Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Astrological Myths and Misconceptions

Myths in Astrology

As a research Astrologer, I have been evaluating horoscopes for more than 50 years and I have found there are lot of misconceptions or myths in Astrology which are used to frighten the unsuspecting public by wayside astrologers and I am quoting below what I found on one of the sites in Astrology www.astrojyoti.com the content of which I fully endorse.

Misconceptions and blind beliefs in Astrology

“It is highly unfortunate that in the land where Vedic astrology was born, most people, even a lot of astrologers, have a lot of misconceptions and blind beliefs about several basic facts of astrology. An astrologer propagates a wrong theory and a dozen people believe it . They tell a dozen more and soon it becomes an accepted norm! Misconceptions about Mangal dosha, Rakshasa Gana, Kalasarpa dosha and Sade sati have a lot of far reaching effects in our society full of superstitions, especially in marriage matters.

Here is how the ignorant or “matlabi” pundits take people for a ride by inducing a fear psychosis!

One of the biggest misconceptions and fears in the Hindu society with respect to marriage is the presence of Mangala Dosha or Kuja Dosha in the chart of a boy or a girl. I have seen a countless number of good matches being rejected by people just because the boy or the girl has Mangala Dosha present in the chart.

Even the various Shastras of astrology differ as to in which houses it is present, what the exceptions are and what the effects and remedies are. According to some authorities when Mars is placed in the 1,2,4,7,8,12, from lagna causes Kuja Dosha. Some authorities omit the 1st house and some others omit the 2nd house.

Some astrologers thump the table and quote Parashara and Varahamihira to prove their point. To start with most of the astrologers only have a very hazy idea of the sastras. On top of that, let me tell you that the existing shastras and their translations are not very pure! Take for example the Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra of Rishi Parashara. In chapter 2 verse 5-7 we have the following: “Rama is the incarnation of the Sun, Krishna of the moon, Narasimha that of Mars, Buddha that of Mercury, Vamana that of Jupiter, Parashurama that of Venus, Koorma that of Saturn, Varaha that of Rahu and Matsya that of Ketu”. Sounds great. However, according to astrology Parashara was the father of Vedavyasa who wrote the Mahabharata. According to our calculations the Mahabharata period was 2500 BC to 3200 BC., or around 1200BC. according to the western historians. Buddha belonged to the much later and fairly authentically recorded period. He died in 544BC. Then how did Parashara say that Buddha is the Avatara of Mercury more than a millennium before? If he were forecasting then he would have clearly stated that “Buddha avatara will be born”. Obviously some of the people who wrote the shastras added a few things of their own! 

Rishi Parashara, in his Brihat Parasara Horasastra, chapter 81, verse 47 said the following: “If Mars is placed in the Lagna, 12th, 4th, 7th and 8th houses, without any aspect or conjunction of the benefic planets, the husband of such a woman will certainly have an early death.” So it is clear that if Mars has the aspect or association of a benefic, there is no dosha. It must be noted that in the very next verse, verse 48, he gave the other important exception as follows: “The yoga in which a woman takes birth and becomes a widow, if a male takes birth, he also becomes a widower. If a woman with the widowhood yoga marries a man with similar yoga, such yoga will be cancelled.” So the 2nd exception given by him is that this feared dosha is cancelled if both the girl and the boy have mangal dosha.

However by and large the majority of the astrologers include the 2nd house also in the mangala dosha and accept the 6 houses. As there are 12 houses in a horoscope and as Mars in 6 houses causes Mangala Dosha, it simply means that 50% of the people born have Kuja Dosha of some level. Hence it goes without saying that this Mangala Dosha is not something which will ruin a person, because it is not the intention of God to condemn half of mankind.

The prevalent misconceptions are that, if a person has Martian affliction it will either ruin the marriage or will cause one’s death or the death of the partner. Especially if a girl has Kuja or Mangala Dosha, called “Mangali”, she is looked upon as a devil by the mother-in-law. Nothing can be farther than the truth. First let us examine what the Kuja Dosha is all about and how it affects marriage.

The planet Mars symbolizes courage, aggression, vitality, confidence, fighting spirit and warrior qualities. If Mars is placed in any of these 6 houses, it gives aggressive tendencies to either the person or the spouse. In certain cases if Mars is malefic to the native, it also gives danger to life, provided that other bad combinations are also present. These two are the main negative qualities. Hence the first reason for the “Dosha Complex” is that – in the olden days the ideal wife was regarded as one who is meek, obedient and submissive. Hence a girl with the so called Martian afflictions, who is likely to have courage and fighting spirit, was considered by our male chauvanistic society as a girl with “Dosha”. The second possible reason for the “Dosha Complex” is that during the war torn middle ages when a lot of the sastras were written, a “Martian person”, who is normally well built, courageous, aggressive and has fighting qualities, was a prime candidate to be recruited by the king for his army and hence the chances of his death or serious injury were quite strong. In the present changed circumstances it is foolishness of the highest order to be scared simply because one has Mangal Dosha.

However, Mangala Dosha is not something that can be ignored. It does cause marital discord. Before marriage it is very essential to match horoscopes for Kuja Dosha. If a person has Kuja Dosha in the horoscope the spouse must also have Kuja Dosha. This way the Dosha is cancelled. Otherwise both should be without any Dosha. Various “authorities and experts” have given a lot of exceptions and cancellations for the Dosha. They are so many that almost everything is cancelled! The truth is that in majority of the cases the so called exceptions and cancellations do not work.

A Manglik which means who has a strong Mars in 7th, 8th houses and some other houses like 2nd,12th, 4th with reduced influences need not kill a partner with whom you have sex. The general rule is given below for a potent Mars in the 12 houses of a horoscope.

First House : The native's married life will be full of enthusiasm, have strong sexual urges and will never be satisfied in sex. He enjoys sex life greatly and fully demonstrates his love and affection to his partner and will require constant love and affection from partner.

Second House : The native will be aggressive and crude in sex matters. He / She has very burning and deep feelings for partner but does not exhibit them.

Third House : The native will be very determined to have good and healthy sex with the partner. He / She will be courageous and considerate in sex matter but fails to demonstrate.

Fourth House : The native will have extensive sexual relationship with the partner and will be lustfully inclined and selfish in the relationship. They have deep attachment with the partner.

Sixth House : The native will not be sex crazy. Sex will be a normal routine for him / her. Native will not have much regards for partner as far as sex is concerned.

Seventh House : The native will be fond of sex and too demanding in sex and may indulge in indiscreet sex life. The native will be romantic also.

Eight House : The native will have too much sex-indulgent, indiscriminate in sex and greatly attached to principles and morals of married life.

Ninth House : The native will be very moderate and considerate to partner in sex habits. The native will not regard sex as a driving force in life.

Tenth House : The native will be methodical and touchy in sex matters. The native will be fond of pornography and very conscious of successful sex act.

Eleventh House : The native has craving for sex but do not show openly and easily satisfied. They attach more importance to health and have a saintly outlook, though in thoughts they are sex- crazy.

Twelth House : The native will be quick and restless in sex behaviour. They even use unnatural methods of sex or have perverted sex. The native will be careless about partner's feelings.

Now if the above effects has to materialise in full, Mars should be placed in the Bhavamadhya, i.e. in the middle of the house as per the Bhava chart. This is where the residential strength come into effect.

So if you are a Manglik, you should first ascertain how potent your Mars is and then moderate the above effects in proportion. And if your partner also has such an inclination with a matching potency of Mars, that is a cancellation of the "MangalDosha" as is erroneously called in astrology. It is a state of physical and mental urge with respect to Sexual matters.

A dissatisfied sexual experience with your partner leads to renunciation of sex and that is what leads to a divorce and this need not necessarily be discontinuance of living together..

'A Manglik will kill her spouse' is just a metaphorical usage and it will never happen so. It is just a literal translation of the last line of the related axiom "pathim hanthee na samsaya"

So do not worry about too much on those counts and Mangal Dosha is not to be used to exorcise a woman. And remember if the groom has Mangal dosha, will not the bride die? And in a male chauvinistic society that was not a problem. Today both men and women are equal in status and financial independence and a girl like you should not bother about such trivial things.

A proper matching of horoscopes will take care of such incompatibilities and warn you in advance. You are then at liberty to have a relationship or not.

As per the koota matching his advise was to give more importance to dina, gana, rasi, yoni and rajju and less to the others. So much so for the nadi dosha fear!

The matching of horoscopes and especially the extent of Mangala Dosha is the job of an experienced astrologer and must be done after carefully analyzing both the horoscopes.

Rakshasagana (Asuragana)

The second major misconception while matching horoscopes of marriage is Rakshasagana. Once again this becomes a highly objectionable thing in case of a girl.

While matching horoscopes for a marriage under the Koota matching system, the birth stars in which the Moon is placed at the time of birth, called Janma Nakshatra, in which the bride and bridegroom are born, are analyzed and matched for various compatibility factors. One of them is the Ganas of the nakshatra. All the 27 Nakshatras come under 3 groups. They are Deva Gana, Manushyagana and Rakshasagana. If both bride and bridegroom are born in the same Gana then the matching is supposed to be the best. So the best combination is Deva-Deva, Manushya – Manushya and Rakshasa-Rakshasa. In the Gana matching this combination gets 4 out of 4 points. The next best is between Deva-Manushya and Manushya-Rakshasa. This gets a score of 2 out of 4 points. The last and worst combination is Deva-Rakshasa which gets a score of 0 out of 4 points. This is as per the detailed South Indian Dasha Koota matching system. In the North Indian Ashtakoota Matching system the Gana matching is allotted 6 points and you get either 6, 3 or 0.

Unfortunately too much importance is given to this Gana matching because of two reasons. Firstly as in case of Mangala Dosha, the person born under Rakshasagana has more confident and aggressive tendencies and hence this becomes a major taboo for a girl. Secondly a good Gana matching enhances prosperity. However, what the average public and even a lot of astrologers fail to take into account is the fact that, out of the total 35 point Koota matching, the Gana matching carries only 3 points. What is even more important is the fact that out of the 9 planets we are only taking into account the Ganas of the stars in which the Moon is placed at birth and totally ignoring the Ganas of the stars in which the balanced 8 planets are placed.

Hence it is foolhardy to attach too much importance to Gana dosha.


One of the most terrible periods, according to the believers in astrology, is the dreaded 7-1/2 years of Saturn transit called “Sadesati” in North India and “Elinatishani” in South India. When the transiting Saturn transits the 12th, 1st and 2nd houses from one’s Rasi, i.e., where one’s Moon is placed in the birth chart, it is called Sadesati. ( Saturn takes 30 years to make one round of the zodiac hence 2-1/2 years in each sign multiplied by 3 = 7-1/2 years).

While it is true that during this 7-1/2 years Saturn transit period people do experience some tensions and troubles, it is nothing to be scared about. On an average every man has to go through at least 2 sadesatis during his life time. The results of the sadesati transit vary considerably from person to person depending on the planetary configurations in one’s birth chart. Even while giving some troubles and tensions, it does not deny you success. For example when Mrs. Indira Gandhi became a Cabinet Minister for Information and Broadcasting in 1964, she was going through her Sadesati! In January 1966 when she became Prime Minister she was still going through her Sadesati!! There are thousands of people who not only got away scot-free during sadesati, but actually prospered during it.

All kinds of dreadful results are forecast by the astrologers to scare the people and apart from living under fear, people spend a lot of money quite unnecessarily on all kinds of remedies. Actually the pundits love Saturn, Mangal, Rahu and Ketu, the fearsome four names in Indian astrology, as they have given more money to them by way of remedies than the benefic like jupiter or sun!

There are plenty of remedies for sadesati, the most effective being the daily reciting of Hanuman Chalisa or the Dasaratha Shani stotra.

Saturn, which according to Hindu mythology is the son of Sun God, is an excellent planet. No other planet can give what Saturn can. In fact having a well placed saturn in ones chart is one of the best things to hope for! When Mrs. Indira Gandhi re-elected PM, she was going through the mahadasa of Saturn. When Amitab Bachan was at his peak, he was also going through Saturn mahadasa. Unfortunately people and the pundits ignore the positive side of Saturn and project it only as an evil planet.

Kalasarpa dosha:

This is another highly feared combination. You will be surprised to know that the ancient classics of astrology have not even mentioned it! Yet it has become one of the most feared doshas, because Kal means death and Sarpa means snake. When all planets are to one side of Rahu and Ketu Kalasarpa Dosha is supposed to be caused. This is considered a very bad yoga which gives rise to misfortunes and is supposed to be a major obstruction to ones progress. This dosha is said to be severe when all planets are within the arc from Rahu to Ketu in their natural motion direction.

There are supposed to be 12 types of Kalasarpa doshas, based on the placement of rahu from the lagna to the 12th house. These 12 have been named after 12 fearful sounding snakes: Anant, Kulik, Vasuki, Shankhapal, Padma, Mahapadma, Takshak, Karkataka, Shankhanaad, Patak, Vishakata and Sheshanag. It is not known who cooked up this nonsense, but rest assured that it is none of the Rishis from Parashara to Varahamihira. Obviously some new 20th century “Rishis” of Delhi and U.P!!

The latest astro-stunt by the “Pundits” is the introduction of “partial kalasarpa dosha”. The basics parameters of this are undefined, so anyone may have it!! A lot of unscrupulous astrologers are scaring people about this dosha and extracting money for the so called remedies. The remedy of course depends and varies according to the financial status of the innocent man!

From practical point of view this is not found to be a hindrance to progress. I have the horoscopes of a lot of people who have this so called dosha and are doing quite well in life. One of the most notable exceptions is the horoscope of Jawaharlal Nehru, the late prime minister of India. If someone can rise to that level with kalasarpa yoga, then its not a bad one really!!”

Yogas or Combinations 

Most astrologers pacify their customers telling them that they have Yogas in their horoscope. There are more than 300 combinations in Astrology. Some of the best yogas are Gaja Kesary Yoga, Rajayoga, Vipareetha Rajayoga and Pancha mahapurusha yogas and Neecha bhanga rajayoga. These yogas manifest when planets are placed in certain quardrants or trines, while in exaltation or debilitation or having some particular positioning in the horoscopes which are well founded by mathematical logic.

Unfortunately astrologers hardly tell their customers the strength of these yogas in their horoscope and they are generally led to believe that it has 100% strength. But in most cases, it is not so and astrologers do not bother to calculate or are unaware of how to calculate the strength of these yogas. But to the clients, it is soothening to hear that they have Yogas in their horoscopes and are well pleased on hearing it. Most of the yogas are a myth if it does not have at least some 35% strength.

Human beings generally tend to emulate celebrities who are either people holding high positions or laurels to their credit. It does not mean that all celebrities have excellent horoscopes. Many of the successful politicians have a weak horoscope and what they excel in is only in one of the fields or astrologically telling one of the houses. Many of the politicians have a weak moral, some very corrupt and some rather illiterate but have the inherent capacity to lead people. Many of the celebrities have a weak marital bliss or a poor heath or a very unsatisfactory family life.

Is Death an Unpleasant Experience

Anything which goes out from your body like Phlegm, Pus, Gas, vomiting etc. produces relief which is something which creates happiness. You feel relieved after such throwing outs from the body. How a mother is relieved and be happy when the baby is delivered! And similarly sweating when it is very hot gives you relief when the sweat comes out through the pores of the skin. And while your bladder is full, urine, when it goes out, you enjoy it and the same is true while defecating. While having sex when the semen is ejaculated, you have the height of happiness associated with some ecstatic movements of your body. And logic says that anything which goes out from the body, you are provided with happiness to accompany it and Death is your life going out of your body, in other words Life gets a release from the bondage of human body and that is the most ecstatic of all happiness. So never worry about Death. That is the most pleasant experience one could have in his life.

Wearing Navaratna Ring for propitiating Planets.

I have found thousands of people wearing a Navaratna ring with all the nine precious stones embedded in it thinking that all the nine planets will bless them simultaneously and they can rise in life and live happily thereafter. Wearing a gem if at all it is useful to make a planet potent, wearing all of the gems to make all planet potent is tantamount to taking multivitamin tablets little realising that if you have satisfactory levels of any vitamin, the body has to exert too much to throw out the excess of vitamins through your kidney thus adding pressure to the human system and this makes the body weaker and it will have the opposite effect of what you expect to happen. So is wearing a Navaratna Ring which will be counter productive in all cases.

Beware Astrology is only good for evaluating yourselves and you cannot improve upon it by doing anything. You are just being forewarned about your life and you have to tune it accordingly to accept both defeat and success with the same ease. After all you live only for 33 seconds as per the Cosmic Clock when you say the average life span is about 75 years of earthly life.

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Mahabharata War fought in Kurukshetra

Most of the Hindus would have read the epic Mahabharata and would definitely would have heard about the Kurushetra War between Pandavas and Kauravas.

In fact there was never such a war. It was a symbolic war between good and evil within our mind. Pandavas represented the Good senses and Kauravas represented the evil senses. Do read the book "God talks with Arjuna THE BHAGAVAD GITA written by SriSri Paramahansa Yogananda which is available on Flipkart and Amazon.

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Ramachandran Nambissan T M.

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