Understanding Astrology II

In the previous post, we discussed about the three types of Karma - Sanchitha, Prarabdha and Agami Karma.

But what does Karma mean? The literal meaning of Karma is Action. Action being central to our lives, it is impossible to avoid it. For, non-action also becomes a kind of action - the act of refusing to act. Even the Bhavad Gita mentions that once born, there is no way but to act.

Does it mean that in a life, where there is no escape from action, we are penalized for acting (on which we have no control over)?

No matter what a traditional Vedanti might say, Action in the context of the "Karma Siddhanta" refers more to the mental impression that is left while performing an action, more than the action itself. These mental impressions stay in the mind as memories and decide/curtail our freedom to choose, by conditioning our responses. Hence, we need to understand Karma more as the "mental conditioning/impressions/memory" of the action in our mind than the actual action itself.

Astrology then tries to dig out these latent impressions that our mind carries with it and the conditioned responses that will be produced by these "impressions".

Thus, Astrology generally is not accurate with "Jeevan Muktas", those of us who have gone beyond the conditioning, through spiritual practices.


Forgive me if I sound naive in asking this. I also think that the mental impressions of the actions are more important in conditioning our responses rather than the actions per se. But if a compulsive thief or killer commits the same crimes again & again as he derives pleasure out of it & doesn't carry any guilt impression in his mind, how does he get punished?

- Anjana

Hi Anjana,

First of all there is no reward/punishment – things in life happen based on the things that you cause and its natural effect. Let me give an example: if we put our finger in fire, it is bound to burn us. This is the natural effect of the cause (putting our hand in fire). Everthing work on the basis of intrinsic nature. Having said this – mental impressions are left if you perform an action expecting to derive pleasure or avoid an action expecting to avoid pain. In both cases, the mental impressions are there and there is no escape from the effect of the karma. A thief who deprives someone of their belongings is bound to suffer by losing something that is very precious.

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Astrology sees mankind as being not only influenced by hereditary factors and the environment, but also by the state of our solar system at the moment of birth. The planets are regarded as basic life-forces, the tools we live by as well as the basis of our very substance. These planetary forces take on different forms, depending on their zodiacal position and on the way they relate to one another.

Solar-SystemThe aspects formed between the planets describe these relationships, the positions of the planets in relation to the place of birth tell us of their expression in the spheres of life depicted by the astrological houses.

By interpreting the roles of these players (the planets) and their qualities (the elements, signs and houses) and creating a synthesis, astrology is able to present a complete and comprehensive picture of the person and his potential, based on the natal horoscope.


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