In Defence Of Astrology

Astrology is often criticized to be non-scientific, dogmatic, and superstitious. It is often said to be pessimistic in its outlook as it tries to declare the future events beforehand and therefore pernicious in its influence on practical life. In their zeal of criticism these criticizing people often say that astrologers are more psychological counselors than fortune tellers and they go on mocking off astrological remedies to an unbelievable and ridiculous extent. How far their criticism is justified will be seen in this article. To these fellows, first of all I should like to quote some definitions of science and then show them that how a scientific theory gains ground before saying anything about astrology.

According to Oxford Advanced Learner’s dictionary, science is knowledge about the structure and behaviour of the natural and physical world, based on facts that you can prove, for example by experiments. According to Cambridge dictionary, science is knowledge from the careful study of the structure and behaviour of physical world, especially by watching, measuring, and doing experiments, and the development of theories to describe the results of these activities.

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, science is knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observations. Actually, a true scientist by heart is the lover of the beauty of nature. He observes the various natural phenomena in a completely impartial and unprejudiced way, and tries to find some harmony between different seemingly unrelated natural phenomena. Based on the discovered harmony, he tries to put forward a theory which establishes some causal relation between erstwhile seemingly unrelated phenomena. If this theory succeeds in correctly explaining the other unobserved phenomena and at the same time if predictions about the outcome of experiments based on this theory are found to be true, it gains ground and becomes a scientific theory. And, if it fails in any of its two above mentioned jobs either it gets modified or it gets replaced by another superior theory.

In astrology also, we have various theories just like science based on the observed phenomena which have stood the test of time. Let us try to understand it by an example. Consider Coulomb’s law. It says that two charges placed at some distance exert force on each other and it quantifies this force. If someone asks that why the two charges exert force on each other, the most suitable answer that a scientist can give is that if consider the given two charges as a system, by exerting force on each other this system tries to minimize its potential energy. But if further asked that why there is an inherent tendency in the system to minimize its potential energy a true scientist would become silent after saying that it is ‘Nature’ with a capital ‘N’. In astrology there is famous rule that if Saturn in transit passes over the natal Moon of a native the native feels dejected, frustrated, isolated, and so on. Now, if someone asks the astrologer that why is it so? A true astrologer would also become silent after saying that it is ‘Nature’ with a capital ‘N’.

Now, considering life and nature in such a broad sense, Indian philosophy categorizes Karma in following four parts:

  • Sanchita Karma:- It is the sum total of all the Karmas of all the previous lives which have not borne fruit till now. It has both good and bad Karmas in its storehouse.
  • Prarabdha Karma:- It is that portion of Sanchita Karma which has ripen and the results of which we are destined to bear in this very present life. The scope of astrological predictions lies here. The planetary configuration of any nativity shows the Prarabdha or destiny of the the concerned native.
  • Kriyamana Karma:- It is the Karma which we presently perform. The results of this one can be experienced right now, or it may be added to the Sanchita Karma. For example, if touch fire we get instantly burned, but if we steal something we may not get instantly punished. The scope of our free will lies here. A genuine guidance can play a very remarkable role in this area of Karma.
  • Aagami Karma:- These are the karmas we are destined to perform in future due to Prarabdha. If we look at our life retrospectively, we can easily find out many Karmas which although at the time of their performance we thought that we were doing them due to our free will, but now we know that we were destined to perform those ones mechanically.

Above were a few thoughts due to my own independent study. And, I am fully convinced that astrology is a pure science, rather, more subtle science than other materialistic sciences which we study in our formal education and it should, aught and must be accepted whole heartedly.

Astrologer Pandit Pratyush Shukla

Indian astrology is based on a very sound philosophy of Karma (work). Actually, Indian philosophy does not confine life in only one life time; rather, it considers life to be a series of innumerable life times. In Bhagvad Gita (2.12) Krishna says to Arjuna that

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