Astrology, Ethics, Destiny & God (2)
Astrology, Science & Destiny
1. May All Beings Live in Harmony
2. May All Beings Live in Harmony (2)
3. Under the Sacred Peepal Tree
4. Tsunami Reflections
5. Destiny and the Dog
6. Patriotism and Sportsmanship
7. What Is & What Is Not
8. Colours of Life
9. (A)political Life
10. Man & Woman
11. Myth & Math
12. Honey! We shrunk the Gods!
13. Kosmic Kolams
14, Perfection Spells Myth
15. Astrology & Sexuality
16. Pondering Imponderables
17. The Happisad Theory
18. To Be, or to Become
19. Dogs and Gods
A Felonious Fellowship
Tirpuday Runs Away
Beckoning of an Émigré
Bound to die...
Ganesha the God
Life and Astrology
Amazing Encounter with Destiny
Astrology, Ethics, Destiny and God...
Ram Ramakrishnan explores the essential structure underlying the practice of astrology, including the roles of ethics, destiny and God.Logically, a given placement of a planet or a combination of them should produce similar effects – physical or emotional, everywhere in its sphere of influence. The physical manifestations of a given emotion may vary from one geographic location to another depending upon the culture, traditions and the community to which the effected person is a part of. But all underlying emotions that drive thought processes should be the same and should be identically effected everywhere by astrological influences.
Similarly, I guess, astrological practices too should follow comparable patterns in every country and community. I have been seeing these patterns in my land since my childhood. India is among one of the few countries where astrology is still respected by a wide section of its people. As it is with everything else in this world, astrologers too are of many hues. Having been a student of astrology for about a decade now, I can now envisage how they operate by imagining myself in their shoes (not always, because some of them come barefoot! But I adjust accordingly!!)
Each hue has its own code of ethics for carrying on their practice, trade, profession, service or research of astrology as they see this pursuit. And I have my own. It is not for me to judge other's views. I do not consider myself (nor anyone else) existentially qualified enough to do so and even if I were to be, I would consider it unethical to do so. But it is indeed fascinating to picture myself in their place and look at the world. Let me share with you a few such scenarios in the Indian context.
Every one of our activities is done for a reason. I write this article for a reason, some would appreciate it for a reason, some would condemn it for a reason. Both a reason that we in our limited level of comprehension attribute to our actions, as well as a larger cosmic reason that we cannot comprehend. On the same lines I believe everything that happens, is a continuous cycle of cause and effect – perhaps following the diktats of destiny.
This article continues in Part 2 to examine Ram's personal views on Astrology, Ethics, Destiny and God.
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