Monday, 21 April 2014

Are there Remedies in Astrology

In my earlier articles, I have illustrated evaluating a horoscope based on strengths of planets and houses and how this will help a common man understanding his chart with ease similar to evaluating a Mark sheet received from Board of Schools/Universities with gradings indicated. I do now get mails from readers how a poor strength for a particular house or the poor net strength itself can be improved upon to have a better life altogether and I thought that I must write this article to remove any misgivings in this regard.

Ancient scriptures on Astrology say about conducting Pooja (Worship), Using Mantra and Yantras, Wearing Gemstones etc. to improve strength of planets as possible remedies in improving the life, if the charts are otherwise impotent.

My view in these matters is that Astrological strength of horoscope tables give you the success factor in matters signified by the respective houses as is destined by God. Why it is different in different people is because the net debit or credit of Karma in previous lives are different and that has got a strong bearing in the present life just like in Accounts, retained earnings or profits/losses are carried forward to the next financial year and this make current years performance easy or difficult as the case may be. If a large amount of profit is carried forward, you can take it easy this year. Isn't it so?

Similarly when you have large credit balances in previous Karma, the current life becomes easy and that is why some people get superlative strengths in horoscope charts while others with large debit balances carried forward, life becomes very difficult to endure and hardships have necessarily to be suffered to even out the accounts of Karma.

Remedies are borrowed funds from God to endure out the performance in the current life and necessarily a request has to be submitted to God which can be done either by yourself, or an agent or a middleman who is proficient in inter mediating or  collective bargaining in the case of a group of people having common miseries.

So for individual horoscopes, a direct request is what is best and that is achieved by Praying to Him sincerely with dedication doing abject surrender at His Feet on a continuing basis. It is not enough to make the request once, it has to be done over and over again till He responds and respond He will certainly when He thinks fit. We have to wait patiently until the request is granted.

Many a times He grants you not what you asked for but something else which ultimately will lead to your miseries being reduced and endurable. He has a mechanism that permits total shut down when you are faced with unendurable pain or miseries as in the case of a person having an accident and he suffers unendurable pain and immediately the curtain is down and he will lose consciousness and he will come back to senses only when his pain becomes endurable. Haven't you observed such things?

Sometimes even when you have incidents leading to great sorrow on a given day, after one or two nights sleep your intensity of sorrow reduces to a great extent and soon you will forget about it. This also is an automatic mechanism by God to even out your miseries. The ability to forget is a God given boon to us.

Prayers are of various kinds. Listening to, Chanting of prayers is adequate in Kali yuga, the present era prevailing. You can opt for the verses like Narayanakavacham, Rudrageetham, Om Namassivaya, Mukundashtakam, SriKrishnaKarnamrutham, Narayaneeyam etc. or any other prayers prevalent in the area you live in or for people of other religions the appropriate equivalent like for Christians "Our Father which art in Heaven... etc.".

I am giving a link here for those who follow the Hindu religion Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana): The Story of the Fortunate One

Lot of people complain that they have no time to say prayers or chant verses of praise to God, but you will find they have enough time to listen to A.R.Rahman's music like "Jay Ho" which can even waken up a sleeping drunkard. That is the attitude of people in general.  I have been suggesting people to record the verses of prayers on their mobile and listen to it while going to bed and put it in rewind mode and by the time you are asleep, that would have created so much of positive vibrations in your body which will give you a peaceful sleep. And in this process praying becomes a habit which you will never get rid of.

What is most important is that you should not give up until your wishes are fulfilled in some form or other. Usually people lose patience and they tend to discontinue the practice which makes God think that you are not genuine in your requests. Many people have become atheists or agnostics when they do not get any response from God even after praying to Him for a long time little realizing that they are being put to test by God.

Try it out for yourselves, and you will understand the effect of Prayers over a period of time. In my personal experience of handling Astrology for the last 50+ years, I have found and received many feed backs from my clients that Prayers have worked best to their advantage.

For a long time in the early days of my practice of Astrology, I used to recommend Gems for deficiencies of strengths of planets and most of them have given me feed backs that it has not made much of a difference in their life. So I do not recommend Gems any more and I have talked to many Gemologists and they have in private admitted that they are not sure of the effect of Gems and it is only for business promotion for the Gem dealers, Gems are being recommended and their job is only to ensure that a Gem is real or what carat-age it is of.

Many of the sites on the internet which offer free astrological services are only interested in selling their wares particularly the Gems, Yanthras or Thanthras.

Poojas are a different form of prayer for worshiping the deities and if it can be done by yourself with dedication, it is a very useful remedy. But using an agent or priest for this purpose will not be of much use mainly because his sincerity in doing the job is of a doubtful nature and he too is doing his job for making money only and is hardly ever dedicated to your welfare being granted by God. Most of the time while doing the Pooja, he thinks that he should get many more such opportunities to do  Poojas to enrich himself.

Mass Prayers to God for common purposes produce abundance of positive energy and it certainly helps for granting of wishes for common good.  God is very considerate to such common demands. Churches, Mosques and Temples are used mainly for such congregation.

What one should understand is that the effect of remedies do not proportionately increase to the amount of money you spend on remedies. It is your dedication and humbleness to God is what matters in performing remedies.

I would like to narrate a story here for your understanding of how God helps those who help themselves.

A woman walked into a new shop and found God at the counter.

"What do you sell?" She asked.
"Everything your heart desires." replied God

The woman then decided to ask for the best things she could think of. "I want peace of mind, love, happiness, wisdom and freedom from fear"

God smiled and replied "My dear, you have got me wrong. We do not sell fruits here, only seeds. You must be well aware that if the seed sprouts, grows and becomes a tree or a shrub, only then it bears fruit which you want to have"

Therefore these seeds which I give you will have to be planted and nourished with your labour, dedication, spirit of service and love to have fruits at the right time. Most important, you ought to have lot of patience, forbearance and the capacity to face pain and absorb unanticipated problems.

Even the noble soul undergoes self cleansing and self mortification by putting lot many restraints on them and lead a life of austerity and self discipline which not everybody can do. Always remember "No pain, no Gain".

Visiting Temples and places of Spiritual moorings

The fundamental point that everybody should note is that God is not present in any inert stone or statue and hence, a specific place containing such stone or statue has no real significance. The spiritual significance is forcibly rubbed on such places and the stones and statues stand only as representative models of God. Such places certainly help the beginners to develop the faith and devotion in case the relevant atmosphere exists. The development of spiritual devotion is real even though God does not exist there. It is a psychological treatment and of course the results are positive and real. 

One ignorant person developed head-ache due to a false impression that the head-ache was due to the entry of a squirrel into the head through the ear.

No doctor could cure him since the patient did not believe any argument against such entry. Hence, there was no cure. One clever doctor agreed to the argument of the patient and threw out a squirrel kept in his hand in hidden way near his ear. The patient believed that the squirrel came out from his head through his ear and subsequently the head-ache disappeared. All this treatment of the doctor is based on false concept, but the result was real and wonderful. Similarly, all these pious places are such psychological clinic centers. The unreal stories created in such places have positive effect on the human psychology and develop real tremendous devotion to God. If the truth is revealed, the psychological treatment gets spoiled. If the truth is not revealed, several exploitation and frauds of business take place as is happening now.

Actually, in the olden days, these pilgrim places were in lonely atmosphere situated in forests or on hills very difficult to access except by walking or trekking uphills and you generally get totally tired by the time you reach the temple. The very peaceful atmosphere there co-operated with the development of devotion. But, today, these places are terribly busy with crowds of people running to fulfill their desires using automated vehicles or helicopters and there are five star hotel facilities. The basic concept is lost since you are expected to set aside all the material desires being away from the populated places. But, today, these pilgrim places are more populated than the cities in which you reside. People run to such pious places to fulfill their material desires. Thus, the atmosphere is not at all congenial for meditation or spiritual concentration in absence of spiritual associates.

The actual purpose is lost. The priests in such places are busier in looting the public. People are exploited by the false stories created about such pious places. The priests exploit the public to loot money with the help of such false stories (Sthalapuranams). Originally, these false stories were created as psychological tricks to develop faith and devotion in the ignorant public. Today, the same false stories are used to attract the people to such places for the business of the priests or the temple administration. Therefore, today, the pilgrimage is only giving reverse results in the spiritual line. The long journey and absence of hygienic food etc., result in acquirement of new diseases. Lot of money is also wasted in journey. Both health and wealth are lost apart from loss of spiritual concentration due to this run after fulfillment of desires. Your house with less number of people is a far better place than any such pilgrim place. Your prayer room is far better than the crowded temple.

However, if you argue that there should be change of place, the new place should have more peaceful atmosphere than your house. You can achieve this by going a few miles away from your town and not to a pilgrim place, which is more crowded. You can have spiritual meeting and do prayers in such real peaceful atmosphere taking a photo of God there with you. Such trips will really fulfill such necessities and also will really help your spiritual development. The calamity happened in Kedarnath is an expression of God to discourage such pilgrimages, which are associated with only negative results from the beginning to the end.

If your prayers are based on fulfillment of desires, God, sometimes, helps to fulfill your desires, in case such action has the possibility of development of your faith and devotion in God. In such context, the good fruit of your own good deeds is taken out from your fixed deposit only to fulfill your desire. Such action is done by God whether you pray in your house or in the temple or even in a pilgrim's place. This action has nothing to do with the place and it is done only to increase your faith and devotion. Therefore, for fulfillment of your desires,  you need not run to a temple or a pilgrimage place. Instead pray to God to give you happiness and contentment. You need not tell him what you want, He knows best and he will grant you what is needed.

And still if you are interested in offering something to God to ease your miseries, you can send your offerings in the form of money to any temple or place of worship using Fund transfer to their web sites which all of them have in this modern era of computers. They will reciprocate with their Prasadams in return. 

God has His own plans as narrated in the story below : Read it with patience.

Once there was a sweeper in a well known temple and he was very sincere and devoted. Every time he saw thousands of devotees coming to take darshan of the Lord, he thought that the Lord is standing all the time and giving darshan and He must be feeling very tired.

So one day very innocently he asked the Lord whether he can take the place of the Lord for a day so that the Lord can have some relief and rest. The Deity of Temple replied, "I do not mind taking a break. I will transform you like Myself, but you must do one thing. You must just stand here like Me, smile at everyone and just give benedictions. Do not interfere with anything and do not say anything. Remember you are the deity and you just have faith that I have a master plan for everything." The sweeper agreed to this.

The next day the sweeper took the position of the deity and a rich man came and prayed to the Lord. He offered a nice donation and prayed that his business should be prosperous. While going, the rich man inadvertently left his wallet full of money right there. Now the sweeper in the form of deity could not call him and so he decided to control himself and keep quiet.

Just then a poor man came and he put one coin in the Hundi and said that it was all he could afford and he prayed to the Lord that he should continue to be engaged in the Lord's service. He also said that his family was in dire need of some basic needs but he left it to the good hands of the Lord to give some solution. When he opened his eyes, he saw the wallet left by the rich man. The poor man thanked the Lord for His kindness and took the wallet very innocently. The sweeper in the form of the Deity could not say anything and he had to just keep smiling.

At that point a sailor walked in. He prayed for his safe journey as he was going on a long trip. Just then the rich man came with the police and said that somebody has stolen his wallet and seeing the sailor there, he asked the police to arrest him thinking that he might have taken it. Now the sweeper in the form of Deity wanted to say that the sailor is not the thief but he could not say so and he became greatly frustrated. The sailor looked at the Lord and asked why he, an innocent person, is being punished. The rich man looked at the Lord and thanked Him for finding the thief. The sweeper in the deity form could no more tolerate and he thought that even if the real Lord had been here, he would have definitely interfered and hence he started speaking and said that the sailor is not the thief but it was the poor man who took away the wallet. The rich man was very thankful as also the sailor.

In the night, the real Lord came and He asked the sweeper how the day was. The sweeper said, "I thought it would be easy, but now I know that Your days are not easy, but I did one good thing." Then he explained the whole episode to the Lord. The Lord became very upset on hearing this whereas the sweeper thought the Lord would appreciate him for the good deed done.

The Lord asked, "Why did you not just stick to the plan? You had no faith in Me. Do you think that I do not understand the hearts of all those who come here? All the donation which the rich man gave was all stolen money and it is only a fraction of what he really has and he wants Me to reciprocate with no limits attached. The single coin offered by the poor man was the last coin he was having and he gave it to Me out of faith. The sailor might not have done anything wrong, but if the sailor were to go in the ship that night he was about to die because of bad weather and instead if he is arrested he would be in the jail and he would have been saved form a greater calamity. The wallet should go to the poor man because he will use it in My service. I was going to reduce the rich man's karma also by doing this and save the sailor also. But you cancelled everything because you thought you knew My plan and you made your own plans."

God has plans and justice for everyone....we just have to have patience!!!!!

As per the Bhagvad Gita God says He will be pleased with all those who have the following qualities in Life :

  1. Fearlessness
  2. Purity of Heart
  3. Steadfastness in seeking wisdom
  4. Alms giving, Charity
  5. Self restraint
  6. Performing religious rites
  7. Study of the scriptures
  8. Self discipline
  9. Straightforwardness
  10. Non injury or Ahimsa
  11. Truth
  12. Absence of wrath
  13. Renunciation
  14. Peace
  15. Absence of fault finding and calumny
  16. Compassion towards all beings
  17. Non covetousness, absence of greed
  18. Gentleness
  19. Modesty
  20. Absence of Restlessness
  21. Radiance of Character
  22. Forgiveness
  23. Patience or fortitude
  24. Cleanness of body and purity of mind
  25. Non hatred 
  26. Lack of conceit
Wishing all readers God's blessings in abundance and let them propagate God's greatness to all their friends and others and be in company of Good Men and Women. Reading this article would have given you immense relief, I am sure.

Ramachandran Nambissan T.M

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