Scriptures or no Scriptures?

It’s a personal choice. 

When were the scriptures conceived?

When good times ruled the planet. 

Do good times rule the planet currently?

No.

Sure, the conceivers extrapolated to level n to accommodate for the warpedness of future times to come.

However, did they accommodate enough?

Does one want to take that chance?

I don’t. 

That’s my choice. 

I’m happy with my choice. 

I get by. 

How?

Common-sense is a huge ally. 

Slowly, intuition has become a good friend too. 

What helps greatly is that when we were learning the abc, I paid attention. 

Basic community Jyotish rules from good lineages are there. 

What lies on top of these, however, is adaptation. 

Every situation makes one grow. 

Every reading has something to teach.

Ever so often, one discovers a new meaning related to Jyotish protagonists.

One builds one’s repertoire. 

When the next situation comes along, one is more prepared. 

Scriptures were written in the form of Sutras. 

Sutras are threads than can be stretched into infinity. 

The brain plays with these threads and stretches them. 

It’s intuition that stretches these threads. 

Where do these threads lead?

To the source of all knowledge.

They’ve come from that source. 

Once doesn’t necessarily need a thread to connect to the source of all knowledge.

A thread is merely a crutch. 

One can connect to the source of all knowledge by using the chart itself. 

One can delve into the chart mentally and teleport into infinity. For a flash of a second. When one comes back, it is perhaps with a huge insight. 

What is the mechanism?

Querist’s circumstance.

His or her distress. 

Situation potency.

Astrologer’s approach. 

Expericene.

Arsenal. 

Equally potent rebuttal based on all of the above factors and…

… the chart.

One plunges into chart with everything one’s got. 

Loss of sense of place and time for a miniscule portion of time.

Mind has gone to the place of all knowledge, catalysed by circumstance, distress, approach, experience, arsenal, potency and chart.

Mind comes back within milliseconds.

It doesn’t come back empty-handed. 

This works. 

Warped times demand radical approaches. 

One makes one’s own rules.

Rules that are befitting. 

Rules that can beat the warp.

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What’s the deal with Qualification? 

There’s degrees. 

Fair enough. 

That’s how the world knows you’re qualified. 

How do you know you’re qualified? 

Meaning, you might have a degree, but you might be rusting. 

What keeps you on your toes? 

What tells you whether you are up to delivering quality readings, again and again and again? 

Nature. 

Nature keeps throwing tests at you. 

A tricky case. 

A tricky time. 

You’re fighting your own demons. 

The person in need is still expecting you to deliver. 

He or she is hanging on your words. 

You know when you’ve delivered. 

You also know when you’ve not. 

When a high-quality reading emanates from you, your confidence-level soars. You carry this confidence-level into your next reading. So on and so forth. You’re on a high. 

Then, a big one comes along. 

It can be a life and death scenario. 

Life-changing situation.

Something major. 

Can you read the situation properly? 

Are you able to control distress-levels? The one in need will be distressed. 

Solution? 

Nailed? 

Do your words hit home? 

Can you pull him or her out? 

Do you pass your test? 

You can even pass without finding a solution where there’s no solution. 

Then you try and find a course. 

Also, you try and find the right words. 

The bottom-line is pass or fail – for you. 

You will know your result. 

It will dawn upon you. 

What was the level of the examination? 

Was it a Bachelor’s? 

Master’s? 

PhD? 

Post-doc? 

Professorship? 

There are as many levels as there are universes. 

Yeah, Nature makes the Astrologer give many exams. 

Over the years, you know your level. 

Low? 

High? 

Whatever. 

You know it. 

The person receiving your reading will also feel it. 

Wonderful. 

If your qualification is very high, there’s no need to advertise it. Hubris is your nemesis. 

If you’re not moving up as you’d like to, keep trying. This is your journey. Go for it. It can be a highly fulfilling journey. 

What matters in the end? 

Qualification? 

In my opinion… 

… no. 

Then why this whole discussion? 

It’s better to address the topic. The issue of qualification and its value does come up during the Astrologer’s tenure. 

So, what really matters then. 

Again, in my opinion,… 

… it’s how many lives you’ve changed and how many people you’ve moved. 

That’s what matters in the end. 

Is it a Competition?

You tell me.

Is Astrology a competition for you?

Who are you competing against?

Are you happy competing?

Or does it not make you happy?

Funny.

Instinctively, Astrology should make the Astrologer happy.

I’ll try and answer this question from my end.

Is Astrology a competition for me?

No.

Is Astrology giving me happiness?

Yes.

Was Astrology a competition for me?

In the earlier stages, yes.

Who was I competing against?

Fellow Astrologers.

Was I happy?

Meaning, was I deriving happiness from Astrology?

No.

What turned it?

Realization.

Realized, that there was no competition on at all.

My experience and evolution with Astrology was my own.

I could take it to any level I wished.

Nobody else was in the picture.

Just me, and the people who asked for help.

That’s it.

There was no other Astrologer in the picture.

I didn’t need to consult.

Answers came from within.

So – there was no competition that was on.

My journey was unique, as was every other Astrologer’s.

The race-element now being over, the happiness-element kicked in.

Think about it.

During a reading, you evolve.

That’s your evolution.

And then comes the next reading, and the next, and so on and so forth.

After twenty odd years, you have travelled.

Your journey is your journey.

Others have travelled other journeys – their own journeys.

You emit your vibration.

Others emit their own vibration.

We attract seekers as per our vibration.

It’s uncanny how people come along needing exactly that interpretation which you then hit upon while doing their reading.

This happens because of their unique requirement resonating with your unique journey.

That’s how they get attracted to you.

What’s your take on Power? 

Yeah. 

Extremely valid question. 

Do you realize your power? 

Yes, you, Astrologer. 

I’m talking to you. 

What power do you have? 

When do people come to you? 

Mostly, when they are in trouble. 

Financial trouble. 

Love trouble. 

Judicial trouble. 

Any trouble. 

Very few actually wake up from their good-times-stupour and decide to suddenly lean on Astrology to enhance their situation further. 

However, when destiny cracks a whip, humans do lean on Astrology. 

One word from you can tilt someone over the edge. 

However, one word from you can bring someone back from the edge too. 

That is your power. 

It hasn’t come to you without a reason. 

Now you need to come good. 

Live up to the demands of your power.

What does that mean? 

Weigh your words. 

They have value. 

Breathe. 

As you study the chart, take conscious time to breathe in the vibration of the person leaning upon you. 

Let that vibration mingle with your biochemistry. 

A groove will be created within you. This groove is the net result of every process happening at this moment between you and the person leaning upon you. 

This very groove, within you, is your intrinsic Desh-Kaal-Paatra-Matrix for the reading. 

You are receiving input from within this matrix. 

Within the matrix there is reaction. 

Synopsis. 

Hit. 

Output. 

Words reach your tongue. 

They have come from within the matrix. 

Now they exit your system to enter someone’s ear. 

These words are pure. Where do you think the Desh-Kaal-Paatra-Matrix is connecting you to? Without wanting to classify this area, one can still intuitively feel that your Desh-Kaal-Paatra-Matrix is connecting you to a pure area. Words are coming from a pure area. 

Are these your words? 

Yes? 

No? 

Unsure? 

Whatever the correct answer is, the words are coming through you. 

You are the channel. 

Are you a clean channel? 

Or are you dirty? 

Do you make an effort to cleanse yourself? 

So that even purer words can come through? 

Do you enhance your power? 

Will you misuse it? 

Or do you promise to use it, always, for the highest good?

Your call. 

What’s are you in it for?

Behind everything, there’s a motive. 

Or so they say. 

Why did you get into Astrology?

What was your motive?

Fame?

Money?

Satisfaction?

Peace of Mind?

To see like God?

To understand the scheme of things?

Knowledge?

Power?

Greed?

Whoahhh!

You’ve got a plethora of motives to choose from.

Every motive has its side-effects. 

Money can take away focus. It can lead to greed. Greed is a deadly sin. It can finish you. 

On the other hand, money can put food on your table. It can make your life. 

Are you in it for money?

What’s the ideal answer here?

Depends upon you. 

Do you need the money?

Fine. 

You’ll be just fine as long as you keep your balance, and not let money take away your focus and lead you to greed.

Are you in it for fame?

Careful. 

Fame is a very lonely place. 

One can get so exposed, that there’s no privacy anymore. 

Fame can be a nag. 

Very few people are able to deal with fame and remain sane. 

Most famous people have serious health issues owing to their lifestyles. 

Yes, Astrology gives power. 

Can you deal with the power?

Are you able to digest it?

Do you misuse it?

This is where your calibre will show. 

Astrology shows the scheme of things. 

You start to understand what’s happening around you. 

It gives peace of mind…

… if you want peace of mind from it. 

You can use Astrology to spread Goodness. 

That’s huge.

Renumeration?

Don’t worry about renumeration. 

It comes, one way or another. 

World calls that Karma. 

Of Parashara, Ved Vyasa, Maitreya and the Birth of Ashtakavarga

(This article is based upon a classroom lecture by Dr. U.K. Mishra at the Institute of Astrology, Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, New Delhi)

There existed animosity between Devarishi Vashishtha and Rajarishi Vishwamitra. Vashishtha used to live happily in the forest with his wife and their hundred sons. Then there was this king who wanted to go to heaven in physical form (of all things), so he came to Vashishtha in the forest with this most mundane of requests. Vashishtha realized the zero-value of this request and said that he could not grant it. So this Mr. King went to Vishwamitra, who took it as a personal challenge to send the king up to heaven in physical form, just because Vashishtha had denied the request. Owing to the power of Vishwamitra’s Tapasya (penance), the king started rising. He rose and rose, only to be denied entry into heaven by Indra, who felt this wasn’t proper. Indra’s will caused the king to descend. Like this, the king kept going up and down between heaven and earth, till he became a star in the sky. Vishwamitra, feeling that his failure was Vashishtha’s doing, couldn’t control his anger. His henchmen and he raided Vashishtha’s premises and killed all of Vashishtha’s hundred sons. Vashishtha didn’t feel the desire for revenge, such was his stature. He felt like forsaking everything, including his wife, to go and do Tapasya in a remote corner, cut off from everything and everyone. His wife pleaded with him not to go. She said that she was carrying his child in her womb. She believed it was a male child. For the sake of the child, she begged him to stay. Vashishtha stayed on, so that the child would grow up under his father’s love and discipline. This child grew to be Parashara.

    Once Parashara, now fully grown and into Astrology, was crossing a stream in a boat. According to Parashara, this was the exact time for the divine conception of a soul who would go on to become a great scholar and would help mankind’s quest for knowledge bombastically. He confided in the boatman, who agreed to give his daughter Matsyagandha for this purpose (after obtaining her consent). Matsyagandha felt, though, that she couldn’t go through with proceedings, for they were being observed by the Sun. Upon this, Parashara created a fog, which blocked out the Sun. And so, Ved Vyasa was conceived, of Parashara and Matsyagandha. Ved Vyasa’s birth was divine, without pregnancy. He went on to expound and expand the Vedas. The same Matsyagandha became Satyavati, whose lineage gave birth to the Pandavas and the Kauravas.

    One morning, after Ved Vyasa had fully grown and mastered the scriptures, he observed an insect crossing the road. This insect was full of fear, for the insect could hear a chariot approaching and didn’t want to be crushed. This amused Ved Vyasa, and he asked the insect as to why it was afraid. The insect’s answer was a great lesson for me. It replied that upon dying, it was afraid of being born into the millions of Yonis below itself! Ved Vyasa promised the insect that he would guide its soul-evolution spanning many incarnations.

    Eventually, after many evolving incarnations, the same soul (of the insect) reincarnated as a Brahmin boy. When the boy was seven years old, a visiting merchant sprang a multitude of questions upon this scholar of a boy. One of the questions was about people performing cruel, sinful deeds. Why did such people still survive and flourish? To this the seven year old replied that there were three categories of people in the world. In the first category were those who had accumulated good Karma in the past and continued to go good deeds in the present. Such souls would continue evolving, till they would be freed from the need for rebirth. Then came the second category, in which came souls who had accumulated bad Karma in the past, but were presently atoning for the bad deeds and were busying themselves by doing good deeds. Although such people were possibly suffering currently owing to their past bad deeds, their future lives looked bright. Lastly came the category of those, who had done good in the past, enjoying equated power in the present, which they were misusing to commit cruel and sinful deeds. Such souls would sink to lower Yonis in future incarnations.

    In his next birth, this Brahmin boy incarnated as Maitreya. In the dialogue between Parashara and Maitreya, the latter shot pinpointed questions at the former, and Parashara’s answers became a guiding force for mankind. Remember, that Maitreya had evolved under the guidance of Ved Vyasa (from insect times) to shoot such pinpointed questions at Parashara. [Without the potency of such questions, Rishis do not feel stimulated enough to give discourses. It is necessary to get them to give discourses, because when they speak, out comes nectar in the form of knowledge.]

    During their dialogue, it became apparent to Parashara, that Maitreya had a problem. Maitreya felt that in Jyotish, there were so many interpretations to planetary, house and zodiac sign permutations and combinations, that for the Mandabuddhi (slow on the uptake) individuals of Kalyuga, Jyotish would be very difficult to decipher. Maitreya requested of Parashara a methodology of astrological analysis for people of lesser intellect and intuition. This request stimulated Parashara to such an extent, that he started of on a highly important discourse on Jyotish, during which he outlined the methodology of Ashtakavarga.

   

Planetary Friendships

Planet

Friends

Neutrals

Enemies

Sun

Moon, Mars, Jupiter

Mercury

Venus, Saturn

Moon

Sun, Mercury

Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn

Mars

Sun, Moon, Jupiter

Venus, Saturn

Mercury

Mercury

Sun, Venus

Mars, Jupiter, Saturn

Moon

Jupiter

Sun, Moon, Mars

Saturn

Mercury, Venus

Venus

Mercury, Saturn

Mars, Jupiter

Sun, Moon

Saturn

Mercury, Venus

Jupiter

Sun, Moon, Mars

 [Planets in the left-most column consider planets in the following three columns as their friends, neutrals or enemies.]