2021, Vol. 6 Issue 1, Part A
The Vedic system of Astrology is based on the premise that the natal position of planets is dependent on the past karma (actions) of the human beings and given complete picture of the life of the person concerned. It also believes that the horoscope / natal chart of the person tells us whether the malefic influences can be warded off or reduced. It believes in strengthening of the weak planets to augment their better effects and to reduce the extent of miseries.
Astrology is both a science and an art. It is a science as its principles of determining planetary positions and planetary periods are based on mathematical systems and even the predictive tools are universally applicable. It is an art to blend the numerous techniques available to an astrologer for predictions depending upon the place and time. The difference in opinion of various astrologers is because of the difference in comprehension, analytical approach and expression power ofthe different individual astrologers.
The eternal and ethereal brilliance of the galaxies is a divine mystery which has enchanted mankind form the very creation of universe. The innate curiosity of man to unfold the mystery of unknown has lured him to pluck the “forbidden apple” from the garden of Eve. The greatest mystery which has eluded the man is his own longevity. Let us make a sincere effort to try and solve this mystery. Death is a very cruel sting in a natives life. Nobody can overcome death. Some die young and some die old, but it does come to all. Great English poet Shelly has said” Death is here, death is there, death is busy every where”. The great Sage Parashar in Sloka 2 of Chapter 43 has stated “Knowing longevity is difficult even for gods.” Saint Tulsi Das has also said “Hani Labh Jeevan Maran Yash Upyash Vidhi Haath” i.e. loss or gain, life or death, glory or disgrace is all the hands of God.