Growing Trend in Astrology
According to reports, there is an increasing trend for childbirth through cesarean section at a designated instant selected through astrological, numerical or time- rhythmical (historical?) considerations such as it happened with 10-10-(20)10, 11-11-(20)11 and 12-12-(20)12. Such considerations are not only foolish but also outright harmful for the child. The so-called professional astrologers who fix such times are half-literates who do not understand the basic tenets of astrology and are ignorant of the effect of their actions and their consequences. Those who seek their advice are mostly rich people who can afford such huge expenses and think that with their money power, they can manipulate even their children’s destiny. This is a cruel joke and may lead to creating Frankenstein’s monster without their knowledge.
On 10-10-2010, two such births took place at two renowned hospitals at Kolkata – one at 06h.20m. and the other, at 12h.54m.. One parent was a businessman and the other, a C.I.D. officer. One believed in manipulating the stars through money power to change the destiny of the child and the other was not so keen on astrology or numerology but thought that the special rhythmical nature of the birth date could make the child a celebrity of sorts. The horoscopes show some excellent features that are to be expected from the rules of Prarabdha – the accumulated results of the actions of the previous birth, which is delineated from the Dwadasamsa chart and otherwise seen from pedigree – abhijaata bala, which in strength is next only to pragnya bala – intelligence. Simultaneously, some resultant features of the parental action indicating injury and bloodshed to mother are also indicated. Yet, such manipulations have resulted in significant negative aspects, which might have been avoided, had it been a natural birth. Before dealing with the specific cases, it may help to note the basic concepts of astrology.
Cause and Effect
In keeping with “scientific temper“, everything is sought to be explained mathematically through equations. Yet the proper significance of equations is often overlooked. The left-hand side of the equation represents the inputs or the cause. Since one has the freedom to choose the parameters for the left-hand side of the equation, it signifies free-will. The right-hand side of the equation represents the effect according to fixed rules, where we do not have such free-will. The laws of interaction are predetermined. The reaction has to follow the laws only. This is the first basic principle of astrology – you are free to do what you want (within your limitations), but you get the result of such actions based on fixed rules. God cannot be partial. He has fixed the rules equally for all.
He is compassionate in the sense that if you submit to Him in the true spirit, He shows you the path to come out of the problem with minimum suffering. It will only be a re-mix of the accumulated results of your past actions tempered with the results of present actions to canalize your progress differently to dilute the intensity of present suffering. But He cannot change the results of one’s actions – add to or subtract from it – as once an action is performed, inertia takes over. Changing the results of one’s actions implies arbitrarily changing the laws of inertia for the benefit of a few people. In effect, this implies that there would be no fixed rule, as it can be changed arbitrarily. Since He is Satya- moorti, He cannot change His Rules and make it redundant – Asatya.
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No Question of Chance
Whenever one receives some stimuli, one reacts based on one’s past exposure to such stimuli according to whether the memory of such stimuli was harmonious, disharmonious or neutral to our other accumulated experience. If it is harmonious, one feels happy. If it is disharmonious, one feels unhappy. If it is neutral, one ignores it but notes it for future reference. Thus, in effect, the results of one’s actions accumulate in three running accounts. Based on the external environment and the restrictions put on us due to one’s account balance, one can draw from these accounts and spend it. For example, if one is roaming in a place full of high-class hotels, but one does not have sufficient money, one will remain hungry. One may move out and find a suitable place to purchase food as per one’s budget. Alternatively, if one has sufficient money, one can enjoy. If one is standing alone under a tall tree laden with ripe fruits but is incapable of climbing the tree due to some deficiencies, one cannot get the fruit on one’s own. By chance, a fruit may fall or one may find out some other way of getting the fruits of someone else may give it to one. But that chance is regulated by whether one is destined to get such results.
These are illustrative of the effects of action – enjoyment, and suffering (sukha-duhkha sakshatkaara bhogah). They cover all aspects of life.
No Control over Results
This is happening perpetually. When one suffers, some of one’s negative balance is being spent. When one enjoys, one draws from one’s positive account. By one’s present actions, one is replenishing the balance. If one goes on spending from one’s account only, one will exhaust one’s balance. When all the accounts become zero; that hypothetical state is known as moksha. This is the second basic principle of astrology – one writes one’s destiny (left-hand side of the equation – free-will), but one does not have full control over how one gets the results (right-hand side of the equation – determinism) – karmanyevadhikaaraste ma phaleshu kadachana. The limitations put on one by virtue of one’s present birth or one’s environment have a major influence in deciding one’s destiny – whether, when, how and how much one enjoys or suffers.
Unalterable Drudha Karma
The results of past actions have already been determined according to the fixed universal rules and one has no control over it. The accumulated results of one’s actions and one’s last desire in the previous birth jointly determine one’s present birth. The soul wanders to find an appropriate body and once it finds the body, it enters the womb of that yoni. This creates a new chain with certain limitations put on one by the new life form that cannot be changed. Hence – it is called Prarabdha – the beginning of a new cycle. The features such as pedigree, health, marital and general happiness, general prosperity, skill, talent, profession and death etc., – the features that cannot be changed significantly (but as will be described later, whose level of excellence can be varied) are called Drudha Karma – unchanging features. Only these can be found out precisely through the horoscope.
Some features of one’s running account of results (Karma phala) cannot materialize in the present birth or can materialize in a later birth and are known as Sanchita Karma – accumulated results. They influence serious diseases, child-birth, etc., from time to time, which can be remedied by mani-mantra-aushadhi – precious stones, rituals or medication. Since these effects may or may not vary, these are called Drudhadrudha Karma – variable features. These can be found out precisely only through KarmaVipaka – special treatises on these subjects. However, it may not be possible always to overcome the problems. The totality of Prarabdha and Sanchita Karma have accumulated results that have already been determined and one has no control over it. Thus, together they are called Bhagya or Niyati – fate. Yet, it is not absolute and can be modified as described below. But there is a caveat – maa karmaphala heturbhuh – do not think that whenever one tries to manipulate one’s fate, one will succeed. One can only try – the effect of one’s action is again beyond one. Hence unless is extremely careful, one may create more damage than one expects.
In one case it was seen there was a specific combination for childlessness due to a curse by the mother. The mother had cursed the daughter in her present life for marrying against her will. She has advised some rituals as a remedy, which included taking a bath in the sea and then worshipping Lord Rameswara. But the husband was mortally afraid of the sea and the wife would not even think of forcing him to do anything against his wishes. Ultimately they adopted a child. Had she known it earlier and tried not to go against the wishes of her mother, she might have avoided the present problem, but it might have taken a different shape.
One’s actions regulate one’s destiny. Hence the efforts put in in the present birth till now have already been added to one’s running account modifying its nature. But one has full control over one’s future actions and one can regulate it in such a manner as to influence the nature of one’s account in the desired manner. Since these deeds are yet to be done, it is within one’s control. These actions are called Kriyamana Karma – concurrent actions or Paurusha – the talent that has the power to change one’s fate. How far one will succeed will depend on the intensity of one’s efforts and the strength of one’s existing account. In this, one is influenced by one’s environment, which regulates one’s attitude, though it does not materially change much. With the same input, one may feel elated and encouraged to do something or otherwise; thereby changing the results. Because they have the effect of modifying one’s destiny, even the predictions of Nadi astrology fail for the future, even though it is highly accurate for past events.
Since these have the potential of changing the nature of one’s fate or at least its spending pattern of the accumulated results of one’s past actions in an arbitrary pattern (depending upon the intensity of one’s actions and the environment), these are called Adridha karma – variable features. The results of Kriyamana Karma – concurrent actions, can be known from Prasna or horary astrology and the results of environmental effects can be known from Gochara or transits of planets and Samhita or planetary movements on Earth that influence mundane matters. These include Sakuna or omens and Muhurta or electional astrology. Only a prediction combining all these aspects will be accurate. For the astrologer, there are two more tools to predict accurately – Samudrika or Anga Lakshana – prediction from bodily features and Swarodaya – prediction from the flow of the vital energy.
Concept of Bhava
The study of astrology as propounded by the Rishis is no longer followed. For example, the question was not related to the date of marriage, but one of electional astrology for virtually a civic reception. Similarly, once it was predicted that a person would be in a relationship with two ladies, one of whom would be a virtuous lady and the other, a lady of immoral character. One of the ladies would be a dancer. Everybody assumed that the dancer would be the lady of immoral character. But as it turned out, it was the other way round. The first lady was of immoral character who tried to blackmail him for marriage. He became wise and severed the relationship. He married the dancer, who was a virtuous lady and was a perfect partner not only at home but also in his profession. Such pitfalls have to be kept in view.
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Coming back to the designer horoscopes, both the parents and the astrologers need to be cautioned from two perspectives. According to the rules of Sakuna, the omens of animals in their natural surroundings only are to be considered. Otherwise, the results will be invalid.
Hence the true results for such designer horoscopes can be predicted only by casting the charts for conception, which is not possible in Kali Yuga. The time of birth for casting the horoscope changes over the Yugas from Nisheka or conception to Jalaksharana or watery secretion to Seershodaya or coming out of the head to Bhupatana or coming out completely. In this case of designer horoscopes, coming out was not natural, but artificial. Hence the horoscope has to be examined with care as in the case of Sakuna if not in its natural surroundings.
Charts 1 and 2 are for the two births mentioned earlier. In all such cases, the horoscope must show injury and bloodshed to the mother, which is true in these cases. The 4th houses in both cases are influenced by Mars who is with the Moon. There are some Raja Yoga forming combinations prominent among which is that of Venus occupying own house in Kendra (Lagna in Chart 1). The Ascendants in both cases are Vargottama. The Moon is associated with the 10th house in both horoscopes. Rahu is also in a favorable disposition.
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Designer Birth One : Born October 10, 2010 at 6h. 20m. at Kolkata (22 N 34, 88 E 22).
Designer Birth Two: Born October 10, 2010, at 12h. 54m. at Kolkata (22 N 34, 88 E 22).
As already pointed out that destiny is nothing but the effects of one’s actions, the effect of parental actions will be enjoyed by the parents. It cannot be extended to the child. The parents tried to tamper with the child’s fate for their joy. They got it temporarily, but at the cost of inflicting injury and pain to the mother and paying money for it (poornamadah poomamidam). The continuing enjoyment will be accompanied by continuous suffering as an after effect of the operation (tena tyaktena bhunjithaa). Now what would be the effect of such parental actions on the child – whether the parents got what they desired? Whether their action will change or create the fate of the child? The answer is a big NO. As pointed out earlier, the child will enjoy the fruits of its past actions as modified by the actions of the present birth subject to the limitations put on it by virtue of such birth. They must have done some good deeds in their past lives to have been born to affluent parents in the present life, which gives them an advantage.
But this does not change the limitations of their account. By their actions in the present birth, they can change the advantage to the setpoint or else revert to duce. But with such indulging parents, the chances are heavily tilted in the direction of the duce than set point.
All actions take place the moment the conditions necessary for it to happen to materialize. The delivery takes place at a particular time because only at that instant the fetus becomes ready to come out of the womb. According to recent reports, having a baby may make a woman more intelligent. Research shows that a woman’s grey matter – brain cells that crunch information – grow in the weeks and months after she has given birth. And it’s the most doting mothers who experience the biggest burst of brain cells. Such changes usually only occur after intense periods of learning or a brain injury or illness. It is thought that the hormonal changes associated with having a baby ‘supercharge’ the brain, helping prepare women for the challenges ahead. And the memory lapses that plague new mothers may be explained by a simpler cause – sleep deprivation.
The finding contradicts the popular notion that motherhood saddles a woman’s brain, reports the journal Behavioural Neuroscience. Neuroscientists from Yale University in the US scanned the brains of a group of new mothers in the weeks after they had given birth. The results showed that the amount of grey matter had increased by a small but significant amount by the time the women were three to four months into motherhood. The areas that grew involve motivation, reasoning, judgment, the processing of emotions and feelings of satisfaction and which are the keys to the mother-child relationship. Expansion in the brain’s “motivation area”, said the researchers, could lead to more nurturing, which would help babies survive and thrive physically, emotionally and cognitively. Mothers who gushed most about their newborns tended to experience the biggest amounts of growth.
Bringing out the child prematurely leads to several deformities, many of which may not be apparent at birth or even in childhood. But its effect cannot be ignored in the long run. According to ancient authorities of Ayurveda, “Oja”, that which provides the immunity factor to the body, redistributes itself during the 8th month after the body is fully developed. During this period, the mother sometimes becomes very happy and at other times, very restless without any apparent reason. The child born during this period does not survive, even though the child born before this time survives though remains very weak. Only when the distribution of “Oja” is complete, the child is born. This shows that the children born before labor pain starts are deficient in immunity. This will not be apparent in formative years but will be apparent with age as being more susceptible to disease.
Points to Ponder
There are bound to be hormonal changes after the operation both for the mother and the child. This is demonstrated in the experimental evidence that the mother’s brain’s “motivation area” expands after childbirth. The same principle will apply to the child also. A child born before labor pain starts must have some deficiencies and would have attitudinal problems. Look at the marital and family life including the prospects for and happiness due to children of the two children born through caesarian method at a designated instant. What about their relationship with parents? (Is it revenge for tampering with their lives?) Whether professional excellence and money are everything in life? Are we not becoming materialistic morons? Whether we need to sacrifice all values in the search for illusory power and fame?
Mada or arrogance may appear to be good temporarily but is harmful in the long run. Dama or restraint may appear to be harmful temporarily but is good in the long run. When will we learn? Let people ponder over these questions.
Courtesy: Modern Astrology (Basudev Deo)