As human beings evolved and started to look for answers on different aspects of life, especially on the questions of mystery of life and death, they reached to a conclusion that there is connection between them and the universe. These quests to know the unknown workings of the universe led to the study and observation of sky and its movements. The more they studied more they found a connection between the planets and earth and their impact on the habitats of the earth. These studies led to the need of doing calculations and in the process numbers were invented which further led to the invention of mathematics, decimal system, meta physics and many other subjects. Astrology became mother of many sciences in a way. These powerful workings of the universe made humankind wonder about the force behind it which led to the belief that God force, power, energy, shakti, exists.
Once these researchers learned to draw the blueprints of the sky on a leaf, the connection between us and universe took a huge leap. Firstly by finding the effects of this connection and secondly been able to read them in terms of events on earth and in the lives of individuals.
When a child was born his horoscope was made and read by the Jyotshi (astrologer) of the village, he would look in to the destiny, will, bent of mind, creative aspects, passion, character etc. of the child and suggest most suitable profession according to his nature. If someone was courageous and had the traits of a warrior was sent to the army. If the passion for knowledge and learning was found then he was sent to Gurukuls (abode of Guru) for studies. If someone was found to be skilled with certain type of work was given that that training right from the child hood. The whole purpose of astrology at that point was to identify the characteristics and attributes of a child and train him accordingly to contribute to different needs of the society. Every profession was equally respected.
Even today if astrology is used in identifying the will, passion, talent, nature, temperament, and bent of mind at an early age then it can be a powerful guiding tool in one’s life. That person doesn’t have to do too many experiments with his life and waste precious time, energy in doing things which are not essential for him.
All us human beings are born with what I call -7 rights of consciousness– To Survive be Happy, Healthy, loved, Abundant, Creative and spiritual. All of these rights and their opposites coexist with us, these opposite are not our nature but they attack our rights of consciousness and when our will to defend becomes weak we lose our rights and suffer. A birth chart shows how our will is regarding these rights and in what areas we should improve our will by the use of free will in defence of these attacks; we can enjoy our rights of consciousness to the fullest and lead a best possible life.
This true incidence in the life of a famous spiritual master in reference to destiny and power of will is a classic example in itself. There was a spiritual master and a student; they were going from one village to another. The student loved to question everything the teacher said, and test him in all his teachings. They were talking about destiny and power of will. As they were passing by a little plant, the student said “take this plant for example, what is its destiny? Will it live or will it die?” So the teacher sat and meditated on it for a few minutes, after which he determined the plant’s destiny was to live! The student of course pulled out the plant and threw it away. The teacher did not say anything, they walked in silence, soon after it started raining heavily, and pouring – so much so that mud was gathering in the puddles and being washed away with the running water. After couple of days the rain cleared up and the teacher and student were coming back to their village through same route. They came across the plant again – however during the rain storm, the mud was pushed around the plant roots and the rain (as heavy as it was) had packed the ground around it. The plant was standing tall. The teacher said “look, there is the plant and it is alive. When I meditated on it, it had such a strong will to live, I knew that you will pull it off the ground to prove me wrong but I had the confidence in the will of the plant and I knew it would live.” In this case the plant’s will was so strong to live, stronger than the students will to have it perish. Thus the whole universe moved and came in its support and created conditions to allow it to live. If the will of a plant to survive can move the whole universe then imagine what can the will of a human being do.
The powerful massage in this story– to have the will and the whole universe would come running to your rescue. Miracle of the will would take place and everybody would come to share the Joy.
A Vedic astrological chart is the map of one’s will on the journey of life and an astrologer is a person who knows how to read it and can guide the will of a person to lead a life through his rights of consciousness.
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