Astrology and Hare Krishna Devotees


Astrology and Hare Krishna Devotees

Almost always, every astrologer you visit will tell you something different. I think the simple reason is that astrology is a broken science, there is no clear, authoritative śāstra on it, and there is no intact paramparā representing and illustrating that paramparā. Some “puṇḍits” will try to tell you that there is “śāstra” and “paramparā” for astrology, but this is very shallow. At least in Kali Yuga, astrology is a speculative science, and in modern times not much resource or funding has been devoted to experimentation (which is a necessity for speculative sciences), and thus the science is fairly ruined.

Even though it is a ruined science, I do think that people in general can derive a lot of benefit from it, since it tends to lead people towards more introspective outlooks, places them into closer contact with the divinity of nature, and helps them begin to understand important concepts like destiny, self, and the divine.

For the most part, I don’t think Krishna devotees who have the opportunity to engage in sādhana-bhakti should rely on astrology, their sādhana-bhakti is already beyond the final destination that astrology can bring them to. Such devotees should read Śrīmad Bhāgavatam instead of read their birth charts, and they should hear Kīrtan from śuddha-bhaktas rather than hear speculative astrological prognostications from the mouths of self-made “puṇḍits.”

Kīrtan of the Hare Krishna mahāmantra immediately causes ceto darpana marjana — it immediately cleans the reflectivity of the mind, enabling us to see ourselves, our world, and our situation very easily. Devotees who have access to chanting this mantra under the guidance of sincere and experienced Vaiṣṇavas should never recourse to mundane or mystical guidance like psychological theories or astrological calculations. They should seek only to focus on the names of Krishna, knowing that all uncertainties will resolve automatically by doing so.

Of course, something also called “astrology" is required to calculate calendars and establish timings for devotional events like Janmāṣṭhamī, etc. I am not talking about this astrology, I am talking about the normal kind, where you go to someone and ask them to resolve your confusions about yourself and your life.

Let the general public who has no access and no confidence in the process of bhakti-sādhana (crowned by nāma-saṅkīrtana) come to astrologers. Hopefully fate will guide them to genuine persons who can deliver spiritual upliftment to them inspire of the technical shortcomings of the astrological science in the current historical epoch (kali-yuga). But lets not encourage the devotees who have the chance to develop confidence in nāma-saṅkīrtanādi bhakti-sādhana to trade in their diamonds for broken glass by giving their trust and hopes to the workings of karma as speculated upon by the imperfect senses and mind of we meager astrologers.

Vic DiCara Bio


Vic DiCara Bio for Lunar Cafe

Vic is one of those guys who reads Ptolemy and Sanskrit, and tests astrological theories by writing equations in computer code — but unlike most of “those guys” he always puts his knowledge to work in a way that is practical, beneficial, and understandable to even the simplest person on the sidewalk.

He has devoted himself wholeheartedly to bhakti-yoga (the yoga of love) since 1990, and has eagerly studied and practiced for year in āśramas in the holiest towns of India. He lovingly pours his extensive knowledge of spiritual practice and philosophy into every reading, every article, every word. But he’s not some “out there” guru type. He is the father of four lovely children and lives with his beautiful and intelligent wife in southern Japan. His being both in the “normal” world and “spiritual” world at the same time gives his writing and readings a very unique clarity and power.

He is a professional musician and songwriter who has released several albums and toured internationally and in the US many, many times. Currently he and his wife record kīrtan in the bhakti-yoga tradition. He is a prolific writer who published six titles just in the past two years:

  • 27 Stars, 27 Gods — The Astrological Mythology of Ancient India
  • The Great Big Crystal Ball in the Sky, Part I
  • A Simple Gītā
  • Beautiful Tales of the All Attractive, Volume I & II
  • To Dance in the Downpour of Devotion

His astrological system is a very unique bridge between “Vedic” and “Western” models; highly contemporary yet with extreme fidelity to the ancient origins.

Website: VicDiCara.com
Blog: Vic DiCara’s Astrology

An Astrological Verse from Śrīmad Bhāgavatam


An Astrological Verse from Śrīmad Bhāgavatam

In Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.21.18, Prajāpati Kardama says to Hari:

The wheel of time spins on an eternal axle. Three meta-seasons form its hub. Thirteen months form its spokes. Three hundred and sixty days form the joints that support its circumference. Six seasons form its rim. Infinite moments form the outer edge. This wheel spins with terrible speed chasing everything in the universe with destruction. But it cannot chase those who are intoxicated by hearing about you.

Time is represented as spinning in terms of years. Each “meta-month” is a set of fire, earth, air, and water months/zodiac divisions. There are three repetitions of such in a year. The 13th spoke is the leap-month. A lunar-centric calendar counts 360 days in a year, which is why a full leap-month is required periodically. Every two months form a discrete season, winter is expanded into “chilly” and “frozen” seasons, and summer into “hot” and “wet” seasons.

These divisions of time spin with unstoppable force, and chase everything in the universe, destroying everything. But it cannot chase those who are intoxicated by hearing about Hari.

Hardcore and Casual Followers of Astrology


Hardcore and Casual Followers of Astrology

I think there are two broad groups of people into astrology. Maybe we can call them “hardcore” and “casual” but those terms are admittedly a little misleading because the “casual” follower of astrology could be just as intensely devoted to the subject as the “hardcore” follower. The distinction is simply that “hardcore” followers get into detail well beyond Sun, Moon and Rising signs – and often tend to want a methodical and scientific approach to the art; whereas “casual” followers are satisfied with what inspiration and guidance they derive from interpretations of their Sun, Moon and Rising signs.

Please correct me if I am wrong, but it seems that the content of your site (lunarcafe.com) currently caters to the “casual” group? People who work with me or tend to visit my site are very predominantly of the “hardcore” group. So I think a link from my site to yours won’t pan out much for you, but at least I can mention your appealing site here in this blog! =)

Thank you,
Vic DiCara

A Really Good Book on Jaimini Sūtra


A Really Good Book on Jaimini Sūtra

Ernst Wilhelm has to be congratulated and thanked for doing the astrological community a very great service by meticulously translating and unraveling the Jaimini’s Sūtras. I recommend that serious students of astrology study this book, as I will surely be doing. Here is a link to more information about it: http://www.vedic-astrology.net/Books/Jaimini-Sutras-Raw.asp

Second Marriage for Mangal-dosha


Second Marriage for Mangal-dosha

Question:

I’ve heard that the second marriage of a person with Mangal dosha will be much smoother. Is that so?

My Answer:

People say so many things about Mangal dosha (The effect of Mars on relationships), but most of them have no idea what they are talking about, they are just talking. Sorry to say that. I find that people have a hard time keeping things simple and clear. The effect of Mangala dosha is that the person with it is overly independent and feels constrained in relationships, especially monogamy and that sort of culture. If they marry someone similar, the effect is less noticeable because the two partners understand one another instinctively and give enough space. Potentially it could be true that the mangal-influenced person would learn enough from the first failure that they would improve on the next marriage, but I think that is up for grabs and depends on the individual. It don’t think its reliable to say that the second marriage of a mangleek person to a non-mangaleek person will be smooth. Rather, a mangal-dosh person should marry another mangal-dosh person, or, if that is impossible, the partner who is not under the influence of mangal so strongly will need to do some personal evolution to learn how to empathize with the mangal/mars energy and its need for space, freedom, independence even within the context of long-term monogamy.

Horrible Omens


Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.17.2:

Saintly Diti was worried about what her husband had revealed about her children, so she prolonged the pregnancy for a full one hundred years before giving birth to the twins.

3:
When they were born, many upheavals in earth, sky, and hearts of the people made everyone very afraid.

Now, 4-14 will describe many of these upheavals.

4:
The immovable ground shook. Blazing meteors and comets fell like missiles from all directions of the sky, foretelling suffering.

5:
Terrible winds howled again and again. Armies of tornados uprooted strong trees, with clouds of dust blowing like their flags.

6:
Masses of clouds roared hysterically with lightning, blocking the light from the luminaries in the sky, so thoroughly enveloping the world in darkness that no one could even see their own feet.

7:
The ocean cried out miserably with her wave arms raised high, disturbing all the creatures within her. The wells and rivers became so polluted that their lotus flowers withered.

8:
The Sun and Moon were eclipsed repeatedly. Claps of thunder tore open the sky and rumbled like broken chariots.

9:
Fearsome wild animals came right into the middle of towns and vomited their guts out. Jackals and owls howled and moaned horribly.

10:
The dogs who guarded the towns joined them, raising their snouts to the skies and howling — sometimes as if singing, and sometimes as lamenting.

11:
Donkeys went mad and ran wildly in herds, slamming their hard hooves into the earth and braying insanely.

12:
Hearing them shrieking, birds abandoned their nests and fearfully fled into the skies, while cows in the fields suddenly passed stool and urine.

13:
Blood stained the milk of those terrified cows. Pus rained down from the clouds. Temple deities cried. Trees fell without any wind.

14:
Inauspicious planets moved retrograde into inauspicious constellations, to overlap and conquer the light of the auspicious planets.

Note for astrologers: Mars and Saturn moved retrograde into destructive nakshatra, and came thus into the same degree and declination of the auspicious planets, such that their light outshone the auspicious light and thus all the auspicious planets were defeated in “graha-yudha” by the inauspicious planets (thus, Mercury and Venus were probably conjunct).

15:
Seeing these terrible upheavals, everyone except the four sons of Brahmā became confused. Unable to decipher the meaning of these signs, they thought the whole world was about to be destroyed.

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