Fun-filled, traumatic, joyous, troublesome, boring, cruel, pleasing, satisfying, challenging, tempting, misleading - yes Life is full of 'em - that is why life is so very SPECIAL - and yet the thrill is in "living" life! And all the accompanying ordeals are the frills attached with the thrills.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Planetary motion

Astrology... an interesting topic - especially when it comes to debating whether astrological predictions are to be believed or not to be believed. Before I go on to say if I believe in astrology on not, let me give a note on how I got interested in astrology. There have been instances where predictions of astrologers, whom I know personally, came true. And there was this famous astrologer - Lion Parthasarathy, who's lecture I had a chance of attending to when he was the chief guest for one of our school functions. Later another programme of his featured on TV for which Radhika was the host. He says that astrology is a science - not something related to intuition. Further, if a horoscope is correct and if the person analyzing it has got good knowledge about it, then its just like reading what is in the horoscope and nothing based on intuition. He added that in the past horoscopes were used to predict a person's health conditions and therefore the royal doctors (vaidhiyars) were also astrologers. Mr.Parthasarathy, as he himself quoted, was a English lecturer in Presidency college and then took interest in astrology, studied about it (I think he even did a doctorate thesis on the same) and became a full fluedged astrologer.

The Naadi josiyam is another sect of astrology which interests me. Its astounding to learn how few sages in the past had written predictions for almost every human in this world - or more to say for those who are 'destined' to see their Naadi josiyam predictions. The serial Chidambara Ragasiyam on Sun TV every Wednesday at 8.30 pm provides some interesting insights into the various aspects of Naadi josiyam.

What I argue with most people on astrology is that - I do not contemplate on whether astrology is true or false. Infact I have known many cases where the predictions have come true and I have read and heared that there is no 'predicting' but only reading thru' one's horoscope. There have also been miscalculations by astrologers - I guess more to do with the astrologer's shortcomings than astrology's.

I can favour astrology if its going to give a positive ray of hope to someone who has been draped in misery. If his stars say he is going to have a bright future and if this is going to make him live in hope, then good for him. But mostly I have seen people restricting themselves from taking a step in a new venture owing to unfavourable predictions. Well, if man could control his destiny, wouldn't life be all the more easier for all of us?

Life definitely gives us shocks and surprises and I feel its these that make a person more stronger and give him the energy to face the turbulences. Ofcourse, many remain steadfast and see themselves out while few do not. In such situations, when relying on astrology, we either tend to dwell on the future and restrict ourselves or worry about the future and spoil our present. As I've quoted in my blog subject, the real greatness in life lies in 'living' it with both the pluses and minuses added with momentary surprises too. Knowing what the future holds for you is like knowing the end of a mystery movie before hand. Ofcourse the choice is yours, but as most people would agree, the excitement and thrill is in watching the movie without knowing the story or its end - isnt it?!!

24 comments:

Viewer said...

Well my interest in astrology is limiied to the daily horoscope in he news paper, it sure gives me a kick to check i when I have some important meeting, inerview, exams or confused abt something, and just to see how the day turns out to be.

Ravi said...

viewer,
That is my point too. If astrology is giving you a positive tilt then its fine but when if you are going to brood over it, then its not worth it!

வேதா said...

i read an article by the famous astrologer,rajagopalan.he says astrology and ayurveda are parts of vedas.(u can link this with what Mr.parthasarathy has told that vaidhiyars were also astrologers). jothidam is a kind of scientific,mathematical and astronomical thing.i have come across instances where astrology has come true.
u have also mentioned abt the series "chidambara ragisiyam" its a very interesting one .i too watch the serial.

Ravi said...

Veda,
Thanks for coming by. What you say is true, which I have mentioned in my post too. But my contention is whether is really helps the person.

sthupit girl said...

ummm...

i'm not sure if i really believe in it or don't believe in it.... it's just something i prefer not to define...

...it is a science, and very accurate when u get a good reading done...

..it's kinda scary knowing what's gonnna hit you tomorrow. I mean, you'll spend the rest of your life worrying and waiting for it to hit... in some cases it helps to be prepared...

I know im rambling. Apologies. Nicely written... and my stars are predicting that if i dnt stop soon... im dead meat??!1

:D

Ravi said...

Thanks Preetika for coming by. Yes, the feelings after reading your future tend to be mixed - that is why I ponder if its worth all that fuss.

Viewer said...

new post?

Ravi said...

Viewer, thanks for the reminder. Well I guess I need some pushes like this to get on with the next post. Right now I just keep reading the other posts - though I hardly comment in them. Expect a post very soon... Thanks again!!

sthupit girl said...

umm... hope u dnt mind, but im linking ur blog to mine??

Ravi said...

Preetika,
Ofcourse not! Pleasure would be mine. Thanks for linking my blog :-)

Anonymous said...

astrology is a load of crap. mostly success of predictions are selective memory concepts. do visit www.randi.org and look at commentary archive.

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