- Oct 6, 2019
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SHALL WE BELIEVE IN ASTROLOGY OR NOT?
Astrology is a part of the subject of God (spiritual philosophy) although it is often misunderstood to be a field unrelated to the subject of God. You must also distinguish between astronomy and astrology. Astronomy deals with the inert planets that we see in the sky. Astrology deals with the subject of the presiding deities of these planets, which control the administration of the world.
Your house is like the inert physical planet whereas you, the house-owner having awareness, are like the presiding deity. The planet is made of energy and matter. The presiding deity is an energetic being having an energetic body and a soul (awareness). The deity also possesses the necessary unimaginable powers granted by God for carrying out the administration of the world.
The planet is visible to our eyes whereas the presiding deity is invisible to our eyes. The nine planets considered in astrology belong to the category of energy and matter. The respective presiding deities of the planets belong to the category of awareness or soul. They are divine beings having invisible energetic bodies and souls and they possess some unimaginable powers. Whenever someone refers to the moon, we understand it only in the sense of the inert planet moon (satellite). We laugh when we are told that the moon controls our mind.
Here, we are missing the point that the statement refers to the presiding deity of the inert moon called Chandra. In Sanskrit and most Indian languages, the same word Chandra is used to indicate both the inert moon as well as its presiding deity (Moon). When used in the sense of controlling the mind, Chandra (Moon) means the presiding deity and not the inert moon in the sky.
The same applies to all the other astrological planets. The names of the inert planets are the same as the names of their presiding deities. Atheistic scientists, mock at the field of astrology since they are not able to distinguish between the inert planet and its presiding deity. Even if they were explained about the difference between the two, it would be of no use since they do not believe in the existence of the presiding deities of the inert planets.
Officers in the Divine Administration
The nine planets are the personifications of various unimaginable powers of the unimaginable God. They form the various specialized departments in the administrative office of God and they carry out their respective function in the administration of the world. Being the unimaginable powers of God themselves, the planets are not different from the unimaginable God qualitatively; even though they are different quantitatively.
This means that the planet has a part of the unimaginable power of God and is completely controlled by God like an employed officer. Each planet controls a specific aspect of the soul and of the rest of the world. Hence, the planet can be assumed and treated to be a part of God Himself. The system of planets ruling the world under the orders of God can be compared to the secretariat of the chief minister ruling the state under the orders of the chief minister. This secretariat of God has different departments, each dealing with a specific aspect of the world and of the souls residing in the world. The entire administration follows the constitution of God.
The presiding deity of the planet is called a graha in Sanskrit. Graha commonly means the physical inert planet. But the word planet (graha) when used in astrology, means the presiding deity of that planet. Graha, in the sense of its root-word, means ‘that which catches’ (gṛhṇāti iti grahaḥ). It actually means the energetic divine being, who is an embodiment of a certain unimaginable power of God and who ‘catches’ the soul.
The presiding deity of the planet (graha) ‘catches’ the soul to deliver the rewards of the soul’s good deeds and the punishments of sins at the exact stipulated time. The human soul can never escape from being caught by the presiding deities of the planets, however much the soul may try. Above these planets exist eight higher divine officers called as the Aṣṭadikpālakās. They are Indra, Agni, Yama, Nirṛti, Varuṇa, Vāyu, Kubera, and Īshāna. Above them exist the Five Principal Authorities called as the Pañcalokapālakās. They are Gaṇapati, Brahmā, Viṣṇu, Śiva and Śakti. All of them are energetic beings associated with unimaginable powers of God and all of them are invisible to human beings.
Planets Deliver the Fruits of the Soul’s Deeds
Astrology helps a person accept the existence of God. It helps souls experience the unimaginable powers of God that control various aspects of the life of any living being. When souls receive the fruits of their deeds, they realize the existence of the unimaginable powers of God. The existence of God’s unimaginable powers ultimately establishes the existence of the unimaginable God, who is the Source and Controller of those powers. This case is similar to the case of miracles establishing the existence of God.
Witnessing unimaginable miracles in this world establishes the existence of the unimaginable power of God, which in turn establishes the existence of its Source. This ultimate Source of the unimaginable power is the unimaginable God (Parabrahman). Hence, astrology should not be treated as a field that is independent of spiritual philosophy. Some astrologers, eliminating God, treat the nine planets to be the most supreme powers. They treat them to be the highest authorities like a board of directors. Actually, God is the supreme authority and He controls all the presiding deities of the planets. These only planets work under the orders of their Chief Boss called God.
It is a total misunderstanding that planets give results due to their movements. The planets do not give accidental results by their movements. The results that the planets give to souls are only the fruits of the deeds of the souls. The movements of the planets are just incidental in giving the fruits of the deeds of the soul. A thief says that he was arrested by the policeman, who was walking on the road since he (thief) went on that road! This is absurd.
This fellow had committed the crime of theft and policemen were already searching for him. This search for the sinner is expressed as the movements of the planets. Actually, in the real concept, the planet (deity) need not search for the sinner. The planet has the unimaginable power to locate the sinner on the stipulated date and at the stipulated time. Philosophers and scholars say that God punished the sinner.
Ordinary people say that the planets punished the sinner. Both are one and the same. It is one and the same whether one says that the government or the chief minister punished the criminal or whether one says that the police punished the criminal. Some astrologers feel that the whole administration functions due to the governance of this board of nine directors called the planets. For these astrologers, God is irrelevant and they act like atheists. But since they accept the existence of the unimaginable power of the planet in doing its administrative task, they are theists indirectly!
The difference between astrologers and priests arose due to the difference in their business activity. The priest says that your difficulty will be removed if you worship God. The astrologer says that your difficulty will be removed if you worship the planet. It is just the difference between their ways of earning money from people.
A partnership in business also exists between the astrologers and priests. The astrologer sometimes says that a certain planet should be worshipped with the help of the priest. Thus, a partnership business is established. The doctor writes a prescription for several tests to be conducted in diagnostic laboratories and receives a commission from the laboratories. Business and the cheating of the innocent public have spread everywhere. People want to earn money illegally but they do not realize that it will only lead to the destruction of themselves and their families in the course of time.