therefore, could not find proper lead. In a state of desperation he used to come with folded hands seeking guidance and even followed the advisory in right earnest. Over a period of time, man’s confidence level grew. He could identify, acknowledge and put to use his inlaid potential. As he tasted success, suddenly another side of his, lying dormant thus far, sprang into action – his egotistical side.

Look at the man’s astrological pointers. The Sun is placed adverse to Jupiter, Neptune, and Venus. In the first place, it speaks of his swaggering ego. Second, he is vulnerable to remain stuck to his self-delusions. Third, he would be too much touchy and sensitive, who may get over exercised even on trivial issue. Mercury placed adverse to Neptune, read together with Moon shadowed by restive Rahu accounts for his clouded vision, insensible reasoning and judgment.

So long as the man had not tasted success, Moon trine to Uranus gave him quick success on the strength of his innovative and intuitive mind. With success, his other side, as reflected in the opening statement, came into play.


11th June

Ensure orderliness of the Mind

Nature, guided by a self-evolved design driving it, conducts itself in an orderly fashion. Which is why, such a complex organism with all its myriad field players, have been in perfect harmony and balance, doing their rounds in chorus, with such precision. If the Sun and other planetary bodies are to rise at specified points of time, respectively assigned for them, it will happen exactly at that very moment. And all of them, traversing their individual-specific trajectory would not interfere with other’s domain. Their sense of orderliness is such that simultaneously, they continue to maintain relativity amongst them, all through their run. It is, as it were, a family moving in togetherness, respectively discharging their individual and collective obligations in service of the living order. This sense of orderliness remains undisturbed, because, by design, nature’s field players can’t digress from their predetermined course, even to the scale of a micro second. And if ever, nature’s energy dynamics undergoes some unusual temporary variation, it leads to disastrous events such as cyclone, storm, earthquake, often taking away numerous lives.

The living world too, with all its enormity and diversity, is againframed as a unified organism, with all existences necessarily set into an interdependent framework, with nature serving as its breath and soul. In this scheme of things no individual has a reality independent of the entirety. Evidently, being a part of such a complexed set up, following the model scripted by nature becomes imperative, if at all we wish to ensure a smooth run of life. The irony, however, is that unlike cosmic players of nature, human beings enjoy the freedom to make choices. It entitles human beings toeven chart out a self-designated path. But whenever there is choice, it becomes vulnerable to use or misuse in equal measure, and with obvious consequences.

Yet, one would wish to successfully enjoy all comforts of life, overriding all limitations coming in the way. And it is very much achievable, if we could conscientiously ensure mind’s sense of order as mandated by nature. Budhi – the faculty of discriminate intelligence – then remains in control of mind. Evidently with its overpowering influence, Buddhi keeps Ahamkara and Manasa, the two natural errant, in check. When in active use, Buddhidispassionately judges all issues under consideration in the right perspective due, and accordingly lets one take a reasoned stand. Also, it will not allow anything to happen without due diligence.

The paradox, however, is that mind’s sense of order has to be conscientiously ensured. It won’t come into play by default. For, Ahamkara, that particular faculty of mind, which is supposed to will upon and make a particular choice, often ignores Buddhi’s role. Identifying itself with inherent tendencies of mind, it accordingly sets the defining principles of life. Also, it gets caught up by the tempting influences of the seeming world, and sets it as one’s dream destination. In both situations, Ahamkara would not be keen to invoke Buddhi for due diligence, and with obvious consequences. We, therefore, need to remain on full alert to ensure our most profound empowerment tool, Buddhibeing always in active mode.

Here is the case of an extraordinarily brilliant guy having a fertile mind, with vision, foresight and imagination. He is armed with inventive and innovative ideas, capable of proving a pioneer in the field he attempts. He could easily get into the depth of a subject and understand things in great detail. He has an excellent communicative skill. The astrological markers to that effect are: the Sun, beautifully aligned with intellectually ordained Uranus; intelligence signifying Mercury duly supported by wisdom oriented Jupiter, which is conjunct mind signifier Moon. All put together qualified him to do wonders in life and make a mark for himself quite early in life. Yet, the man had to go through great ordeal for a major part of his life. Why?

Let us now look at the negative indicators that did not let his positives play out to their full. The Sun, ill-disposed off to Jupiter points to his swaggering ego. Venus opposite Moon, and also locked in evil formation to the Sun, made him too much sensitive, who would get over-exercised even on trivial issues. In the process, his priority preferences often got compromised for a long stretch of time. Mercury locked in adverse formation to restive Rahu, did not let him remain focused for long. And the result is there to see.

No sooner, he realised his fault lines and addressed them, his talent came into full play with immediate effect.


4th June

Make your thought process easy and simple

The thought process needs to be watched. For, it reflects upon an individual’s character, and thereby one’s destiny. If someone’s thought process remains simple, the coordinates of mind work in an orderly fashion as mandated by nature. Buddhi, Ahamkara, and Manasa, the three operative tools of mind work in a coordinated fashion as one integrated whole. Buddhi – the faculty of discriminate intelligence – remains in active mode and in lead of the other coordinates. Going by its true nature, Buddhi helps dispassionately judge things in the right perspective, pick up the right lead, and make most appropriate choices. Evidently then, life moves with a relative ease and comfort.

The irony, however, is that invariably all of us are born with a complexed mind, coming as it may as a carryover effect of mixed baggage of good and bad seed-thoughts picked up in the past. These impressions precondition our mind one way or the other, and which holds the key to a being’s habit tendencies. Caught up in this bind, Ahamkara, identifying itself with inherent tendencies, doesn’t allow Buddhi its due. Ostensibly then, for want of due diligence, one becomes vulnerable to come under the grip of one’s inherent fault-lines, and evidently to one’s detriment.

A couple of months back someone in mid-forties, worried about his career and marital prospects, came seeking guidance. He was warned that he had to get over complexities and inconsistencies of his mind and set his thought process easy and simple without loss of time. Otherwise, his clouded vision will let him view things in the right perspective as before, and therefore, could make wrong choices. In a year’s time, his career may go for a toss because of his own self-undoing acts. He may soon come across a girl also, but should not blindly run after her. Otherwise, he may have to meet emotional crisis, difficult for an oversensitive person like him to withstand. He was given a lesson in mind-detoxification, which would have helped him come out of his mental limitations. But he did not care.

Exactly as predicted, he came across a girl much younger than him in January. She had been nice to him all these months. He mistakenly thought that the girl was signalling getting close. He got infatuated to her and began nursing the desire to possess her. Meanwhile, the girl found a guy and has been going around with him. That infuriated the man, who has virtually gone wild. He seems to have lost his mental balance, and has been conducting unmindfully. He began making out plans to manipulate the girl, so that she comes back to his fold.

Somehow good sense prevailed on him that before he went on offence, came seeking guidance. He came out with a simple question: “When shall the girl come back to my fold?” Reminding him of my earlier advisory not to run after the first girl in sight, I countered him: “When was she there in your personal life that you expect a comeback?” It was your illusionary dream perception. Just that she was sweet to you because you happened to be her coach, would not mean that she fancied you. Come out of this mind-set of yours before it is too late, otherwise you may be in serious trouble sooner than later, as your astrological pointers mean. And that may have adverse bearing on your career status also. You can’t earn anybody’s love through manipulation.

Let us now have a look at the man’s astrological pointers. The lagna lord Venus posited in the 6th house, is conjunct debilitated Venus and Jupiter, all placed adverse to Moon. It speaks of an oversensitive and a self-indulgent person, having volatile emotionality, and subject to unpredictable mood-swings. Moon, ill-disposed off to Mars, which is sandwiched between mischievous Neptune and headless Ketu, makes him temperamental, irritable, and argumentative. He may unnecessarily misdirect his energies towards undesirable ends, and invite his own problems.

Jupiter forming unholy alliance with Mars points to his inflated ego. It makes him stuck to his self-assumed beliefs and perceptions. Also, has a closed mind, which makes it difficult for him to digest anything happening contrary to his expectations. Mercury is ill-disposed off to Neptune, which accounts for his impaired reasoning and judgment and a suspicious mind. That also makes him vulnerable to become a victim of his own self-delusions. And the result is there to see. He is having sleepless nights. He has lost sense of direction. In fact, his thought process seems to have become incoherent.


28th May

Watch out your ego trends

A couple in their mid-fifties came asking one day: “How fast can we have a house in our own name?” “You already live in a beautiful house. Why then are you in such a hurry to own a house?”I countered. “That’s my father’s house”. He responded. “But then you happen to be the only child of your parents. Are they pushing you out of their house?” I questioned. “Absolutely not. But then we will be able to live at our own terms in self-owned house. It is very difficult to get along with them. They don’t appreciate my concerns, and unnecessarily keep discouraging me from working on any ambitious plan that I wish to undertake. I feel let down,” he averred.

While this dialogue was on, I was scanning his astrological chart, to find that the root of all the problems rested with the questioner’s inflated ego. When pointed out, the man countered: “I don’t have ego. Tell me, if I don’t deserve to take care of my self-esteem.”

Well, that’s your perception. I knew, it was difficult for his egotistical mind to digest my counsel. So, to make him understand, I deliberated upon some of his life trends that he had not shared with me.

Elaborating, I told him that with Mars in the 9th house, your father seems to be a strict disciplinarian. He would have tried to enforce discipline while bringing you up. In that spirit, he could have taken stern measures, whenever you were found wanting in your behaviour. And as a sensitive child, looking for love and keen to be handled playfully, more than been put through austerities, you would not have taken it kindly. You would have been subjected to such harsh measures starting close to 5th year of your life. So, you had a difficult childhood.

All these unpleasant reminiscences of early childhood have in fact made a dent in your mind and psyche, which is playing out now to your detriment. For, as a child, it was difficult for you to understand that no matter how strict your father was with you, his intent was doing good to you. He would have done that in his unrest desire to rear you up in a way that you later prove to be a successful person in your own right. Not to say anything on your father’s flawed approach, which is not relevant anymore, given your present age, you were expected to be matured enough to get over such a hangby now.

Remember, mystical are the ways of development of one’s mind and psyche. What one meets through during early childhood, their impressions get registered deep in the inner realms of one’s mind. These imprints, in fact, form the premise on which, one’s mind and psyche takes off. The irony, of the whole situation is that one would not know, why s/he would be behaving a particular way, because that has already become a part of one’s habit tendency. But these childhood reminiscences keep chasing from within till consciously identified, acknowledge, and resolved.

The fact that the man grew with the feel that his worth was being questioned by his father on each and every count, it bred in a sense of identity crisis in him, as would Sun placed opposite Saturn, bot debilitated, imply. His egotistical mind further compounds his problem further. For, ego expands whatever it comes across, whether good or bad. Identifying itself with his indwelling memory imprints, his ego inadvertently makes him crazy about proving right on each and every count, as if the man would be all-knowing. He habitually doubt’s his father’s intent, if ever the latter comes out with his point of view, and his advisories even all the more, without any due diligence. So, instinctively, the man comes out with counter-logic, not necessarily reasoned. And, if the father tries to explain his stand, the man loses his sense of control, and becomes wild. It so happens because, the man is born in a fiery lagna, its lord Mars, locking horns with expansive Jupiter, intelligence signifying Mercury, and mind indicator Moon. This, in the first place accounts for his impulsive, irritable, aggressive, domineering nature, who would wish to be in control of things. Second, he has a suspicious mind, and overcritical of others.

Such a deep analysis left the man dumbfounded. He then was left with no scope for contesting my counsel anymore. So, he readily agreed to follow the process suggested to overcome his fault lines.


21st May

Be aware of existential dynamics for living happily

All about life is how well we understand relationship with the self, the environment,and the existence as a whole. Particularly because, the world happens to be a unified organism, where no individual has a reality independent of the entirety. And which is necessarily set into an interdependent framework as no individual is capable enough to secure even bare survival in one’s own right. So, unless we get due support from the collective existence, it will become difficult to carry on the journey of life. That makes it incumbent upon us to complement and supplement each other’s efforts to make up for each other’s voids, and service existential needs in togetherness.

It is pertinent to note here that every being is born unique, each reflecting varying mental predisposition, carrying both good and bad habit tendencies. We, thus, begin life with a preconditioned mind, literally turning us into an enigma by oneself. To say nothing about the collective existence, which has to be necessarily even more knotty.So, the world becomes a natural breeding ground for arousal of conflict of interest, and therefore, life won’t move to one’s asking. In such a complex world, a lesson in how to steer life, overriding all personal and collective limitations, becomes imperative.

In the above light, the first human calling would be to become aware of existential dynamics in holistic terms. Once, both macro and micro aspects of life are understood, the perspective it may offer will help relate well to those around. Second, one would be inclined to care for other’s sensibilities and concerns, even while pursuing one’s aspirational urges. And accordingly, steer life more in a giving rather than a demanding mode.

The paradox, however, is that we are all born with a sense of freedom deeply ingrained in our minds. Accordingly, we wish is to live on one’s own exclusive terms. But when faced with conflict of interest posed by others, things don’t move on expected lines, the egotistical mind breeds in a sense of intolerance. Consequently, day by day, familial atmosphere and society at large are turning into conflict zones. To steer clear of such limitations, a look into individualistic fault lines becomes imperative. For, our ego, often identifies itself with the inherent habit tendencies, and makes it the defining principle, which proves the spoiler. It doesn’t allow space to explore and understand the dynamics of life in practical terms.

So, a look into individualistic fault lines becomes imperative, so as to make necessary amends. And we are empowered to self-reflect and identify our frailties. But often our ego doesn’t let us acknowledge our weaknesses, and instead tries to shift the blame on the prevailing circumstances, if not directly others. Here, astrology proves handy. For, it is premised on energy mapping of a being at the time of one’s birth, which reflects upon one’s mental makeup, and with a fair amount of precision, as it knows no bias.

A case in point is that of someone in the middle age, yet he is not able to get along with his kith and kin, because ‘my way or highway’ remains his attitude. On the contrary, at the work place, he consciously presents himself as a nice guy. For, he is afraid that for want of being in accord with co-workers, his performance will suffer, and will be out of job. But he takes the family members for granted. Let us have a look into his astrological pointers.

Sagittarius lagna with erratic Rahu therein, speaks of his tactlessness, marked with indiscrete statements, and would not care even if it unnecessarily offends the elders. He would be suspicious by nature, and would not know what to expect from life either. Lagna sub-lord Saturn in the 6th house occupying the nakshatra owned by Mars placed in the 4th house, which is placed adverse to the Sun and Rahu. The obvious implication is that he would be self-willed, authoritative, temperamental, aggressive, irritable and impulsive. Also, he would wish from the family members to prove yes-persons, failing which, he may go wild. Mind signifying Moon is in a fixed sign and placed opposite mischievous Neptune. It speaks of a stubborn guy stuck to his self-delusional fanciful dream perceptions. On top of that, the Sun being ill-disposed off to Uranus holds the key to his erratic behaviour and his intermittent bouts of idiosyncrasies. I wish, he opens up to improve his inter-personal relationship sills, sooner than later. Otherwise, he will continue to remain under stress and keep the family atmosphere disturbed.


14th May

Identity crisis unsettles balance

Picking up threads from the previous issue, it comes out that identity crisis takes a toll on our inter-personal relationships. In so far as our relationships are concerned, they are primarily guided by three factors – inherent mind trends, the environmental condition, and self-acquired virtues.

Our inherent trends are primarily guided by thought seeds carried over from the past, as a sequel to cause-effect chain driving us, and which varies from person-to-person. For, we all would have gone through varied sets of experiences in the past. Added to that is how we are brought up during our early childhood by our guardians. Many a times, our parents unmindfully make us too much obsessed about our religious, cultural, economic, and social identity. That makes an inedible mark in our mind and psyche. Consequently, we are tempted to look at people around within the scope of narrow window frame of vision that gets induced. Often that breeds in a sense of divide and differentiation. We then look at others, and particularly those marked with a different group identity, with a suspicious mind.

It is pertinent to note here that the living world is so made out that all existences are compulsively bound to an interdependent framework, where no individual has a reality, independent of the entirety. In such a world, no individual is capable enough to ensure even bare survival in one’s own right. We, therefore, have to engage with the outer world to seek due support. This existential truth needs to be live in our consciousness, but for which it will become difficult to live in peace and harmony with the rest.

The paradox, however, is that we are all born individually unique, each carrying varying mental dispensation, offering natural breeding ground for arousal of conflict of interest. Evidently, we can’t be spared of what is going around. In such a complex world, often things do not move on expected lines. Consequently, those ignorant of existential truths, develop a sense of insecurity, which often breeds in an identity crisis. And that takes a still devilish turn, if it ever catches up with the consciousness of group existence. They become so conscious of exerting their group identity that they lose their sense of direction, and often come in clash with those marked with a different group identity. Once this down turn begins, it becomes difficult to contain.

All the communal, intrareligious, cultural, and social clashes so rampant in societies all across of the globe, India not spared, are the result of this very predicament of mind. And it is no longer a minority group phenomenon, as is normally perceived. The majority groups too have been of late found zealously exerting their presence. Going by the experiences had thus far, this malady can’t be contained through the exercise of force. The world leaders have so far failed to contain this down turn by applying force. What they have failed to realise is that the root of all such societal maladies are imprinted in our mind. So, people need to be made aware of existential realities through sustained education, beginning early childhood, is what self-acquired virtues would mean. Otherwise, each preconditioned mind, coming as it may with how one has been brought up, will continue to play out unrestrained, and evidently to our detriment.

A case in point is that of someone who developed identity crisis in early childhood, because he was undermined, vilified, and hounded by those who were otherwise supposed to rear him up. Now, what he went through himself, he has been unmindfully replaying it down the line. What is strange about this person is that he made it big in life through conscious efforts. Yet, he has not come out of what got imprinted in his mind and psyche during his early childhood. Let us look at his astrological pointers. .

Exalted Saturn, the 4th lord identified with domestic atmosphere, is in the lagna, and ill-disposed off to the Sun. It impliesthat the man had a difficult upbringing and would have come up in life a hard way. That induced a sense of insecurity and fear. Also, he developed inferiority complex as would Mars placed adverse to Neptune imply. Consequently, he developed a sense of identity crisis. Also, it speaks of a preconditioned mind, not easily amenable to change. The Sun, also ill-placed to Venus speaks of his impaired emotional frame. This, read together with Moon placed adverse to Neptune, make him stuck to his illusionary perceptions. And the family suffers because of his unseemly conduct.


7th May

Identity Crisis has genetic connotation

The thought-seeds picked up in the past and parked in the inner realm of mind, sets the terms of one’s inherent frame of mind, and which holds the key to how one would ordinarily relate to the outer world. The character and content of these thought-seeds, define how our ‘Performing-Self’ would manifest.

During the journey of life, often we have to contend with lot of unforeseen circumstances causing unpleasant experiences, leading to deep seated stress. The feel thereof, often make a deep impact on our psyche, particularly when they pertain to long drawn painful experiences.These impressions keep chasing us from within, and we may not be even conscious about how they take a toll on our inter-personal relationships. But they continue to affect our conduct in day-to-day terms for long, until identified, acknowledged, and consciously resolved.

The most intriguing part of the whole story is that those who become victim of above noted circumstances have been often found to be unmindfully replaying the same on their younger generations. So, generations may unknowingly get caught up in such bind, and with obvious consequences.

To make things clear, let us have a look on a real time case study. A person, say Mr. A, who happened to be the son of a big businessman say Mr. B, was continuously faulted and derided by his father, for the reasons best known to the latter. Over a period of time, A developed a sense of insecurity, which led to inferiority complex. That in turn, bred in an identity crisis in him. Further, as a carryover effect, he developed the tendency to prove him right before everyone and anyone and at any cost. In the process, many a times, he would overdo things. Such characters, are often in a hurry to prove their point, and for want of patience, become susceptible to lose sense of direction and purpose, evidently detrimental to the self. Over a period of time father and son parted company.

It is almost 15 years now when A separated from B, and began working on his own. And now the victim Mr. A is replaying the same on his son Mr. C for no rhyme or reasons. Facing ignominy for almost 3 years now at the hands of his father, C seems to be developing similar psychic traits. He has turned rebellious and is now keen to move away from family business with the intent to grow so big that he could outshine his father.

When he came seeking guidance, he was advised to first get out of the vicious cycle of identity crisis running in his family for 3 generations now. “He wished to transform his anger against parents into an asset, by working overtime to outreach them financially”, he shared. Explaining I said: There is nothing wrong in carrying high ambitions. But this particular wish, is actually a reflection of identity crisis in him, which he is not aware of, whereby he was trying to prove himself at any cost and that too fast. So, if at all he wishes to successfully get to his designated destination, only physical endeavour would not suffice. A quality efforts would be needed. With the driving spirit of his initiative having negative overtone, his productive ability would get compromised. For, his mind would be unnecessarily engaged in brooding over expected fruits of action. In the process, mind space will get cluttered. Also, he will dissipate a considerable sum of energy. Consequently, he will be short of space and energy needed to meet the expectations of his productive initiatives.

Let us now look at the astrological pointers of C. The lagna lord Mars marked with the young man, crosses path with the Moon, the 9th lord identified with his father. The Sun, which happens to be natural signifying planet for father, is also placed adverse to Karmic Saturn. This speaks loud of his father’s negative mind-set and his identity crisis. All that A was subjected to by his father Mr. B, got imprinted deep in the former’s mind, thus impairing his psyche, which drives him even till date. C too, had grown enough to be witness to all that had happened to his father. In the process, even his psyche got affected. And the result is there to see.

C was further explained that with intellectually ordained Uranus firmly established in his lagna, and that too duly supported by benevolent Jupiter, he is sure to make a mark for himself. Provided, he gets over his indwelling complexes through conscious efforts.


30th April

Attend Mental Maladies Holistically

Human being is an enigma by oneself, as every being isborn potentially perfect, in so far as the instrumentality of a being (body-mind organism) is concerned. If we could access, and put to use our wholesome indwelling potential, would know no limits. This, provided we become aware of our true-self.

The paradox, however, is that our “Performing-Self” falls short of its expectation, as it remains clouded with a lot of constitutional and self-acquired limitations. Also, we invariably remain ignorant of how to rightfully use the instruments of our mind. That restricts access to our wholesome self. Ignorant thus, we are seldom able to fully exploit our in-house resources. So, more often than not, we end up becoming a victim of our own fault lines. Ostensibly therefore, if we encounter failure, frustration and pains in life, it is not because we are helplessly so fated. Fact remains that we fail to put in our best, as we do not strive sufficiently to unfold immense power within.

In the above light, what should be “Human Calling”, which may enable one to sail through life with relative ease and comfort? To find right answer, it becomes desirable to first know oneself, which calls for getting into self-search mode.

Our Mind immediately comes into focus, no sooner the urge to get into self-search mode arises, and which calls for looking within. The beauty of this unique empowerment tool, ‘the mind’, is that it can see its own image in the mirror, it sets for itself. We, thus, would be able to get to know what lies in the deeper realms of the mind, which drives a being in real terms.

When we look within, first comes to our notice the clutters in mind that keep us unnecessary engaged in wild thoughts, that otherwise do not allow us remaining focused to what is desirable. Also, we become short of the mind-space necessary to process our thoughts objectively. Having cleared them, we come across such memory imprints as would put us in a bind of undesirable habit tendencies that marginalise our productive abilities. Once we reflect upon and address them through fresh educative inputs, our acquired virtues come into full play. Even if we could achieve this level, it will enable us to successfully sail through life with ease and comfort.

The irony, however, is that our egotistical mind, ordinarily identifying itself with one’s predisposition of mind, is invariable not keen to look beyond. Therefore, it doesn’t let us explore and reach out the treasure trove beyond, lying dormant thus far. Ego doesn’t let us acknowledge our fault lines either. We, thus, get caught up in our self-created bind, and the inevitable follows. Here comes astrology to our aid, which knows no bias. For, it is premised on the reading of energy-map of the heaven at the time of one’s birth, which throws light on one’s inherent mind-traits, and with a fair amount of precision.

Here is the case of a young man who is suffering from chronic anxiety syndrome for almost a decade now, which has made a dent even on the physiology of his body. Every morning he gets up worrying about the possible ordeal he may have to face during the day. He starts puking, and out of fear avoids food. Over a period of time he has lost his appetite, and is getting weaker day-by-day. The psychotropic drugs have so far not been able to help him much. Let us look at his astrological pointers.

The main trickster in this case is his mind-signifying Moon occupying the lagna itself. It locks horns with intelligence indicator Mercury, wisdom oriented Jupiter, intellectually ordained Uranus, emotion signifying Venus, inhibitive Saturn, and mischievous Neptune. This, in the first place holds the key to his worrisome tendencies, flawed reasoning, and mental inconsistencies. Second, emotionally he is too much sensitive, whereby he keepsunnecessarily mulling over even trivial issues. Third, with his inhibitive nature, he doesn’t share his problems, and therefore, carries baggage full of suppressed feelings. In the process, his thought process has become incoherent. Comfort loving that he is, as the Sun is beautifully aligned to Moon, he is averse to taking pains to address his shortcomings. The result is there to see.

Otherwise, he is armed with immense potential, which may come in force only when his limitations are addressed. A holistic treatment is needed to regain his normal self, which involves, pursuing ‘Mind-Detoxification’ process as suggested in all seriousness, along with medication, and regular spiritual counselling for a while.


23rd April

Negative Urges Can Derail Brilliance

Brilliance alone is no passport to sustained success. When brilliant people take reasoned initiatives, they may strike the Moon. The danger following success, however, is that if balance of mind is lacking, they may then ride high horse. They then seldom care to look beyond their own perceptions. Their ego do not let them remain open to listening or counsel either. If, per chance, they happen to carry some illusionary tendencies, they become vulnerable to inadvertently get into self-destructive mode. More so, because their imaginative mindstempts them to try out varied fanciful ideas, often distant from ground realities, without applying proper forethought. Such characters are often found to be playing into extremes, going through intermittent bouts of success and failures.

Experience suggests that the failure rating of extraordinarily intelligent people is much higher than the mediocre. For, the mediocre, in the first place, stick to the track they pick up. Second, they acknowledge their limitations, and so seldom venture out of their designated domain. And if at all their attention is drawn towards some tempting influences, they will weigh out the option thoroughly well, and may not hesitate seeking advice from others. They don’t carry any delusions. So, the mediocre are by and large able to maintain their pace.

It is pertinent to note here that everybody comes into the world with a baggage full of Karmic imprints, both good and bad, as a carryover of the cause-effect chain one is bound to. This defines the unique character of a being - indwelling talents as well as limitations of mind. Evidently, it differs from person-to-person, coming as it may as a sequence to a particular set experiences one would have gone through in the past. The irony, however, is the talent will play out when consciously invoked and put to use. But the limiting factors involuntarily keep playing their part from the front, some of them potent enough to misdirect one’s talent.

To make things clear, let us now give a look into two case studies, and see how their inherent negativetendencies got them into self-undoing actsmany a times. Look at their astrological pointers. In the first case,the lagna lord Mercury, marked with one’s individuality, and coincidently intelligence signifying, is well aligned to intellectually ordained Uranus. This speaks loud of his dramatic talents, having inventive and innovative mind with fertile imagination. Mercury, also well disposed of to mind signifying Moon is indicative of a very good communicative skill. Read together with Karmic Saturn beautifully placed with respect to Uranus, makes him thorough in his work, having eye even on bare details. It also makes him self-willed and fearless.

Towards his negative, the markers are Mars occupying the 2nd house, placed adverse to Moon conjunct Neptune, as well as Uranus. That makes him temperamental, irrational, and stuck to his fanciful dream perceptions distanced from ground reality. He may suffer on account of his indiscreet statement. He may invite his own fall because of indiscrete moves taken in a huff. Venus placed adverse to Uranus brings in the urge for quick financial gains, often tempting him into speculative moves that may eventually prove a misadventure. As a consequence, his well calculated initiatives brought him quick success. But immediately thereafter, his negatives took him for a ride, and the man is in serious trouble. It happened so twice in his life.

In the second case, the lagna lord Moon, also mind-signifier, occupying its own lunar constellation is beautifully aligned with Uranus. The 10th lord Mars in the 5th house marked with credits accumulated in the past, too, is well aligned to Uranus. The two put together speaks of hidden talent of immense value, which if unfolded can serve great purpose.

Towards the negative, the Sun placed adverse to Jupiter and Neptune speaks of his swaggering ego, stuck to his illusionary perceptions. It also makes him judgmental. Mars also placed adverse to Moon makes him temperamental and irritable. Saturn ill-oriented to Moon brings in a negative mindset having cribbing tendencies, in the habit of blaming others for all that goes wrong in his life. In the event of failure, he may suffer from identity crisis, bringing in a tendency of trying to prove always right. Mercury ill-disposed off to Uranus makes him opinionated and eccentric. Venus placed adverse to the Sun, Neptune, and Jupiter, makes him highly touchy and sensitive, as well as greedy. This person, after making a mark for his talent, has crossed path with his benefactors, and with obvious consequences.


16th April

How to Improve Performing-Self

We are all born with a sense of freedom ingrained in our mind, whereby we wish to be in full control of things, and steer life on one’s own exclusive terms. It also makes us wish to passionately and blindfolded pursue one’s dream destination unhindered. The paradox, however, is that the worldwith all existences therein, are so made out that the journey of life can’t be an easy go, as it won’t necessarily move to one’s asking.

The journey of human life, therefore, turns out be something like a sea voyage with the other end of the shore not in sight. Even the path to be traversed is beyond the scope of being delineated in visible terms. Yet the ship has to sail through to the designated destination.

How? Here comes the role of a trained navigator. He first invokes his indwelling faculty of discriminate intelligence, sharpens it, and then trains it on nature, to which the whole existential dynamics are rooted. Taking cue from nature’s intelligence pointers, he leads the cruise safely through shortest possible path.Otherwise, the ship may keep wandering rudderless whence it gets lost in the vast expanse of ocean and becomes vulnerable to get caught up in the violent sea-tides and typhoon, and with obvious consequences.

So it happen in human life. The living world offers enough of opportunities. But which path to opt for remains the question. Often, our ignorant minds, a being’s navigator, mired in self-delusions, pick up wrong lead, even without assessing whether one is well geared up to take that forward to its logical end. When things don’t move on expected lines, one comes under pressure and when confronted with failure, one ends up clueless how to move thereafter.Why?

The reason, plain and simple, is that we seldom care to know our own basic fabric of making, which calls for looking within. The truth, on the contrary, is that ordinary mortal’s attention is invariably directed towards tempting influences of the illusionary seeming world. We seldom remain conscious of the fact that unless we know ourselves – potentials and vulnerabilities – our performing-self, in the first place, shall not be able to distinguish between “what one wants” and “what is right”. Second, it will fail to meet the callings of making it to the dream destination.

If however, we consciously look within, first we come across are our inherent fault lines. Having known thus, necessary amends can be made, otherwise, our creative abilities get marginalised. Second, we could identify our indwelling potential, hone it, and put to full use. Also, we could explore beyond the known, and further improve skill sets. Not simply that, if we follow inner search further, one could reach out the root of one’s performing-self. Whence, one may realise that we are all born potentially perfect, which would know no limits. It is our ignorant minds bound by constitutional and self-acquired limitations, which restricts our scope of vision, and which does not let us access our indwelling empowerment tool in full. Consequently, our performing-self fails to come out with its best. So, should we wish to unfold our full potential, exploring one’s own self first,becomes imperative. The paradox, however, is that being fixated to our fanciful dream destination, we seldom care.

Here is the case of a highly ambitious guy, who has been running after any soothsayer who comes to his notice, seeking divine intervention for quickly striking big in life, but so far in vain. The irony, however, is that he himself is armed with immense potential, which if explored, identified, and exploited, could make it big in life in one’s own right, provided he addresses his inherent frailties first. Let us look at his astrological pointers.

The Sun and Mars in full strength were both placed over the head when born.They are duly aided by Karmic Saturn and mind signifying Moon, promising him being in public glare on one’s own merit. Added to that is the intelligence indicator Mercury, favourably aligned to intellectually ordained Uranus, which arms him with dramatic talent. For, it grants him with an innovative and intuitive mind with fertile imagination.

These positives, however, get compromised because Moon is ill-disposed off to Mercury, which accounts for his monkey like mind randomly jumping from one fanciful idea to the other. Added to that is Mars and Sun both placed opposite mischievous Neptune. This accounts for his complexed mind, stuck to self-delusions, who often misdirects his energies towards unproductive ends. And the result is there to see.


9th April

Spiritual Process Checkmates Stress

Picking up threads from the previous issue, let us now have a look at what forms the basis of one’s individual specific perception of an issue in hand. How is it that given a similar situation, different people have varying takes and then respond or react their exclusive ways?

Well, the way individual mind, the prime-mover of a being, is inherently framed, and which differs from person-to-person, holds the key to our varying perceptions. It is pertinent to note here that mindis just an instrument, which will move the way it gets directed. In its own right it just reflects what lies in its front. Like an animal, mind could also react and respond instinctively when its most profound empowerment tool – Buddhi, the faculty of discriminate intelligence – takes a back seat. And for want of due diligence, which is the prerogative of Buddhi, we become vulnerable to pick up inappropriate leads, and with obvious consequences. That’s, however, not the way a human being is expected to conduct. They are supposed to conduct responsiblyin a reasoned way.

The paradox, however, is that mind though well equipped to conduct rightfully, it often fails in its mission because of its own fault lines. Here, it may not be out of place to mention that being an instrument, mind’s empowerment tool, Buddhican’t come into play unless consciously invoked. Second, Buddhi would need a guiding principle to evaluate things in hand. The irony is that often mind gets trapped by illusionary thought-seeds in store. Caught up in the bind, it loses its sense of alert needed to invoke Buddhi, whence mind fails to perceive things in the right perspective, and with obvious consequences.

The question now is: What’s the source of instore illusionary thought-seeds? It is worth noting hear that human mind is driven by a sense of duality. In turn, that brings into play choice option. Evidently, if there is a choice in hand, the probability of its use and misuse remains equal, and it comes with a cost. You are to take the responsibility for the choices made, and therefore, become liable to bear with the consequences thereof. This traps a being into a continued cause-effect chain running in auto-pilot mode, which stretches on to even next successive life. In this scheme of things, happenings any moment is actually culmination of doings in the past, and what comes out this moment sets the premise on which future takes off.

Remember, all through the run of life, we go through varied experiences, both good and bad. Accordingly, we develop habit tendencies. Coming as it may with lessons learnt and skills acquired, we acquire virtues and attributes as well. We chase aspirational urges, many of them remaining unfulfilled during life time. The sum total of all such imprints acquired till the time of one’s death get carried on to the next life in succession as thought-seeds. One, thus, begins life with these thought-seeds in store, and which programmes each mind perceive things one’s exclusive ways. These thought-seeds involuntarily define individual specific beliefs, which drives our thought process and thereby all actions on our part. Evidently, the character and content of the thought-seeds hold the key to fruits of all actions on our part, with related bearing by way of fulfilling or frustrating experiences in the emerging times. Not that these thought-seeds would be indicative of specific event in offing. It’s the feel of an experience – what you have given to others will come back to you. It implies that given a situation, one may react and respond in a way that may lead to similar experiences.

To sum up, the cause of stress is rooted in thought seeds in store of the inner realm of mind. That makes it incumbent upon us to watch out our thought trends and make necessary corrective initiatives. But it is easier said than done, as habits die hard. Spirituality has answer to this human limitation. The process involved is meditation, which calls for turning mind inwards. In the process, first one has exposure to memory imprints stored in sub-conscious memory. Through continued self-reflection, the negative and inconsequential inputs could be identified and driven away from our consciousness. Further down the line, one becomes aware of immense powers of mind, mostly lying dormant, because of our own ignorance. Also, one becomes aware of how to effectively drive the constituents of mind as mandated. Mind is then provided with fresh educative inputs to provide it the right lead. One thus gets equipped to keep stress away.


2nd April

Stress - Cause & Effect

Taking forward the discussion on ‘Stress’ from the previous issue, let us now elaborate it further for a clear understand of this mental malady. For, stress could disorient our mind so much that we may lose sense of direction and purpose in life.

What does stress really means?Well, it is an affective state of mind overburdened with physical, mental, or emotional pressure in a given situation, real or assumed.

How does it happen?If ever our aspirational urges doesn’t get fulfilled, the sense of failure and frustration thereof puts us under pressure. Second, when we are not able to come to terms with usual trials and tribulations in life. Third, when we fail to remain true to the expectations of varying dynamics of emerging times, following which, we are left behind in the run of time.

What is the fallout of stress?It puts us in a negative bind. We dissipate a considerable sum of energy unnecessarily brooding and contemplating over our frustrating experiences. Consequently, we are not left with energy needed to prove true to the expectations of our productive initiatives. Also, our mind-space gets cluttered with imprints of inconsequential and negative thoughts, mostly assumed. We, therefore, become short of the mind-space needed to objectively process fresh thoughts, which further marginalises our creative potential. In the process, often we end up mentally exhausted and physically fatigued, whence mind loses sense of direction, and with obvious consequences. Often overcharged with stress, our hormonal balance gets disturbed, which in turn compounds stress. We thus get trapped into a vicious circle of our own making. And if not attended in time, eventually our thought process may become incoherent, whendepression will overtake us, warranting medical intervention.

If, however, we remain alive about certain essentials of life, we can keep stress at bay to a large extent. In this context, we first need to remember that it is complex world where nothing moves to our asking. So, we are bound to face challenges arising out of competing interests of others. Even by oneself, one has to take pains to make it to one’s designated destination.

Second, change is an irreversible process of this transient world, where the callings of every emerging moments would widely vary from the past. We shall have to adapt to the expectations of changing times. The paradox, however, is that stuck to the reminiscences of the past – preconceived notions –and the indwelling sense of fear about the uncertain future, we often resist change. Consequently, we are left behind in the run of time, leading to frustrating experiences. Also, we often become crazy about our futuristic aspirational urges, which we wish to pursue passionately. In the process, we fail to attend to the callings of the present moment. Remember, past is history and future is uncertain. But the efforts put in the present moment sets the premise for the future. Should we ignore this existential truth, our efforts may get misdirected and with obvious consequences.

Third, our individual effort by itself can’t lead to success. Remember, we are all a part of large organism necessarily set into an interdependent frame. For, individually, we are incapable of meeting all ends of a game plan in one’s own right. We have to pool in resources from somewhere, involve many others in its execution, and then make available the produce to other beneficiaries. So, we need due support from all those who may have to directly or indirectly play some part in the process. We can’t afford to leave any lose end. We, therefore, need to behave well so as to elicit due cooperation from all those who matter. The irony, however, is that stuck to our self-centric habits and attitudes, we often rufflethe feathers of others, thus becoming subject to self-invited problems. That makes it incumbent upon us to have a lesson in interpersonal relationship skills.

Should we acknowledge the above living truths of life, we may be able to organise ourselves in a way that we could intelligently negotiate the emerging challenges with ease and comfort. Stress then gets denied the ground to come into play.

Here, it also needs to be noted that given a similar situation, different people come out with varying responses. Why? Well, our response is primarily guided by how we perceive an issue in hand. Remember, perception drives a being, and which varies from person-to-person, exemplifying uniqueness of each being.For, each being would have had varied experiences in the past, the thought imprints of which offer individual specific window frame of vision to measure things.If you perceive things in the right perspective, you can articulate your responses intelligently and shall be able to deal with the issue in hand with ease. Otherwise, with mistaken perception, one may complicate the issue further. But why varying perception?

The issue continues….


26th March

Stress – A Spiritual Perspective

Stress, a mental malaise, has of late become order of the day. The worst is that even children, supposed to enjoy an unburdened life are not spared of this malady any more. They are under such pressure to perform that they are deprived of their privileges of childhood, and thus come under stress.

Not that stress had no ground to play upon in earlier times. The way the living world is made out, life can’t move to one’s asking. But given the sense of freedom prevailing in each mind, one would wish to move undeterred on one’s own exclusive terms, and which evidently comes in conflict with ground realities. So, life never has an easy go.

The difference, however between the callings of the present and past is that with not much of opportunities available earlier days, people’s expectation levels were relatively lower. And with limited communication facilities, they had hardly any exposure to the outer world. They, therefore, had no ground to compare and grudge against those enjoying better comfort level in a distant world. Also, their blind belief in destiny, made them reconcile with their fait accompli easily. So, the stress level was relatively lower.

Ever since communication explosion, we are now in know of comfort level enjoyed by the developed world, raising one’s aspirational urges. Enamoured by the speed at which information flows, our mind too have virtually acquired similar pace. Meanwhile, our academic skills have grown. Scientific and technological developments now offer manifold opportunities. The paradox, however, is that if our comfort level has improved thereby, the emerging challenges thereof have been no less, and of great dimension. Our egos added to all that has bred in a sense of having become all-knowing. So, not simply our expectation levels have grown beyond proportion, but also made us overconfident of striking even the moon. Consequently, we seldom care to go for reality check before jumping into action.

As a consequence, while passionately pursuing one’s dream destination, often we are taken for a ride by unforeseen challenges on the way. For, we are not well geared up from before. So, we come under pressure. And, if ever confronted with failure and frustration, the feel thereof invites stress. Mind then, loses its sense of direction, whence many of us, particularly the over sensitive ones, keep mulling over them for long. Caught up in the melee, the thought process becomes incoherent, often leading to depression. The question now is: Are we so helplessly fated?

Truth, on the contrary, is that we are very much empowered to intelligently carry forward our cherished desires to their logical ends. For, the indwelling faculty of discriminate intelligence enjoins upon us with the capacity to weigh our options dispassionately, filter off unworkable, and opt for what is achievable. Also, it enables us to improve our skill sets and get well geared up to succeed well in our endeavour. Provided, we invoke our indwelling empowerment tool and allow it necessary time and space for due diligence, and do necessary homework.

The paradox, however, is that more often than not, our ego identifies itself with indwelling desires, and blindly gets fixated to it. In the process, often the use our most profound empowerment tool gets ignored. What further compounds our problems, is the high pace at which minds have been of late moving. That doesn’t stand true to the callings of mind’s usual chemistry, which needs necessary time and space for objectively processing the tasks in hand. Second, our inherent mental frailties stand in way of our performing-self coming out with its best. The result is inevitable.

Here comes the role of ‘Spirituality’, which carries the potential to get over these vulnerabilities and help steer life towards a better tomorrow. The process as such, first helps clear off the clutters of mind. Following which,sufficient mind-space becomes available for absorbing fresh educative inputs and also processing our thoughts objectively. Towards the next step, one’s true nature – potentials and vulnerabilities – get revealed. Accordingly, one could get over the limitations of mind through self-education. Further down the line, one becomes aware of true nature of mind in its pure form. With wholesome powers of mind thus becoming available, one is able to explore and become aware of existential dynamics. Following which, mind begins to spontaneously function in an orderly fashion and in sync with larger orderliness of nature. One then makes most appropriate choices, whence life turns into a pleasant experience, leaving no scope for stress.


19th March

Learn the Gaming Rules of Life

Relationship is the mirror in which the individual-self’s personality trends are revealed. Given that the living world is framed as an interdependent organism, it is important for us to relate well to those around even for the sake of our bare survival. For, no individual is ever born capable of servicing even existential needs in one’s own right. One, thus, is dependent on support extended by the society even for bare survival. Even while pursuing individualistic aspirational urges, one needs due support of all who matter. So is said: All about life is how well we understand relationship with the self, the environment, the cosmos, and the existence as a whole.

It, thus, becomes incumbent upon us to relate well to all and sundry, and be in accord with the environment. If we ever create a condition as would vitiate nature’s balance, our health will be in peril, as remains the case in most of the polluted cities. Should we unsettle societal harmony and balance, even our individual wellbeing will become questionable. Not simply that, even an individual mind, the prime-mover of a being, happens to be a complex organism. So, if ever we are to even unknowingly disturb coordinated functioning of the constituents of mind, we become susceptible to invite pains and sufferings because of our unbecoming conduct. That makes it imperative upon us to watch out the relationship amongst different constituents of mind, which implies our relationship with the self.

The paradox, however, is that every being is born unique, each manifestingvarying mental predisposition – desire trends, likes & dislikes, habits & attitudes, prejudices and obsessions, virtues & attributes. The world thus remains a natural breeding ground of conflicting thoughts and interests.Not simply that, the sense of duality prevailing in our mind do also lead to arousal of conflicting thoughts by oneself. So, life doesn’t have an easy go, and the least of all to one’s asking. The obvious question that follows: How to go about in life with ease and comfort overriding all these natural constraints?

Answer lies in understand the gaming rules of life. It calls for becoming aware of the dynamics of life in holistic terms, covering both macro and micro aspects. It has to be underlined that the world is premised on the concept of “Unity in Diversity”. So, relating well to all and sundry, ignoring few limitations in them becomes imperative. Remember, if one has certain limitations, there has to be many more positives in him/her as well. So, the focus should be on getting the best out of them rather than being fixated to few negatives, which unfortunately remains the normal trend.

What needs to be further underscored is that individuals make out a society. So, individual personality trends too need to be watched out for necessary amends. Otherwise, it will become difficult to relate well to those around, but for which one may become subject to pains and sufferings. Those not conscious about exploring and correcting one’s fault lines, are often confronted with unbecoming situations. A case in point is of a person occupying a very responsible position, who should have otherwise had no grudge in life. Evidently, he must be carrying lot of positives. Yet, his indwelling inconsistencies of mind has recently put him in a very difficult situation.

Let us have a look at the astrological pointers to his mental predisposition. Lagna sub-lord Mercury placed adverse to Mars, occupies the lunar constellation owned by erratic Rahu in a fiery sign Aries. This makes out an impulsive, aggressive, restive, and an impatient character. Moon occupying the sign Sagittarius makes him tactless and undiplomatic, who may earn the ire of others because of his indiscrete impulsive comments.

The Sun and Moon both adversely placed to Saturn implies a difficult childhood, thereby carrying lot of repressed feelings. He would be suspicious by nature and over critical of others. Consequently, he may carry a sense of insecurity. Also, he could suffer from identity crisis, whereby he may have a tendency to prove before everybody and anybody.Moon placed adverse to Venus, which is conjunct Rahu, makes him too much sensitive, and self-indulgent.

On top of all is his inflated ego as would Mars placed adverse to Jupiter imply. That makes him stuck to his inherent tendencies, and self-defined perceptions, whereby he doesn’t take kindly to view points at variance with his own perceptions. All put together makes him vulnerable to get over provoked even on trivial issues. So it happened with him under intoxication, which led to police case.


12th March

Watch Your Desire Trends


“SayathaKamobhavati, tatakraturbhavati,
Yatakraturbhavati, tatakarma kurute,
Yata Karma kurute, tadabhisampatyati.”

Literal translation of the above verse from BrihadaranyakaUpanishadacomes out as:

“You are what your deep driving desire is;
“As your desire is, so is your will;
As your will is, so are your deeds;
As your deeds are, so is your destiny.”

The obvious implication is that our desire trends that hold the key to all actions on our part, define the course of our destiny. Evidently, we can’t be spared of the ramifications of how we act in life. Given the chemistry of mind, our desire trends prompt us for the choices that we make in life. Indwelling desires could be many, out of which we prefer one at a time. What we opt for, excites corresponding thoughts, which when gravitate following processing in the laboratory of mind, translate into action.

It needs to be appreciated here that the privilege of making choices, which remains exclusive human preserve, however, comes with a rider. Particularly so, because human mind, the prime-mover of a being, is driven by a sense of duality. Owing to this double propensity, the probability of use or misuse of our choice optionremains equal, and with obvious consequences.

We, thus, get stuck to an unending chain of cause and effect, and which stretches on to successive birth, if not resolved during the ongoing life. What we act upon at a particular point of time, the fruits thereof, good or bad,in turn, becomes the cause of next action to follow. Evidently, according as remains character and content of the desires, so would be the fruits of actions thereof, good or bad that we become due for. And, there is nothing like a free lunch in this world. So howsoever you act upon, shall come back to you in equal terms. What you give to others, you may have to go through similar experiences in this life, and if not,then it gets carried on to the next life.

We, thus, come into this world with imprints of a baggage of good and bad karma, as a carryover effect of how we conducted in the past. Now, it’s not possible that all desires get fulfilled in one life time. The unfulfilled spring up as desire trends during subsequent life. This cause-effect chain keeps going on unabated until one becomes desire-free. “The Theory of Karma” is premised on this very ground.

The other day, someone in late fifties came asking:“Why marriage has eluded me thus far”? I just looked at three coordinates of his chart, the lagna, 5th, and 9thcusps. The lagna cusp signifies what one is due for in this life.The 5th cusp is marked with imprints of karmicaccrual from the past life, and how it translates into effect in this life is the prerogative of the 9th cusp.

The lagna sub-lord Venus, incidentally the sign lord also, is in the lagna sign itself, occupying the lunar constellation owned by Jupiter posited in the 12th house. It implies being stuck to self-made trap. The 5th sub-lord Saturn in retrogression occupies marriage indicating 7th house. Saturn occupies the lunar constellation owned by the Sun, the 11th lord marked with friends. It happens to be the sub-lord of 9th cusp. So, the three cusps are strongly linked, but the sub-lords being ill-disposed off to each other. For, whereas Venus is in opposition to Saturn, the two are also placed adverse to the Sun. The obvious implication is experiencing serious difficulties in the particular matter in focus. If, however, they would have been favourably aligned, it would have meant a beneficial spiritual heritage from the past.

Retrogression of Saturn implies karmic carryover pertaining to marital life from the past birth.All put together, it comes out that the person would have passionately pursued a relation out of marriage, with a friend of a very high status, as would the Sun conjunct Uranus implies. In the process, he would have not simply neglected, but hurt his married partner badly. As a consequence, he carries a sense of unfounded fear, unconsciously though. So, he unduly delays his decisions. By the time he makes up his mind, the options available slip out of hands. This has been the trend thus far.

The question now is: Can he come out of the above syndrome? Yes, of course, he could do it. Employing again the choice option, he could look within to self-reflect on indwelling imprints and then resolve them through fresh educative inputs.


5th March

Watch Your Thought Process

We all have to think. For, every action on our part is necessarily preceded by a thought. What we seem to forget though is that how should we think? The process of right thinking, however, is highly important for us to pick up the right lead, vital to smooth run of life.

One may have immense potential but the more important part is to translate it into effect. We bank on our inlaid potential but seldom remain conscious about our inherent limitations of mind that play spoil sport with our worthiness.

The irony of the whole situation is that intelligent people with immense potential seem to fail more than others. The reason behind is plain and simple. It is their complex thought process which though allows them to think far ahead of others, but more often than not, fails to bring that thought into action. Obsessed with their view point, they fail to take a holistic picture. For, they often do not allow orderly functioning of the thinking apparatus, as if they would have outgrown its limit.

In so far as the usual working pattern of mind is concerned, if it is allowed a free run exactly as mandated, attaining success becomes more probable. For, the indwelling faculty of discriminate intelligence will then dispassionately weigh inner desires and outer field data, giving us lead to best suited decision.

The paradox, however, is that since communication explosion mind seems to have acquired a speed that is not in sync with its original chemistry. Mind in its usual run,needs time and space for due reflection,which it does not seem to get. This trend plays heavy particularly in intelligent people. Overawed by their worthiness, ego overtakes mind’s drive, often identifying itself with indwelling desire trends. It then prompts one to jump into action, not allowing time and space for due diligence by the discriminatory faculty. Also, it takes events in the outer world on their face value, and accordingly prompts one to respond impulsively on instinctive judgment. The discriminatory faculty once again gets ignored. They expect the fruits of their action too soon without taking into account the hurdles that come in the way.

Apart from these general trends, each individual carries some inherent limitations with them as a reflection of Karmic carryover from the past. The high ego usually inherent with intelligent beings, seldom allows space and time to work upon them, and is not open to counsel of others either. So, they get caught up in the bind, which stand in way of their potential blooming out in full. So, they often fail to come out with one’s best, and with obvious consequences. On the contrary, those with average level of intelligence, acknowledge their weakness, and seek due guidance. They may have to take greater pains and take their own time, but fare better at managing their way.

Let us look at a case study. A brilliant guy went through extremes all through his career. He had quick success with great gains at a point of time, but lost his fortunes later. Let us have a look at his astrological pointers, which reveals his basic fabric of making.

Born in Gemini lagna, he has a very active mind breeding thoughts unabated. The lagna lord Mercury, occupying self-owned lunar constellation is in all strength in a movable sign. This read together with the Sun conjunct Mars which arms him with tremendous energy, make him keen to move fast in life. Mercuryis beautifully aligned to Karmic Saturn, intellectually ordained Uranus, and mind signifier Moon. All these are signs of a brilliant guy, armed with extraordinary intelligence, and capable of understand things in quick flash. Second, He is ambitious and innovative. He will be thorough in his work with his eyes on even bare details. He has an excellent communicative skill. The Sun trine to benevolent Jupiter makes him a well-meaning person having a positive bent of mind.

Towards the negative side, Moon conjunct Neptune, is placed adverse to Mars, pointing to self-delusional mind nursing fanciful dreams, often distant from ground realities. He is vulnerable to being victim of fraud and cheating, following which he may develop inferiority complex. Mars placed adverse to Uranus makes him temperamental and erratic. Venus ill-disposed off to Uranus tempts him to speculation, which if carried on in haste makes him vulnerable to heavy loss. See how his infirmities brought his potential under cloud.


26th Feb

Lord Shiva Is Existence Personified

The faithful devout were making offerings to Lord Shiva on the solemn occasion of Shivaratrilast Friday.Around the same time, the political discourse during the ongoing state election was seen hitting its bottommost low. In fact, it lacked any sense of civility, sanity, and propriety. Those at the helm of affairs were trying to excite emotional passion of a targeted social group seeking their support. Would it not widen social divide? And in a complex world with all its enormity and diversity, where each being is an enigma by oneself, but essentially set into an interdependent framework, can we afford such divisive acts?

Given the ground situation, it appears that those at the helm of affairs need to be subjected to lesson in the defining principles of governance at regular periodic interval. Purposely with this very intent, the learned masters of the yore, made provision for remembering the lessons entailed inLord Shiva’s symbolism, twice every year – Shivaratri and the month of Shravana. For, Lord Shiva is ‘Existencepersonified’. The symbolism as such covers the primal-source; the manifest plural world;the complex intervening dynamism between the source and manifest; as well as the gaming rules of life on planet earth.

A look at the symbolism of Lord Shiva’sentourage reveals that the manifest plural world is a unified organism premised on the concept of ‘Unity in diversity’. How? Lord Shiva is perceived bare bodied clad in tiger skin; with poison charged blue neck encircled by venomous serpent; crescent over head; river Ganges flowing down hair locks; eyes remaining half open; armed with trident in one arm, and Damru (two-headed drum) in another. Mounted on a bull, He presides over an enormous living world with all its diversity. That is exemplified by the presence of deva (forces vital to existence); mānava (imbued with humane virtues and intelligence); dānava (people with low intelligence driven by animalistic instincts); animals; birds; goblins etc in his entourage.

Moon’s presence over Lord’s head implies that He is the repository of all cosmic forces. For, Moon’s luminosity is sourced to all planetary and stellar bodies in the cosmos, implying convergence of all cosmic forces.These forces, otherwise in an equilibrated state earlier, when shaken by the play of damru, emerges energy-trinity – Sata, Rajasa, and Tamasa. This is symbolised by the three phalange of the trident.Random mutation of these forces led to a creation chain which is carried forward by the river Ganges (force of consciousness), and which holds the key to the dynamism of all diverse existences.Thus came into place the manifest multi polar living world comprising of creatures, all unique, and each bound by individualistic limitations. All of them are inherently incompatible and incommunicative to each other.

Overriding all that, Lord Shiva remains in accord with all of them without making any differentiation. Not that, He is not aware of their individual limitations. In fact, He can see through His third eye, but consciously ignores as would His half shut eyes imply. Not simply that, He rather absolves them of their Daihika, Daivika, and Bhautika sins and absorbs them in the form of snake venom. There could be no compulsion of the part of Lord Shiva to take so much of pains. But if He does that, it is purposeful.

For, Lord Shivais aware that though every existence is imperfect and incapable of meeting even individual existential needs. But all of them put together, complimenting and supplementing each other’s efforts in a giving mode in the service of the living order, make out a self-sufficient wholesome world. For, if each of them has limitations, all of them are also armed with such virtues and attributes as would be necessary for the sustenance of the world, wherein but for one, the very existence would be at stake.Lord Shiva wished to make the most out of all in order to ensure smooth run of existential order, as is implied by being mounted on a bull. For, a bull keeps pulling the cart at a constant pace till it reaches its destination.

Bare bodied Shiva just covering his lower part with a tiger skin implies that despite being the lord, He is not possessive, which is why He enjoys the confidence all. To sum up, Lord Shiva pools in all resources in hand to create and sustain the living order, and yet remains detached with them. I wish; those at the helm of affairs draw lessons out of this governance model. Life will then turn into a pleasant experience.


19th Feb

Think Positive For Reasoned Conduct

Perception drives a being, as that defines the way one’s thought process flows. If things are perceived in right perspective, the initiative or response shall be reasoned. Otherwise, one may pick up wrong lead, evidently detrimental to the self.

The other day a middle aged person in his late fifties was spewing venom against the elder generation calling them visionless and typed, being the reason for all evils prevailing in the society. He behaved as if he would be an all knowing person. He was taking pride in belonging to a doubting generation. For, rather than blindly submitting to the age old laid down norms, they had the sagacity to look at things with an open mind and make right choices.

When questioned the difference between a ‘questioning mind’ and ‘doubting mind’, he could not offer a plausible answer. It is important to understand the difference, otherwise, ignorantly one’s thought process may take an unseemly turn. Well, a questioning mind is welcome. For, that leads to fresh enquiry with an open mind, free from any preconditioning whatsoever, and which helps get to the facts right. It is our questioning mind that helped us progressively evolve thus far.

A doubting mind, on the contrary, habitually begins with a negative note. They doubt everything and anything as a matter of habit, also making it difficult for them to digest contrarian views. Invariably guided by preconditioned mind, they often turn cynical and go for a tangent. They are susceptible to get into self-doubt as well.

The following day, the man called up begging apology for his unseemly conduct the previous evening, stating that it all happened under the influence of liquor. Alcohol doesn’t speak, I countered. Otherwise, other people in the gathering having drink would have also lost their cool. Liquor or not, it is actually memory imprints in the deep realm of mind, which drives one’s thought process. The character and content of the memory imprints define the way thought process moves.

Under usual circumstances when one’s discriminatory faculty remains in active mode, it filters out undesirable promptings if any from within, and makes you conduct sensibly. If, however, someone is not able to digest liquor, the conscious mind becomes dormant, whence the discriminatory faculty takes a back seat. Following which, whatever is there at the subconscious level comes out involuntarily. So, it’s not the liquor that overtakes you, it is the corrupted thought process that makes you out of sync with reality.

So, what needs to be watched out is the basic orientation of one’s mind to figure out the negatives if any in store for necessary correction. If one could get into self-search mode with an open mind, the basic fabric of mind could be easily gathered. However, often ego doesn’t let us dispassionately look into and acknowledge one’s infirmities. Here, astrology comes handy.

The man’s astrological markers clearly speak of his inner frame of mind. Born with Aries lagna, a fiery and active sign, he happens to be inherently an impulsive, aggressive, impatient, intolerant, and a headstrong person. He has the tendency to impulsively react even on small provocation. Also jump into action without applying proper forethought.

The lagna lord Mars occupying a fiery sign and locked in adverse formation to expansive Jupiter, Moon, and Mercury, in the first place, speaks loud of his inflated ego. That makes him bound to his pre-defined dos and don’ts, and not open to listening. It is difficult for him to entertain any contrarian view. Second, he has a very fertile but a restive mind, which does not allow space and time to discriminate upon what others would be saying, and would react impulsively on instinctive judgment. Third, his anger level is quite high, though it will temporarily flare up like a soap bubble to die out soon. But during that phase he will lose his sense of direction and control.

Debilitated Sun is bang opposite its planet of nemesis, Saturn. It speaks of a negative mind-set, suspicious, sadist, and cynical by nature. Habitually, he will be finding fault with others, and elders the most. He has a conditioned mind not amenable to change unless pushed to the wall.

The irony of the whole situation is that he otherwise seems to be a keen learner, and happens to be a voracious reader. But his habit tendencies do not let him take advantage of any fresh educative inputs. Once he detoxifies his mind of all negatives, his thought process will take a positive turn. It is now for him to take the call.


12th Feb

Success Calls for Quality Efforts

A highly ambitious guy in his teens, worried about his poor performance came asking the other day: “Am I not intelligent enough to score well? Though I have been working very hard, I am not able to score well. Why?”

Well, fact remains that you are brilliant. You have a fertile mind with vision, foresight, and imagination. In fact, you have an independent, innovative and inventive mind, capable of visualizing things far ahead of others. You may perceive things in quick flashes. You also enjoy an excellent communicative skill whereby you can present things with exactitude. All put together qualifies you for extraordinary performance.

Yet, if you are not able to perform well, it would imply that there are some limiting factors in mind that do not let your potential-self play out to its best. Mind it; one needs to put in quality efforts to score well. Mere physical endeavor would not suffice.

What does quality effort mean? It simply implies one-pointedly putting in your whole, free from any distracting influence from within. Remember, what you study needs to be understood and absorbed well, for the subject matter to effortlessly become available to one’s asking. Then only, one would be able to do justice to the questions asked. This, in the first place calls for one pointed attention on the subject matter while studying. Second, sufficient mind-space should be available to accommodate fresh inputs.

The irony, however, is that young imaginary minds, usually live in their own dream world. Unabated, they keep breeding fanciful ideas. Also, they keep brooding and contemplating upon imprints of scores of indwelling desires carried over from the past. Their impressionable minds are also susceptible to be drawn towards tempting influences of the glare and glitters of the outer world. Consequently, like a monkey unmindfully and randomly jumping from one branch of a tree to the other, unwittingly mind keeps flirting around from one dream destination to the other. Mind, thus, remains subject to enough of distraction from within, which does not allow one-pointed attention on the subject matter while studying. To sum up, unless the monkey mind is kept in check, one may not be able to put in quality effort.

Remember, there are five levels of mind – ignorant, scattered, gathering up, one pointed, and concentrated. By birth, invariably one begins with an ignorant and a scattered mind, thus coming up with attention deficiency. One would, therefore, need to consciously gather up the mind and try to improve upon one’s focus for quick learning and desired performance. Leave aside becoming fully concentrated, which could be accomplished through continued practice over a period of time. Even if one gets into the gathering up process, one may be able to remain focused for a fair amount of time at one go. That will be good enough to score well.

Let us now look at the astrological markers of the boy to figure out as to what holds him back from performing well, despite being armed with immense potential. Born with Aries lagna, a fiery and active sign, he is impulsive, aggressive, headstrong, and impatient. He will carry a tendency to jump into action without proper forethought. Lagna lord Mars is conjunct mind-signifying Moon, in an airy sign. Both are placed adverse to Uranus, Venus, and Rahu. This, in the first place, accounts for his mercurial temperament, and irrational behavior at times. Second, he is vulnerable to unpredictable mood-swings. Third, he is too much touchy and sensitive, who may get over exercised even on trivial issues. Following which, he keeps unnecessarily mulling over the issue for long. Also, he becomes jittery and irritable. Fourth, he has a restive mind carrying worrying tendency. Fifth, he would be unconventional and unstable.

Mars is also ill-disposed off to its dire enemy Saturn, as well as mischievous Neptune. He thereby has a suspicious mind, and at times would doubt his own worthiness. He would be intolerant and critical of others, and would not take any contrarian view kindly. He would be self-deluding and inhibitive. He may develop inferiority complex. Mercury placed adverse to Saturn accounts for his fixated one track mind, normally not open to listening or counsel till pushed to the wall. And the result is there to see.

Towards the positive side, the Sun is conjunct wisdom oriented Jupiter, both favourably disposed off to intellectually ordained Uranus. Also, intelligence signifying Mercury is placed trine to Moon and Mars. Read together, it makes out a genius. Let him follow the process as suggested to address his infirmities, and he may be able to present his best soon.


5th Feb

Consciousness Works Best In Silence

When a thinking mind explores in silence, beyond one’s preconceived perceptions, consciousness involuntarily leads it to truth. For, consciousness is an all knowing eternal force, wherein the dynamics of life is rooted. So, when allowed a free run it would know no limits. Its wholesome powers, however, become available only in silence.

Normally, human mind gets going at the promptings of memory imprints carried over from the past, which sets the terms of one’s desire trends, and which one wishes to pursue passionately. Further, impressionable human mind also remains susceptible to tempting influences of the seeming world, often distanced from ground realities. These two factors put together often induces mind into flight to fancy. However, given the fact that the world doesn’t necessary move to one’s asking, invariably one is faced with oddities and hazards in the way, leading to stressful experiences. Consequently, often one becomes subject to failure and frustration, which puts one in a negative bind. Unnecessary brooding and contemplation that naturally follows, mind keeps flirting around with random thoughts unabated. Imagine, mind entertains nothing less than 60 to 70 thousand thoughts every day during waking and dream states, most of them inconsequential and often negative. Consequently over-taxed scattered mindseldom allows any space to explore beyond the known. So, mind is never at rest. It is only during a dreamless deep slumber that mind gets blinded for around 45 to 50 minutes, when it is at rest.

Having said that, let me add here that mind has immense potential with an inbuilt sense of resilience. For, the urge to work upon one’s limitations, and get better empowered to strike at even unchartered territories, is there in the very construct of a being. It is on this strength that human civilization has evolved thus far out of its primitive stage. So, if ever one explores beyond the known, leaving aside one’s usual mind-trends, often one realizes truth.

So it happened with a friend of mind, a leading light of the ultra-left political movement, spearheading armed struggle against the rich and established order. Having spent almost two decades, he had to spend time in prison for a while, when he had enough of free time by himself to self-reflect in silence. He then realized that some unknown force playing from within made him explore beyond his preconceived stand. He could then look at things in larger perspective. It then dawned upon him that armed struggle was not the answer to human sufferings. So, he gave up armed struggle. Instead, he got engaged in making people aware of their fundamental rights, in a bid to prepare them for a concerted peaceful struggle for realizing what was naturally due to them.

Out of curiosity, I tracked down his journey in astrological perspective. His lagna sign Libra, is marked with justice and balance. The lagna lord Venus in exaltation is posited in the lunar constellation owned by Saturn, the planet identified with downtrodden, which was placed over the head when born. It indicated a real concern for the suffering lot. The lagna sub-lord Mercury occupying the 4th houseis placed in the lunar constellation owned by Jupiter occupying the 3rd house. The obvious implication is that he has an active mind carrying noble intentions towards the common masses.But Jupiter placed adverse to restive Rahu made him crazy about his concerns. The Sun conjunct Mars grants him with the strength to carry on fight. All these read together with Mercury conjunct Moon, which grants him excellent communicative ability, makes out a natural leader.

Mercury is conjunct mind signifying Moon, both placed adverse to erratic Uranus. This makes him a rebel, unconventional in approach, who habitually would defy all laid down norms, and prefer to chart out new path. For, he in the first placed will be tempted to go for out of box thinking. Second, he may habitually doubt the worth of all established norms. The Sun as well as Karmic Saturn, both placed adverse to Neptune made him go about his fanciful dream perceptions, often distanced from ground realities. It also points to erratic mindset.

At the age of 40, his progressed lagna got locked in adverse formation to intelligence signifying Mercury, when he underwent serious internal churning while in prison. Following which consciousness pushed him through a self-transformation process.

It will be interesting to note that during early college days, he tried his best to draw me to his fold. He failed in his exercise, but he himself eventually turned spiritual.


29th Jan

Look Within To Reach Your Best

Every being is born unique, each carrying varying mind-set, coming as it may as a Karmic carryover from the past life. Imprints of the skillsets acquired; the experiences had; and unfulfilled desires, set the terms of one’s destiny-trends. This, evidently would vary from person-to-person, according as particular set of experiences one would have gone through in the past. This, of course is subject to modification through learning and unlearning during the ongoing life. Provided, one is conscious about identifying and acknowledging one’s unique nature, which evidently carries a baggage mix of both good and bad. Or as brought up by parents and teachers.

The paradox, however, is that seldom does anybody care to explore and figure out one’s own self. For, a large majority of people carry the belief that the course of destiny, and one’s inherent nature is beyond the scope of modification. Invariably, people flow to the current of one’s mind-trends, or under the tempting influences of the illusionary seeming world.

The irony, however, is that when put in a difficult situation, instead of trying to figure out the underlying reasons,and fix the loose ends if any, look for remedial measures. Is it not self-contradictory? On one hand you believe that what is preordained is beyond the scope of change. But at the same time, you wish to appease external forces seeking thy boon to find reprieve. It is really difficult to digest that planets and heavenly bodies, bereft of discriminatory abilities, and available in equal proportion to all, could selectively grant wishes to one’s asking.

The question that obviously follows is: “Are we so helplessly fated?” Certainly not. You just need to look within. Once you get into the process, first you will be able to know your own unique nature – inherent desire trends; likes & dislikes; prejudices and passions; habits and attitudes; as well as indwelling potentials. That may make you aware of what needs to be corrected, and the inlaid potentials calling for further honing. Continuing the inward search further, one may become aware of immense potential otherwise lying dormant. If one could unfold full human potential, it will know no limits.

The question now is: “Is it achievable?” Truth of life is that in a transient world, where the process of change remains an ongoing phenomenon, nothing can be expected to be beyond alteration. So, how can destiny deny the scope of modification? You just need to know yourself. The paradox, however, is that our ego does not let us dispassionately figure out the basic fabric of our making. Astrology proves handy in this respect. For, being premised on the study of energy mapping of a being at the time of one’s birth, it does the job with precision, as energy knows no bias.

A case in point is that of an ambitious young man who, having failed in making to his dream destination came looking for remedial measures in a state of desperation. Rather than seeking help from external forces, he was advised to address his own inherent weaknesses, as reflected by his astrological markers.

The lagna and 10th lord Jupiter in its own sign over the head; Mars, the lord of destiny signifying 9th house as well as 2nd house marked with earning; finance indicator Venus; are all posited in fiery signs. This, read together with the formidable Sun rising in the lagnasign, speak of his high ambitions and immense potential.

What stands in the way of his positives, in the first place, are the implications of mind signifying Moonoccupying a fixed sign, and placed adverse to Saturn as well as Neptune. It points to a fixated one track mind, not easily amenable to change. He would be stuck to fanciful dream perceptions, distanced from ground realities, which he may passionately pursue without reality check. He may not acknowledge truth on its first appearance and would rather continue moving on hope against hope till pushed to the wall. Second, Mercury in debilitation opposite Uranus, accounts for his impaired reasoning and judgment. Third, Venus placed adverse to the Sun and restive Rahu, make him crave for quick financial gains. Also, he is too much touchy and sensitive, whereby he gets over-exercised on trivial issues, thus unnecessarily dissipating his vitals. He got into entrepreneurial venture without being well geared up for the game, and inevitable had to follow.

The good thing is that he listened to the counsel, and religiously followed the measures suggested. Now with relatively reformed mind-set, he has begun to regain his lost ground.


22nd Jan

Be Careful While Making Choices

The other day a question was put up by someone seeking guidance for dealing with his internal struggle: “What wrong I did that both my personal life and career got knocked down around the same time? Is my chart so cursed that I had to go through such a long drawn ordeal? Why the astrologers I used to consult could not see through and forewarn me? Unlike the past, fear of a gloomy future now dwells in my mind.”

Well, human mind is impressionable. So, following long drawn unpleasant experiences, sense of fear and insecurity naturally creeps in mind. But had your chart been really cursed, you would not have had your way earlier, both in terms of career and personal life. The painful internal struggle you are going through is primarily because of your perception. Your upbringing made you believe that marriages are made in heaven and that the same partnership is to be sought after for 7 successive lives. This perception did not let you digest unforeseen marital separation proceedings suddenly thrust on you. Mind it; down the line societal dynamics have undergone paradigm shift. With growing education, exposure and awareness, women are day-by-day becoming economically independent and have begun to claim their right to equality. Now, they too wish to claim independent space to themselves, which male ego had so far denied them. No wonder marital separation has become order of the day.

Even in terms of career, earlier, people used to join one organisation and continued there, till retirement. Now with the hire and fire concept doing the round, people lose their job more often. The employees too, are tempted to frequently change jobs for career growth.

Mind it; we live in a transient world which always remains in a state of flux. Continuous societal churning thereby becomes a natural corollary. Consequently, societal dynamics keep changing. But earlier, the change used to be gradual, and so one could easily cope up. But since communication explosion, which gave immediate exposure to the ongoing trends of the developed world, aspirational urges suddenly grew beyond proportion. With that the change has been rapid in recent times, difficult for those guided by past norms to digest. The paradox, however, is that afraid of uncertain future, often people resist change. But bear in mind that remaining stuck to our wishful thinking is always fraught with danger. We have no choice than to keep pace with the callings of emerging times, which keeps varying widely every moment. Otherwise, we will be left behind in the run of time leading to painful experiences.

Remember, life doesn’t move to one’s asking. In a world where every being is born imperfect and unique, each carrying varying mindset and interests, the journey of life can never be an easy go. One has to contend with oddities and hazards throughout life, sometimes lesser in proportion and graver at other times. It needs to be appreciated here that should we wilfully accept ground reality, one may be able to deal with emerging challenges relatively with ease and comfort.

Now coming to the cause of your ordeal, let me make it clear that it is always the fallout of the choices that you made in the past – this life or the previous one. But here again, the same choice option enjoins upon you with the privilege to figure out emerging trends. And accordingly be well geared up to intelligently deal with the emerging challenges. Also, be careful while making choices now onwards to evade any adverse future implications. Astrologers not conversant with the implications of slow moving Neptune and Saturn put together, if ever applicable, could not read its long term bearing, and which applies in your case.

A look at Karmic Saturn placed adverse to mischievous Neptune in your chart, clearly hinted long drawn challenges, once they join hand in transit. No surprise, once transit Neptune touched natal Saturn, your ordeal began. It stretched on till transit Saturn closed up with natal Neptune, covering a span of almost 10 years. Its carryover effect continued for a while, before your life began taking a positive turn. What further compounded your internal struggle was your inflated ego, coming as it may with Jupiter posited adverse to Mars. Otherwise, you would have accepted the inevitable, when your partner chasing fanciful dream deserted you for a year earlier. Ignoring truth, if you unmindfully make wrong choice, who else is to bear with the consequences thereof? The result is now there for you to see.


15th Jan

Friendly Atmosphere for Smooth Sail of Life

We are all born with a sense of freedom deeply ingrained in our mind. Accordingly, we all wish to be a "Free Bird," and be in control of things in life. Given a choice, one would like to fly out towards one’s dream destination unhindered, and that too at one’s own exclusive terms.

‘Ground reality’, however, runs to the contrary. Our wings are pulled by the consequences of the cause-effect chain, carried over from the past. That leaves us trapped into limitations exercised by our self-created individualistic saṁskāra (thought-trends). We are all, thus, born unique, each carrying varying mental orientation. It will, therefore, not be unfair to surmise that we literally have a caged-bird existence. Rousseau succinctly described human predicament through his one liner: “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. One man thinks himself the master of others, but remains more of a slave than they are.”

The obvious question now is: “Is it possible to come out of self-acquired shackles to become a free-bird?” To find an answer, we first need to understand what freedom means in practical terms. It is pertinent to note here that the living order we belong to, happens to be a well knit unified organism, which is essentially set into an inseparable and interdependent framework. In this scheme of things, no individual constituent has a reality independent of the entirety, which includes the observer. In such a complex set up, an individual’s aberration will not simply invite pains and sufferings to the self, but could also upset societal balance. That once again boils down to the question: “Does such a complex living order leave any scope for enjoying the sense of freedom?”

Let me make it clear that freedom doesn’t enjoin upon us the right to passionately and blindly pursue our whims and fancies. Freedom or limitation is actually in the mind. Remember, invariably, the memory impressions carried over from the past preconditions our mind one way or the other. Mind, thus, comes under limitation, whence it is allowed a narrow vision for having the world view. That does not let us have an all encompassing view of the issues in hand. We may, thus, fail to comprehend issues in hand in the right perspective, and with obvious consequences. On the contrary, when full expanse of mind is available, it would know no limits. It is then capable of spontaneously and effortlessly leading us to the right course due. So, becoming a free-bird actually means allowing free run to the mind. That, in turn, calls for freeing it of all its pre-laid impressions. Mind then, free from any egotistical limitations regains its natural order, when its wholesome power comes into full play.

The paradox, however, is that invariably we remain stuck to the callings of our preconditioned mind. Evidently then, with each one of us, keen to passionately pursue individualistic dream destinations, often at cross purposes with competing interests of others, life turns into a rollercoaster ride. And when put to a strenuous situation, instead of trying to find out one’s own fault-lines for necessary correction, often one is tempted to take refuge in the callings of destiny.

A case in point is that of someone who has lost his peace of mind. He, instead of trying to figure out inlaid vulnerabilities for course correction, has been exploring remedial measures to mitigate the callings of destiny. Let us look at his astrological markers.

Born in Virgo lagna with its lord Mercury in its own lunar constellation implies that he suffers from “I am the only right person syndrome.” He can’t digest any idea or suggestion at variance with his perceptions. Presenting himself as a perfectionist, he expects from all others to prove true his self-defined parameters. Any digression and he becomes overcritical. He doesn’t refrain from passing even caustic remarks.

Mercury, as well as the two luminaries the Sun and Moon, all occupying fixed signs, point to his stubborn nature with a fixated one-track mind. The two luminaries are also ill-disposed off to Saturn as well as Mars. It implies that he is suspicious by nature, and has the habit of finding fault with others. He would be irritable and revengeful.

He thus earns the ire of everybody both at home and works. So, he himself has created an uncongenial atmosphere. He needs to realise that the world doesn’t move to one’s asking. Also that he needs to be in accord with collective existence, to secure an easy go in life.


8th Jan

Offering Lead to Reshape Destiny

“Am I cursed? This question was by posed by an astrologer in his mid fifties, himself known for precise predictions. “For, my Moon, the mind-signifier, is not simply debilitated but opposite Karmic Saturn. True to the fact that nobody could be spared from what planets have to grant or deny, I have gone through very difficult phases. In fact, once in a state of desperation, I even made an unsuccessful suicidal attempt. Please resolve my dilemma and tell me when does life take a positive turn?”

I responded. “Well, if you are really cursed, how come you are able to make such precise predictions? Does it not speak loud of your positive side as well? But unless you work upon your inherent negative tendencies, how do you come out of their ill-effects?”

There is nothing like being cursed or blessed. As nobody could be ever born a perfect; each being carries both positive and negative trends simultaneously, coming as they may as reflection of Karmic imprints carried over from the past. Invariably, the positives are more. The usual human tendency, however, is that we get stuck on the few negatives. In the process, the positives often go ignored. Stuck to our negatives, often we do now allow space to the positives to play out. But whenever the positive side is invoked, it comes out with its beneficence.

Let me add here that it is important for an astrologer to have a clear understanding the dynamics of life holistically – the divine laws of nature driving the life cycle as a whole. But for that, the strength and limitations of astrology can’t be comprehended. Astrology can’t override the laws of nature.

Going by the laws of nature, all existences, but for human beings are bound by design parameters driving them, and with no scope for making any exception. Human beings, on the contrary, enjoy choice option, whereby one could even chart out self-designated path. Evidently, according as the nature of choices made, one has to bear with the consequences thereof. That traps human beings into a Karmic cycle driven by cause-effect chain, which stretches on to even successive lives. The Karmic imprints we carry, holds the key to our inherent mind-traits, which in turn defines our destiny trends.

In so far as the planets are concerned, they are nature’s energy providers from the front, available in equal proportion to all of us. Devoid of discriminating abilities, they can’t offer varying effect on different people. So, planets by themselves can’t be doers. How we respond to the radiations made available by them, is subject to how our minds are inherently framed. Again, no individual planet is potent enough to have overbearing influence on us. All nature-driven forces put together is what sustains life cycle, thus calling for a synthesised view.

Now coming to the premise on which Astrology works; if we look at nature’s dynamics, every point of the space remains in immediate and intimate connect with the rest, at least in energy frame. So, there remains correspondence between an individual’s energy-structure to planets doing their round in the cosmos. So, a look at the planetary alignment at the time of one’s birth reveals the Karmic imprints, one is born with. Having figured out one’s inherent trends, indwelling negatives can be addressed and potential further honed. Here again in this respect, it is the choice option that comes to one’s aid, whence one could make conscientious choice to make necessary amend. So, planetary indications can’t be blindly taken as final word.

Look at his astrological pointers. The Sun trine to Uranus speaks of extraordinary hidden talents. Benevolent Jupiter extending its support to lagna lord Mars lends further support. Lagna, 5th, and 9th house coordinates strongly linked together speaks loud of indwelling seeds of spirituality. But in terms of day-to-day performing self, debilitated Moon conjunct Neptune, and also opposite Saturn, makes him stuck to self-delusions. He won’t acknowledge truth on its first appearance. Moving on hope against hope, would prefer sticking to own fanciful dream perceptions till pushed to the wall. Stuck to his self-beliefs, he is not easily amenable to change. Added to that is his Aries lagna, which makes him aggressive, impulsive, and head strong. Jupiter placed adverse to Venus points to his self-indulgences whereby under the influence of alcohol, he often loses sense of direction. These negatives do not allow him the scope to make optimum use of his indwelling talent. Should he make necessary amends, he will be able to come out with his best.


New Year Issue, 2017

Time to Gear Up For Challenges

I hereby greet the valued readers of this column on New Year and wish them a very happy life during the year ahead. As usual, people must be in a joyous mood. Any many wish lists will be made, which may fail sooner than later. People are tempted to live on hope and shun challenging situations. Probably they get into fun and frolic guided by the wish to set the premise for a similarly rejoicing time during the year ahead. But bear in mind, life does not move to one’s asking, as one has to contend with lot of unforeseen challenges coming in the way.

Remember, nature, which holds the key to all the dynamism intrinsic to the living order, keeps exciting energy flux that varies every moment. As a consequence, the living order continuously remains in a state of flux, in as much as that even body cells constituting our body keeps dying every day. Of course, simultaneously fresh cells keep generating. So, how we stand today, does not hold good tomorrow.

Also, remember that there remains continuum in time and space. So, the ground that we laid down for ourselves last year, its carryover effect will continue to chase us. And with energy dynamics of nature varying every moment, we are due for fresh challenges ahead. Also, fresh opportunities may arise. So, the quality of life we become due for during the year ahead will obviously depend upon how well we are geared up to negotiate the callings of emerging times with ease and comfort.

That calls for a look into the legacy that we have carried over from the past year, as also major astronomical movements due during the year ahead to visualise the emerging trends. The discomfort on account of demonetisation decision is yet not over, and its carryover is expected to stretch out further.

There are two striking change in nature’s energy dynamics during the year. Early April, Uranus, sharing ownership of Aquarius sign with Saturn, moves into Mars owned sign Aries, incidentally the first house of natural zodiac. It may upset world polity in a big way, India not spared, because Aries happens to be the signifying sign of Delhi, the nerve centre of India. No wonder, the result of Brexit vote, marked with emerging anti-global trend, came out exactly on June 23rd last year, when Uranus entered Aries sign for a brief period, before becoming retrograde. Incidentally, Aries happens to be signifying sign of United Kingdom. Its stay in Aries sign for next 7 year is indicative of continued turbulence in major part of the world.

Rahu enters Cancer on August 20. Earlier, whenever Rahu passed through Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, or Capricorn signs, led to disastrous consequences. Taurus happens to be the lagna sign of India’s Independence chart, with 4th cusp falling in Cancer and 10th in Capricorn. Rahu was in Cancer during Indo-China war. It was in Taurus again during Indo-Pak conflict in 1965. It was in Capricorn during Bangladesh war in 1971. It was in Scorpio in 1975 when emergency was imposed. In 1984, Rahu was in Taurus. Again, during Kargil conflict, Rahu was in Cancer. It’s time now to watch out how things emerge during Rahu’s stay for a year and a half in Cancer.

The situation does not seem any way improving in either New Year chart or at the time of solar ingress into Capricorn, the natural signifying sign for India. In both charts Jupiter opposite Uranus, shall be involved in exchange with Mercury. The implication is that people may begin questioning government on account of their ill-planned and ill-timed moves. Venus progressing towards Ketu, Mars, and Neptune tells upon economic health of the country.

In the chart drawn for eclipse happening on February 26, Jupiter will be placed opposite Mars, Venus, and Uranus. In the first place, it does not speak well of our economic health. Second, there remains possibility of some adverse judicial pronouncement, which may bring discomfort to the government. Third, there remains possibility of communal flare up.

The chart drawn for solar eclipse due on August 21 too does not augur well for the country, which coincides with Rahu’s movement in Cancer. This particular eclipse is happening on 4th-10th axis, involving retrograde Mercury, which remains in opposition to mischievous Neptune. It does not sound good for polity, as it will be marked with policy flip flop and flawed diplomatic initiatives. People’s discontent may grow. It also points to the possibility of being faced with unforeseen circumstances of serious dimension.


25th Dec

The Year Closes Up On a Difficult Note

The year is now closing up. But before we say good bye 2016, we need to look at the legacy that we are carrying over to the New Year. All that we have gone through during the year has become history, which won’t be replicated in the emerging times. Yet, we need to reflect upon the goings during the year. For, there remains continuum all through the run of time. And in a world driven by cause-effect chain, the seeds that we show today are to grow into fruit bearing trees in the emerging times. In this light, we need to self-reflect, identify and acknowledge our weaknesses in particular, and address them well in time. It will then be possible for us to take on the callings of the New Year on a strong note.

The indications given in the opening issue of the year based on astronomical referrals seem to have by and large seen the light of the day. The astrological markers under consideration were: (a) Engagement of Mars with its inimical planet Saturn. (b) The Sun locking horns with Uranus and Neptune. (c) Affliction of Mercury. They implied concerns in terms of security, out of box moves, being bound by peculiar beliefs leading to communal flare up, youth unrest, and intellectual debate.

In terms of security concerns, we had to contend with terror strike on military base with the dawn of the year itself. Despite that, if army establishments were attacked again and again implies that somehow we have yet not learnt the lessons. Otherwise, the terrorist would not have been able to enter our well guarded premises so easily. We therefore need to augment our preparedness and sense of alert. This is not to undermine all the good work done by Indian Army, and sacrifices made by our security personnel in service of the nation. In an unprecedented move Indian army made a successful surgical strike on terrorist camps located in Pakistan. But that doesn’t seem to have made any significant deterrent effect to the desperate terrorists and their patrons. Kashmir has been boiling for major part of the year.

We have been witness to communal and racial flare up off on, on one pretext or the other. It implies that there has been something basically wrong with our thought process. Every such incident was followed by public discourse on ideological and morality count. The irony of the whole situation, however, is that the contending parties, instead of being engaged in a meaningful debate, have been crying foul of each other. So, intolerant and impatient we have become that our preconditioned mind is not prepared to even listen to any contrarian view. We seem to have lost all sense of humility and civility. Even our Parliament has been displaying similar trends, as it has almost become dysfunctional. Who to blame, is difficult to make out. The government and the conscientious people need to seriously think on taking necessary corrective initiatives right from school level to give a positive turn to the thought process of every budding child.

Towards the last leg of the year, the nation seems to have been given a shock treatment through demonetisation of high value currency notes. That has made a serious dent not simply on individual comfort of people, even economy has been hit hard on account of continued restriction on cash withdrawal. Not questioning intent, political and economic wisdom, of those who took the call, it was certainly ill-timed and ill-planned move, if astrological pointers carry any meaning, which deserves a look.

Wisdom signifying Jupiter is positioned opposite Uranus, which if ill-positioned, could tempt you into taking an out of box decision, often difficult to digest. This, when read together with the Sun in debilitation implies that the government machinery would not be well geared up for its implementation. Mars is in exchange with its dire enemy Saturn. Mercury occupies same sign as that of Saturn. Mercury, thus will be deemed to be involved in the exchange. It implies that because of flawed planning, the decision may invite ire of people, particularly those in the lower rung of the society. Masses indicator Moon was approaching headless Ketu and mischievous Neptune, in a Saturn owned sign Aquarius. It implies that people’s inner feel may not be visible immediately as such, but when time comes, their decisive reaction may baffle all analysis. Only posterity can prove the real fall out of demonetisation decision in long term perspective. Let us see how long it takes to regain normalcy.


18th Dec

Astrology Can Read Your Psyche

Powers of mind are immense. In its purest form, it almost becomes omniscient and therefore, would know no limits. But, as would happen to any empowerment tool, it proves a trickster as well when in a clouded state.

Remember, mind gets going on the thought feed, be they out of the impressions already in store, or on the prompting of external influences. It is pertinent to note here that there remains continuum in time and space. Also, human beings enjoy a choice option, whereby one becomes due for the consequences of what is opted for. Life, thus, gets bound by cause-effect chain, which stretches on to successive life post death. In practical terms, it implies that what you do this moment sets the premise on which the callings of next moment stand.

Here again, as per ancient India’s perception, life runs in succession. So, the sum total of one’s experiences, good or bad, during life running up to the time of death, sets the premise on which the next life takes off. Consequently, every being carries the impressions acquired in the past birth, and which primarily sets the trends of one’s mind and psyche.

The impressions carried over from past birth are subject to further add on during the ongoing life. If the perception of modern psychology carries any meaning, a child begins picking up impressions of happenings around from 3rd trimester in mother’s womb itself. And what a child gathers till the age of 7, make a deep imprint at the subconscious level. Since a child is yet not trained to make an objective analysis of how and why something is happening, one often gets baffled, if ever accosted with unseemly happening.

It is pertinent to note here that even thought is nothing but energy. So, the impressions picked up will not just stand dumped. They keep playing from within, and raise their head, whenever a congenial ground becomes available. So, they keep impacting our conduct in the emerging time, till realised and resolved later in life. If per chance, a child is subject to some unpalatable experiences, it makes a dent in one’s psychological frame-up. Such children are hard hit and suffer from complexes that keep playing their part till late in life.

Psychologists can figure out any unseemly trends and help resolve them. The paradox, however, is that Indian parents are not conscious about getting their child subjected to psychological examination, even when some unusual behavioural trends are in sight. They feel that things may automatically improve with time, as one grows and become matured. It never happens because one is not conscious about what lies at the root.

Astrology can straightaway hit upon at the root of all psychological problems. For, astrological study is premised on reading energy mapping of the heaven at the time of one’s birth. It, thus, provides the ground to regress the energy dynamics of the chart to scan the past and figure out the root-cause underlying any unbecoming conduct. And when progressed further, future trends could be assessed.

A couple of months back, someone going through mid life crisis on almost all departments of life came asking, why he is faced with such an ordeal. He was in for a shock when his psychological frame of mind was explained. “How could you know when I have not shared anything with you?” He reacted. Let us now look at his astrological pointers.

The Sun is placed adverse to Saturn and Rahu. It makes him vulnerable to traumatic experiences in early childhood and which really happened. That made deep imprint in his subconscious memory, which implanted seeds of fear and insecurity. Added to that is Moon’s adverse placement to Saturn, which further adds to his sense of assumed fear of unpalatable happenings in the future. Also, he may fail to take timely initiatives in life. The above placement when read together Mars opposite Neptune implies that he would be suffering from inferiority complex.

The Sun placed adverse to Venus makes him too much touchy and sensitive whereby he may get over exercised even on trivial issues, which he may keep mulling for long. Mind, unnecessarily engaged thus, one’s priority preferences may get compromised. Mars placed adverse to Jupiter points to his inflated ego, which binds him to preconceived limits, and not open to counsel. Saturn conjunct Ketu makes him an escapist, who may get unnerved at the very sight of a challenging situation, and may evade taking the call head on. And the result is there to see.


11 Dec

Orderly Mind for Smooth Run of Life

Smooth run of any system calls for strictly following the design parameters underlying its operation. Aberration if any could derail its functioning.

Bear in mind, there is orderliness in nature’s working. Which is why, such a complex organism, with all its myriad field players in chorus, has been doing its round with such precision. If the Sun and other planetary bodies are to respectively rise at specified point of time, it will happen exactly at that very moment. Their sense of orderliness is such that simultaneously they continue to maintain relativity amongst themselves, all through their run. It is, as it were, a family moving in togetherness, respectively discharging their individual and collective obligations in service of the living order. This sense of orderliness remains by and large undisturbed, because nature’s field players do not enjoy any scope for making exception, even to the level of a micro second. But mind it; if ever there is some unusual temporary variation in nature’s energy dynamics, it leads to disastrous events such as cyclone, storm, earthquake, often taking away numerous lives.

In so far as human working is concerned, the organism of mind too, is supposed to follow an order assigned to its constituents, but with a difference. And which has to follow nature’s model of moving in togetherness. What does it mean in practical terms? It implies that while pursuing your individualistic aspirations, you can’t afford to lose sight of your collective obligations towards the family and society at large. If anyway mind’s sense of orderliness gets compromised, it can have a telling effect not only on the self, but the family and society as well.

The irony of the whole situation, however, is that more often than not, in one’s aspirational overdrive, unmindfully human beings disrupt the usual chemistry of mind. The reason: Unlike nature’s field players, human beings enjoy the privilege to guide one’s action by choice and discrimination. But with choice in hand, the probability of its use and abuse becomes equal, and with obvious consequences. Yet, one could effortlessly pick up the right lead and negotiate the callings of life with ease and comfort. Not simply that, it could add quality and value to life, individually and collectively. This, however, would be possible only when one remains conscious about maintaining the orderliness of mind in sense and spirit, which it complies in its purest form.

The paradox, however, is that one’s clouded mind seldom leaves scope for orderly functioning of the constituents of mind. The residual imprints in mind precondition our mind so much that our scope of vision gets restricted. And for want of larger vision, often one fails to envision issues in hand in the right perspective due. One then becomes vulnerable to make inappropriate choices, and evidently to one’s detriment. Also, one would be tempted to blindly pursue one’s dream perceptions without applying proper forethought. In the process, often one does not remain conscious about visualising anticipated challenges. And when confronted with challenges, one gets unnerved. Following which, one may lose sense of direction, often leading to unintelligent response to the situation and with obvious consequences.

A case in point is that of a person who, caught up in his own bind, took hasty decision without applying proper forethought. And today, he is not able to meet his family obligations. Let us look at the astrological pointers to his mind-trends.

He is born in Aries lagna. Even the mind signifying Moon is there in the lagna itself. That speaks of an impulsive, aggressive, impatient, and an intolerant character which makes it difficult for him to maintain rapport with those around. He has the tendency to jump into action without due diligence, and only when faced with problems that he may invoke his discriminatory faculty. Lord of the lagna sign Mars placed over the head when born, locks horn with Moon. Saturn is close to Moon and which is also in exchange with Mars. It implies that he is temperamental and an over domineering character. He may not pay heed to any advice or counsel if it is at variance with his own perception. He will be overcritical of others, and because of his intemperate behaviour would offend those around. He would be habitually suspicious of others. In a fit of rage, he may lose all sense of civility and sanity.

Otherwise, he is a very intelligent guy with immense potential. But he has to addresses the above noted infirmities for his positives to play out in full.


04 Dec

Astrology Reads Personality Traits

Mind happens to be the prime-mover of a being. For, all that you do is initiated and then processed in mind, before being put into act. Even your response and reaction to a situation is conducted by mind. The powers of mind are immense. If we could unfold full human potential, sky would be the limit, whence life may prove a pleasant experience. Someone asked Swami Vivekanand: “Is there a possibility to become Godlike if not God; and if so, how? Swamijee replied: “First become a man and the rest follows.”

What does it mean in practical terms? Well, going by ancient India’s philosophic perception, mind is an instrument, which is projected by the eternal force of consciousness for being used as its vehicle of operation. And the force of consciousness, which is the substratum of the existential order with all its dynamism, is said to be omniscient. So, if mind is made to operate at its optimal level, it could make full use of that power, when it will know no limits.

The paradox, however, is that most of us are born with a clouded mind, coming as it may with choice option in hand, which often takes an unseemly turn. For, mind is driven by a sense duality, which could turn either way, good or bad. The imprints of pleasant or painful experiences thus had, and the feel thereof, keep haunting us for long, even stretching on to successive lives. Remember, mind gets going on the thought feeds it carries. All the negative imprints carried over from the past, condition our thought process one way or the other, and which sets the terms of our personality-trends. Mind, thus, loses its sense of freedom. Otherwise, mind in its orderly frame as designed, could have looked at the issues in hand with an open mind, to provide the most appropriate lead. Regaining this sense of freedom, so as to acquire its wholesome powers is what swamijee meant.

Remember, any empowerment tool remains a double edged weapon. So is the mind. It is something like electrical current, which is capable of fuelling both an air-conditioning machine and a heater. Naturally then, if mind happens to be overflowing with negative impressions from the past, it may take a devilish turn.

What’s the way out? Mind is empowered to self reflect and figure out its own frailties for necessary correction. But our sense of ego often deludes us when it owns our inherent tendencies. It does not let us dispassionately assess and acknowledge our inherent nature. In this respect, Astrology may prove a very meaningful diagnostic tool. For, it is premised on analysis of the energy map of a being at the time of birth, which speaks loud of one’s mind-trends. And energy knows no bias.

A mother worried about her grown up son’s intemperate behaviour, looking for some remedial measure, came asking the other day: “Please suggest some puja for a real course correction.” Well, anger or for that matter all habit tendencies are rooted in the deep realm of mind. No external intervention can resolve mental maladies. Had it been so easy, nobody would ever suffer because of one’s own fault-lines. The person concerned has to himself identify, acknowledge, and then resolve to get over his infirmities. And then consciously feed fresh educative inputs in mind, reflect upon them again and again to absorb them. Which when get firmly grounded, may begin to spontaneously influence one’s day-to-day-conduct.

Look at her son’s astrological markers. He is born in Scorpio lagna with its lord Mars in debility. This by itself is enough to make him hot headed and ill-tempered. Further to that, Mars conjunct expansive Jupiter is ill-disposed off to its dire enemy Saturn, and mind signifying Moon. This points to being temperamental and aggressive, who may go wild on slightest provocation. He has an inflated ego, which binds him to his self-defined perceptions. He would be self-centric, and even insensitive to other’s sensibilities and concerns, as he has a wicked and revengeful mindset.

What further compounds his problem is that Venus conjunct Ketu is placed opposite Uranus and Neptune. This is indicative of carrying an intense urge to become quick rich, even if it calls for adopting unethical means. That also makes him vulnerable to perverse tendencies and drug addiction. So, the problem is much graver than what his mother thinks. And the only viable solution is to submit himself to a spiritual process under the guidance of a proven Guru, and sincerely follow the measures prescribed.


27th Nov

Remember, Karma Speaks For Itself

I had warned someone a couple years back that he should move with care and caution. He should be particularly careful in his official financial dealings. Otherwise, his indiscrete actions may come under legal scrutiny, which may prove detrimental to his career prospects. The over confident man, caught up in his egotistical bind, would not let him digest the idea. He immediately retorted: “How do you expect out of me to wilfully get into self-undoing insensible acts?”

Explaining I averred: “Agreed, nobody would consciously like to fall into a self-invited trap. But given your inherent tendencies, you are vulnerable to unconsciously take imprudent decisions. Often, ego makes you take things on its face value, when it loses track of the one’s own empowerment tool - the faculty of discrimination intelligence. Following which, for want of due diligence, one gets into such acts on instinctive judgment, whence one gets caught up in a self invited trap, as would eventually prove detrimental to the self.”

Explaining further, I informed him that Karma speaks for itself, as it works in a self-automated mode. Once you get into an act, it will lead to its logical end at its own pace. Possibly, your acts may serve your interest in immediate terms. It may then encourage you to repeat such acts. But one day, it has to somehow get exposed. Having yourself made a choice action, how can you escape its travails? Posterity will prove what I mean. Remember, in terms of “The theory of Karma,” you become beneficiary or victim of your own doing and undoing. And that is nothing but reflection of one’s own mind-trends.

Remember, all your doings, good or bad, small or big, they all get imprinted in your memory, and are recorded in energy frame almost in a software programme like format. Since energy never dies, the memory imprints stay put in mind. The memory bank, with all its acquisitions during a life time, sets the premise on which mind-trends of the successive life takes off. So, your inherent tendencies too, are nothing but carryover effect of your own past Karma. This is not to suggest that the inherent mind-trends, and which sets the terms of your destiny, would be beyond reprieve. The very choice option that sets the term of your Karmic cycle, enjoins upon you the privilege to consciously explore the inherent mental frailties, and address them. Also make such conscientious choice of giving a positive turn to your thought process through self-education. The paradox, however, is that seldom one remains conscious about exploring the basic fabric of the making of one’s mind.

Let us now look at astrological pointers to man’s true nature. The individuality signifying Sun locked in adverse formation to Jupiter speaks of his swaggering ego. It makes him stuck to his self-beliefs. Also, it accounts for his flamboyant nature and over confidence. What adds to his woes is the Sun also placed adverse to mischievous Neptune. This binds him to his illusionary ideas, often distanced from ground realities. Also, he may try to habitually escape the truth on its first appearance, or even when advised by others. He will continue on hope against hope till pushed to the wall. What further makes his thought process even more complex is that Jupiter is ill-disposed off to Neptune, which accounts for his peculiar beliefs.

Mind indicator Moon too, ill-disposed off to Neptune further add to his self-delusions. Moon also placed opposite Uranus accounts for his erratic nature and sense of defiance of established norms. Intelligence signifying Mercury is locked in adverse formation to Neptune, wisdom oriented Jupiter, and Uranus. This speaks loud of his insensible reasoning and flawed judgment and thereby indiscretions of grave concern.

Venus placed adverse to erratic Rahu as well as Moon make him vulnerable to financial indiscretions and self-indulgences. Venus also ill-disposed off to Uranus further makes him susceptible to an indwelling urge of becoming quick rich. This has to be read together with placement of Venus, Mars conjunct its dire enemy Saturn, in the third house identified with basal instincts. This speaks loud of his intent whence he would know no scruples, and would not hesitate even stooping low to serve his immediate vested interest.

No wonder, as his progressed Meridian, in applying mode was about to form evil relation to Neptune, Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter, made indiscrete decisions. He thereafter came under scanner and is now involved in serious legal tangle charged for financial bungling. And the result is there to see.


20th Nov

Your Karma Defines Your Future

In the recent past, someone came asking for what lies in stock of his friend’s destiny. The gentleman did not disclose his identity. All that he shared was that his friend’s extraordinary talent and organisational skill proved his nemesis, which invited the ire of a very powerful lobby left behind in the run. His detractors conspired and entrapped him in legal cases of serious dimension. They wished to oust him and gain control of the organisation to serve their vested interest. Guided by pundits of repute, all remedial measures suggested have been done. Yet, there seems to be no respite.

A look at his friend’s chart revealed that that the case seems to be long drawn and may take nothing less than 4 years for him to find reprieve. But you can’t simply blame his detractors. He seems to be responsible no less, as his inherent habit tendencies provided the ground, which his detractors successfully exploited. So, he is paying the price of his own Karma.

In so far as belief driven remedial measures are concerned, let me put a question: If you happen to sow the seeds of a plant which bears bitter tasting fruits, can any external measure turn them sweet? If at all belief driven pujas could mitigate the effect of evil doing, then all unworthy rich and powerful people would be tempted to get into unbecoming acts to serve their vested interest with impunity.

To make things clear, a look into the premise on which the theory of Karma stands, becomes imperative. Well, human beings enjoy the exclusive privilege of guiding their action by choice. But whenever there is choice, the probability of its use and misuse remains equal. And there is no scope for a free lunch in this world. You have to, therefore, bear with the consequences of the choices you make. The seed that you sow today is what grows into a fruit bearing tree later. Evidently, the fruit will carry the imprint of character and content of the seed sown. Following this spirit, one gets bound by a continued chain of Karmic carryover, which may stretch on to even successive life, if not exhausted during the ongoing existence.

Ordinarily, human actions are driven by indwelling sense of desire. Added up with choice option, one charts out self-designated path, often in conflict with others. In turn, that leads to such happenings as your friend is accosted with. To overcome this vulnerability, human beings are armed with the faculty of discriminate intelligence, which enables you to make reasoned choices, and helps intelligently deal with challenges in the way.

The paradox, however, is that the faculty of discriminate intelligence does not play out spontaneously. It needs to be consciously invoked. But caught up in egotistical bind, and carried away by inherent habits and attitudes, often one forgets calling up one’s empowerment tool for due diligence before getting into an act. Instead, one acts, reacts, and responds on instinctive judgment, and evidently to one’s detriment.

In the above light, let us now look at the astrological pointers to the man’s habit tendencies that cost him heavily, which is nothing but reflection of his Karmic carryover from the past. The individuality signifying Sun ill-disposed off to Uranus makes him vulnerable to erratic conduct, idiosyncrasies, and defiance of established order.

Mind indicator Moon posited in Aries sign, in the first place speaks loud of his impulsive, abrasive and aggressive nature. Second, he would wish from those around move to his whims and fancies. Third, he would be intolerant and impatient. Fourth, he may wish to be always at the lead of everything and the least accommodative. Now, Moon is also locked in adverse formation to mischievous Neptune, and Saturn. That makes him stuck to self defined fanciful ideas, and can’t digest contrarian view point. He would be suspicious by nature and over critical of those not in agreement with his perception. He would be having a scheming mind.

Venus ill-disposed to Neptune makes him vulnerable to indiscrete financial deals with the intent of quick gains, and would know no scruples. Also, he would be prone to indulgences, which may stretch even to drug addiction. Truth remains that under the influence of drug, he often gets into indiscrete actions inviting ire of those who matter. And the result is there to see.

He needs to first get over drug and then seriously address his inherent frailties. Then only his positives will come out in full bloom, and which too is immense.


13th Nov

Clean Mind for Sensible Conduct

Picking up threads from the previous issue, it comes out that the seed of love is ingrained in human construct. We, thus, naturally carry the inner urge for love. But hardly anybody understands what love really means. Infatuation or sensuous urges are often misunderstood as love. You may like somebody and get drawn towards him/her. But that’s a seeming reality, more often limited to physical paradigm, not true love.

If it is not true love, you just become passionate about the one you are attracted towards, and build up expectation from the other side. So long as the expectation is met even partially, grudgingly though at times but the relationship carries on. But those just moving at the peripheral level, their impressionable minds remain vulnerable to get pulled by other influences, when they may not be able to meet other’s expectation. It then invites acrimony. Unmindfully then, a blame game begins, whence the very foundation of the relationship could get shaken.

Nothing of the kind would happen in case of true love, such as mother-child relationship. For, the sense of love is firmly rooted within, and is intrinsic in nature, and therefore would never be conditional. It is never desired, articulated, willed and pursued; it is spontaneous. So, even if some child neglects the mother, in majority of cases latter’s sense of love would not get marginalised. In a few cases even man-woman relationship is pursued in a similar mode. In such cases, the bond never gets weakened, even if it at times happens to pass through painful phases.

Since the urge for love is intrinsic to a being, if ever deprived, the void within keeps you unnerved. You are then virtually sitting on a tinder box, which would be in flames at just the touch of a spark. At such vulnerable moments of life, you may get carried over by just a soft touch from someone. Unmindfully, flowing to the current, they may move on together for a while. Sooner than later, one out of the two may realise that it was just an instinctive move not firmly grounded. One may then get into a withdrawal mode, which invites serious resistance from the other side. Emotional turbulence that follows, takes a toll on one’s mind-state difficult to bear with. Caught up in this bind, a weakling could even turn suicidal. Counselling such characters to bring them around becomes a tough call. For, an emotionally over-surcharged mind trapped in its bind, often goes blind.

The question now is: Is there any scope to avoid such traumatic experiences? Will a lesson in what love means serve any purpose? Not as such. For, only those having a disorderly mind remain vulnerable to instinctive acts. So, what is needed is to watch out one’s mind-trends and address the indwelling vulnerabilities. Ordinarily, we make our thought process so complicated that caught up in its bind, we hardly allow any scope for processing our thoughts objectively. But for which, it becomes difficult to intelligently deal with the challenges coming our way. Consequently, more often than not, we keep circling around an issue, but simple truth lying in the front eludes our attention.

In one such case, someone lent soft touch to friend deprived of love. The instinctive response set into motion a relationship. As life moved on for a while, one of them felt that the calling of relationship was too much demanding. That person immediately got into a withdrawal mode, and began behaving unreasonably, purposely so as to create a distance. Not been able to withstand the pressure, the other friend turned suicidal. The person’s Guru had a real tough time taking the disciple out of that predicament.

Look at the complex character of the friend who got into withdrawal mode. Cluster of 6 planets in the lagna sign itself speaks volumes of a complex mind. Combust Venus, read together with erratic Rahu in the 7th and presence of 7th lord in the 6th pointed to failed marriage. Jupiter conjunct Mercury and Ketu, all three ill-disposed off to mischievous Neptune, account for the person’s peculiar beliefs, as well as insensible sense of reasoning and judgment. The Sun conjunct Saturn speaks of a negative mind vulnerable to get into a denial mode. On top of that is Moon’s placement in Gemini, which implies that the person would wish to live on one’s own exclusive terms, not caring for other’s sensibilities. The question here is not simply the survival or failure of the relationship, but at the least living in peace by oneself, which calls for immediate cleansing of mind.


6th Nov

Love Makes Our Life Beautiful

Love is the basis of life. And all about love is ‘giving’, not ‘demanding’, which knows no bound. It calls for being in harmony with all, overriding all existential disparities. Should one realise this, life will turn into a beautiful experience. For, each being supporting every other, there will be no scope for grudge, hatred, or conflict.

If you look at the run of nature’s creation chain, it will come out that it is driven by force of love. Going by Vedic perception, differentiated energy streams got excited following spontaneous pulsation at the primordial-source, supposedly in equilibrated and motionless state originally. Random mutation of those energy streams followed immediately thereafter, which set into motion a creation chain. And that progressively evolved into the manifest plural world with all its enormity and diversity. Even modern scientific perception runs almost on similar lines, when it says that there was entropy once whence the energy streams released, set into motion the world process.

Now, again going by scientific perception, the evolution process did not follow a smooth linear track. It is rather characterised by ongoing process of integration and disintegration. But mind it; even disintegration has been purposefully a necessary part of the evolution process. For, it does not mean annihilation of energy, as would laws of conservation of energy imply. It rather leads to remobilisation of energy constituents for the sake of recreation with a richer form. To sum up, both integration and disintegration as co-runners carry forward the creation chain which marches ahead involuntarily in a ‘giving mode’. It strictly follows nature’s self-evolved design parameters, with no scope for any aberration. For, it lacks the sense of perception or discrimination. The course of evolution runs as such till human beings came on stage. Leave aside the front players of nature. Even the plants and other live species conduct in a similar fashion. A tree keeps bearing fruits, absorbs toxic gases and in turn keeps releasing fresh oxygen, all to sustain our life. A termite, before it meets its end, creates hole deep inside the soil structure, which facilitates entry of oxygen to augment soil’s fertility. In fact, all existences are there to serve a definite purpose in support of the life mechanism

Evidently, the imprint of disorder and harmony both find presence in human construct, as the cause has to find reflection in the effect. But it comes with a difference. For, human beings enjoy perceptive as well as discriminating abilities, and the ‘power of freewill’ whereby they can guide their actions by choice. This indwelling sense of freedom enjoins upon a human being the ability to chart out and follow a self-designated path. Consequently, the sense of disorder or love, or for that matter whether one conducts in a demanding or giving mode, which would play heavy in mind, becomes individual prerogative.

Here comes into reckoning two factors driving a being. First, human actions are ordinarily driven by indwelling sense of desire, which often makes one self-centric, tempting one move into demanding mode. Second, every individual being is born unique, each carrying varying mind-trends, which ordinarily influences how one’s desire trends would move. For above reasons, often one carries mistaken perception about the callings of love, which induces a being conduct relationship in a demanding mode, often not caring for other’s sensibilities. And if per chance ego runs high, it could lead to disastrous consequences. Of late, this trend has been growing out of proportion, which is why intolerance and impatience has been on the rise, and with obvious consequences.

Here is the case of lady who, in her egotistical hang has failed to understand what love really means. Consequently, she not only became victim of a turbulent marriage, has rather failed to love her own self. Otherwise she would not have carried mistaken perception that she did not look beautiful.

Look at her astrological pointers. The Sun crossing path with Jupiter speaks of swaggering ego, stuck to her own self-defined peculiar beliefs. All the more because Jupiter is ill-disposed off to mischievous Neptune as well. The Sun placed adverse to both Venus and Neptune in the first place speaks of being stuck to self-delusions, distanced from ground realities. Second, she would be habitual escapist when faced with adverse circumstances. Third, she would be an emotional fool, who may get over exercised even on trivial issues, which she may stretch on beyond due. On top of that debilitated Moon sandwiched between fiery Mars and headless Ketu speaks of her weird mindset. The result is there to see.


30th Oct

A Clean Mind and House for Meaningful Life

I wish the valued readers a very happy Diwali. May the prayers offered during the auspicious occasion trigger a very productive and meaningful year ahead, which grants all your wishes. But remember, nothing comes just to one’s asking. One would need to make right choices, plan its execution well, and then put in quality effort. Accordingly, one would need to get well geared up.

If you look into the modalities of this festivity, the purpose of its presence in our annular calendar will be forthcoming. It is suggestive of preparing oneself afresh at regular periodic interval to take on the callings of emerging times in strength with ease and comfort. Otherwise, caught up in the usual mills of life, often one forgets about the fundamentals of life, as if one would have outgrown its limit, and with obvious consequences.

Mark the timing of this festive occasion. It is scheduled on the darkest night of the year, as the Sun, the main provider of light in the world would be at its farthest end from this part of the globe. For, India is placed towards the eastern horizon in the northern hemisphere. Against that, the Sun traversing its southerly course reaches the penultimate point of the western horizon. We dispel this utter darkness by lighting up our houses heavily. Similarly, using our mind-power we could combat all challenges coming our way if we take it in stride.

We deck up our houses with flowers, festoons, and other decorative articles. Distribute sweets. At the dead of the night, we offer prayers to Mother Goddess Lakshmi, the deity identified with wealth. We make our offerings carrying the hope that with emergence of fresh light, life begins with a new note, which may prove rewarding and fulfilling. The word wealth here has wide connotation, encompassing within physical strength, wisdom, and financial worth, vital to our sustenance and growth.

The preparation for this festivity begins much in advance. We thoroughly clean up our house and the adjoining areas. Clear off all the junk piled up during the previous year. Refurbish and give a fresh look to our house. We, thus, create a healthy living environment carrying positive ambience. The belief is that Goddess Lakshmi shuns filth and so would make presence only in a clean environment. So, great emphasis has been laid on cleanliness, vital to health and hygiene. Of late, the sense of cleanliness seems to have lost sight of our collective consciousness. Otherwise, we would not have neglected our obligations towards keeping our villages and cities clean.

Even more important is cleansing of mind on a daily basis. Remember, all that we go through in life, good or bad, find space with our memory, major part of which goes into subconscious. Over a period of time mind gets overloaded with a huge stock pile of imprints. In fact, mind supposedly entertains somewhere between 60 and 70 thousand thought per day. Most of them would be inconsequential and even negative. This is over and above such indwelling imprints that hold the key to our habits and attitudes. Mind-space thus gets so cluttered that that we are hardly left with the space necessary to process our thoughts objectively.

Also, the thought imprints at the subconscious level keep rattling us from within. Consequently mind’s attention keeps randomly wandering hither and thither, thus losing focus on our priority preferences, and with obvious consequences. That makes it incumbent upon us to clear off the clutters of mind on daily basis, which happens when you submit yourself to prayer regime.

Look at the astrological pointers of a potential guy, to figure out how indwelling impressions in mind have marginalised his creative abilities. Lagna lord Mercury, conjunct headless Ketu points to clouding of his mind, which holds the key to impaired reasoning and judgment. The Sun placed adverse to mischievous Neptune points to being stuck to self-delusions, distanced from ground realities. He may not acknowledge truth on its first appearance, and would move on hope against hope till pushed to the wall. The two read together will imply that he presents himself as a perfectionist by his self-assumed standards. He expects everybody around to prove true to his expectations, failing which, he becomes overcritical. He then begins passing caustic remarks, thus earning displeasure. As a consequence, he is neither been at peace by himself, nor allowed his near and dear ones live in peace. He has no friends, and in desperation has got into self-indulgent habits, as would Jupiter ill-disposed of to Venus imply.


23rd Oct

Clear Roadblock, Don’t Blame Destiny

The other day someone approached me with a volley of questions: “What is there in my destiny that I had to go through a great ordeal during the last couple of years, particularly when I have tried to conduct truthfully? I have not been able to get rid of the past baggage, and which keeps unnerving me. Why is it that whatever I do, success does not come easy, whereas those around are able make it faster? Is there something in the store of my future, which offers hope?”

Well, everybody in this world is born unique, mind-frame of each varying from others. Even twins born of the same parents and brought up under similar environment, reflect varying mind-traits. Accordingly, everybody negotiates life in one’s exclusive ways. Evidently, the fruits of action would also vary, both qualitatively as also in terms of time scale involved. Therefore, there remains no scope for comparing oneself with others.

Now coming to the question of success eluding you despite conducting right, let me make it clear that it is your own perception based on self-defined parameters. There always remains scope for judgmental error, and so can’t be accepted in absolute terms. Bear in mind, there remains a thin dividing line between truth and untruth. In fact, more often they may look similar. Pour milk almost in equal measure in two tumblers. Add little water in one of them, and then ask a stranger, which of the two is adulterated. To him, both will appear similar. Serve the adulterated milk to a goose. It will consume the milk, leaving aside water. One needs to acquire similar level of intelligence, which is not expected from an ordinary mortal and that too at a young age, to figure out the thin dividing line differentiating truth from untruth.

To find right answer, better look within. When you turn your attention inwards, you may become aware of your unique nature, potentials and vulnerabilities both included. You may then realise what marginalises your potential, as well as your quality of effort. That calls for acknowledging and the addressing one’s inherent limitations in right earnest. You, thus, pave the way for your potentials play its part unhindered, where after, given the right efforts, success may not elude you long. Also, the ground becomes ready to further sharpen your intelligence. Often, one’s sense of ego does not let one acknowledge one’s weaknesses that easily. Here, astrology may prove handy as a potent diagnostic tool. For, astrological chart happens to be the energy mapping of a being. And energy knows no bias.

Let us look at the astrological pointers in the person’s chart. First comes into reckoning the Sagittarius lagna, which is indicative of being tactless and undiplomatic in approach. This, when read together with Mars in the second house, locking horns with the Sun, points to being vulnerable to impulsive and indiscreet statements. That may distance you from all who matter. Though, in your own perception you may be speaking the truth but not necessarily so from others perspective. And certainly badly phrased and ill-timed, which may unnecessarily rattle others.

The Sun is conjunct its planet of limitation Saturn. In terms of time frame, this person would have witnessed some unpleasant happening close to 7 years by age. The fact that given his age, he could not digest the incident, it instilled a seed of fear and insecurity in his psyche, which given a small trigger, immediately overtakes mind’s drive. That has dented his confidence level badly. All these in turn, bred in a sense of inertia, which makes him susceptible to delayed initiative. For the above reasons, the person carries a negative mindset, whereby he may fail to put in his whole towards the targeted destination and with obvious consequences. Also, he remains vulnerable to fall into intermittent bouts of depression, particularly when put to a difficult situation.

What further adds fuel to the fire is his Moon, placed adverse to Venus, Jupiter, and Uranus. This, in the first is indicative of volatile emotionality which makes him too much touchy, who may get over exercised even on trivial issues. Following which, his anger erupts when he loses sense of direction and control.

Otherwise, the person is highly intelligent, having clarity in vision and thought, and is armed with excellent communicative skill. For, wisdom oriented Jupiter extends benevolent support to intelligence signifying Mercury. Venus well aligned to Neptune makes him a very creative person. Should he make necessary correction, the best in him will come out.

16th Oct

Identity Crisis Could Be Limiting

Attention seeking is a common human urge which can be noticed even in early childhood. An ignorant child on instinctive urge will either start crying unprovoked, or do something strange that draws your attention. Another distinctive feature in evidence is the urge to display one’s possessions. If you are able to establish rapport with a child, he will be keen to display all his toys.

As one grows, the above instinctive urge takes the shape of the desire to be widely known and acclaimed. Those imbued with virtues do not have to walk an extra mile for that. Their excellence speaks for itself. Those not groomed well have to make extra efforts to establish their identity. There is nothing wrong in carrying this urge so long as it helps improve upon skill sets, which qualifies one to grow through qualitative efforts. This is how civilisation has progressively grown through conscious efforts since our primitive stage.

Those who fail in their endeavour often fall in the trap of identity crisis, which they may not be even aware of. But it finds reflection in their outward behaviour. Some of them may be tempted to present themselves in a way that they are noticed even when in a crowd. Some others may develop the habit of finding fault with others. They don’t realise that it is their inner urge to prove superior to others is what accounts for the above habit.

The above trend could lead to social unrest if it catches up with group consciousness of those marginalised socially or economically till recent past. Societal churning, coming as it may with growing level of awareness, could lead to such a situation. Those in the lead need to attend this phenomenon well within time before it becomes too late.

This trend, however, takes a disastrous turn when it gets into the head of misguided people, particularly those carrying negative mindset. They could indulge in such desperate acts as may upset even societal peace and harmony. They may act in the garb of exerting religious, social, or political identity. Racial profiling, terrorism in the name of asserting religious identity, zealots trying to impose their whims and fancies on majority, fall into this category. Consequently, a good part of the world is either in the grip of war or war like situation. No amount of diplomatic initiative or forceful intervention has been able to contain this trend. For, working at the peripheral level is not going to address this malady.

What is urgently needed is to work upon the base level. That calls for giving a lesson in ‘The Art of Living’, right from the childhood, so as to instil a value system in every emerging citizen. The sense of humaneness, reason and order needs to be induced in each mind right from the school days. Accordingly, it should be made a part of the curriculum. Ancient India’s learned masters were conscious of it. If the world order joins hand and takes initiative, it would be possible to shape an orderly future generation. That may lay the ground for peaceful and harmonious coexistence. The initiative may not curb the devilish trend immediately as such, but it could bring salutary results in the coming days.

See how a potential guy has failed to prove his worth on account of indwelling sense of identity crisis. This man impulsively made wrong choices and became a victim of his own making. The sense of failure bred in a sense of identity crisis. He then got tempted towards quick fix solution to prove himself. Got into lot of weird belief driven practices to get better empowered, but in vain. In a state of desperation, he came seeking guidance. He was advised to overcome his mental predicament, and instead work upon inherent frailties to facilitate his potential speak for itself.

Look at his astrological pointers. Wisdom signifying Jupiter conjunct intellectually ordained Uranus, both well oriented to Mercury, the planet marked with intelligence, speaks of a genius. But what plays spoil sport is his impulsive nature as would Aries lagna imply, who may not apply proper forethought before jumping into action. Added to that are the two luminaries, the Sun and Moon, placed adverse to mischievous Neptune. That makes him stuck to self-delusion distanced from ground realities, not open to acknowledge truth on its first appearance till pushed to the wall. The result is there to see. Following the advice as suggested, sense of reasons has dawned upon him, and is now performing better.


9th Oct

Navratra Calls for Reinventing Oneself

The deliberations in the previous issue stand true to Vedic saying: “Yata brahmande, tata pindam,” implying “As the macrocosm, so is the microcosm.” Seen in practical terms, it means that all nature driven Saktis, each carrying their respective intelligence, are there in a being. That makes connect and continuum between the cosmos and life mechanism on earth imperative. Out of them, the ones made available by the Sun, serve as the prime-mover.

All through their annular run, the nature driven forces keep recharging our indwelling saktis to nourish and sustain our dynamic existence. Added to this is the fact that nature’s energy providers, each following their exclusive elliptical trajectory, keep moving at their respective speed. Consequently, when viewed with reference to earth, which itself keeps spinning at great speed, the energy dynamics of nature keeps varying widely every moment. Periodically thus, it keeps shuttling between extreme lows and highs.

That makes it incumbent upon us to remain alive about the periodic callings of the varying dynamics of nature’s energy orchestra. Only then one could consciously work towards making up for deficiency if any, at any point of time. Mind it; nature with all its periodic variation, keeps moving involuntarily, with no scope for any variation from its predefined limits. Humans, on the contrary, enjoy choice option. So, corrective initiative if any that may be warranted needs to be consciously willed upon.

Now, the Sun being the lead player in cosmic energy framework, it’s positioning does also serve as the marker of the varying energy dynamics of nature. For instance, during the Shardeya Navaratra period, seen with reference to India, the Sun would be heading towards its nadir. While traversing the Southern hemisphere, it is about to touch the western horizon, where as we are located towards eastern horizon in the northern hemisphere. Evidently therefore, the availability of solar intensity in this part of the globe comes to its lowest ebb. This particular energy frame also leads to major weather transition from rainy to winter season. This phase does also tell upon our overall vitality, immunity level, confidence status, and work spirit, and at a time when a new productivity cycle is to take off.

Accordingly, Navaratra is so timed as to consciously submit ourselves to a prayer regime, purposely as to reinvigorate our indwelling energy resources, when it is needed the most. We thus get geared up, in the first place, to intelligently brave limitations exercised by seasonal variation. Second, take on challenges ahead in all strength with ease and comfort. Third, raise the work spirit so as to do justice to our productive aspirations. Fourth, improve our sense of alert necessary to grab in time, opportunities if any available, and confidently pursue them to their logical end.

Now, look at the process. The devout, is supposed to repeatedly recite specific mantra with focus on the imagery of Mother Goddess Durga. The vibrations excited by intonation of the mantra, finds connect with corresponding energy resource in nature, which in turn, would rekindle our indwelling energy resource. The educative import of the imagery sets the terms of our intent. As you would be aware, Goddess Durga is believed to be epitome of Sakti. But mind it; any empowerment tool remains a double edged weapon. If employed towards right end, it may prove rewarding and fulfilling, which when misdirected could lead to disastrous consequences. Here comes our intent into play.

In order to keep our intent right, we dwell on a motherly form mounted on a lion. Remember, a mother selflessly pools in all resources in stock to produce and nurture a child. And Her mount, lion is a very intelligent animal. When it goes for a kill, it approaches the prey very carefully and strategically. It is only when the prey would be within its reach that it extols all its energy and pounces upon it. But it does not go for the next kill till it becomes hungry once again after exhausting its feed. So, even the killing is need based, not greed based. The obvious message for us is to train our minds to intelligently put to use our shakti to service our need based requirements. Any misuse to serve our greed, we may fall short of energy needed to meet our existential needs.

Following the above spirit, it is time now to reinvent afresh, and be in readiness to take on the callings of emerging time in all strength, and with ease and comfort.


2nd Oct

Be Alert Against Impending Challenges

At the outset, I wish to greet all those who have submitted themselves to a 9 days prayer regime during the ongoing Navratra. Apparently speaking, it looks like seeking Shakti (Power) to take on the challenges ahead in life in strength, the way Mother Goddess Durga annihilated the Demons. Is such seeking a periodic belief driven ritualistic exercise? Or does it serve any purpose?

Remember, awareness is key to orderly conduct, but for which, the journey of life could be subject to unseemly twists and turns, which nobody will ever wish. That makes it incumbent upon us to remain live about continuously enriching our knowledge base and be alert enough to keep that into active consideration while negotiating life.

The paradox, however, is that even though we may be in know of the gaming rules of life, as we get engrossed in the usual mill of life, often we lose our sense of alert. Consequently, when posed with an issue, instead of evaluating them on the strength of our indwelling resource base, we tend to take them at their face value. Unmindfully then, we react and respond on instinctive judgment. And for want of due diligence, often we end up making wrong choices, and evidently to our detriment. It is in this sense it is said that human memory is short.

To overcome this human vulnerability, ancient India’s learned masters made provision in our annular calendar to refresh our memory at regular periodic interval, particularly about the fundamentals of life. Navaratra is a step in that direction.

A look into the educative import of the imagery of Mother Goddess Durga, and the story line running around, makes an interesting reading. As the allegorical story goes, the demons threw out the godly beings out of their place of abode. In a state of desperation, the godly beings sought Lord Brahma’s intervention for retrieving their homeland. Brahma took them all to Lord Vishnu, supposedly the custodian, who in turn, led them to Lord Shiva, the repository of Sakti. For, Sakti was the call of time to push out the mighty demons. Lord Shiva asked them all to pool in their Teja (Energy), to which the God trinity also contributed. All put together gave rise to a huge fire out of which emerged Goddess Durga armed with multidimensional might to annihilate the demonic presence.

It is believed that demons are myopic, known to acquire varied forms to their asking, each having different nature of striking power. They could not be struck off with a singular weapon. So, to pay exclusive attention to every demonic existence, Mother Goddess is perceived as being armed with different weapons offered by the godly beings, their respective beholders. As the story line runs, She had to even invoke varied motherly forms resident in her, as and when needed, who after taking on their challengers, reverted to Her.

The message loud and clear is that one needs to put in all acts together to come up with one’s best. Also, we are empowered enough to take care of challenges coming our way. What is needed, in the first place, is to be aware of our indwelling strengths, and be in readiness to take on challenges coming our way head on as and when it arises. Second, one needs to be on full mental alert to visualise the nature of challenges, and accordingly invoke right weapon suited to every exclusive challenge, well in time. Once you lose the sense of alert, you become vulnerable to be taken for a ride. For, life never moves an easy way on your own exclusive terms.

Question arises: How come, godly beings engaged in virtuous deeds, had to face such an unprecedented situation? Inferential logic suggests that they would have lost their sense of alert, and so did not remain vigilant about impending challenges. Also, they would have lost sight of their collective obligations, and remain stuck to their individualistic path. So, no wonder, they were taken for a ride.

It may be worth enlightening that every being, at the core level is made out of a baggage mix of energies, all primarily sourced to nature. Each energy stream carries specific intelligence, which holds the key to one or other aspect of our performing-self. We need to ensure coordinated working of all these intelligences for being individually at one’s best. Simultaneously, one needs to be conscious about being true to the callings of our collective existence, while pursuing our individualistic aspirations, but for which, even individually, one would not be secure. The issue continues .........


25th Sept

Free your Mind of all Preconditioning

The world is a projection of one’s mind. The way mind envisions, ideates, discriminates, articulates, and wills upon is how one negotiates life. The aspirations nursed by the mind, tempts one to set the dream destination and accordingly act upon. The way mind wishes, sets the premise against which one forms world view. Accordingly, one would entertain the outer world in terms of one’s reaction and response to external stimuli. One’s habits and attitudes, which set the terms of one’s performing self, too is seeded in the mind. To sum up, the way mind drives, will define whether one becomes due for a rewarding and fulfilling experiences in life, or end up inviting pains and sufferings.

The question now is: Can life move to one’s asking exactly as wished? Experience suggests otherwise, as life does not necessarily move on one’s own exclusive terms. Usually nothing comes about in life without contending with oddities and hazards in the way, which often puts one through difficult time. Why? For, no two minds are ever similar. In fact, every being is born unique, each reflecting varying mind-trait. The living world thus remains a natural breeding ground of conflicting thoughts and interests. Evidently, with each of us pursuing one’s self-designated path, life as such can never move unhindered and that too in a demanding mode. Therefore, the run of life is seldom easy.

The obvious question that follows: When more often than not the challenges faced are posed by external factors, how can we blame our own mind for what we go through? Apparently, it looks so, as one has no control on how others are to confront us. It is, however, very much in our hands to react and respond to any situation intelligently and turn it in one’s favour. In fact, mind is very much empowered to visualise in advance anticipated problems and be geared up to face them smartly. If we are not alert enough to exploit our own empowerment tool to make right choices, who else is to be blamed for? In this sense you become a victim of your own doing.

Remember, given our faculty of discriminate intelligence, the powers of mind are immense. If one could exploit in full one’s indwelling empowerment tool, mind would know no limits. Given a free hand, it could strike even beyond the known. The paradox, however, is that most of us have a clouded mind, coming as they may as seed-thoughts picked up and registered in mind in the past precondition our mind one way or the other. Mind power, thus, comes under limitation. What further plays spoil sport with us is our sense of ego, which invariably identifies itself with the indwelling thought-seeds. And our ego does not let us explore beyond the premise set by our indwelling thought-seeds. With such a restricted vision, one fails to look at the issues in hand in the right perspective due, and evidently to one’s detriment.

Look at how preconditioning of mind derailed a young guy. Look at his astrological pointers. The two luminaries, the Sun and Moon, are well aligned to each other, making him a comfort loving person, who may shun hard work. Both placed adverse to Uranus and Neptune, makes him stuck to his self-delusions, distanced from ground realities. He would prefer to live by his whims and fancies and behave irrationally with his elders particularly when advised otherwise.

Intelligence signifying Mercury ill-disposed off to Mars accounts for his restless mind, which does not let him set his priorities right. Also, he will not be able to pay attention to the callings of time. Mercury also opposed to Saturn accounts for his fixated one track mind, not open to listening and counsel.

Combust Venus, afflicted by both Uranus and Neptune, makes him vulnerable to get into unseemly activities that could bring ill-repute. Mars locked in adverse formation to its planet of nemesis Saturn as well as restive Rahu, makes him temperamental and irritable. Also, makes him vulnerable to unmindfully misdirect his energies towards unproductive ends.

And the result is there to see. This guy was performing very well in school. No sooner had he the taste of independence in college, far away from his parents, he went astray. He lost interest in studies and got involved in unseemly fun loving activities. He abandoned studies half way, and is now moving directionless. In fact, he has reached a stage, which calls for immediate psychiatric intervention in order to bring him back to rails.


18th Sept

Explore and Clean Clouded Mind

A regular reader of this column put up an intriguing question: “At times, my heart tells me to do something, but mind guides me otherwise. How do I resolve such internal conflicts?”

Well, invariably the tempting influences of the seeming world are mistakenly perceived as heart’s calling. When we get caught up in the glare and glitters of what draws our attention, we begin craving for it. And the ardent desire to gain it is what usually seems to be the call of our heart. It is something like a boy and girl in their teens getting infatuated towards each other. They are not actually aware what love really means.

The true calling of heart, on the contrary, is driven by a sense of pure love, which is all about giving, not demanding. Elaborating further, I drew his attention to how he put in his whole raising the sickly born grandchild. The attending doctors, apparently what may be termed as experiential sense of reason, had given up all hope. “Ignoring all that, it was your unflinching and selfless love towards the child that did not let you relent. And you pooled in all resources in your hand, which included your mind-power, to have successfully raised her quality of life.”

In fact, there is no scope for a conflict between the callings of an unblemished mind and pure heart. Even the sense of pure love is nothing but manifestation of pure mind, as remains the case with evolved beings. In some cases, one’s pure mind could spontaneously come into play on intense need based calling also, as it happened in the above case. For, purity of mind is never lost. It gets just clouded by our ignorance. And as intense heat of the Sun drives away the cloud, one’s sincere calling could temporarily sideline the clouding of mind.

It may not be out of place to mention here that the powers of pure mind are immense. If we could make wholesome use of our mind-power, one would know no limits, and therefore, carry no illusions. The irony, however, is that invariably we are born with a clouded mind, coming as it may with memory imprints carried over from the past. The imprints having negative connotation, hold the key to all our unseemly habits and attitudes, which restricts the scope our vision. Our ego further plays spoil sport in the process, which again is nothing but being stuck to self-assumptions. It does not let you dispassionately do due diligence either. It is such restricted minds that excite conflicts, and holds the key to our impaired psyche and thereby reasoning.

It, therefore, becomes incumbent upon us to explore the clouding of our mind - vulnerabilities - and make timely correction to ensure a smooth run of life. Truth remains that we seldom remain conscious about exploring the reasons underlying our impaired performing-self, and with obvious consequences. The paradox is that it is only when the situation becomes unbearable that one looks for remedy. First, one tries religious options, and when that does not work, in a state of desperation seeks help of expert counsellors.

Here is the case of a potential man going through mid life crisis, which he mistook as the calling of destiny indications. Truth, however, remains that over a period of time his unaddressed inherent infirmities having firmed up, now play the spoiler. Let us now look at his astrological pointers.

The Sun is locked in adverse formation to its planet of nemesis, Saturn, which is conjunct headless Ketu. This offers evidence of the possibility of being subjected to repression in early childhood. So it happened close to 4 years by age when he became a victim of wilful wrong doing by an adult errant. Consequently, a sense of fear and insecurity got imprinted deep in his psyche. That has made him habitually suspicious, and lacking in the spirit needed to face challenges head on, whereby he has developed an escapist tendency. The Sun also ill-disposed off to Venus makes him too much touchy and sensitive. Lagna lord Mars placed opposite mischievous Neptune is indicative of suffering from inferiority complex. The above inconsistencies in his personality are all interlinked. In the process, his potential side, which is immense, gets compromised.

Having thus becoming aware of indwelling infirmities, now he could resolve them, sincerely pursuing the Mind-Detoxification process as suggested. His extraordinary talent, as reflected by intelligence signifying Mercury conjunct wisdom oriented Jupiter, both well aligned to intellectually ordained Uranus, will then come into active play.


11th Sept

Educative Import of Ganapati Symbolism

Every puja in Indian tradition begins with Ganapati worship. For, He is perceived to be Vighnavinashaka (remover or all obstacles). The ongoing 10 days period, which takes off on 4th lunar day during the waxing phase of Bhadra month, is especially dedicated to Ganapati in our annular calendar. The question now is: Why so much of importance to Ganapati worship?

We all know that life as such does not move to one’s asking, and has to face lot of obstacles in the way. But could the obstacles be removed just by Ganapati worship? Or by having his idols placed at the entrance of our house/offices? Or by dressing up our drawing rooms with his idols available in varied forms, as could be seen in many houses? Had it been so easy, everybody’s journey of life would be smooth.

If, however, we look at the educative import of the imagery of Lord Ganapati and imbibe that spirit in our day-to-day working, we could become as street smart as Ganapati. As the pauranic story runs, the two sons of Lord Shiva, Kartikeya and Ganesh, were put to test to figure out as to who would qualify to become the custodian of Lord Shiva’s folks. It was declared that whosoever goes round the universe faster will be declared the winner. Kartikeya went around the universe on his peacock. But Ganesh just moved around his parents, and was declared the winner. The import is that Ganesh remained centred to the root, whereas Kartikeya moved on the periphery. So, Ganesh was declared as Ganapati, the lord of gana (Lord Shiva’s dependants).

In the above story, there is a message to all ordinary mortals, invariably stuck to seeming realities. Unless we remain beholden to the root of our existences, it would not be possible to understand the unity underlying all diverse existences, each unique by oneself. And but for which, harmonious co-existence of all and sundry forming this phenomenal world would not be possible.

Now look at the imagery of Ganapati. He has the head of an elephant known for its most stable mind with phenomenal memory. The ignorant children usually keep throwing stone on elephant out of fun, and street dogs will be making big noise. With its large ears, it hears everything. Yet, disregarding all such ignorant moves of others, unprovoked it keeps marching down the street.

Now see the contrast. A fragile mouse happens to be the mount of such a heavy bodied Ganapati. Mind it; even human mind is no less fragile. Dreaming, speculating, attending to indwelling fear, responding to external stimuli, our mind usually gets loaded with an unruly thought crowd. Caught up in the melee, often mind keeps randomly flirting around with inconsequential and even assumed thoughts. Mind, thus, loses its sense of direction and control. Unless, the unruly mind is reigned in, it would not remain stable, and but for which, its power gets compromised. But at the same time, one needs to be on full alert to the emerging challenges, the way a rodent runs away on even a feeble sound alert. Alertness coupled with stable mind frame, also enables getting to the finer nuances of the emerging challenges, the way rodent has access to small holes in a house.

Look at the adaptability of elephant, marked by its flexible trunk. It could pick up small eatables, as also take in its fold the trunk of a tree and uproot it, to meet its hunger. But that is need based, not greed or ego based. Ganapati is perceived as having its one of the attacking tooth broken. Yet, it is not bothered, as being devoid any sense of ego, it does not carry any killing instinct. So, it does not misuse its might over trivial issues.

Ganapati is perceived as having a large belly, which is filled by a bowl full of ladoos. Why a ladoo and not any other sweet? Remember, ladoo is round and solid. It implies that life has varied dimensions, and all of them are important. Therefore, they all need to be attended in holistic terms, in the right proportion due. Otherwise, if you ever neglect one aspect at the cost of other, one may have to suffer the consequences thereof leading to painful experiences.

No wonder, Bal Gangadhar Tilak was so emphatic in according iconic status to Ganapati. He must have felt that by imbibing the educative import inlaid with Ganapati’s symbolism, would help remove obstacles, and turn life into a meaningful experience.


4th Sept

Modify Your Unique Character

All that happens out in open is a projection of mind. For, every action first originates in mind. Our desire trends make us ideate and visualise, which in turn, excites corresponding thoughts. When the thoughts gravitate, following working in the laboratory of mind, they get translated into action. All thoughts do not translate into action. The weaker ones die out. But every action on our part is necessarily preceded by a thought. Also, the way we perceive and comprehend external situation, is how we respond to them.

So, our thoughts define the character and content of our initiative or response, and thereby the fruits of actions we become due for. So it’s said: “Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become action; watch your action, they become your habit; watch your habits, they form your character; watch your character, it defines your destiny.”

The question now is: what defines the nature of our thoughts? That calls for a look into the unique character of individual’s frame of mind, and which naturally varies from person-to-person. For, one’s mental orientation is subject to Karmic carryover from the past - memory imprints of our own doings and un-doings in the past. Since each being goes through varying experiences in one’s own right, accordingly the impressions thereof have to be unique.

It may not be out of place to mention here that all our doings in the past were the result of our own choice. Remember, when there is a choice option in hand, which remains the exclusive privilege available with human beings, the probability of its use and misuse would be equal. But there is no free lunch in this world. If there is freedom to make choices, one has to be prepared to bear with the consequences of the choices we make. That sets the terms of our Karmic cycle, and thereby our destiny indications. And that runs in succession till their closure, be it during the ongoing or successive life in course of life-death-rebirth cycle.

It is difficult to figure out what exactly we did in the past, particularly the previous life. The inherent thought-trends could, however, be watched. Here again, exploiting our choice option, one could make necessary amends. To make that possible, we are also armed with the faculty of discriminate intelligence, intrinsic to which is sense of dispassion. Applying this privilege, one could filter off the undesirables by not allowing them the necessary ground. But there is a catch. The faculty of discriminate intelligence does not act spontaneously. It needs to be consciously invoked. And which requires being on full alert all the time. The paradox, however, is that caught up in the usual mills of life, we often lose our sense of alert, and get carried away by usual flow of life, and with obvious consequences.

It, therefore, becomes incumbent upon us to explore our own unique nature and make necessary amends. And we are very much empowered to self-reflect and get to know our vulnerabilities and potentials. But often, our ego stands in the way. It tempts you to take things at its face value, and not let you explore the underlying cause seeded within the inner realm of mind. Here comes the role of Astrology as a diagnostic tool to explore one’s unique character.

Here is the case of a young man, who made his moves carefully and struck early success. But once he tasted success, became complacent, when his unique character overtook him. He then lost his sense of alert, and became a victim of his own making.

Look at his astrological markers. Mind indicator Moon occupies the fiery sign Aries and posited in the lunar constellation owned by finance signifying Venus, incidentally the lagna lord also. Moon is well aligned to Uranus, but ill-disposed off to debilitated Mars and Mercury. Mars is in adverse placement to Venus.

This, in the first place, points to being a highly ambitious person who wishes to become quick rich. Second, he would be impulsive, impatient and aggressive by nature. Third, he would be restless by nature. Consequently, he may act in a huff without applying proper forethought, and hence susceptible to mess up his finance because of unmindful indiscrete moves. The Sun placed adverse to Uranus accounts for his erratic nature, not realising that the world does not move to one’s asking. Consequently, no sooner transit Saturn played spoil sport with his natal Mars and Moon, his business collapsed. He can still make great kill, provided he modifies his unique character.


28th Aug

Astrology Develops Human Resources

Picking up threads from the previous issue, let me add here that going by perception of modern physics, particles having common root remain in intimate and immediate connect, no matter how distant they be. And all existences in this universe, live or inert, up above in the cosmos or on earth are nothing but manifestation of nature driven energies. In fact, both modern science and Indian philosophy agree on one count that nature driven energy orchestra, which holds the key to all existences, are all rooted in a singularity – the primordial source. This forms the ground for all existences on earth being in connect with planetary bodies doing their rounds in the cosmos.

True to the above perception, even a being apparently with a solid body-frame, when seen at subtle level, is nothing but an inseparable web of vibrating energy patterns. The mind and intellect are again energy structures at a different level. Even thoughts playing within our minds are again energy. It, thus, implies that each being would be marked with an energy-construct.

Now, as already explained in the previous issue, the planetary bodies moving in the cosmos are marked with energy streams doing their rounds in nature. Evidently, therefore, because of interconnect between the planetary bodies and a being, any variation in nature’s energy dynamics, its echoes will be carried over to the energy-construct of a being. And shall have related bearing in terms of one’s performing-self.

To measure the variation in energy-dynamics of nature, comes into play the role of time. It may be pertinent to note here that time, in terms of Indian calendar system, reflects upon the varying dynamics of nature’s energy orchestra. For, all units of time, both in micro and macro scales, are primarily scaled to the periodic motion of the Sun and Moon. Remember, the planetary bodies are continuously on their run at their respective speeds. Seen with reference to the earth, which itself moves at a great speed, the energy dynamics of nature at a particular moment would be quite at variance with the next.

So, the energy mapping of the heaven at a particular moment serves as a marker of unique energy-construct of a being born at that particular point of time. This reflects upon the Karmic imprints carried over from the past, which defines the inherent mind-traits of a being. Here again, energy-stream marked with a particular planetary body, carries specific characteristic feature, each marked with a specific functional aspects of a being.

For instance, the Sun reflects upon the overall health and confidence level of a being. Moon relates to general state of mind. Mercury serves as pointer to intelligence, communication and level of focus. Mars stands for fire and level of one’s efforts. Venus speaks of one’s emotional trends, as also how refined one’s demeanour is. Jupiter is identified with wisdom and virtue. Saturn is the hard task master, and also reflects upon the limitations of mind. The interrelation of planetary placement in an astrological chart reflects with a fair amount of precision the individual specific personality-traits.

To sum up, a reading of an astrological chart would reflect upon the potentials and vulnerabilities of a being. Supposing, if the Sun be ill-disposed off to Saturn, would imply being low in confidence, having fragile health, and carrying a sense of unfounded fear and insecurity. Moon when placed adverse to Saturn will speak of a pessimist character, suspicious by nature, and carrying self-doubts. Mars, in adverse placement to Mercury will speak of a restless mind lacking in focus. Mars or the Sun crossing path with Jupiter will speak loud of swaggering ego. Venus ill-disposed to either of the luminaries may speak of volatile emotionality. This way, the mind-trends of a being could be figured out with a fair amount of precision.

Remember, human beings are endowed with the power of freewill, which enjoins upon them with the privilege to guide their actions by choice and discrimination. Exercising this privilege, one could identify and acknowledge one’s inherent frailties, and accordingly make necessary corrections. Also, one could identify one’s inlaid potential, hone them well, and even improve upon further, to augment one’s creative abilities. In this sense, this discipline could serve as a very potent diagnostic tool directed towards human resource building.

To sum up, this discipline has a very sound rationale with great utility value. If rightfully used, it could serve as a very effective self-empowerment tool. So, this discipline does not simply have a psychological perspective as Jug Suraiya avers.


21st Aug

Security Alert is the Call of Time

It came as a pleasant surprise to see an established journalist coming up with a positive note on Astrology, and that too featuring on the edit page of a popular English journal. For otherwise, brickbats by self-acclaimed rationalists or those claiming allegiance to science have been a common feature.

Possibly, an astrologer’s poetic prediction, expecting serious efforts towards world peace during the next one year, encouraged him for his complimentary note on astrology. I wish; hope the said astrologer has raised comes true. After all, the world looks the way we perceive it, which grants him with the privilege to take his stand.

But what I know of for certain that world peace cannot be secured through an individual’s wishful speculation. The disparate forces calling shots all across have to reach such a pass when their own existence would be at stake, that they will be forced for a rethink. Evidently, when left with no choice, they may soften their stand, allowing the ruling elites work out ways and means to enforce world peace. So it happened post the first and second world wars. Even that did not let people live in peace for long.

In this context, the transit of Uranus in the sign Aries on June 23rd, coinciding with Brexit vote, deserves special attention. For, the event is marked with the reversal of globalisation trend that began in late twentieth century. This particular emotive voting trend, marked with narrowing down of vision, is going to make a dent on collective consciousness of people. That is sure to create fresh ground for conflict of interests amongst competing nations. It may be interesting to note here that the signifying zodiac sign for England happens to be Aries. So, it’s no coincidence that United Kingdom opted out of European Union.

Incidentally, Uranus was transiting Aries sign during the Second World War. During the First World War, it transited Capricorn sign, a quadrant placement (in Kendra) with reference to Aries. It is pertinent to note here that volatile Uranus, together with Saturn, is perceived as co-ruler of the sign Aquarius, and hence expected to carry latter’s traits. This, transiting Aries sign owned by Mars, which happens to be Saturn’s natural foe, points to likelihood of turbulence all across. Uranus stays in a zodiac sign for seven years. That calls for powers of the world to be on full alert and watch out the expected turn of events during this period.

Already a good part of the world is in the grip of continued war. And you never know which place in the world the terrorists are going to strike at tomorrow. For, terrorism seems to have spread its wings almost all across. As on date, when Mars, and its dire enemy Saturn, are close by in a Mars owned sign Scorpio, calls for a serious security concern all across, India not spared. Kashmir is already boiling for almost a month now. Lot of internal strife too is already in evidence, on caste and sectarian lines. Evidently, therefore, those at the helm of affairs cannot afford complacence.

I agree with Jug Suraiya that heavenly bodies at distance by themselves cannot shape our lives through some magical action. It is actually internal powers of mind that works. But let me correct him that though the planetary bodies are at a distance, they are always in immediate and intimate connect with us, as remains the vision of modern physics. So, they are capable of triggering our mind.

Remember, planets are not to be seen simply as physical objects moving in the cosmos just carrying their gravitational influence. In fact, the cosmic bodies are marked with energy streams passing through a region, with a particular planet at the centre, each exhibiting a particular characteristic feature. And distance won’t shun these energies from us.

Looking at things in terms of quantum physics, this world is said to be an inseparable web of energy patterns, where no one component has a reality independent of the entirety. Included in that entirety is the observer. It is this very inalienable connect between energy players of nature playing from the front, with us, which sets the premise of astrology. Accordingly, the energy mapping of the heaven at the time of one’s birth relates to the karmic imprints that one carries over from the past, which points to individual specific inherent mind-traits. What is imprinted within cannot be straight away read. But it’s connect and thereby correspondence with what moves out in open can spell out what lies in store.


14th Aug

Ensure That You Live Mindfully

Today, I begin with a sad note, as former Chief Minister of a North Eastern state committed suicide in a state of desperation. The reason could be any, which the investigative agencies may be able to figure out in course of time. Death is natural phenomenon of life, we all know. But, when somebody forces it upon oneself, is simply difficult to digest. For, it has to have psychological connotation, which calls for attention.

There is nothing new about people committing suicide all across. But what calls for our attention is that a man who has held high positions for almost 20 years took this extreme step. For, as a political leader, he was supposed to serve as a guiding spirit for common people often faced with extremely stressful situations.

It is important to note here that, if a man of humble beginning could make it to such a high position, it comes out that his journey would have been arduous, braving great challenges. So, by any measure, he cannot be termed a weakling. Yet, if he took such a gruesome step, calls for looking into the working of mind and psyche.

The question now is: “How comes a man of such a grit and resolve, who made it to high position even facing hunger and deprivation in early life, took such an extreme step?” We all know that in a world made out of an assorted group of disparate people, faced with conflict of interests, life as such cannot move to one’s asking. At the same time human beings are endowed with ‘Buddhi (the faculty of discriminate intelligence)’. This exclusive human preserve, grants us with the privilege to guide our actions by choice and discrimination. Evidently, therefore, we are empowered to intelligently deal with challenges coming our way. Yet, if the man took such an extreme step would mean that it had to be a mindless impulsive action in the heat of moment.

This man approached me on the closing day of 2014, after he was unceremoniously dropped from the cabinet. He wished to know whether he would be successful in his endeavour to replace the man who slighted him. At that stage he was one man army. The chart of the moment suggested that he carried the promise of fulfilment of his desires. But grave danger lied ahead, and so he had to be on full mental alert. Also, he carried a few mental infirmities, which called for continued guidance from a proven mentor, so that his actions were reasoned.

The referral chart drawn for the moment when the man first approached me, makes out an interesting reading. The 11th sub-lord Moon, identified with fulfilment of desires, occupied the destiny indicating 9th house. Moon was posited in the lunar constellation owned by Venus, the lord of 10th house identified with position of honour and dignity. Venus, though in the 5th house, but was closing up with the 6th cusp identified with success over adversaries.

10th sub-lord Saturn occupied the 4th house, incidentally the 6th lord, in exchange with Mars the 4th lord. Both respectively occupied their self owned lunar constellations, also involving the 10th lord Venus. That indicated a change of guard to his advantage. Moon, well aligned to Mercury and the Sun, indicated his high intelligence, excellent communicative skill, and a firm resolve. The obvious implication was that though it may take some time, but he was promised of fulfilment of his desires. So, it happened during the period indicated by the chart.

The paradox, however, was that exchange of Mars and Saturn also indicated grave danger, even to his life. Moon occupying fiery sign Aries and also ill-disposed of to the sign lord Mars, spoke of his impulsive, aggressive and irritable nature. Mars opposed to Jupiter pointed to his inflated ego. The Sun placed adverse to Uranus posited in the 8th house identified with death and destruction, made him vulnerable to sudden and erratic act. Mercury ill-disposed off to erratic Rahu made him vulnerable to sudden unreasoned act. He remained in touch off and on, till he made it to the high office, but went incommunicado thereafter. The idea is not to draw fault lines of the deceased, but to draw lessons out of this sad event.

To sum up, we need to be conscious about timely identification of our inherent mind-trends, for the sake of necessary correction. Also keep touch with the mentors and be receptive to their dispassionate counsel. For, higher you rise in life, graver would be the challenges.


7th Aug

Follow Nature’s Model for Happy Life

Picking up threads from the previous issue, it comes out that being an inseparable unit of a large organism, the interconnectedness and compulsive interdependence becomes imperative. That calls for living in togetherness, complementing and supplementing the efforts of each other. But for which, our existential needs would not be taken care of. Evidently, therefore, it becomes incumbent upon us to remain conscious about our collective obligations as much as our individualistic aspirations.

Now given the fact that every being is born unique, quite at variance with each other, life as such cannot move to one’s asking. Yet life has to move. That calls for the need to develop inter-personal relationship skill, so as to relate well to those around, overriding all individual limitations. Nature offers very potent clue in this direction.

Look at the run of planetary kingdom in our immediate galaxy. All planets, traversing their individual specific trajectory at their respective speeds, move round the Sun. It implies that all of them enjoy independent space by themselves, none interfering in other’s domain. Yet they maintain relativity amongst themselves. It is as if they move as a family, respectively discharging their individualistic as well as collective obligations. These planetary bodies keep extending their services in a giving mode in service of the living order, not looking for anything in return thereof. It is believed that but for the Sun, there would be no life on earth. It, is however, equally true that solar energy by itself cannot create and sustain life cycle. It needs support of energies marked with all other planets.

Our family and societal life too needs to be fashioned on the above model for its smooth run. Accordingly, we need to allow independent space to all our associates, while at the same time remaining conscious about our collective duties and obligations. Also, one would need to appreciate the sensibilities and concerns of other co-runners in life, while being particular about one’s own urges and aspirations.

Here again, invariably we are all born ignorant, and therefore, imperfect. So, we all have to have some individualistic limitations. But then, experience suggests that against a few individualistic infirmities that one may have, invariably the positives are much more. The usual human tendency, however, is that one gets stuck to few negatives in others, often ignoring many more positives in them. What further compounds our problem is that it is only human beings who wish to live almost in a demanding mode, on one’s own exclusive terms. That often makes one intolerant and impatient.

On top of all that is the fact that amidst all the potentials and limitations carried by a being, the negatives involuntary play from the front. The potentials, on the contrary, need to be identified, acknowledge, and honed, for them to be put to use. The negative habits and attitudes also play spoil sport with our indwelling potentials. That makes it incumbent upon us to identify and address our frailties well in time. But we seldom remain alert on this count.

A case in point is that at of a young married couple not been able to come to terms with each other during the last two years of their married life. The reason, in the first place is that the two are ignorant about the dynamics of collective living. Second, being stuck to their individualistic whims and fancies, they do not appreciate each other’s sensibilities.

Let us now look at the astrological pointers to the young man’s inherent tendencies. The Sun is locked in adverse formation to limiting Saturn, and mischievous Neptune. This speaks of a negative mindset being habitually suspicious of others, because of indwelling sense of insecurity and fear. Also, he would be stuck to his self-delusions, having a tendency to escape when confronted with issues, which given a little effort could have been otherwise easily resolved. Mercury ill-disposed off to Uranus and restive Rahu accounts for his insensible reasoning and judgment. Mind indicator Moon is sandwiched between headless Ketu and fiery Mars, and also ill-disposed to Venus. That makes him irritable, and too much emotionally touchy, who gets over exercised on trivial issues. Consequently, he is not able to intelligently attend to his wife’s emotional insecurity. In the process, even his potentials, that are immense, get marginalised.

I wish that he addresses his infirmities soon. Also, pursue the mental exercise suggested to absorb the lesson in the dynamics of collective living in right earnest. Very soon he will be able to have a pleasant life.


31st July

Unity in Diversity, the Defining Principle of Life

To be is to be in relationship, with one’s own self (all functional coordinates of body-mind organism), the immediate environment, the cosmos, and the existence in entirety. For, the world, with all its enormity and diversity, is framed as a unified organism, where no existence has a reality independent of the entirety, if Australian Physicist Paul Davies is to be believed. To quote his exact words: “For a naive realist, the world is a collection of objects. But for a quantum physicist, it is an inseparable web of vibrating energy patterns where no one component has a reality independent of the entirety, included in that entirety is the observer.”

The interdependence and interconnect of all and sundry is thus implied. In this scheme of things, each live entity is born imperfect, incapable of meeting existential needs all by oneself. But in togetherness, complementing and supplementing the efforts of each other, they make out a self-sufficient world. Evidently then, how well we relate to the world, will define the quality of life we become due for. This existential truth sets the premise of the “The Art of Living.”

Ancient India’s learned masters had very well realised this existential dynamics. So, they were conscious about not only educating the mankind to the above effect. They rather made provision in our annular calendar for refreshing our memory at regular periodic interval. For, they knew that people who were passionately pursuing their self-centric desires, often lose track of the fundamentals of life. So is the whole of Hindu month of Shravana has been dedicated to Lord Shiva. The purpose is not to drive people into frenzied belief driven practices seeking thy boon. It rather lays emphasis on the need to set our functional dynamics in tune with the above existential truths.

A look at the symbolism of Lord Shiva in accord with an assorted group of courtiers carries a valued educative import. He is visualised mounted on an ox, presiding over both cosmic world and life mechanism on earth, holding them in unison.

The lunar crescent over His head, as we are aware, has no light of its own. It draws light from the Sun and other stellar bodies up above in the sky. Moon, thus symbolises convergence of all modes of nature driven energies, which He excites by playing Damru (the hand-drum He holds). The harmony and symphony of energy streams thus excited led to all creations, both up above in the sky as also on planet earth.

Thus comes into being a life cycle. The perennial river Ganges flows out of Lord Shiva’s hair locks which ends up in the ocean. Remember, without water there would be no life. So, all through its run, it extends life. On the way, as also out of the sea, water evaporates to form cloud, and then rains back into the water bodies to recharge them. Similarly life cycle runs in succession, reincarnating afresh charged with fresh vigour and strength after death. Life’s journey, thus, continues unabated, changing its garb again and again.

Lord Shiva has in His court all possible forms of existences – Godly beings, humans, animal world, and even weird existences such as gobbles. All of them symbolically exemplify multitude of species in existence forming the living world. The godly beings signify cosmic forces driving the living order. The presence of weird creatures, stand for imperceptible existences during interregnum period between two successive lives.

There exists evolutionary barrier of incommunicability amongst his courtiers. Yet, at the same time, overlooking their individualistic vagaries, He remains in accord with all of them, as would his half closed eyes imply. He does that purposely so as to make the most out of their virtues. For, Lord Shiva knows that if all of them have their individual limitations, they are also assigned with such virtues as would be necessary for sustaining life. And but for one, the very existence would be at stake.

Lord Shiva is able to hold the fort together as He is selfless, and thus enjoys the confidence of all. He just sports a tiger skin to cover His lower body despite being all powerful, to mean that.

To sum up, the defining principle of life is “Unity in Diversity.” Our leaders, and in fact, all of us, need to imbibe the spirit of Lord Shiva to ensure life in peace and harmony, individually and collectively. Of late, having lost touch of this existential truth, is why people are day-by-day becoming more self-centric, intolerant and impatient, being the cause behind the chaos prevailing all across.


24th July

One Builds One’s Own Destiny

The other day, a caller referred to by a friend seeking guidance on how to improve her son’s performance at school, confronted me: “When a being’s personality trends are beyond change, what help can I expect from you? You do astrology, which is a destiny defining discipline, how can it help improve a being’s performing-self?”

Well, if you carry this mistaken belief, I can’t help you. Truth, however, runs just to the contrary. Mind it; there is nothing permanent in this transient world, except a continued process of change. It is our ignorance that keeps us beholden to our preconceived notions that unwittingly abhors change.

In fact, human beings enjoy the exclusive privilege of being armed with ‘Buddhi’ (the faculty of discriminate intelligence). Applying this exclusive preserve, one could self-reflect to become aware of our own self – the potentials and vulnerabilities. Following which, applying one’s choice option, which again is an exclusive human preserve, one could make necessary amends. But often, our ego does not let us acknowledge our own frailties.

Here comes astrology to our aid. For, serving as a very potent diagnostic tool, it presents a true mirror-image of our karmic carry over from the past. This holds the key to our personality and destiny trends. Having thus identified and acknowledged indwelling negative pointers; one could accordingly take necessary corrective initiatives. The ground is thus laid down to seek fresh educative inputs, and redefine one’s thought process. For, it is our thought process, which holds the key to our destiny. So runs the following verse:

“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
Watch your words, they become action;
Watch your actions, they become habit;
Watch your habits, they become character;
Watch your character, that becomes your destiny.”

It is our mistaken belief that astrology binds us to the limits of destiny. On the contrary, astrology is a dynamic discipline. In fact, an astrological chart is nothing but a graphical reflection of nature’s energy orchestra, at the time of one’s birth. It is marked with planetary configuration that moment. A look at the planetary alignments presents a picture of one’s inherent mental orientation, which could be figured out with a fair amount of precision. According as the frame-up of mind, one excites desires, which in turn, generates corresponding thoughts, and which eventually translates into action. To sum up, it is our thought-trends that define our course of destiny. Now, looking at the progression of planetary bodies in the emerging times, futuristic destiny trends could be very well figured out.

Having said that let me make it clear that destiny indications are not necessarily binding upon us. Remember, human beings enjoy the power of freewill, which empowers us to guide our actions by choice and discrimination. Exercising this human prerogative, one could identify and acknowledge one’s innate frailties through a reading of the astrological chart. Following which, one could very well make conscientious choice directed towards correcting them. Again exercising this very option, we could conscientiously seek fresh educative inputs that may reorient the very thought trends. To sum up, it is up to us, whether to ignorantly submit to destiny trends and bear with the consequences there of. Or, reshape one’s destiny through conscious efforts.

A case in point is that of a young girl whose performance at school indicated that she was a mediocre student. The parents were naturally worried about her future prospects. A look at her chart indicated that she had untapped extra ordinary talents as would intellectually ordained Uranus well aligned to the Sun, Moon, and Mercury meant. It meant that she had an innovative and inventive mind capable of independent thinking. She had the capacity to get to the depth of a subject matter. Even wisdom oriented Jupiter’s benevolent support to Mercury implied that she should have clarity in her vision and thought. Also, she should have excellent communicative skill.

The problem, however, was that Mars, ill-disposed off to Mercury, meant that she lacked focus. Second, limiting Saturn occupying the fourth house placed adverse to Moon implied that her domestic atmosphere was disturbed. Being witness to and not been able to digest continued negativity at home, a sense of fear got instilled in her mind. In the process, her level of confidence too got shattered.

The girl and her family members were made aware of the above fact and also counselled at regular interval for a while. The girl was also subjected to a mind-detoxification process. Within three months she showed marked improvement.


17th July

Guru Serves As Torchbearer of Life

In the Indian religious tradition, we have a date dedicated in the annular calendar for all that is worth venerable. On these occasions, we religiously dwell upon and seek grace in a prayer mode of such virtues as would be identified with the symbolism referred to. For, it prepares you to conduct intelligently. But human memory is short. Engaged in the usual mill of life, we often lose track of the fundamentals of life, as if one would have outgrown their limits. So has such a provision been made in our annular calendar to refresh our memories at regular periodic interval.

In the above spirit, full moon day of Hindu month Ashada is marked as Guru Purnima, which falls this year on August 19th. On this solemn occasion, the disciples reaffirm their faith in Guru and pay gratitude seeking his grace. Reposing faith in Guru does not mean submitting to his body-mind organism, rather the virtues he epitomises. Here again, seeking Guru’s grace does not mean that he would play a magical wand to enlighten his disciples. Guru first shows the way. He then leads the disciples work upon their limitations of mind themselves, and helps unfold full human potential, most part of which is otherwise lying dormant. Mind it, human potential is immense, which if fully unfolded, will know no limits. But to be beneficiary of Guru’s grace, the disciple has to be receptive enough to fully absorb the lessons imparted, and pursue them in right earnest with full faith.

Why so much of importance to Guru? Be it known that the word ‘Guru’ is made out of two root syllables ‘Gu’ and ‘Ru’, respectively meaning darkness and light. It implies that the one who could shed light (wisdom) to dispel darkness (ignorance) would qualify to become a Guru. Seen in practical terms, the one having himself realised and become conversant with the truth underlying the existential dynamics of the manifest world, would fit into that role.

This, however, would be possible only when he gets well tuned to the cosmic intelligence and transcended the sense of relative perception. In the process, Guru becomes conversant with the dynamics of life in holistic terms – operative both at gross and subtle levels. He then puts them into practice himself in real terms, thus presenting himself as a living example. Only such persons are worth motivating people imbibe his virtues, and hence the importance of a Guru.

The question now is: Why man, the most empowered creature in this universe can’t unfold his full potential in his own right? Why does he need guidance of a Guru?

The problem arises because man is a thinking being. And mind has a fertile ground which remains active even if one would be apparently idling. It keeps breeding thoughts unabated out of one’s own imagination, and keeps mulling over them. This is over and above those excited by the seed-thoughts inlaid with mind, as well as those under influence of the outer world.

This way, mind remains loaded with a massive motley crowd of thoughts and feelings, ordinarily difficult to contend with ease. Some of the thoughts out of that very massive crowd, as well as feelings in response to external stimuli, translate into action. Not all thoughts translate into action. But every action on the part of a being is necessarily preceded by a thought. Ostensibly then thinking and feeling would hold the key to all actions on our part. Evidently, the character, content, and intent of the thought and feeling will define the quality of our efforts and thereby fruits thereof, we become due for.

What if the thought-crowd occupying the mind becomes unruly, which invariably remains the case with most of us? Consequently, mind becomes restive. It then begins aimlessly wandering and usually gets lost in the unwieldy thought crowd, as it loses its sense of direction and thereby control. In the melee, mind loses the alert necessary to invoke one’s faculty of discrimination on account of attention deficiency, and with obvious consequences.

It, therefore, becomes incumbent upon us to reign in our unruly mind, but for which it would not be possible to excite such well meaning thoughts as could lead us towards the right course due. The irony, however, is that a disorderly mind caught up in a dense jungle of thoughts, by itself cannot find a way out. Here comes the role of a Guru, who helps you restore orderliness of mind. With these words I pay my gratitude to my revered Guru.


10th July

How Ego Plays the Devil Our Life

Evolutionary potential intrinsic to fundamental elements of creation, spontaneously led them progressively evolve into the manifest world, with all its enormity and diversity. Since the cause has to find its imprint in the effect, the urge to evolve further has to be there in the human construct as well. No wonder, it remains our common urge to successfully keep progressing in life with ease and comfort. Also, get better empowered, mentally, intellectually, emotionally, materially and otherwise.

The paradox, however, is that whereas in nature, the whole course of creation chain progressively evolved involuntarily. The human beings, on the contrary, need to put in conscious efforts, as they enjoy choice option. This is the real challenge in human life. For, the choice option happens to be a double-edged weapon, as it carries as much probability of misuse as rightful use. Evidently, if this option is not used carefully, it could very well serve as a trickster, often stalling the evolutionary momentum.

It may not be out of place to mention that since the urge to evolve is ingrained in human nature, if it anyway gets compromised, the void there after would unnerve a being from within. The irony, however, is that one would not know why mind has become restive. Following which, the scattered mind though remains live to their desire for material gains. It, however, seldom remains conscious about servicing one’s inlaid empowerment tools, but for which, it would be difficult to do justice to the callings of one’s desire. And if one fails to make it to the desired destination, he/she tries to assuage oneself by subscribing it to the callings of destiny. Seldom does one realise that one’s own impoverished empowerment tool holds the key to failure.

Often our sense of ego plays the devil in the whole game plan. For, it is susceptible to identify itself with indwelling tendencies and unmindfully makes it the defining principle. Also, it remains vulnerable to get caught up into tempting influences of the seeming world, and sets it as the dream destination. Entrapped thus, it fails to remain alert about invoking one’s discriminating faculty for due diligence. Having thus ignored the most profound empowerment tool of mind, its sense of orderliness gets compromised. It then becomes vulnerable to unmindfully pick up inappropriate leads, and with obvious consequences.

It, therefore, becomes incumbent upon us to override all the chaotic influences playing in the mind through conscious efforts, and ensure holistic development of the self. Otherwise, we will be subject to unwanted twists and turns in life. See how the inflated ego of a man keen to grow spiritually, materially, and otherwise, is not able to register any significant progress.

Let us look at his astrological pointers. The person is born in Aries lagna, a fiery and movable sign, with its lord Mars in the 9th house, incidentally again a fiery sign. It speaks of a highly ambitious person, by nature impulsive, aggressive, and the one who jumps into action without applying proper forethought. Mars locks horns with expansive Jupiter, intelligence signifying Mercury, and mind indicating Moon. In the first place, it speaks loud of being high on ego, who is stuck to his self-assumed parameters. Also, he may not pay heed to advice and counsel of others. Second, he has a restive mind not allowing him to remain focused for long. Also, he would be over critical of others especially if their opinion would be at variance with his. Third, he is temperamental, whereby he is not able to gel well with others. Moon opposed to Mercury and Jupiter accounts for his impaired reasoning and judgment, as well his volatile emotionality.

Accordingly, he was advised to get over his mental maladies first if at all he wishes to evolve, as would the following Indian maxim suggest: “A man may have received grace of God, of the teacher and the holy man; but if he does not have the grace of mind, the journey of life shall be full of unwanted twists and turns”.

Fact remains that his mental infirmities often land him into serious problems because of his own indiscretions. Once he asked me, how to work upon his ego. He was advised to repose faith in Guru and follow his instructions in right earnest. Immediately, he shot back, my heart is inclined to accept your advice, but my buddhi does not let me surrender my identity. I had to explain that what he perceives as his buddhi, is actually his ego playing the devil.


3rd July

Watch Attitude for Healthy Living

The building block of mind and matter remains the same and are, therefore, inter-alia interactive and responsive to each other. As explained by Swami Vivekanand, Mind is a finer body within the gross body. The physical body is, as it were in applied sense, only the outer crust of mind. In fact, in one sense even mind is termed as matter. It is an established fact that

if one stops eating and tries to survive only on water intake, say for about a fortnight, eventually mind becomes virtually dysfunctional. As one begins consuming food, mind regains strength, and one’s memory revives. It is, therefore, the food, which is nothing but matter that nourishes the mind, but for which it would not be doing its round. In a way, it may not be unfair to surmise that food becomes mind. It is in this sense it is said that mind is matter. So goes our native saying: “Anna se buddhi, jala se prāna”1, meaning that “food nourishes the mind and water sustains life.”

It may not be out of place to mention here that matter, though having a visible solid form-presence, at subtle level however, it is nothing but energy-formation. Mind too, though termed matter; it doesn’t have a form-presence. It rather is a pure energy-formation. Of course, the energy formations marked with the two – mind and matter - would vary. So, both mind and matter being energy-formations carry the scope to be inter-convertible and being interconnected. This, guided by the force of consciousness available at all levels of existence, be it matter or nature driven pure energy-structure, forms the basis for the two remaining interactive. No wonder, mind gets affected if something goes wrong with our health mechanism. Again, if mind gets anyway disturbed and stressed, it has related bearing on our health status.

In recent past, a good number of childless couples came looking for their progeny prospects. All of them had undergone necessary tests and had been declared medically fit for child bearing. Many of them had even tried IVR options, but in vain. What was commonly in evidence in all the charts was that they all suffered from one or the other mental and emotional malady. That had related bearing on their body-chemistry. It will be interesting to mention here that the parameters pointing to a particular attitudinal problem, simultaneously reflects one or other physiological aspects of a being.

It will be pertinent to note here that in terms of Ayurveda, the three body-humors mix – Kafa (mix of water and earth element), pitta (fire element), and vayu (air element) – define the health status of a being. These elements need to be in perfect balance for a healthy body. And they being beyond the purview of modern medical science would not fit into their test parameters. Practitioners of alternate medicine – Homeopathy or Ayurveda – can figure out imbalance if any in body-humor mix, and fix them.

It can also be figured out with a fair amount of precision through a reading of a person’s astrological chart. Based on analysis of their charts, they were accordingly advised to work upon their attitudes. Simultaneously, they were also referred to a homeopath for treatment. Following which, majority of them had children. The fate of remaining few is not known because they never reverted back.

Let us look at the astrological pointers of some of these cases. In one case, the lady was born in Aries lagna. Its lord Mars occupied another fiery sign Leo, where from it formed unholy alliance with Moon and Neptune. It pointed to an impulsive, aggressive, irritable, impatient, and intolerant person suffering from inferiority complex. The same parameter points to excessive fire element, which implied excess of acid formation. The Sun was placed adverse to Venus implying volatile emotionality. In terms of health it implied imbalanced Kafa element. Within a year after subjecting to remedial measure, she conceived and had a baby.

In another case, Mars is conjunct Moon as well as Mercury, all planets occupying an airy sign. It again points to imbalanced fire and air humors. Added to that is combust Venus meaning emotional volatility as well as Kafa imbalance. This lady conceived after a year after taking corrective initiative.

In the third case, the Sun is placed adverse to Jupiter implying swaggering ego. Read together with Venus ill-disposed off to Mars also points to imbalanced fire and cough elements, making the person vulnerable to having a sluggish liver, and high blood pressure. Following treatment, she too conceived.


26thJune

Unmindful Living Leads To Pain

We have so far discussed in detail about dynamics of mind in our previous issues, and also the need to remain conscious about its orderly functioning. It is time now see in practical terms how a disorderly mind could invite long drawn pains and sufferings in life.

The other day a distressed lady, not knowing how to come out of her traumatic situation, came seeking guidance. Her opening question was: “What wrong have I done for the ordeal I have gone through for almost a decade now? I have been subjected to continued abuse, physically, mentally, emotionally and otherwise. I am totally drained out, my confidence is shattered. My mind seems to have lost its balance, and have lost all hope in life. I am just pulling on my life for my children. And shall I be able to come out of this marriage?”

Well, if you don’t remain true to yourself, nobody can help you. Human being is empowered to guide one’s action by choice and discrimination. By ignoring your discriminating abilities, impulsively you made a wrong choice on instinctive judgment. Evidently, you had to bear with the consequences thereof.

As would happen to any budding young girl, you too nursed fanciful dreamy perception about your prospective mate. Befitting your expectations, the first flamboyant handsome young man you chanced upon, you blindly went after him. And when you saw that the guy spent lavishly on you, drove you in swanky car, and lived in a posh locality, you thought he was resourceful enough to take good care of you. In awe of his seeming realities, you never cared to do a reality check on his true nature. You did not pay attention to elders counsel for buying some time so that you were able to know the man in and out. And you rushed through marriage. The truth about his true-self dawned upon you only after settling down in marriage, but by then it was too late.

Your astrological pointers speak loud of why you conducted yourself as above. But no knowledge of astrology was needed to explore man’s true nature. You just had to buy time and watch him closely.

Marital separation or not, is exclusively your prerogative. But before you take the call, you need to get over your present mental predicament and rebuild yourself afresh. Otherwise, you may not be able to take a reasoned stand. Second, you may not be able to articulate your actions well. Third, you may not be able to withstand the challenges coming your way in the process. So, work upon yourself by following the process suggested. Let us now look at her astrological pointers.

The Sun is locked in adverse formation to Jupiter. It speaks of her swaggering ego with a closed mind, stuck to her self-beliefs. She may not take advice and counsel of elders kindly. Both the luminaries, the Sun and Moon lock horns with mischievous Neptune. The obvious implication is that she would be stuck to her fanciful dream perceptions, often distanced from ground realities. Bound by her self-delusions, she would not acknowledge truth on its first appearance, and ignore it till pushed to the wall. Moon, ill-disposed off to Uranus, makes her erratic. Mars and Mercury close by, makes her irritable and restless, and which accounts for her distracted attention. In a fit of anger, she may lose her sense of reasoning and control. Saturn placed adverse to Ketu, would not allow her to take on challenges coming her way head on. She may rather try to find an easy escape route. Consequently, her problems get dragged on for long. All put together made her vulnerable to act unmindfully in life.

Turning to her husband’s chart, Rahu placed in his 3rd house identified with basal instincts, implies that he would be mean-minded person. Also, he would be in a bad company. Neptune in the 4th house, crossing path with Mars, implies in the first place, of bad parentage. Second, he would be suffering from inferiority complex. Third, he may have violent temperament, and may often ill-treat others, particularly the near and dear ones. Moon placed adverse with Mercury as well as erratic Rahu, speaks of his weird mind-set, unpredictable mood swings, fuzzy thinking, insensible reasoning and judgment. The Sun placed adverse to Venus, read together with Moon ill-disposed off to Jupiter, speaks of his volatile emotionality and his self-indulgences.

The result is there to see. I wish, she sincerely follows the advice offered, and soon she would feel empowered enough to conduct prudently.


19thJune

The Chariot of Knowledge

The Chariot of Knowledge Potentials and vulnerabilities of mind, as well as its order of working is beautifully reflected in a popular Indian simile – “The chariot of knowledge” – Arjun seated in a chariot steered by Lord Krishna as charioteer, which is pulled by 5 horses. It is premised on the following two verses from Kathopanishada:

"Ātmānam rathinam viddhi, śarīram ratham eva tu,
Buddhim tu sārathim viddhi, manah pragraham eva ca."
"Indriyān hayānāhuh visayām stes gocarān,
Ātmendriya mano-yuktam, bhokte-tyāhur manīsinah."

Here, the chariot, Arjun, Lord Krishna, reins, horses, and greens on pathway respectively symbolise, human body, soul, buddhi, mind, senses, and temptations of life. The human being animated by the indwelling soul has a journey to undertake to make it to a designated destination – becoming fully evolved. It is driven by mind, duly aided by senses and guided by the faculty of discriminate intelligence.

If the reins are let loose, the horses shall run after grass patches on and around the pathway. Consequently, the chariot would get derailed and the journey will get disrupted. If however, applying discriminate intelligence, the reins are kept in control, the horses will be in check, and shall continue pulling the chariot unhindered to its logical end. So goes the saying that should the soul, body, Buddhi, Mind, and the senses act in togetherness as a unified organism, the journey of life shall become enjoyable.

It needs no elaboration that unless all field players join hand, to together put in wholesome effort, the journey of life shall move directionless, and naturally to one’s detriment. That calls for personality integration. It is, however, easier said than done. For, both mind and the senses are fragile in nature. The senses get drawn towards the tempting objects spread all across. If allowed a free run, they will keep running after them and randomly keep wandering hither and thither. It is something like a monkey picking up a fruit and after consuming it partly, would go after other pieces one after other, but would never eat one whole fruit. The senses, by themselves, lack discriminating faculty, and would therefore, not be able to regulate its functioning.

The onus of controlling the senses lies with the mind. But untamed impressionable mind often come under tempting influence of sense objects of the seeming world. Even the residual desires in mind are nothing but reflection of impressions of what the senses would have picked up in the past. These impressions keep chasing us within our minds, which over a period of time forms a part of our habit. They do not spare you even while engaged in other assignments. And habits die hard. In fact, our habit tendencies, particularly the persistent desires, involuntarily create a security ring around. Through continued hammering within our minds, they keep pulling us back to their precincts, if ever one tries to look beyond to escape its frontiers.

Consequently, even while one is idling, mind is not at rest. It keeps attending to random thoughts, it keeps breeding non-stop. It is something like a fertile earth mass, which does not remain barren even if seeds are not sown, as it involuntarily keeps breeding weeds. Mind-space, thus, gets too much cluttered over a period of time. The overburdened mind gets so vexed that it loses sense of direction. Meanwhile, the thought process becomes so complex that habitually, it looks at even simple issue in a circuitous way, making its resolution an arduous affair.

It’s now for Buddhi to keep the mind in check, which in turn, would keep the senses in control. Making use of this exclusive human preserve, one is empowered to filter off the undesirables, set the priorities right, and remain focused to them. Otherwise, the untamed mind would keep randomly flirting around like an unbridled horse in the meandering of sensory impressions drawn from within and beyond. The paradox, however, is that Buddhi cannot spontaneously come to our aid. It needs to be consciously invoked and put to use.

Here comes into play ‘Aham֗kāra’ (the sense of I or Ego consciousness), which has to take the call, and will, how mind has to go forward. The irony, however, is that often it identifies itself with the indwelling tendencies, and unmindfully makes it the defining principle. Also, it remains vulnerable to get caught up in the tempting influences of seeming realities, and gets motivated to blindly chases them. In both cases, Buddhi gets sidelined, and with obvious consequences.

To sum up, we better remain conscious about following the lessons scripted in the above simile.


12thJune

Get Empowered For Fulfilment of Desires

Summing up the discussion in the two previous issues, it comes out that it is desirable to seek a Guru/Mentor, who may lead us through in our quest to restore orderly functioning of mind. The other day, a lady having gone through my piece asked me: “Is having a Guru mandatory? Are we not ourselves empowered to carry forward the task in one’s own right?”

Well, potentially empowered though, but our clouded mind limits it from spontaneously out-flowing to its optimum best. And as already explained in the previous issues, the key to coming out of our mental-bind is awareness, and hence the need of a Guru. For, you need someone who may educate you, and then lead you through a step-by-step process to remove the so called hardened dirt layer in your mind. It needs to be appreciated that that the one an adept in the process, could lead you through. This, he/she could do on the strength of experiences gained while pursuing the process oneself. If you could exploit your full human potential, what would be the need to undergo a corrective process?

Remember, at the end of the day, it is only you who has to take the call, and exploit own inlaid tools to address the indwelling infirmities, of course as guided by Guru. Following which, over a course of time orderly functioning of mind gets restored, where after it reveals its immense power unfettered. The Guru doesn’t do any miracle, he just guides you through.

The paradox, however, is that even after submitting to a process as guided by Guru, the task is not easy. For, desires and emotions keep persisting in mind. They keep the mind fragmented, not allowing remaining focused to the task in hand. It does not allow the sense of alert needed to invoke our faculty of discriminate intelligence either, vital to rightfully steer life.

It is often said that one needs to get over desires to secure purity of mind – a clear mind worth projecting its full potential. But I have a question. Can a being born with a lack in the sense of fullness, and thereby want, get rid of desire? Here again, remember that every being is made out of the three nature driven fundamental forces - Sattva, Rajasa, and Tamasa. Out of them, it is the Rajasa element which serves as activating force, intrinsic to which is the sense of desire. It is again the desire which offers you something to look forward, and also motivates you to work towards that end. So, all actions on our part, good or bad, are desire driven. So, ordinarily, it is difficult to control desire. The question now is to how to get over this dilemma?

A true Guru makes you exploit the sense of desire itself, which is to be directed towards getting better empowered. Once you are able to unfold mind-power to its optimum best, in the first place, you may be able to discriminate between “what you want and what is right,” and make right choices. Second, when you train your mind towards the aspired destination, you will be able to put in your qualitative whole to successfully achieve that end.

Here is the case of a highly ambitious gentleman, though armed with immense potential, became a victim of the vagaries of his own mind. He, therefore, suffered badly till his early fifties, before he came across a Guru. Following his advice in right earnest, his very thought process underwent a positive turn over a period of time.

Look at his astrological markers. The Sun favourably aligned to intellectually ordained Uranus points to being a genius. For, it arms him with an insightful, inventive, and innovative mind. Wisdom signifying Jupiter is conjunct mind indicator Moon, and also favourably aligned to intelligence signifying Mercury. That speaks loud of clarity in vision and thought, as well as excellent communicative skill.

His inherent infirmities, however, played spoil sport with the above positives. Mercury ill-disposed to restive Rahu made his mind restless. This, read together with fiery Aries Lagna, made him act impulsively on instinctive judgment, without applying proper forethought. So, he failed to make right choices and often ended up distraught. Venus ill-disposed off to both the Sun and Moon, accounts for his volatile emotionality. That made him too much unnerved even on trivial issues, which he would stretch beyond their due, thus losing track of priority preferences.

Now that he has reformed himself, his creative potential has brought in a new meaning to life.


5thJune

Awareness, Key to Orderly Mind

Carrying forward the issue taken up in the previous issue, it is time now to look for how to restore orderly functioning of mind. What does this call for?

First, one needs to become aware of true nature of mind – construct, driving tools and their operative mechanism, as well as its chemistry. Knowing this, one becomes aware of how to drive the instrument of mind to one’s best advantage.

Next comes, becoming aware of the dynamics of life in holistic terms. It offers us a lesson in the ‘Art of living’. For, one then becomes aware that this universe is a unified organism, where no existence has a reality independent of the entirety. And that the existential order is set into an interdependent mechanism. In this scheme of things, all and sundry have to essentially complement and supplement the efforts of each other to together meet our existential needs. Had this not been true, every individual would have been capable of meeting one’s existential needs all by oneself. It thus becomes imperative upon us to improve our inter-personal relationship skills so as to relate well to all and sundry, overriding all individual limitations, and be in harmony with the rest. In this context, it is worth quoting Australian Physicist, Paul Davies:

“For a naive realist, this world is a collection of objects. For a quantum physicist, it is an inseparable web of vibrating energy patterns, where no one component has a reality independent of the entirety, and included in that entirety is the observer.”

Here again, it needs to be appreciated that all form existences in this world find presence following play and interplay of progressively evolving energy chain excited by the ‘Primordial-source’. So, each being has ‘energy presence’, which makes the above quote quite relevant in practical terms. Remember, going by established scientific perception, energy and matter are inter-convertible.

Having of late lost the sense of “Unity in diversity,” being the defining principle of the existential order, people are day-by-day are becoming more and more self-centric, intolerant and impatient. That is how peace and harmony is missing in our family, society, and the world at large. The reason: Earlier, in the ancient days, making people aware of the dynamics of life used to be a part of curriculum, which in today’s time has been ignored.

It is pertinent to note here that just becoming academically aware of the above reality is not enough. The idea has to sink in the deep realm of our mind, for it to spontaneously find reflection in our day-to-day conduct. The irony, however, is that our indwelling limitations of mind and aspirational urges, coming as they may as Karmic carryover from the past, do not let us easily move beyond their precincts. For, they become a part of our habit. And habits die hard. In a way they seem to involuntarily create a security ring, which keeps pulling us back again and again, if we ever try to even explore beyond their confines.

Ordinarily, human minds remain entrapped in pushes and pulls between shadow of the past and futuristic aspirations. Caught up in this cross fire, mind’s attention gets fractioned, whereby often it loses the sense of alert needed to invoke our most profound empowerment tool, Buddhi for due diligence. Consequently, mind’s orderly functioning gets compromised, whereby one often loses sense of direction. Mind then becomes a trickster. One thus becomes vulnerable to unmindfully pick up inappropriate leads, often at cross purposes with the callings of larger orderliness of nature. And our performing-self becomes a natural casualty.

What’s the way out then?

First, one has to resolve to come out of inherent limitations of mind. Second, one needs to invoke one’s faith element so as to believe and get motivated to carry forward the task. Third, detoxify one’s mind of all the negative memory imprints as would be habitually misleading us, and create mind-space necessary to add on fresh educative inputs. This, however, can’t come about easy just by oneself, as it is difficult to dispassionately identify one’s own infirmities for necessary correction. Also, standing on a plane, which holds the key to our frailties, would not offer us any lead beyond.

Here comes into play the role of a proven Guru/Mentor. He will first dispassionately let you see your true mirror image. He will then lead you through a course correction step-by-step. The process involves cleansing and strengthening of mind, sharpening intelligence, and learning the fundamentals of life in small digestible doses.


29th May

Restore Orderly Functioning Of Mind

There is orderliness in nature, which is why such a complex organism, with all its myriad field players in chorus, has been doing its round with such precision. If the Sun has to rise at a specified point of time as mandated by nature, it will rise exactly at that very moment, and with no scope for making any exception even to the level of micro second.

Likewise, there’s a sense of orderliness in human construct too, which has to essentially move in conformity with larger orderliness of nature. For, life is not simply sourced to nature driven forces. Also, it’s nourished and sustained by nature’s resources, and which holds the key to all aspects of human dynamism.

The paradox, however, is that where as nature’s field players are to strictly follow the predefined course mandated by nature, human beings, enjoy freedom of making choices. The obvious implication is that nature’s orderliness is beyond aberration. Human beings, on the contrary, remain vulnerable to ignorantly interfere with the orderliness within. Following which, they become out of sync with the larger orderliness of nature, and evidently to one’s detriment.

Truth of life is that by birth, we are all born imperfect that are characterised by limitations of mind, which can be put into two categories. First, in line are constitutional limitations under the spell of Maya, which is intrinsic to human construct. That puts us under five types of limitations – limited creativity; limited vision and knowledge; loss of sense of fullness which in turn breeds in craving tendencies; limitation of time; limitation exercised by law of causation and that of space. Next in row are individual-specific limitations, varying from person-to-person, as a sequel to cause-effect chain that drives our lives. This again is fallout of constitutional limitations.

Consequently, we’re invariably born with a preconditioned mind that keeps us stuck to predisposed limits, which narrows down our scope vision, not making allowance to explore beyond. So, ordinarily, we do not have exposure to the dynamics of life in holistic terms. Second, we do not care to explore the dynamics of inner frame of mind, which serves as prime-mover of a being. And it needs no elaboration that for want of being conversant with the working pattern of the instrument of mind, more often than not we fail to use it efficiently, and with obvious consequences.

Here a brief look into the construct of mind becomes imperative, which comprises of three operational tools – Buddhi, Ahamkara, and Manasa. They are primarily designed to function in coordination with each other as one integrated whole. In this scheme of things, Buddhi is assigned to deliberate upon indwelling desire trends as well as inherent habit tendencies and filter off the undesirables. Also, it discriminates upon the outer field date gathered by Manasa. Following due diligence, Ahamkara is supposed to take the call and direct Manasa to accordingly act upon. If mind is allowed orderly function exactly as mandated, one would be able to conduct prudently with ease and comfort.

The irony, however, is that Ahamkara often identifies itself with the indwelling tendencies and make them as the defining principles of life. Also, it often takes tempting influences of seeming world on its face value and lets Manasa react and respond on instinctive judgment. In both the cases, Buddhi is sidelined. Consequently, we fail to invoke our most profound empowerment tool. Ostensibly, we become a victim of our own making.

Let us now look at the astrological markers pointing to the preconditioning of a person’s mind, whose comfort level remained compromised all his life. The Sun opposite Saturn points to indwelling seeds of fear and insecurity, a negative mindset, and low confidence level. This does not allow him take challenges head on, nor carries the spirit necessary for timely initiative. So, he is left behind his contemporaries in the run of life. Mars crossing path with Uranus makes him temperamental. Mind signifying Moon locked in adverse formation to Venus makes him emotionally volatile, whereby he gets over exercised even on trivial issues and stretch beyond due. Intelligence signifying Mercury ill-disposed to mischievous Neptune makes him stuck to his illusionary perceptions. It also accounts for his impaired reasoning and judgment. This tells upon his inter-personal relationship skills. Therefore, he has neither grown career-wise thus far, nor has been happy in his family life.

I wish, he wakes up and works towards restoring orderly functioning of mind, and his life may find a new meaning.


22nd May

Shape Destiny by Conscious Efforts

Picking up threads from the previous issue, it comes out that even mean minded people could turn positive, if one consciously takes recourse to spirituality. A question which obviously follows: “Planetary alignment in a horoscope presents a picture of how life would unfold in emerging times. Then how comes taking recourse to spirituality, life undergoes paradigm shift, planetary alignment remaining all the same? Does it mean the planets are somehow appeased to seek their favour?”

Nothing as such happens. Let me make it clear that planets do not define our destiny. But planetary alignment in an astrological chart does present a picture of the Karmic imprints we carryover from the past, which sets the premise on which our life takes off. Seeded in our karmic imprints is the blue-print of how future course of life is likely to unfold. It is something like a preset programme of life, which holds the key to our inherent beliefs, desire-trends, and thereby thoughts currents driving our mind. As the programme unfolds, our life keeps moving accordingly. Should we blindly flow by the thought currents excited by our Karmic imprints, life will continue to move as predefined. If however, we watch our thought-trends, make necessary amends, and change our very approach to life, the course of life will accordingly take a new turn. And so it happened to the case discussed in the previous issue.

Now coming down to planetary implications, let me make it clear, they neither define nor drive our course of destiny. They are just markers of a particular energy stream with one or the other planet in focus, each exhibiting a particular characteristic trend. These planetary bodies follow a predefined nature driven path, which they traverse at their respective speed, with no scope to digress even the least. And they are available in equal proportion to all of us. Since their future progression can be calculated, based on that, how they are likely to trigger our Karmic imprints can be figured out with a fair amount of precision. Here again, as they lack the discriminatory faculty, they cannot respond to individual call. So, there remains no scope to appease them.

Again, energy does not have a drive of its own. The way we drive it is how it is going to act. It is something like electrical energy, which puts into action an air-conditioner which cools down the atmosphere, and also a heater which warms up. So, the same energy empowers different platforms perform their respective ways.

In case of human beings, the Karmic imprints one carries, serves as the individual-specific platform on which a person’s life is premised, which varies from person-to-person. And as they are framed is how they act upon when triggered by varying energy dynamics of the planets in motion. So, when we change our thought process, following spirituality, would mean giving a turn to the very platform on which our life is premised. Accordingly planetary implications too would undergo change.

Here is another case study to showcase how life changes through conscious efforts, particularly when one takes recourse to spirituality. Let us look at his astrological pointers. Born in Cancer lagna with headless Ketu therein, speaks of a well meaning but a comfort loving person marked for his unpredictable mood swings. Saturn crossing path with lagna lord Moon, points to a negative mindset, carrying an inbuilt sense of fear and insecurity. Also, he is suspicious, grudging and grumbling type. He is not easily amenable to change.

The Sun is locked in adverse formation to Neptune, Jupiter, and Venus. In the first place, it speaks of a person stuck to self-delusions, distanced from ground realities. He may not acknowledge truth on its first appearance, and rather try to somehow escape. Second, it speaks of his swaggering ego, stuck to his own self-belief, and would not take kindly to anything happening to the contrary. Third, he is too much touchy and sensitive, who may get over-exercised even on trivial issues, and stretch it beyond due.

Caught up in his thought-trends, he did not realise that he had extraordinary inlaid talent, coming as it may with the Moon very well disposed off to intellectually ordained Uranus. When this man worked upon his limitations, he realised that the fundamentals of homeopathy that he learned serving his father, a great homeopath, was his basic forte. When encouraged, he reluctantly began practising it. Today, not simply he is able to make a living, lot of chronic patents have been relieved of their agony.


15th May

As You Deserve So You Get

Today I am discussing real life story of a man to showcase how the course of destiny could be given a positive turn through conscious efforts. The case relates to a person, who, in his bid to make quick gains, instead of developing his own market, played all tricks in his store to unsettle his own elder brother’s business, and encroach upon his brother’s market share. To make that happen, he enticed, trapped, and colluded with one of the key players in his brother’s organisation. What he ignored was that his brother had built such a strong market reputation that it was really difficult to win over his buyers through such trickery. So ultimately the man’s scheming boomeranged upon him, leaving him penniless, following which even his wife and only child abandoned him. That was 6 years back.

The man came running with the question: “My family pundit had assured a very successful career. His observation was based on placement of career signifying 10th lord Venus, lagna lord Sun, and destiny defining 9th lord Mars, all together over the head when born, forming 4 raja-yogas. Also the 11th lord Mercury, identified with fulfilment of desires, was placed along with Moon in the 11th house itself. How comes, the reverse happened?”

Well, “I don’t think the pundit would have suggested you applying unethical means to score a success. Also, bound by conventional approach, either he did not know how to read your inherent mind-trends, or because of his casual approach, would have simply ignored that,” I responded.

“What’s the way out?” The man asked. Figure out your fault-lines, address them, and change your approach to life. It calls for taking recourse to spirituality under the guidance of a proven Guru. It may take a little time, but you may be able to redefine the course of your destiny. Let us look at the astrological markers pointing to his inherent frailties.

The main marker in his case is Venus, the planet identified with his career and his quest for money. Venus, mischievous Neptune, and Jupiter, all being locked in adverse formation to each other, acquires an adversarial role. In the first place, it implies that he would be a money-minded person, keen to amass huge wealth by hook or crook. His thirst for money will never get quenched. For the sake of money, he would know no ethics, may stoop low, and would not hesitate playing foul games even against his kith and kin. Lagna lord Sun occupies the nakshatra owned by Moon in the 11th house identified with elder brother implying that he may have his eyes on brother’s pocket. 11th lord Mercury occupies the nakshatra owned by Rahu. Since Moon is placed adverse to Rahu, the man will be keen to encroach upon his brother’s business share even if it demands trickery. What he forgot to notice that Rahu occupying 10th house looked at from 11th, he may not be able to unsettle his brother. And so it happened. Adversarial positioning of Moon and Rahu also speaks of his uncontrolled mindset.

What further compounded the man’s mind-trend is adverse placement of the two luminaries the Sun and Moon, with respect to the planet of limitation, Saturn. That speaks of a negative mindset, which may not allow him act positive. Intelligence signifying Mercury locks horns with Uranus, which accounts for his impaired reasoning and judgment. On top of that is his combust Venus, which makes him vulnerable to financial crash and emotional setback of his own making.

In terms of time frame, he had his fall at the age of 40 when progressed Meridian came on Saturn’s axis. Also progressed Sun formed adverse relation with natal Saturn. Exactly then transit Saturn formed adverse aspect with natal Mars. And sub-period of combust Venus had took off, enough to seal his fate.

The saving grace in his chart was strong linkage of the lagna, 5th, and the 9th houses. They are respectively identified with the self, spiritual heritage carried over from the past, his higher mind. This pointed to seeds of spirituality entrenched deep within, but lying dormant for want of awareness. That was triggered by a Guru. And the man also sincerely followed it. Over a period of time, he identified and acknowledged his own fault-lines. He seriously worked upon them, rose above, and then began his life afresh with a positive note. Today, he is a changed man. Through honest work, he has re-established afresh in his career. Also, he sought apology for all the wrong done to his brother.


8th May

Watch Indwelling Seed-Thoughts

All actions on our part in sight are nothing but manifestation of working at the imperceptible level in the inner realm of our instrument of mind. And like any other well designed instrument, there exists a sense of orderliness within the mind as well. Should we allow mind unrestrained free run, it comes out with its optimum best. The question of allowing it to run one way or the other arises because mind is an instrument. The way it is driven is how it will move. If, however, for any reason, the orderliness gets compromised, mind, which otherwise is empowered to guide us pick up the most appropriate lead and make right choices, instead turns a tricksters. It then deludes us, which evidently proves self-defeating.

The obvious question now is: Why would one consciously disturb orderly function of mind and become a victim of one’s own making? Nobody does it consciously. The reason too, is seeded in the inner realm of mind, which often deludes us. And those unaware of the structure and chemistry of mind, invariably, remain oblivious to existence of such vulnerabilities. Consequently, one gets unmindfully carried away by the promptings of deluding impressions in mind. To make things clear, a brief look into the structure and chemistry of mind becomes imperative.

Mind being an instrument does not act on its own. It primarily gets fuelled into action on the promptings of thought-seeds imprinted in mind, coming as they may as Karmic accruals carried over from past. These thought-seeds precondition our mind one way or the other, which sets the trend of our mind. Mind does also pick up impressions from the outer world, and dwells particularly on those suited to its predisposition.

The thought seeds are processed and put into action by three operative tools of mind – Buddhi (faculty of discriminate intelligence), Ahamkara (The one which wills and owns up an action), and Manasa (Sense aided functioning of mind). The three are supposed to work in tandem with each other as a coordinated whole. In this scheme of things, Buddhi is expected to dispassionately do a reality check on the thought-seeds before directing Manasa to act upon.

The irony, however, is that Ahamkara often plays a devil. It often identifies itself with the indwelling tendencies of mind and accordingly gets going. Also, it often takes tempting influences of the seeming world on their face value and then adopts them. In both cases, Ahamkara does not feel the necessity of invoking Buddhi for due diligence, and with obvious consequences.

It, thus, becomes incumbent upon us to explore, identify, acknowledge, our indwelling tendencies, and take necessary corrective initiatives. Also, be alert enough not to ignore Buddhi. Ignorant minds seldom remain conscious about this. Consequently, they remain vulnerable to pains and sufferings, often falling into the trap of stress and depression. The paradox, however, is that the victim would not realise that they have become a victim of their own making.

A man in his late forties going through a very difficult time, because of his own indiscreet moves, came seeking answer for why it happened with him. When told that his own mental tendencies have led him astray, his inflated ego did not let him take it kindly. “I am known for my refined conduct. What wrong have you found in my conduct, which makes you feel that I have an inflated ego?” The man countered.

“Well, I have not taken you on your face value. But your astrological chart very clearly speaks of your mind trend. Remember, an astrological chart is an energy-mapping of the cosmos at the time of your birth, which reflects upon your inner frame of mind. And energy knows no bias.” I explained.

Let us now look at astrological pointers to his indwelling tendencies. 5 major planets occupying fiery signs speak of having very high ambitions. Fiery Mars locking horns with expansive Jupiter points to his inflated ego, which limits him to the self-defined premise, not open to look beyond. Venus marginalised by the Sun, and also placed adverse to erratic Rahu, speaks of being emotionally fragile, whereby he will put in his heart while pursuing his cherished desire. And if ever he fails, he may fall into guilt trap. Mars conjunct its dire enemy Saturn in the 3rd house identified with basal instincts, also placed adverse to Neptune, speaks of a deluded mind keen to blindly pursue his whims and fancies. Having failed because of his own indiscretions, he has now gone into depression, calling for medical intervention.


1st May

Transgress Limitations of Mind

A regular reader of this column has come up with the following feedback on the piece titled ‘Know true-self to be at your best’: “The language used in your article was so difficult that I could not fully understand the inlaid message. I will appreciate, if you kindly use simple language here after, which a common man could easily grasp.”

Well, appreciating your concern, when I revisited the said piece, it appeared that the problem is not in the language. It could be with some of the technical words and phrases forming part of the opening paragraph, if they are seen in exclusivity. Remember, my pieces, often relate to serious issues having psychological and behavioural imperatives, sometimes calling for use of specially coined words and phrases.

If, however, you would have looked at the piece as one-whole, and paid attention to the explanations offered in the paragraphs that followed, you would not have had any difficulty. Let me now deliberate upon those words and phrases afresh to make things clear.

All actions on our part are steered through by mind. As any act is first ideated, wished, willed, and articulated how to go about, in the mind, before being put to motion. It is in this sense that mind is said to define and then drive through the functional mandate of a being.

Be it known that mind does not get going by itself. It is set into motion primarily by in-store desires that are nothing but reflection of Karmic accruals carried over from the past birth, as a sequel to cause-effect chain driving our life. Evidently, this varies from person-to-person, according to different sets of experiences one would have gone through in the previous life, making each being unique.

The karmic accruals, in fact, precondition the mind one way or the other in terms of desire and thought trends, habits and attitudes, prejudices and obsessions, virtues and attributes, and which comes into play involuntarily. It is in this sense that each mind is said to be inherently framed one way or the other.

Mind, thus, comes under limitation, allowing restricted vision within the scope of its preset terms. This is what allowing limited window-frame means. The question now is: Are we to remain slave to the preconditions laid down by the mind, or could we go beyond and get better empowered?

If mind be mandated to act a sovereign, it will be really difficult to transgress its limits. On the contrary, if it be sub-ordinate to some higher power, there remains scope to align with the latter and overcome the limitations imposed by the mind.

It may not be out of place to mention here that the living order owes its dynamic existence to the all-pervading force of consciousnesses. So long it is available in a being, the person remains live, and with mind and all functional organisms in operative mode. Once it becomes unavailable, the mind becomes dysfunctional, and the person becomes a dead matter.

It implies that mind gets empowered to act by the force of consciousness. So, mind has a dependant status. In fact, going by Indian philosophic perception, force of consciousness projects mind as its instrument, which serving as former’s carrier, holds the key to all aspects of human dynamism. So, the obvious choice before us is either to play second fiddle to the mind, an instrument, or become its master by aligning with the prime-driver, the force of consciousness.

But it is easier said than done. For, though mind has a secondary status, as it works on borrowed strength, it simultaneously also enjoys certain level of operational independence. Given the power of freewill, the mind offers us with freedom to make choices, carrying equal probability of its use and misuse. That makes it imperative upon us to own up the consequences of the choices made, and the implications thereof.

Often our ego unmindfully identifies itself with the indwelling tendencies of mind, and then passionately pursues them. Also, our impressionable mind gets drawn towards tempting influences of the glare and glitters of the seeming world. That further compounds our problem. Our mind, thus, gets so entrenched in its own wanderings that it does not leave much of scope to explore beyond.

Here again, applying our freewill option, we could very well will to go beyond the limitations of mind, and align with the force of consciousness. Following which, its wholesome and omniscient power shall be at our disposal enabling us to unfold our full mental potential, when one would know no limits.


24th April

Raise Your Level of Consciousness

During the last 30 years of my active association with Astrology, I came in direct contact with two persons having had near death, out of body experiences. In one such case, the person, at the age of 14, realised that he was hovering over his own motionless body lying on ground. He could clearly see his near and dear ones wailing and mourning over his untimely death, but by himself could not relate to them. He could see people making arrangement for his funeral. Meanwhile, his family Guru arrived and touched the forehead, and the immobile body regained consciousness.

In another case, the person during his childhood days somehow lost control while swimming in the river Ganges, and was drowning. He found himself being pulled into a tunnel with enormous light. He could see and hear people on the river bank shouting, calling for help, but he by himself could not speak or anyway relate to them. He then saw somebody dived into the river, caught hold of his hair, pulled him out, and he was back to senses.

Osho, has shared his own experience in his autobiography. While meditating atop the branch of a tree in his University campus, he lost his balance and saw his body falling down and then lying down on ground. He was not able to enter his body again. Coincidentally, a passerby woman who saw him falling came close to the body and rubbed the forehead portion between his two eyes – the intelligence centre – and his spirit was back to the body.

Added to above illustrations is a scientific study on those having had near death experience by a Nobel laureate neurologist, John Eccles. The study suggests that “human consciousness” is not dependant on gross-body for its existence, although it uses the body as a vehicle for its operations. And remember, mind is nothing but a projection of the ‘force of consciousness,’ in fact a co-runner.

What comes out of the above illustrations is that there is a seer distinct from the gross-body, which has an existence independent of the latter.

What does this finding mean to us in practical terms? Remember, our perceptions define how we are to act, react, and respond in life, which is subject to our level of consciousness. As we raise our levels of consciousness, by improving our awareness, our scope of vision expands. Consequently, our perspective changes, and with that the quality of our perception and thereby our approach does also become more reasoned and realistic. If somehow, we could raise our level of consciousness to that of the ‘true seer’ – the force of consciousness – and look at things standing on that plane, its wholesome and omniscient power shall lead us through. We may then realise that one could fly like a free bird unhindered, who would know no limits, because a holistic picture will be in hand. And life will turn into a beautiful experience. How to go about it, calls for seeking a qualified Guru, who may show the way, as it is not advisable to pursue the process unguided.

Even if we raise ourselves just above the gross level of consciousness, which remains the state of ordinary mortals, life will qualitatively turn better. At gross level of consciousness, one remains trapped into tempting influences of the seeming world, which is delusionary. It cannot bring happiness. For, passionately chasing them, one fails to explore what lies beyond. Consequently, often people miss out on still better options available. In the process larger truths take a back seat, and naturally to one’s detriment, whereby one fails to view things in the right perspective due.

A gentleman, now in late fifties, has not been able to find a suitable partner as yet. The reason: He remains stuck to unsavoury reminiscences of his early childhood days, witnessing continued squabble between his parents. That got imprinted deep in his sub-conscious, which still continues to play the devil. The sense of fear and insecurity that got instilled in his mind, especially in personal relationship matters, keeps outplaying while relating to a girl friend. That has made him suspicious, inhibitive and an escapist, whereby he gets stuck to few negatives in any girl, overlooking all the positives. The Sun placed adverse to Saturn, read together with Moon locking horns with Neptune, point to above indications. When confronted with this analysis, the man readily agreed. He does not realise that what happened with his parents cannot be the defining principles of his life. He needs to rise above.


17th Apr

Know True-Self to Be at Your Best

We are all aware that each mind, according as it is inherently framed, defines and drives the functional mandate of a being. Invariably, we remain stuck to the window frame it allows us. So, seen in a working sense, the question that arises is: Are we made out to play second fiddle to the mind, or could we go beyond?

While looking for answer, another question crops up: Does mind have an independent status inlaid with the vitals necessary to perform all by itself in its own right? If that be so, even after a being’s death, mind would be able to make cognisable presence by continuing to react and respond to external promptings, which it won’t. The question now is: What is missing in a dead being whereby mind fails to make its presence felt and which otherwise being available to a live person, empowers the mind and gross-body discharge their dynamic functionalities?

The defining factor is the absence or availability of the eternal force of consciousness. Evidently, therefore, mind operating on a borrowed strength does not qualify to be accorded an independent status. What is mind then? Going by ancient India’s philosophic perception, force of consciousness projects mind, as an instrument, which serving as former’s carrier holds the key to all aspects of human dynamism. Mind, therefore, no way qualifies to become our master.

And if mind does not have an independent existence, it leaves enough of scope to transcend its limits. But, it is easier said than done. For, mind, spares no efforts playing a spoil sport in our endeavour to use it as an instrument. The paradox is that though mind works on borrowed strength, it does simultaneously enjoy a certain level of independence. Given the power of freewill, mind enjoys the privilege to make choices. Obviously, when a choice option is in hand, the probability of its use and misuse remains equal. And there is nothing like a free lunch in this world. If we are to enjoy freedom to make choices, owning up the responsibility for the consequences thereof becomes imperative. That inevitably binds us into a continued chain of “Cause- Effect”, stretching on even to successive lives, and which works in a self-automated mode. As a consequence, we enter the world with a Karmic baggage – a stockpile of memory imprints carried over from the past - coming as they may with learning and unlearning, experiences had, and unfulfilled desires.

The Karmic baggage we carry, precondition our unitary mind one way or the other, which involuntarily defines our self-beliefs, desire trends, virtues and attributes, as well as habits and attitudes. The term ‘unitary mind’ has been purposefully employed to lay emphasis on the uniqueness of every individual mind, each reflecting varying inherent traits. Mind, thus, allows us a restricted window vision to capture the world view. Guided by these inlaid memory imprints, with add on from tempting environmental influences matching to window frame set by the former, mind gets going. And then it keeps us so badly engaged into its wanderings that it does not leave much of a scope to look beyond its limitation.

Here again on the strength of power of freewill, one could make conscious choices purported to modify the imprints of past doings. Also, free our minds of all inconsequential and negative thought-imprints, which otherwise, keep our mind unnecessarily wandering, like a monkey randomly jumping from one tree to the other. We could also consciously feed educative inputs in mind and redefine our thought process. Following this very route, transcending the mind, one could get well tuned to the force of consciousness. Doors thus open up for unrestricted use of its wholesome and omniscient power, where after one would know no limits. But then we need to conscientiously work towards this end in all sincerity.

The above concept I explained to a hardened disciple of mine, to bring into play the seeds of spirituality lying dormant thus far. For, that alone will let her come out of her preconditioning to realise her true self. Let us look at the astrological markers pertaining to her preconditioning. Gemini lagna makes her wish to live on her own exclusive terms. Being a dual sign occupied by Moon beautifully aligned to Mercury, she continuously keeps breeding thoughts, often at cross roads with each other. Mercury being ill-disposed off to Saturn accounts for her fixated one track mind. On top of that is Mars opposed to Jupiter, which speaks of an inflated ego, not open to listening.


10th Apr

Time, Administering Tool of Divine

A few years back, someone bent upon relocating abroad, took business initiative in Europe. When met with obstacles, the man came asking: “How long will it take for my business take off?” He was advised that time as such was not conducive to his business initiatives in Europe for a couple of years. So, he should defer his plan for better time ahead. Instead, he should focus on present business here in India, for it is better secured. “How can implication of time vary at two different locations,” the man countered.

To make things clear, I elaborated: “Remember, time is just not an abstract measure of space. As per Indian perception, time is a measure of how nature presents itself every moment, and evidently, with related bearing on our life. For, scale of time is set in a way that every moment of time reflects varying dynamics of energy flux excited by nature. Depending on the alignment of energy providers in the cosmos, the intensity of energy flux available at different places will vary, and accordingly, their influence too will differ from place to place.”

It is pertinent to note here that in the Indian calendar system, all units of time, both in macro and micro scales, are set in correspondence with periodic motion of planetary bodies moving in the cosmos, with special focus on the two luminaries – the Sun and Moon. It is again important to note that the planets are not to be taken just as physical bodies moving in the cosmos. They stand as markers for energy streams flowing through a particular cosmic region, with the referred planet in focus. That includes energies coming from distant stellar bodies but rooted through the planet in focus, as well as those reflected or excited by the planets. So, the planets are to be taken as nature’s energy providers operating from the front. And the characteristics of energy stream passing through each region vary. Here, it may kindly be noted that planets are ever on their run, respectively traversing their own path at their own exclusive speeds. Here again, the energy steams marked with different planets are to be measured with reference to the earth, which itself moves at a great speed, in the sense that it completes its spin on its axis every 24 hours. Evidently, the energy flux excited by nature as measured from earth, would widely vary every moment, and hence their impact would also vary by the same proportion. So goes the saying: “Time is the administering tool of the divine.”

Following the above principle, the dynamics of time as measured with reference to Europe clearly indicated that the man’s business initiative then would be faced with many hurdles for another couple of years. What does that mean in practical term? Well, we are all a part of large dispensation, where an individual’s efforts would not yield fruits unless duly supported by fellow associates as well as environmental condition. For instance, if the overall economic condition of a state is in a bad shape, what benefits can you draw in such a situation? Incidentally, European economy was going down the hill when the man had come for consultation.

Yet, the overenthusiastic man, banking on his will and resolve, and money power, did not listen, and with obvious consequences. Despite his untiring efforts for three long years, when things did not move, he came back to me in a state of desperation asking: “What specific puja do I get performed to make it to my dream destination?” “Well, no belief driven puja can change the dynamics of time. Better work upon your preconditioned mind, which otherwise stifles your discriminatory faculty, but for which you will continue to take insensible decisions, and would be tempted for ill-timed initiatives,” I suggested.

Let us look at the planetary indicators that spell out preconditioning of his mind. The main markers are: The Sun, Venus, and Mercury placed together in the lagna, all locked in adverse formation to Saturn, Moon, Neptune and Jupiter. That speaks of an over-enthusiast person with a fixated one track mind, stuck to self-delusions, and having a swaggering ego not open to listening. Also, it accounts for his insensible reasoning and judgment. Mars favourably placed to Uranus makes him a self-willed person. And the result is there to see.

He has been advised ways and means to overcome his mental limitations. And now that time is about to turn favourable, should he work upon the advisories offered he may taste success soon.


3rd Apr

Learn the Gaming Rules of Life in Time

If you wish to enjoy a game you are playing, in the first place, you need to be conversant with rules driving it, and the art of playing. Second, you need to learn form an experienced coach, the skills necessary to play the game proficiently. Third, you need to team up well with the co-players, but for which, it will not be possible to make it a success. And finally, you need to be on full mental alert so as to visualise in advance, the challenges likely to be posed by opponents. It is only with such a holistic approach that you can emerge a winner.

The usual run of human life too, is something like a game play. The difference being that in a sporting event the number of players is limited, but in course of life-play, you are to contend with umpteen numbers of competing fellow travellers. That makes the life-play even more complex and challenging, particularly when each individual is born unique, all reflecting varying mental dispensation, often playing spoil-sport with others. What makes the game plan even more complex is that human mind, which drives a being, happens to be a trickster by itself. For, the indwelling sense of duality becomes subject to self-invited conflicting thoughts. Mind again, remains susceptible to tempting glare and glitters of the illusionary seeming world. What compounds the problem even more is that invariably we are all born with a preconditioned mind not allowing much of scope to explore beyond self-defined parameters, and so often truth eludes us.

But life has to keep marching ahead. So, the question now is: What is the way out of this impasse so as to prove an achiever in the sport of life? The answer lies in learning the ‘Art of Living’ holistically. That calls for identifying and then perfecting the inlaid infirmities, acknowledging and honing inlaid potential, and develop inter-personal relationship skills so as to team up well with the world around. Also, you need to be on full alert to smartly deal with the callings of varying dynamics of emerging times.

You like it or not, but you have to learn anyway, whether consciously or when forced by circumstances, the choice is yours. When you learn consciously, life becomes easy. Otherwise, when pulled down by circumstances, there are two ways people usually respond. Some get too much unnerved, begin to sulk, get into guilt syndrome, lose confidence, begin to doubt their capacity, and life becomes cumbersome. Others, draw lesson out of their failing, reinvent themselves, and finally make it to their dream destination. But all said and done, even if you get over your failure, you prove to be a late starter, because you are already left behind in the run of time.

Evidently, the better course is to consciously get into the learning process well in time. For that, you need to have a Guru, who first shows your mirror-image, and then leads you overcome your frailties, and optimise your potential. In this respect Astrology too can prove a great help, as it could dispassionately figure out the basic fabric of your making.

Here is a case in point of someone who has not been able to settle down in life despite having moved into his forties. He wished to know: Why lady-luck has been eluding him? He was told that the root of his problem lied in his habit tendencies. Let us now look at astrological pointers to his personality framework.

The Sun conjunct limiting Saturn speaks of indwelling sense of negativity that makes him begin looking at anything with an element of doubt. Also, there exists seed of fear and insecurity that made him a habitual escapist. Mind signifying Moon sandwiched between Neptune and Ketu, occupies the sign Sagittarius. It points out, in the first place a wavering mind not allowing him to take decision in time, whereby he often misses opportunities. Second, he is tactless and un-diplomatic. He would impulsively make ill-timed and indiscreet statements often offending those around. Third, Mercury placed adverse to Rahu and Ketu does not let him remain focused to his task for long. Consequently, he is not able to pursue any task in hand to its logical end and leave midway through.

On top of all is his volatile emotionality, coming as it may with combust Venus, read together with Jupiter placed adverse to Moon. Late though, but circumstances have forced him to come for a learning lesson to me, following which he will be able to come out with his best soon.


27th Mar

Astrology Guides How to Lead a Child

Scientific view of mind suggests that conscious mind of a child becomes fully operational after completing 7 years, when one begins to express one’s wishes. But invariably, it drives us only during 5% of the day time. During the rest of 95% of time, subconscious controls our life. The subconscious in their view is a programme, which sets the trends of our mind. And if allowed a freehand, it shall keep repeating its habit tendencies – virtues, attributes, and attitudes, good or bad, all contained - throughout life. The subconscious programme develops till the child attains 7 years of age, which is premised on child’s upbringing, and what one picks up from environmental influences. It implies that if two children are brought up under similar circumstances, they are expected to exhibit similar traits.

Truth, however, runs to the contrary. For, even twins born out of the same parents and brought up under similar environmental conditions, often exhibit dire opposite traits. So, definitely there has to be more to the subconscious programme than the professed scientific view. This is not to contest the scientific perception, which in a limited sense does hold good, but certainly calls for exploring factors beyond.

Recently, a worried mother of two children came seeking advice. One of her two children has been performing well, but it has become difficult to lead the other. Her question was: Why this difference? Indian philosophical perception of life offers the right answer, whereby life runs in succession, maintaining continuum between one form-existence and post death to its next incarnate. In this scheme of things, human life is governed by cause-effect chain, which stretches its influence to successive lives. What we gather in this life, going through all the learning and unlearning, experiences had, the skill sets acquired, and unfulfilled desires if any, sets the premise on which the new life takes off. The Karmic imprints carried over from the previous life, varies from person-to-person, depending on different sets of experiences one would have had. This becomes available to the subconscious of the new body-mind organism for its onward translation into effect.

The indwelling Karmic imprints, which of course is subject to add on during the early childhood, involuntarily defines individual-specific belief pattern, which in turn, defines inherent mind-traits of a being. To sum up, every being comes into this world literally with a preconditioned mind, which brings our mind-power under limitation. For, it limits the scope of our vision, and thereby by our performing-self, and evidently to our detriment. And given the fact that prime mover of a being is the mind, it becomes incumbent upon us to watch out child’s mental-orientation early. For, once the inherent frailties are figured out, given the power of freewill endowed upon us, makes it possible for us to take necessary corrective initiatives well in time.

The paradox, however, is that more often than not, parents are not able to figure out the gravity of particular unbecoming behaviour of a child. For, it is invariably mistakenly perceived as a childish prank, which they believe, would get over with age. A better way is to seek Astrological guidance. For, an astrological chart could explain with a fair amount of precision, the implications of child’s Karmic imprints.

Let us now look at the astrological pointers to the inherent mind-traits of the child in question. Lagna sub-lord Rahu occupies the nakshatra owned by Sun, both planets occupying fixed signs, points to a stubborn guy. Mars, which is conjunct Uranus, is placed opposite Jupiter and Sun. It implies an aggressive and impulsive guy with a conditioned mind, not open to look beyond one’s own narrow vision, nor would take elder’s advice and counsel kindly. Also, he would be headstrong, rebellious, and opinionated, having a swaggering ego.

Mind signifier Moon occupying Sagittarius sign, is placed opposite Saturn, but well disposed off towards the Sun. In the first place, it implies a wavering mind lacking focus. Second, he has a foul mouth known for his impulsive and indiscreet outbursts on the slightest provocation. Third, he may make promises, which he will not fulfil. Fourth, he would be comfort loving, and caught with inertia and indolence, would not be keen about taking pains to become an achiever. He will wish getting things unrestrained to his asking. And finally, he would be a pessimist, over critical and jealous of others. And the result is there to see. It is still not late to bring him around by following the advisories offered.


27th Mar

Astrology Guides How to Lead a Child

Scientific view of mind suggests that conscious mind of a child becomes fully operational after completing 7 years, when one begins to express one’s wishes. But invariably, it drives us only during 5% of the day time. During the rest of 95% of time, subconscious controls our life. The subconscious in their view is a programme, which sets the trends of our mind. And if allowed a freehand, it shall keep repeating its habit tendencies – virtues, attributes, and attitudes, good or bad, all contained - throughout life. The subconscious programme develops till the child attains 7 years of age, which is premised on child’s upbringing, and what one picks up from environmental influences. It implies that if two children are brought up under similar circumstances, they are expected to exhibit similar traits.

Truth, however, runs to the contrary. For, even twins born out of the same parents and brought up under similar environmental conditions, often exhibit dire opposite traits. So, definitely there has to be more to the subconscious programme than the professed scientific view. This is not to contest the scientific perception, which in a limited sense does hold good, but certainly calls for exploring factors beyond.

Recently, a worried mother of two children came seeking advice. One of her two children has been performing well, but it has become difficult to lead the other. Her question was: Why this difference? Indian philosophical perception of life offers the right answer, whereby life runs in succession, maintaining continuum between one form-existence and post death to its next incarnate. In this scheme of things, human life is governed by cause-effect chain, which stretches its influence to successive lives. What we gather in this life, going through all the learning and unlearning, experiences had, the skill sets acquired, and unfulfilled desires if any, sets the premise on which the new life takes off. The Karmic imprints carried over from the previous life, varies from person-to-person, depending on different sets of experiences one would have had. This becomes available to the subconscious of the new body-mind organism for its onward translation into effect.

The indwelling Karmic imprints, which of course is subject to add on during the early childhood, involuntarily defines individual-specific belief pattern, which in turn, defines inherent mind-traits of a being. To sum up, every being comes into this world literally with a preconditioned mind, which brings our mind-power under limitation. For, it limits the scope of our vision, and thereby by our performing-self, and evidently to our detriment. And given the fact that prime mover of a being is the mind, it becomes incumbent upon us to watch out child’s mental-orientation early. For, once the inherent frailties are figured out, given the power of freewill endowed upon us, makes it possible for us to take necessary corrective initiatives well in time.

The paradox, however, is that more often than not, parents are not able to figure out the gravity of particular unbecoming behaviour of a child. For, it is invariably mistakenly perceived as a childish prank, which they believe, would get over with age. A better way is to seek Astrological guidance. For, an astrological chart could explain with a fair amount of precision, the implications of child’s Karmic imprints.

Let us now look at the astrological pointers to the inherent mind-traits of the child in question. Lagna sub-lord Rahu occupies the nakshatra owned by Sun, both planets occupying fixed signs, points to a stubborn guy. Mars, which is conjunct Uranus, is placed opposite Jupiter and Sun. It implies an aggressive and impulsive guy with a conditioned mind, not open to look beyond one’s own narrow vision, nor would take elder’s advice and counsel kindly. Also, he would be headstrong, rebellious, and opinionated, having a swaggering ego.

Mind signifier Moon occupying Sagittarius sign, is placed opposite Saturn, but well disposed off towards the Sun. In the first place, it implies a wavering mind lacking focus. Second, he has a foul mouth known for his impulsive and indiscreet outbursts on the slightest provocation. Third, he may make promises, which he will not fulfil. Fourth, he would be comfort loving, and caught with inertia and indolence, would not be keen about taking pains to become an achiever. He will wish getting things unrestrained to his asking. And finally, he would be a pessimist, over critical and jealous of others. And the result is there to see. It is still not late to bring him around by following the advisories offered.


20th Mar

Health Concerns Need Holistic Care

Human body-mind organism is an integrated mechanism, wherein if one aspect goes bad it adversely affects the other. In case, one’s physiology goes bad, it has to have related adverse bearing on the mindset. Mind then comes under stress, which in turn, causes hormonal imbalance in the system, and which further increases the stress level, at times leading to depression. At the same length, if mental state gets anyway disturbed, it leads to health complications. Man, thus, gets trapped into a circuitous web of body-mind infirmities. As a consequence, sleep becomes the first casualty. Eventually the thought process becomes incoherent, when medical intervention becomes necessary. And, since the whole system remains under strain, it calls for holistic care.

It is pertinent to note here that Ayurveda and Homeopath are premised on the concept of providing holistic healing to ailing persons and so go for systemic correction to body-mind organism. On the contrary, modern medical science remains focused to treating just the disease. Their medicines may bring immediate relief, but there may not be any improvement in terms of the constitutional status of a being. And then at times medicine has side effects that may lead to other health issues sooner or later.

A case in point is that of a young girl undergoing psychiatric treatment for quite some time, but with not much of improvement. The doctor prescribed psychotropic drug, and subjected her to psychological counselling, which was premised on feed back offered by her parents about her behavioural pattern. But they have no means to figure out the basic constitution of her body-metabolism, which varies from person to person. But despite all the medication and counselling, she doesn’t have sound sleep, but for which her energy level remains low when she wakes up in the morning. Her head remains heavy, feels lot of heat inside. She does not feel like doing anything. She has a feel that nobody in the family loves her, as they do not listen to her. Not finding a way out, her parents brought her seeking guidance. When asked: whether she has an irregular bowel, she answered in affirmative.

Remember, when the bowel movement becomes irregular, assimilation of food in the body becomes disorderly. As a result, the various energy streams emanating from food, vital to nourishment of different organs of the body, become short of the requirement. In turn, the cough, pitta, and vayu constituents of the body get imbalanced. Excessive air element keeps the mind in agitated state, where after sleep becomes the first casualty, which in turn, leads to further health complications. In such cases, unless the digestive system gets toned up, no psychotropic drug or counselling could be of any help.

A look at the astrological chart of an ailing person can figure out with a fair amount of precision, overall tendencies of physical and mental health of a being. Let us now look at the girl’s astrological pointers. Lagna lord Venus is conjunct 6th lord Jupiter, which incidentally happens to be the lagna sub-lord as well implying a fragile health profile. Jupiter occupying the nakshatra owned by Ketu posited in Mercury owned sign Gemini points to being vulnerable to problems of mind genesis.

Health indicator the Sun, conjunct Mercury occupies the Virgo sign, both ill-disposed off to Uranus, Neptune, and Rahu. The implication, in the first place, is that her bowel movement would be irregular. Second, she would have an agitated and unstable mind, lacking focus. Also, she would have a vacillating mind. The two read together account for her impaired reasoning and judgment. Third, she would be erratic and a habitually inclined to disregard elder’s advice and counsel. Fourth, she remains stuck to her fanciful dream world, often distanced from ground realities, and not keen to look beyond. She may not acknowledge truth on its first appearance.

Moon occupying Cancer sign, though well aligned to the Sun, but is placed opposite Saturn. That, in the first place accounts for unpredictable mood swings. Second, she is comfort loving and caught with inertia and indolence, and therefore, would not be keen to take pains to work towards fulfilment of her ambitions. She has a negative mind set which brings in a sense of pessimism, making her vulnerable to depression. Mars placed adverse to Neptune speaks of inferiority complex. All put together makes her a fit case for psychiatric problems. A holistic treatment has been accordingly advised, which if taken up seriously, she may regain her normal self soon.


13th Mar

Spot Personality Traits in Time

General level of intelligence of the present day youth has significantly gone up than before. Why not, when they begin from where their parents stand. Evidently, they have to be ahead of their parents. In terms of academic achievements too, they have been doing well. In fact, they have made a mark for themselves even in the developed world. But the point to ponder is: “Are the present day youth relatively happier than earlier days on above strengths?”

The above virtues have definitely armed the present day youth better so far as career aspects are concerned. It cannot be said so about other departments of life. For, the sense of achievement also raises one’s ego level and with that, the sense of freedom tempts them to live on one’s own exclusive terms, often not caring for other’s concerns and sensibilities. In fact, the present day youth have become more volatile. They have become impatient and intolerant and aspire to get things quickly. As a consequence, personal life seems to have been the worst victim.

Parents feel that if the prospective partner for their ward are well qualified and earn well, the couple’s life will turn out good. What they often forget, that this is no measure of happiness. Seldom do they realise that any empowerment tool happens to be a double-edged weapon, as it carries equal probably of its use or misuse. So, how an empowerment tool is employed will define its implications. And that depends on the orientation of each mind.

Mind as such is well equipped to guide us the right way. There are three functional constituents of mind namely Buddhi (faculty of discriminate intelligence), Ahamkara (sense of ‘I’), and Manasa (sense driven mind). They are set to function in a coordinated way. In this scheme of things, Manasa, acting from the front, is assigned with the task to collect field data, applying the sensory instruments of knowledge. Ahamkara directs Manasa to deliver the data to Buddhi for due diligence. Following dispassionate judgment, Buddhi directs Manasa how to react or respond. But often, Ahamkara identifies itself with inherent orientation of mind. And in case of an impatient mind racing with time, which remains the case with majority of youths these days, Ahamkara does not allow time and space to invoke Buddhi for its part of the job. Instead, it prompts Manasa to react animal-like on instinctive judgment. And for want of due diligence, there are every chances that one may pick up an inappropriate lead.

It, therefore, becomes incumbent upon us to figure out the inherent frame of mind, so that necessary corrective initiatives could be taken well within time. The paradox, however, is that of late, egotistical minds caught up in doing higher and complicated things, have forgotten the fundamentals of life, as if they would have outgrown their limits, and with obvious consequences.

In earlier times, parents of children at marriageable age, used to make thorough check of the personality and family traits of the prospective partners. Of course, education and finance used to be there in mind, but prime focus was on individual’s personality. These days on the contrary, the prime focus has shifted to education and wealth rather than the making of the man. As a consequence, marital happiness and stability remains premised on a very fragile ground. As a result thereof, incidence of marital turbulence and break has been growing beyond proportion.

Here is a case in point of a couple faced with serious marital turbulence. The parents of both the partners, satisfied with physical features, academic qualification, and career status, rushed through their marriage. Once they got settled in marriage, fissures began to appear, which over a period of time gravitated and then firmed up. Meanwhile a child was born to them. And as the child has been growing, the two partners are getting distanced more and more. Why?

Look at the astrological pointers of their personality traits. Main pointers of the man are: Gemini lagna, Moon occupying Sagittarius sign, and locked in adverse formation to the Sun and Mars. That makes the man tactless, undiplomatic, irritable, argumentative, and the one who wishes to live on one’s own exclusive terms. Against that, the woman was born in Cancer lagna, with its lord Moon posited in fiery sign Aries and pitted against Uranus. That makes her aggressive, impulsive, rash, irrational, quarrelsome, suffering from unpredictable mood swings, and with a mercurial temperament. And the result is there to see. In the process, the poor child is suffering.


6th Mar

Impart Values to Kids in School

The political and intellectual discourse during the last two months have been veering around youth unrest, drawing uninterrupted media attention. It began with suicide of a Dalit scholar at Hyderabad, which took a bizarre turn, when a few youngsters shouted anti India slogans in JNU last month.

The developments thereafter don’t deserve any elaboration as things are already in public domain. The issue is being hotly debated in every house now. What is baffling every conscientious mind is that how come a section of our youths could dare think of anti-India tirade? So far, the political functionaries and the media houses in their judgmental mode have been viewing the issue the way it suits them. If one side has been taking moralistic stand and putting the errant students on the dock, the other side has been trying to pin holes.

But instead of sitting on judgment, it is time to reflect as to where we went wrong in shaping our future generation that some of our educated youth could even think of taking anti-India stand? Remember, human mind is driven by a sense of duality, whereby one would interpret something either way, often taking extreme views. Second, our impressionable mind could be taken for a ride by some scheming minds. The youths, known for living in their fanciful dream world, but actually lacking in maturity, remain susceptible to such mental vagaries more than others.

Acknowledging this very human vulnerability, our ancient learned masters were conscious about shaping our future generations well in time, so that at the least they do not go astray. The Vedic view on the subject calling for a step-by-step building up a being has been spelled out in the following verse:

“Janmana jayate shudraha; samskarata dwija uchayete, vedpathi bhaveta vipraha, brahmajanati brahmanaha.”

It means: By birth we are all ignorant calling for shaping each mind in time so that one could steer life with ease and comfort, the right way. In that spirit, one is supposed to be given a lesson in “the art of living”, which is tantamount to being born the second time. The art of living implies acquiring in the first place, lessons in civic rules. Second, the budding child is supposed to be given exposure to the fundamentals of life, vital to smooth run of life, individually and collectively. That included awareness about the need to remain conscious about our collective obligations as much as our individualistic aspirations. Finally, inducing a value system based on above concerns for a qualitative existence, again individually and collectively.

Towards the third step, a being is supposed to be subjected to formal learning process, which qualified one to become knowledgeable. But that again would not suffice. For, knowledge could be partial, subject specific. Now, given the sense of duality driving human mind, the knowledge acquired remains open to its use or misuse. The final step was directed towards holistic understanding of the dynamics of life, which qualified one to be termed as wise, worth leading others towards the right course due.

The irony of the whole situation in this materialistic age is that we seem to have lost sight of our age old proven vision for shaping our future generation. Of late, the focus has shifted to prepare grounds for securing high earning rather than trying to make a good human being. In the process, the need to impart value system has taken a back stage. Now devoid of a balanced and a reasoned mind, any empowerment tool such as knowledge power that one acquires, remains vulnerable to become a double-edged weapon. The sense of ego that knowledge often breeds in brings in a feel of being all knowing, whereby one is tempted to passionately pursue one’s individualistic interpretation. That may take either turn depending on individualistic orientation of mind, often ignoring collective concerns.

What has compounded the problem further is the digital speed that modern minds have acquired. As a consequence, one lacks the patience necessary to invoke one’s faculty of discriminate intelligence for due diligence. Following which, one would be tempted to impulsively react or respond on instinctive judgment. That may not allow reach out the root of the problems, but for which one may continue circuiting on periphery in a bid to look for quick-fix solution.

Now, the question before all conscientious minds is: Can untamed mind be brought to reasons by the force of law alone? Would not sending the ignorant youths to jail turn them into a permanent rebel? We need to resolve this issue before it becomes too late.


28th Feb

Ego Will Put You On Your Knees

If you reach the apex, the next course due is fall, if you are not prepared to change track to the callings of the dynamics of emerging times. For, Nature, which holds the key to life, remains in a permanent state of flux, prompting continued change in the transient world we live. The paradox, however, is that invariably those in comfort zone, to which one identifies after acquiring it, put in all out efforts to resist change. Though well aware that the world does not move to one’s asking, yet their egos make them play all tricks in store to retain status quo. Eventually, they are overtaken by the callings of emerging times, and left behind in the run of time.

Those aspiring for high office sought soothsayer’s help in all humility before they challenged the man in power. But once they acquired power, ego overtook them. In their egotistical overdrive, they preferred listening to hangers-on, for whom ‘the boss is always right’. Those who had rallied round them to help them make it to the aspired position were disregarded, if they ever tried to sound reason. Even the soothsayer’s advice became suspect in their eyes, if it did not suit them.

Thus has political trajectory of Arunachal Pradesh been moving, which I have been closely tracking since a decade now. Typical of this north-eastern tribal State is that but for one, all others who consulted me were not aware of their exact birth particulars. So, I had to rely, either on ‘Horary chart’ drawn at the moment of consultation or on the chart drawn at the time of oath taking. My reading proved right all the time. Meanwhile 4 chief ministers have been unceremoniously dethroned, and one lost life in a helicopter crash. But they all exhibited similar trends. Last October, the then Chief Minister inquired about his future prospect. He was warned in clear terms that he seemed to be losing ground. So, he should try to build bridges with those he had of late tried to marginalise, otherwise situation may go out of his control. His ego would not let him take my advice kindly, particularly when many of self-seeking astrologers had assured him being firmly in saddle. A few days later someone known to both of us confronted me: “How come your prediction is against majority view and at a time when nobody seems to have necessary strength to challenge him?”

“Yes-person is a no person,” I responded. A genuine well wisher is expected to fearlessly make you aware of the truth so that you could intelligently articulate your moves. Explaining further, I informed him that since “transit Saturn was in opposition to the Sun, identified with ruler in the chart drawn at the time of his oath taking, which read together with transit Mars joining Saturn in that chart, he was due for a difficult time ahead at the hands of those whom he had offended badly”. So it happened in case of his predecessor also, when transit Saturn moved against both Mars and the Sun as placed in the chart drawn at the time of his oath taking. Unless your friend mends fences with his adversaries, I am afraid, he may even lose power. And remember, planets know no bias. My friend, “taste of the pudding lies in its eating,” and you have been witness to my repeated successful prediction about change of guard in Arunachal Pradesh. And the result is there to see.

My first encounter with Arunachal politics was in 2002 when the lone member of the opposition, who had earlier headed the state uninterrupted for 19 years, came asking: “Is there any scope for regaining the high office, and if so, by when? Luminary Moon over the head in the horary chart, read together with the Sun conjoined with Jupiter the 10th lord, meant he will regain power, when transit Jupiter lent support to 10th house exactly a year after. But he lost power when transit Saturn joined Sun and Mars 4 years down the line.

In his successor’s case again, Moon was over the head. Both Saturn and Jupiter extended support to the 10th house. The Sun was applying trine to Jupiter which would be exact in 13 days promising power within that period. But Mars being opposite Saturn in that chart, meant being out of scene when the two acquire supportive role in 2011. He in fact died in a helicopter crash since the Sun was playing spoil sport with Rahu and Ketu.


21st Feb

Don’t Take Astrology Casually

A couple of years back a gentleman wished to know as to what lied in store of his future. He did not know his exact time of birth. His mother informed him that he was born in the afternoon may be somewhere between 1 pm and 4 pm. Using a proven tool as prescribed by the Krishnamurthi paddhati, I worked out his exact time of birth at 2.02 pm. I then drew astrological chart for the time of birth arrived and cross checked whether it reflects on some past events. Satisfied, I gave him my reading about the future.

The man was not convinced. He had his doubts whether exact time of birth can be figured out applying astrological tools. So, he relied more on the chart which someone else had prepared earlier. Based on that chart, some astrologer predicted a very prosperous time mid 2015 onwards. Taking the cue, the gentleman planned expanding his business. Help and support started pouring in, which further convinced him that time was congenial to his growth. The projects that he initiated began with a big bang but not long after, they all got stuck up midway. That left him clueless, how to come out of the impasse. Having struggled for a while, he visited me again.

Going through the chart stored in my file, I pointed out that he must be going through a very tough time so far as his business is concerned for almost one year. All his efforts would go in vain. Work atmosphere would be discomforting. He would be vulnerable to even physical injuries. So it happened, confirmed the man. He then brought out the chart he had referred to while making his business expansion plan and wanted me to check, which of the two charts were correct.

Well, ‘the taste of pudding lies in its eating’, I responded. When the chart referred by me is in conformity with what you have been experiencing in real terms, the check stands already done. An apparent look at the astrological chart you have brought, would point to possibility of high growth. But a look at the transit of Saturn revealed that it formed unholy alliance with its dire enemy Mars, and therefore, had to play the spoiler. So, on one hand the chart would raise high hopes, but when initiatives taken in pursuance thereof, he had to go through difficult times. So, it was fractioned approach and that too premised on an erroneous chart is what misled the man.

Remember, time is the driving spirit of astrology. For, time in astrological frame, reflects upon the dynamics of energy flux excited by nature at a particular moment, which gives a reading into the karmic imprint of a being. And the dynamics of every moment keeps varying widely. So, a little error in the time of birth, in the first place, one may miss out on true personality reading of a being. Second, a four minutes error, the timing of event may get off by a year.

But I have a question, asked the man: “If time did not favour success, how comes support came pouring in without much of efforts?” For, an answer, the question needs to be examined in two different perspectives. So far as the question of eliciting due support of others is concerned, it depends on your inter-personal relationship skills, which includes your communicative skill. The planetary markers in this respect are wisdom oriented Jupiter conjunct mind-signifying Moon which grants you a fertile mind with vision, foresight and imagination. The two also beautifully aligned to intelligence-indicating Mercury, speaks high of your communication skill. Added to that is Neptune being well aligned to the above three planets, indicative of a charming personality, bringing in a sense of appeal in you. So, you could influence people easily and could elicit due support.

Now coming to the business initiatives getting stuck, the 10th cusp identified with career projection needs to be looked at, and that should be precise. The progressed 10 cusp of the corrected chart at the age of 53 was locked in adverse formation with Mercury implying that he was due for difficult time in terms of his career. This, read together with transit Saturn moving opposite his natal Mars, very clearly indicated failure in business efforts. However, the fact that progressed Sun aligned favourably to natal Mercury, pointed to new friendships and alliances. And the result is there to see. Astrology, therefore, should not be attended casually.


14th Feb

It’s Wise to Watch Your Thoughts

Thoughts drive a being. Evidently, the character and content of thought will define what sort of actions it would prompt, and which in turn, will account for quality of returns thereof. So it is said: “As you think, so you become.”

The question now is: What accounts for the characteristics of an individual’s thought trends, which invariably varies from person-to-person, making each individual unique? Even twins are found to be exhibiting varying mind-tends. For an answer, a look into the chemistry of mind becomes imperative.

Each mind gets going on the premise set by a stockpile of Karmic imprints, both good and bad, carried over from past, as a sequel to cause-effect chain, which drives all actions on our part through the run of our life. The Karmic imprints involuntarily define individual specific belief pattern, which holds the key to inherent desire-trends, habits and attitudes. The desires nursed, in turn, excite corresponding thoughts, which when gravitate following reflection in the laboratory of mind, translate into action. Evidently, the quality of fruits of action would depend on the characteristics of the thought imprints, which set into motion the particular act. Here again, one’s habits and attitudes often plays spoil sport with the quality of efforts put in.

That makes it incumbent upon us to watch our thoughts, reflect upon them, identify and acknowledge the flawed ones, and make desired amends well in time, for the sake of a qualitative life ahead. It is pertinent to note here that human mind, which armed with Budhi (the faculty of discriminate intelligence), is very much empowered to carry on the above task. For, intrinsic to Budhi is the sense of dispassion, whereby without any bias one could identify the inherent infirmities and also effect desired changes through conscious efforts.

The irony, however, is that quite often, one’s sense of Ahamkara (the sense of ‘I’ consciousness), identifies itself with the inherent mind-trends, and then gets tempted to passionately pursue them. And in egotistical overdrive, often one does not feel the necessity to invoke Budhi component for due diligence, and with obvious consequences.

Here comes the role of Astrology, which may help overcome egotistical limitations. For, it is premised on the energy mapping of the cosmos at the time of one’s birth, which serves as a measure of Karmic imprints carried over from the past. One could thus figure out the basic fabric of mind’s making with a fair amount of precision. For, energy knows no bias.

Here I am tempted to recall a saying: “Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become action; watch your actions, they become habit; watch your habits, they form your character; watch your character, for it defines your destiny.”

Here is the case of a lady in her late forties and yet not settled in life. For, she remains stuck to her self-delusions, passionately pursuing her fanciful dreams, distanced from ground reality. And she is not prepared to look beyond her self-defined parameters. She detests following well settled societal norms but does not know how to go about either. She is yet to find out someone who may prove true to her 25 points check-list.

Let us now look at her astrological pointers. The luminaries, the Sun and Moon are ill-disposed off to each other, both also locking horns with Neptune. That makes her stuck to self-assumed whims and fancies. Habitually escapist, she would not acknowledge truth on its first appearance, and continue passionately pursuing her self-defined perceptions on hope against hope. Also she is emotionally volatile. She can’t take any advice kindly if it is not in conformity with her self-defined perceptions. She rather gets over-exercised.

Saturn placed opposite the Moon, and also crossing path with Mars, makes her habitually suspicious, impatient, irritable, and argumentative. Also, it gives a negative orientation to her thought process. Intelligence signifying Mercury is ill-disposed off to Uranus as well as Jupiter. This, in the first place points to her scattered brain not able to remain focused for long. And the fact that the Sun is placed adverse to restive Rahu, she often misdirects her energies unnecessarily brooding and contemplating on trivial issues. Second, it accounts for her fuzzy thinking, impaired reasoning and judgment. Third, it makes her unconventional, eccentric, and opinionated. Fourth, she has a vacillating mind not able to take a reasoned view in time. And if ever things do not move on expected lines, she develops nervousness, and depression sets in.

She really needs to work upon her infirmities to move forward in life.


7th Feb

Unrestrained Freedom Fraught with Danger

‘Right to freedom’ has been resonating loud on most of the television channels since Supreme Court agreed to review afresh their earlier take on LGBT issue. I wonder whether legal adjudication could anyway set the terms of individual-specific social behaviour, which ordinarily is guided by how each mind is inherently inclined. And something that is rooted in the deep realm of mind cannot be so easily transformed by social or judicial commandments. At best, it could to some extent deter people from behaving in a particular way in public.

I am not inclined to sit on judgment whether the claim of LGBT proponents is right or wrong, whether on religious grounds or in the name of laws of nature. For then the proponents may ask: who is competent to define, a question with which they have been confronting those opposed to their standpoint. But what is intriguing is to make such a claim in the name of ‘fundamental right’.

True, human beings enjoy the freedom to make choices. But would it mean that one could passionately pursue one’s individualistic whims and fancies, even if it is to the detriment of our collective consciousness, and with impunity? Would it enjoin you with absolute freedom to sit in the middle of a road and sell goods? Remember, whenever there is a choice, the probability of its use and misuse remains equal, and evidently, the onus of making right choice is on you. For, in a living framework bound by cause-effect chain, you cannot escape the consequences of the choices that you make.

Had the consequences of individual choice been limited to the self alone, the matter would not qualify for public concern. Here, what needs to be born in mind is that this world is set into an inseparable interdependent structure. For, each one of us is born imperfect, not capable of meeting one’s existential needs by oneself. It is in togetherness, complimenting and supplementing each other’s efforts that our existential concerns get served.

To sum up, even individual welfare would be secure only when the societal order would be in proper shape. It, thus, implies that any individual aberration or for that matter unseemly group behaviour all the more, carry the potential to unsettle societal harmony and balance, and hence the need for a reasoned conduct.

Another intriguing question that needs attention is the attempt to justify LGBT behaviour in the name of 450 and odd animal species showing such trends. The question that naturally arises: “Are we justified in acting animal-like?” Here, it will be desirable to look at what differentiates a man from an animal. In the 5 stages of evolution chain, from mineral world such as earth mass- to plants and vegetable world- to animals & birds with a rudimentary mind- to human beings with a developed mind- and finally to a fully evolved all knowing beings, animal has reached the third level. In this scheme of things, an animal’s nature is to act, react, or respond on instincts, but would not know whether their act is right or wrong, and with no scope to make any exception to the design parameters driving them.

A man on the contrary, having graduated to the 4th level of evolution is empowered to dispassionately evaluate the choices in hand through exercise of the indwelling faculty of discriminate intelligence, and accordingly guide one’s actions intelligently. Also, it qualifies human beings to effect changes in the self as well as the environment through conscious efforts. For such an empowered creature to lower down one’s level to act animal-like is a point to ponder.

Another question that deserves attention in this context is that how come ordinarily people are drawn towards the opposite sex? For an answer, a look into the energy construct of human beings becomes imperative. Remember, a human being with a solid frame, remains at the sub-atomic level nothing but a web of vibrating energy patterns, men and women structured differently. And they are so made out as to meet each other’s voids in energy terms, is how they get naturally drawn towards each other. Any exception to this framework has to be the handiwork of individual specific mental inclinations.

The above fundamentals of life need to be kept in mind while deliberating on the issue in hand. Enough of food for thought has been made available.It is now for all conscientious minds to dispassionately examine against this back ground and reason out the right course due for us.


31st Jan

Security Concern over Mars-Saturn Nexus

Since New Year took off, we have encountered unprecedented happenings, making it quite an eventful period for the country. The year opened its account with a major strike on our Pathankot Air base. Not even a fortnight had passed when our security agencies in a countrywide swoop, nabbed a good number of suspected terrorists who were planning major assaults. There is nothing new about proxy war being perpetuated by those inimical to us, and over a period of time we have learnt how to combat also. But what is important to note is that the planetary alignment during the ongoing year calls for being on full security alert all through the year, otherwise, we may be taken for a ride. For, the inimical forces would be on their toes to hit us hard on the first occasion they get.

The reason: Mars would be roughing shoulders with its dire enemy, the Saturn occupying the war sign Scorpio almost all through the year. Incidentally, Scorpio happens to be the 7th sign of Nation’s Independence chart marked with inimical countries. The implication could be still graver towards second half of August when Mars closes up with Saturn.

Whenever Mars and Saturn cross paths, and if ever having linkage to a war sign, country becomes vulnerable to face war-like situations. It points to likelihood of political rebels and terrorists baffling us with their sudden armed strike. Criminal activities shall be on the rise. Societal dissension may flare up. For, those subject to any kind of social or political discrimination or deprivation may gain courage to raise their voice. And if per chance other planets too happen to be anyway afflicted, it may lead to serious problems in the areas they signify. Incidentally, coming June, Uranus, which has been accorded part ownership of the sign Aquarius owned by Saturn, shall be moving on the sign Aries owned by Mars. This transit points to global turbulence, India not spared, which may further add to the gravity of our problems.

This is not to suggest that the likely events are to be taken in finality. Should we be on full alert, we could take pre-emptive measures to ward of such eventualities. So, no wonder, since Mars was longitudinally ill-disposed off the Saturn in the New Year’s chart, we had to contend with terrorist onslaught. But when our security apparatus showed alertness, they caught hold of the miscreants much before they could act.

The Sun was locked in adverse formation to Uranus in the New Year’s chart implying that people would be up in arms against social injustice, political discrimination and many of the settled age old beliefs could be challenged. Also, that points to likelihood of constitutional crisis. Mars locking horns with Mercury pointed to likelihood of youth upsurge. Venus in exchange with Mars, and also ill-disposed off to mischievous Neptune pointed to the possibility of Women’s protest against gender discrimination.

So, it came as no surprise when there was student uprising in the wake of suicide of a Dalit scholar of Hyderabad University, which carries the potential of far reaching consequences. Then came into play women right activists movement against gender discrimination in temple, whereby women devotees are not allowed entry into the sanctum sanctorum of Shani Singnapur temple. Both the movements have agitated all conscientious minds across the country. We have also been witness to serious constitutional crisis in Arunachal Pradesh.

One of the journalist who happened to visit me while I was scripting this peace, asked me: “How could planets so distant from us influence life on earth?” To make things clear, I had to give him a brief on dynamics of nature. In course of cyclic run of nature, planetary alignments keep changing every now and then as a matter of routine. Some of the alignments are in supportive mode pointing to favourable implications, while others may be ill-disposed off to each other carrying negative connotation, all across. Remember, the Universe happens to be a unified organism where no individual existence has a reality independent of the entirety, included in which is the observer. Imperative to this framework is that every point of the space remains intimately connected to the rest. Naturally, then, any change effected at one end, its echoes would travel far and wide. Consequently, the varying dynamics of planetary orchestra have to have related bearing on the goings on the earth in practical terms.

To sum up, the government, security apparatus, and people in general need to be on full alert this year.


24th Jan

Learn the 'Art of Living'

Learn the ‘Art of Living’ A man in his late 50s, worried about not been married yet, called me the other day asking: “Is my marital prospect jinxed so much that I have not been able to settle in life by now? I have been looking for a girl of my choice, with whom I could spend the rest of my life but I’ve yet not found anyone. I have had several relationships so far. I am able to attract girls fast, but am not able to hold on to any of them for long. Many of the girls were likeminded, and yet proved incompatible. I am not able to figure out why? And is there any luck favouring me with a stable and harmonious relationship in near future?”

This question needs to be seen from two different perspectives. First, whether this man understands the basic premise on which any relationship/marriage stands. Second, how he negotiates with his partner on a day-to-day basis.

Because of his emphasis on the phrase: ‘likeminded girls,’ I am able to make out that he has been looking for someone having similar traits as that of his own. That, however, means his very perception of relationship is flawed. Remember, men and women are born with different sets of mind and psyche, but in a way that they meet up each other’s respective voids, and together make out a fulfilling life. So, it will be unfair to judge a girl by man’s standards. Similarly, it will be erroneous to measure a man by a woman’s standards. What really needs to be figured out is whether the two accept each other the way they are, and are accommodative and sensible enough to be appreciative of each other’s concerns and feelings. For, a hardened mind, stuck to one’s individual-specific desire-trends, would not be keen about complementing and supplementing each other’s inadequacies, but for which harmony and stability in relationship would be wanting.

Another important aspect of relationship demanding attention is that each individual, whether a man or a female is born unique. Accordingly, each one of us would carry varying perceptive and comprehensive abilities, likes and dislikes, prejudices and passions, as well as desire trends. That makes a natural ground for arousal of conflicting thoughts and interests in any relationship. And yet, it is expected out of the partners to be appreciative of each other’s concerns and sensibilities and be in accord, overriding all such limiting factors. This is the calling of what we termed as ‘The Art of Living’.

Given our indwelling faculty of discriminate intelligence, we could effortlessly achieve the above end. In this respect, often our individualist egos, inherent habits and attitudes play spoil sport. That makes it incumbent upon us to look within, identify our limiting factors, work upon and overcome them, and be geared up to intelligently engage with our partners. Should we understand and absorb the above noted premise on which a relationship stands, life will turn into a beautiful experience.

Let us now give a look at the astrological markers pointing to the man’s personality traits that stood in way of a stable and harmonious relationship. He was born in Taurus lagna, with its lord Venus exalted in the 11th house identified with friendship and fulfilment of desires. The friendship signifying planet Mercury posited in the lagna sign is well aligned to Venus. Mind signifying Moon is beautifully aligned to Neptune. Benevolent Jupiter occupying the 5th house identified with love, too is also well disposed off to Neptune. All put together implies that he would be lady charmer who may entice any girl without much of efforts.

All that is contrasted by many negatives that do not let him have a stable and harmonious relationship. The Sun is well aligned to Jupiter but at the same time is ill-disposed off to Neptune. It implies that whereas his outer demeanour will be appealing, but actually would prefer living by a self-defined make-believe world of fanciful dreams, distanced from ground realities. Mercury opposite Mars makes him restive, irritable, bad tempered, argumentative and selfish. Moon opposite Uranus as well as Jupiter accounts for his Mercurial temperament, and being emotionally rash, whereby he may get over-exercised even on trivial issues. Mars locked in adverse formation to Saturn makes him impatient, suspicious, and subject to physical and emotional strain. Venus placed adverse to Neptune points to indiscrete choices, and also makes him vulnerable to indulgences. He needs to work upon these limitations to lay down the ground for a stable and harmonious relationship in future.


17th Jan

There's No Shortcut Route to Success

Desire-driven human beings begin life with high hopes and aspirations, and carrying the spirit, as if nothing is unachievable. Accordingly, most of us, and particularly the youth, dream big. And there is nothing wrong in nursing a dream. For, then, one has something to look forward to, which motivates them to work towards becoming an achiever.

In the process, one tries to put in one’s best. Of late, a new dimension has got added to human mind and psyche. With communication explosion, mind has literally acquired digital speed, which, in turn, has bred in a sense of impatience. That tempts a being to take a short cut route to success, and almost in a demanding mode, even if one has to adopt dubious means.

But not everybody succeeds. Why? Most of us, and the youth all the more, stuck to individualistic aspirations, seldom care to take note of the dynamics of existential order. We often forget that all of us are a part of an interdependent collective organism. In this scheme of things, none of us is individually capable of meeting one’s existential needs by oneself. It is only when our efforts are complemented and supplemented by those of our fellow travellers that would make us meet our ends. What compounds our problem even more is that every individual is born unique, each exhibiting varying mental traits. The world, thus, remains a natural breeding ground of conflicting thoughts and interests. In such a complex environment, it is difficult to believe that the world can ever move to one’s asking. Therefore, nothing comes easy in life.

It thus becomes incumbent upon us to be mentally and otherwise well geared up to intelligently navigate our interest through all the conflicting situations and challenges coming in the way. That calls for prudence, patience, tact, and diplomacy. The paradox, however, is that present day impatient youth hardly allows time and space to even invoke all faculties of mind for the sake of due diligence, what to talk of inculcating basic virtues.

Driven by their instinctive judgment, impulsively prefer scheming their way forward so as to outwit others. As a consequence, often people fail to do due diligence before get going with their dream perception. They, thus, become vulnerable to making wrong choices, and with obvious ramifications.

So, in the first place, one begins with a weak note. Second, the impatient mind does not let you invoke one’s own empowerment tool – the faculty of discriminate intelligence – for due diligence. Consequently, one fails to elicit due support of the fellow travellers. Also, one fails to take on the challenges coming in the way intelligently.

Here is the case of a young man in his mid thirties. As luck would have had it, he tasted money early and easily. That has raised his ambition level still higher. He now wishes to make his way to the corridors of power on the strength of his money. For the last couple of years, he schemed his way, reaching out to almost all the regional and national political parties, but to no avail so far.

In the process, his business interest has suffered badly. Evidently, in the most challenging political environment as of now, those at the helm of affairs had to prefer the compulsions of electoral politics. Having failed to earn a niche for himself through his money-power, overriding those having invested their life in politics, he came looking for what lies in stock of his destiny.

Let us now look at the astrological pointers driving the man. The Sun, trine to Uranus, gave him sudden monetary gains, which inflated his ego level, as would Mars conjunct Jupiter and restive Rahu imply. But the Sun is also locked in adverse formation to mischievous Neptune, the latter posited in his lagna sign. It implies that he would be stuck to his self-delusions, fanciful dreams, distanced from ground realities. His egotistical mind would not let him look beyond his self-defined dream perceptions. Mercury opposite Jupiter, account for his impatience, fuzzy thinking, and impaired reasoning. Mars ill-disposed off to Uranus and Moon makes him temperamental, moody, impatient, and argumentative.

Also, he will be keen to impulsively run hither and thither in search of someone who may push him through a shortcut route to his dream destination. On top of that Venus being ill-disposed off to Neptune implies that he is vulnerable to lose heavily because of blind game that he may be tempted to play. I wish, he wakes up sooner than later.


10th Jan

Lord Shiva’s Governance Model

The New Year took off with a negative note as indicated in the opening issue of this column. While scripting the opening issue towards December end, I never knew that the Pakistan based terrorists were already on their prowl to play spoil sport with our New Year euphoria. It did not surprise me as that is what Mars roughing feather with its dire enemy Saturn imply. Much before said issue would have reached readers hands, the terrorists had successfully intruded Pathankot Air Force Station premises, which should have been impenetrable.

The terrorists have been eliminated and the Air station premises fully sanitised by now, but not before 7 brave hearts got martyred. They deserve our salutation. Let me reiterate here that the country cannot afford complacence during this calendar year. For, Mars and Saturn will continue to rough shoulders almost all through the year and play the devil. All the more because, Saturn continues to transit Mars owned war sign Scorpio, coincidentally the 7th house of India’s Independence chart, identified with forces inimical to the country. The obvious implication is that the country remains vulnerable to such assaults all through the year.

Not to point fingers on our brave hearts, who are always prepared to lose their life for nation’s security, but as a conscientious citizen it is time now for us to figure out our own fault-lines. It is just not enough to put the blame on inimical forces. They will be always gunning for our blood. What is more important to know how alert and prepared we are to checkmate such eventualities, if they are to ever confront us? The sequence of events clearly points to our lax response. The moot question is: Despite having enough of forewarnings and specific intelligence input at least 12 hours in advance, how comes we failed to make a quick response? Otherwise, the terrorists would not have been able to get inside the premises of such a vital defence establishment so easily, baffling our security apparatus, and kept us engaged for almost 72 hours.

War of words had to naturally follow under such circumstances, as the conscientious people concerned about nation’s security would naturally ask uncomfortable questions from the ruling elite. And the opposition parties are well within their right to raise their decibel level against government’s preparedness level. But the call of the hour is to shed our egos and ideological differences on matters concerning national security, and act in togetherness. That would, however, be possible if the ruling elite take the initiative.

I wish, those at the lead, rise above the implications of the Sun crossing path with Uranus in the referral charts pointing to the possible response pattern of the ruling class. It may not be out of place to mention here that whenever the Sun, which is identified with those in the lead, forms an unholy alliance with Uranus in mundane chart, the ruling clique seem to be keen to prove themselves as a class apart. In that hang, often they do not take kindly to counsel of even independent minded conscientious people.

I take the opportunity to share with all concerned the governance model in evidence in the imagery of Lord Shiva and his court. Lord Shiva is perceived mounted on an ox, surrounded by godly bodies, humans, demons, animals, goblins, and such assorted groups of creatures, symbolising diverse nature of existences. There remains an inherent incommunicability amongst His courtiers. All of them are bound by their individual limitations. And yet, Lord Shiva remains in accord with one and all consciously ignoring their individual limitations, as would his half eyes closed and half open imply. Not only that, He absolves them of their three types of sins through the three phalanges of His trident, and absorbs them in the form of poison of the venomous snake circling round His neck. But it could be no compulsion on the part of Lord Shiva to take all the pains. He purposefully does that. For, He is aware that if all and sundry in His court have their individual limitations, they are also endowed with such virtues as would be necessary for sustenance of the existential order. So, in order to avail of their positives, He maintains harmony and symphony amongst them through the play of damru (hand-drum) He holds in his hand, so as to ensure a smooth run of existential order.

Our country will remain in safe hands if those at the helm of affairs follow Lord Shiva’s governance model.


Opening Issue, 2016

Making New Year Resolutions

I wish the valued readers of this esteemed journal a very happy and prosperous New Year. Many of us may be thinking of making New Year resolutions, and as usual, to break them sooner than later.

The question now is: Why do we fail to hold on to the promises we make to none other than ourselves? The reason, plain and simple, is that most of such resolutions are just wishful thinking. Remember, unless the urge arises from within, it will be lacking in the will and resolve necessary to hold on to our commitments for long.

The truth of life is that of late, working on peripheral level has become a part of our habit’s tendency. And, as habits die hard, it is difficult to get over them easily. What has further compounded our problems is, that with digital revolution, our minds too have got used to operating at high speed. That tempts us to seek quick fix solution to the problems confronting us individually and collectively. Consequently, we end up dealing with issues on instinctive judgment. And for lack of patience, we do not allow time and space to invoke our empowerment tool - Budhi (faculty of discriminate intelligence), which is tasked to reflect upon and arrive at right judgment. Evidently, if due diligence is lacking, it may not be possible to get to the root of the problem. Consequently, we may fail to look at the issues in right perspective, and with obvious consequences.

Remember, mind has its own chemistry, which demands sufficient time and space for coordinated functioning of all its constituents. Evidently, outpacing mind would be fraught with danger. Another limiting factor happens to be our Ahamkara (Ego), which plays spoil sport, two ways. First, it identifies itself with our preconditioned mind, which narrows our scope of vision. Consequently, one fails to look at the issues in hand holistically. Second, for lack of patience, it tempts us to take issues in hand at their face value, and react or respond on instinctive judgment, and with obvious implications.

It, therefore, becomes incumbent upon us to self-reflect, identify and acknowledge our indwelling weaknesses, and then address them. Following which, our vision may get expanded, intelligence gets sharpened, mind may get strengthened, where after it would be possible to come out with our best. We may thus get geared up to take on challenges ahead in all strength with ease and comfort, and also confidently avail of the opportunities likely to unfold. So, the best New Year resolution would be to work upon the basics and reinvent ourselves, and lay down the ground for a better tomorrow.

It’s time now to envision how future is expected to unfold for us. The year begins with a negative note as Sun is placed adverse to Saturn and Uranus in the New Year chart. Also, the Sun shall be ill-disposed off to both Uranus and Neptune in the Solar eclipse chart for September 01. That points to likelihood of erratic conduct of those at the helm of affairs, who may try to impose ill-conceived decisions. Intellectuals and youth may be up in arms, as Mercury, the commonly signifying planet for both is afflicted in most of the referral charts. People may feel cheated, as would masses signifying Moon conjunct Jupiter and restive Rahu in the New Year chart imply.

Security concerns will continue to hound the establishment as Mars shall be roughing feathers with its dire enemy Saturn, all through its run. It calls for being on full alert particularly when Mars will be in rapt conjunction with Saturn in the war sign Scorpio in August. Mars placed adverse to Jupiter in the chart drawn at the time of solar ingress in Capricorn makes communal harmony questionable. The period close to February and August needs to be kept on particular watch when Mars will be conjunct natal Jupiter in India’s Independence chart. It does not speak well for financial health of the country also, as Venus too remains afflicted in most of the referral charts. This does not augur well for female security either. Transit Sun joins mischievous Neptune in opposition to Jupiter in March, which points to likelihood of lot of unforeseen problems confronting the nation.

What needs to be especially watched is the transition of Uranus in the fiery sign Aries June this year. This, points to unprecedented turbulence all across the globe, India included, forcing those in the lead for a rethink on how to maintain peace, harmony, and stability.


Closing Issue, 2015

Wake Up To Nation’s Cause

It is transition time for us, as with closure of 2015 we are to walk into the New Year in a couple of days. People have already gone into fun mode, as if entering the New Year with a happy note, the year ahead may go well.

Nature, which holds the key to life cycle on earth, does not offer any specific referral around this point of time that would trigger any significant transition. It has its own markers, pointing to major twists and turns in its energy dynamics that carries the potential to influence our life cycle.

Acknowledging man’s interrelation with nature, India’s age old calendar system is set in correspondence with periodic motion of planetary bodies. A look into its run, therefore, could offer a generalised view of how future would unfold – in terms of challenges ahead and likelihood of opportunities. Accordingly, the nation and the people could gear up to negotiate the callings of emerging time with ease and comfort. This is not to suggest that fresh milestones cannot be framed. So there is nothing wrong in following the world trend. And since there remains continuum all through the run of time, the energy dynamics of any moment would reveal its future implications.

Based on nature driven pointers, the events that went past were by and large discussed in the opening issue of the year. This was about factors beyond our control. But more important is how intelligently we attended to them. For, applying our indwelling empowerment tools, we could not only intelligently deal with the challenges ahead, but also innovate, ways and means to add quality and value to life.

In the above light, it is important to review what legacy we are carrying forward. For, human life cycle is bound by a cause-effect chain, whereby every effect has to have a cause behind, and the effect in turn, would serve as the cause for future course of action to follow. The question now is: can artificially created fun moment during New Year celebrations lay down the ground for a happy life ahead?

Remember, life has to be run in real terms that take care of our existential needs individually and collectively, and should cover all our material, mental, and emotional concerns. In this light let us see what sort of a premise we have set for the coming year.

The year has been full of challenges. Food grains prices sky rocketed, making common people’s life miserable. People are asking vexing questions in public about the promises that the present government made while seeking vote. Not that the government alone has to be blamed. But like all previous governments, the present incumbents too failed to remain alert enough to take pre-emptive measures well in time.

Pollution has taken a toll on our health in a big way. And the city government, instead of exploring sustainable long term solution, are trying to impose their half baked ideas that may incapacitate a large number of people, particularly the old and handicapped.

True to the implication of Mars and Saturn playing spoil sport, we have been victim of radical onslaught and terrorist strike. In fact, security threats no longer deserve specific mention. For, misadventure by misguided groups, have almost become a permanent feature of the global life, India bearing its brunt for quite long.

Again Mars crossing path with Jupiter in the referral charts, wilful efforts were made for communal polarisation. Leave aside the unfortunate killing of innocents in the name of religion. What compounded the problem further was that those who matter handled the issue most insensibly.

Following communal upsurge began a long drawn debate on growing intolerance, as would the Sun ill-disposed off to Uranus imply. And true to its import, the debate went really wild when a number of award winning public figures returned their awards in protest. What compounded the matter even more is that some of those close to the power block instead of exercising patience and prudence loud mouthed, literally teasing the intellectual fraternity.

Polity again, for above reasons, seems to have nosedived to its bottom-most low. The language in use by present day politicians is simply unbelievable. Not to blame any particular political party, what NDA did when in opposition, the same trend is being repeated by the present opposition. Consequently, Parliament has become almost dysfunctional.

Does anybody care for the nation and its people? How long shall we bear with our politicians escaping their obligations? It is a wakeup call for all conscientious people.


20th Dec

Ignore Truth and Become a Fall Guy

Ongoing political melodrama in Arunachal Pradesh tempts me to write on how dynamics of the present moment speaks of the events in offing, and with a fair amount of precision. In fact, ‘Time’ is said to be administering tool of the divine. How? Would it mean that there is some existence up above in the cosmos, which keeps an eye on happenings here on the earth and administers it? There is nothing like that. A deep insight into the nature of present moment of time, however, throws light on the way future would unfold and hence the importance of time.

To make things clear, one needs to understand the concept of time adopted by the Indian Calendar system, which astrology follow. In this reckoning, time is not just a measure of space through the run of events. It reflects upon the varying dynamics of energy flux excited by nature every moment. For, all scales of time, macro as well as in micro frame, are set in correspondence with periodic motion of planetary bodies.

Here again, the planets are not to be seen just as astronomical bodies moving in the cosmos. In fact, they are energy providers of nature operating from the front. All these planets keep traversing their independent path at their own exclusive speeds. And since they all revolve round the Sun, they simultaneously maintain relativity amongst themselves. Even earth moves at a great speed as it completes one spin on its axis every 24 hours. So, the availability of nature driven energies to earth, varies widely every moment, and would accordingly impact life. Now since time is scaled to periodic motion of these very planets, the run of time in a way could be taken as synonymous with varying dynamics of energy chain in progression.

It is pertinent to note here that time maintains continuum all through its run, in the sense that the initiative taken at a particular point of time is what sets into motion future course of events to follow. Astrology works on this very premise. Now, see the twist and turn in Arunachal politics as on date in this light, as predicted almost a year and half back. Someone very close to the person holding the seat of power, wished to know future prospects of his man Friday. Looking at the planetary alignment at the time of commencement of the present government, he was told in clear terms that time would begin running against him a couple of months down the line. His adversaries may openly raise their head and gang up to unsettle him.

To this the questioner retorted: “All the pundits consulted so far have suggested that his friend would be firm in saddle for quite some time. And in politics, opposition from detractors remain a constant feature. What makes you take just an opposite view? And what would be the end result?” Well, I have put forth my view, just wait and see how future unfolds for your friend. My duty is to forewarn you so that your friend could plan his moves intelligently. About the final outcome, it all depends on how he handles the situation – whether he tries to win back his detractors or get into a confrontationist mode. The sequence of events suggests that his friend instead of trying to win back support became offensive. So, he himself has been responsible for the increase in rebel list, and with obvious consequences.

Experience suggests that more often than not, whenever someone gains power, person’s ego begins to play from the front. They then, prefer to have only yes persons around them and detest those who speak the truth upfront. As a consequence, they become out of touch with ground reality. Evidently, if you shun truth, you become due for being a victim of your own making.

Let us now have a look at the planetary alignment at the time of oath taking. Moon occupying the lagna sign was placed adverse to mischievous Neptune. That made him stuck to his self-delusions, which may not allow him the scope to keep an eye on contemporary situation. Mars placed over the head was locked in adverse formation to Uranus, Jupiter, and Moon. It implies that that in the hang of power, he was vulnerable to become self-willed, become authoritarian, and lose all sense of tact needed to hold the folks together. Also, he may develop unreliable association, and prefer to hear from them what pleased his ears, and the result is there for all to see.


12th Dec

Holistic Approach Ensures Success

A brilliant young guy pursuing engineering course abroad, picked up an innovative idea. He, a young man in hurry, with his mind pacing at digital speed, as remains the case with most of the youths these days, wished to rush through with his idea. So, leaving his course half way through, he tried to get into an entrepreneurial venture to carry forward his idea. But he did not care to apply proper forethought to figure out the logistics involved in translating his idea into action.

Evidently, not being properly geared up for carrying forward his idea to its logical end, he got stuck half way, and now finds himself at cross roads. What to talk of pursuing his idea further, he does not know how to move ahead in life. He has not finished his course to seek a proper job and his entrepreneurial venture is yet to take off. And as of now, even his survival in a foreign land has become questionable. He had thought that he will get necessary support to his asking. His parents are not in a position to provide the necessary fund, and corporate or government sponsorship has its own measure which takes time.

The guy failed to visualise his concept in holistic terms, and his fractioned vision got him stuck to the expected fruits of his ambitious idea. Also, it made him rush through his idea and with obvious consequences. In earlier times in the Guru-disciple tradition, before imparting learning lessons, the disciples were put through a process to free them of the limitations of mind. Purposely so as to expand their scope of vision, sharpen their intellect, and put their faculty of discriminate intelligence into active mode.

Following consecration of mind, the pupils, in the first place were able to absorb true import of their lessons. Second, they were well geared up to conceptualise their ideas if any in holistic terms. Accordingly, they would make right choices, articulate their action plan intelligently, and then time them well. That enabled them to carry forward the task in hand to its logical end with ease and comfort. Evidently, that makes probability of success higher.

The paradox, however, is that in the modern education system, there remains no provision for consecration of mind. One is just made to pursue a particular knowledge field. What, however, is more important is that at the end of the day, it is the human factor that has to take forward to its logical end, the knowledge earned or any idea thereto. Whether we carry it forward rightfully or in a misguided way depends upon how orderly our minds function. That makes it incumbent upon us to figure out indwelling limitations of our mind and address them, so as to lay the ground needed for our inlaid potential steer through our objective rightfully.

It’s time now to look at what made the guy concerned flounder. Exalted Jupiter in the 3rd house identified with mental orientation, speaks of a well-oriented fertile mind keen about acquiring wisdom. The Sun conjunct Mercury in an airy sign speaks of an intelligent guy with a scientific orientation, armed with good memory. The two, beautifully aligned to intellectually ordained Uranus and psychic Neptune, speaks of a visionary with dramatic talents. He would be having an innovative and inventive mind, with a strong intuitive sense. That speaks of someone capable of having out of box insights of great significance. Added to that is Karmic Saturn occupying Jupiter owned sign Sagittarius, which again speaks of a strong intuitive mind. All put together qualifies him to carry research work of significance.

The positives as discussed above, however, get compromised by his inlaid negatives, which restricts his scope of vision. Mars occupies his Lagna sign, which being ill-disposed of to erratic Rahu makes him headstrong, who may unmindfully misdirect his energies. Jupiter locked in adverse formation to the Sun speaks of his preconditioned mind having swaggering ego, out of touch with ground reality. Also, it does not let him look at his fault lines. Moon, ill-disposed off to Uranus as well as Neptune makes him stuck to his self-delusions, which also accounts for his mercurial temperament. Jupiter adversely placed to Mercury speaks of his impatience. Uranus conjunct Neptune speaks of a restless mind. All these do not let him look at issues in hand holistically, and the result is there to see.

Should he work upon his indwelling frailties, I am sure he will be able to make a mark for himself.


6th Dec

Keep ‘Budhi’ Active for Mindfulness

Any empowerment tool invariably remains a double-edged weapon. If we use them rightfully, it may prove rewarding and fulfilling. Its misuse, on the contrary, can lead to disastrous consequences. The choice is with us. In fact, the very choice option, which remains exclusive preserve of human beings, by itself, is a double edged weapon. For, it carries equal probability of its use or misuse.

How good or bad a choice we opt for, is subject to how our mind is inherently framed, and which varies from person-to-person. Remember, it is our mind which defines our functional mandate, accordingly articulates how to take it forward, and then puts them into act. The question now is: What sets the terms of our functional mandate?

There are thought-seeds laid down in our mind, coming as they may with Karmic imprints carried over from the past. These thought-seeds set the premise on which mind gets prompted to act. Evidently, the character and content of the thoughts seeded in mind, will define what sort of choices we would ordinarily make. These thought-seeds influence the mind setting its dream destination, and also set the term for how our minds perceive external stimuli and respond thereto. Some of them may be ill-framed, and evidently to our detriment.

To get over such vulnerability, our mind is endowed with ‘Budhi’ - the faculty of discriminate intelligence. That empowers you to self-reflect and identify indwelling infirmities, address them, and equip the mind for making right choices. Also, it lets you dispassionately perceive any external promptings in right perspective, reason out and accordingly respond. It is this very exclusive privilege that makes us superior to an animal. For, animals react instinctively but would not know, whether it is right or wrong.

The irony, however, is that quite often in the rush of life, one gets caught up by tempting influences of the seeming world so much that it does not allow any scope to invoke Budhi. Consequently, one fails to get to the truth underlying seeming realities, and obviously to one’s detriment. If you fail to make use of your own empowerment tool, you end up acting animal like unmindfully on instinctive promptings. Remember, before you make your choice, things are within your hands. But, once a choice is made, you cannot escape its expected fallout, good or bad. For, we are bound by a cause-effect chain, meaning: ‘As you sow, so shall you reap.’

The question now is: how to shape our minds so that one could successfully steer life with ease and comfort? That calls for first identifying, acknowledging, and freeing our minds of any preconditioning whatsoever. Second, train your minds to remain alert to keep Budhi in active mode, so as to mindfully steer through the course of life.

A case in point is that of a fun loving young lady, who apparently had no voids in life to look for. But, somehow, she unmindfully responded to interest shown by a scheming guy, just for the fun of it. Once trapped into that, she is being blackmailed, extorted, and even ill-treated, and she does not know how to get out of it. The question now is: What seed-thoughts led her to such unwanted situation?

Her astrological pointers offer the answer. Venus in the 5th house makes her a fun loving person. Venus being lord of the 3rd and 8th houses identified with difficulties, clearly points to inviting difficulties on account of love related issues. Venus again, ill-disposed off to Uranus occupying the 8th house, made her vulnerable to unmindfully fall into the trap of a strange relationship in a flash action.

The ground, however, was laid down by the Sun, which is locked in adverse formation to mischievous Neptune. That speaks of a person stuck to self-delusions, which made her wish living by her fanciful dream perceptions of life. Neptune crossing path with intelligence signifying Mercury, accounts for her insensible reasoning and judgment. Also it speaks of a scattering mind, which does not let her do due diligence before jumping into an act. As a consequence she would act on her instinctive promptings. Mind-signifying Moon occupying Mercury owned dual sign, makes change her passion. Moon, again conjunct Mars, makes her self-willed whereby she would wish to live on her own exclusive terms. And the result is there to see.

She has been advised to detoxify her mind. That will help drive away her sense of fear, activate her sense of reasons, and let her regain her usual self.


29th Nov

Intolerance Is Self-Consuming

Intolerance debate has been occupying too much of political and media space these days. I don’t wish to join the ongoing discourse for or against any line of argument. What is, however, more worrying is that intolerance seems to have overtaken individual mind-space, whereby the sense of accommodation, vital to familial harmony and stability, seems to have taken back seat.

Consequently, either one fails to raise a family in time, or that if one has somehow made it, has been breaking fast. That calls for a serious look into why are we becoming more and more intolerant day-by-day?

For the right answer, two factors deserve attention. First comes, the impact of prevailing environmental influences on the impressionable minds of people. Second, is the way each being’s thought process is inherently framed, which defines the way one is expected to negotiate life.

So far as environmental influences are concerned, of late it has acquired global dimension, courtesy cyber connectivity. Thereafter, the whole world stands exposed at the click of a key-button – both good and bad. On one hand it has raised everybody’s aspiration level. Second, it has exposed all existent disparities, and all the scheming done by those having self-appropriated the right to be arbiters of human destiny. That has literally driven the whole world into a reactionary mode, setting the ground for intolerance making each one wary of the other.

Here again, the speed at which massive stockpile of information can be accessed on cyber-space, has in turn, sped up mind’s working pattern too. Now habituated to speed, people are not inclined to take a pause for reality check. For, it requires further time and space. Consequently, one keeps running to the usual flow of life. Mind’s increased speed has also hastened the societal churning process beyond usual adaptable limits. Consequently, we keep unmindfully exciting contrarian views and inviting conflicting situations, which is playing spoil sport with us, individually and collectively.

Now coming to individual mind’s working, it is pertinent to note that every being is born unique, in terms of one’s mental dispensation, coming as it may with Karmic imprints carried over from the past. These indwelling imprints involuntarily define individual-specific belief mechanism, which, kick-start the mind exciting specific desire trends. The desires, in turn, excite corresponding thoughts, which when gravitate further, lead to action. Evidently, the character and content of the desire defines the quality of all actions on our part - individual initiatives or responses to external stimuli - and obviously the effects thereto.

Now, if our mental dispensation is negatively oriented, it has to breed negativity. Our learned masters were aware of this human vulnerability. So, they were very particular about consecrating each mind well in time – free them from any preconditioning whatsoever, and also offer them a lesson in ‘the art of living’ in conformity with existential realities of life. The process was an essential part of the ancient education system. Also, within our families, the budding youths were imparted lessons in value system from their elders. Unfortunately for us, with the advent of modern education system, the essential need of shaping future generations has taken a back seat. Given this backdrop, the environmental influences have been driving our impressionable minds crazy.

To sum up, we have completely lost our moorings. Consequently, in our adrenaline rush, we often forget to invoke our most valuable empowerment tool – the faculty of discriminate intelligence. And for want of due diligence we often go wild to any external stimuli. And the result is there for all to see.

This is not to suggest that those who are supposed to steer us through are not conscious about our existential challenges. But so far, they have been trying to do just cosmetic surgery and that too at peripheral level. What is needed is to strike at the root of the problem before it becomes too late. All conscientious minds need to ponder in all seriousness to reverse the trend. Otherwise, the prevailing intolerance level, will lead us to disaster out of its own momentum.

See, how because of her hardened views, someone now in late forties has not been able to find a suitable match. Mars, the lagna lord, is conjunct Jupiter, and also locks horns with Neptune as well as the Sun. That points to her inflated ego, bound by self-defined beliefs and perceptions. She has had multiple relationships by now, but could not hold to any. For, none were prepared to blindly go by her fanciful dream perceptions.


22nd Nov

‘Art of Living’ For Smooth-Running Life

A newly married young man, trying to find an easy escape from discomforting domestic atmosphere came asking the other day: “For the last couple of months I have been desperately trying to seek a job away from my home town? When do you think it will come about? My wife is not able to withstand my mother’s hardened attitude, and therefore, she has been pestering me day in and day out to move out. Being the only child of my parents, I do not wish to hurt them, but at the same time, I do not wish my wife suffer from mental discomfort either. Kindly lead me through.”

“Do you think escape is going to resolve your issue?” I put up a counter question. The problem with you is that you are taking the problem at its face value. You need to strike at its root, which lies in your mental traits. Today, your mother’s attitude is in focus. Assuming, you move to some other city with a new job, not easy to secure in a stagnating economic scenario as of now, the focus will shift elsewhere, and if none else on each other.

Both of you wish to live on your exclusive terms more in a demanding mode, which you managed to enjoy before marriage. Pre-marriage, hardly there are occasions to independently deal with conflicting situations. For, the parents, out of sheer love for you, try to accommodate as much as would be possible. Following marriage, a new member comes into reckoning, which calls for necessary readjustments, which seems to be somehow lacking.

Remember, the world does not necessarily move to your asking. For, every living being is born unique, in terms of one’s perceptive and comprehensive abilities, prejudices and obsessions, habits and attitudes, and level of intelligence, often at cross purposes with each other. The world, thus, remains a natural breeding ground of conflicting thoughts and interests. Life has to still keep marching ahead. That calls for the need to work out ways and means to be in accord with the rest, overriding all existential limitations, for a smooth run of life. Please make note of the fact that none of us could be ever born a perfect. But, if there are few weaknesses in a person, experience suggests that usually there are many more positives as well. The irony, however, is that invariably we get stuck to the negatives so much that the indwelling positives go out of sight. Possibly, your mother may be carrying some weaknesses, but your chart reveals that she should be a very well meaning person.

Remember, if at all some of your mother’s expectations and advisories provoke your wife, it is not necessary that your mother’s approach would be always flawed. It has more to do with how your wife comprehends and responds to them, which will be guided by her inherent habits and attitudes. That makes it incumbent upon her to look within, identify the indwelling weaknesses, which does not let her perceive issues in hand in the right perspective, and then address them. Following that, the very thought process will take a positive turn, and life will turn into a beautiful experience.

Be it known that world is made out in a way where no individual is capable of meeting existential needs by oneself. But in togetherness, we make out a self-sufficient wholesome world. That puts the whole world into a compulsive interdependent mechanism in support of each other. We need to live in conformity with this very nature’s mandate, for a smooth run of life.

You have already been made aware of what corrective initiatives you need to take. Let me give you a brief on your wife’s personality traits. Her lagna lord Mars is debilitated, which together with the Sun, locks horns with Jupiter. Read together with her Moon posited in fiery sign Aries, implies that she would be aggressive, impulsive, irritable, who may not like to play second fiddle to any. She has a swaggering ego that binds her to her self-assumed beliefs, and not prepared to digest anything to the contrary. Saturn placed adverse to Mercury speaks of a fixated one track mind. Moon placed opposite Saturn speaks of negative orientation of her mind, which makes her out and out a pessimist and cynic, suspicious of one and all, who habitually begins with a negative note. And the result is there for you to see. Your wife actually needs a lesson in ‘The Art of Living’.


15th Nov

Lakshmi And Kali: Two Faces of Creation

We have just gone through the darkest night of the year on Dipawali when the Sun reaches the farthest point from this part of the globe. For, traversing the southern hemisphere, it reaches the extreme end of Western horizon, where as India is located in the Northern hemisphere and towards the Eastern horizon. Following the age old tradition, we dispelled darkness by lighting the habitation on a massive scale in a celebratory mode.

Why do we celebrate darkest night every year? Remember, in Indian perception, darkness is not taken as negative. For, in the first place, dark night is a precursor to the rise of brightening Sun. Second, it is in the dark realm of earth mass where seeds germinate to emerge as flower and fruit bearing plants. Seeds of creation are nurtured in the dark region of a mother’s womb to produce a child. Again, it is in the invisible quarters of mind that thoughts get excited, which when gravitate further, following processing in the laboratory of mind, lead to action and thereby creativity. And so we celebrate the darkest night of the year, which symbolically means a new productivity cycle in offing, both in terms of agriculture produce or usual business activity.

So is Mother Goddess Lakshmi, the deity identified with wealth and prosperity, worshipped at the dead of night with full reverence in most part of the country. Towards the Eastern end of the country, however, people have a date with Mother Goddess Kali. For, going by pauranic concept, Kali in Her aggressive mode saves humanity by striking at all demonic existences. In metaphysical terms, however, She drives through creative potential inlaid with Lord Shiva, which eventually manifests into a plural world with all its enormity and diversity. So, East looks to the root of creation, and the rest looks forward to produce. It will be therefore unfair to see either of them in isolation. For, one without the other is simply inconceivable as the two represent just two faces of the creative chain.

Symbolically, Lord Shiva stands for that ‘Singularity’ - the primal-source and effective cause of creation – which lies at the root of manifest world, and Kali as is His kinetic side, brings forth the manifest world in visible terms. The two are coterminous, as one without the other is inconceivable. It is something like a static fire-ball, and heat waves emanating there from. It will be pertinent to note here that according to ‘the theory of relativity’, whenever there is entropy, it multiplies. Here, the heat waves emanating from the so called fire-ball, is nothing but entropy that led to emergence of diversified energies out of primal-source, which eventually evolved into a phenomenal form-world. So is Lord Shiva perceived as the beholder of transcendent-consciousness and Kali that of immanent-consciousness. Thus is perceived the imagery of Kali, in action, with Her one leg on the body of Lord Shiva lying in corpse-form.

It is believed that there was spontaneous pulsation at the primordial-source, which excited the primal-sound “Om”, out of which emerged ‘Shakti-trinity – Sata, Rajasa, and Tamasa. Random mutation of the three variants of shakti led to diversified sound notes, out of which those audible to human ears are symbolised by the 50 letters of Sanskrit, the seed-syllables (Beeja-mantras). So is Kali perceived as sporting the garland made of 50 human skulls, and which, holds the key to the manifest existential order with form and name. Kali’s lower part is covered with apparel made out of human hands to mean that She grants the power which lets organic world being in active mode. Thus came into being the dynamic world with all its functionalities.

Kali is shown as black, because She is beyond the scope of human comprehension. She is shown as nude to mean that the whole universe forms her apparel meaning infinity. Remember, if an ephemeral world has come into being, it has to meet its end one day, when it collapses into its source, something like the star collapsing to form an invisible black-hole.

In the reverse cycle, once karma-cycle gets exhausted, signified by chopped hands, and ego gets dissolved as symbolised by head skulls, one gets to realise Kali. The cycle of time begins with Kali exciting creation chain, and ends when the phenomenal world merges back into Her. So, is She named Kali, the beholder of time. This concept is, therefore, nothing but scientific principle deified.

Belated though, but I greet the valued readers of this column on this solemn occasion.


8th Nov

Planets Are Not Arbiters of Destiny

Early last month, a lady hassled by her husband called up asking: “When does my husband begin behaving properly?” After going through her astrological chart, she was told that by 15th, things will begin to improve and during the last week, things will get still better. Things moved exactly as predicted. So, the lady felt relieved.

But immediately as November began, man’s behaviour took an ugly turn once again. Worried, the lady called again asking: “Your prediction came so true last time, but how come things took an ugly turn with the onset of this month? How comes your prediction did not stand test of time after a while?”

“Instead of questioning the validity of prediction, you need to understand why you become a victim of your husband’s idiosyncrasies every now and then. Looking at the planetary transits, I can once again indicate by what time your husband’s behaviour will be better. But given his innate habits and attitudes, it is difficult to guarantee your husband behaving sane for a continued stretch of time. For that, he needs to identify, acknowledge, and then work upon his inherent infirmities. Otherwise, when ill-fed by anybody jealous of you two, his suspicious and impressionable mind may get provoked and then take a vicious turn. For, his impulsive, impatient and intolerant mind may not allow him the space needed for due diligence to explore the underlying truth. And, unmindfully, he may go berserk till he somehow understands truth,” I explained.

The lady has some knowledge of astrology. So, explaining further, I brought to her notice the transit of Venus, the spouse indicating planet in her chart, and Mars, the lord of her husband’s Moon sign, which stands as marker for his mind-trends, in the sign Virgo. The two joining the shadowy Rahu there, implied that her husband has fallen trap to sinister design of some mischief maker, and with obvious implications. Once the two, both fast moving, go past Rahu in few days, sense of reasons is expected to dawn upon him, and things may improve. But there is no guarantee that her husband doesn’t fall prey to such provocations later, particularly when planetary alignments are not favourable.

“So, the planets will not let me be at peace for long is what you mean? She asked. Let me make it clear that the planets by themselves do not make an event happen. The planetary radiations, however, do trigger and prompt the mind to bring into play one’s inlaid individual-specific programme relevant for the time, which varies from person-to-person. So, we can very well gaze with a fair amount of precision, the expected course of event to follow. Had it just been the play of planets, its implication would not have varied from person-to-person.

Having said that let me also make it clear that we are not slave to how our minds are inherently programmed. Remember, we are armed with the ‘power of freewill’, which is duly aided by the faculty of ‘discriminate intelligence’. Applying this empowerment tool, we could self-reflect, identify and acknowledge our inlaid infirmities, and take corrective initiatives. Not simply that, we could add fresh educative inputs and reorient our thought process. The fact that we do not take pains to make use of our empowerment tool is how we remain slave to our pre-programmed habits and desire trends. Should we learn to avail of this faculty, we could very well shape our destiny through conscious efforts. But more often, our ego does not let us dispassionately know ourselves. Here, astrology comes to our aid. For, being energy map of the heaven at the time of one’s birth, it knows no bias.

Let us now look at the astrological pointers to man’s habits and attitudes. The prime markers are lagna lord Saturn, mind-signifier Moon, and mischievous Neptune, all locked in adverse formation with each other. Against this backdrop, Moon placed in fiery sign Aries makes him an impulsive, aggressive, argumentative, head strong, impatient and an intolerant person, for whom ‘my way is the only way’. He remains stuck to his self delusions, not prepared to digest anything to the contrary, and least concerned about other’s sensibilities and concerns. He is suspicious and suffers from unpredictable mood swings. He is vulnerable to be misled by scheming yes-persons. On top of that the Sun ill-disposed off to Uranus makes him an unconventional, tactless, and undiplomatic person, known for his frequent erratic behaviour. And the result is there to see.


1st Nov

Astrology, a Diagnostic Tool of Spirituality

The other day a lady going through a painful time came asking: “Sir, as far as I am able to recall, I have not harmed or hurt anybody in my living memory, nor consciously committed any grave mistake. I am spiritual also. Yet, how comes often I have to go through stressful times?”

“What do you mean by being spiritual?” I put up a counter-question. Sir, “I regularly do Budhist chanting individually and on weekends in a group. And, I am a pure vegetarian.” Well, spirituality is not as simple as you understand. You have just submitted yourself to a religious practice of your choice, which you have been pursuing as a matter of routine. Even this should help you calm down the vagaries of mind and also temper down your ego, as you bow down before the divine. Spirituality, however, has a much wider dimension.

The calling of Spirituality is to endeavour for unfolding full human potential, which is immense, major part of which otherwise remains dormant. As already discussed in the previous issue hardly 5% of the faculties of mind remain operative. More than that is subject to conscious efforts. To make up for our deficiency is what motivates us to endeavour to evolve further. Once full human potential gets unleashed, full expanse of mind-space becomes operative, thus widening the scope of one’s vision. Strength of mind gets increased. Intellect gets sharpened and one remains in full mental alert. Intellect and discriminatory faculties begin to extend intuitive support spontaneously. You begin to exhibit immense powers that would know no limit.

The process, in the first place, involves clearing off the clutters of mind – all inconsequential and negative memory imprints in store. Following that, one’s mind becomes free from all individual and collective mental and emotional limitations. Following the process, all preconditioning and predilections of mind are addressed. Further adding philosophic inputs, the dynamics of existence, macro and micro aspects both included, are understood, acknowledged and absorbed. You then realise that the universe as a whole is a unified organism, which includes the individual-self. In this scheme of things, we are all set into a compulsive interdependent frame, where all and sundry are supposed to work in support of each other, transgressing all individual limitations. The ‘Art of Living’, thus fully explored and learnt, we begin to relate well with the rest appreciating each other’s concerns and sensibilities. That in turn, sets the ground for a peaceful and harmonious coexistence. Life begins to move with ease and comfort.

To achieve the above end, it becomes incumbent upon us to first know ourselves thoroughly, in and out – identify and acknowledge one’s limitations – but for which it would not be possible to address them. Mind is qualified to self-reflect and know the self. But our egos often do not let us dispassionately identify our frailties. Here comes astrology to our aid, which helps dispassionately know the self.

A case in point is that of a spiritual seeker. His chart reveals that he is a very talented person with inventive and innovative mind as would the Sun placed favourably to Uranus imply. Added to that is his sense of wisdom, indicated by Jupiter and Mercury very well aligned to each other. On top of that, Jupiter in its own house together with Moon implied that he has a fertile brain with vision, foresight and imagination. But this man could not benefit out of his potential till he submitted to spiritual practice under the guidance of a proven Guru. For, Mercury locked in adverse formation to restive Rahu implied a scattering mind lacking in focus. Moon opposite Mars made him temperamental, moody, irritable, and argumentative. Venus ill-disposed off to the Sun and Moon both made him emotionally volatile. Uranus locked in adverse formation to Saturn and Neptune made him restless and nervous. On top of that the Sun and Mars both locked in adverse formation to Jupiter gave him an inflated ego.

Following spiritual path in all sincerity, he got over the above limitations, and turned all negative orientation of mind as indicated by adverse alignment of the planets positive. Remember, planets are nature’s energy provider from the front. And energy has no drive of its own, it will act the way you drive. Once mind is given the right turn, the same energy acquires positive orientation, thus amplifying one’s creative potential. So, as on date the man’s better side prevails.

To sum up, Astrology serves as a diagnostic tool of spirituality.


25th October

Astrology To Develop Human Resources..

Stretching on the interview further, the film maker asked: “Sir, what appears from the deliberation so far, is that we are all bound by an unending web of cause-effect chain. It would imply that all about future course of life is nothing but a projection of Karmic imprints carried over from the past. If that be so, would it not mean that one’s future course of life is fully preordained, and with no scope for any change? In that case, what purpose would astrological prediction serve, if we cannot modify our future course of life through conscious efforts?”

Well, ignorance is the cause of human limitation. If, however, you try to expand the scope of your vision and look at the construct of the man with an open mind free from any preconditioning whatsoever, you will realise that our mind-powers are immense. You may then understand that you are empowered to shape your destiny. You have to be aware of your own inlaid potential mostly lying dormant, unfold, harness, and learn how to employ them.

Remember, ordinary mortals are usually able to make use of hardly 5 to 7 percent of mind-powers, ordinarily available by default. More than that is subject to conscious efforts. This remains at the root of human ignorance. It is believed that Einstein could use close to 10 percent of his mind power to have proved a legend. In this context it is worth recalling Swami Vivekanand’s saying: “The history of the world is the history of few men who had faith in themselves. Faith calls out the Divinity within you, you can do everything. You fail only when you do not strive sufficiently to manifest infinite power.” It is in this context that Swami Vivekanand came out with his advisory: “We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, intellect is expanded, by which one can stand on one’s feet.”

Here, what needs to be born in mind is that in this ephemeral world, the only irrevocable act is the unabated process of change. In this context don’t forget that the external world does not move to your asking. Your destiny indicators would have to contend with conflicting interests of the diverse world where each individual is born unique. It is difficult to digest that the varying dynamics of the external world would not bring about twists and turns in your destiny-trends. How would it then be possible that one’s destiny is fully scripted beyond the scope of any change?

The ignorant often forget about their ‘power of freewill,’ an exclusive human preserve that allows you to make your own choice. This sense of duality has its own limitation – the choice option could take any turn, good or bad. To overcome this, we are empowered with the faculty of ‘indiscriminate intelligence’, intrinsic to which is the sense of dispassion. Applying this empowerment tool you can discriminate upon, judge, and make most appropriate choice. Applying this exclusive privilege, you can very well make a conscious choice that creates a cause, which may undo or modify the effect of a cause put in place in the past. So, we are not fully slave to our destiny.

However, before you could think about modifying the course of destiny, you need to be first aware of your inherent mind-trends. Mind is itself empowered to self-reflect and figure out one’s own inherent frame of making, provided our individual ego do not stand in way. For, our ego often appropriates mind-trends, both good and bad, as its identity, thus bringing in a sense of bias.

Here comes astrology to our aid as a very effective diagnostic tool, which helps dispassionately know our self. For, the astrological chart of a being is nothing but energy-map of the heaven at the time of one’s birth. And energy knows no bias. It speaks loud of the basic fabric of the making of one’s mind. The innate strengths and potentials, weaknesses, desire trends, habits and attitudes of a being could be understood with a fair amount of precision. The future course of life is actually premised on these very factors. Having known the self, you could address inherent limitations of mind, harness the inlaid potentials, and come out with one’s best.

To sum up, astrology is a well grounded discipline based on sound reasoning and of a great practical value. It helps overcome our limitations, and therefore, could serve as a very effective diagnostic tool directed towards human resource development.


18th October

Astrology Has a Sound Grounding

continued from previous issue
Carrying forward the interview, the film maker then asked: “You have beautifully explained connect between cosmos and life on earth. But how do planetary motions make events happen in human life, their nature varying from person-to-person?”

Well, the planets do not make an event happen. Events in individual’s life are actually a reflection of how each mind wishes to negotiate life. And that is influenced by memory imprints carried over from the past, which defines and drives one’s mental orientation - desire trends, habits, and attitudes. It may not be out of place to mention here that mind gets going with arousal of some inlaid desire in existence in seed-form. The desire, when nurtured further, excites corresponding thoughts, which when gravitate further, translate into action. Impressions of the quality of fruits the particular action bears, find way to our memory bank again. That makes the ground for a fresh course of action to follow. This way, usually the ordinary mortals remain trapped to an unending web of cause-effect chain.

To sum up, there remains a continuum in time and space running through successive lives. Something happening at a particular moment is a culmination of doings that precede the effect. And the effect, in turn, sets the ground for future course of action to follow. It is something like a seed sowed subsequently unfolding into a fruit bearing tree.

The question now is: What role do the planets play towards the expected twists and turns in life in the emerging times? It is pertinent to note here that planets are not to be seen just as cosmic bodies on the move in the immediate galaxy. They serve as front players of nature’s energy orchestra. For, they stand for energy streams passing through a region marked with a particular planet in focus, each reflecting a distinct characteristic feature. Each energy stream is a mixed bag of those excited or reflected by a planet, those made available by their respective Moons, as also those coming from far away stellar bodies routed through the region marked with that particular planet. Now these planetary bodies are ever on the move at their own speed traversing their respective paths. Seen from planet earth, which itself is moving at a great speed, the energy flux excited by nature every moment would vary widely.

The varying dynamics of nature’s energy orchestra keeps churning energy structure of a being. During the process, seeded memory imprints relevant for the concurrent time get triggered, leading to related events. It will be in fitness of things to mention here that a human being, with a solid gross-body, remain at the sub-atomic level, nothing but a web of vibrating energy patterns, all sourced to nature. Even the mental platform is again an energy-formation. Evidently, therefore, any variation in nature’s energy flux has to find a corresponding bearing on human dynamism.

The planetary formation at the time of one’s birth does also speak of the particular energy platform on which each individual being is raised. That speaks loud of the inherent mental dispensation of a being, coming as they may as an after effect of the doings and un-doings in the past. And it is one’s individual specific mental orientation, which defines and induces each being negotiate life a particular way. The planetary motions when seen against this background helps predict with a fair amount of precision expected course of events in the emerging times.

And to facilitate Indian Astrology in applied terms on a day-to-day basis at ground level, and with precision, the architect of this discipline, have set even the time scale in correspondence with nature’s energy cycle. No wonder, in Indian calendar system, the macro and micro units of time are scaled to periodic motion of the Sun and Moon or Astronomical referrals.

To sum up, the discipline of astrology is very well structured, and is backed by a sound philosophy of its own, that has been successively in use since thousands of years. Its antiquity is established by the fact that even Rigved has 52 verses detailing planetary motions and their significance. Even the concept of lunar constellations was well understood. Rigved is believed to be dated to at least 6th millennium BCE. At that stage, it primarily dealt with weather cycle. For then, having an understanding of expected weather trend was vital to agrarian economy. Subsequently, as the discipline grew further, it encompassed human life cycle. Even the other ancient civilizations astrology was in practice.


11th October

Astrology Has a Sound Grounding

Someone in the process of making a documentary film titled ‘Astrology Demystified,’ interviewed me at length with his far ranging questions. His thrust, however, was on scientific validity of the discipline being questioned by self-acclaimed rationalists and scientists, who term the discipline as a blind belief followed by the ignorant.

Well, at the outset, let me make it clear that Astrology has its own independent structure and philosophy. And since it predates what you term as modern science by thousands of years, the terms and phraseologies used are not compatible with those of contemporary science. So, the subtle nuances of Astrology as a discipline are far beyond the comprehension of the modern science. And therefore, Astrology as a discipline needs no authentication of the modern science.

The film maker began his interview with a question raised by legendary theoretical physicist Stephen Hawkins in his book “The Universe in Nutshell”: “Why should the position of planets against the background sky as seen from Earth have any correlation with macromolecules on a minor planet that call themselves intelligent life?”

Well, invariably those seriously engaged in higher learning often forget about certain basics, as if they would have outgrown their limits. Otherwise, the questioners would not have ignored the known correspondence between the cosmos and life on planet earth. It is a well established fact that life comes into active mode with sunrise and retires for the day after sunset. This natural correspondence between nature’s daily sojourn and life on planet earth did not need any scientific guidance. Second, annular weather cycle by and large corresponds to periodic transit of the Sun through various lunar constellations.

Third, the high tides in the sea on a full Moon day. Remember, the human body contains 70% water element with the same salt-water mix as in the sea. That makes it is difficult to digest that human-self would remain unaffected. It is a different matter that for a being with a solid-frame, the effect is mostly internalized. So, it may or may not be visible as in case of open expanse of sea surface. The effect, however, gets pronounced in case of lunatics. The rationalists often ask: why only a few get affected? Here again, they ignore uniqueness of every being, in terms of their individual structure and inherent tendencies. Naturally, those made out to be susceptible to lunacy will get affected and not others.

The basic problem with the scientists and the rationalists is that they try to judge astrology on a premise they themselves set, which actually is quite at variance with the founding principles of astrology. How can you apply a standard not suited to what you wish to judge? If at all, they wish to judge, they would need exploring astrology the way it is structured and applied. This inconsistency in their approach brings in a false sense of disbelief in Astrology. And under that hang, they often ignore even scientific findings of contemporary times.

Here, an observation by Australian Physicist, Paul Davies, becomes relevant: “For a naïve realist, the world is a collection of objects. For a quantum physicist, it is an inseparable web of energy patterns where no one component has a reality independent of the entirety, and included in that entirety is the observer.” The obvious implication is that this universe is an integrated organic whole in energy-frame. Naturally then, an echo at one end, its resonance would travel far and wide.

In the above context the findings of great Astrophysicist Fred Hoyle and his team too deserves attention. His theory suggests that “all familiar elements are produced at the stellar bodies and are made available in course of intermittent stellar explosions. Had the element like carbon not been produced, there would have been no organic existence on earth.” So, there remains a definite connect between the cosmos and life on earth, which very clearly vindicates the ancient Indian dictum:”Yata Brahmande, Tata Pindam - meaning as is the cosmos, so is the world.”

Fred Hoyle’s above finding needs to be read together with the well established scientific ‘theory of non-location’, which implies that every point in the space is in immediate and intimate connect with the rest, no matter how much is the distance. How can you then deny the effect of varying dynamics of energy flux excited by nature every moment over life cycle on planet earth?

To sum up, the authenticity of the noble discipline such as Astrology is being doubted on account of clouded vision of the questioners.


4th October

Nature Offers Space for Self-Improvement

A mother worried about undue delay in her son’s marriage, shared her concerns with me: “My son is handsome and is doing very well in his career. He has already completed 32 years and yet not married, despite our continued efforts. Why so? Is his chart blemished in terms of his marital prospect? If so, suggest some remedial measure to offset that.”

“There is nothing like the chart being blemished calling for remedial measure, or for that even blessed. An astrological chart serves as a mirror of one’s life, which reflects upon the general trends of life including one’s marital prospects. Your son’s chart very clearly indicates a delayed marriage, close to 32-34 years of age.” I responded.

She asked, “Would it not imply that my son’s chart is blemished? For, all his friends have got married, some of them having children also.”

“Madam, every individual is born unique, who has come up in life with individual-specific trends, programmed to negotiate life exclusively one’s own way. So, there remains no scope for any comparison,” I explained.

Remember, if there are indications of delayed marriage, it is always there with a purpose. Probably, nature wishes to allow enough of time and space to address one’s mental and emotional infirmities, vital to marital harmony and stability, and become matured enough to deal with the intricacies of life with ease.

It is pertinent to note here that we are all a part of large existence, set into a compulsive interdependent structure. For, each of us is incapable of meeting existential needs by oneself. But together, we are able to make it, which calls for relating well to all and sundry. The irony, however, is that each of us is born with individual-specific likes, dislikes, habits and attitudes, desire trends, and mental orientation, often at variance with others. That makes it difficult to be in harmony with others. But life has to move. That calls for overcoming our individual limitations, improve our interpersonal relationship skill so as to relate well with others, transgressing all individual limitations.

Following the above mandate, nature provides ample opportunity to individuals to address their individual limitations, and be geared up to be in harmony with others. And so is your son’s marriage delayed, so that he is able to work upon his inherent personality traits that would have otherwise proved detrimental to marital harmony and stability.

“But how is it that my son is able to manage at works, when his interpersonal relationship skill stands so compromised?” The lady asked.

Well at works, he is aware of the consequences of crossing his limits whereby he may lose even his job. However, at home, usually one takes near and dear ones for granted. Look at the astrological pointers to your son’s inherent habits and attitudes.

The most important marker is his Lagna lord, Mars. Occupying a fixed sign, it points to being a stubborn character fixated to own perceptions, and not accommodating enough to appreciate other’s sensibilities and concerns. Second, being opposite Jupiter speaks of his swaggering ego, out of touch with reality. That makes him stuck to his self-defined dos and don’ts, and not prepared to look beyond to figure out the underlying truth. Also, he would be rebellious and reckless. Third, being placed opposite Uranus makes him temperamental, tactless, and prone to exaggerate even trivial issues beyond their due.

Second pointer is the Sun, the prime driver in any chart. Being conjunct Mars, makes him an over domineering character. Second, locking horns with Uranus makes him unconventional, self-willed, and tactless, who may derive pleasure in defying all conventional norms. Third, its opposition to Jupiter further adds to his ego component. Fourth, being ill-disposed to Venus makes him emotionally volatile, too sensitive, who may stretch trivial issues beyond their due. Fourth, locking horns to Saturn, speaks of his preconditioned mind with a negative orientation, whereby he may dwell upon other’s fault lines than their positives.

Finally, the mind signifying Moon, which being locked in adverse formation to Mercury makes him high-strung and resentful to others. Moon again, locking horns with mischievous Neptune makes him an escapist who may not acknowledge truth on its first appearance, and remains stuck to his fanciful dream perceptions, till pushed to the wall.

All these are enough for a stormy relationship with others. With time, one is expected to learn the lessons of life, and rise above one’s limitations, and become worth negotiating the callings of life with ease and comfort.


27th Sept

Make Your Thought Process Simple

If the thought process is easy and simple, full expanse of mind-power is available. You then look at the issues with an open mind without any preconditioning whatsoever. Consequently, you will be able to get to the truth underlying any issue, no matter how complicated that may be, get things in the right perspective, and arrive at the right judgment. Evidently then, you may be able to resolve the issues if any in hand intelligently, with ease and comfort.

The paradox, however, is that invariably all of us are born with preconditioned mind, coming as they may with Karmic imprints carried over from the past. So, inherently our minds are made out to have a prismatic view of the issues in hand. That often makes it difficult to envision things in the right perspective, and evidently to one’s detriment.

What complicates our thought process even more are the negative impressions being added up every day, be they out of one’s own experiences or those picked up from the media about unpleasant happenings all across. As a consequence, our impressionable minds get into a negative mode, which in turn, breeds in a sense of insecurity and fear. The person then becomes habitually suspicious of every body’s intent.

What further vitiates our thought process is the fact that of late people are day-by-day becoming, self-centric, impatient, and intolerant. And they wish to live in a demanding mode on their own exclusive terms, not concerned about other’s sensibilities and concerns. In the process, the thought process becomes so knotty, that often people begin to unmindfully react and respond on instinctive judgment. They seldom remain conscious about invoking the faculty of discriminate intelligence for due diligence. Evidently, then the probability of arriving at right judgment becomes questionable. All these tell upon the inter-personal relationships mostly at home. For, at works, one remains aware about the consequences of crossing one’s limits, whereas at home, you take your near and dear ones for granted.

Last week a case was referred to me about a lady going through a terrible emotional trauma arising out of assumptions of her own suspicious mind. Seeing her husband extending helping hand to a hassled woman, she suspects him of being involved with her. A sense of insecurity has dawned upon her and fearing the consequences of a probable marital break, she has literally lost her nerves. When advised by her cousin, the lady did share her as well as husband’s birth particulars, but was afraid of visiting me. She feared that if the astrological analysis confirmed her apprehensions, it would be difficult for her to bear with. It was only when assured over phone that her worries are just the projection of her own mind than anything else that she has been able to gathered strength to seek further guidance.

Look at her astrological pointers. Mind-signifying Moon is placed adverse to mischievous Neptune. That speaks of a vitiated mind stuck to self-delusions who may not be open to look beyond own presumptions to unravel truth underlying seeming reality. Again, Moon locked in adverse formation to Mars makes her temperamental, moody, irritable, rash, argumentative, impulsive and instinctive. That also speaks of her impatience and intolerance. Also Moon posited in the sign Sagittarius coinciding with 3rd house identified with basal instincts, makes her habitually suspicious of all. For, Moon happens to be lord of 8th house there from. That also makes her tactless and un-diplomatic in her approach, known for her ill-timed and indiscreet statements often offending others.

What further tells upon her thought process is that intelligence signifying Mercury too forms unholy alliance with Neptune. That accounts for her impaired reasoning and judgment; makes her too much touchy, confused and nervous. Saturn placed opposite Uranus further add to her illogical reasoning and bound by preconditioned mind. Also makes her restless and argumentative, lacking in focus and patience necessary to get to the truth. Jupiter locked in adverse formation to Uranus makes her exaggerate indwelling misgivings too much, and makes her head strong, opinionated, rebellious and tactless.

On top of that is her lagna sub-lord Jupiter placed in the 8th house, marked with difficulties. Jupiter occupies the lunar asterism of Mars, the 7th lord identified with spouse, and which is posited in the 12th house marked with getting into self-undoing acts. That makes her habitually suspicious of her husband, and in that hang, she becomes vulnerable to get into self-destructive acts.

To sum up, the lady’s insecurities are just a projection of her own mindset.


13th Sept

Don’t Lose Your Moorings

Almost the whole of human order seems to be suffering from what may be termed as ‘identity-crisis’. The developed West, despite having acquired material riches fast, is internally restive. For, chasing tempting influences of the seeming world, they hardly have the time to attend to the callings of their inner-self that has been craving for peace, love, and happiness. This inner void does not allow them to be at peace either with the self or the rest. That tempts them explore such avenues as would address their inner cravings. And, high flying that they are, wish to attain it fast.

The difficulty with them is that their existing Christian faith mechanism, in which they are rooted, is not compatible with latest scientific perception, which keeps them bewildered. For, science believes that the world has emerged out of a ‘Singularity’. On the contrary, the concept of ‘Duality’ driving their philosophy, there remains a clear cut disconnect between God and the ‘Existential order’. This seems to have created inner conflict between their indwelling belief and scientific findings, which seems to have created an identity crisis in them. What complicates the mind’s journey even more is the fact modern science does not have any concepts or mechanism that could relate and address psychological concerns of human beings.

But one good thing that they have done, courtesy communication revolution, they have been able to turn the whole world into a global village. And that has made it possible for them to explore alternative philosophies far beyond their usual reach. Their roving eyes seem to find natural appeal in Eastern mysticism. For, Ancient India’s philosophy is premised on the concept of ‘non-duality’, whereby the whole of ‘Living Order’ has spontaneously emerged out of a singular ‘Primordial Source’. Therefore, though their phraseology may vary, but it almost runs on similar lines as modern science.

In this scheme of things, the ‘force of consciousness’ emanating from none other than the primal-source, is believed to be available to one and all, inert and living, all included. This very force not simply grants us with the ‘Power of Knowing’, but also creates ground for being in connect with all and sundry. So, continuum exists all through the run of creation right from the source to the manifest. Evidently, therefore, turning our attention to this very power-house, it becomes possible to understand and appreciate the dynamics of life in holistic terms. But at the same time, it becomes difficult for West to digest as to how could materially poor East, be internally so rich.

The East, on the contrary, gets enamoured by material riches of the west and the modalities developed for paced growth. That has naturally heightened their aspirational urges. Fast tracking that route, the Indians seem to have lost touch with their rich spiritual heritage. Because of this disconnect between their inner and outer callings, they too, have become restive, impatient, intolerant. The consequential disconnect with collective existence has become a natural casualty. We are heading fast towards a big chaos beyond easy reprieve.

The dent has become so grave that it now finds reflection in individual’s day-to-day conduct. If ever things do not move on expected lines, immediately a sense of despair overtakes one’s mind, and sense of insecurity that follows, induces a sense of ‘Identity crisis’. The unnecessary brooding and contemplation that follows, further drains their energy and clutter their mind so much that they often lose their sense of reasoning. Thereafter, instead of exploring reasons for having failed to make it the desired destination, and fix up infirmities if any, they still continue trying to prove themselves, and with obvious consequences.

A case in point is that of a very ambitious man who dreamt making big in life. He got opportunities one after other, but could not hold on to it for long. The reason: he never cared to look at his fault lines and correct his personality imbalances. Look at his astrological pointers. The Sun well disposed of to benevolent Jupiter brought him opportunities again and again. But again Sun, which is also conjunct Saturn and Neptune, is placed adverse to restive Rahu. That, makes him live in a fanciful dream world distanced from ground realities. Also, being habitually suspicious of one and all, often misdirects his energies attending to his scheming against assumed onslaught from near and dear ones. On top of that is his inflated ego, as would Jupiter ill-disposed off to Mars, imply. And the result is there to see.


6th Sept

Correct Your Own Frailties First

The essence of nature of a tree and the quality of fruits it bears is rooted in the seed that breeds it. Of course, environmental condition can partially modify its outward manifestation a bit, but on the whole the basic character will remain the same. So is the unique character of every individual - desire and functional traits such as habits, attitudes, perceptive and comprehensive abilities, level of intelligence – are all rooted in the memory imprints carried over from the past birth but with a difference. The human beings enjoy greater scope for modifying their inherent traits through conscious efforts.

That makes it incumbent upon us to explore how one’s mind is inherently framed, for wilful corrective initiatives. In this respect, one’s astrological chart serves as a proficient diagnostic tool. For, astrological chart is nothing but energy mapping of the heaven at the time of one’s birth. And energy knows no bias. So, an astrological chart is able to reflect upon the particular energy-platform on which a being is raised, and which spells out the basic fabric of one’s mind’s making. It is pertinent to note here that mind enjoys the exclusive privilege to define and drive one’s performing-self.

The other day someone who regularly visits me seeking advice on his career concerns was there with me for almost two hours. During the period, he discussed so many things of his immediate concern as well as those of common interest, but forgot to ask what he had actually come for. It was only after he left that he recalled and then called me asking whether his marital break was imminent, as it had become unbearable to bear with his wife’s continued idiosyncrasies. I immediately put a counter question: “Had you a fight this morning?” He answered in affirmative. I then asked him to cool down before taking call on such major issues.

The problem with the man is that his thought process is so complex that he cannot see even trivial issues, and day-to-day problems, in their true light. He, in fact, mugs up even usual differences of opinion beyond their due and then remain caught up in that mesh for long. In the process, he often loses his sense of reasoning and thereby direction. As a consequence, he can’t perceive even simple issues in the right perspective, loses his sense of priority, and misdirects his energies towards unproductive ends. He then becomes susceptible to unmindfully react and respond un-intelligently, and naturally to his detriment. Caught up in such self-created mess, it becomes difficult for him to appreciate other’s concerns. No wonder, his marital life has gone for a toss. What he forgets that just shifting the blame on others for everything is not going to help him anyway. He needs to first look at the projections of his own mind and set them right before expecting from others to prove true to him.

Let us look at astrological markers of his mind-frame. Mind indicator Moon occupies his lagna sign Sagittarius, which is locked in adverse formation to Uranus, Neptune, Saturn, and Jupiter. This planetary alignment, in the first place points to his tactless and un-diplomatic mannerism, known for his ill-timed and indiscrete reactions. Second, he would have a mercurial temperamental, cantankerous and high-strung nature. Third, he has a negative mindset, jealous by nature, and critical of others, habitually suspicious of others, and moody. Fourth, he should be a habitual escapist stuck to his self-delusions, who needs to guard against day dreaming. He does not acknowledge truth on its first appearance, rather he holds on to his self-assumptions on hope against hope till clearly knocked down. Fifth, ill-disposed off Jupiter also being conjunct Neptune implies that he carries peculiar self-defined beliefs, and assuming them to be absolute truth may try to impose on others. Sixth, he should be emotionally volatile, who stretches even trivial issues beyond their due.

Mercury, identified with general intelligence being placed adverse to Rahu, accounts for his flawed judgment, and which does not allow him to remain focused to his priority preferences. He may rather waste his time and energy dabbling into uncalled for issues. Mars placed adverse to Neptune implies that he is susceptible to suffer from inferiority complex which makes him vulnerable to ignorantly misdirect his energies into self-destructive acts. On top of that is debilitated Sun placed adverse to Rahu, whereby, he lacks the will needed for timely correction of his frailties. And the result is there for all to see.


30th Aug

Live For Each Other And Be Happy

When fundamental truth gets knocked down even out of ignorance, it leads to serious consequences. So no wonder, the worldly existence has got into existential crisis, ever since seeds of consumerism have been sown in our minds, which in turn, has bred the sense of individualism. We have become self-centric, not bothered about others, and at the worst religion/culture/caste centric.

Somehow, a sense of identity crisis seems to have overtaken ignorant minds all across, which is what is driving ignorant people trying to make their individual/group presence forced upon others, even it means taking resort to uncivilized methods. And all this to grab the spoils even it is at the cost of others. See the level the degradation in the society that a mother does not hesitate killing her own child if it does not suit her interests. Or for that matter, innocents are getting killed everyday because of group vandalism in the name of religion or securing one’s caste rights, here in India and beyond its boundaries.

It may not be out of place to mention here that we are all born imperfect. That calls for compulsive engagement with others to make up for each other’s inadequacies, and together meet our existential needs. This fundamental truth seems to have been forgotten by the majority. Otherwise, all and sundry would not be living in a demanding mode. What we seem to have forgotten that if you wish to seek from others what you need, it becomes imperative upon you to give back in return what others require too. The obvious implication is that if at all we wish to secure individual and societal peace and welfare, we shall have to live in a giving mode as nature does. If you expect food from mother earth for your survival, you need to water and nurture her resources too. Similar principle will apply both at societal and family level.

Here I recall the statement of an Australian Physicist, Paul Davies: “For a naïve realist, the world is a collection of objects. For a quantum physicist, it is an inseparable web of vibrating energy patterns, where no one component has a reality independent of the entirety, included in that entirety is the observer.” So, even modern science has realised that the world is a unitary organism where one’s individual existence will become questionable if at the fundamentals of collective existence get anyway compromised.

The irony, however, is that we have become so self-centric that even within a small family, every member is trying to force his/her whims and fancies on others. As a consequence, hardly any family is at peace. The other day a middle aged man, by himself well meaning and professionally well established, came complaining that he feels lost and like a loner. His wife and other family members remain in demanding mode all the time, seldom remembering that even he needs some care. He gets so hassled that he had lost his peace of mind, self-esteem and confidence. As a consequence, his creative urges have gone for a toss.

Let us look at his astrological pointers. Lagna lord Saturn is locked in adverse formation to Moon, the lord of spouse signifying 7th lord. It implies that the man is vulnerable to be at the receiving end of an ignorant nagging wife. Moon again being mind indicator posited in the 3rd house identified with general mental dispensation, he would get too much unnerved when confronted with unpleasantness. On top of that is debilitated Mars occupying the 7th house and that too ill-disposed off to mischievous Neptune, pointing to a domineering wife suffering from inferiority complex. She would be over domineering with ‘my way or no way attitude’. She may ignorantly misdirect her energies that may prove self-destructive.

The question now is: how to deal with such a situation? First, the man has to take resort to spiritual process under the guidance of a proven mentor. Following the process, he will be able to clear off all negative imprints so far gathered in the mind. The mind-space thus cleared off will help expand his scope of vision and increase strength of mind, which in turn, may help regain his self-esteem and confidence. He may then realise that ignorance is the root cause, underlying his wife’s appalling conduct. So, better she is put through continued psychological counselling by a proven expert to make her realise that her happiness can be secured only by being supportive to her spouse. And very soon they may end up a happy couple.


23rd Aug

Time Measures of a Man

The man was in for a shock when I detailed his health and personality profile just looking at the planetary configuration of the moment when he began transacting with me. “How could you read my status so precisely, when my time of birth is not known, asked the man? I came here on my friend’s advice just out of curiosity to see what astrology is about. Here I find that it is such a valuable discipline worth guiding us towards the right course due, the man further reacted. ”

I responded with a run in the dynamics of time on which astrology as a discipline is premised. Be it known that time is not just an abstract measure of space. It is a dynamic entity. For, it is a co-runner with complex energy mechanism of nature, ever changing, since it has been doing the rounds, with all its varied manifestations. So, time reflects the varying dynamics of energy-flux excited by nature every moment. Accordingly, as would nature present itself, from moment to moment, with all its varied implications in terms of the run of life, the run of time serves as its measure. And since there remains a continuum all through the run of nature, time does also carry along the imprints of the past.

As we are already aware, energy is perceived as moving like a helical spring, with its vibratory, rotary, and translator motions simultaneously in play. Exactly suited to the callings of three dimensional energy dynamics of nature, is unit of time premised in the Indian Calendar system. So are micro and macro scales of time set in correspondence with periodic motion of planetary bodies and astronomical referrals, to reflect upon the varying dynamics of energy flux excited by nature every moment. Remember, planets are not to be seen just as a cosmic body moving in the galaxy. In fact, each planet stands as a marker for energy streams flowing through a region with that very planet in focus. And since, all the planets are ever on their move, evidently, the dynamics of energy flux excited by nature would keep varying every moment, and with obvious implications over the run of our life.

It may not be out of place to mention here that if you are a fellow traveler with someone else for long, you would know about your partner fairly well. In a similar light, time being a fellow traveler with nature, carries the potential to reflect upon the varying dynamics of energy-flux excited by nature every moment. So, it is no wonder that the run of Indian Calendar system reflects with a fair amount of precision the weather cycle doing its round with all the variations from time to time. Now coming to human life cycle, remember, implications of the present moment of time is nothing but culmination of what has been seeded in the past. And the present moment carries the seed to bear out the future. Based on this very premise, astrological chart of a moment is nothing but energy mapping of nature at that particular moment. And since energy knows no bias, astrological chart literally serves as a mirror of a being’s life.

Let me now put forth the astrological pointers that helped me get to the basic fabric of making of the man. Lagna lord Saturn, posited in the Scorpio, the natural signifying sign for pains and sufferings, is ill-disposed off to health and personality indicator Sun, which incidentally happens to be the 8th lord. The lagna sub-lord Rahu is in the Virgo, the naturally ailment signifying sign, occupying the nakshatra owned by the Sun. It implies that the man is concerned about his low health. Saturn afflicting the Sun indicates that the man’s immune system is low, which makes him susceptible to ailments pertaining to weak areas of his health profile. This also speaks of his lack of self-confidence, being suspicious of others, laid back attitude, inertia, indolence, self-pitying and pessimist nature.

The 6th sub-lord, Moon, too is in the sign Virgo and that too opposite Uranus. It implies that the person’s bowel movement would be irregular, with related bearing on other aspects of health. Also, it accounts for his vacillating mind and mercurial temperament, which often drains out his vitals. The combustion of Venus makes him susceptible to hormonal imbalance, and so has thyroid problem. Mars locked in adverse formation to Mercury makes him a restive guy, also vulnerable to nerve related weaknesses.


16th Aug

Dream While You’re Awake

It is good to dream. For, it offers you some credible purpose to look forward, which you may wish to work towards. It also keeps you motivated to achieve that end. “But dream awake, said our ex-president late A P J Abdul Kalam.”

When you dream in a sleep mode, it could be randomly sought after, an unachievable wild dream, and if blindly chased, may eventually prove shattering. Your indwelling desires may find reflection, but your conscious mind being dormant, you may not be able to visualize ground realities. As a consequence, you may not be able to articulate your actions well. And when you fail, you become a victim of an identity crisis of your own making. For, the feel of setback brings in a sense of guilt. You turn pessimist and gloomy. And as the mortal world moves, you also become a subject of societal ridicule. You end up stressed, potent enough to lead you into a state of depression. Here begins a never ending struggle to re-establish your identity, which may prove nerve breaking.

While dreaming awake, however, you may be able to discriminate upon and assess whether you have the wherewithal necessary to make it to your dream destination. And, if found short of it, you may work towards making up for your inadequacies. Also, you would be able to identify, acknowledge, and work upon your indwelling imperfections to let your indwelling potential come into full play unhindered. It is on these grounds that we have evolved thus far from our primitive state to a fairly developed state as on date. Also, one would be able to visualise the challenges lying ahead. Accordingly, one may gear up to put in one’s best in pursuance of one’s dream destination, while at the same time intelligently taking on the challenges coming in the way. The probability of success becomes evidently higher.

The irony, however, is that impressionable minds of youths are vulnerable to get caught up in the tempting influences of the glare and glitters of the seeming world. Given their age, bounding with energy and spirited enough that they are, carry the sense that nothing is unachievable. Seeing the cases of some of the successful dreamers, they carry the feel that if others can do it why can’t they. They get tempted to do something alike and often get into speculative mode, which carries equal probability of failure and success. The modern educated lot do some ground survey after they pick up some idea. But they seldom care for self assessment, whether they are grounded enough to make it successfully to their dream destination.

A case in point is that of a well educated young man who was otherwise doing very well with his career. A situation arose when his work environment became uncomfortable. In disgust, he suddenly quit his job and decided to take up an entrepreneurial venture. He picked up some ideas but had not done due diligence necessary to before he left his job. Now wandering with varied ideas, he has not been able to identify what particular project he should take up. He has failed to elicit due support from his near and dear ones either. In a state of frustration, he has sought advice how to move forward.

I advised him to first make note of the fact that he is within his right to dream big, but it should not be distanced from ground realities. In that spirit, he needs to first self assess whether he is grounded enough to successfully make it to his dream destination.

In the above context, I made him aware of his personality infirmities. The Sun and Jupiter together, both locked in adverse formation to mischievous Neptune makes him a big dreamer, but distanced from ground realties. That also makes him carry peculiar beliefs. Jupiter ill-aligned to Mars when read together with his Virgo lagna, makes him suffer from ‘I am always right’ syndrome, not open to check upon ground realities with an open mind. Mars and Moon together, both placed adverse to Venus makes him crazy for money, temperamental, and too much touchy and sensitive. That tells upon his inter-personal relationship skill. Lagna lord Mercury ill-disposed off to Uranus accounts for his impaired reasoning and judgment.

Given the circumstances, the young man should take up a job immediately, so that his and family’s basic comfort level does not get compromised. He should then work upon his indwelling frailties so that he becomes groomed enough to lead from the front, before he thinks of entrepreneurial desire afresh.


9th Aug

Watch Your Thought Process

Mind serves as a neutral platform, providing ground for the thoughts play upon their inherent nature, good or bad, unhindered, with relative bearing on the actions to follow. These inflowing thoughts, according as their character and content, define and drive functional mandate of a being, and the effects thereto. But mind again, is a very complex organism, also armed with discriminative and self-regulatory functions. It involuntarily evaluates the character of thoughts played upon, against the inlaid ideal, hidden though but imprinted in mind, on which life is premised.

So, ever a person gets into an act, which would be at variance with accepted ideal - societal value system in applied terms - unconsciously a sense of guilt crops up. That, in turn, spreads its hang on all other thoughts, related or unrelated, flowing through the mind. In fact, it vitiates the overall thought process. As a consequence, the overall behavioural pattern undergoes noticeable change, giving the impression as if there is something amiss. The discretionary faculty takes a back seat whereby one often looses sense of direction. That makes one vulnerable to begin acting un-mindfully and naturally to one’s detriment. Thereafter, they overreact on trivial issues, become jittery, irritable, temperamental, and moody, and with obvious consequences, especially in terms of inter-personal relationship. In fact, they lose sense of what they should expect from life. Acting unmindfully, they invite stress, and if not attended in time, they may get into such unintelligent acts as could disturb environmental peace.

Caught in such an impasse, a gentleman, not having a good time with his wife, came asking: “Shall my marriage stay steady as my wife has been of late literally behaving crazy?” Having analysed his chart, I advised him to look within to find the answer. There seems to be nothing wrong with your wife.

You are a victim of your own making. In fact, your progressed horoscope suggests that you would have become too much touchy and sensitive of late. You would not be taking even her usual responses kindly. You would be overreacting on trivial issues and even stretch them beyond their due. On top of that you would be rubbing her shoulders wrong way inviting due response, and yet expect her to be submitting to you. There seems to be some sense of guilt dwelling in your mind, which makes you suspicious of other’s intent. So, you would be unnecessarily trying to encroach in her independent domain. So, watch out where you have gone wrong. Take corrective initiatives, and very soon your relationship shall be back to normal.

So goes the saying:

“Watch your thoughts, they become words; Watch your words, they become action; Watch your actions, they become habit; Watch your habits, they become your character; Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”

The person had some rudimentary knowledge of astrology. He asked me: “What is the basis on which you have formed the above view?” I explained the astrological basis. You have Rahu posited in your lagna. It implies that you can never be contented in life; engaged in unending hunt for some fresh green pastures that may satisfy you. Rahu again is posited in the lunar constellation owned by Mars, the 3rd and 8th lord in the 8th itself, the house identified with self-invited difficulties. That makes you vulnerable to get into self-undoing acts. The Sun is locked in adverse formation with Neptune and Venus. That gets you stuck to your self-delusion, living in a dream world distanced from ground reality. Also, you would be a habitual escapist not keen to take cognisance of the truth on its very first appearance. That also points to you being emotionally volatile, too much touchy and sensitive.

Mercury, the lagna lord placed adverse to Uranus implies that you are inherently an unconventional person, who may derive pleasure in defying settled societal norms. Moon placed adverse to Mars makes you temperamental, moody, impulsive, and irritable. Mercury conjunct Saturn makes you sceptical. This, when read together with Jupiter locked in adverse formation to Uranus means that you may question the very basis of settled value system. Also, it makes you rebellious, opinionated and tactless. And on top of that is your Venus placed opposite Neptune, which calls for watching out your reputation. Against this backdrop, when your progressed Venus closed up with natal Sun, would have led you to some unholy association. This remains the cause of your hidden sense of guilt that has been unconsciously driving you crazy.


2nd Aug

Lord Shiva Offers Lessons in Peaceful Coexistence

The day following Guru Purnima, takes off the Lunar month of Shravana, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the ‘Hypothetical Guru of the Universe’. The devout get into prayer mode, do penance, exercise austerities, carrying the belief that their wishes may be granted by Lord Shiva.

A good majority of the devouts, all attired in saffron, can be seen taking all the pains of walking miles bare footed, carrying water drawn from a holy river as an offering to Lord Shiva at their preferred temples. But do such belief-driven practices exercised mindlessly just as routine ritual, are to serve any purpose in life? This question arises when the Kanwariyas, as they are called, are seen lacking in all sense of discipline, demanding being themselves deified by others travelling the same path. The worst comes when many a times they get into mob-frenzy when anyway inconvenienced by others.

And if at all any form-God exists in the heaven by the name of Shiva, would never approve of such insensible acts in the name of faith, by any stretch of imagination. For, He is not a Hindu God as may be mistakenly believed, and the least of all captive of few fanatics. Lord Shiva symbolizes the existential order as a whole, which includes the primal-source, the manifest, and all intervening dynamism, and therefore, knows no divide.

In fact, the ‘metaphor of Lord Shiva’, carries great philosophical import, for us to learn, following which we could steer through life with ease and comfort. It makes us aware of the fundamentals of life, offering lessons in ‘the art of living’. Following the spirit and intent of the lessons learnt, it makes it easier for us to smartly engage with a complex world with all its enormity and diversity where each individual is an enigma by oneself.

The most important message inlaid with Lord Shiva is that the world is a ‘Unitary organism’ premised on the concept of “Unity in diversity”, wherein, all and sundry are set into a compulsive interdependent mechanism. That calls for being at peace with the self and the rest transgressing all individual limitations, and conduct in a giving rather than a demanding mode.

Even modern science is closing up with this concept, as would Australian Physicist Paul Davies’s words mean: “To a naïve realist, the world is a collection of objects. To a quantum physicist, it is an inseparable web of energy patterns where no one component has a reality independent of the entirety, and included in that entirety is the observer.”

Let us look at the metaphor of Lord Shiva and his entourage in this context. He is perceived mounted on a bull having serpent circling His neck, Crescent over His head, river Ganges flowing down His hair locks, eyes half open, armed with trident in one arm and Damru (two-headed drum) in another. His entourage comprises of multitude of species, all with their individualistic strengths, limitations, varying traits, and with inherent incommunicability amongst them.

Moon’s luminosity is derived out of light drawn from other planetary and stellar bodies, to mean convergence of all cosmic forces. Trident symbolizes energy-trinity – Sata, Rajasa, and Tamasa, driving through the creation chain. Moon being over Lord Shiva’s head implies being repository of all cosmic forces. These forces when put into harmony through the play of hand-drum, the force of consciousness symbolized by river Ganges come into force, and which holds key to all diverse dynamic existences, thus, all rooted to a common source.

Lord Shiva remains in accord with all and sundry without any differentiation. Not that, He is not aware of their individual limitations. In fact, He can see through, but consciously ignores as would His half shut eyes imply. Not simply that, He rather absolves them of their Daihika, Daivika, and Bhautika sins and absorbs them in the form of snake venom circling his neck. There could be no compulsion of the part of Lord Shiva to take so much of pains. But if He does that, it is purposeful. For, He is aware that though every existence is imperfect, but again all imperfect ones put together make out a wholesome living order. And if each of them has limitations, it is also armed with such virtues and attributes as would be necessary for the sustenance of the world, wherein but for one, the very existence would be at stake.

We need to be at peace with the existential order as a whole, as Lord Shiva does, for us to enjoy a meaningful and productive life with ease and comfort.

In order to reinforce the above philosophic import inlaid with Lord Shiva, vital for peaceful coexistence, is why this month has been dedicated to Him.


26th July

Guru Leads Mindful Conduct

There are four levels of mind – darkening (ignorant), scattering, gathering-up, and one-pointed. Evidently, if with one-pointed attention, you pursue a task, of course a well reasoned one, success rating becomes very high. The gathering up types, are at times focused and after a while get distracted, but instead of getting caught up, they try to regain their focus. These two types are fewer in number.

Majority fall under the category of darkening and scattering types, and which covers all ages. The darkening types lack clarity in their vision and thought. Therefore, they often fail to make a well thought of choice, and with obvious consequences. Invariably, indolence and inertia are inlaid in their character. So, often they fail to take timely initiatives and are therefore, left behind in the run of time, ending up distraught, stressed and depressed. They seldom remember that they too, like others, are armed with the power of freewill, which is duly aided by the faculty of discriminate intelligence, employing which, one could identify and overcome inlaid frailties, and lay the ground for a better tomorrow. Such characters, instead of owning responsibility, put the blame on destiny.

The scattering minds are randomly breeding and flirting with myriad thoughts like a monkey, unmindfully jumping from one branch of the tree to the other. They invariably remain trapped in a thought-mesh. In fact, over a period of time, they gather a bag-full of inconsequential and negative thoughts not leaving enough of mind-space to process fresh thoughts objectively. So, invariably they remain trapped in their past habits and perceptions, not able to pace up with the callings of emerging times. They are not able to set their priorities right. For want of focus, they fail to take the tasks in hand to logical conclusion. They may unmindfully get into too many things at a time and leave them halfway. Mindlessly, they keep moving on their instinct, and in the process end up misdirecting most of their energies towards unproductive ends. Because they fail to apply proper forethought, unmindfully they often get caught up by tempting influences of the seeming world. And seldom do they remain conscious about exploring the underlying truth. They, thus, become vulnerable to become victim of their own making. The question now is: how to control the monkey-mind?

The obvious way forward is to reengineer the mind afresh. And given the immense mind-power, one could very well do it if we consciously put into act our power of freewill. But it is easier said than done as there remains a rider. Habits die hard. In fact, many carry the mistaken belief that one’s inherent nature is beyond change. Also, it is very difficult for ego-centric beings to acknowledge their own fault lines by themselves.

Here comes the role of a proven Guru. He first establishes rapport with the disciple. Towards the next step, he shows him his true face in the mirror and then leads him through to address the inlaid habit tendencies. In the process he makes you clear off the clutters of mind and all the memory imprints accountable for habit and negative tendencies. The preconditioning of the mind and habit tendencies thus by and large addressed, the immediate benefit one accrues is that indwelling positives begin out-flowing unhindered. Having thus created enough of mind-space, the disciple becomes ready for fresh enquiry and input. Towards the next step the process of honing and sharpening one’s intelligence through meditative exercise begins.

Simultaneously, the disciples are given lessons in the fundamentals of life as also the ones that induce positive virtues. In the process the disciple has to train his mind to remain centered to one or the other imagery, simultaneously self reflecting on the values it portrays. Once trained into the process, the faculty could be as well employed towards other preferred destinations to facilitate success with ease and comfort.

It is for the above reasons that Ashadha Purnima has been dedicated in the annual calendar to offer tributes to the Guru that falls on the 31st of this month.

I have myself been a beneficiary of having the patronage of a realized Guru who helped me contain my scattered mind, as would Mercury ill-placed to Rahu and Neptune imply. The ego, as pointed out by Mars’s aspect to Jupiter, has been tempered and given a positive turn. It is on the strength of this training that I am able to guide people.

With these words I offer my salutation to my revered Guru and all such others.


19th July

Astrology Knows No Bounds

Destiny or Freewill, what rules supreme, has been a matter of continued debate. Destiny driven people do not give any credence to freewill at all. When I advise such characters to explore their inner-self, identify the indwelling negative tendencies, and address them, I am often confronted with the question: “That’s my inborn nature,” how can I change it? But those who really worked upon them, some of them could scale unimaginable heights also.

Here is the case of a realized master, Pandit Nagraj Sharma in his late nineties, whom I had the pleasure to meet during my recent visit to Amarkantaka, where from two major rivers namely Narmada and Sone originate. Like any other ordinary mortal, he too, was born with a baggage mix of both positives and negatives. In fact, if we look at his negatives, it is difficult to believe that he would be a balanced person, what to talk of attaining great height that he has actually scaled. But he identified his negatives through intense self-reflection, worked upon them in all seriousness, and got over them. Having thus cleared off all his inlaid negative baggage and with that all preconditioning gone, his mind was ready for fresh inquiry.

As a consequence, when he got into intense meditation, he had the rare distinction of experiencing the state of ‘Samadhi’, the pinnacle of meditative experiences. This is the highest state of Patanjali’s ashtanga yoga. But instead of exhibiting his intuitive power developed following Samadhi, which normally most of the god-men do to impress people, he turned his enlightened mind towards Ayurveda. He did extensive research on medicinal herbs and could develop products of great medicinal value. All these were enough for me to be tempted to seek his blessings.

When Pandit Sharma’s family members learnt that I am astrologer of long experience, they expressed the desire to cast his horoscope. But only his date and place of birth were known, his time of birth was not. I assured them that the Krishnamurthy system I follow has a time tested provision for arriving at the right time of birth, even if the tentative time of birth is not known.

For a commoner, finding out exact time of birth through astrological calculation may appear to be a fictional idea. But remember, there remains continuum in time and space all through its continued run. So there has to be reciprocity between the dynamics of present moment with the one in the past. Working on this concept, late Sri K. S. Krishnamurti, who developed the system, arrived at the conclusion that the ruling planets at the time of consultation has to be in conformity with the time one would be born. Applying this technique I worked out Pandit Sharma’s exact time of birth and then cast his horoscope.

Let us now have a look at his chart to figure out his negative trends in particular. The Sun placed adverse to Mars and Saturn meant that he should be inherently aggressive, argumentative, impulsive, quarrelsome, and with a negative mindset. Mars ill-disposed off to Saturn makes him due for physical and emotional strain. Moon locked in adverse formation to Neptune and Jupiter account for his volatile emotionality. Also, he should be an escapist stuck to his self-delusions.

See how he turned his negatives into positives. Remember, the planets signify a particular stream of energy having specific characteristic features. These energies are available in equal proportion to all of us. They, however, reflect on individuals according as their minds are inherently framed. And energies do not have a drive of their own, the way you turn them is how they are going to act. Once he overcame his negatives and turned his mind positive, the planetary combination that brought in negative tendencies began working positively to his advantage. He continued to be aggressive as indicated above, but that got directed towards passionately pursuing his creative passion. The negative mindset, instead, turned into a sense of detachment. He did escape the routine frame of life usually followed by ordinary mortals but to work upon his innovative ideas directed towards benefiting larger mass. His psychic faculty also got further empowered.

He had enough of positives as well, which he honed further. All put together is what makes Pandit Nagraj Sharma as he stands today. It is not important that all of us reach Pandit Sharma’s level. But even if we are able to achieve a fraction of it, our lives will turn into a beautiful experience.


12th July

Know The Self For Making Right Choice

Every being is born unique, each reflecting varying levels of intelligence, inlaid potentials, strength, weaknesses, habits, and attitudes. For, ordinary mortals, bound by a cause-effect chain, carry along imprints of the past – the learning and unlearning lessons or the varied experiences, both good and bad one would have had. That sets the premise on which future course of life sets off. According as the essence of the memory imprints carried along, one takes off in life with individual-specific inherent trends.

So invariably, each being carries a baggage mix of positive and negative inherent trends. Which of the two plays heavy, shall define the quality of life, one would become due for. The common human urge, however, remains to secure a happy and successful life with ease and comfort. The best way forward is to first identify one’s uniqueness and accordingly define and drive one’s functional mandate. Astrology can prove an effective diagnostic tool in this respect. Having thus known oneself, it would be possible to address one’s limitations and set the ground for indwelling potential outflow unhindered.

Would it mean that if one wishes to do well in life, he/she is supposed to just follow the path laid down by inlaid trends and not opt for something beyond? In that case the scope of making a choice on the strength of ‘power of freewill” would be just a fictional idea? Certainly not, we do enjoy choice option, but that needs to be applied intelligently. In fact, it is this very privilege which empowers to know the self and take necessary corrective initiatives. Also, define and drive our functional mandate, first according as our inlaid potential. Subsequently as one hones and sharpens one’s intelligence, and becomes matured, could look for something afresh as well. You cannot afford to go for blind goose chase and still expect being spared of perils if any, arising out of inappropriate choices made.

Remember, whenever there is a choice, the probability of its use and misuse remains equal, and we shall have to own the responsibility of the consequences thereof. And to facilitate making appropriate choices, we are armed with the ‘faculty of discriminate intelligence,’ which empowers us to dispassionately arrive at the right judgment.

The irony, however, is that often our impressionable mind gets carried away by tempting environmental influences, or by indwelling fanciful ideas. And often in one’s frenzied state forgets to figure out whether he/she is well equipped to do justice to that, nor does care to weigh it against indwelling potential. Sense of reasons suggests that you can enjoy fruits of what you already have in hand better. This is not to suggest that one cannot go beyond one’s inlaid trends. But then you need to first prepare the ground and become worth making it to the desired destination.

Here is the case of a young guy who got carried away by the ongoing trends of his peer group. Accordingly, he decided to opt for engineering stream to be followed by Management studies. He passionately made preparation and successfully got through entrance test. But once he settled down in the college, his true-self came into play. He lost focus and subsequently left the college halfway. Later he joined another technical course. He again floundered and abandoned the course. Successive setbacks he met led him to depression, which by now has turned into Schizophrenia calling for medical intervention.

Let us now look at uniqueness of the guy. Mercury, the planet identified with intelligence, level of focus, and academic prospects is locked in adverse formation to Mars and Jupiter. That speaks of a restive mind not able to remain focused for long. He is susceptible to invite and keep entertaining conflicting thoughts. Technical subjects require continued focus, persistence and perseverance, which are lacking in him. Next comes, mind signifying Moon, which is debilitated and also locked in adverse formation to its planet of limitation Saturn. That makes out a lazy person who may not take timely initiative. Also, it points to an indwelling sense of fear, carrying seeds of depression. Moon again is placed adverse to mischievous Neptune which makes him an escapist, stuck to self-delusions distanced from ground realities.

All put together, given a trigger, makes him vulnerable to psychosomatic problems. Had he opted for one of the streams in humanities, he would have still sustained his studies. Unmindfully, one wrong choice made, and the guy suffers. I wish, the guy and his parents still wake up and opt for a course he can sustain.


5th July

Address Mental Maladies Promptly

In the developed world, people seek immediate psychiatric help when they notice repeated unusual behaviour, even in the event of being high on anger or attention deficiency. The paradox, however, with most of the Indians, even highly qualified ones, is that they resist seeking medical help even for serious mental maladies till the situation goes out of control.

A lady, used to consult me from outstation about her errant child. The child’s astrological chart presented a fit case for medical intervention. Accordingly, she was advised to seek psychiatric help, to be followed by regular counselling by a proven counsellor, as I could not do justice from such a long distance and that too over telephone. But the lady resisted for almost two years till the situation totally slipped out of her hand.

“Once I take my child to a psychiatric, he may earn a bad tag, difficult to face the world. Even the child may later carry the grudge against me for earning him such a bad name. Also, it will be difficult for the child to relate on even terms with his peer group. Better suggest some religious remedial measure,” she would ask.

“Why do you have to prove before anybody and everybody? Better look to your child’s welfare. Should you avoid proper treatment well in time, I am afraid, soon your child may go totally berserk,” I used to tell her. And exactly as expected, one day the lady called up in a state of desperation when her son began breaking all glass material and broke the television set. She was advised to forcefully get her child admitted to a psychiatry ward for a while, even if it requires physical help from the hospital. The child, when forcefully admitted, it was discovered that he had become drug addict. Following treatment, the child came out of his woes within three months. And now, he has been counselling drug addicts in a rehabilitation centre.

It’s now the turn of someone who had put the above lady through to me. Despite being reminded about what went with the case she had earlier recommended, she is now resisting her child being put to psychiatric treatment. “My son’s case is different. My child is lazy who does not want to take pains, is stubborn, and suffers from complex. Most of the time, he behaves normally. It is only when things do not move to his asking that he begins throwing tantrums. So, how can you draw a parallel with the above case? She argued.

Agreed, there is no ground to draw a parallel with the above case. But let me tell you that mental maladies have varied dimensions, and accordingly, the course of treatment would also differ. In most of the cases, the person concerned may behave normally most of the time. But on some of the issues they get stuck and become oversensitive. Whenever those issues arise, they lose all sense of direction and reason; their thought process temporarily becomes incoherent and incomprehensible in worldly sense. This is what has been happening with your child. And then indwelling complexes in mind lend strong ground for mental maladies. Should you delay treatment, he may soon slip out of hands, I suggested. And then let me make it clear, astrology knows no bias, and if it points to mental malady, it must be attended promptly. And no belief-driven puja can do any good, particularly when medical intervention becomes need of the hour.

Look at the child’s horoscope. In astrological parlance, the markers for one’s mental state are mind signifying Moon, and Mercury, the planet identified with intelligence. The two are not only placed adverse to each other, they are also locked in adverse formation to erratic Uranus and mischievous Neptune. That makes him a habitual escapist stuck to his self-delusions, living in a world of dreams distant from ground reality. He has a mercurial temperament, would be careless and mentally unstable. He is vulnerable to get influenced by unreliable friends. Mars placed opposite Saturn makes him impatient, habitually suspicious of all, argumentative, and ill-tempered. Moon placed adverse to Saturn brings in sense of negativity, indolence, and inertial. It will be difficult for him to remain focused for long. On top of that is his volatile emotionality as would Venus placed adverse to the Sun imply. All put together makes him vulnerable to develop complex and invite psychiatric problem. I wish, the lady wakes up and takes the call without further loss of time.


28th June

Nip Depression In The Bud

Every being is an enigma by oneself. For, mind, which defines and drives one’s functional mandate, is steered by an inherent sense of duality. That makes one vulnerable to breed conflicting thoughts and ideas, even running into extremes, often leaving a being thoroughly confused. In turn, that makes one susceptible to making wild choices on instinctive judgment without applying proper forethought, and evidently to one’s detriment.

What compounds our problem all the more is that each of us begins with high hopes and aspiration, each nursing individual specific desire-trends. And given a free rope, one would wish to passionately pursue one’s dream destination blindfolded as would one’s varied perception prompt them. That further creates ground for conflict of interest with those around. For, this very reason, it becomes difficult to believe that the world could ever move to one’s asking. Even otherwise, no motion could be ever put to effect without inviting resistance.

Those who fail to keep the above truth alive in mind, it becomes difficult for them to intelligently deal with the challenges coming their way. They fail to adapt themselves to the varying callings of emerging times. As a consequence, it becomes difficult to negotiate life with ease and comfort. It makes still more difficult for them to digest failure and frustration to follow. In turn, that gets one’s fertile mind into unnecessary brooding and contemplation with questions such as: ‘Why me? Why did destiny play spoil sport with me?’ Consequently, mind-space gets clouded with inconsequential and negative thoughts, not left with enough to process our thoughts objectively. Also, one loses considerable sum of energy, not leaving much of a scope for attending to even usual obligations of life in all strength. That leaves one mentally exhausted and physically fatigued inviting what we term as ‘Stress’.

Once a person comes under stress, his/her physiological status also comes under strain. For, balance of hormonal secretions from various glands in the body gets impaired. That, in turn, further compounds stress. The person, thus, gets caught in a circuitous web of physiological strain and mental stress. Consequently, mind loses sense of direction, and the person’s thought process becomes incoherent, eventually leading to acute depression. The person begins to doubt his own strength and wisdom, loses confidence, and becomes suspicious of everybody and anybody. Life virtually comes to a halt, calling for medical intervention. The question now is: why do some amongst us come under such pressure, but others are still able to remain stable despite all odds in their way? The answer lies in the way one’s mind is inherently framed. Evidently, the weaklings wilt under pressure soon. Those with stronger built, however, are able to take on challenges in stride, and are able to negotiate life intelligently with ease and comfort. Such individualistic inherent trends could be very well figured out through astrological study for timely correction.

Look at the case of a gentleman suffering from acute depression. He did not take it seriously, when the ailment struck him, despite all advisories. It is only when it took a serious proportion that he sought medical and counsellor’s help last month, following which he has shown considerable improvement.

Let us look at the man’s astrological pointers. Mind signifying Moon being locked in adverse formation with the limiting Saturn points to his indwelling seeds of depression, which given a trigger would raise its head. Mars is there with Saturn in the 12th house pointing to his disturbed sleep-pattern, which lends ground to depression. Mars again is locked in adverse formation to Moon. That makes out an irritable, argumentative, aggressive and a habitually suspicious person. Reading the above implications together makes him vulnerable to go through intermittent bouts of depression and aggression.

On top of that is his inflated ego, as would Mars placed opposite Jupiter imply. That confines him to his self-defined beliefs and perceptions. Read together with his lagna Taurus, a fixed sign, he does not seem to be easily amenable to change. Consequently, it becomes difficult for him to digest anything happening beyond his predefined limits.

Here again, intelligence signifying Mercury is placed opposite Uranus, which implies that he would be continuously breeding and attending to conflicting thoughts. Also, it accounts for his impaired reasoning and judgment, particularly when confronted with adverse situations. If that isn’t enough, the Sun is also locked in adverse formation to Uranus, which accounts for his erratic behaviour. And the result is there to see.


21st June

Old Attitudes, Habits Die Hard

A lady hassled by continued idiosyncrasies of her husband is keen to know if some belief-driven puja could induce a sense of civility and sanity in the man’s mind. I am afraid, if someone’s inner realm of mind could be invaded so easily through invocation of some mantra by spending on some pundits, a large majority would have effortlessly secured a peaceful, pleasurable life with ease and comfort. Truth of life, however, remains that people are becoming more and more intolerant, impatient, and self-centric day-by-day and literally the whole world is in a state of chaos. Hardly anybody is at peace with the self and the environment.

Remember, habits die hard. For, the seeds of habits and attitudes are firmly laid down in the deep realm of one’s mind, coming as they may with cause-effect chain carried over from the past, which holds the key to how one would conduct in day-to-day life. And invariably, the seeds are so firmly grounded that it is not possible to uproot them easily. They can, however, be outwitted through conscious efforts. But should we ever lose our alert, they could raise their head again. And, only a conscious and tireless effort made towards that end in all sincerity for a long stretch of time, could bring about the desired change. In fact, given our power of freewill, which is duly aided by faculty of discriminate intelligence, we could, identify, acknowledge, and address our inherent frailties. But it is difficult to believe that any external intervention would do any good.

The process, however, involves a long drawn psychological struggle running through stages. It is pertinent to note here that our life is premised on three nature driven macro-cosmic modes of energies, each imbued with specific guna (attribute) in psychological perspective – Sata, Rajasa, and Tamasa. Sata finds reflection as positive virtues – purity, righteousness, a positive attitude, and meaningful karma. Rajasa brings in desire and sense of attachment. Tamasa reflects inertia, indolence, ignorance, anger, jealousy, negative mindset, and directionless karma. The particular mix of the three in a being, with one or the other prominently displayed, defines the unique character of each being.

The obvious calling would be to raise oneself to the level of Sata. In course of this exercise the first course of struggle is between Tamasa and Rajasa. Rajasa, even though desire driven, but being purposeful is any day superior to Tamasa, and so eventually wins. Paramhansa Yoganand in his book ‘Arjun talks to God’ terms this phase of struggle belonging to what we may term as Kurukshetra. Having firmed up the Rajasa element, one then gets tempted to further add value and quality to one’s profile. With that begins the next course of pushes and pulls between Rajasa and Sata. This field of struggle is termed as Dharmakshetra-Kurukshetra. Having firmed up Sata, one is tempted to evolve further by bringing the three in perfect equipoise. Even during this phase, which may be characterized as Dharmakshetra, one becomes subject to pushes and pulls caused by the indwelling samskara. So should one lose alert, at any stage, the habit tendencies shall try to overtake one’s thought frame.

In the above context the lady’s husband’s chart makes out an interesting reading. The Sun was over the head with intelligence signifying Mercury. That makes out a very intelligent person who would be in public glare for both right and wrong reasons. For, on one hand they are aspected by wisdom oriented and benevolent Jupiter for all his good luck and quick grasp. The Sun, simultaneously locks horns with Uranus. That makes out an unconventional person who would know no norms, shall be tactless and self-willed. He may not hesitate, locking horns with anybody and everybody who do not prove true to his whims and fancies.

Venus conjunct Mars, and also favourably aligned to Uranus point to the man playing with big money. But Venus again ill-disposed off to mischievous Neptune, implies that he may not hesitate applying unethical means to amass wealth. That also makes him susceptible to indulgences.

Mind signifying Moon occupying the fiery and movable sign Aries, locking horns with lagna lord Saturn, Neptune, and Mars make out a temperamental person, known for his erratic behaviour and unpredictable mood-swings. As a consequence, he neither could remain at peace with the self nor would allow peace to others, and hence his wife’s woes.

The problems could be resolved only when the man himself wakes up to the cause.


14th June

Astrology Rooted In Philosophy

An astrology loving regular reader of this column has expressed his reservations on taking up serialized philosophical issues off and on. “Would it not mean philosophy encroaching upon the space assigned to Astrology, he asked?” “Absolutely not, because astrology distanced from philosophy will become heartless and shall lose its dynamism,” I replied.

Remember, any life related science has to be applied within the scope of design parameters underlying our existence – the laws of nature – which remains the prerogative of philosophy. And, without having a fair understanding of the construct of universe and that of a man, chemistry of mind, and interconnect of the man with nature, astrology will fail to serve our purpose. Also, the continuum in time and space running through successive birth-death cycles would not be understood. And mind it, without acknowledging continuum in the cause-effect chain driving a being, astrology will lose its relevance. For, astrological predictions are premised on this very self-evolved ground. And then astrology will end up just a blind-belief, as is subscribed to by a good number of ignorant people that ‘what is fated cannot be dented’, which it is not.

Here, I wish to add that the mandate given to me by the managing editor of this journal is ‘Astrology demystified’. Purposely so, as to establish that Astrology is a dynamic discipline purported to add quality and value to life through conscious efforts. As has already been explained in ‘Can we shape our destiny’ series, if we suffer in life, it is on account of the vagaries of our own mind. And, we are not just hopelessly fated creature bonded to the trappings of preordained destiny. In fact, given the ‘power of freewill’, which is duly aided by the faculty of discriminate intelligence, we are very much empowered to shape our destiny through conscious efforts.

Applying the above prerogative, we can identify, acknowledge, and address the limitations of our mind. Having overcome our shortcomings, we shall be able to figure out and hone our inlaid potential, come out with our best, and turn life into a beautiful experience. It is following this spirit Swami Vivekanand observed: “We do not suffer in life because our destiny is so scripted; we fail because we do not strive sufficiently to unfold infinite power within”.

Unless we have a fair understanding of the dynamics of life in holistic terms as explained by philosophy, it would not be possible to comprehend the true essence and spirit of astrology. Failing which, astrology will turn to be a destiny defining discipline as is pursued by charlatans and also subscribed to by a good number of unaware people. On the contrary, those conversant with philosophy use astrology as a diagnostic tool to read a person’s inherent mind-traits. Accordingly, they could be guided to work out ways and means to secure a qualitative existence with ease and comfort. The remedial measures too, remain the prerogative of philosophy.

Remember, the inherent urge to evolve is ingrained in man’s construct. For, we are all necessarily born imperfect, thus calling for working upon one’s frailties and evolve. Those who ignore are bound to end up as a hapless victim to one’s own making.

Here again, without having fair exposure to philosophy, it will be difficult to reason out the cause underlying divergent mind-traits of twin brothers through just a mechanical reading of their charts. The two being born within a gap of just one minute, their charts apparently look the same, indicating similar trends. But those conversant with philosophy will be tempted to look at the finer co-ordinates of the two charts to figure out the difference, amidst lot of similarities in the two. The sub-sub lord of the third cusp identified with basal instincts, of one – call him A - is owned by debilitated Saturn, which is locked in adverse formation to mischievous Neptune, and occupies the lunar asterism of Ketu posited in a fixed and airy sign Aquarius. That makes him an introvert type, inward looking, self-reflecting subjective type, who may not easily open up, as he may be little low in confidence. He is susceptible to suffer from inferiority complex.

In case of the other - call him B - has Mercury as the sub-sub lord of the 3rd cusp. That makes him outgoing, extrovert, objective type, over confident, and quick to react and respond to an impulse, and restless as well. For, Mercury is posited in a fiery sign Aries, occupying the lunar asterism owned by the Sun, which enjoys due support of Uranus.

The difference in mental dispensation of A and B is because of carryover of cause-effect chain from the previous birth. .


7th June

Our Life Runs In Succession

Picking up threads from the previous issue, a look into findings of Dr. Brian Weiss, a scientifically trained psychiatrist would be relevant. He developed the process of ‘past life regression’, using hypnotherapy technique, applying which, he established a definite connect between past life memories and the behavioural pattern during the ongoing life.

Here again, a look into the divergent conduct of twins becomes imperative. Twins carry the same ancestry, and are also brought up under similar conditions. What then explains the difference between their mental-dispensation, each reflecting individual-specific likes, dislikes, habits and attitudes? Would it not suggest carry over effect of past birth reminiscences as arrived at by Dr. Weiss?

Now the next question: “Where from life has come into being?” Darwin suggested the theory of evolution through natural selection process. But that remains a partial theory. For, it is limited to species in existence on earth, and fails to throw any hint on where from life originated.

This question has been answered in the most simplistic way in the ‘Bhagwad Gita’ and ‘Kathopanișad’ through the imagery of an inverted ‘Asvat tree’ - roots above, having trunk, branches, and the leaves hanging downward. This is suggestive of life-system emanating from some primal-source lying somewhere in unknown dimension, which would also be the effective cause of creation. Continuum between the source and the manifest is also evident.

It may not be easy for a modern man having a complex thought process, and invariably suspicious of oriental wisdom, be contented just with the above simile. They may be inclined to look for food for thought framed in scientific terms. A reference back to the energy-construct of the universe as discussed in the previous issue, read together with the theory established by Fred Hoyle, a renowned Astro-physicist and his team may throw further light. Hoyle and his team has proved that “Carbon and most of familiar chemical elements are produced in the stars and ejected in stellar explosions. If that be not true, there would neither be carbon in the universe, nor any of the elements we see around us. What is more, life as we see it would not exist.”

To sum up, and even true to Vedantic version of creation, scientific perception would suggest that creation chain begins its course from the primal-source somewhere in unidentifiable dimension. In this scheme of things, the whole creative order is set into a unified unitary organism, which further validates continuum in time and space. For, going by this hypothesis, any individual existence separated from the whole is simply inconceivable, nor would anything happen without a substantial cause behind and with related bearing on the environment.

Let us now take up the question: where from so many souls arrive to support the ever expanding population? Be it known that ‘Soul’ is not to be seen as individualised equipment. It is an eternal and omnipresent field of consciousness, which becomes manifest when a suitable energy platform is available to operate upon. Depending on varying energy-platforms on which different species stand, consciousness accordingly reflect to the level they are suited for. For, instance, it allows touch sense to trees; sense of taste gets added to earthworm; ants enjoy smelling sense as well; the bees enjoy all but hearing sense. Human beings and some of the higher animals enjoy the privilege of all the 5 senses. So, the infinite domain of field of consciousness can serve as many lives as would grow in this universe.

We now come to the question whether mind remains functional even after death. To understand the mechanism, analogy needs to be drawn with the functioning of a computer. Computer has two types of memories: Random and permanent. Permanent memory is stored in the hard disk. If you take out hard disk from one computer and fit it into another, the in-store programmes could be again played upon. But it will not function unless aided by the random memory. In human mechanism, the random memory comes with the availability of a gross-body platform.

In case of human beings, the eternal and self-intelligent ‘force of consciousness’ carries forward the memory imprints from one life to another in auto-pilot mode, retaining memory imprints pertaining to the implications of cause-effect chain. That is how nature is designed.

Accordingly, life needs to be seen in continuation, as ‘the force of consciousness’, which holds the key to life, does not seize to exist even after death. And so, invariably, the law of causation of Karma does not get exhausted in one life. It could, provided we consciously work towards that end as explained in the ‘Can we shape our destiny series’.


31st May

Life Runs in Succession

A regular reader of this column, torn between his traditional belief and what some west based scientists have to say about subtle realities of life, has sent a long questionnaire. Let me answer them one-by-one. For, they relate to fundamentals of life, rooted to the recently concluded “Can we shape our destiny?’ series.

First, he seeks guidance on why some west based scientists maintain that “there is nothing like a ‘soul’ in existence and there is no rebirth. For them life-sparks come out of some battery like device working within us, which when loses charge, or when meets with accident, a person is dead. Given a certain condition, the device involuntarily comes into play, the way seed-tree-fruit-seed cycle run.” Well, people are within their right to carry their own perception. But I can’t help those who subscribe to a faith, which does not believe in rebirth, and in support thereof try to provide it with a half-cooked scientific cover. Again, less said the better for those conversant with one particular discipline of science, and yet trying to behave as self-acclaimed arbiter of human destiny.

I have a question for them. If a battery like device becomes dysfunctional during accident, how is it that all victims of accident do not die? Another related question which arises: what is that force which finds connect and then responds to a particular certain environmental condition? A seed kept in store remains inert. But when sown in earth mass, it immediately finds connect and then progressively grows into a fruit bearing tree. It implies the handiwork of some unseen force, which carries the essence of life from one form to the other.

Let me make it clear that a human being is not just a mobile mechanical-equipment. What is important to understand is how man’s intelligent functionalities work. Here again, the play of some unseen driving force – Consciousness or Soul as we understand in Vedantic terms – becomes imperative, which when available, you are alive and which grants the ‘Power of Knowing’, vital to mind’s varied dynamic functionalities.

Those who care to follow true scientific spirit, they are expected to be open enough to look at what Nobel Laureate John Eccles, an acclaimed neurologist, has found out through study on near-death patients. What comes out is that “human consciousness is not located anywhere in the physical body, although it uses the body as vehicle for operations. It can also function independent of the body. It was found that human consciousness remains functional despite clinical death of a patient to validate that death is not the end.”

Evidently, if consciousness can temporarily move away from the body of those who had near-death experience, it could transmigrate into other body as well. I have personally interacted with two such people who had undergone a near-death experience. They shared watching their own dysfunctional body and wailing near and dear ones, but by themselves, they could not react or respond in visible terms.

Let us now examine the issue in energy perspective. Modern theoretical Physics believes that energy streams that came into play, following the Big-Bang event, led to excitation of the creation chain, which progressively evolved into the manifest plural world with all its enormity and diversity. So, everything that exists is nothing but a manifestation of play and interplay of nature driven energy-orchestra.

We all know that energy and matter are inter-convertible. And with the advent of quantum physics, it has been established that when seen at sub-atomic level, a being with bone and flesh is nothing but an inseparable web of vibrating energy patterns, all sourced to nature. To quote an Australian Physicist in this context: “To a naïve realist, this world is a collection of objects. To a quantum physicist, it is an inseparable web of vibrating energy patterns, in which no one component has a reality independent of the entirety, and included in that entirety is the observer.” And energy never gets destroyed but changes form, as would the theory of conservation of energy stand. So, reincarnation would literally mean change of one energy-platform to the other. Even if reincarnation could not be proved in visible parameters, it is very much conceivable and it will be unfair to term it as unscientific.

Now moving on to empirical evidence, there has been organised study on numerous cases of those who are able recall past life memories particularly in their early childhood. Their accounts were checked upon and found to be true to prove a continuum between successive lives. The issue continues…….


24th May

Shed Past, Focus On Potential

Human beings are said to be the most prized and empowered creation of the Divine, even to the envy of Gods. Truly so, because all cosmic players vital to existence and accordingly termed Godly bodies, subscribe strictly to the pre-laid design parameters driving them. They don’t enjoy any scope to make exception. Human beings, on the contrary, enjoy the exclusive privilege to guide their actions by choice and discrimination. Given this empowerment tool, human life should be in all pleasures and to their asking.

The paradox, however, is that, by and large humans are the most troubled lot. Nobody is at peace with the self, nor with the environment. People have become impatient and intolerant so much that family members are often feuding, society is in a chaos. The obvious question now is: Why would such an empowered creature be subject to pains and suffering?

The answer is not far to seek. It is, in fact, incidental to man’s empowerment tool itself. Remember, mind, which defines and drives the functional mandate of a being, is imbued with a sense of duality. In turn, that brings in a sense of relative perception, which makes a being vulnerable to take opposite stance over the same issue. Human beings, thus, become vulnerable to self-excited conflicting thoughts, some of which may prove even self-undoing.

Here again, it is the indwelling sense of duality which enjoins upon us with the freedom to make choices. But, whenever there is a choice, the probability of its use and misuse becomes equal. Also, imperative to choice option is to own responsibility for what stand one takes, whereby one becomes due for reaping benefits or bear with the consequences thereof.

We, thus, get bound by a cause-effect chain, which runs through successive birth-death cycles. So, there remains continuum in time and space, all through the journey of life. For this very reason, the present moment carries in store the imprints of their goings in the past in seed form, which in turn, sets the premise on which the successive moment takes off. Going by this logic, a person begins life with individual specific mind-traits, according as the experiences one would have gone through in the past. And that makes every individual unique, each reflecting their respective desire trends. That makes the world a natural breeding ground for conflicting thoughts and interests. Evidently then, life can’t move to one’s asking.

The irony, however, is that in the materialistic world as on date, every being wishes to serve one’s own interest. In fact, the world is often witness to such bizarre act that would offend any conscientious mind. In one such case, the mother of a girl child, sworn an affidavit in the court of law denying having given her birth, simply to deny her due share in the family settlement matter. The daughter got so offended that she put up hospital records to prove her bona fide.

Emotionally tormented, when she came seeking advice, I advised her not to get stuck to what has already happened. With all the strength you fought your way, better keep that spirit on. Look within, identify and hone your inlaid potential, and put them to creative use. That may prove more rewarding and fulfilling than unnecessarily brooding and contemplating why me, and live in pain? She listened, and eventually her creative side got triggered. And today, she is in public circulation and quite at peace by herself. So, no matter what odds one has to go through, one could give a positive turn to life anytime one wills for, and again using your discriminatory abilities.

The girl’ chart makes out an interesting reading. The mother signifying 4th cusp sub-lord Sun in the 5th house locks horns with Neptune, pointed to her scheming and selfish mind. The Sun is tenanted in the lunar asterism of Mars, which locks horns with Jupiter, the planet signifying the daughter, pointed to the ordeal she had to go through. But the daughter had to be a victor, because, Jupiter was exalted and over her head when born, and more as she was on the right ground.

Now coming to the girl’s potential side, see the markers. Wisdom oriented Jupiter and Karmic Saturn, are both well disposed off to Neptune. Intelligence signifying Mercury is conjunct refined Venus. Mind signifying Moon is exalted in the 9th house identified with higher mind. All put together speak loud of a fertile and creative mind. And the result is there for all to see.


17th May

Service in Time, Prime-Mover of Life

An avid reader of this column following the ‘Can we shape our destiny’ series has raised a thought provoking question that needs to be addressed: “Astrology is a destiny defining predictive discipline. How come you often describe it being a very effective diagnostic tool to ‘know the self’?”

Well, if you go by the blind belief propounded by half-knowing pundits that everything in life is preordained, with no scope for making any exception, I can’t help you. For, it is just one part of the story. Remember, life is driven by a cause-effect chain, whereby every event is culmination of the seed sown beforehand in mind. The said seed is a reflection of Karmic quotient carried over from the past, which first excites desire trend. In turn, that translates into corresponding thoughts, which eventually culminate in an event.

So, every event has to have a prelude. And, what I usually talk about is just the other side of what the pundits predict and the more important one – the prime-mover. Remember, there are two sides of a coin, which one is there in sight, depends on is which face you wish to look for.

The question now is: Why I prefer talking about the prime-mover rather than event? For, should we become aware of what factors define and drive the former, we can very well try making necessary amends, before they could play upon us to our detriment. Be it known, mind is that unique empowerment tool, which could see its own image in the mirror it creates for itself. Having thus known one’s inherent trends through self-exploration, the power of freewill, which grants us with the privilege to guide our actions by choice and discrimination, could be invoked for necessary intervention.

To make things further clear, a look into the premise on which astrology works, becomes imperative. Remember, the whole of world is framed as a unified integrated organism, where no particular set of dynamism holds a reality independent of the totality. The obvious connect and correspondence between different dynamisms becomes imperative, whereby in case of any reverberation at one end, their echoes would be felt at the other.

Going by the above logic, the planetary line up at a particular moment, when seen with reference to a particular place, will serve as a marker for energy-flux excited by nature at that moment. And since, every existence is nothing but manifestation of nature driven energies, the planetary alignment qualifies to serve as a mirror image of a being born at that moment. It speaks of a being’s life two ways. First, it speaks of the basic fabric of one’s making, coming as it may with the Karmic carryover from the past birth, in terms of one’s self-belief’s, potential, desire-trends, habits and attitudes. Second, as the planetary-bodies progress, the varying dynamics of energy flux excited by nature, will speak of how life is expected to evolve in future. So, if it could reflect upon how life is expected to evolve, it does also tell us about what factors would drive to that end.

Let us look at the chart of a person in the above light. This man had tiff with his superiors on some trivial issue. He lost his cool and resigned in a huff. He thought that if he could earn so much for the company, he would successfully do it for himself as well. And so, without applying his mind, hurriedly he launched his own business. He had so far led the marketing team of the company with due support from a large team spread across the country. He had no taste of other aspects of the business. With limited resources in hand, the scale of business too had to be obviously low, which he carried on with a small team. So, when faced with hard realities, it became difficult for him to cope up. The question now is: what made him invite his own perils?

Look at the man’s habits and attitudes responsible for his impulsive decision without applying proper forethought. The Sun locked in adverse formation with mischievous Neptune makes him stuck to a world of his dreams distanced from ground realities. Moon placed adverse to debilitated Mars and Mercury, speaks of an impulsive, temperamental, moody, irritable person, lacking in patience and concentration necessary for due diligence. Venus is ill-disposed to the Sun as well as Neptune pointing to an emotionally volatile person, too much touchy, who may get provoked beyond limit over trivial issues. And the result is there to see.


3rd May

Steps To Shape Your Destiny

We are not slave to our destiny, as would related previous issues summarise. The power of freewill, which is duly aided by discriminatory abilities, enjoins upon us with the privilege to rather shape our destiny. But it is easier said than done. So, how to go about now?

Before proceeding further, it needs to be first acknowledged that we are all born imperfect, the roots of which are laid down in the making of our mind. That needs to be addressed, to steer clear the pathway for allowing inlaid potential a smooth run. Otherwise, our ego will not let us remain true to the purpose.

Here again, one has to have ‘faith in the self’ as being empowered to bring about desired change through conscious efforts. For, faith firms up our will and resolve to seek change. It also brings into play the vitals within, to let us put in wholesome efforts. The faith component gets further strengthened when the recommended process is pursued in prayer mode. For, prayer lets you enjoy what you are pursuing, and also motivates you for persistent effort.

Having thus made up one’s mind to give a qualitative turn to life, towards the first course, one needs to service the mind on a regular basis as a matter of routine. Here comes the role of a Guru who leads you through ‘Mind detoxification’ process, which is nothing but a self-reflective mode of meditation. This exercise helps pull out baggage full of inconsequential and negative imprints gathered at the sub-conscious level, and gradually put them to rest. For, these imprints otherwise keep rattling us from within, not allowing our functional-self operate intelligently. The mind-space these imprints occupy, do not leave scope to absorb fresh educative inputs, or processing our thoughts objectively either.

Remember, even while one is idling, mind is not at rest. It remains engaged in attending to random thoughts it keeps breeding non-stop, which keeps loading our mind-space with imprints thereto. This is besides good and bad memory impressions picked up while discharging usual course of our duties and obligations. Mind-space, thus, gets too much cluttered over a period of time. The overburdened mind gets so vexed that it loses sense of direction and is not able to remain focused to priority preferences. Meanwhile, the thought process becomes so complex that habitually, it looks at even simple issue in a circuitous way making its resolution an arduous affair.

Having graduated in the above process for a while, mind relatively acquires a state of ease, when it becomes open to listening and also amenable to change. Here after, a course of ‘Contextual Meditation’ is recommended. This is a process of mind-engineering for integrated development of a being. It embraces the energy and mind, the two constituents vital to a dynamic being, obviously with primary focus on mind. For, mind determines and drives the functional mandate of a being. The fruition would be a sustained qualitative growth of enriched intrinsic energies and a well coordinated thought process.

The tools involved are ‘Mantra’ and its corresponding ‘Symbolism (deities as we perceive in Indian tradition)’. Mantra is nothing but a set of syllables, placed in a logical sequence to create a particular sound effect – an energy formation having a particular wavelength and frequency. Regular recitation of the mantra helps tune up with particular energy-stream in the nature to make up for any imbalance in terms of energy-construct of a being. The mantra has to be identified by the Guru in accordance with individual-specific needs.

Indian symbolisms relate to various concepts vital to well reasoned conduct. For, they carry philosophical imports that educate us how to approach life. The inlaid message serve as auto-suggestion, which when, consistently reflected upon become an integral part of one’s character. It then finds spontaneous reflection in our demeanour. The symbolism too has to be individual-specific set in correspondence with the mantra by the Guru. The process involves repeated recitation of the mantra with focus on the related symbolism.

The Guru can lead you still further, beyond mantra and form, into Samadhi state, when one becomes fully entrenched with the divine spirit. Consequently, your consciousness gets raised to its optimum best, where after mind would know no limits. To conclude the series, it is worth quoting Swami Vivekanand again: “The history of the world is the history of few men who had faith in themselves. Faith calls out divinity within you; you can do everything. You fail only when you do not strive sufficiently to manifest immense power.”


26th Apr

Can We Shape Our Destiny?

Having gone into different aspects of ‘Law of Karma’ in the previous issues, the focus turns to ‘Mind’ in so far as karmic journey of a being is concerned. For, it is our mind, which, in the first place, carries forward imprints of Karmic accruals from the past. Second, it processes and also provides the ground necessary for those imprints to bloom out into effect. And should you just submit to the usual callings of your acquired Karma, you remain stuck to the labyrinth of cause-effect chain, and with no scope to escape their travails.

Mind, however, is not just mandated to blindly follow the footprints of our Karmic-accruals. It is also empowered to administer our journey of life, provided we allow free run to its discriminatory faculty. On this strength, it could rescue us out of the preconditioning of mind circumscribed by our karmic carry-over, which if left unrestrained, future course of life would look like being fully preordained.

As already discussed in the earlier issues, mind is empowered to learn afresh from proven Gurus and scriptures about the dynamics of life in holistic terms. Based on these educative inputs, it could evaluate inherent unwanted desire-trends, habits and attitudes, and indwelling self-defeating tendencies, by looking within and watching the inflowing thought-trends. Accordingly, mind could take necessary corrective initiatives, which, in the first place, would outwit the negative tendencies from coming into play. Second, it could reorient the thought process for the sake of giving a qualitative turn to life. Third, it could also figure out inlaid potential, hone them well, and let them bloom out in full. Not simply that, it could stretch beyond the known, explore hidden mysteries of nature and thereby life, and evolve further. Had human beings not been so empowered, no scientific or technological inventions and innovations would have happened. Even philosophers would not have been able to comprehend the subtleties of life in such detail.

It thus comes out that given a free rope, mind would know no limits. And so, it is within mind’s reach to enlighten dark clouds of ignorance. Also, make even conscientious intervention to relieve us from the pains and sufferings as would our Karmic accruals call for.

To sum up, mind could act both as a benefactor or a devil, according as it is framed. It is now for us to exercise our power of freewill, which is duly aided by the faculty of discriminate intelligence, to address the devil within and come out with our best. Now, when it comes to the question of how to checkmate the devil within, one would need to strike at it roots laid down in the deep realm of mind, for necessary correction from the base level. The process to be adopted has to be accordingly designed, and which none other than the self could efficiently carry on this task. It is difficult to digest that any pundit could invade other’s mind-space for necessary correction.

That makes questionable the efficacy of one stop solution through belief driven pujas directed towards appeasement of Planetary Gods that pundits conduct. Remember, the planetary bodies to whom we supposedly assign being the cause for our pains and sufferings are nothing but energy-balls available in equal proportion to all of us. And unlike human beings, they are devoid of the discriminatory abilities to selectively acknowledge our pujas and extend their patronage in turn.

Would it mean that these planetary bodies have no bearing on our lives? They do, but not the way the pundits project. It is pertinent to note here that the planetary bodies are nature driven energy providers operating from the front. And we need to access energies available from all these sources in the right proportion due. That, however, does not seem likely as human beings are necessarily born imperfect. We, therefore, are not able to draw the right mix of energy and there remains void of some energy component and excess of some other.

The fact of life is that the energy-mix we draw from nature, varies from person-to-person, according as one’s individual-specific energy-construct, coming as they may with their varying Karmic accruals. And that holds the key to varying personality traits reflected by different beings.

That makes it incumbent upon us to go for two fold corrective measure to make up for our deficiency. First, balance the energy-mix. Second, address personality related infirmities. The two need to be attended hand-in-hand. How to go about shall be discussed in the concluding issue to follow.


19th Apr

Can We Shape Our Destiny?

The challenge before us is to give free rope to the indwelling discriminatory faculty of mind, as would discussion in the previous issue imply. Mind could then, visualise things in the right perspective and guide us making right choices. For then, it will be able to look at the issues in hand with an expanded vision, free from samskara oriented preconditioning of mind.

Obviously then, mind, rising above all limitations, shall come out with its optimum best. Following which, it shall, in the first place, be able to monitor inherent thought trends excited by Karmic accruals from the past. Second, it will absorb fresh educative inputs fed in, and accordingly redefine the thought process in a way that does not provide the ground necessary for Karmic accruals from the past to raise their head. And eventually lead us towards a meaningful life ahead.

Preparatory to all that, is to bring the monkey-like wandering mind in check. For, it does not allow the focus and space necessary to dispassionately discriminate upon and arrive at right judgment. All the more as it stands in way of indwelling potential from coming into full play.

The irony, however, is that more often than not Ahamkara limits mind’s scope of vision by making it bound by the tendencies excited by our Karmic imprints. That makes it difficult to dispassionately look within to identify and acknowledge negative tendencies for necessary correction. Here, Astrology can come handy as an effective diagnostic tool. For, it is premised on study of energy construct of a being. And energy knows no bias.

But all said and done, even after becoming aware of our limitations, it is not easy to rise above them. For, habits die hard. Here comes the role of an enlightened Guru. For, they first lead you through meditative and other proven techniques to free oneself of the limitations of mind. Having thus prepared, they then make you explore the dynamics of life in holistic terms and accordingly steer life in conformity with the nature driven design parameters underlying our existence. Following which, life may turn into a pleasant experience.

It is still not easy to make destiny bound ignorant understand that we could modify the implications of Karmic accruals from the past. The other day, I was trying to explain an established astrologer the implications of cause and effect chain running through successive lives, which holds the key to our continued Karmic journey. It is again on this premise that astrology too works. But somehow it could not get into his head that the basis on which our past Karma casts it’s stamping on our future course during present life, would equally apply to our wilful acts here and now. It implies that initiatives if any, taken as of now, could bear fruits during the present life itself.

Now to further loosen and untie the hardened knot of ignorance, a brief look into the energy dynamics of existence may prove a help. Both modern science and Indian Philosophy agree on one count that energy streams excited by the Primordial-Source set into motion the creation chain that manifested into plural world with name and form. So, all existences in the mortal world, live or inert, are nothing but manifestation of nature driven energies.

The obvious implication is that when seen at subtle level, a being with solid body framework remains nothing but a web of pulsating energy pattern. Mind and Intelligence are again energy platforms at other levels. Even thoughts flowing through the mind are nothing but energy formations. And we know that energy cannot be destroyed but it changes forms. To quote an Australian physicist Paul Davies in this context: “To a naïve, the world is an aggregation of objects. But to a quantum physicist, every existence is a web of vibrating energy pattern, all primarily sourced to nature, so interwoven that no individual component has a reality independent of the totality, included in which is the observer.”

It will, therefore, not be unfair to hypothesise that indwelling thought energy could be given a fresh turn by projecting a particular energy formation suited for the purpose. Say for instance through recitation of mantra, which is essentially a set of syllables placed in a logical sequence to bring about a particular sound effect, which is again nothing but energy formation.

To sum up, Karmic tendencies could be very well modified through conscious efforts, and to what extent depends on how much you strive.

The discussion continues ………


12th Apr

Can We Shape Our Destiny?

Taking off from the previous issue, it comes out that ‘Mind’ leads the Karmic journey running through successive lives, which gets going on the promptings of memory imprints of Karmic accruals from the past. These impressions, having in store destiny pointers in seed form, induce the mind to carry forward its agenda to its logical end by preparing the ground suited for the purpose. Remember, seed cannot breed unless it gets a congenial ground. Invariably, ignorant minds get carried away with the indwelling tendencies of the mind, and with obvious consequences.

This is not to suggest that mind is mandated to just blindly follow the dictates of destiny pointers. It does also act on feed drawn from external sources, be they general environmental influences, or educative inputs consciously fed into the mind so as to redefine the thought process purported to a meaningful life ahead.

It is pertinent to note here that mind, on the strength of faculty of discriminate intelligence, it is armed with, is empowered to reflect upon all that is fed from within or beyond, and dispassionately arrive at the right judgment after due diligence. Accordingly, mind can consciously try to make amends in the thought process. To sum up, the destiny indicators come into effect through corresponding thought trends they excite. But when mind can absorb educative inputs fed into it, it will not be unfair to surmise that on this strength it could very well modify the Karmic influences carried over from the past. So, at the end of the day, it is all about watching the thought trends of mind, and then making necessary amends to combat negative destiny pointers, as also providing ground to the inlaid potential bloom out in full.

Conceptually the above discussion raises the hope to checkmate callings of Karmic accruals. It is, however, easier said than done. To understand how and why, a look into the construct of mind becomes imperative. There are four constituents of Mind: Citta, Buddhi, Ahamkara, and Manasa. Citta, apart from animating other constituents of mind, grants the power of knowing. Inherent in Citta is Buddhi – the faculty of discriminate intelligence – which analyses, evaluates, and dispassionately arrives at the right judgment. Ahamkara brings in the sense of ‘I’ which enjoins upon us the capacity to willfully make choices and commit to a task undertaken. Manasa acts from the front with multiple functionalities in apparent terms. First, it is supposed to gather outer field data, relay it to Buddhi for due diligence and then respond or react as directed by the latter. Second, it brings forth the callings of Karmic tendencies into active play. But, if so directed by Ahamkara not to invoke Buddhi, it could also react and respond on instinctive judgment.

Invariably, mind, mired in self-delusion, Ahamkara identifies itself with the body-mind organism and indwelling tendencies, as if that would be one’s identity. For this very reason, often Ahamkara does also take seeming realities on face value, not feeling the necessity to invoke Buddhi for due diligence, and with obvious consequences. As a consequence, seldom do people remain conscious about looking within to identify limiting tendencies for necessary correction. And when something happens to one’s detriment causing pains and sufferings, one takes refuse in destiny.

Having said that let me make it clear that the powers of mind are immense, applying which, one can very well transcend one’s limitations. It is believed that we hardly use five to seven percent of the faculties of our mind. We can very well expand it further through conscious efforts. But even if we are able to judiciously apply what is already available, at least, we could successfully ensure a smooth run of life. But our fractured mind does not let us put in our qualitative best towards the tasks in hand, and naturally to one’s detriment. For, invariably, our minds, unmindfully and randomly keep running monkey like from one thought to the other, coming as they may attending to unfulfilled desires, the challenges faced with, tempting glare and glitters of the seeming world. Einstein is believed to have used 10 percent of his faculties of mind to prove a legend. Here, it is worth quoting a saying of Swami Vivekanand: “You do not fail in life simply because your destiny would be so scripted. You fail, because you have not strived enough to unfold the best in you.” To sum up, we become subject to limitations exercised by our Karmic accruals, simply because we fail to address the vagaries of mind.

The issue continues……..


5th Apr

Can We Shape Our Destiny?

Picking up threads from the previous issue, it comes out that one gathers a stockpile of memory imprints, both good and bad, during the journey of life. All these impressions get carried over to the next life, which sets the premise on which the new course of life takes off. To know, how and why, a look into human construct and its dynamics, become imperative.

Going by Vedantic perception, every living being is structured in three layers – the causal, astral and gross bodies. The astral and causal bodies are encased in the gross body. All the three, animated by the resident power-house, the soul (the force of consciousness), working as integrated performing-self of a being, holds the key to all aspects of our dynamic existence.

Causal-body holds in store memory imprints of all Karmic accruals from the past life, whereby it carries in seed-form programme layout of the emerging life. Causal-body is also believed to have in store the ideal on which stands our dynamic existence. This could be intuitively unearthed as did ancient India’s learned masters, to get to know the operative guidelines on how to steer life in conformity with the laws of nature and followed.

Astral-body takes forward the programme layout to gross-body for implementation in visible terms, and also lends it with the energy vital to performance. It also provides the platform on which all aspects of mind-functions operate. Remember, the memory imprints one carries, is laid down almost in a software-programme like energy-format. As and when a particular memory imprint finds congenial ground, it immediately comes into play. Astral body does also feed causal body with impressions of the fruits of actions performed.

On death, it is just the gross-body which becomes dysfunctional and then disintegrates, where after, all fundamental elements - earth, water, fire, and air – constituting a gross-body revert back to their respective source. The causal and astral bodies that are pure energy-formations remain intact.

The soul, carrying along the causal and astral bodies, with all the memory imprints in store, moves on to acquire a fresh body encasement. These incoming memories define what we call our destiny indications.

Now, to figure out how the destiny indications come into play, a look into the chemistry of mind becomes imperative. The memory imprints one carries from the past provides the premise on which mind-functions take off. And it varies from person-to-person, coming as they may with varied experiences one would have gone through, to make every being unique. These imprints involuntary build individual specific self-belief, also termed as samskara, which account for one’s desire-trends, inlaid potential and weaknesses, as well as habits and attitudes. All put together define the basic fabric of the individual mind’s making.

Mind, first excites desire trends in accordance with the callings of inlaid samskara, and then nurses it. It then excites corresponding thoughts, which when further gravitate following processing in the laboratory of mind, translate into action. Evidently, the fruits of action to follow will bear the imprints of the character and content of the desires nursed and corresponding thoughts excited thereto. The impression of fruits of action – enjoying as well as frustrating – get carried over to the memory store for further add on. This way, we invariably remain trapped in the web of our own making.

It may not be out of place to mention here that the whole course of nature is so designed and with such precision as to act as a perfected self-automated process. That leaves no scope for any external agency in the heaven that would be adjudicating our actions and administering our destiny. So, “As we sow, so shall we reap,” remains the driving spirit of a being in almost autopilot mode. This is the premise on which ‘the law of Karma’ stands. So, how we conduct in life - be it out of one’s own volition independent of any external influence, or guided by indwelling samskara - will define what we become due for qualitatively and otherwise. Thus goes the saying of Brihadaranyak Upanishad: “Sayatha Kamo bhavati, tata kratura bavati; yat kratura bhavati, tata karma kurute; yata karma kurute, tadabhi sampatyate.” Its literal translation means: “You are what your deep driving desire is; as your desire is, so is your will; as your will is, so are your actions; and as your actions are, so is your destiny.”

To sum up, it is our mind, which lets karmic accruals from the past blossom out in real terms. The issue continues ………………


29th March

Can We Shape Our Destiny?

A keen learner, following me for years, has asked me to throw light on a very interesting philosophic question confronting his thought plane: “Can Karmas accrued in this life be eradicated or nullified by faith, devotion, mantras, and prayers? In my understanding, fate can be changed provided it is outside the ambit of accrued Karmas from the past life. In other words, can the karmaphala of bad deeds done in the present birth be nullified through prayaschit (penance), mantras, and prayers in this life?” To put his question in simple words: “Are we really slave to our destiny or we could shape it by exercising our power of freewill?” The question deserves due attention to resolve this dilemma confronting a large majority.

To find an answer, the question needs to be looked at on three grounds: First, the premise on which the theory of Karma stands. Second, how does Karmic carry over from the past, which defines the course of destiny, come into effect? Third, comes the chemistry of mind, which drives all actions on the part of a being.

Remember, our life is bound by cause-effect chain. Any effect has to have a cause behind. And the effect, in turn, becomes the cause of next course of action to follow with related effect thereto. This way, we invariably remain trapped in the self-created labyrinth of never ending cause-effect chain. This chain gets carried over even to the next successive lives – from one birth to the other – as would the theory of reincarnation imply.

The question now is: why are only human beings bound by cause-effect chain? In this context, it is pertinent to note that all living organisms, but for human beings, have no choice than to strictly follow the pre-laid nature driven design parameters underlying their existence, and with no scope for making any exception. And the fact that they do not perform any wilful act, there remains no scope for accrual of any karmaphal to them.

On the contrary, human beings are armed with the ‘power of freewill’, which enjoins upon them with the privilege to guide their actions by choice and discrimination. Evidently, imperative to this empowerment tool is the call to own responsibility for the choice that one makes. Also, when there is choice-option in hand, it carries equal probability of both use and misuse. Ostensibly, therefore, one becomes due for consequences of the choices made. To sum up, the cause for being beholden to cause-effect chain arises out of the privilege of enjoying the freedom to make choices.

If the above script has a meaning, would it not be fair to reason out that the privilege of making a choice would also carry the scope to make such choices as could interfere with and modify the imprints of doings and un-doings in the past?

Now, suppose that a cause is conscientiously created purported to modify the imprints of past doings, would it not modify the destiny implications to follow? How? It is a different question altogether, which will be taken up later.

To make things clear further, it needs to be first understood and underscored that in terms of nature’s design, there remains a continuum in time in space. In this scheme of things, doings in the past culminates in the present moment, and which, in turn, sets the premise on which the next moment takes off. In a way, it will not be unfair to state that the present moment carries in seed-form, probable blue print of how we are expected to steer our lives in the emerging times. So, the course of life needs to be seen in continuity, not simply covering the goings in the present life but also the imprints of those carried over from the past life.

It may not be out of place to mention here that human course of life, going through all the twists and turns in the way, runs through successive cycles of birth and death. It is something like water flow emanating from snow-bound Mountain runs down the stream till it meets the ocean, evaporates all through its course, and then rains back into the water stream once again. All through the journey of life, a being, goes through the course of continued learning and unlearning. On the way, one acquires varied knowledge and skill sets, virtues and attributes, also picks up lot of negative imprints, coming as they may with lot of unpleasantness one meets, and ends up with lot of unfulfilled desires.

The issue continues ……


22nd March

Prepare to Brave Recurring Change

In the corporeal world, all existences and systems remain in a state of flux, be it in the cosmic world or earthly existences. Braving all the periodic and progressive changes, we are to go through, we are supposed to work towards meeting our existential and aspirational needs, and keep marching ahead in life with ease and comfort. Our seers realised quite early that the key to it is being in good health – physically, mentally, emotionally and otherwise.

The seers, in their bid to work out ways and means to remain in good shape amidst all changes, explored the dynamics of life in gross and subtle terms. In the process, they got to know the continuum in time and space at all levels; the interdependence and thereby compulsive inter-connectedness of all aspects of life. They also realised the correspondence between the cosmos and earthly existences to come up with the saying: “Yata Brahmande tata Pindam,” meaning as is the cosmos, so the world. That calls for the need to articulate ways and means to live in conformity with the varying dynamics of nature.

Now, when it comes to be in accord with nature, its extremes – the cold, the hot, the rainy and the transitory phases from one to the other - needs to be marked. Of them, the intervening phases of spring in between cold and summer, and autumn between rainy and cold are relatively more unpredictable and turbulent, and therefore, often difficult to withstand. The unpredictable twists and turns in atmospheric condition as is being experienced as on date, is a case in point. The question that evidently followed: how to withstand the varying onslaught of nature and still have our vitals in place. To find the answer, the seers then extended their searching mind to strike upon the core of our existence, the singular primal force - the divine spirit or the force of consciousness, whatever way you term them. They hypothesised that this very primal force is the source and effective cause of all aspects of our dynamic existence, and which holds the key to unity underlying all diverse existences to shape the world as a unified organism. Though that very primal force is invisible and incomprehensible in gross terms, but empirical evidences suggest that but for acknowledging its existence, the harmony and stability of nature despite continued changes, could not be understood and explained. It would not be possible to work out ways and means to live in all strength amidst all the transitory phases of nature either.

Accordingly, based on their metaphysical realisations and experiential learning down the ages, our masters stipulated a holistic living pattern, which may ensure a sustained healthy and quality life. The process takes into account the callings of our physical as well as our psychosomatic needs, coming as it may with the varying dynamics of nature. Accordingly, the two Navaratras -Shardeya and Chaitra – dedicated to Mother Goddess Durga, the epitome of Shakti, have been provided for in our annual calendar marked with two major seasonal transitions during the year. During the Navaratras, we submit ourselves to a 9 days prayer regime observing all austerities. The austerities such as temporarily changing the food regime helps cleanse and rejuvenate our biological system so as to be physically well grounded to take on the challenges ahead in all strength. The prayer regime calls for gathering up all functional coordinates of a being and direct all acts of body, mind, emotions, and intellect together towards the symbolism of Mother Goddess. Evidently, the optimum best in a being would come out. The fruits of such endeavour would need no elaboration. If somehow such a habit is inculcated, life may turn rewarding and fulfilling. For, then, one would be able to take on the challenges ahead in all strength and also avail of the opportunities coming their way. Remember, getting focused to the particular symbol would not mean seeking some such form-God existent in the heaven. In practical terms it implies getting well tuned to the all powerful and supposedly all-knowing divine spirit available within, which animates and drives all functional coordinates of a being. In fact, the power of knowing, the empowerment tool of human beings, too, comes out of that very divine spirit. Having thus empowered oneself, one could not only withstand in all strength the vicissitudes of nature, but also enjoy the bounties of nature in full and turn life into a pleasant experience. With these words, I wish the devout a happy Navaratra.


15th Mar

Reality Check – Prerequisite to Success

We all begin life with high hopes and aspirations, and carrying the spirit as if nothing would be beyond reach. Accordingly, everybody sets one’s dream destination and pursues it passionately. Evidently, the aspiring mind would put in one’s best, of course by one’s self-assumed standard. But not everybody’s dream come true. Yet, it is worth dreaming. For, then you have something to look forward that keeps you motivated to work towards, and but for which there would be no growth.

But when one fails to make it to one’s dream destination, it becomes very difficult to bear with. The feel of failure and the guilt thereof keeps revolving in the mind. Continued unnecessary brooding and contemplation that follows, clutters one’s mind so much over a period of time that one is not left with the mind-space necessary to process thoughts sensibly. One thus loses sense of objectivity and direction. Having lost one’s peace of mind thus, faculty of discriminate intelligence takes a back seat, and one begins conducting unmindfully on instinctive judgment, and with obvious consequences.

Experience suggests that seldom does a person try to figure out one’s own infirmities that would be playing spoil sport with aspirational urges. The failed person would rather try to put the blame on external factors, or at the best find refuse in destiny. For, one’s ego does not allow taking the blame on oneself. True, external factors would not let you have easy way through to your dream destination. For, their conflicting interests would pose challenges.

In apparent terms, however, life still carries on. For, the momentum of some positive ground one would have created beforehand keeps pulling through. But within one’s mind, sense of unease arising out of failure persists, which keeps alive the egotistical urge to prove one’s worth on the very first congenial occasion available. They may still not care to figure out whether the dream destination set forth was worth it, and whether they had the wherewithal to make it come true. As a consequence, they keep misdirecting their energies towards unachievable ends, and which does not allow doing justice to the task already in hand either.

The question now is: what is the way forward then? It is pertinent to note here that the nature of dreams, are sourced to two factors: Imprints of unfulfilled desires carried over from the past; and external tempting influences. But life just can’t move on fanciful ideas to one’s asking. It has to be lived in real terms on practical grounds. That calls for a reality check, whether one is armed with the wherewithal necessary to make it to the desired destination. Also, whether time is ripe for it, in the sense that one is groomed enough to carry forward the task in hand in right earnest, and intelligently contend with the challenges coming in the way. Remember, you never fail in life just because your destiny would be so scripted. You become due for failure if due diligence is not done before taking the final call. Or, when one fails to strive sufficiently to unfold one’s inlaid potential in full, and hone it well, vital to qualitative efforts.

A case in point is that of a very ambitious person who has so far not been able to make a mark for himself despite his dramatic talents. The Sun and Mercury, both firmly established in the lagna and favourably aligned to intellectually ordained Uranus needs to be marked. It speaks of a person armed with extraordinary intelligence with inventive and innovative mind. That qualifies him to be having valuable intuitive insights and coming up with out of box ideas of significance. Connection of 10th house to the third house brings in entrepreneurial urges.

But his inlaid negatives have not allowed him to carry forward his urges so far. His worrying mind makes him stuck to the run of the mill assignment, out of fear of inviting financial insecurity if his entrepreneurial initiative fails to click. Inherently an escapist, he keeps putting off initiatives for later days, and is not keen to toil enough either. All these come out of Saturn conjunct Ketu, read together with Moon conjunct Rahu, and also ill-disposed to Neptune.

But his indwelling urges keep hounding him from time to time, often prompting him to give up his assignment and take fresh initiative. But fails to act, leading to continued unease. Should he try to address his frailties, he will be able to put his inlaid talents to full use.


1st Mar

Pursue Inherent Urge to Grow

What makes human beings worth being termed as the most valued creation of the divine is the indwelling Buddhi. This particular faculty of mind empowers a being to visualize, analyse, discriminate, reason out, and guide one’s action by choice. It also arms a being to explore beyond the known, expand one’s reach and get better empowered.

Going by Vedic perception, following spontaneous pulsation at the primordial-source, energy streams emanated from a singularity - the energy-whole. Evidently, the emerging energy variants would have emerged with their respective voids. And self-intelligent that the nature driven energy-streams are, they would have begun randomly mutating amongst them, supposedly in their bid to regain their wholesome form. The entropy thus caused had to progressively grow, as would theory of relativity suggest, which set into motion the evolutionary chain that culminated in the manifest plural world. In a way, it will not be unfair to surmise that the very urge to regain the perfected wholesome state is what led to the making of the living world.

And since the cause has to find its imprint in its produce, the urge to evolve and expand with the intent to add quality and value to life is inlaid in human construct. Human beings have to consciously take this urge forward as they are privileged to act the way they wish. It is on this strength that human civilisation has evolved thus far from its primitive stage. The other field players in the cosmic drama, however, just go by the pre-laid design parameters, and with no scope for making any exception.

Now, if the above urge anyway goes unattended for whatever reasons – out of one’s own ignorance or for external reasons beyond control - the sense of void within thereof unnerves a being. The restive mind then loses its focus not allowing time and space to invoke buddhi for due diligence. The person then begins moving unmindfully on instinctive impulses. All the inlaid negatives then overtake mind’s drive to play spoil sport with the inherent potential. The person then fails to make right choices and take appropriate timely initiative. He/She also fails to react and respond intelligently. One’s creative abilities come under limitation. Eventually, the person is left behind in the run of time leading to failure, frustration, stress, and even depression. The irony, however, is that the person would invariably not know why it is happening so.

The philosophic discussion above may seemingly not look relevant in practical terms. But the point has been made purposely to make ourselves aware of the fact that unless we remain conscious about pushing through the urge to evolve and grow, life may become burdensome.

This is exactly what has been happening to someone who, in a state of mental unrest came seeking guidance the other day. Not that financially or otherwise, he has any discomfort. In fact, he is doing quite well. Yet, he is not at all satisfied, and has been blindly gunning for alternative pastures that can make him happy. But he does not know what way to go. Lucky that he is, as would ordinarily happen to those who are born on 5th/10th lunar dates as per traditional Indian calendar, this man got things easy at the start. But those born on above dates also happen to be comfort loving and therefore, shun taking challenges either. As a consequence, the inherent urge to grow and expand remains unattended, which brought into play trends as discussed above. His restive mind then gave way to his inlaid negatives that has stalled his positives playing from the front.

Mind-signifying Moon tenanted in fiery sign Aries clouded by the planet of limitation Saturn, and also crossing path with emotive Venus needs to be marked. That makes him impulsive, impatient, intolerant, grudging, grumbling, lacking focus, carrying the tendency to act on instinctive impulses without applying forethought. Also he remains caught up in unpredictable mood-swings. The indwelling inertia would delay his initiatives. He is too emotionally sensitive and gets over-exercised even on trivial issues. Saturn further ill-disposed of to Ketu, makes him an escapist, which does not allow him to be happy with what he would be doing, and unmindfully hunt for greener pastures. Mars, the lagna lord locking horns with restive Rahu often makes him misdirect his energies towards unproductive ends in pursuing his peculiar beliefs, as would Jupiter forming unholy alliance to mischievous Neptune imply. And the result is there for all to see.


22nd Feb

Servicing Mind a Prerequisite for Success

Land, even if left uncultivated for long, its fertility remains in active mode, breeding wild grass and weeds unabated. You can’t harvest crop in such a piece of land unless it is cleared of grass and weeds, thoroughly tilled, watered, and fed with fertilizer. Even after sowing seeds, periodic weeding out would be needed to ensure a good harvest. For, the weeds are so intractable that even if you completely uproot them, it will grow again out of a few traces left over in the field.

Human mind too needs to be serviced in similar fashion on a day-to-day basis, as it has a very fertile ground. Mind remains on a constant run exciting myriad thoughts unabated - meaningful, inconsequential, negative, fanciful ideas distanced from ground reality, and even conflicting. These thoughts may be self-created out of the memory imprints laid in the deep realm of mind, or in response to external stimuli. Like the weeds, these thoughts and particularly the negative ones are so tenacious that they keep visiting you again and again under ordinary circumstances and keep you engaged all the time.

Unless the undesirable thoughts are screened off and weeded out on a regular basis, which is not so easy, over a period of time, they clutter your mind-space very badly. Mind literally turns into a thick jungle of thoughts where you get lost. Consequently you begin moving directionless. For, you are not left with the time and space necessary to process any fresh thought objectively. The mind becomes literally stale and your discriminating faculty takes a back seat, and with obvious consequences. You are not left with any scope to excite fresh productive ideas, or for that matter taking any creative initiative.

Evidently, you are left behind in the run of time, leading to failure and frustration. And then, stress followed by depression becomes a natural corollary, often calling for medical intervention. For, such a predicament of mind leads to hormonal imbalance, which in turn further compounds the stress/depression. One also develops insomnia where after the energy level becomes so low that you are not left with the spirit necessary to carry forward even routine obligations. It is pertinent to note here that it is during dreamless sleep every night that one gets recharged with fresh energy, vital to one’s dynamic functions.

The question now is: how to get out of this malaise? A two-pronged approach could resolve the problem. In acute cases, first seek medical help. But medication and counseling done by medical expert alone would not suffice. For, the long drawn memory imprints get so firmly entrenched within that unless some process is adopted that lets you delve deep within to resolve them, they keep hounding you. That calls for using meditative techniques under the guidance of a proven Guru, following which one would be able to first detoxify one’s mind and then give the thought process a positive turn.

A case in point is that of a person with a very fertile mind, vision foresight and imagination. This comes out of mind-signifying Moon in the lagna, enjoying trine aspect of benevolent Jupiter marked with wisdom from the 9th house identified with higher mind. The Sun beautifully aligned to karmakarak Saturn points to a born leader with excellent organizing ability and capable of inspiring others. Mercury and Venus together make out a studious person having refined conduct and good at public relations. Jupiter well aligned to Uranus makes him intuitive and philosophical, also carrying strong desire for self-improvement.

The above positives, however, could not lead him through because he failed to service his cluttered mind, coming as it may with lot of negatives simultaneously playing from the front. The pointers are Moon in conflict with deluding Neptune, Mercury marked with commonsensical judgment, emotion signifying Venus, and willpower indicator the Sun. The implication, in the first place, is that he would be an escapist who may not acknowledge truth in its first appearance. Second, he remains stuck to his self-excited fanciful ideas distanced from ground realities and with a closed mind, and more so because Mars is locked in adverse formation to Jupiter. Third, he remains caught up with self-excited conflicting thoughts and not able to reason out what way to move because he lacks the focus necessary to discriminate. He also suffers from unpredictable mood swings. And the result is there for all to see.

Should the man pursue spiritual remedial exercise in right earnest, soon his inlaid potentials may begin acting from the front.


15th Feb

Shape Destiny by Killing Enemies Within

A couple of years back, a very interesting question was posed by an over-ambitious person: “A reputed astrologer has predicted that I carry the potential to become Prime Minister of the country. Do you agree, and if so, by when is it expected to come true?”

Well, on the face of it, your chart is quite potent. But, your inlaid samskara, unless otherwise resolved in time, is expected to play to its contrary,” I responded.

Not prepared to digest and having little understanding of astrology, he came forward with his counter arguments: “Armed with so many raja-yoga and Moon in the 10th house, and Uranus in the 11th house that promises patronage of those in high position, don’t you think I am destined to become a public figure of high standing?”

True, with Mercury, the lord of lagna and 10th house, lord of trine 9th house Venus, and Jupiter the lord of two Kendra houses 4th and 7th, together in the lagna, and all in kendra with Moon, make out strong raja-yoga. The 12th lord Sun as well as 8th lord Mars, both in the 12th house, form strong vipareet raja-yoga. Moon over the head will certainly keep you in the public lime light. But never forget that Moon changes colour every day, and which further acquires the sense of duality as it is tenanted in a dual sign owned by Mercury. Further to that, Moon is aspected by demonic Rahu, and also forms unholy alliance with Sun, the planet identified with reputation. As a consequence, you become due for being in public glare, but both for good and bad reasons.

Explaining further, I gave him a clue into how an individual remains vulnerable to become a victim of the chemistry of one’s own mind. When one initiates his journey of life, he/she articulates one’s moves consciously, putting into play all virtues, sidetracking all the negatives to make one’s presence felt. But once you earn and then firm your position, your true-self gets the opportunity to play from the front. So must have happened with you when your inlaid samskara would have overtaken your mind’s drive prompting you to attend to tempting influences in immediate terms, and with obvious long term bearings.

That calls for a look into astrological pointers to the questioner’s basic fabric of making. Born in Virgo lagna with Gemini Moon sign, both dual signs owned by Mercury, means that the person wishes to live on his own exclusive terms. Such characters are flamboyant and cannot hide their feelings. They usually suffer from “I am the only right person syndrome,’ whereby they lack the sense of accommodation. They remain stuck to their self-defined beliefs, often changing as would suit them in immediate terms, as would the dual character of the two signs imply. Anything happening to the contrary, they become overcritical of others, and would be tempted to pass caustic remarks to invite the ire of others.

Presence of Uranus in the 11th house implies being well connected to those in high position. But Uranus also locked in unholy alliance with the lagna lord Mercury, also the 2nd sub-lord which determines the character and content of one’s speech, makes him vulnerable to earn the displeasure of many of his friends because of lack of control on his words, whereby he would invite being in their hit list. So, he becomes due for having powerful enemies and that too because his own self-undoing acts. For, Mercury the lagna lord occupies the constellation owned by Sun the 12th lord, which plays detrimental to the lagna. The above factors also account for his insensible reasoning and judgment quite often. More so, because of presence of unpredictable Neptune and Rahu in the 2nd house, as that makes him susceptible to unrestrained foul-mouthing and acerbic remarks.

What casts the final blow is the presence of lagna sub-lord Saturn in the third house identified with basal instincts, which speaks of his mean attitude and restricted vision. Saturn also in mutual aspect to the 3rd and 8th lord Mars in the 12th house, make him insensitive, impatient, suspicious, intolerant, and revengeful. That also makes him vulnerable to imprisonment for being tempted to get into murky deals, as would finance signifier Venus in debility forming unholy alliance with Rahu imply, and so has it happened.

Always remember, human beings are bound by cause-effect chain, whereby you are to bear the consequences of what you do. So, kill the enemy within to shape your destiny.


8th Feb

Kill the enemy within and be happy

A warring NRI couple with growing up children came asking one day: “When do we have peace and stability in our married life? 15 years since marriage, it is very rare that a day would pass without any ruckus.” My dear, “No astrologer can predict a definite time line for the same. You need to consciously work upon self-imprinted limitations of mind for being at peace with the self and the rest.” I responded.

Elaborating further, I explained that peace is a state of mind. It comes when your thought process has been freed of any self-imposed preconditioning. For, otherwise, you remain fixated to self-defined parameters not allowing any space to appreciate other’s view points. Evidently then, peace and harmony will become a distant dream. It is only when you begin living for each other when you may appreciate other’s concerns and sensibilities. Then only you can work out ways and means for a peaceful co-existence.

Remember, in a world premised on the concept of ‘Unity in diversity’, where inter-dependence is the key to our existence, you cannot afford to live just by yourself. It will not be out of place to mention here that every being is born unique, each carrying individual specific mental propensities, often at divergence with each other. That makes societal dynamics a complex mechanism. Yet, we have to march ahead in life with ease and comfort by resolving all conflicting view points. And given the versatility of our minds, which in its prime form, knows no limit, we are very well empowered for the same. The irony, however, is that we are all born with individual specific memory imprints carried over from the past, which conditions our minds one way or the other, and which account for our habits and attitudes, often in conflict with each other. Our mind, thus, comes under limitation, not allowing its optimal functioning. A prismatic view of the issues in hand that follows, does not allow you to look at things in the right perspective, and evidently to your detriment.

It, therefore, becomes incumbent upon us to identify and acknowledge all such self-acquired limitations, and address them in time to allow our versatile minds present their optimum best. The ground will thus be made out to look at the issues in hand with an open mind without any preconditioning whatsoever. The broadened view that you then have, nothing escapes your attention, which allows you the space necessary to take a reasoned view. Evidently then, you will be able to articulate your initiatives, reactions and responses intelligently. And instead of taking differing views as affront, you will try to intelligently resolve them and arrive at solution well suited to all concerned.

It is time now to look at your individual specific fault-lines that have been so far playing spoil sports with your peaceful co-existence. Astrology can figure them out with a fair amount of precision, and which would be its most desirable application.

Virgo lagna was rising when the man was born. Its lord Mercury is conjunct limiting Saturn in debilitation. The two are also locked in adverse formation to Moon. That points to a person with a fixated one-track mind suffering from the “I am the only right person syndrome,” and habitually suspicious. Further to that both the luminaries, the Sun and Moon, form unholy alliance with Saturn. That makes him stuck to his preconditioning as much that if the other side does not fall true to his self-defined presumptions and beliefs, he will become over critical and belittle the other side with his caustic remarks. On top of that is his restive nature, coming as it may with fiery Mars, locked in adverse formation to mind signifying Moon, as well as Mercury that holds the key to commonsensical judgment.

Against the above frailties of the man stands the lady’s impulsive and aggressive nature, keen to be always in command and not prepared to play second fiddle to any, as would her Moon’s placement in the sign Aries imply. She jumps to conclusion on instinctive judgment without applying and forethought. Her Sagittarius lagna, with its lord Jupiter in unholy alliance with mischievous Neptune, makes her fixated to peculiar self-defined beliefs, and not open to look beyond. She is tactless and un-diplomatic. The Sun conjunct Mars, both locked in adverse formation to limiting Saturn, makes her habitually suspicious, argumentative, and quarrelsome. And the result is all there to see.

To sum up, you two need to kill the enemy within, and I am sure, your life will turn into a beautiful experience.


1st Feb

Kill the Enemy Within

The drama of life in sight is nothing but projection of what lies within one’s own self. Remember, all actions on our part – creative or limiting - before they come into play, originate in mind, and are then processed in the laboratory of mind itself, for translating them into effect. And the character and content of what we ideate, is again inspired by our inlaid samskara - memory imprints laid down in the deep realm of mind, coming as they may as a carryover from the past. Here again, the way we react or respond to a situation – intelligently or otherwise – is subject to how the inlaid samskara would have oriented the frame of individual-specific mind.

So, both the enemy and the creative-spirit exist in seed-form within our inner-self. Invariably, we come to this world with a mix of both, which given the condition congenial to either prompt one or the other side overtaking mind’s drive. Experience suggests that the enemy within remains on strike most of the time as contrasted to the potential side, which needs identification, acknowledgment, honing, and finally modulation in contemporary terms. These negatives vitiate our thought process, which, in the first place, stands in way of visualising things in the right perspective, and evidently to our detriment. And if not derail creative initiatives, get the quality of efforts compromised. Even when apparently not doing anything, it does not let mind rest in peace – it keeps it engaged in breeding variegated wishful thoughts, often in conflict with each other. It does not spare even our dreams when it engages our mind attending to its projections. Here, I am reminded of a verse by poet Maithili Sharan Gupta reflecting upon the state of Lakshman’s mind, while on guard when Lord Sri Ram and Sita were sleeping during their 14 years of exile in the forest: “Koi pas na rahne par bhi jan-man maun nahi rahta, aap-aap ki kahta hai waha, aap-aap hi ki hi sunta (Even if no body is around, mind is never silent, it keeps speaking and listens to itself).”

It, therefore, becomes incumbent upon us to remain on full mental alert to spot and kill the enemy within well on time. Otherwise, it will not be possible to come out with our intelligent best, while pursuing our creative urges, or even when responding to challenges confronting us. In this context, I am reminded of the import of the symbolism of Mother Goddess Durga, who supposedly made Thy presence to free us from devilry of the demons. It is said that the demons are tricksters, who are capable of changing forms to their asking as would delude us. And to contend them all, Mother Goddess Durga, unlike other Gods, is armed with various weapons to combat each such demonic presence. That calls for being on full mental alert to identify the right weapon for the right occasion. The demons in this symbolism stand for all the negatives, egotistical conditioning of mind, and all such distracting influences within that would marginalise our creative potential. Astrology can serve a great deal in identifying these limiting factors with a fair amount of precision.

In a specific case, let us look at the astrological pointers suggesting the inimical forces lying within demanding attention. The Sun is conjunct Neptune, both placed adverse to Moon. This needs to be read together with Moon favourably aligned to Jupiter, but locked in adverse formation to Venus. The implication is that the person remains stuck to his fanciful ideations mostly distanced from ground realities. When things do not happen on expected lines, first, he begins sulking. He then gets so touchy and sensitive that even on trivial provocation he gets over-exercised. That in turn, brings into play his unpredictable mood-swings, irritable and temperamental nature, as would debilitated Mars in the third house, locked in adverse formation to Uranus imply. On top of that is Mercury unfavourably aligned to Rahu tenanted in the sign it owns, also placed opposite Jupiter. The implication is that he lacks patience, and is not able to remain focused to priority preferences for long. His mind keeps randomly wandering hither and thither not allowing him time and space for due diligence, which accounts for his misplaced reasoning and judgments quite often. These self-limiting factors have been so far playing spoil sports with his dramatic talents that could have otherwise led him to great height. I am sure he will work upon them in right earnest to unfold his inlaid-potential in full.


25th Jan

Danger of Being a Genius

All empowerment tools are double-edged weapons. They could be employed for creative initiatives worth adding quality and value to human life. At the same breadth, they could also be put to destructive application. Nuclear energy was first used for making Hydrogen bomb that devastated a sizeable population during World War II. Today, it is used for generating clean electrical energy. Technologies, developed to empower human beings, are being used by radicals and miscreants, few in number, to force their whims and fancies on the majority at the cost of innumerable innocent lives.

These man-made presentations do not have their own drive. They are to offer results the way they are employed by the same human empowerment tool – the mind – that developed these technologies. To sum up, the spirit of both the genius and the killer are there in mind. Now, what out of the two rules supreme in each mind is subject to how it is shaped, which varies from person-to-person, and that is what makes each being unique. The question now is: What makes each mind different from the other?

As far as the hardware part of mind is concerned, it remains all the same in every being – each armed with chitta, buddhi, ahamkara, and manasa as its constituents. Chitta grants us with the ‘power of knowing’. Buddhi empowers us to ‘dispassionately discriminate and arrive at the right judgment’. Ahamkara brings in the sense of ‘I’, which makes one commit to the task according as one would wish. Manasa, with the sensory organs as its operative tools, acts from the front. In this scheme of things, manasa is supposed to make available the outer field data collected to buddhi for due diligence and then act upon as directed. Left to itself, if ever ahamkara so wishes, manasa can also act upon animal-like on instinctive judgment. When all the four constituents of mind work in perfect coordination with each other, mind comes out with its optimum best, when it knows no limits.

What, however, brings mind under limitation, is its software side – the operative part – the terms of which are set by the memory imprints carried over from the past. For, these imprints account for individual-specific beliefs, desire-trends, habit-tendencies, and even one’s level of intelligence. All these put together, make out the ‘performing-self’ of a being, and which, with all its positives and negatives, drives a being one’s exclusive way. Interestingly, the individual-specific beliefs limit the expanse of our ‘power of knowing’. Evidently, if you prefer to have a prismatic view of the issue in hand, you may not be able to gets things in the right perspective, and with obvious consequences. What further limits the performing-self is the ahamkara, which in the spirit of passionately pursuing the inlaid beliefs, often ignores invoking buddhi for due diligence before deciding one’s course of action.

We have seen in the previous issue how even the dramatic talents of a being could get derailed by inlaid negatives. In continuation, it is important to understand that one’s talent by itself has its own vulnerabilities too, unless otherwise properly harnessed and modulated in contemporary terms. The other day a worried mother sought guidance on how to help her son deal with his peer groups who had literally made him an outcaste.

A look into the child’s chart revealed that the child had dramatic talents. For, the Sun is conjunct exalted Mercury, which by itself is enough to mean a very intelligent guy with excellent memory, quick analytical and absorption abilities. The two, also well aligned to intellectually ordained Uranus, speaks of someone having an inventive and innovative mind, which is duly aided by well-developed intuitive sense worth having valuable insights. They are also independent minded. They can see things ahead of others, which evidently would be beyond the comprehension of his peer group. A clear divide becomes a natural corollary. Even the elders fail to figure out child’s true-worth and so often fail to treat them at the level they deserve. And deprived of a congenial atmosphere for long, the child may end up a loner, which makes the child vulnerable to fall into a delusory trap to his detriment.

I wish the parents understand and appreciate the child’s predicament and give him his due.


18th Jan

Look Within to Succeed

A gentleman going through a very tough time and not able to find a way out, called on a saint driven by the hope that he may probably invoke some divine forces to get him out of his ordeal. Instead, the saint, even before the man could open his mouth, involuntarily observed: “My child, you have come with a volley of questions, and also expect from me a quick-fix solution to your problems through some miraculous power I supposedly hold. Nothing of the kind happens, my dear. God helps only those who help themselves. You alone can resolve your problems. Look within, and I am sure, not simply you may find answer to all your questions, you will find the right lead by exploring options lying beyond the problems you are stuck with.”

Left to fend for himself, the man obviously got disappointed and nothing that the god-man suggested immediately got into his head. But he was amazed by the god-man’s capacity to know of his own, what dwelt in his mind. And for someone, who ordinarily does not get influenced so easily, something magical did happen at unseen level that left the man’s mind spinning, which prompted him to get into search-mode. But not knowing what really looking within meant, the man approached me for further guidance.

My friend, the god-man wished you to self-reflect to figure out the driving spirit of your mind. For, it is the individual specific thought process which defines the way each individual would negotiate the callings of life. And evidently, the quality of life you become due for is dependent on the character and content of the thoughts being worked upon in mind, which is guided by the imprints registered in the deep realms of mind in seed form. When you self-reflect, the first thing you are likely to hit upon would be your habit tendencies, which do not let your empowerment tool – the discriminative faculty – do its part. And evidently, for lack of due diligence before putting into act your fanciful dream perceptions, often distanced from ground realities, a happy ending becomes a remote possibility. Once you become aware of your self-limiting factors, you may do course correction. Second, you become aware of your inherent potential, which when nurtured further will lead you do all that could add quality and value to your efforts and thereby life. Here I am reminded of Swami Vivekanand’s saying: “You do not fail in life because your destiny is so scripted. You fail because you do not strive sufficiently to unfold the best in you.”

For guidance sake, let me make you aware of what astrological pointers have to suggest in terms of your potential and weaknesses. The prime-mover, the Sun, is favourably aligned to intellectually ordained Uranus, and efforts signifying Mars. This speaks of someone whose mental age would be higher than the physical age, the one who can see things ahead of others, and who could be pioneer in his field. It points to an inventive and innovative mind capable of having valuable independent insights. Also, he is endowed with the wit and resolve to carry forward the task in hand to its logical end. Benevolent Jupiter extends its support to Mercury, the planet identified with intelligence and communication, as well as mind signifier Moon. This, in the first place, speaks of a fertile mind armed with vision, foresight, and imagination. Second, it points to clarity in vision and thought, and excellent communicative skill enabling one to present one’s perceptions with exactitude.

The irony, however, is that such remarkable attributes get marginalised because of his tendency to rush through an act without applying proper forethought, as would his Aries lagna imply. That also makes him impatient, intolerant, haughty, aggressive, commandeering, never prepared to play second fiddle to any. This, when read together with Venus placed adverse to both the luminaries, which makes him too much touchy and sensitive, makes him react and respond impulsively on instinctive judgment. The worst is his lack of focus as would Mercury placed adverse to Rahu mean. Imagine what a great job he could do, if these frailties are fixed through conscious efforts.

Having learnt about his personality traits, the man asked: “If my true-self could be figured out so easily through astrological scrutiny, why then go for a painful and long drawn self-reflection process?” “My dear sir, mere academic awareness is not enough. You need to delve deep within for a course correction from the base level, which calls for what the god man suggested.”


11th Jan

Make Right Choice for Bliss

Human beings enjoy the exclusive privilege of guiding their actions by choice and discrimination. But also entailed in this prerogative is the call for owning responsibility for future implications there of – both good and bad. And remember, if there is a choice, it carries equal probability of its use and misuse. The question now is: Why would anybody armed with the faculty of discriminate intelligence ever make a choice to one’s own detriment?

True, nobody would ever wish to invite problems. The fact of life, however, is that our fragile mind, which holds the key to all actions on our part, if ever ill-framed, can drive us crazy. It will be worth mentioning here that nobody ever enters this world with an idealistic frame of mind that knows no limit, which would spontaneously use one’s discriminative faculty before making a choice. Each of us comes with one’s individual specific inherent mind-trends, coming as it may with the Karmic imprints carried over from the past life. For, our life runs in succession, whereby sum total of what one acquires in one life, sets the premise on which the next life takes off. Evidently then, the way our minds are inherently framed would define the way we are to invariably attend to the callings of life. And our minds, charged with ego, invariably prefers passionately pursuing one’s self-defined beliefs, perceptions, and desire-trends, often not allowing scope to the faculty of discriminate intelligence for due diligence.

The question now is: Can we free our minds of its self-willed limitations – for, they are nothing but culmination of one’s own doing and undoing in the past - and set the term for a better tomorrow? Of course yes, provided we put to use the same choice option, to identify and acknowledge the preconditioning of our minds, by invoking our empowerment tool – the faculty of discriminate intelligence. Having known them, we could very well take corrective initiatives to overcome our inherent frailties and expand the scope of our vision. For, that in turn, may help comprehend issues in hand in the right perspective, but for which, it may not be possible to make right choices. But seldom do we remain conscious about the need to know one’s own basic fabric of making. We rather leave ourselves to the usual flow of life, whereby we unmindfully get carried away by the tempting influences of the glare and glitters of the seeming world, often to our detriment.

This is what exactly happened to a young man caught up in his binds while making his marital choice. Driven by his fanciful dream perceptions, he fell for a very well educated, beautiful girl apparently exhibiting refined mannerism. He mistook her academic excellence as a measure of her mental and emotional construct, and so, he never cared to figure out her true-self in holistic terms. No wonder, he was taken for a ride when a traumatic separation was forced upon him when he did not fall in line with his partner’s fixated one track whims and fancies, which meant disregarding his obligations towards his widowed mother. That left him so distraught that he has begun to doubt his own sense of judgment. As a consequence, he is not able to decide marrying the girl he has been seeing for quite some time. For, he is afraid of being again faced with a repeat of his ordeal following the first marriage.

Let us now look at the astrological pointers that made him make a wrong choice. The Sun, which defines the individuality of a being, is locked in adverse formation with Neptune, which in its negative garb badly clouds one’s sense of reasons. Persons with such affliction usually live in a fanciful dream-world distanced from ground realities, and prefer to remain stuck to self-defined make-believe world, often ignoring the truths of life. The Sun, also being ill-disposed off to Uranus, made him ignore conventional wisdom, which calls for reality check before taking any major decision. What evidently followed was serious emotional conflict and crisis, as would the Sun placed adverse to Moon imply. And that had to be forced upon by his partner as would spouse signifying 7th lord Mars, posited in the 12th house - the house of detriment to the self - imply. All the more, because Mars also locks horns with Jupiter pointing to her inflated ego.

Accordingly, the man was advised to clear off, all his past baggage and set the terms of his mind right, for fearlessly and mindfully negotiating life afresh.


Opening Issue 2015

Be Alert to Curb Challenges

At the outset, I wish the valued readers of this esteemed journal a very meaningful life in the New Year. This, however, would not be forthcoming unless you remain on full mental alert. A casual approach will not let you take note of oddities and hazards coming your way on their very first appearance so as to nip them in their bud. And unless you clear these road blocks well within time, you may not be able to make the most out of opportunities coming your way.

Truth of life is that nothing comes easy in this phenomenal world, and the least of all to one’s asking. The reason, plain and simple, is that the world remains a natural breeding ground of conflicting thoughts and interests. For, all through enormity and diversity of this living world, every being and societal group is unique in terms of beliefs, perceptions, habits, and attitudes. Added to that is the legacy carried over from the past, which will not pass off without giving us a feel of the seeds that we have sown. To top it all is the callings of varying dynamics of emerging times, which comes with fresh sets of challenges, and that further compounds our problems. True, resolving all these hurdles on the strength of our intelligence, we have been able to empower ourselves better and better day-by-day through our experiences and fresh learning. But our problems, too, have been growing in no less a proportion.

This is how nature - in consonance with which our life runs - is designed. For, nature too, does not just follow a linear path, rather takes a spiral course – periodically circling but also presenting its varying dynamics all through its forward march. This is exactly how even nature driven energy - which holds the key to all aspects of this dynamic world - moves, each energy-particle simultaneously pulsating, rotating, and marching forward. So, while nature reflects a pattern, it simultaneously keeps adding newer dimensions to them all through its run. Evidently, it calls for a continued vigil, periodic review, and visualisation of the callings of the emerging times. Astrology helps a great deal in this respect.

In the above light, it is time now to refresh ourselves with the ground that we laid down last year for necessary course corrections if any needed, and also envision future dynamics. Exactly as highlighted in the opening issue of 2014, change of guard has already taken place at the centre, as did transit Saturn’s adverse aspect on natal Sun in India’s Independence chart imply. The war of words amongst the feuding political parties that preceded the change, as indicated by the chart drawn for the New Moon coinciding with the dawn of 2014 has not died out yet. But it has acquired a new dimension following a new approach to polity set into motion by the present incumbent. Also, because many of the hardcore supporters of the present political regime in power, who were on their margins in the past, seem to be in a hurry to be on the strike their own wishful ways to make their presence marked without any further loss of time. For, the astrological markers for the New Year present almost similar planetary alignment – The Sun locking horns with intellectually ordained Uranus.

Meanwhile, 7 months have passed since the change. Naturally, people would be watching as to what has been done so far towards fulfilment of the dream destination that the winning group had promised them. The astrological indicator in this respect does not sound good as transit Saturn as of now is exactly over natal Ketu in India’s Independence chart pointing to people’s disenchantment and unease. For, they would not be content with mere statistical data and symbolic ideological initiatives. People will not care what the inflation index has to say, they will count how much their purchasing capacity has improved in real terms.

Security concerns are not expected to ease out either. For, Mars continues to lock horns with Jupiter and Saturn in all the referral charts for the year – drawn for New Year, solar ingress in Capricorn, the two lunar eclipses visible in India as on April 4th and September 28. That makes us vulnerable to radical onslaught, terrorist strike, and communal upsurge. And with mischievous Neptune also in the loop, the mischief-mongers may baffle us with their random strike.

I wish that our administrative machinery as well as we citizens remain vigilant enough to checkmate such evil doing by misguided people.


21st Dec

Shaping Mind a Must

A high flying industrialist, whose unit, had of late, gone for a toss, came asking the other day: “Every time I make a business initiative, it takes off well, and after doing well for a while, it gets derailed. And it has been happening again and again. Every astrologer, I consulted, none of them could lay hand on the causes underlying turns and twists in my business prospects.”

“Well, the astrologers probably pointed to the harvest season suited to productivity. They did not care to look at the factors limiting quality efforts.” I responded.

“Nothing got into my head. I did not work hard is what you mean? Let me tell you that I have always put in my whole into my work. Instead of going round and round, tell me straightway as to what astrological factors have been pulling me down again and again? And what remedial measure would be needed for their mitigation” The questioner retorted.

“Well, would it have been that simple to do a puja and ensure success, nobody would have ever suffered in life. Agreed, you must have put in enough of physical efforts. But more important than that is the quality of efforts, which depends on how your mind is framed. Remember, when you wish to have a good harvest, first, you need to prepare the ground by tilling the land thoroughly well, clear off the weeds, water it, nourish earth mass with nutrients and fertilizer, and attentively tend the crop till harvest time. Neglect on any count and at any stage will not allow a good harvest.

You need to be conscious about servicing your mind on similar lines, but for which quality of efforts will get compromised. For, mind drives all actions on your part – visualise, discriminate and arrive at right judgment, articulate your moves, and then put them into action. It is worth adding here that mind incessantly keeps breeding thoughts, often conflicting, and also keeps recording all unpleasantness and negatives encountered. Unless these inconsequential imprints are weeded out on a regular basis, one’s mind would not present its optimum best. Remember, if ever the premise on which our actions stand, not be well grounded, the end result has to be short of expectations.

So, better look within dispassionately to know your own self. Fix the frailties if any, and clear the grounds for your inlaid potential to bloom out in full. Remember, luck factor simply points to your potential, which may define your prospects. That however, will not bear fruits, unless it is cultivated well, and is duly supported by quality efforts. If you can’t yourself figure out the inlaid infirmities, better seek astrological support for a dispassionate look. In my opinion, astrology used this way would serve us better, as it helps improve one’s performing-self, vital to destiny presenting its bounties in full. Just making future prediction can raise your hope, but that by itself would not suffice desired result.” I further explained.

Let us now look at the man’s astrological pointers. The lagna lord Saturn in the 12th house points to being vulnerable to get into self-undoing acts. Prime mover of the planetary cabinet and thereby a being, the Sun, well disposed off to Moon, Mars and Saturn, implies a good luck, a good organisational skill, and full of energy to make his ambition a success. That, however, gets clouded by mischievous Neptune as well restive Uranus playing to the contrary, because, the two are ill-disposed to the Sun. That points to being stuck to his self-delusions distanced from ground realities. Comfort loving that he is, would ignore truth on its first appearance. And instead of taking corrective measures immediately as such, may stretch on with his self-beliefs and perceptions for a while, and by the time he wakes up, enough damage is already done.

What further plays to his detriment is that intelligence signifying Mercury is placed adverse to Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. This, in the first place makes him a restless and an impatient person who cannot remain focused on a task for long. Second, he has a rigid one track mind, not open to listening or easily amenable to change. All put together, accounts for his impaired reasoning and judgment as well as impulsive actions. For, he lacks the patience to delve deep into the problems for the right solution. And to top it all is his inflated ego, as would Mars placed adverse to Jupiter imply, and the result is there for all to see.


14th Dec

Mindful Living for Success

Going by Indian philosophic perception, the Primordial-Source – the essence and effective cause for all aspects of the dynamic world - by itself, is supposedly formless and at rest, with no manifest attributes. Nothing but an energy formation could be formless. Certainly, it would not be content-less either, otherwise, it would not have manifested into a dynamic world having existences with form and name. And the constituents must have been in equilibrated state counter-balancing each other, for the Primordial source to remain in its primal form. This got unsettled following Pranava – spontaneous pulsation – when the primal-sound ‘Om’ got excited, out of which emerged the energy trinity – Sat, Rajasa, and Tamasa, each prominently marked with a particular attribute.

These modes of energies, obviously, emerged with their respective voids, seen in respect to their primal form, when they, in their equilibrated state, enjoyed their wholesome form. And they, being self-intelligent, got prompted to regain their wholesome form, which put them into random mutation. The progressive evolution that followed culminated in the manifest plural world.

To sum up, the imperfection caused at the primordial-source, is what led to the creation of the manifest world. No wonders, we too, are born imperfect, as the cause has to find its imprint in the manifest. And for this very reason, we carry the inherent urge to evolve further and gain perfection. It is pertinent to note here till the emergence of human beings, the evolution process went ahead involuntarily. For, the field players strictly followed the divine design underlying their dynamism, as they did not enjoy any scope to make a choice. The humans, on the contrary, can carry on the evolution process through conscious efforts only. For, they are empowered to exercise their choice.

Those who consciously work upon their imperfections, they evolve spiritually, intellectually and otherwise. And that, in turn, empowers them better even in their usual creative pursuits. The process, however, is not easy. For, they have to contend with challenges coming in the way, and but for which, one would not become aware of realities of life so as to move beyond their limitations. Evidently, those who take on their challenges in a positive spirit are able to prove their mettle in the fields they engage themselves. The majority, however, do not take on the challenges ahead kindly, and so, they invite stress and end up left behind in the run of life.

A case in point is that of someone, whose chart very clearly points to a life full of struggles, as would the Sun, though exalted, but locked in adverse formation to its planet of limitation Saturn imply. The Sun is not well aligned to Moon and Jupiter either, which implies that the person was due for serious emotional crisis and dilemma. Also, being driven by a strong value system, the person would excite ego of people in high position to invite their wrath, and more so, because, Mars, and its dire enemy, Saturn share the same sign.

Looking at the alignment of the Sun and Saturn, it comes out that the person would be subject to series of crisis till late forties, and so it happened. Nevertheless, the person’s growth story still continued despite all odds coming in the way. How?

The reason, plain and simple, was that the person drew lessons out of all challenges, kept the efforts on to improve performing-self, and dwelt more on the positives. Consequently, the person mindfully turned all negatives into positive. Fortunately, the positives too, were no less. Exalted Sun in the 6th house identified with success in efforts and over the adversaries, well aligned to Mars, and incidentally the lagna as well as 6th lord, made the person a born fighter. Exalted Jupiter in the ninth house marked with higher mind, conjunct the sign lord Moon, even otherwise natural mind-signifying planet, pointed to a fertile mind with vision, foresight, imagination, strong value-system, a large heart, and positive mindset. The lagna as well as 10th sub-lord Venus in the 5th house, occupies the lunar constellation of spiritually ordained Ketu in the 2nd house, and that too, well aligned to psychic Neptune as well as intellectually ordained Uranus. That brought in creative abilities of a very high order. And to top it all was strong seed of spirituality ingrained within, as would strong connect of the lagna, 5th and 9th house imply.

What comes out of the above story is that should you conduct mindfully, one could overcome all hurdles and coming in the way and emerge the victor.


7th Dec

Time, the Measure of Life

From discussion in the two previous issues, it comes out that a continuum exists all through the run of time. For, the seed planted at a particular moment is what evolves into a fully grown fruit bearing tree in the emerging time. Evidently then, how life stands out at the moment, has to be culmination of how it has been laid down thus far, and which carry in seed-form, the essence of how life is expected to flow in the emerging times. The future course could thus be charted out with a fair amount of precision through a look at the run of time.

In Indian Astrology, different measures of progression of time have been contextually stipulated, which when put to use simultaneously helps arrive at timing of event within a very short range. We will see how they are applied in practical terms in course of analysis of the chart under consideration.

In 2005, a cabinet minister from one of the north-eastern states came asking: Shall I become the Chief Minister of my state and if so, by when? The answer was in positive, but asked to wait for another 5 years.

To arrive at the above conclusion, first, a reality check was done whether he qualified for the position in astrological reckoning. In the first place, career potential signifying 10th house enjoyed aspect of karmic Saturn, incidentally the sign lord, as well as benevolent Jupiter. Second, Jupiter, the 10th cusp sub-lord, is in retrograde motion in the 5th house, identified with karmic carry over from the past. Third, Jupiter occupies the lunar constellation of the 5th lord, the Sun in exaltation in the 11th house identified with fulfilment of desires. Fourth, Jupiter through its retrograde motion implies carrying on the influence of 4th house (said to be simhasanasthana – the seat of power). All put together made him worthy of the position.

Now, to figure out the time conducive to fruition of his desires, various modes of progression were checked and a synthetic view taken. Progressed Sun was in applying opposition to its planet of limitation, Saturn, implying that the opposition will not allow him making to his dream destination. It may not be out of place to mention here that in astrological parlance, the Sun, is the signifying planet of the ruler. It is only when the progressed Sun marches ahead by 5 degrees in next 5 years to come out of Saturn’s ambit, when his chances may gain ground.

This way the decks would be cleared for fruition of his cherished desires by 2010. For further ratification and fine tuning the probable time-slot favourable to his ambitions, let us look into other modes of progression – the dasha sequence and planetary alignments in transit. He was running Saturn antardasha in Ketu’s dasha till September 2010. Ketu being in the 12th house apparently denies him a good luck. But, by virtue of being placed in the constellation owned by the Sun in the 11th house, Ketu could grant success. The Saturn, on the contrary, though being the 10th lord looks favourable, but the fact that it occupies the constellation owned by Mercury posited in the 12th house plays to his detriment. The Mercury antardasha to follow, which remains in place till September 2011, may prove favourable. For, it occupies the lunar constellation of Moon, which being in the 6th house promises success over his adversaries. Fortunately for him the incumbent Chief Minister had an accidental death early May 2011, which paved the way to the high office.

Immediately after he was sworn in as the Chief Minister, his adversaries were keen to know how long he will continue. A quick look at the map of the heaven at the time of his swearing in revealed that within 6 months, transit Saturn shall be exactly opposite the longitude of Mars when he took oath of office. That itself was potent enough to pull the rug under his feat. It got further vetted by the implications of his natal chart as well. For, he would be running Venus antardasha in its own major period, which being combust not simply threatened fall from position, but did not sound good for his health. And so no wonder, he could not complete 6 months in office. And, he left for heavenly abode this week, before Venus-Venus period ends. See how the run of time mapped out his future course. But before I conclude, I wish and pray that his soul rests in peace.

30th Nov

Time, the Cosmic Driver

To sum up the discussion in the previous issue, it comes out that all existences live or inert, are at sub-atomic level, energy formations with their energy-constituents all sourced to nature. Based on this scientific perception, it will not be unfair to hypothesise that be it earth-formation or different species, each would be marked with a particular energy-spectrum. And the existences with varied appearances within a class would be marked with variations within the frame of a particular energy-spectrum. It is something like ‘Isomers,’ where different chemicals having similar chemical composition, reflect varying characteristic features, simply because their electronic-configuration vary. .

It is to be noted here that modern physics has already established that every point in the space remains in intimate and immediate connect with the rest, as would the theory of non-location imply. Ostensibly then, any change in the energy dynamics of nature – read through varying planetary alignments - shall excite all energy formations on the earth, including the earth itself, according as every existence is inherently framed. It is, therefore, no surprise that following unholy alliance amongst energy providers in the cosmos at a particular point of time often leads to unusual weather changes. Even the earth structure could suddenly go for a toss with turbulent eventualities such as earthquake and cyclone. .

The beauty of nature’s design is that it always forewarns you various ways before any natural calamity. It is now for us to pick up the signals and decipher their implications. So it happened before Tsunami catastrophe in December 2004 that took more than 230,000 lives belonging to 14 different countries. The chart drawn for lunar eclipse that took place in the wee hours of May 5th 2004, clearly pointed to nature’s fury playing havoc with us. As already discussed in the opening issue of the year 2005, Capricorn sign was rising when the eclipse began. The eclipse happened on 4th-10th axis, with the Sun and Moon in unholy alliance with mischievous Neptune, which was coincidently, bang on the meridian degree of India’s Independence chart. This, when read together with lagna lord Saturn conjunct its dire enemy the fiery Mars was enough to be prepared for some unforeseen eventuality of serious dimension. And it happened when Moon touched upon Mars-Saturn positioning in the eclipse chart on a full Moon day. .

Astrology apart, small red fishes, usually found close to sea bed, were noticed surfing the upper layer of sea, pointing to serious turbulence at the sea bed level. Whenever such fishes are spotted at the upper layer, it is followed by cyclone in near future. Even that was ignored by so called science obsessed ignorant. There is nothing like disaster in nature’s game plan. But periodic release of energies trapped could, however, cause havoc. But nature always forewarns you so as to move to safer zones during such times.

The change in nature’s energy dynamics does also affect our individual and collective consciousness, based on which we could foresee with a fair amount of precision, change in our polity. In 2004, with ‘India Shining’ slogan doing its rounds, media, and even majority of astrologers, had predicted that NDA will come back to power with greater strength. But the reverse had to follow, as was predicted in the opening issue of 2004, which earned the editor’s commendation in his review. For, common masses signifying Saturn in transit was adverse to natal Sun in India’s Independence chart. The Sun in mundane astrology signifies the ruler (government in power in the present context). Once again transit Saturn extended its adverse aspect to natal Sun, this year, which pointed to fall of UPA government paving the way for return of Narendra Modi led NDA.

In July 2002, lone member of opposition form a North Eastern state came asking whether he had any chance for becoming the Chief Minister again. He was not aware of his birth particulars and so a horary chart was drawn. Moon was found rising in the 10th house indicative of fulfilment of his desire. He engineered a coup in the ruling party to become Chief Minister in August 2003 as predicted when both Saturn and Jupiter together extended support to the 10th house and Moon of the horary chart. Similarly his fall in 2007 and his replacement within a fortnight, was predicted on the strength of horary chart done for the new incumbent. Many such successful predictions have been pointing to change in polity.

The above astrological references bear testimony to the fact that ‘time is the administering tool of the divine.’


23rd Nov

Astrology, the Human Resource Development Tool

Time is said to be the administering tool of the Divine. For, it serves as a measure of the varying dynamics of energy-flux excited by nature every moment. Be it known that all units of time in the Indian frame – both on micro and macro terms – are scaled either in correspondence with relative motion of the Sun and Moon, or the periodic motion of astronomical referral point of significance. It is not just a measure of space as would apply to the concept of time in popular use. .

Remember, the planetary bodies are not to be seen just as a physical entities moving in the cosmos. They are rather markers identified with energy stream flowing through a region with a particular planet in focus. In a way, they, as divine agents, are energy providers operating from the front. And these planetary bodies are ever on the move with the Sun in the centre, following their respective trajectories at their own exclusive speed. Simultaneously, they also maintain relativity amongst them all through their run, as if they would be a family moving in perfect coordination with each other. The earth, too, where we are stationed, does keep spinning at a great speed. As a consequence, energy-flux made available to earth by nature every moment keeps varying widely. And, time being a co-runner with these divine energy-balls, would give a measure of the changing pattern of nature-driven energy. .

Here again, it needs to be remembered that nature-driven energy-mix holds the key to all aspects of our dynamic existence – both seen and unseen sides. Evidently then, any change in status of nature-driven energies, its echoes shall reverberate all across, influencing all aspects of our life cycle. .

It is interesting to note here that the unlike the Gregorian calendar, which is premised on fixed abstract coordinates, Indian calendar system’s base line too is dynamic. For, it is set to the astronomical referral points, which again are ever on the run. As a consequence Indian calendar’s dates remain off the Gregorian calendar’s date, ranging from 10 to 20 days in a year. This way, the Indian calendar system remains in perfect sync with nature’s varying dynamics. It is therefore, no surprise that our calendar system is able to encompass our weather cycle as well with a fair amount of precision. .

Now, coming to life cycle of human beings, remember, every being marked with a solid body-frame in apparent terms, remains at the sub-atomic level, nothing but a web of pulsating energy patterns, all sourced to nature. They are so interwoven into an inter-dependant mechanism that no individual component has a reality, independent of totality, included in which is the observer. Naturally then, any reverberations in the cosmos has to have its related bearing on the energy construct of a being, and thereby their run of life. .

Also remember that time, frames the basis on which varying dynamics of nature’s energy orchestra is measured. For, in the first place, time itself came into play when the creation chain was set into motion, and has been marching ahead unabated ever since. Second, there remains continuum all through the run of time. What exists at the moment is nothing but culmination of what got initiated earlier, and the seed planted in the present moment is the one, on which the future course is premised. The run of time, thus, keeps in store a track record of the Karmic-cycle which drives through our ongoing life. .

This is the platform on which Astrology as a discipline is premised. In this scheme of things, an astrological chart is nothing but energy mapping of the cosmos at particular point of time – be it the moment one is born, or when a specific question is taken up for consideration. And that presents a tentative picture of how our ongoing life would be programmed, and with a fair amount of precision. .

This is not to suggest that we are fully bound by the implications of varying dynamics of planetary radiations. They do, however, present a general trend of how inherently our minds are individually framed; the desire trends we nurse; and the habits and attitudes we carry. And that defines how we would normally respond to the varying energy-dynamics of nature. That, however, can be very well redefined through conscious efforts. For, we are also endowed with power of freewill, which grants us with the privilege to guide our actions by choice and discrimination. Astrology, could thus, prove a very effective diagnostic tool for human resource development. .


16th Nov

Live Naturally in the Present

In the ancient India’s Guru-Shishya prampara (Teacher-taught tradition), a student who came for higher learning, was first put to a preparatory course for a year before the actual teaching began. The purpose was to free the disciple’s mind of all preconditioning whatsoever, expand their vision, and sharpen their intelligence. Prepared thus, it would be possible to get to the true essence of the subject matter of study. For, otherwise, the danger is that with a restricted vision, one may get miscarried.

So it happened with a lady when she misread the import of “Many masters many lives,” a work by Dr. Bryan Weiss, which deals with past birth connections. Following that she has been unsuccessfully hunting for her soul-mate, with whom alone, she wishes to get married. She has picked up a peculiar belief thereafter, as would appear from her query: “I feel you are the best human to help me reach and recognize my soul-mate … my only ambition in life as long as I can remember has been to be married… and do something worthwhile under his loving guidance. I now wish to be a fulfilled person/soul…so I can find the almighty’s company when I leave this world.” As a consequence, she has already reached her mid-fifties, and has yet not been able to spot her soul-mate, and so remains unmarried. Meanwhile, she has a good offer in hand, but instead of carrying it forward, she wishes to confirm whether he is the soul-mate.

Looking at this strange call, I recall a story in Poorva bhaga of Mahabharat. There used to be a king named Raivat, who having failed to find a prince suited for marrying his daughter Revati, set out for Brahma-Loka seeking Lord Brahma’s guidance. Lord Brahma just went wild with his laughter when the king made Him aware of the intent of his visit. “O dear king, why the hell did you stray beyond your natural time-space dimension? Are you aware that for a couple of minutes you had to wait before being granted audience, ages have gone by at your plane of living, and the time you took making it to Brahma-Loka, your dynasty’s rule has become a history by now,” reacted Lord Brahma.

The lady in question too, seems to have been stuck to a different time-dimension - the past, which remains nothing more than history to recount. For, when asked: “What do you mean by a soul-mate?” “It has to be someone who would have been my love-mate in the past life. And purposely so, because, it is only in company with my soul-mate that it would be possible to carry forward unfinished task from the past to their logical end, so as to end up a fulfilled person,” she responded.

Dear lady, what we term as ‘the Soul’, is nothing but the Universal force of consciousness – the incorruptible and unpolluted power house, which being equally available to all, grants them with their dynamic existence. And since the force of consciousness available to all is one and the same, it leaves no scope for any distinction and so there is no question of finding a soul-mate as such. What, of course, is desirable is to look for someone who may be mentally and otherwise compatible.

Further, be it known that the divine gift in the form of ‘force of consciousness’ is what holds the key to your dynamic existence with name and form during this life, and even beyond. All that is, however, needed is to acknowledge the divine presence; try to raise your level of consciousness so as to be one with that in sense and spirit. That, however, would not be forthcoming, unless you get rid of your past-samskara that has been deluding you so far, by subjecting to spiritual process under the guidance of a proven Guru. The past samskara could have been very well figured out through astrological pointers for necessary corrections.

The astrological markers are: Mind-signifying Moon conjunct its planet of limitation Saturn; and both placed adverse to mischievous Neptune as well as volatile Uranus. That, in the first place, makes her a self-deluding day-dreamer living in the realm of unrealities. Second, it accounts for her illogical reasoning and unpredictable mood-swings. Third, she may not acknowledge truth in its first appearance, and rather try to escape its ambit on hope against hope, till being pushed to the wall. I wish that she makes necessary amends even now. For, she has still a long way to traverse.


9th Nov

Evil Conduct Never Pays

Bare bodied you come out of mother’s womb, and so are you cremated when life-forces make an exit from your body, leaving it dead. In fact, you leave behind everything – all your belongings, for which, you must have desired, schemed, and tirelessly worked to earn them, during your live existence. Even your physical body does not go with you. What life-forces carry along is the record of all your good and bad doings, the experiences had, and learning.

What, however, persists in people’s memory even after you lose your live existence with a particular body-frame and name, is the imprint of how you would have engaged yourself with the world. Should you be credited with serving the society well in whatever ways, you remain live in people’s memory for ever, as it happens with legends. The ordinary mortals just fade away from the memory of their near and dear ones over a period of time. People feel relieved when bad names leave this world, and consciously erase them from their memory.

The memory impressions that life-forces carry along, set the premise on which its next ‘body pick up’ gets involuntarily programmed to conduct. In this scheme of things, for whatever good or bad you do in one life, accordingly, you are to reap the consequences there of in your next life that comes in succession. But much before that, even in the present life, you have to bear with the consequences of how you engage yourself with the world around. This is how the ‘law of Karma’ runs, and which define the course of life, both in micro and macro terms.

There may not exist, any direct evidence in physical domain in support of Ancient Indian Philosophy’s above perception. Empirical evidences, however, very clearly establish its worthiness. Towards the last quarter of 20th century, Dr. Bryan Weiss, a scientifically trained psychiatrist, During the late 20th century, Dr. Bryan Weiss, using hypnotherapy technique, developed the process of “Past Life Regression”, applying which, he has been able to establish a definite connect between past life memories and the behavioural pattern during the ongoing life. Backed by established data, Dr. Brian, though born as a Christian, had to acknowledge the relevance of the theory of reincarnation, in contrast to his earlier belief. Even organised case study of those who are able to recall past birth memories, connect has been established.

In the above backdrop, from a commoner’s point of view, a counter question throws further light on the question: “How is it that twins enjoying, same parentage, and having undergone similar grooming, behave differently?” Evidently, there has to be some invisible factor playing its part. Where does this come from? Does it happen by accident? Empirically, it again points to past birth connect.

Here in India, a good number of people are academically aware of this truth of life. And yet, most of us seldom care to engage with the world righteously and judiciously. We rather prefer to go by our egotistical perception, which, in the first place, narrows down our vision. As a consequence, we loose track of the truths underlying seeming realities. Second, being caught up in the binds of tempting influences of the seeming world, we try to play all tricks in our hand to reach out our fancied objective ends. And we do not care for other’s concerns and sensibilities, and with obvious consequences, individually and collectively.

A case in point is that of a very intelligent lady but a scheming type, high on ego, and stuck to her self-delusions. She spotted a highly placed young man, trapped him in her fold in a schematic manner, and forced him into marriage. Having settled into marriage, she unsuccessfully tried to distance her spouse from all his near and dear ones so as to exercise full control over his riches. His partner was not prepared to dance to her tunes. When her game plan failed, she thrust a case of dowry harassment on him seeking fat alimony. But somehow her evil-deeds got exposed, and the lady is in serious trouble now.

Look at her astrological pointers. Mischievous Neptune well ordained to mind-indicator Moon, but placed adverse to Karmic Saturn pointed to she being self-centric schemer stuck her self-delusions. Fiery Mars placed adverse to the Sun and Jupiter pointed to her inflated ego, impulsive, argumentative and quarrelsome nature. Venus placed adverse to Uranus and Neptune pointed to her evil design for acquiring quick riches, as well as her low morality. And the result is there to see.


2nd Nov

Festivity Reveals Truth

Chhath festivity, dedicated to the Sun, is in full swing here at Patna, the state capital of Bihar, when this piece is being scripted. The atmosphere here is reverberating in full decibel with folk songs marked for the occasion, potent enough to marginalise any other sound till far and wide. What is, however, most striking about is the level of reverence and the awe that this festivity brings in, which is really unbelievable. For, all house holders, who otherwise keep throwing litters at their will all across, and spit anywhere to their asking, I saw all of them voluntarily cleaning road in front of their houses themselves. As a consequence, all roads leading the Ganges ghaats have become neat and clean. I wish, the gentry in Patna remain as much hygiene conscious all through the year, as during the Chhath festival, and they will enjoy a healthy life.

In Indian tradition, we have symbolized all such forces and factors vital to our life-mechanism, and assigned a date with all of them in our annual calendar. Following this script, the Sun has been accorded great importance in this part of the country. For, the Sun being the prime mover of the energy-orchestra driving the cosmos and thereby life-mechanism, it holds the key to all aspects of life cycle – creation, sustenance, recycling, and also the run of time. And look at the timing. The festival is held at a time when the Sun has just come out of its debility and has begun progressively advancing towards its zenith during its annual sojourn.

The devout, standing in a water-body, first offer prayers to the setting Sun and then to the rising Sun, the following morning. The never ending two successive phases of dark night and lighted day, coming as they may in course of daily run of the Sun, are paid attention in equal measure. Water-body here is taken as the basis of dynamic life with name and form. For, but for water, there would be no form-life.

In the Indian tradition, darkness is never taken negatively, as the dark night is necessarily followed by rise of the Sun. And remember, dark night provides us with the opportunity to relax and recharge our vitals, which enables us to attend to the callings of the day time in all strength and vigour. It is in the dark region inside the confines of a seed, where lies the essence of even large trees. Here again, it is in the utter darkness under the earth where seeds are nurtured for them to gain the ground necessary to first sprout out in open and then progressively evolve into a fully grown fruit bearing tree. Again, the seeds available from a ripe fruit born by tree generate new trees.

In the same light, human life too, follows a never ending cycle of live existence to death and then to reincarnation in succession. Going by Indian perception, there is nothing like death. What apparently looks like the end of life is actually an opportunity for the individualised souls to shed emaciated and incapacitated bodies and acquire fresh body-frame bounding with energy. To sum up, the journey of life keeps marching ahead unabated, changing body frame-frame the way one changes one’s garb at periodic interval.

True, the concept of reincarnation may look just a blind belief for those subscribing to the philosophies that believe in only one life. Even, the self-acclaimed rationalists may feel pleasure in ridiculing the concept. But an insight into the genesis of creation would reveal that even if the concept cannot be backed by perceptible evidence in physical domain, it cannot be termed unscientific either. For, both Indian philosophy and science agree that the existent plural world with form and name is nothing but manifestation of energy streams excited by nature. To quote here an Australian Physicist Paul Davies: “To a naïve, realist universe is a collection of objects. To a quantum physicist, it is an inseparable web of vibrating energy patterns in which no individual component has a reality independent of the totality, included in that entirety is the observer.” And we all know that energy cannot be obliterated, it just changes forms. Obviously then, a being whose existence at the subtle plane, is rooted in the nature driven energy mechanism, could change form.

It has been my good luck that Chhath festivity coincides with the irreparable loss of my beloved father. For, the above thoughts it triggered, is what helped me reconcile to the truth of life.


26th Oct

Follow Nature’s Cycle

Diwali, the festival of light, would be over by the time this piece appears. Moon would have got into waxing mode, progressively becoming brighter and brighter every successive day, symbolically pointing to emergence of promising days ahead, full of hopes and aspirations. And preparations would be on for the ensuing Chatth festival (celebrated in Bihar and adjoining areas) when the devout will offer their prayers to the Sun, the prime source of life and light - first to the setting Sun and then rising Sun the following morning.

Look at the timing of this annual festivity. It is celebrated when the wheel of time strikes the darkest day of the year. For, the Sun - the prime source of light – reaches the farthest end from this part of the globe at this hour, as it reaches the extreme end of western horizon through its southerly course. And we are located towards the eastern horizon in the northern hemisphere. Naturally, the solar intensity available here reaches its bottommost low. Evidently then, it turns out to be the darkest night when the Sun elopes the Moon, which is otherwise supposed to enlighten the night sky.

Instead of fearing the eerie darkness of the night, the whole of India responds positively and turns it into a happy occasion. It is in this spirit that people illuminate the environment with dancing flames of earthen lamps or candles, all beautifully laid down in an orderly fashion.

For, ancient India’s learned masters had realised quite early that life forces vital to our dynamic existence remain veiled in the confines of darkness. And that the life forces need to be regurgitated at regular periodic interval for nature to maintain its productive potential. It is in this spirit that even the Sun and Moon join hand.

So, what apparently looks like the Moon coming under limitation is actually purported to recharge nature’s energy orchestra afresh through the union of the two luminaries.

Remember, the essence of even a huge tree remains veiled in its seed. The seeds again need to be charged afresh by life forces veiled in the blinding darkness underneath the earth mass, for it to first sprout and then progressively turn into a fully grown fruit bearing tree. This way, from the seed to tree and back, the cycle of life keeps incessantly going on in succession. Even in our day-to-day life, we need to relax and invoke the indwelling spirit every night to recharge our body’s vitals, so as to take on the callings of following day in all strength and vigour. So runs nature’s design in macro and micro terms.

Our ancient elders were also aware that life moves in correspondence with the nature’s cycle. Accordingly, as would nature recharge its energy orchestra around Diwali, so do we too need to gather up all our strengths, and raise our work-spirit so that we are able to prove true to the callings of the emerging time. And all the more because the overall environmental energy level and thereby on individual scale level remains relatively low at this hour. Otherwise, we will be left behind in the run of time.

This exercise becomes all the more necessary, because here after the Sun would be progressively marching towards its zenith, the eastern horizon, exciting a new productivity cycle. With the raised energy level in the process, it becomes possible to withstand the implication of weather transition happening at this hour as well.

It is in this spirit that we clear off all the muck gathered at our homes and work place during the preceding year, and give the place a facelift to create a good ambience. In the same spirit we also need to clear off the mental baggage of the past to create fresh mind space, draw lessons out of experiences had, so as to come out with our intelligent best.

Further to rekindle our faith, majority of the Hindus pay their obeisance to Mother Goddess Laxmi - perceived as the custodian of productivity and thereby wealth and prosperity – seeking Thy boon. For, the focus remains on productive aspirations.

Towards the eastern end of the country, however, the occasion is marked with worship of Mother Goddess Kaali, identified with immanent consciousness instead. And so, She is believed to hold the key to all aspects of the manifest dynamic world - creation, sustenance, and recycling. This force, when withdrawn, there would be no life, and therefore, She is said to be the beholder of Kaala (time) as well.


19th Oct

Shape the Mind, Be In Control

We all wish to be in control of things especially in terms of our desires and the way those around would respond. But is it within our scope?

In apparent terms, it does not seem feasible. For, experience suggests that not all our desires get fulfilled. Also, it is not possible for all those around to be in agreement with you, as every individual will perceive things one’s way, the way their minds are inherently framed.

So no wonder that the control-freaks have to often go through difficult times when things do not move on expected lines. For, they get so hassled that they lose all sense of reasons, which often let them mindlessly put the blame on others for their failings rather than looking into one’s own infirmities. In the process, they unnecessarily take cudgels with those around, and with obvious consequences.

Having said that, let me make it clear that it is very much possible to be in control of things provided one tries to shape the mind to unfold full mental potential. For, then, their faculty of discriminate intelligence would be dispassionately driving their minds. That, in the first place will keep them alive to the overall design parameters driving our lives. Remember, a driver has to be fully conversant with the mechanism of the car he/she steers. Second, they will look at things with an open mind without any preconditioning whatsoever. So, they will be able to perceive things in right perspective and shall be able to visualise the probable impediments too in the way. Accordingly, they may articulate their moves intelligently. Third, they will be able to relate well to those around to elicit their due support. For, they would know that in an interdependent collective living, unless duly supported by the concerned people, they cannot carry forward their wish to success.

The irony, however, is that our fragile mind incessantly engaged in breeding fresh thoughts and attending to one’s self-centric desires blind-folded, would not offer space for the rational mind to come into full play. Also, one’s mind has to deal with matters of immediate concerns and also attend to what draws their immediate attention. They have to contend with the happenings beyond their control that are potent enough to evoke your egos and emotions, which may further drive you crazy. The paradox is that with such a predicament of mind, they are usually not open to listening or counsel either. Evidently, with such an over-taxed mind, it becomes difficult to reason out one’s moves. And, if ever, such people jump into action either driven by emotions or ego, which they are usually prone to, they have to bear with the consequences thereof for long, with not much of scope for immediate reprieve. What is the way out then?

Self-reflect upon one’s inherent mind-trends, identify the infirmities and then take necessary corrective initiatives within time. It is easier said than done. Here comes the role of spirituality, which could prove an effective tool in getting rid of hardened habits. Or else, seek help from a proven counsellor. In this respect, Astrology serves as a very effective diagnostic tool. For, it can dispassionately see through the basic fabric of one’s mental makeup.

A case in point is that of a very intelligent young man for whom “My way is the only way.” He fell for the beauty of a young girl and then played all tricks in his hands to get her. All the advice and counsel of his elders and even his friends to check upon whether their chemistry would work fell flat on him. He even mistook the girl’s idiosyncrasies as a reflection of her romantic nature. But all his love-frenzy had to take an unpleasant retreat within a week of marriage when he realised that his partner was a schizophrenic who refuses any medical intervention. Consequently, he and his family are having a harrowing time for the last couple of years. Look at the man’s astrological pointers.

Lagna lord Mars conjunct Jupiter, placed adverse to Saturn, read together with the lagna, the Sun and Moon occupying fixed signs, points to his stubbornness, inflated ego stuck to self-defined dos and don’ts not open to any advice or counsel. Also, he would be temperamental, impatient, suspicious, aggressive, and even revengeful. Mercury placed opposite Neptune reflects his impaired reasoning and judgment. The Sun placed adverse to Venus speaks of his volatile emotionality. The positives too are many-fold, but they stand compromised under the spell of his hardened habits.


12th Oct

Marital Matching Reflects Mental Compatibility

A young girl and boy got attracted towards each other. Having been in relationship for a while, they decided to get married. But the boy’s parents do not agree, because their charts do not match.

The love mates, however, are keen to get married, but do not wish hurt their parents either. The girl’s parents too are keen to make it happen so as to get relieved of their obligation as soon as possible. So, the girl’s side is looking for a way out by which the boy’s parent’s stand could be softened.

The girl’s representative accordingly came with a straight question: “Can you offer some technical grounds that allow making exception to the mismatch in their charts? Alternately, could you suggest some remedial measure to ward off the implications of mismatch?”

“What would be the fate of a relationship which is premised on a weak footing?” I asked the questioner. “To that he referred to Amitabh Bachan having got puja done to counter the evil influence of chart mismatch before his son Abhishek Bachan married Ashwairya Rai. Why can’t a similar puja be done in this case?"

My simple response was that “those conversant with the founding principles of Astrology will not be impressed by what a celebrity does, and would be rather guided by the basic canons of the discipline. There is no sense in debating over the tokenism exercised by the Bachans, as it remains their exclusive privilege. If one has faith in the system, he/she should be particular about seeking guidance from a proven astrologer. For, advice offered by half-knowing pundits could be simply misleading. Such decisions have long term bearing on the couple’s life, and therefore, you can’t afford to go about casually in such matter.

Or else, stand up to your own discretionary power. In any case, finally, you have to take the call. Even here in India, not many subscribe to marriage matching, and yet, not all such marriages break. I am afraid any attempt to subvert the basic principles in a bid to project being true to both, is simply fraught with danger.”

To make things clear, a brief look into the driving principles of the matching process becomes imperative, so as to understand it’s worth. It is a two stage process to explore the expected level of compatibility of the two, and based on valid reason. First, a look into the positioning of mind-signifying Moon in the two charts offers clue to the inherent mind-trends of the prospective couple. This prima-facie presents a picture how compatible they would be. And finally, detailed reading into personality-traits of the two brings forth inherent trends of their desire, habits and attitudes. This study offers a clear insight into how the two would react and respond to each other or remain supportive of each other in day-to-day life, overriding each other’s individual limitations.

Remember, mind drives a being, and therefore, compatibility of the prospective partners becomes subject to how their minds are inherently framed. Evidently then, the evil influences of compatibility mismatch could be countered only by such remedial measure as would help address their mental-infirmities, which does not seem possible through any belief driven puja.

Well, it is but natural for young boys and girls to get drawn towards each other. And they are within their right to make their own choice. The problem, however, here in India is that unlike the west, young boys and girls in their love frenzy, do not allow time and space to explore each other’s basal tendencies with an open mind. In the process, the frailties of the other side often get ignored. It is only when they settle down into marriage that eventually their true nature come into full play. For, thereafter, they begin to take each other for granted. But by that time it becomes too late.

Let us now look at the common denominating factors that make their marital happiness and stability questionable. Moon matching scores 12 counts out of a total of 36. In the personality assessment, the prime mover the Sun in the two charts, cross path with the limiting Saturn, pointing to a habitually grudging, grumbling, negative and a suspicious mind-set. Moon of the two placed adverse to Uranus grants them with a mercurial temperament, carrying the tendency to contest each other on every count, and habitually defiant of conventional wisdom. No further exploration is needed to figure out the possible fate of their marital life.


5th Oct

Keep Your Mind in Shape

We all begin life with a sense of freedom ingrained in our minds, which involuntary brings in the urge to live on one’s own exclusive terms. The same would be true about all others. And the fact that each being is born unique exhibiting varying mind and desire trends, conflict of interest becomes inevitable. Evidently, life does not necessarily move to one’s asking. And yet we wish to have a smooth run of life in all comforts. How?

It will be possible only when we know how to relate well to the world around, transgressing all individual limitations. For, none of us is born competent enough to meet one’s existential and aspirational needs all by oneself. Naturally that calls for due support from the collective existence. That, however, would not be possible unless we appreciate other’s sensibilities and concerns as much as our individual urges.

That calls for conducting appropriately in life, the stage for which is set by our minds. For, mind drives all conducts on our part. What we do in real terms are first visualized and articulated in our minds before being put into action. It needs no elaboration that if ever our minds fail to visualize our initiatives and responses in the right perspective, we will pick up inappropriate leads, and with obvious implications. We, therefore, need to keep our minds in proper shape, so as to come out with our optimum best.

Remember, mind has its own chemistry quite in contrast with our physical-self. So far as our physical working is concerned, the more of efforts, better would be the results. On the contrary, more relaxed the mind is, more realistic, creative and productive it becomes. For, it then spontaneously comes out with its intelligent best. Thought process then remains easy, simple, free from any preconditioning whatsoever, and worth dispassionately picking up the most appropriate leads.

The paradox, however, is that invariably we all are driven by a complex thought process, which complicates what could have been otherwise solved in a simple way. As a consequence, we keep moving in circles with no end result in sight, often loading ourselves with self-created problems. The reason: Our preconditioned mind, coming as it may as a carryover from the past, narrows down our vision. Naturally, what remains outside the precincts of our self-believe world, goes unnoticed. Ostensibly, truth often goes ignored, and with obvious consequences.

It, therefore, becomes incumbent upon us to watch our mind-trends, identify and acknowledge the loose ends, and then fix them. The irony is that our ego often does not allow us to reach out the inner realm of mind to dispassionately figure out our infirmities. Here, astrology can offer the right lead, for it knows no bias.

Let us now see how the complex thought process of an otherwise well-educated man has been responsible for vitiating his marital life. He, instead of creating congenial ground for happy marital life by addressing his own habit tendencies, has been unsuccessfully playing all tricks in his hand to tame his better half. The most interesting part of this man is that he himself has a fair knowledge of astrology. But instead of trying to figure out the real reason behind his problem, he is busy identifying the right time-slot that would be suited to tame his partner. Let us now look at the man’s astrological pointers.

The Sun is placed adverse to the planet of limitation Saturn, Uranus, mind-signifying Moon, emotionally-oriented Venus, and wisdom-indicator Jupiter. The implication is that he has a conditioned mind, stuck to his self-defined whims and fancies. He has a negative mindset that habitually keeps grudging and grumbling and finding fault of others, and would not care for other’s sensibilities and concerns. He has a swaggering ego, not open to listening and counsel. He is judgmental, temperamental, and unconventional, someone who defies established societal norms at will as a matter of right. He is emotionally volatile. He is too much touchy and sensitive, and gets stuck even over trivial issues, which he stretches for long, beyond their due. Moon in the sign Cancer, placed opposite Venus accounts for his unpredictable mood-swings. On top of that the intelligence signifying Mercury is conjunct headless Ketu, and also placed adverse to Mars. That accounts for his restless mind, which makes him mindlessly chase his make-believe fictional ideas. And the result is there for all to see. I wish he wakes up even now and tries to expand his vision; his life will turn into a pleasant experience.


28th Sept

Astrology Reads Minds

Time is said to be the administering tool of the divine. For, it reflects the varying dynamics of energy-flux excited by nature every successive moment, all through its run. And all aspects of our dynamic existence are rooted in the nature-driven energies. Both ancient Indian philosophy and the modern physics agree on one point: that it is through the play and interplay of nature-driven energies that the whole existential order has come into being.

In fact, a being with a solid perceptible frame, when seen at sub-atomic level, is nothing but a web of vibrating energy patterns, all primarily sourced to nature. These energy patterns are so interwoven into an interdependent mechanism that no individual component has a reality independent of the totality. And together they make out a being with form and name. Obviously therefore, there remains energy connect between a being and the cosmos.

Now coming back to Indian perception of time, to which the discipline of Astrology subscribes, all units of time are primarily scaled to the periodic motion of the Sun and Moon. The macro frame -the concept of Yuga - however, runs in correspondence with the precision of equinoxes, an established astronomical phenomenon. It is pertinent to note here that the Sun, Moon, and other planets should not be seen just as physical objects moving in the cosmos. They are markers, each identified with energy streams routed through a region marked with a particular planet in focus. The energy sources include the one excited or reflected by the planets and their respective Moons, as also the ones coming from far off stellar bodies.

The planets are in continued motion traversing their respective trajectories around the Sun at their exclusive speeds, always maintaining relativity amongst them, as if they would be a family. Now seen with reference to earth, which itself spins on its axis at a great speed, the energy-flux excited by nature would vary widely every moment. And because of the connect between cosmos and the earthly bodies, any change in nature’s energy dynamics shall have relating bearing on the energy-frame up of a being, with obvious implications in terms of one’s mind trends and thereby conduct.

Now coming back to the implications of time, remember, there remains a continuum all through its run. For, the ground set at a particular moment is what sets the ball rolling for the next moment. So no wonders that the when the scientists focus the telescope on far off galaxies, they are able to visualise the goings in the cosmos thousands of light years before hand through a study of energy spectrums observed.

Astrology is also based on the same premise. In fact, an astrological chart of a being is nothing but energy mapping of the cosmos at the time of one’s birth. The unique energy-construct of a being thus marked, offers clue to how one’s life would resonate to the progressive changes in nature’s energy dynamics in the emerging times.

But many people may not be aware of their exact time of birth. In such cases, horary system of Astrology is put to use. In this system, the planetary line-up at the moment of consultation is taken into consideration, which answers our questions with a fair amount of precision. For, as already explained above, the energy dynamics every moment being rooted in the past, shall have in store the imprints of legacy carried over from the past.

See how the horary chart reflects upon the mental predicament of an expatriate lady who was not aware of her time of birth. The lagna lord Moon is in a dual sign Virgo and conjunct the Sun, the two separated by 2 degrees. The lady seems to have gone through emotional turmoil two months back. And she is debating whether the decisions she has taken in her emotional hang are right. The lagna sub-lord Mars is in the 4th house marked with her place of abode. Mars occupies the lunar constellation of Saturn, which is posited in the Libra sign where the 3rd cusp falls. Libra being the 7th house of the natural zodiac is identified with relationship. Mars and Saturn happen to be natural foes in astrological reckoning. The implication is that the lady would have decided to relocate so as to be out of sight with her ex boy friend. The lady was astonished to find that a horary reading could reflect upon her state of mind with such precision. Astrology, in fact, knows no bounds.


21st Sept

Look Within to Unfold Best to Success

Six years back, a young man in his late thirties came seeking guidance in a state of desperation. Till the other day, he was doing fairly well as Project head of a leading company. However, when he left the job for his own entrepreneurial venture, he was not able to find any lead despite best of his efforts.

Having consumed a considerable sum out of his savings over a period of time, and yet not able to make any headway, he did not know how to go about. Having lost all hopes, he came asking: “How is it that when I was working for others, I could earn substantial profit for them, but when it came to my own venture, I have proved a failure so far?”

“Before I take up your question, first, be assured that this dismal phase of yours will pass. When darkness sets in with the fall of night, it is dispelled by the morning sunlight that follows. To find answer to your question, you better look within yourself,” I responded. “I did not get you sir,” the young man reacted. “To make things clear, please share with me the circumstances in which you left the job, and how you got interested in taking up your own venture”, I asked.

“One day I was roughed up for few lapses. That hurt me badly. I felt that for all the good work done for the company, I am never complimented. But for few silly lapses, I am being taken to task. I felt that if I could earn profit for others through my hard work and leadership skills why not get into a business venture myself and be my own master. And I quit,” the young man responded.

“So, caught up in your emotional hang, impulsively you gave up the job without applying proper forethought, and here you are. You failed to realize that it was not just your individual effort that made the projects you headed a success. You forgot that but for a thorough pre-check, detailed planning, resource mobilization, and infrastructure backup, the project would not have moved at all. Ignoring these ground realities, your ego made you jump into action on your instinctive presuppositions, and with obvious consequences,” I explained.

The question now is: what made the man conduct mindlessly? For, others put to similar situation may not behave in similar fashion. To get an answer, a look into inner realms of his mind becomes imperative. For, it is here that memory imprints carried over from the past are laid down, and which hold the key to one’s inherent outward conduct. What apparently seems to provoke a being is just a trigger that sets into motion what lies in seed-form within one’s mind. Astrology can serve as a very effective diagnostic tool to figure out what actually drives one’s mind from within. Let us now look at the astrological pointers of the man in question.

The Sun locked in adverse formation to Mars as well as Uranus, makes him temperamental, impulsive, self-willed, argumentative, tactless and at times even irrational. Moon in Aries makes him rash, brash, impulsive, aggressive. Also, he would wish to be always in the lead and not keen to play second fiddle to any. Such characters usually jump into action without applying proper forethought. It is only when they land into problem that perforce they have to do damage control.

Moon conjunct Saturn, and also placed adverse to restive Rahu, makes him vulnerable to get into a self-pitying mode if ever put to a situation not befitting his expectations. Unnecessary brooding and contemplation that follows unsettles his emotional-frame, and which in turn would cloud his sense of reasons. All these, when read together with Virgo lagna, brings in a sense of “I am the only right person syndrome”, which makes him underrate all others, even his seniors. Venus locked in adverse formation to mischievous Neptune makes him susceptible to incur losses on account of his own ill-conceived impulsive decisions. And the result is there to see.

The positives in him too were immense, potent enough to take him to great height. But all that got clouded when in his emotional surcharge the negatives overtook his mind’s drive. That made it incumbent upon him to address his flip side, for his potential side to play from the front. The man took the advice in all seriousness and religiously followed the process suggested. And today, to his merriment, he is able to intelligently steer through his moves with ease and comfort.


14th Sept

Focussed Attention – Prerequisite to Success

A couple of years back, two young men in a state of despair writ large on their face came asking for what lied in stock of their future. “Why do you look so gloomy?” I asked them. They said, “Sir, we are fresh medical graduates. And, since we have passed out from a foreign university, we have to clear off a mandatory qualifying examination, but for which we cannot work as a medical professional here in India. We feel drained out following three unsuccessful attempts. And now, either we seek a job in the country from where we passed out, or explore other professions after having invested so much of our valuable time in this discipline.”

“Gentlemen, you have so far put in physical efforts, but success calls for qualitative effort, which seems to be wanting in your case. Remember, you may grasp the subject of your study, but that by itself is not enough. The subject matter needs to get fully absorbed and retained, for it to be spontaneously available when needed. Only then you may be able to appropriately answer the questions asked at the examination, and within the time frame allowed. That calls for a focused study, which seems to be somehow lacking in you,” I told them. Very softly, they registered their dissent: “Sir, we have been quite focused, but probably our luck has not been playing to our side.”

“Young men, this is not my conjecture, your astrological pointers suggest so,” I replied. Remember, there may be so many things around. The eyes, however, will seize upon only such object over which mind directs attention. Again, the inner frame of mind may be incessantly breeding fresh thoughts, but only those, over which, the mind gravitates in accordance with one’s priority preferences, could be put to rightful use. Here again, remaining focused to one’s priorities, screening off the inconsequential inducements, would call for having enough of mind space needed for due discrimination.

The paradox, however, is that our fragile impressionable minds, prompted by umpteen indwelling inducements, randomly keep wandering from one thought to the other, like a monkey instinctively jumping from one branch of a tree to the other. These inducements may pertain to our indwelling desires, or even assumed thoughts, such as sense of fear or insecurity. In the process, we lose our focus. So, outwardly, you may be putting in your best. But meanwhile, the fractured inner frame of mind gets too much cluttered with impressions of inconsequential thoughts attended to so far. As a consequence, one is hardly left with the mind-space necessary to accommodate and retain the subject matter of study, and with obvious consequences.

Look at the astrological pointers of one of them. The Sun is locked in adverse formation to mischievous Neptune, restive Rahu, and mind-signifying Moon. This, when read together with Jupiter being ill-disposed off to Neptune, will in the first place, imply that he would be stuck to his self-defined beliefs, perceptions, and norms. Consequently, he may not be able to set his priorities right. Second, he may not be able to figure out his own frailties that would be playing spoil-sport with him. He will rather prefer to put the blame on destiny. Third, he is emotionally fragile, which unsettles him too much when confronted with situations not true to his expectations. There after he mindlessly begins misdirecting his energies towards unproductive ends.

The Moon beautifully aligned to intelligence-signifying Mercury one hand grants him with a fertile mind with vision, foresight, and imagination. But, Moon being locked in adverse formation to Rahu also brings in a habitual worrying tendency leading to unnecessary brooding and contemplation. That makes him lose his focus. What further compounds his problem is Jupiter crossing path with Mercury. That brings in a vacillating tendency whereby he will be incessantly breeding conflicting thoughts, and would not be able to resolve. And on top of that Mars is placed opposite Uranus that makes him temperamental, which again makes him unmindfully misdirect his energies towards unproductive ends on even slightest provocation. And the result is there to see.

To get over their mind-trends so as to get focused to their studies, they were advised to follow “Mind-Detoxification” process before taking up the studies. For, during the process, all the indwelling distracting influences get raked up and temporarily sidelined. It then becomes possible to remain focused to the study for a considerable stretch of time. They sincerely followed the process and two months there after, they successfully cleared off the qualifying examination.


7th September

Nature Seeks Holistic Living

Sense of freedom is ingrained in our construct, which often tempts us trying to live on our own exclusive terms. So, left to themselves, children will prefer playing continuously, and would not take kindly to any restrictions imposed on their free run. They will prefer sweet home comfort than being sent to school. The youths will wish to grab whatever they would be allured to. Caught in their wishful thinking, they may forget that if they are within right to chase their fancies, the other side too deserves deny the former’s advances on the same ground. The elders would wish unquestioned compliance of their whips while the youngsters would resist any encroachment in their independent space, and also wish their fanciful demands being unquestionably met by their elders. If freedom is applied in this spirit, there has to be disorder and chaos all around.

Life, however, has to still keep marching ahead, despite all existential constraints. And it ought move in a way that supports fulfillment of individual aspirational urges, and also take care of collective existential concerns. What then is the way forward? Here, a look into the ground on which our life is rooted, becomes imperative. For, the sense of freedom could prove meaningful only when applied in conformity with the design parameters underlying our existence. And what does that call for?

All empirical evidences suggest that we are all born as a part of a large existence, which is framed as a unitary organism, where no individual holds a reality independent of the totality. But all put together make out a self-sufficient world. Naturally, it calls for relating well to those around so as to take care of our existential needs in togetherness.

Now coming down to individual plane, we are all born incomplete by oneself, both in terms of constitutional frame well as our logistic concerns. That, in the first place, calls for relating to one’s corresponding opposite, so as to meet each other’s constitutional void, and help each other to progressively evolve. Also complement and supplement each other’s efforts and together take care of existential needs. This is the premise on which man-woman relationship stands. What does this mean in practical terms?

Well, by and large, women are born emotion-driven, while men are supposed to be head-driven. In togetherness, they could enjoy the best of both head and heart. Also, through a natural course of learning and unlearning, the two acquire each other’s virtue over a period of time, and rise above one’s individual limitations. The man and woman are also born with void in terms of their individual energy-construct. And, in togetherness, they strengthen each other’s energy structure as well. They, thus, help each other evolve holistically.

But here again, the ones oblivious to subtle realities of life as explained above, would not care for the laws of nature. They remain stuck to the callings of their preconditioned minds, even if it means escaping truths of life. Such characters are often left behind in the run of time difficult to cover up later. In one such case, a lady who is already into late thirties has been denying marriage on one pretext or the other. She begins throwing tantrums whenever the parents try to counsel her. Her parents therefore, came asking whether she is promised of marriage, and if so, why she has been behaving so.

Going by astrological parameters, her marriage is very much promised. But, her attitudes, as are reflected by her astrological pointers, have been playing the spoil-sport. The Sun is placed adverse to both Neptune and Jupiter. This makes her stuck to self-delusions and fanciful dreams out of touch with ground realities. She may habitually and mindlessly prefer to escape the truths of life. She also has a swaggering ego, which read together with her Virgo lagna brings in a sense of “I am the only right person syndrome.” That restricts the scope of her vision to her self-defined dos and don’ts not open to explore truths lying beyond. It becomes difficult for her to digest any advice or counsel at variance with her perceptions. The Moon placed opposite Jupiter makes her emotionally too much sensitive, whereby she takes even trivial issues to heart, and then stretches them beyond due. Mars placed opposite Uranus makes her temperamental, irritable, hypercritical, self-willed, irritable, tactless, and at times even irrational. Jupiter locked in adverse formation to Neptune brings in a sense of peculiar self-defined beliefs that further distances her from the truths of life.


31st August

Address Imperfections for a Happy Life

All planetary bodies in the immediate galaxy, vital to our life cycle, have been doing their rounds unabated with the Sun in the centre. Following their respective trajectories, they all move at their exclusive speeds, making available the particular energy streams. Simultaneously, they also maintain relativity amongst themselves, as if they would be a family. So, while each of them enjoys independent space discharging one’s exclusive assignment, simultaneously, they also remain true to their collective obligations by serving in togetherness the callings of the life cycle in a giving mode. These planetary bodies have been conducting themselves in an orderly fashion since time immemorial. For, they have been strictly following the predefined design parameters as scripted by nature that drives them, and with no scope for making any exception.

The human life cycle, too, is modelled in the same fashion, set into an interdependent mechanism. For, each one of us is born imperfect and thereby incapable of being able to meet existential needs exclusively by oneself. That necessitates working in support of each other to make up for our respective voids, and in togetherness meet up our existential needs. But unlike the planetary world above, the human beings have been granted with the power of freewill as well, which qualifies them to guide their actions by choice and discrimination. Accordingly, they are empowered to define their own path, of course applicable within the overall frame of the design parameters underlying our existence. The implication is that where as we are within our right to pursue our aspirational urges, we need to be equally conscious about putting in our share towards our collective obligations. For, even individual wellbeing would be secure only when the family and the society as a whole remains in good shape. But remember, if choice comes into play, it is subject to both its use and misuse.

Truth, however, remains that desire and ego driven human beings, often get tempted to passionately pursue their individualistic dream destination and even their whims and fancies, in a demanding mode. In the process, the sensibilities and concerns of those around often gets compromised, and with obvious consequences. Here, it is pertinent to note that each one of us is inherently born unique, reflecting varying desire trends, habits and attitudes. That makes us vulnerable to work at cross purposes. Imagine a situation when all of us begin conducting in a demanding mode, passionately pursuing self-centric urges. Nothing but chaos has to be the outcome. Of late, this trend seems to be gaining ground in the society fast and with obvious consequences.

Truth of the matter is that if on one hand elders in the family are not prepared to lose their command, the youngsters would combat to secure their own independent space. The wife will not hesitate in throwing emotional tantrums for fulfilment of her desires, and the feudalistic husband will demand unquestioned compliance. No body is prepared to relent. The sense of accommodation is becoming a distant dream. So no wonders, the number of family break-up have been of late on the rise.

The other day a feuding couple came seeking guidance on how to restore peace and harmony in their marital life. After listening to their woes, and analysing their charts, what I gathered that the two were trying to live on their exclusive terms in a demanding mode, not appreciating each other’s sensibilities and emotional concerns. They better begin serving each other ignoring each other’s few negatives, and the life will turn into a beautiful experience. But that would not be happening unless they identified, acknowledged, and worked upon their habit tendencies.

Look at coincidences in their astrological pointers. Mars being ill-disposed to Saturn and Jupiter in both the charts account for their inflated ego, and also make them irritable, impatient, intolerant, and suspicious by nature. Moon crosses path with Saturn, which brings in negative tendencies as well as an inbuilt sense of insecurity, and also makes them habitually grudging and grumbling type.

The Sun and Mercury placed opposite Uranus makes the man eccentric, opinionated, unconventional, tactless, and self-willed. In the lady’s case Neptune being placed adverse to the Sun and Mercury, makes her stuck to self-delusion, and also accounts for her impaired reasoning and judgment. What further vitiates the domestic atmosphere is their anger, as would Moon placed adverse to Mars mean. The good thing is that both of them have been trying to follow the advice in right earnest and have already started bridging the gap.


24th August

Taming the Monkey-Trends of Mind

The Mind, which drives a being, is a very complex organism. Acting upon inputs provided by two feeders, it sets the terms for all actions on our part, and then accordingly steers them through.

The prime-feeder is the storehouse of memory imprints carried over from the past. These impressions pertain to the learning and experiences had in the past, as also the residual implications in the cause-effect chain of all our past doings and un-doings. Guided by these in-store memories, mind involuntarily builds up individual-specific belief system – termed as Samskara in common parlance - which defines the character of a being. And that accounts for all our habits, attitudes, and desire trends, which collectively, defines the way our thought process works.

Based on the above premise, mind incessantly keeps breeding thoughts, the stronger ones amongst them that gravitate in mind, translate into action. The impressions of the fruits of action - good or bad - get relayed to the memory bank for add on. This is how the chemistry of the mind works.

The second feeder to mind is the Manasa – the particular faculty of mind, which gathers outer field data with the help of sensory organs of perception. More often than not, mind, prompted by continued input from the above two sources, becomes volatile. For, while attending to incessant flow of unbridled varying thoughts, mind gets too much cluttered, not leaving space necessary to process the indwelling thoughts objectively. In fact, mind literally begins behaving like a monkey, instinctively jumping from one branch of the tree to the other. That makes a person vulnerable to slippages in their working, and with obvious consequences.

But then, unless one gets focused to priority preferences, one’s expectations from life may remain a distant dream. Evidently, that calls for control of the ‘monkey-trends’ of mind. It is with this end in view that mind is armed with Buddhi – the faculty of discriminate intelligence – to screen off the undesirables and get focused to priority preferences.

The irony, however, is that our Samskara often traps Ahamkar into its fold and then prompts it to follow its preconditioned perceptions. Ahamkara, let me explain, is that empowerment tool of the mind, which brings into play the ‘I’ consciousness, whereby it makes one commit to a task. It cannot, by itself, discriminate whether the task is well reasoned or ill-conceived. Remember, any empowerment tool acts as a double edged weapon – it could be either used or misused. It is the prerogative of Buddhi to judge whether an act is worth pursuing or not.

Often, preconditioning exercised by our Samskara, prompts Ahamkara to passionately pursue its fanciful ideas, not allowing Buddhi to apply proper forethought. And it needs no elaboration that if due diligence is lacking, the probability of picking up inappropriate leads get pronounced. Once Ahamkara comes under the influence of limitations exercised by Samskara, it ignorantly also tempts you to take seeming realities at their face value and unquestionably believe them as true. It leaves no scope for invoking Buddhi to unearth the underlying truth. It then prompts Manasa to react and respond impulsively on instinctive judgment, exactly the way animals do. What then would be the difference between an animals and human beings when the latter is made to mindlessly ignore their exclusive empowerment tool, the discriminative faculty?

It, therefore, becomes incumbent upon us to remain conscious about being on full mental alert to keep the discriminative faculty in active mode, so as to keep the animalistic instincts in check. That way forward is to identify, acknowledge, and then address our inherent habitual tendencies carrying negative connotation. For, it is under these influences that Ahamkar gets misdirected. Astrology here can serve as a very effective diagnostic tool to get to know our inherent habitual frailties. This task, too, is again the prerogative of none other than Ahamkara.

Let us see how a young man’s Samskara stands in way of his potential, otherwise immense, from coming into full play. Mark the two luminaries, the Sun and Moon, both under the adverse impact of limiting Saturn, and emotionally surcharged Venus. This needs to be read together with intelligence signifying Mercury overshadowed by restive Rahu. That points to his conditioned mindset carrying a strong sense of fear and insecurity, which makes him buckle under pressure even in ordinary circumstances. He is emotionally too much sensitive whereby he gets stuck to anything unpalatable by his perception. What incapacitates him further is his restless mind lacking focus, which does not allow him to apply proper forethought before reacting or responding to a situation, and with obvious consequences.


17th August

Monitoring a Child's Lifestyle

The seed that you sow today is what sprouts and then grows into a fruit-bearing tree. And evidently in the cause-effect chain, the genetic characteristics of the seed have to bear its stamping on the quality of fruits. The successive chains of life and birth cycle too follow the same route, whereby the imprints of learning and experiences had during one life sets the premise on which the next life takes off.

These memory imprints - Samskar in the usual parlance - outline the inherent tendencies of a being - habits, attitudes, desire trends, and direction of the thought process that drives through a being. And as every being goes through varying learning and experiences in the past birth, each one evidently presents oneself as a unique character quite at variance with all others.

Invariably, even the twins, despite many similarities, exhibit almost opposite characters. In one specific case, one of the twin girls has followed a traditional course of life, where as the other one has been a rebel who wilfully defied established societal norms. These inherent trends begin to gradually come into play after the age of eight. Before that, the child acts on instinct. Should the parents take note of the inherent trends in a child, in the first place it will provide them the lead about how to handle a particular child. Second, they will know what necessary corrections are to be initiated. In a particular case, a guardian firmly handled one child but dealt with the other with a soft touch, because that is what suited their individual psyche.

The irony, however, is that seldom is an Indian parent conscious about trying to figure out the psyche of each child. The parents show their concern only when the child begins to slip out of hands. But even then they will not think of seeking help of experts, and if the child goes totally out of control, they will just take it as fait accompli. What they forget that human beings also enjoy the power of freewill, which allows one with the scope to make necessary corrections. But timely corrective initiative needs to be taken before the inherent trends turn into hardened habits. Astrology could serve as a very effective diagnostic-tool in terms of identifying a child’s inherent trends.

The other day, hassled parents of an errant young lad in his early twenties came for astrological directions. Their question was: “In his early school days, our child used to be very well mannered and used to perform well. How comes that as he grew by age, he became errant, and now he seems to have lost his moorings beyond reprieve? We have conducted many pujas as suggested by the pundits but to no avail. Suggest me what remedial measures need to be taken to bring around our only son.”

Your child is really intelligent and a very potential guy. But the indwelling seeds of negatives have been no less. So long he did not have enough of environmental exposure, he listened and behaved. As he grew by age, his indwelling negatives began to gradually unfold. It gained further ground when sense of independence overtook his mind’s drive in his teen. It got further compounded when his impressionable mind got caught up by the tempting influences of the external world when he got into bad company.

No sooner you noticed his errant trends, instead of imposing injunctions and taking recourse to belief driven pujas, had you sought help of qualified experts, he would not have gone astray. Remember, problem of mind-genesis can only be resolved through such remedial measures as would correct his thought process from the base level. By now, his thought process seems to have gone incoherent, calling for immediate psychiatric help. Our services would work only after he becomes receptive following medication for a while.

Look at your son’s inherent negative trends. Mark the two luminaries, the Sun and Moon. Both are aligned well to each other but ill-disposed off to Uranus and Neptune. That makes him comfort loving and an escapist who would not be keen about taking pains. Also he would be self-willed, habitually defiant of elders, careless, reckless, having a mercurial temperament, and susceptible to get into unbecoming company.

Mercury placed adverse to Mars makes him restless and lacking in focus, ill-mannered, irritable, habitual liar, hyper-critical, argumentative, and self-centric. Mars placed adverse to Saturn makes him impatient, suspicious, vindictive, and with propensity to evil acts. Venus placed opposite Uranus and Neptune makes him susceptible to indulgences, addiction to narcotics, and even perverse tendencies. At this stage, medical aid followed by psychological counsel alone can take him out of his predicament.


10th August

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

The Existential order with all its enormity and diversity is set into an interdependent mechanism, to conduct as a unitary organism, while being driven by an intelligent self-automated design. In this scheme of things, all dynamic existences as well as the operative systems of the universe, but for human beings, are set to strictly follow a pre-laid design, and with no scope to digress. And that leaves no scope for the field players to ever become unruly, which is why the enormous existential order has been running unabated in an orderly fashion.

Human beings too, being a part of that unitary organism, are supposed to by and large live in conformity with the laws of nature, but with an exception. For, they also enjoy choice option. And when choice comes into play, the probability of its use and misuse would be equal, and which accounts for all the disorderliness in human conduct. Naturally, if one gets empowered to make choice option, he/she becomes accountable for the consequences there of. So goes the saying: “As you sow, so you reap.”

The question now is: If nature follows an intelligent design, what makes it grant human beings with exclusive privilege of choice? Does it grant them with the right to conduct themselves to their whims and fancies, even if it be to the discomfort of many others? Absolutely not, it is purposeful. For, every being is inherently born imperfect by oneself, carrying one’s own physical, mental, and emotional limitations. It is simply to overcome these limitations and evolve further that human beings have been granted this privilege. For, applying this empowerment tool, one could identify one’s own shortcomings, correct them, and add quality and value to life through conscious efforts.

The paradox, however, is that the habit driven ordinary mortals, seldom remain conscious about rightfully using their own empowerment tool. And when they meet with failures and sufferings on account of their own infirmities, instead of looking within for the answer, they prefer taking solace in the statement: “Man proposes and God disposes.”

Experience suggests that whenever someone strikes success, he/she takes credit for it, but in the event of failure, very comfortably shifts the blame on the imperceptible God. If we are to believe that God has created this dynamic world, He has also empowered you to overcome your limitations through conscious efforts. If you fail in your endeavour, how can you blame God? It is in this spirit it is said that “God helps those who help themselves.”

Here is the case of a very talented a gentleman. Had he been able to put to full use his potentials, he could have made it big in life. Look at his positive astrological markers. Both his luminaries the Sun and Moon, as well as Mercury, are duly supported by intellectually ordained Uranus. That grants him with dramatic talent, duly armed with inventive, innovative, imaginative, and an analytical mind. The trio, also duly supported by Saturn, grants him with an excellent organising skill. He would be very methodical having his eyes on every bare detail. He is expected to be having a great sense of responsibility and trustworthiness as well.

However, since he never cared to work upon his individual limitations, his positives got compromised, and evidently to his detriment. And when things do not move on expected lines, instead of looking inside for answer, he tries to find fault with others. His grumbling and grudging nature then comes into play that puts him into depression often prompting him into indulgences, as if that would raise his spirit. But instead, he begins sinking mentally.

Look at his negative pointers. The Sun is placed adverse to Jupiter, which accounts for his swaggering ego. That binds him to his self-assumed beliefs, not prepared to digest any advice or counsel to the contrary. It also makes him vulnerable to self-indulgences. The Sun placed adverse to Venus and Moon makes him emotionally too much touchy and sensitive, making him susceptible to emotional conflicts and crisis. Moon placed opposite Mercury, brings in a vacillating tendency and thereby indecisive, makes him high strung, worrisome, and resentful of others. He would also lack focus. Mars placed adverse to Saturn makes him impatient, suspicious, bad-tempered, revengeful, and at times even ruthless. And if that would not be enough, Uranus placed adverse to Neptune, brings in nervous tendency, and also makes him susceptible to pick up confused ideas.

It is here that spirituality works wonders. For, it offers you practical lessons in how to rise above your individual limitations and unfold full inlaid potential, which is immense. I wish he takes the call.


3rd August

Turn Adversities into Opportunities

No motion can ever come into effect without inviting resistance. Naturally, the Universe, being always in motion at a steady pace, encounters resistance on its way, transcending which, it still keeps marching ahead. The question now is: How does a massive organisation such as the Universe, with all its enormity and diversity, takes care of the resistance it encounters?

What if resistance turns into strength? It is actually in this very spirit that resistance works for the cosmic world. For, it is the mutual gravitational pushes and pulls of the cosmic bodies (planets, stars, etc) that maintain the cosmic world in an orderly state. These gravitational forces not only help cosmic bodies maintain their steady pace, but also keep them in perfect balance with all others. In a way, it can be said that resistance offered by gravitational pull serves as a functional tool of the universe. For, it holds the key to a fundamental unity underlying all field players of the cosmic world set into an interdependent and integrated framework, each playing its part in support of others. Seen in functional terms, it is the mutual pushes and pulls of the various cosmic bodies, which hold the key to the universe conducting itself as one intelligent and integrated organic whole. Otherwise, the cycle of life will not be complete.

Here again, the fact that all cosmic-players have been at peace and harmony with each other, being in perfect balance with each other since time immemorial, is why the whole existential world has survived so far, and shall continue its journey unabated. And the reason why the cosmic world has been able to maintain its orderliness is that all the cosmic players have been strictly following a self-automated preset divine design, with no scope for any digression.

The human world, being a dynamic unit of the Universe too, is supposed to work on the above lines only, but with a difference. Unlike the cosmic players, man’s actions are desire driven, and are not bound by any predetermined course, as he enjoys a choice. Accordingly, a man himself, rightly or wrongly, sets the course of his journey of life. And, when there is a choice, the scope of relative perception comes into play, which is vulnerable to arousal of conflicting ideas and interests. As a result, even problems encountered during man’s journey of life are all manmade – be it of one’s own making, or, those posed by others.

However, unlike the cosmic world above, where resistance actually turns into strength, the comfort loving man driven by desires does not take kindly to any challenge coming in way of his desired destination.

Naturally, when confronted with adverse circumstances, man comes under stress that often drives a person crazy. Often the victim’s mind comes under negative overdrive, when his sense of reasons gets stifled, and with obvious consequences. The man then often gets into mindless acts on the promptings of his instinctive judgments, and naturally to his detriment. Many of the victims, and particularly the oversensitive ones, get into severe depression, at times necessitating even medical intervention.

The wise, on the other hand understand that nothing comes easy and the least of all to one’s asking, and so instead of grumbling and grudging, combat them in all strength. They rather draw lessons out of oddities and hazards coming their way, work out ways and means to address and grow out of them. Pursuing the process, one’s strength of mind grows, and intellect gets further sharpened. Eventually, the man learns the art of how to turn adversities into strength and thus gets well equipped to take on the challenges of emerging times with ease and comfort.

A case in point is that of someone who had to go through great ordeal and for a considerably very long stretch of time, but that did not shake him. What kept the fighter’s spirit live in him was the belief: “Tomorrow shall be mine”. But it was not just a wishful thinking. He seriously worked towards that end. First, he got into self-reflective mode to figure out his own infirmities that till the other day prompted him to make wrong choices, and deal with the problems posed by others inappropriately. He also identified his inlaid core strengths and honed them further. He also realised that without understanding one’s own self, it will not be possible to understand others, and but for which it will be difficult to relate well to those around to elicit due support. And today, not only he has emerged a victor by himself, but counsels others on how to deal with their challenges in life.


27th July

Little Knowledge is Risky

Invariably, we are all born with a preconditioned mind, coming as it may with memory imprints carried over from the past. Obviously, it limits the scope of one’s vision, which makes it difficult to access full expanse of the subject in hand. As a consequence, it becomes difficult to envision the implications of the issues in hand in right perspective. The greater chances then are that we may pick up wrong leads, and with obvious consequences.

The problem gets further compounded if the person happens to have a swaggering ego. Ego does not let the person remain open to listening or counsel and the least of all further due diligence thereupon. For, invariably they suffer from ‘I am the only right person syndrome’ stuck to their self-defined dos and don’ts. That makes it difficult for them to digest any advice or counsel at variance with their self-defined premise. In the process, such characters often become a victim of pains and sufferings of their own making.

In the recent past, in one such case, someone having limited exposure to Astrology, sent a specific query: “Would praying before the Shivalinga made of a material mixed with the Mercury(chemical) could offset the evil influences of a strong Mars, which accounted for the health issues I have been of late faced with?”

He was categorically told that any belief driven puja would not help overcome the disease. For, it cannot anyway correct the physiological infirmities already developed in the system. Only a proper treatment would help.

This is not to suggest that mantras cannot do any good. If one meditates with the mantra specifically dedicated towards improving the absorption level of solar radiation in the body, it can help improve the immune system, vital to our overall health management. Meditation may also help keep stress level in check, which if unattended could otherwise increase sugar and blood pressure levels.

Since he had indicated having exposure to astrology, giving proper astrological reasoning, it was explained to him that Mars had nothing to do with his diabetes. For, Mars has no association whatsoever, to the 6th house, its sign lord, or even the 6th cusp sub-lord, which together deal with the health profile of a person. Mars strongly occupying the 10th house, and that too in the sign it owns, would rather cover up for many infirmities created by other planets. Evidently, therefore, any attempt to marginalize the influence of strong Mars may amount to a futile exercise.

In terms of his ailments, going by the fundamental rules of astrology, the first pointer comes out of adverse aspect of a powerful Saturn over his debilitated Sun. That speaks of his low immunity level, which makes him susceptible to long drawn ailments particularly when time turns adverse in astrological parameters. The debilitation sign of the Sun is ruled by Venus, which incidentally has to do with the release of insulin in the body, thus comes under limitation because of presence of fiery Sun.

The other major marker to take note of in terms of his health profile is the Moon. For, it happens to be the lord of the 6th house as well as the sub-lord of the 6th cusp. Moon, in the first place is debilitated. Second, Moon is posited in the lunar constellation owned by Jupiter, which is placed adverse to the Sun. This, points to man’s sluggish liver functioning.

The implication is that the various modes of energies released following digestion of food that nourish respective functional organism of the body, would not be available in the required proportion due. As a consequence, many vital functions of the body would get compromised, which would further result in health implications in the related areas. Accordingly, liver functioning needs to be toned up applying alternate medicines. For, modern clinical tests do not have provision for such anomalies, and therefore, the physicians are bound to ignore it.

However, such a detailed analysis report could not move the questioner. His short and crisp response was that he still preferred his own perception. Nothing better could be expected from the conditioned mind of a stubborn person charged with a swaggering ego. For, in the first place, both the lagna and Moon signs fall in fixed signs pointing to his stubbornness. Second, Sun crosses path with its planet of limitation, Saturn, which speaks loud of a conditioned mindset. Third, the Sun being placed adverse to Jupiter points to his inflated ego.

I wish this man tempers down his ego so as to expand the canvas of his vision. Only then he will realize that Astrology is not a blind belief system. It is based on sound principles set in conformity with the energy mechanism of the living order.


20th July

Helping Students Focus

“I don’t know why my father has forcefully brought me here when he knows that I have no faith in Astrology or any other abstract subjects that he subscribes to,” was the opening remark of a young lad brought for counselling.

I assured the young man that he will not be offered future predictions or a lesson in dos and don’ts. I said: “You are here to figure out as to what went wrong that your performance dipped beyond proportion, following which you went into depression. All the more because the line of treatment for Bi-polar disease that doctors have diagnosed has instead of helping you literally made you dysfunctional. And if possible, to guide you improve your performance. Let me first assure you that there is no evidence of having Bi-polar disease in your chart, and therefore, better stop medication. But before I attend to your problem, I will like to know as to what makes you have such strong dislike for astrology or other divine disciplines when you are not supposed to have any exposure to above disciplines?”

He responded immediately: “My father has been deep into Astrology and occult. But his conduct has not improved; at times it becomes even obnoxious, especially when he is drunk. How do I believe that it is going to help me anyway?”

“Well, just as good academic understanding does not help unless it is put to practical use, the same applies to your father,” I suggested. “Just try out simple spiritual tool, I am going to suggest for at least a month as if it would be a medicine free alternate mode of treatment. If you find that it is helping you, carry on with it. I am sure you will regain your intelligent, confident self that you exhibited till you were in class 10.”

“Before I offer you the remedial tools, let me first explain what went wrong with you. A look at your chart suggests that since the exposure to tempting influences of the age overtook you, your fragile mind went into ‘monkey mode’, wandering from one imaginary thought to the other. Having lost your focus thus, you could not concentrate on your studies. So, you were not able to grasp the subject of your study, which dented your performance. When you were advised by your parents to stick to your priorities, with the sense of independence playing heavy on you, you took it as an affront. Your past experience of a sense of quick grasp made you believe that no sooner you began your preparation for the coming Board examination, you will make over fast. You never realised that as you were moving to higher classes, the subjects were becoming difficult. So, when you really got into preparation mode, you realised that because of irregularity in studies, you have missed out so much that it would be difficult to cover up. That eroded your confidence, eventually leading to a state of depression. The question now is how to get over this malady and rebuild the performing-self afresh?”

Having assured that that he had the potential to bounce back in all strength once again, towards the first course, he was asked to get up early and go out in open. The fresh oxygen and vitamin ‘D’ then available in the atmosphere will rejuvenate you, improve your confidence and strengthen intelligence. Second, you need to do ‘Mind detoxification meditation’ for at least 10 minutes before you get on to study. The course begins by registering in mind the following saying of Swami Vivekanand: “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, and live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, and every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the key to success.” In your case the central idea would be your studies. The process involves purging the indwelling thoughts. As a consequence, your conscious mind remains steer clear of distracting thoughts for about 2 hours. Evidently, if you are able to do focused study for 2 hours at one go, you will be able to grasp the subject, which will set in your memory well, and you will be able perform.

Fortunately for the boy, the idea got into his head. He took up the remedial exercises in all sincerity. He not only successfully cleared his 12th Board examination, which he had flunked last year, but also got through the Engineering entrance test. To the merriment of his parents, he is pursuing an engineering course in a reputed Institution.


13th July

Shiva’s Artful Lessons on Life

The Hindu month of Shravana takes off today. The whole of this month is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and purposely so. For, the symbolism of Lord Shiva offers lesson in the “Art of Living”, vital to smooth run of life through the complex structure of a world marked with all its diversity and enormity.

Remember, every individual born into this world is unique in terms of mental-traits, desire-trends, and intelligence levels, often crossing path with each other. What compounds the problem further is the indwelling sense of duality driving our minds, which makes us vulnerable to take opposite stance over similar issue. The world thus remains a natural breeding ground of conflicting thoughts and interests. Transcending these limitations, we are expected to work towards a smooth and happy run of life. How?

A look at the import of Lord Shiva’s marriage party offers the right guidance. It comprises of multitude of species, all with their individual strengths as well as limitations, varying traits, and with inherent incommunicability amongst them. Yet, Lord Shiva does not differentiate and remains in accord with all and sundry. He can see through his intelligent eyes their individual limitations, but He ignores them. And yet, if he yet strikes accord with them, it has to be there with a purpose. For, He is aware that every existence is imperfect by itself. But it is through the efforts of all imperfects put together is what could address our existential needs. And if each one carried their individual limitations, they are also endowed with such virtues as would be essential for attending to one or the other existential needs. For instance, termites usually spoil our books and wooden material. But they also create hole into our earth mass up to three metres depth. They, thus, facilitate entry of oxygen deep inside the soil structure to activate soil’s dynamism. But the termites have to meet their end after discharging their obligation before the crop comes up. So are assigned other species as well with one or the other virtues to support our existential needs. Evidently, therefore, Lord Shiva wishes to get the best out of all, so as to ensure a smooth run of existential order. It is in this spirit that not only he maintains accord with all, He, rather supports their sustained existence.

The human order, too, is laid out on similar lines. Each individual is born imperfect calling for support from other imperfect ones so as to meet up each other’s voids and together attend to their existential needs. For, here again, if one carries individual limitations, he/she would be armed with their individual specific virtues as well, and in fact, quantitatively more. The paradox, however, is that even though we ourselves may not be conducting in orderly fashion, but we expect from others to behave perfect. And if the other person does not prove true to one’s expectation, he/she may become overcritical of others, and the fight begins. And with the growing impatience and intolerance amongst the new generation, this malady has been of late growing beyond proportion. As a consequence, marital discords have been on the rise day-by-day.

The other day a feuding couple came seeking guidance for how to improve their relationship. Explaining the concept as discussed above, they were advised to first acknowledge the fact that none of the two were perfect, and therefore, they need to accept each other the way they are. And to make their life easy and happy, they should innovate ways and means, how to be accommodative of each other ignoring few negatives that they both have. Thirdly, they should acknowledge and be appreciative of each other’s positives, and in larger interest not dwell on each other’s negatives as they have been till date. And then they were made aware of their negatives as figured out through astrological analysis, and advised how to address them.

The male partner’s astrological pointers revealed that he had an inflated ego, as would Mars placed opposite Jupiter suggest, which makes him stuck to his self-defined dos and don’ts. He as well his wife have negative bent of mind, coming as it may with Saturn in unholy alliance with Moon in both the charts. The Sun ill-disposed to Uranus, read together with Moon crossing path with Mars makes him temperamental and eccentric. Moon ill-disposed to Jupiter makes him too much emotional.

What complicates the problem further is that the lady is still stuck to her self-delusions, which does not allow her to come out of her fanciful expectations from marital life, quite at distance from ground realities. Should they follow the advice in right earnest, I am sure their life will turn into beautiful experience.


6th July

Stars Help Sustain Marriage

A young male and a female were desperate to be with each other just last year, as if it was difficult for them to live without one another. So, they rushed through their marriage ignoring their friend’s advice to buy some more time before they get officially hitched, so as to check whether their chemistry was workable. “We have found our true soul-mates, and therefore, there is no fun in unnecessarily delaying the marriage,” they responded. Just a year has passed and they have got into a fight to finish mode

Now that the girl has moved back to her parents house, the boy misses her badly, realizing now how much he loves her. He also acknowledges how good her partner inherently is, but only after enough damage has been done to their relationship. The ground reality is that the situation seems to be slipping out of his hands. And even more so, since the girl’s parents have taken control of their child, and not allowing her any independent space to deal with her issues her own way. The question now is: What so strange happened in between that rocked their relationship?

Well, when the two were passionately chasing each other, their focus was just on how to formalize the relationship so that they had unbridled access to each other. They did not feel the need to check upon other related factors, vital to a smooth run of marital life. Evidently, they never cared to take note of their attitudinal limitations, and the least of all to identify and work upon them before they get married. Once they settled into marriage, their true nature came into full play, and their attitudes began playing from the front. And the result is there to see.

Over-possessive of each other that they were, they began taking each other for granted. Both of them began trying to take control of each other as a matter of right. Domineering, impulsive, aggressive, impatient, and intolerant that both of them were, none was prepared to think over and relent, hence the disaster was imminent. What compounded the problem further was the girl’s parent’s undue interference in their day-to-day life.

This is not a solitary case. Of late, there has been phenomenal rise of such cases. The irony of the whole situation is that the guy was made aware of his attitudinal limitations long before his marriage. He was warned that if he does not address them in time, it will tell upon his inter-personal relationships. He did not take the counsel seriously then and with obvious consequences. And now he is looking for some remedial measure that could quick-fix the problem. He was categorically told that no extraneous method would serve any purpose. Both of them have to work upon their attitudes.

What is important to note here is that the problem will not end even if they separate. For, in the first place, their attitudes will continue to affect them even in their next relationship. Second, the emotional baggage that they will carry has to make a dent on their mind and psyche, which eventually will not allow them behave normally with their future partners.

A look at their astrological pointers suggests that negatives in them are much less in proportion to their positive side. But the few negatives have been playing so heavy on them that their positives, which are immense, get compromised. Both of them have been born in Aries lagna, with its lord, the fiery Mars prominently placed. This, by itself, is enough to mean that they are aggressive, impulsive, irritable, domineering, intolerant, and unrelenting. They will arrive at a conclusion or jump into action without applying proper forethought, and would realise only when the damage is already done. And then they will get into crisis management. What further plays spoil-sport with the guy is the fact that Mars and its dire enemy Saturn lock horns with each other. That makes him impatient, suspicious, bad-tempered, quarrelsome, revengeful, and reckless. On top of that intelligence-signifying Mercury is conjunct headless Ketu and mischievous Neptune, which makes him subject to self deception.

Towards, the girl’s end, Mars locks horns with the Sun, Moon, and Mercury. That makes her bad-tempered, irritable, hyper-critical, restless, quarrelsome, impulsive, argumentative, and emotionally unstable. Jupiter placed adverse to Neptune makes her vulnerable to be subject to peculiar beliefs. Uranus in conjunction with Saturn and Neptune makes her eccentric, confused, chaotic, and the one who may misdirect her energies towards self-undoing ends.

So, no matter, they decide to rebuild their relationship or separate, but they need to work upon their infirmities. Otherwise, they will continue to suffer in life.


29th June

Be Positive, Be Successful

All about life, be it our physical or mental functionalities, are nothing but reflection of interplay of nature driven shakti-variants. The word shakti used in Indian philosophic terms is different from what modern science calls energy, in the sense that the former spontaneously goes about by its predefined functions, where as the latter would work the way it is driven. In fact, going by Vedic perception, the shakti-streams excited by the primordial-source, following the Pranava event is what set into motion the very chain of creation that eventually manifested into all diverse existences of this enormous living-world. Naturally, all the diverse dynamic players came into being in course of progressive evolution that followed, is simply a manifestation of nature driven shakti-variants. Even the Big-Bang theory, to which modern science subscribes, runs almost on similar lines in so far as energy concept of creation is concerned.

In nature’s scheme of things, even human beings with their solid-looking gross-bodies remain at its core level, a web of vibrating shakti-patterns, all sourced to nature, and weaved into a unified dynamic mechanism. And since the shaktis driving a being, are all sourced to nature, any variation in the nature’s shakti-flux or energy-flux, as one would phrase it, as is marked with varying planetary alignments, could point to our varying life-trends. For, in the first place, the planetary bodies marked as energy providers, as well as the live beings, are all sourced to a common ground, the very same primordial-source. Second, the planetary bodies are co-runners with live beings in the unitary organism that the universe is. Evidently, a continuum, and therefore, correspondence between the ever moving planetary bodies and the live-beings is implied. Based on this premise, the mapping of planetary bodies at the time of one’s birth reflects upon the basic fabric of a being with all the inherent mind-trends. This serves as a referral chart, based on which probable turn of events in one’s life could be inferred upon through progressive movement of the planets, and with a fair amount of precision.

So, seemingly, we are moulded into individual-specific pre-programmed life-trends. For, each one of us is born unique. Yet, we are not fully bound by them. For, we also enjoy the power of freewill, which is duly aided by the faculty of discriminate intelligence. Applying this prerogative, one could discover the basic fabric of one’s making, and accordingly, make necessary amends through conscious efforts, and improve upon one’s performing-self. So is needed by a girl in question, who is worried about not been able to crack the qualifying examinations she has attempted so far despite putting in her best.

A look at her chart would reveal that the vitals within her are enough to make her ambition come true. The markers in this respect are: the two luminaries, the Sun and Moon favourable aligned to Mercury, incidentally the lagna lord identified with basic fabric of one’s making, as well as Uranus; Mercury well disposed off to Mars and Venus; and Saturn favourably placed to Mars. The implication, in the first place, is that she seems to have a fertile and alert mind having inventive and innovative abilities, vision, foresight, imagination, and with good common sense and memory. Second, she has the capacity to delve deep into a subject and come out with its finer nuances in clear terms. Third, she enjoys a very good communicative skill. Fourth, she is studious, and has a very well-coordinated analytical mind duly supported by strong vitality. Finally comes, her superb leadership ability.

The irony, however, is that a few negatives in her, as would be there in any ordinary mortal, often play spoil-sport with her performing-self, and evidently, to her detriment. The first astrological pointer to make note of are the two luminaries being shadowed by their planet of limitation Saturn, the fiery Mars, emotion-signifying Venus, and mischievous Neptune. This, in the first place, points to a negative orientation of mind that tells upon her self-confidence and makes her self-doubt her own abilities. Second, she would be an escapist, who, instead of checking and working upon her own shortcomings for any failing, would prefer habitually shifting the blame on external factors. Third, she is temperamental, moody, and a restive character. Fourth, she would be too much emotionally touchy and sensitive, whereby she gets over exercised on even trivial issues and stretch them beyond their due. In the process she often loses her focus and naturally to her detriment.

Should she address her above infirmities, I am sure, very soon she will be flying in all colours.


22nd June

Wise Men Use Stars, Fools Obey

An astrology-knowing Journalist driven by the belief that everything in life is fated as would be laid down in one’s horoscope confronted me with an interesting question: “Every time I approach you for precise astrological predictions, which you are known for, you try to make me go beyond the boundaries of planetary implications. Would it not mean mocking this divine discipline by using its very own premise?”

Well, those who have not understood the true spirit and tenor of this discipline would infer so. Figuring out as to how planets influence our lives calls for a look into the premise on which Astrology stands. Remember, the universe forms a unitary organism wherein no individual component has a reality which is independent of the totality. In nature’s scheme of things, all dynamic players including human beings, are set into a complex interdependent mechanism, where all and sundry are playing their part as co-runners. Evidently, they are always in sync with each other. That holds good between human beings and the planets as well.

It is pertinent to note here that the planets are not to be seen as mere physical bodies moving in the cosmos carrying the potential to influence the existential order with their gravitational pull alone. Each of them, in fact, point to a particular energy stream exhibiting specific characteristics flowing through a cosmic region marked with a particular planet in focus. Naturally, any variation in the planetary alignment will mean change in the energy flux excited by nature at a particular moment, and with obvious bearing on the mankind.

Having said that, let me make it clear that despite having correspondence with the human life-cycle, the planets are not to be perceived as the doers of events unfolding in our life. For, they are just there, available in equal proportion to all of us, and would not know what role they play. Their intelligence is limited to strictly following their predefined course, with no scope for making any exception. Naturally, being devoid of discriminative faculty, they cannot impart selective influence on different people.

The question now is: What purpose would astrology then serve when the planets, by themselves, are devoid of the capacity to direct our lives? Well, the planets as co-runners with our lives are observable and their future course charted in time-frame. So, taking the planetary alignments at the time of one’s birth as referral chart, they serve as a measure of how our mind-frames are inherently set, and so is mind’s probable turns in future, if one just leaves oneself to the natural flow of life. In this sense it could serve as a very effective diagnostic tool.

Would it then not mean that our lives are bound by planetary implications? The answer is a simple no. For, human beings, on the strength or their power of freewill could guide their actions by choice and discrimination. Having known one’s inherent strengths and weaknesses through astrological analysis, one could hone the inherent potentials, and address the infirmities, to shape one’s destiny through conscious efforts. For, otherwise, the probability of use or misuse of the choice option being equal, we become vulnerable to pick up wrong leads.

Here again, it is worth adding that the planetary alignments in an astrological chart point to individual specific energy framework that guides a person’s thought process and thereby actions. And energy, as we know, does not have its own drive. The way it is directed is how it would act. For example, Jupiter when placed adverse to Mars or the Sun, points to inflated ego, which may limit one’s scope of vision. If, however, we consciously try to temper it down and give it a positive turn, it may, on the contrary, augment our creative abilities, as it happened in the case of a young man discussed below.

The first pointer in the young man’s chart is Mars placed adverse to Jupiter, Saturn, Moon, and Uranus. That, in the first place, points to his inflated ego. Second, he would be temperamental and irrational at times. Third, he is vulnerable to get into self-undoing act. And even more so, because Intelligence-signifying Mercury is locked in adverse formation with psychic Neptune, which points to having an impressionable mind vulnerable to mindlessly get drawn towards external tempting influences. And if that would not be enough, Venus is also ill-disposed to Neptune, which makes him vulnerable to self-indulgences and also calls for watching out his reputation.

So, no wonder he picked up drug habit in company with his friends. When he realized at the rehabilitation centre, what he had done to himself, not only did he undergo course correction, but now he also counsels other victims passionately. See, how his energies that were playing spoil-sport till the other day have turned positive when he so decided.


15th June

Prepare the Ground to Bear Fruits

An octogenarian has been nursing strong desire for long to script a book. In fact, he has been working hard towards that end in all seriousness. But somehow, he has not been able to take his wish forward. The sense of failure thereof has been rattling his mind day-in-day-out so much, that he has lost his peace of mind. That in turn, has led to many health issues of stress genesis. Not able to figure out as to what exactly has been pulling him down so far, he has sought answer in astrological perspective to his following questions: “Do I, in the first place, qualify to write a book? And if I do, shall I be able to attend to my desire before I depart from this world, as I am at the fag end of my life, or that I need to put it off for my next birth?”

At the outset, I wish to assure him that the vitals within him very much qualify him to write a book. For, what other than a fertile mind, armed with rich inventive and innovative abilities, vision, and foresight, and a good communicative skill, which he is already rich in, would be needed to logically put in place independent ideas? His self-doubt, therefore, is not justified. In fact, this very inherent tendency has been one of the many reasons for not been able to put in all his acts together. Again, for this very reason, he has always carried a doubt whether his publication would be worth earning appreciation of the readers.

It is pertinent to note here that if you just keep brooding and contemplating on the fruits of action, you dissipate a significant sum of energy and clutter your mind space enough in the process. That in the first place, makes you short of mind-space necessary to process your thoughts objectively. Second, you will be short of energy needed to do justice to the calling of your productive aspirations. Third, your wandering mind, engaged in attending to self-assumed fear of failure and uncertainties, may not allow you to maintain your focus on the productive efforts. In the process you exhaust yourself just struggling within mind, and with obvious consequences. If, however, you are not crazy about the fruits of action, you may be able to sincerely put in your whole into the task in hand, and then, the probability of fruition of desires obviously becomes quite high.

Remember, what finally comes into act begins in mind. And, if the very premise, on which the desire driven thoughts arise, is heavily loaded with self-assumed doubts, how can you expect desires translate into fruits? So, should the man exercise his power of freewill and put into act his faculty of discriminate intelligence to set his basic premise right, I am sure his desires may come true in this very life itself.

Let us now look at the astrological pointers that speak of the man’s creative abilities as well as his limitations. First, amongst the markers is his Gemini lagna ruled by Mercury, which makes him a keen learner. Mercury is in exchange with Venus posited in the lagna. In exchange, intelligence- signifying Mercury would revert back to its own sign to join Jupiter, the planet identified with wisdom. That brings in the urge and the capability to delve deep into a subject and dig out its finer nuances. This also grants him with a very good communicative ability whereby he could present his perceptions with clarity.

And to top that is the intellectually ordained Uranus placed over the zenith extending its beneficence to the Sun. That endows him with vision, foresight, imagination, as well as innovative and inventive abilities, which qualifies him to come up with valuable independent ideas, and at times even out of box. All these put together makes out a potential writer.

The irony, however, is that his inherent infirmities too are no less, which often marginalise his creative abilities. The prime marker in this respect is mind-signifying Moon conjunct its planet of limitation Saturn, as well as Uranus and Mercury. That holds the key to his sense of fear, insecurity, his self-doubts and lack of remaining focused for long. Also, it grants him with a mercurial temperament. Added to this is Mars ill-disposed towards the Sun and Jupiter that makes him irritable and impulsive. So, given a small trigger, he will flare up and then misdirects his energies towards unproductive ends. Mercury, further locking horns with Neptune often puts him into a state of confusion. I wish, he takes the corrective initiatives and his desires will come true during this life itself.


8th June

Astrology Ups Performance

A young lad who has just joined his cousin’s business house as an intern came asking about his future business prospects. He also sought directions about how to make the most out of his life. Normally, people come for guidance only after landing into problem and finding it difficult to regain their lost ground. Astrology does provide lead to such disparate people. The solution in such cases, however, may be time consuming.

Astrology, however, could play even a much better role if its assistance is sought at the start. For, the mind then is not yet messed up and is ready to take off with a clean slate. And passionate about making it to their dream destination, they are keen to shape themselves, and so could be moulded easily. At this stage, astrology could help shape one’s very performing-self well. Naturally, once the very premise of functional-self is well set, it carries the potential to offer beneficial results with ease and comfort.

It is pertinent to note here that mind drives a being. And the way one’s mind is inherently constituted defines one’s functional-self. How one’s mind would be inherently programmed could be very well figured out by watching one’s mind-trends. That may provide a lead as to what corrective initiatives are required in terms of one’s mindset to come out with one’s best. The guiding principle in this respect is summed up in the following saying:

“Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become actions; watch your actions, they become habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, as that defines your destiny.”

The next question that comes up: What after all drives one’s thought process? A look into the chemistry of mind would reveal that our thoughts are a reflection of the memory imprints carried over from the past, coming as they may, with our learning, unlearning, and experiences had. And that varies from person to person, which defines the uniqueness of a being. These memory imprints involuntarily build an individual-specific belief system, which accounts for our inherent desire-trends, and which in turn, excite corresponding thoughts. Naturally, our memory imprints carry a mixed bag of our inlaid potentials as well as infirmities. The potentials, obviously, need to be identified, honed, and contemporised for them to translate into desired fruits. But even before that it is desirable to identify and address one’s infirmities. For, they carry the potential to marginalise the potential side. It is here that astrology can serve as a very effective diagnostic tool. Even more so, because our preconditioned minds, invariably do not allow us to dispassionately analyse one’s own basic fabric of making, and the least of all acknowledge them in the right spirit.

Let us now look at the astrological pointers in the young man’s chart that present a picture of his mind-trends. With all Kendra houses occupied by 8 major planets and Venus in the 9th house, it appears to be a very potential chart. But it cannot offer desired results unless his inherent infirmities, that are no less, are addressed within time. The first to make note of in this respect is the Karmakarak Saturn extending its malefic influence over mind-signifier Moon occupying a dual sign. This formation points to the man’s negative, vacillating, doubtful, and an indecisive mindset.

Naturally, if the very desire and thought that translates into action begins on a weak premise, the fruits there of cannot be on expected lines. Saturn further locking horns with its dire enemy, the fiery Mars, makes him impatient, rebellious, and revengeful. This, when read together with Moon locked in adverse formation to Uranus accounts for his mercurial temperament, whereby he may get provoked on slightest pretext. Even more so because of his volatile emotionality, as would Venus placed adverse to the Sun imply. As a consequence, he becomes vulnerable to misdirect his fire-power attending to so many trivial issues that his priority preferences may get often compromised.

The intelligence-signifier Mercury is placed adverse to Moon, Neptune, Saturn, and Uranus. This, in the first place, points to a worrisome person with a fragile mind who would be flirting with varied thoughts at one go, which makes it difficult to remain focused to his priority preferences for long. Second, he would be unconventional, eccentric, and opinionated. Also, it makes him susceptible to impaired reasoning and judgment.

And if all that would not be enough, his inflated ego restrict him to his self-assumed peculiar beliefs, as would Jupiter placed adverse to Mars, Sun, and Neptune imply. Unless he works upon his infirmities and rise above them without further loss of time, it will not be possible for him to present his best.


1st June

Overpowering Self-Inhibitions

The other day a desperate girl in her mid-thirties, and yet not married, came with a strange request: “Can you please do some magical trick to ensure that I am able to get hooked on to my next pick for relationship? My problem is that despite investing so much of emotions, I had to bear with three successive failures in relationship during the last couple of years. It is really getting too late to settle down in life.”

I confronted her with a counter-question: “Have you ever tried to figure out as to why you were not able to earn their love and confidence despite being so beautiful and charming, a good family background, and a good job in hand with handsome package? ” “Well, on my part, I entertained them all decently. I really don’t understand what made them lose interest in me. I take it as if I was so fated,” she replied.

Well, in the first place, if you believe that everything in life is predestined, then there is no scope for such demeaning practices playing to the contrary. Second, if such uncouth methods could make your whims and fancies come true to your asking, then the law of karma loses all relevance. I am really shocked to find such a highly educated girl even thinking of taking resort to such boorish practices. Instead, if you would have ever tried to look within, you would have probably found the answer.

Always remember, no relationship can ever work one way just in a demanding mode. The two prospective partners need to relate to each other in a mutually giving mode, being appreciative and supportive of each other’s concerns and aspirations overlooking few insignificant individual limitations, for it to work. It is here that you have failed. From your chart, the characteristic features of your estranged boy-friends cannot be made out, but it does speak loud about your infirmities.

The first marker is your Gemini lagna, with its lord Mercury conjunct restive Rahu, and placed adverse to Uranus. That makes out an unconventional, opinionated, eccentric, and a restless girl lacking patience, and with fervent desire to live on one’s own exclusive terms. Strange would be your expectations in life, invariably at variance with all conventional societal norms. Also, you may habitually doubt elder’s intent and counsel, find fault with them, and defy them. Second, you appear to be a stubborn character, as would placement of the two luminaries, the Sun and Moon, respectively posited in fixed signs imply, and both afflicted. That gets you fixated to your mind-set who may not allow any independent space to others. You carry the tendency to relish only ‘yes persons’, and get put off with those who ever differ with you. Third, debilitated Moon placed adverse to the Mars, makes you irritable, who would flare up even on trivial issues. And in the heat of moment, you may lose all sense of reasons, where after you may become overcritical of others, and would be tempted to pass caustic remarks. That also makes you a habitually grudging and grumbling girl. Fourth, your volatile emotionality, coming as it may with Venus placed adverse to the Sun. That makes you too much touchy and sensitive, whereby you may get over-exercised even on trivial issues and stretch them beyond their due, when your frailties may over take your mind’s drive.

And if all that would not be enough, you are also vulnerable to nurse peculiar beliefs, as Jupiter locks horns with mischievous Neptune. So, no wonders, you are tempted to explore such weird methods to meet your ends. Let me add here that those who claim to make your wish come true through black-magic have a peculiar knack of knowing all that is there in your memory through the help of spirit. They may come out with such event in the past, which you may not wish to share with anybody. You may become impressed, and fall into their trap, and realize only when the damage is done. They cannot figure out the future happenings at all, because what has not happened is not there in store of memory yet. They cannot make things happen your way. If it would be possible, then why do they not gain things for themselves? At the best they can disturb the weaklings by projecting negative energy, but no way can they touch upon the mentally strong and confidant ones. It will, therefore, be simply stupid to get onto such weird exercise. Better you work upon your own infirmities, and try to improve upon your own inter-personal relationship skills, and your desire will come true.


25th May

Facilitate Destiny to Bear Fruits

A man, who made fortunes within a very short span of time, having lost his ground, came asking the other day: “What is in store of my destiny, which earlier gave me such an easy success, but took away everything even faster? Is there any scope for me to bounce back in all strength once again?”

Well, “driven by gambling spirit, if you mindlessly jumped into action in a flash, you had to end in a crash. For, the probability of gain and loss in any blind game remains equal. In the beginning, being new to the game, you worked conscientiously with the home work thoroughly done. For, at this stage you could not afford to take things to chance. Your sharp intelligence then allowed you to learn the art of the game fast, and act smartly, which made you pick up early leads. The taste of success for a continued stretch of time that firmed up your base, brought into your young buoyant mind the feel of being an invincible doer. That is when you mindlessly got into blind games, and with obvious consequences,” I explained.

This is not to suggest that there is nothing like destiny as such. Destiny does have a role to play in life, but not something as would necessarily bind you to its limits. Let us now try to understand what destiny actually means and how does it work. To put it in simple terms, it primarily points to the reflection of memory imprints carried over from the previous birth, which invariably drives a being. And that defines the unique way one would negotiate the callings of life. These memory imprints, have in store all about one’s inlaid potentials, desire-trends, habits, and attitudes. Now, as would be the desire trends, mind excites related thoughts, which when gravitate in the laboratory mind, finally translate into actions. And with what end – good or bad – would evidently resonate the way one’s habits and attitudes would influence the actions defined by the character and content of the desire-trends. So, at the end of the day, it is the inherent mind-trends that would define the quality of fruits of efforts one would enjoy.

It is pertinent to note here that human beings are armed with the power of freewill, which is duly aided by faculty of discriminate-intelligence. Applying this exclusive human preserve, one could identify, acknowledge, and rectify negative mind-trends if any. That would set the course of mind right to facilitate the inlaid potentials with congenial ground for playing to their optimum best. Here, astrology can serve as a very good diagnostic-tool. Evidently, if we fail to make use of such a valuable empowerment tool, it will simply mean mindlessly falling into the trap of self-undoing act.

This man has been a victim of this order. During the early phase, his craze for making it big in life made him work tirelessly with single pointed attention towards his dream destination. At this stage, his negative mind-trends never got time and space to raise their head. The moment, he felt becoming firm in his base, he became complacent and relaxed, when he lost his alert. His negative mind-trends then, patiently waiting for a congenial ground thus far, grabbed the opportunity and made inroad. As a consequence, his mind lost track of sense of direction, and with obvious consequences.

Let us now look at the astrological pointers of the man’s negative mind-trends that marginalised his potentials, and with disastrous consequences. The prime markers are: First, Moon posited in fiery and aggressive sign Aries, and locked in adverse formation to debilitated Mars and Mercury. Second, the Sun though well aligned to Moon, but adversely disposed off to Uranus. The implication is that he would be impulsive, aggressive, haughty, irritable, emotionally touchy and sensitive, moody, intolerant and impatient. He would be head-strong driven by the instinct: “May way is the only way.” He may jump to conclusion and action without applying proper forethought. He has a fragile high-strung mind unable to remain focused for long. When in action, he may work tirelessly. But once things begin moving smooth, he may become complacent losing his sense of alert. He is self-willed, tactless, and erratic, at times becoming over-confident, when his gambling-instinct would tempt him to play blind games. He thus became a victim of his own making. To sum up, we are not just slave to our destiny. We are also empowered to fine-tune it to our advantage.

The good thing in the man’s chart is the exchange of sign by Moon and Mars, which may prompt him to take corrective initiatives, and bounce back in all strength.


18th May

Drive Away Suicidal Tendencies

A student of astrology came with the birth particulars of grief-stricken family members of a person, who recently committed suicide, seeking answer to few questions roving his mind: “Could such tragedy be foretold for necessary corrective initiative to avert it? What would have pushed the man to take such extreme step? Who in the family would have hurt him so much that led him to such a pass?”

I answered his questions in the reverse order. Remember, once such unfortunate incidents happen, it is very easy to attribute motives. But it is not fair to be judgmental about the grieving family members. Well, it is possible that it would have been difficult for him to digest the conduct of one or the other family member, which would have acted as a trigger. But then, it is a matter of perception, as to how one would take it, and react or respond. May be his very perception was ill-conceived. And, at the end of the day, the person himself took the extreme step. So, it is not fair to just blame others and further add to their distress. Always remember that since no body could be ever born a perfect, each of us remain vulnerable to make mistakes. Second, each person is born unique, reflecting varying perceptive and comprehensible abilities, and intelligence level. So, conflict of thoughts and interests, thus, becomes inevitable. And we are expected to prudently deal with the issues in hand and resolve them, which is facilitated by the faculty of discriminate intelligence we are armed with. The onus, obviously, would primarily lie on the one supposed to be in lead. So, more than anybody else, it is the person concerned himself to be blamed. And who eventually suffers now? It is definitely the dependant members.

Now coming to the question of what pushed him to such eventuality, always remember that human beings are driven by their minds. And every mind is framed unique, each reflecting varying mental-dispensation, habits, attitudes, and desire trends, which define how one would negotiate life or relate to those around. So, it was definitely the person’s mind-trends that drove him crazy. Let me add here that through astrological analysis, suicidal tendencies and the factors in support thereto, can be very well identified. But it is difficult to decide in finite terms that the person would necessarily commit suicide that ends his/her life. Many people try to commit suicide, but not all die. Remember, the nature-driven mechanism that takes away one’s life-spark has not been understood so far. For this very reason even normal deaths cannot be precisely predicted. However, in case of normal run of life, one could roughly estimate expectancy of life. But suicidal tendencies, primarily being a mindless desperate act in the heat of moment, could in all probability be averted. For, mind-trends could be very well corrected through conscious efforts.

Let us now look at the astrological pointers of the man from his wife’s chart. The 7th house of a person is identified with one’s spouse, which falls in the fiery and active sign Aries, with headless Ketu therein. Mars, the sign lord together with mind-signifying Moon, is there in the third house there from in Gemini sign. The implication, in the first place, is that the person would be impulsive, aggressive, over-dominant, carrying on the tendency to jump to conclusions and actions without applying proper forethought. Second, he will wish to live on his own exclusive terms and would flare up like a soap-bubble on the slightest pretext. In the heat of moment, such characters often lose sense of reasons and could mindlessly take things to extremes, not caring for the implications thereof. The 7th cusp sub-lord Mercury, which points to the basic fabric of the man, occupies the lunar constellation owned by Jupiter, which is ill-disposed to the Sun. That points to his swaggering ego, stuck to self-defined beliefs, who may not take kindly anything happening to the contrary. What further compounds his problems is his volatile emotionality, coming as it may with debilitated Venus placed adverse to the Sun. As a consequence, he may get provoked beyond its due even on trivial issues. And on top of that is the placement of mischievous Neptune in the 8th house (from the 7th house) identified with sudden unpredictable events, which also brings in suicidal tendencies. And the result is there for all to see.

That makes it incumbent upon us to watch our mind-trends and take necessary corrective initiative in time not simply to avert any such eventuality. That would also help in smooth run of life with ease and comfort.


11th May

A Little Indwelling to Save Love

A couple going through serious emotional turmoil came asking one day: “Are we due for a marital separation?” I greeted them with a counter question: “If you were so sure that you guys cannot stand each other any longer, then what brought you here?” “We both have full faith that we will get the right guidance is why we decided to consult you before taking the final call,” answered the couple in chorus.

Well, if you had to separate, you would have just done it. In the fit of your rage, the indwelling love for each other has taken a backseat, as it got clouded by provocative seeming realities that have been driving you crazy. But the sprouts from deep seeds of love resident at the sub-conscious level have been involuntarily discouraging you from taking extreme steps. And so you are here, looking for a lead, which does not let you compromise with your individual egos either.

Truth of life, in case of ordinary mortals, is that when you are in a relationship, you usually expect from the other side to remain true to your scheme of things about life. And if it would be wanting, it becomes difficult for you to digest, which turns into fight. So, the fight between two is in a way a reflection of their love, which temporarily becomes a casualty. You don’t fight a stranger, because there is no love and so no expectation. And in a fit of rage, the sense of reason gets clouded. As a consequence, you get stuck to seeming realities so much that many good in the other side get ignored. And, mindlessly you go on charging each other, and make each other suffer.

Never forget that no body is ever born a perfect; each carries individual-specific limitations. It is therefore, simply illogical to expect perfection from anybody, and perfection by what standard anyway? Ordinarily, it is self-defined perception of an imperfect being. But again, it is the imperfection in us which calls for working towards attaining perfection. In this respect, the couple are supposed to help each other grow and evolve. This is one of the seven pledges taken by the couple during any Hindu marriage ceremony. We often forget this during the usual run of life. So, invoke the indwelling sense of love, the force of which will help you get over the past, bridge the divide, and offer you fresh ground for turning life into a beautiful experience.

It is pertinent to note here that quality of marital experience one would have is primarily dependant on how the two engage each other in day-to-day life. And that is dependant on their habits and attitudes. Had you guys worked upon your weaknesses in time, probably you would not have invited the present emotional turmoil. “Better late than never,” goes the saying. So, identify, acknowledge and work upon your attitudes and I am sure, you will not come cribbing any more. Let us now look at the astrological markers pointing to their frailties.

The first to note about the man is his Aries lagna. Its lord Mars, is conjunct Uranus, and also locked in adverse formation to both the Sun and Moon. That makes out an impulsive, temperamental, argumentative, and irritable character, for whom, ‘my way is the only way’, least bothered about the sensitivity and concerns of the other side. He will mindlessly jump into an action or fight without applying proper forethought. Second, Jupiter placed opposite Neptune brings in peculiar beliefs, distanced from ground realities. Third, Venus locked in adverse formation with Moon and Uranus, makes him moody and emotionally volatile. Finally, the Sun placed adverse to Saturn, makes him habitually find fault with others for everything that goes wrong.

Towards the lady’s side, the Sun placed adverse to Uranus, read together with Mars ill-disposed to Saturn, would imply being self-willed, tactless, rebellious, suspicious, revengeful, impatient, and intolerant. Mercury conjunct Mars, and placed adverse to Saturn implies, a restless, overcritical, and an irritable person, having a rigid one track mind. The Moon in Virgo together with headless Ketu makes her a perfectionist in terms of her own self-defined parameters, and also not aware of what she should expect from life. And if others do not prove to her expectations, she would become overcritical, and would not mind passing caustic remarks. And the result is there for all to see. The good thing is that they listened to the counsel and have been seriously trying to work upon themselves. And to the good luck of their only child, their relationship has considerably improved.


4th May

No Short Cut to Marital Bliss

A gentleman worried about delay in getting his daughter married off came asking the other day: “What is wrong with my daughter’s destiny that even at the age of 31, she is not married yet? Is there any remedial measure that could hasten her marriage?”

At the outset, I assured the girl’s father that her marriage is promised and the doors for which may open up during the second half of the year. And then I confronted him with a counter-question: “Are you looking for a stable and happy marriage for your daughter or just wish to discharge your obligations and leave the rest to her destiny?” “I certainly wish her a good marital life, but such undue delay is definitely worrisome, as most of her contemporaries are already married, some having children as well,” he said. Well, “if you wish your daughter relatively a stable and happy marital life, have patience and don’t draw parallel. Let her marriage come about when it becomes naturally due, as it stands programmed.

Remember, every individual is born unique, each pre-programmed to negotiate life one’s own exclusive ways, which also includes marital prospect. And in this scheme of things, she is due for a delayed marriage. For, in this particular case, the marriage indicator, Mars and Venus, both occupy the lunar constellation of delaying Saturn. This apart, her astrological chart does also spell out the reasons for delay. For, the girl needs enough of time and space, to become matured enough to handle the subtleties of married life with ease and comfort. And, but for which, her marital stability may become questionable.

It may not be out of place to mention here that marital happiness and stability is dependant on how the prospective partners would engage each other in their day-to-day life. And that is largely dependant on their attitudes. And if ever they carry the potential to work at cross-purposes with each other, say for instance inflated ego, marital turbulence becomes inevitable. In such cases, it becomes necessary to work upon one’s frailties in time. There are two ways one could get over such attitudinal weaknesses. First, you may learn through lessons had while negotiating the challenges faced in course of the usual run of life, which calls for sufficient time. Second, you consciously identify your weaknesses and then try to address them in all seriousness. In this context, it is difficult to digest that any belief driven remedial measures could take care of any individual’s mental infirmities. If any body can help in this respect, it is the individual-self alone. To sum up, in stead of looking for belief driven remedial measures in the hope of hastening marriage, it would be better that the girl tries to set her basic premise right. In this sense, delayed marriage may prove to be a blessing in disguise.

Let us now look at the girl’s inherent weaknesses. The first to make note of are the two luminaries, the Sun and Moon placed opposite each other. Both are locked in adverse formation to Jupiter as well as Uranus. That points to her swaggering ego and out of touch with ground realities. As a consequence, she may remain stuck to her self-defined dos and don’ts, and not open to look beyond. If ever, things go beyond her predefined parameters, it will be difficult for her to digest, and may overreact without any due diligence. What would further play spoil-sport with her inter-personal relationships is that she would be emotionally volatile, high-strung, and has a mercurial temperament. She would be temperamentally unconventional, habitually having doubts on the intent of her traditional parents and elders. She may even defy her elder’s views and counsels, if it were not in conformity with her self-defined perceptions, a tendency which may later come into play while dealing with her in-laws. What further tells upon her inter-personal relationships is Mercury, placed adverse to Mars, Venus, and Neptune. That makes her bad tempered, irritable, hyper-critical, argumentative, who may not apply reason before drawing conclusion. That also accounts for her impaired reasoning and judgment. If that would not be enough, Mars placed adverse to Neptune makes her a complex character vulnerable to misdirect her energies, of all things towards self-undoing acts.

The positives, too, are immense, which promises her a good career prospect. However, in so far as her inter-personal relationship skill is concerned, her positives get marginalised more often by her attitudinal frailties. That not simply carries the potential to vitiate her marital harmony and stability, but could extend its wings even to her career-growth prospects. I wish the girl takes necessary corrective measures before it becomes too late.


27th April

Sharpen your Destiny

A man burdened with heavy load of debt, difficult to service, came asking the other day: “What is wrong with my destiny that put me into a debt-trap? When is lady-luck expected to smile on me to pull me out of my financial woes? Do I not hold the right to dream making it big in life?”

Well, dreaming is fine, as it motivates you to work towards a better tomorrow. But day-dreaming is certainly fraught with danger. For, if you are not awake and alert while setting your dream-destination, you remain vulnerable to become a victim of your own self-undoing act. If you do not weigh your options in hand thoroughly well before jumping into action, and remain oblivious to ground realities, the probability of failure gets pronounced.

Remember, if you wish to reap a good harvest, you need to first figure out the soil conditions in terms of what crops it would support better. Second, you also need to be aware about what crops the immediate seasonal conditions would favour better. You can’t just randomly sow seeds of any thing you would fancy and still expect a good harvest. Having the homework done, you could make the right choice to expect good returns. Towards the second step, you need to till the ground thoroughly well, clear off the weeds, and service it well before you sow the seeds. And then you need to keep servicing the ground and the crop till the final harvest to expect desired results.

Your mind too, which drives you through in life, works on similar lines. It comes preloaded with individual-specific mental dispensation, potentials and infirmities both included, as a carry over from the previous birth. That makes it incumbent upon you to first figure out as to what you are primarily made out for. Second, you need to identify your mental limitations and address them well within time. Third, you need to keep constant vigil on incessant streams of thoughts excited by mind, and keep weeding out the inconsequential and the negatives on a day-to-day basis. And then, you also need to be live about the ground realities as on date. If you accordingly prepare the ground, in all probability, you may set your priorities right and then earnestly work to make them come true. Obviously then, success would be within better reach. Should you, on the contrary, mindlessly chase your fanciful dreams, you leave yourself to the mercy of sheer luck and chance.

Let us now look at the person’s astrological pointers to get to his basic fabric of making. He is born in Aries lagna, with its lord firmly placed there itself, also enjoying Jupiter’s benevolent aspect. That makes out a strong headed person bounding with energy, armed with leadership skill, drive, and initiative needed to achieve his cherished dreams. Mind-signifier Moon in exaltation enjoys due support from Uranus. That speaks of his fertile mind armed with vision, foresight, and imagination, having strong sense of innovation and invention, capable of coming up with brilliant independent ideas. Mercury and Venus together in the 11th house, make him good at public relations, and also grant him with good luck and helpful friends and associates.

The above positives often get marginalised by his inherent negatives. For, he never cared to address them. The first to note are the two luminaries, the Sun and Moon, both adversely disposed off to the planet of limitation Saturn as well as mischievous Neptune. That in the first place, brings in strong sense of inertia that often delays his initiatives. Second, he would be a day dreamer distanced from ground realities. Third, he does not acknowledge truth on its first sight and would continue mindlessly chasing his dream-destination. Fourth, he is vulnerable to unpredictable mood-swings and also makes him habitually suspicious of others. And in the event of any failure, he will find fault with others rather than try to figure out and acknowledge his own failings. His lagna sign, apart from adding to his strengths, also brings in the tendency to impulsively jump on to action without applying proper forethought. Added to this is his swaggering ego, coming as it may with the Sun locked in adverse formation to Jupiter. That further gets him stuck to his whims and fancies not allowing him any scope to check upon the ground realities. And if that would not be enough, Mercury being ill-disposed to Mars, makes him restless, impatient, overcritical of others, and the one lacking focus.

To sum up, it is not his destiny that failed him. He rather became a victim of his own making. And astrology used in the above spirit can serve as an effective diagnostic tool to help shape one’s destiny.


20th April

What Lies Beyond the Self

We all wish to enjoy a successful and a happy life with ease and comfort. Truth, however, remains that odds in the way are heavy and life does not necessarily move to one’s asking. For, every individual is born unique, driven by an inherent sense of freedom, and each carrying one’s own individual-specific mental propensities, often at crossroads with others. That brings in the tendency to steer life at one’s own exclusive terms. The world, thus, constitutionally remains a natural breeding ground for conflicting thoughts and interests. What further compounds the problem is the sense of dual perception driving our minds, whereby one’s own choice becomes vulnerable to run into extremes. That makes us susceptible to become a victim our own conflicting thoughts. .

Life has to still keep moving on despite all these contradictions. Fortunately for us, we are also empowered with the faculty of discriminate intelligence so as to act with reasons while taking on the challenges ahead. Applying this prerogative, one could dispassionately discriminate upon the issues in hand with an open mind without any preconditioning whatsoever, and pick up the most appropriate lead.

The irony of the situation, however, is that our ego often plays spoil-sport with our discriminative faculty. First, it does not allow us to look beyond the callings of our preconditioned minds, thus narrowing down our scope of vision. Our discriminative faculty gets compromised in the way. Second, it prompts us to take seeming realities on its face value, leaving no scope for due diligence to figure out the underlying truth. Consequently, one gets tempted to instinctively respond to any situation without applying proper forethought. Naturally, when you stifle your own empowerment tool, the probability of inviting problems gets pronounced.

What then is the way out for a smooth run of life? Here, Philosophy comes into play to provide us with the right lead. It makes us aware of the dynamics of life in holistic terms, writ large in the Nature itself, and which holds the key to all aspects of our existential order. Going by philosophic perception, the Universe is a unified intelligent organism, we being a small player in its exhaustive and complex game plan. In nature’s scheme of things, there remains unity underlying all diverse existences, set into an interdependent mechanism. That calls for complementing and supplementing the efforts of each other to together meet our essential existential needs, be it at the family level or society at large. For, individually, we are all born imperfect and incomplete. Once, this fundamental truth dawns upon us, we will remain conscious about our collective duties and obligations while attending to our individualistic aspirations and inklings.

Remember, against every infirmity one may have, invariably there are many more virtues, which need to be dwelt upon more. In our usual run of life, however, we get stuck to other’s weakness so much that we often forget to take note of their positives, and naturally to one’s detriment. But all said and done, philosophic perception of life alone will not help much unless we try to figure out and address our individual weaknesses. Life then will naturally turn better. Astrology can serve here as an effective diagnostic tool.

The other day, a lady worried about the future ramifications of the usual day-to-day tiffs with her husband, came asking about prospects of her marital stability and happiness. It did not straightaway get into her head when I said that the choice was her. I had to further explain how it is important for the couple to work upon their individual attitudinal problems for a happy married life. On the contrary, if they continue to conduct mindlessly as they have been doing so far, their usual day-to-day squabbles could eventually take disastrous consequences.

Let us look at the lady’s astrological pointers. No planet in any of her earthy signs implies that she lacks worldly wisdom. The Sun placed adverse to Jupiter as well as Rahu points to her swaggering ego, which binds her to self-defined parameters and usually not open to look beyond. And if things ever happen contrary to her perceptions, she may react aggressively. If that would not be enough, she also carries seeds of high level of anger as would mind-signifier Moon placed adverse to fiery Mars imply. On top of that is the placement of Moon in Sagittarius, which makes her tactless, undiplomatic and habitually suspicious, who may often offend those around on account of her indiscreet and ill-timed instinctive statements. Her virtues are immense, but that often gets overshadowed by her infirmities. Should she work upon her weaknesses, I am sure her marital life will turn into a beautiful experience.


13th April

Identify and Solve Inner Crises

A mother, worried about her daughter’s prospects at the board examination due early next year, shared her concerns the other day: “My daughter is very creative and has a photographic memory. But so far she has not been able to perform well at her successive annual examinations.” She was given to understand by her village astrologer that her daughter’s fate stands cursed by evil influences exercised by some planets. And unless something is done to appease the planetary implications, the situation will remain as such till the end of her Saturn period due late 2016. He had suggested some gemstones and puja, but that failed to make any impact so far. The question now is that if she fails to perform at her board examination, she will not be able to make it to a good college. “Can something be done to help improve her performance?” the lady wished to know.

At the outset, I assured the lady that her daughter’s fate is not doomed. She could still do well, if instead of trying to appease the planets, she tries to identify her infirmities and then fix them up from the base level without further loss of time. It may not be out of place to mention here that if someone fails to secure desired results, it is not simply because one would be destined as such, and with no scope for rectification. The failure as such is more because he/she would not have striven sufficiently to unfold the best in oneself and put in one’s whole. Remember, intelligence and good memory, by itself is not enough to secure desired results. One should be able to use them properly as well. Your memory is just an information-bank, and that makes out just one part of the whole story. Intelligence again can make you understand well what you have read. But at the end of the day, you shall have to recall all that is there in your memory-bank in a flash action, and present them in the right perspective that would be contextually true to the callings of the question asked. All these would require a coordinated and consistent functioning of all constituents of mind.

Be it known that planets do not define your destiny. They just act like a measuring gaze to let you know your inlaid potentials, functional limitations, and overall mental propensities. What finally defines your destiny is the way you conduct yourself in real life. Should you mindlessly flow to the callings of the astrological-pointers, you fall prey to your inherent trends. If, however, one tries to dispassionately figure out the way your mind is inherently framed, and then make necessary corrections, you could very well shape your destiny. This would be the most appropriate use of the power of freewill we human beings are endowed with, which, more often than not, we misuse to passionately pursue our whims and fancies. And again, Astrology used on this premise can serve as a very effective diagnostic-tool towards improving our performing-self.

Let us now examine the girl’s astrological pointers in the above perspective. The Sun conjunct Mercury, both well disposed off to Mars, point to her photographic memory, good intelligence level, and the one bounding with energy. Benevolent Jupiter there in the lagna together with Uranus, both well disposed off to Venus point to her intellectual, artistic and creative urge. But the evidence of inertia, and thereby lack of spirit and efforts, stand in way of her consistent performance, as would Saturn crossing path with Sun imply. This tendency gets further compounded with headless Ketu in close vicinity of Saturn, which does not let her attend to the challenges head on. And if that would not be enough, mischievous Neptune, mind-signifier Moon, and the communicative-ability-indicator Mercury, all respectively locked in adverse formation plays further play spoil-sport with her performance. That in the first place, accounts for her incoherent thought process and thereby impaired reasoning and judgment. Second, she would be high-strung, worrisome, and indecisive. Third, she would be an escapist stuck to her self-delusions distant from ground realities, which does not allow her to set the priorities right. And she would be lacking in the communicative skill necessary to answer the questions asked in the right perspective. On top of that Mars locks horns with both Uranus and Jupiter. That makes her temperamental and the one with inflated ego. As a consequence, she would not be open to listening and counsel, and not easily amenable to change.

The answer lies in attending to her inherent infirmities from the base level in practical terms. Astrology can just serve as a diagnostic tool. If she just religiously follows the mind-reorientation exercise suggested, I am sure, she will be able to perform well.


6th April

The Trinity of Goddesses

We are midway through the Vasant (Caitra) Navaratra. The devout would be engaged in penance seeking boons from Mother Goddess Durga. The purpose by and large is driven by the desire to get empowered for worth being able to face challenges ahead with ease and comfort. Also, successfully negotiate the opportunities likely to unfold and translate them into fruits. Many of the seekers worship an earthen idol of the deity. But is it about seeking power from the inert idol? It is something difficult to digest. If, however, we look at the associated philosophical import underlying the idol, it would be found serving a relevant purpose.

Going by common perception, Mother Goddess Durga is identified with Sakti. But remember, Sakti does not mean physical prowess or energy as we understand in modern context. It actually implies self-intelligent energy-mechanism vital to creation, sustenance, and recycling of dynamic existence. Physical prowess is just one dimension. There are two other associated dimensions of Sakti, when seen in practical terms: Wisdom and rightful creative-aspiration respectively symbolised by Goddesses Saraswati and Laxmi. And the three, perceived as co-runners are worshipped in togetherness. In fact, they are three different dimensions of the same Creative-energy excited by the Primordial Source - the Energy-whole having all the three dimensions in equilibrated balance before the creation chain got excited. The three, acting upon each other in togetherness hold the key to our dynamic existence. Naturally then, the one without other two would become meaningless. No wonder if you happen to visit Vaishnava Devi temple towards the northern end of the country, you will find three Pindas, symbolising the Mother-trinity. Also at Kamakhya temple in Assam in the east, another Sakti-peetha, you have idols of the three deities side by side.

Remember, physical-energy as we know, does not have its own drive. It will move the way we wish to direct it – towards productive or destructive ends. So, there has to be a purpose involved which is driven by our desire. Desire again, has to be well reasoned and positively oriented, otherwise it could get misdirected. And the action too, needs to be steered intelligently to bring about desired results.

Acknowledging this very truth, not only we simply have presence of all the three in the Sakti-peetha-s mentioned above. During the 9 days of Navaratra regime, the prime focus keeps shifting from Durga to Laxmi and then Saraswati each being assigned three days.

Our learned masters knew in very clear terms that there are no form-gods in existence in the heaven, the way we perceive them. But there are forces vital to our different dynamic functions. And those forces are there within each of us as well. There is a saying: “Yat Brahmande tata pindam”, which means “As is the cosmos, so is the living world”. It implies that we are a product of collective working of all the forces existent in the cosmos, and so are very much available within all of us. All that we are supposed to do is to invoke those forces from within, otherwise lying dormant because of our ignorance. But how would you relate and find connect with these invisible forces?

There needs to be a sense of awareness about these forces. Symbols come handy in driving the underlying concepts in the inner realm of our minds, when we focus our undivided attention on them. We, thus, get reminded about the need to holistically pursue these Sakti-variants in togetherness. And to lay importance, these symbols were accorded the status of deities. In this sense these symbolisms perceived as deities in common parlance could serve a great purpose towards human resource development.

Our learned masters were also aware that human memories are ordinarily short. And going through the usual mills of the life, one often forgets the fundamentals of life. So, to get each of us reminded about the same at regular periodic interval, they designed Navratra-s twice a year, as a part of our annular calendar. The timing too, has been purposely set with the onset of two productive cycles of Agriculture, the major economic activity in the olden days. They also coincide with two major seasonal changes, which would warrant preparing ourselves to take on the varying dynamics of nature in all strength – bodily, mentally and otherwise. So remains the provision of temporarily changing our diet-regime during the period, which facilitates cleansing of our internal system, so as to remain in good health. Chanting of mantra-s help us rejuvenate our energy mechanism, and through the related concepts, we try to become mentally responsive to fundamentals of life.

With these words I wish the valued readers a very happy Navaratra.


30th March

Choose Government Wisely

Indian electors must be actively weighing their options for electing their representatives to the Parliament. How smartly the electors exercise their franchise, will decide whether we are going to have a performing Parliament that discharges its obligations in all sincerity. Or it has fallen on our fate to bear with nonfunctional Parliament made of motley crowd of disparate members as in sight during last 10 years.

We are made to believe that Indian democracy has matured over the years. Apparently yes, if it’s mere survival during the last 67 years is any measure. Also that the voters have at times tried out alternative options in hand particularly after 1977. But looking at the character and content of our elected members, and the way polity has been of late moving, there's a question mark on elector’s wisdom. If we have been forced to bear with unbecoming conduct of our elected representatives, then it is primarily because we have been mindlessly exercising our franchise. Otherwise, proven criminals and schemers would not have continued to find their place. And we would not have encouraged money-power progressively firming up its root in the electoral process, leaving not enough of scope for commoners with good intent dare volunteer themselves.

The truth of life is that present political breed has understood emotional volatility of the common masses, which they exploit to their advantage in the name of religion, caste, regional pride, and what not, as it suits them contextually. Consequently, the divide is ever expanding, weakening our roots day by day. If we allow the ground to slip day by day, the fate of a multilingual, multicultural, and multi-religious massive country as ours becomes obvious. The track record of our traditional political class so far, very clearly shows that their general intent has been shady. They have been just playing vote bank politics with a wish to grab power one way or the other, even if means playing divisive cards.

At this hour of judgment, it is high time that we woke up and exercised our right wisely rather than being swayed emotionally by the schemers. Experience suggests that the general voters often fall into the trap of the political craftsmen. So, should we not become alert about our short term and long terms concerns, and fail to weigh our options well before making our choice, I am afraid, we are laying the ground for the next Mahabharat war. The question now is: who would qualify as a leader suited to Indian demographic pattern with all its diversity and enormity?

Ancient India’s learned masters have outlined the measure of a true leader through the symbolism of Lord Shiva seated on an ox, and His court comprising of all varied creatures such humans, godly bodies, animals, goblins. There remains inherent incommunicability amongst all of them and all with their individual limitations. Yet, Lord Shiva remains in accord with one and all ignoring their individual shortcomings. Not simply that, He absolves them of their sin and absorbs them in the form of snake venom round His neck. And He does that purposely. For, He knows that if each creature has its own limitations, it is simultaneously endowed with some assigned virtue as would be necessary for essential sustenance of the living order. Even a trivial creature like termite for example, if it spoils our wooden material and paper, it also creates hole deep in the soil structure facilitating entry of oxygen so as to activate soil fertility. Remember, the living world is set into an interdependent mechanism, wherein but for one, the very existence would be at stake. And so He wishes to have the best out of all his courtiers so as to ensure a smooth run of the existential order as exemplified by being mounted on and ox. Those having exposure to village life would know that the oxen pulling a bullock-cart keeps moving unprovoked at a fixed pace till it reaches its destination. On top of all that, Lord Shiva is one deity who is perceived bare bodied to mean that He selflessly discharges His duties and obligations without expecting anything in return from His courtiers. That is He enjoys the confidence of one and all.

It may be difficult to find a leader exactly framed in Lord Shiva’s mould. But we must be particular about picking up the one who is committed to harmonious co-existence and also works for inclusive growth. Midway through the election process, it will be unfair to discuss astrological charts of individual leaders. But if an alert mass looks at the choices in hand dispassionately, they are capable making the right judgment, as they have shown on few occasions earlier.


23rd March

Addressing Infirmities

Ours is a collective existence set into an inter-dependant framework which calls for complimenting and supplementing the efforts of each other for our essential sustenance and growth. In such an interwoven mechanism, evidently every individual act, good or bad, would affect all and sundry one way or the other. Added to that is the fact that each individual is born unique, all coming up with individual specific mental propensities, often at odds with each other to make out a disparate world. And so the going cannot be easy. And yet, we have to move together overriding all individual limitations to ensure a smooth run of life.

Acknowledging this very human limitation, the learned masters of the yore emphasized the need to consecrate every individual mind right at the childhood stage itself. Accordingly, every child was given a lesson in the concept of “Unity in diversity”, that holds the key to the making and essential sustenance of our dynamic existence. It thus got fed into every mind that collective wellbeing was an essential prerequisite for individual growth and happiness. With such an orientation of mind, one would not forget about one’s collective obligations while attending to individual aspirations.

Equal emphasis was given on nurturing indwelling potential of each being so as to come out with their individual best. Consequently, not simply individual aspirations were well served, but the best in each being fully unfolded, together with others would also add to the collective worth and wellbeing. As a part of the process, inherent infirmities of each individual were observed minutely and accordingly guided to make necessary correction. The society was thus conscious about laying the ground for harmonious co-existence. And the training began in family itself where one was trained to love and respect each other, be appreciative of other’s sensitivities, and put in one’s own share towards collective welfare and growth.

All these societal concerns about our collective obligations seem to have taken a back seat since the advent of consumerism overtaking our drive. First, the concept of joint family has given way to nuclear family leaving no scope for a child to have any exposure to sharing with their peer groups. Second, in the aspirational competitive world as on date, each child is being brought up in a way that enables him or her to prove true to the callings of his or her individual materialistic aspirations alone. Consequently, day-by-day, we are turning more and more individualistic and selfish aspiring to live on one’s own exclusive terms. We remain particular about claiming our individual rights, but would not care for our collective obligations. In fact, we have become insensitive to other’s concerns and sensibilities. Naturally, when each one begins conducting in a demanding mode, chaos within the family and society becomes a natural corollary.

A case in point is that of a lady who has neither been at peace with herself nor would allow it to others in the family. Mindlessly, she keeps throwing tantrums every now and then to the discomfort of all others. The reason, plain and simple, is that her inherent attitudinal trends were not addressed in time, assuming that as she grows. she may learn to behave. Let us look at her astrological markers pointing to her inherent mental traits.

The Sun occupying her Taurus lagna, a fixed and earthy sign, read together with mind-signifier Moon posited in the sign Gemini points to a stubborn dominant character who wishes to live on one’s own exclusive terms. The Sun further placed adverse to debilitated Mars, Venus, and Neptune, accounts for her haughty, irritable, impulsive, and quarrelsome nature having volatile emotionality. It also makes her an escapist who wishes to live in her own dream world. And if anything happens contrary to her whims and fancies, she gets so exercised and emotionally surcharged that she loses all sense of direction and self-control. Her sense of reasons and judgment then gets clouded, as would Mercury ill-disposed off to mischievous Neptune imply. What further compounds her problem is debilitated Mars locking horns with Neptune. That points to evidence of inferiority complex, which, given a trigger brings to fore her bulls rage that lies within in seed form. Moon posited opposite its planet of detriment Saturn points to her negative mindset, which brings in the tendency to habitually find fault with others for all that goes wrong. Over a period of time, her habit-tendencies have got so firmed up in her mind and psyche that eventually she has turned Schizophrenic calling for immediate medical attention. Had her inherent tendencies not been ignored while she was being groomed, she would have been spared of her suffering and also those of her kith and kin.


16th March

Time to Discover the Self

We all wish to succeed well and enjoy a fulfilling life with ease and comfort. The truth of life, however, remains that such lucky ones are a rarity for whom destiny would spontaneously grant them all that they would aspire for. In fact, nothing comes easy in life for a large majority. They have to strive hard and yet, there is no guarantee that they may always succeed in their endeavours. This, despite each one of us having had tried to put in one’s best, of course by one’s own standard. And those who are faced with odds invariably try to console themselves as being the call of destiny. The question now is: If our efforts fail to bear fruits, is it how we are fated or that we would have failed to put in our best?

To find an answer, we need to look into the chemistry of our mind. The prime drivers of our minds are the impressions of learning and experiences one would have had during the previous life as well account of our unfulfilled desires. That is subject to further modification through learning and unlearning we have with the onset of the present life. What finally emerges out of the process is what sets the premise on which we drive our lives.

Invariably, we carry a mixed bag of potentials and infirmities. Evidently, we need to be first aware of our inlaid potentials, and then hone them well to become worth applying in contemporary terms, to make the best out of them. The potentials cannot spontaneously outplay and would not be worth the time as it is. For, their seeds are rooted in the past. Meanwhile, time would have advanced a lot. As a consequence, what would have been relevant in the yesterdays may not prove true to the callings of the dynamics of the present moment, on as-is-where-as basis.

Simultaneously the infirmities too, need to be identified, acknowledged, and corrected. Otherwise, upon right moment, they will not miss the opportunity to play spoil-sport with inlaid potentials by trying to restrict them from blooming out to their fullest. The paradox, however, is that we seldom remain conscious about discovering the inlaid driving spirit of our minds. As a result thereof, we often fail to take necessary corrective initiatives so as to set our premise. So, in effect, our efforts remain short of expectations is why we fail in life.

It therefore, becomes incumbent upon us discover ourselves in time. We are very well qualified to do that through self-reflection. But, often, because of preconditioning of our minds, it becomes difficult to dispassionately analyse one’s own self. This deficiency ours can be taken care of by Astrology, which does energy-mapping of a being. And since energy does not carry any bias, astrological reading reflects personality of a being with fair amount of precision.

A case in point is that of a potential guy, who having earned requisite experience in his field, serving various institutions of repute has finally established his own IT company. The company has been on the whole growing, but the going has been really tough for him. Worried, he called up for advice. He was advised to look within to find the answer. For, most of his difficulties were of his own making coming as they may with his personality imbalances.

Let us now look at his astrological pointers. The Sun conjunct Uranus, firmly placed above the head, read together with Jupiter and Mars respectively occupying the two trine houses point to his high ambition. The Sun and Uranus favourably disposed off to Mars, in the first place implies that he is armed with inventive and innovative mind having the drive and initiative necessary to take his aspirations to the desired end. Second, he has leadership abilities capable to successfully steer a team. Also, he would be self-reliant, fearless, practical, and bounding with energy. Saturn conjunct Ketu, both favourably placed to Venus and Moon, point to his IT skills, practical business abilities, trustworthiness, and capable of handling responsible positions. Neptune well disposed off to both Jupiter and Mercury grants him with vision and imagination. All put together qualifies him to take his company to great height.

The above positives often get compromised whenever he gets emotionally surcharged, coming as it may with Venus placed adverse to the Sun, Uranus, and Moon. He then loses his sense of reasons and misdirects his energies as would Mars placed adverse to Neptune imply when read together with Jupiter opposite Mercury. His mercurial temperament also comes into play as would Moon posited adverse to Uranus mean. He also loses his patience. At times, he also gets into speculative overdrives, which eventually puts him into distress. And the result is there for all to see.


9th March

Induce Confidence in Early Childhood

A toddler, fresh to the world, remains curious to know anything and everything noticed upon, and with full expanse of conscious mind-space available to store them all on as-is-where-is basis. For, the child’s faculty of discriminate-intelligence is yet not geared up to discern what would be worth absorbing or discarding. All these memory inputs make a deep impact on the child’s mind and psyche that may continue to influence their thought process for long. Sometimes the impact is so strong that it could override the usual destiny-defining inherent tendencies carried over from the previous birth that begin to gradually unfold from the age of 8. No wonder that Indian Astrology ascribes child’s destiny to the parents till they attain 8 years by age. So, experientially it comes out that the personality of a being is not simply dependant on the destiny indications carried over from the previous birth. The early childhood impressions do also carry considerable influence in the making of a being.

That makes parenting a very challenging task. For, one hand, they are to guide their children about what stands true to them in contemporary terms. And at the same time, they are to be trained in a way that helps them overcome some of the negative tendencies carried over from the previous life. To sum up, the children would present themselves in life the way they would have been shaped by their parents. The parents, therefore, need to be fully alert to set their child’s premise right. Otherwise, children shall have to pay heavy price later in life, and for no fault of theirs. True, parent’s intent towards their children cannot be invariably questioned. The truth of life, however, is that many a times, the parent’s out of their own ignorance have been found to be mindlessly misdirecting their children, and to their detriment.

A case in point is that of a well educated young lady who presents herself as a weakling, low in confidence, over-laden with inertia, and not able to cope up with callings of even usual chores of life with ease and comfort. She keeps looking for due support and guidance on every count, and prefers playing second fiddle to others rather than leading herself in her own right. She rarely takes any initiative on her own. She needs lot of prodding and encouragement for putting into act even such things for which she would be otherwise well equipped. The question now is: Is she born with such inherent traits or she has been reared up this way? Her astrological chart presents a very interesting story, which contrasts her present demeanour.

Her lagna-lord Moon, over the head in the fiery and active sign Aries owned by Mars speaks of a strong-headed person who may pay a price but not play second fiddle even to the seniors. She would be a leader in her right, capable of carrying along a team with strength, vision and determination. Such characters are action-oriented, many a times not allowing time and space for even applying proper forethought before jumping into an act. Benevolent Jupiter in exaltation rising in the lagna makes her a well meaning and a reasoned person driven by well laid down value system. Jupiter favourably disposed off to fiery Mars in the 9th house should have made her a resolute person having the strength and courage to conduct fearlessly in life. Jupiter, also identified with wisdom, extends its due support to intelligence-signifying Mercury. That makes her an insightful, and a keen learner who could unravel true import of a subject under study, and then apply them with finesse in practical terms. It also grants her with excellent communicative skill. All put together qualifies her to make it big in life. The question now is: How is it that she presents herself just the opposite of her inherent trends?

Let us now look at her parental influence. Uranus posited in the mother-signifying 4th house in opposition to lagna lord Moon, points to an overbearing and over-possessive mother dictating her daughter all the time. If that was not enough, the 4th sub-lord Sun posited in the father signifying 9th house, occupies the lunar constellation of Saturn tenanted in the lagna house. Even 9th sign and sub-lord Jupiter too happens to be in the lunar constellation of limiting Saturn. The implication is that the lady’s parents were so restrictive in their approach and had bound her to so much of don’ts that the very word “No” got imprinted deep in her psyche. And that has overtaken her thought process so much that her usual response begins with a habitual no. I wish the parents refrain from inducing sense of negativity while tending their child.


25th Feb

Leadership at its Bottommost Low

Are we heading for another Mahabharat? Nothing better could be expected when all sense of civility and sanity gets lost and “My way the only way” becomes the order of the day. What more needs to be said about where we are heading to, after the shameful conduct of our representatives in the highest law making forum of the country the other day. If that was not enough, the killers of ex-Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi were released out of political expediency – just to fetch some votes. Those supposed to frame rules for orderly conduct of the nation themselves wilfully losing all sense of order, is enough to throw light on what we are due for.

What has happened to the spirit and ethos of a country that was known for being passionately engaged in search of truth and wisdom? Remember, the very naming of the country as “Bharatvarsha” implies a nation seriously engaged in search of truths of life. The word “Bharat” is made out of two root syllables: “Bha” and “Rat”, respectively meaning “light” (implying gaining wisdom) and “passionately engaged”. No wonder that this nation has been the seat of 9 rich philosophies, all based on sound reasons, and relevant even in today’s context. These philosophies not simply deal in hidden mysteries of life in abstract terms, but also lay down the ground for qualitative existence, individually and collectively in practical terms. These philosophies had to go through intense scrutiny, following successive debates whence they weighed their perceptions against other contemporary and contrary views, and reason out the best possible option for us.

The learned masters of the yore adopted novel ways, to make all and sundry aware of the basic truths of life vital to qualitative existence, transcending all mental and intellectual limitations and divides. The intelligent ones who could easily understand and absorb the finer nuances of philosophic teachings and take them forward, were subjected to formal learning in the Guru-Shisya tradition. For the commoners, they made use of symbolism and allegorical stories portraying benefits of a value based living that may draw their immediate attention. And that was set into a religious tradition, following which, as a matter of regular routine, the lessons get deep set in every mind so as to spontaneously find reflection in our usual day-to-day conduct. The whole idea was to shape every individual being in a way as would build a formidable human-resource base, vital to making of a vibrant society that lives in peace and harmony. The whole concept seems to have been lost sight of by our modern educators, which is why we have turned into an ego-driven, intolerant, and an impatient lot not prepared to bear with anything beyond individualistic whims and fancies.

In the olden process, special emphasis was laid on attending to the mental vagaries of each intelligent being, and particularly those supposed to lead the society.

For, they knew that any empowerment tool, be it intelligence or authority to rule, could be both used and misused equally – towards productive ends or disastrous consequences. In this context the learned masters made use of astrology to figure out mental propensities of the each ones for the sake of timely correction. A case in point is that of a very intelligent and well educated person not been able to bear with anything contrary to his perception. Let us give a look at his astrological pointers.

Intelligence-signifying Mercury in exaltation is conjunct Sun, and also favourably placed to mind-indicator Moon. This needs to be read together with Jupiter in the 4th house enjoying full directional strength. That point to his fertile mind, armed with high intelligence, analytical and scientific orientation, excellent memory, and extraordinary communicative skill. Moon in the sign Capricorn, the ruling sign of the natural zodiac brings in organisational abilities as would be due to a natural leader. Saturn’s aspect to Ketu speaks of his love for technology and philosophy at the same go.

The above virtues often get compromised when his negative mental propensities overtake his mind’s drive. Neptune locking horns with both Moon and Jupiter binds him to his self-delusions and peculiar self-defined beliefs, having a tendency to escape truths rather than assess them with an open mind and acknowledge. It also accounts for his unpredictable mood-swings. Jupiter placed adverse to Moon points to his volatile emotionality whereby he gets over-exercised even on trivial issues that often stifles his sense of reasoning. Mars placed adverse to Mercury, read together with Saturn opposite Uranus, makes him restless, argumentative, hypercritical, impulsive, intolerant, and impatient. Consequently, he is neither at peace with the self nor with his near and dear ones.

Imagine what will happen to a nation made out of people with erratic minds such as his? All conscientious minds need to give a serious thought to this endemic problem and look for solution.


16th Feb

Swaraj Has To Be Secured In Mind

In the past, the art of playing with words remained exclusive preserve of the writers. But with growing education, this space seems to have been of late overtaken and misused by the demagogues in their bid to entice the gullible minds. No wonder the neo-politicians have been loud-mouthing the word Swaraj to mean that people would get liberated with the theatrical passage of their model of Lokpal Bill. I wonder if they really understand the true meaning of the word. For, with 'greed' entrenched in every mind, just the passage of the bill cannot offer a one-stroke solution to rampant corruption.

The word “Swaraj” was brought in public domain by Mahatma Gandhi during freedom struggle. But his concept had a much wider connotation. He knew that mere political independence from the clutches of British rule cannot liberate people out of their long-drawn miseries. He rather wished to work towards gradually freeing our society from all man made evils and divides, and create an environment that ensured dignified existence for one and all. But Gandhi knew that the task was not easy as he understood the complex dynamics of human mind, where lies the root of all problems; he knew that mere blame game would serve any purpose. Any quick-fix solution to hardened preconditioning of human mind, is impossible, and if attempted would bring in chaos. He, therefore, suggested a living model that could gradually induce change of mindset. Accordingly, he called for the privileged and the deprived both complementing and supplementing each other’s resources for mutual gains. He also gave a call to the privileged ones to lead the show with a spirit of trusteeship, as would dharma call for. Both having reaped the benefits of living in harmony, would gradually realise over a period of time the worth of collective existence. And that would have laid down the ground for meeting the aspirations of one and all.

Had people followed Gandhi’s spirit, we would not have been faced with the chaotic state beyond reprieve as on date. The truth of life in this fast-changing aspirational world is that the element of greed is getting firmed up more and more day-by-day, and with obvious consequences. Unless, we attempt to eradicate this evil propensity from the root level – the mind - no cosmetic surgery or theatrics could liberate us from our miseries, and the very thought of swaraj will remain a far dream.

Remember, swaraj has to be first secured in mind, by freeing it from all evil propensities that drive it crazy. They have to be nipped in the bud by trying to consecrate every human mind, right from early school level. That alone has the potential to not simply free us from rampant corruption, but also all such evils that stand in way of an orderly and qualitative existence in peace and harmony, individually and collectively. For, then the people, in the first place would know in clear terms that their individual aspiration would be better served for long by simultaneously attending to their collective obligations. Second, with their minds, free from any preconditioning, and their intelligence sharpened, would not be swayed by mere rhetoric of either half-knowing visionless people, or gimmicks of those trying to serve their vested interest.