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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

How does astrology work?

Inspired by Swami Sri Yukteshwar Ji.

Besides our flesh and bones body that we see everyday, Vedic philosophy mentions the existence of two more bodies within our physical body. These are called astral body, and the causal body.

Causal or ideational body is the blueprint of the human body in the thought form. It is made up of five electricities and is the dream idea of the creation that surrounds us. Each of the five electricities pertains to one of the five senses and is different in nature from each other. It is because of the different nature of these electricities that our brain is not confused by the impulses coming from different senses. When we eat a mango the inputs of smell, taste, texture and color are registered as distinct sensations. There is no confusion in the brain about any of them. If each sense was sending the same electric impulse, our brain will have a hard time deciphering this information. At present our technology can sense and measure only electrons so we know only one type of electricity which is the flow of electrons through a conducting medium like a copper wire. Four more electric currents already exist but our technology is unable to sense and measure these just as the viruses have always existed but were unknown before the invention of the electron microscope. According to Vedic philosophy the subtle differentiation of these electricities will be discovered in the near future. Sooksham Sharira (Astral body) is electromagnetic in nature and is composed of fifteen segments or attributes. It also has the mind and intelligence. Five of these attributes are related to five organs of senses, five more are related to the five organs of actions and the last five to the five objects of the senses. The thought or dream form of the causal body assumes a more distinct form at this intermediate stage.

These attributes of organs of senses, action and objects of senses (Gyanaindriya, Karmendriya and Tanmatra) are the skeletal system around which the three dimensional world takes shape. This is as true of the earth as that of the most distant galaxy.

Our physical body envelopes the astral body, which in turn surrounds the causal body. Our soul which is a spark of Param Bramha resides with in the causal body. There are thus three casings or layers of causal, astral and physical body on the soul. As a matter of fact the soul is imprisoned there and the whole concept of Moksha and emancipation revolves around the freedom of spirit or soul from first astral and then causal body.

This scheme of things can be explained by the following example. Lets us say that I want to build the house of my dreams and I have unlimited money at my disposal to do so. Now, I know exactly what I want. I want five bed rooms, a large living room, five bath rooms, a big kitchen, a swimming pool, a porch, a large garden and so on. I picture the house in my mind and when I have visualized every detail I go to an architect to put my dream house on paper. He constructs everything – on paper. The building, the wiring, the plumbing is all there. Every detail is worked out. Everything I wanted in my house now exists – on paper. I am now ready to build. At this stage I take the blue print to the builder and ask him to convert the blue print to reality. The builder takes six months and a large sum of my money. At long last my dream house is a reality.

The house took shape in three distinct stages. In the first stage it existed only as a thought pattern. An electrical impulse in the brain is all what it was. The consciousness of house existed but it could not be felt by the five senses. This was the causal body stage of my home.

In the second stage my house consciousness took a more visible shape. Everything I wanted was constructed on a sheet of paper. The house existed but not in the physical form. It was in an intermediate stage. This was the astral body stage of my house.

Finally in the third stage, the builder converted the blue print to reality and I had a home that I could see, touch and feel. This was the physical body stage of my home.

This whole creation is a dream of Param Brahma or universal spirit. There is nothing real to it. What appears to be tangible to our senses is in reality a frozen form of energy, which is held in place by the will of Param Brahma. Scientists have a problem with this conception as their intellect can only operate with in the three dimensional world and can not accept the existence of anything which cannot be measured and reproduced. It is only now in the post Einstein and the quantum physics era where neither measurement nor reproduction of an experiment is possible that the modern scientist is dimly grasping the existence of a divine intelligence.

The physical world is essentially inert matter. The life force and movement that we see all around us comes from the astral world. This is as true of the dancing electrons as of a singing bird. The subtle forces of the astral world which animate our world themselves draw energy from the still finer forces of the causal or ideational world. These fine and subtle forces are the vibratory thought emanating from the consciousness of Param Brahm. We know it more popularly as Aum.

The whole of the creation is totally dependent upon the life forces emanating from the causal and astral bodies. The physical body is created and sustained by the astral body which supplies the life current called Prana to the fertilized egg, nourishes it and makes it grow into an embryo and eventually into a human being. Without the nourishing energy coming from the astral body and without the intelligence of the causal body telling the cell when to subdivide and how, the living creatures will not sustain life.

At the time of death only the gross body which is a heavy overcoat of flesh and bones dies. The soul-causal body-astral body combination being pure energy is indestructible and goes to the astral world only to be born again and again.

This combination is like a computer hard disk drive and records every thought and deed performed by us in this life. Our brain acts like a computer chip and sends a continuous stream of data pertaining to our actions to this hard disk of our astral body. This record is not destroyed at death because it’s electromagnetic in nature. This sum total of our record becomes the script for our next incarnation and plays out as we take birth and grow. Astrology is a science, which decodes this script and is therefore able to predict future.

Put very simply it’s like a movie recorded on a DVD. The beginning, the middle and the end are all present in the DVD but become active only when it’s placed in a player. The three dimensional world is then akin to a player which simply plays what we wrote for ourselves in our past lives.

In a DVD the future of a story can be known by fast-forwarding it. Astrology also fast forwards using precise tools and lets us know what is going to happen to us.

To predict future an astrologer uses Vedic astrology to cast a horoscope and then examines the twelve houses and the planets populating these. Each planets has something to say about the future. It is much like a jigsaw puzzle. Combining everything, a composite picture of a person's past present and future emerges.

Since our future is based on our past actions, it can be modified by our present actions and this gives rise to very interesting possibilities. By adopting certain measures we can lessen the impact of our negative action in the past. These measures work principally by generating vibratory energy through repetitious chanting of a mantra. The energy thus radiated erases the script at the point where a past Karma is likely to cause trouble. A major accident can be reduced to a small one. A huge financial loss can be limited to the loss of a few hundred dollars. The vibratory structure of the creation is modified by deliberately produced vibrations. The ancient sages have left a treasure trove of mantras to achieve every end that a person can think of.

Thus not only Vedic astrology predictions tell us what is in store for us, it also shows us a way out of our problems. There is no other predictive science in the world that comes even close to it. 

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