Written by Sri Swami Chandrashekarendra
The conditions of man correspond to the changes in the position of the
nine grahas. A human being does not enjoy happiness all the time nor
does he always suffer hardships-- that is he experiences a mixture of
happiness and sorrow. While he may be pushed up to a high position
today, he may be thrust down to the depths tomorrow. It is not man
alone that is subject to changes of fortune. Establishments too have
ups and downs, so also nations.
The sages saw a relationship between the position and movements of the
planets and the destiny of man, the sorrow and happiness experienced by
him. There is a branch of astrology called "hora--skandha". If we knew
planetary position at the time of commencing a job or enterprise, with
help we should be able to find out how it would take shape, how we
would fare in it. If our horoscope is cast on the basis of the
of the planets at the time of our birth, our fortunes over the entire
of our life can be predicted.
Different reasons are given for the ups and downs in a man's life for
joys and sorrows. It is similar to finding out the different causes of
ailment he suffers from. The physician will explain that the disease is
to an imbalance in the "dhatus". The mantravadin will say that it is due
the gods being displeased with the patient, while the astrologer will
observe that it is all in his (the patient's) stars. The pandit versed
Dharmasastra will explain that the illness is the fruit of the man's
actions, his karma. And the psychologist will express the view that the
bodily affliction is related to an emotional disturbance. What is the
All these different causes may be valid. All of them together go to
an experience. When it rains it becomes wet and the place is swarmed
with winged white ants. Frogs croak. All these are indicators of the
Many outward signs manifest themselves as the fruits of our past karma.
They are all related to one another. The course of the planets governing
our life is in accordance with our karma. We come to know the
consequences of our past actions in previous births in various ways.
Astrological calculations help us to find out such consequences as
indicated by the heavenly bodies.