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Astrology and Advaita - The divine connection

In this post, I will throw some light on the relation between astrology and adva
ita. This should possibly clear some of the doubts related to astrology especial
ly Vedic astrology. Astrology is based heavily on the principles of karma theory
and non-duality( "advaita" loosely translated). Let me just define what I mean
by karma theory and advaita before venturing into the discussion. Karma theory s
ays that any action that an animate being does leaves an impression on the soul
and these impressions are carried over from one birth to another. As a result, t
he sum total of impressions from past lives decide a being's psychology, actions
and experiences. For example, a person who donated lot of wealth in his previou
s birth will be born rich. On the other hand, advaita says that the whole univer
se including animate and inanimate beings is only a manifestation of Supreme con
sciousness, that is SadaShiva. This literally means that this whole universe is
completely interconnected with a string i.e "consciousness". Now let us proceed
to understand the basis of astrology, a spiritual science.
When a stone is thrown into a lake, ripples get created in the lake. The stone i
s the cause and the ripples are the effect. When an intelligent person standing
at the shore of the lake sees ripples coming, he can safely infer that a disturb
ance was caused ( a stone thrown etc.) to the lake. Similarly, to understand the
state of an element in a completely interconnected system, it is sufficient if
one has enough information about few other components of the system. The amount
of information needed about other components is dependent on 1) what information
we seek from the component under analysis and 2) the nature of interconnections
between the various components of the system. For a system like this universe (
which is completely connected through consciousness), it is sufficient if we ha
ve enough information about few components to understand any other component. Th
is is applicable to all the elements of this universe. And this is the very basi
s of spiritual powers, which are exhibited by great siddhas and others. So what
has this got to do with astrology?
What does one need to predict a person's future? The sum total of all the past i
mpressions on his/her soul. If these impressions can be found somehow, then any
one can predict the future of a person based on these. But getting the spectrum
of impressions is beyond a normal human being's mental powers! But the theory ab
out an interconnected system mentioned in the previous paragraph comes to our re
scue. One can get the spectrum of impressions of a new born, by taking enough in
formation from some of the other components of this system, the universe. Astrol
ogy is based on getting this spectrum by observing the planetary positions at a
person's birth ( please note that planets are just another component of this int
erconnected system). The tough problem of getting impressions of a person is sol
ved now. Now the next step is to use the planetary positions as a proxy for the
impression spectrum and just decipher this based on the nature of the interconne
ction between these two components of the system (planetary positions and impres
sion spectrum). An example for this is like if z=2cos(x)+3sin(y), where x, y and
z are longitude of Sun, longitude of Moon and sum total of impressions, one can
easily find out z if x and y are known. But knowing this relation is dependent
on the nature of interconnections between various components of the system. Than
ks to the ancient rishis, who understood the nature of interconnections and form
ulated the rules of astrology. Thus a combination of advaita, karma theory and t
heory of interconnected systems resulted in the discovery of a divine science "A
strology". Understanding this basis of astrology, solves many questions that are
posed by researchers about Vedic astrology. Let us try to answer some of these
questions, right now!
One question that people generally ask is that why does not vedic astrology use
planets like pluto, uranus etc? Is it because they were not discovered during ve
dic times? Can we do any better if we use them? The answer is too obvious once w
e understand the basic theory of astrology. The answer is that they are not need
ed. To say this mathematically, if it is sufficient to use variables x1 to xn to
describe a system completely why should one use more variables? They are just r
edundant i.e they do not give any extra information. Even if one tries to use le
ts say pluto's longitude (call it 'u') we will end up getting a relation like z
= 2cos(x)+3sin(y)-0tan(u). As the coefficient is zero, one does not need 'u' to
find the value of 'z'!
Another question that people often ask is that why do vedic astrology use someth
ing called Rahu and Ketu (the lunar nodes) though they are not real bodies? The
answer is again obvious. Vedic astrology's aim is not to use only planets for ge
tting the spectrum of impressions. It's real aim is to rather get information fr
om other components of the system(the universe) so that the impression spectrum
can be derived completely or almost completely. Hence it became mathematically n
ecessary to use positions of lunar nodes to describe the impression spectrum com
pletely. The reasons are purely mathematical than anything else!
Now comes the tough question, if astrology is based on this theory of interconne
cted system, karma and advaita why not use information from other components of
the universe to predict a person's future? If you had asked this question, I bow
to your feet sir. You are a vedic sage in making. One can indeed use informatio
n from other components of the universe and accurately get the impression spectr
um provided one deciphers the relation between these components and the impressi
on spectrum. One can see proof of this point in vedic literature. There are othe
r branches of vedic astrology which use other components like time of a query, a
person's face, a person's thumb impression (nadi astrology), lines in a person'
s palm or random happenings( seemingly random as nothing is random in this unive
rse) like omens etc. What all these sciences do is to use information from 0ther
components of the system to decipher the same information as long as the inform
ation is sufficient enough to describe the unknown variable completely.
But what about the branch of astrology that gives remedies like mantras, worship
ping dieties etc for solving problems? How is this justified? Are these not illo
gical and unscientific? Astrology gives remedies so that the impression spectrum
of a person gets modified so that favourable results are achieved by him. It is
only for the purpose of remembering easily, sages have said things like saturn
can be propitiated using the mantra "Om xxxxx namah" etc. What they are essentia
lly trying to do is to correct a particular portion of the impression spectrum u
sing an appropriate mantra so that a given aspect of life governed by those impr
essions can be improved (Read my other article on mantras to understand how mant
ras can solve problems). The concept of planetary dieties used in vedic astrolog
y is also closely related to this. One can see proof of this in other remedial m
easures like giving the gift of gold etc which are meant to cleanse a negative i
mpression that was accumulated due to stealing gold in the previous birth.
Now that we understand the basis of astrology, let us see what it takes to becom
e a great astrologer? Historically, we have seen that all the best astrologers w
ere highly spiritual without exceptions. One cannot find an astrologer who is no
t at all spiritual. The reason for this is that when one is dealing with a compl
ex system with multitude of components which are connected through "Consciousnes
s", it is important to understand "that" consciousness well. And how can a non-s
piritual person who doesnt understand "Consciousness" i.e "Sadashiva" analyse th
is complex system using astrology? By all means, do follow the directions of anc
ient seers even if you do not understand the science behind them. There is a ver
y high probability that the sages are right. We will realise it some day.

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