The Science of Cosmic Oneness
Osho, one of the great spiritual minds of our time, discusses the essential nature of astrology. Astrology, the Science of Cosmic Oneness, dates back in one form or another thousands of years to the earliest known civilisations. The article, in six parts, examines the true spiritual meaning of astrology and the profound underpinnings of this marvellous science.
Astrology is perhaps the most ancient subject and also in a way the most ignored. It is the most ancient because astrology has been
in existence as far back as we have been able to investigate the
history of mankind. Astrological inscriptions have been found on
bone remnants from the Sumerian civilization, which existed twenty-five
thousand years before Jesus. Bone remnants have been discovered
with astrological inscriptions and with an outline of the moon’s
orbit in the sky.
But in India this science is even older. In the Rigveda reference
is made to a certain constellation of the stars, which could only
have occurred ninety-five thousand years ago. Because of this, Lokmanya
Tilak concluded that the Vedas must certainly be even more
ancient: the constellation of the stars as the Vedas describe it
could only have occurred at a certain moment ninety-five thousand
years ago; so that particular vedic reference must be at least ninety-five
thousand years old.
That particular vedic reference could not have been added at a later
period. Other, younger generations would not have been able to work
out a constellation that existed many years before. But now we have
scientific methods, which we can use to discover where the stars
were at a particular moment in the distant past. The deepest laws
of astrology were first discovered in India. In fact it was only
because of astrology that mathematics was born. To make astrological
calculations, first mathematics was needed.
The digits used in arithmetic were invented in India — the numbers
one to ten, which exist in all the world’s languages, are
basically Indian in origin. And throughout the world the decimal
system has been accepted: the decimal system was born in India,
and it slowly spread throughout the entire world. When you say nine
in English, it is simply a modification of the Sanskrit word nav.
When you say eight in English, it is simply a modification
of the Sanskrit word aht. The numerals one to nine, prevalent
in all the world’s languages, came into existence only because
of the influence of Indian astrology.
The first knowledge about the existence of astrology reached the Sumerian civilization from India.
Six thousand years before Jesus, the Sumerians were the first to open the doors of astrology to the Western world. The Sumerians laid the foundation for the scientific study of the constellation. They constructed a gigantic tower, seven hundred feet tall, and from that tower Sumerian priests used to observe the sky twenty-four hours a day. Sumerian metaphysicians soon learned that whatever happens to mankind is somehow ultimately connected with the stars — they are the source.
Six thousand years before Jesus, it was the view in Sumeria that whenever illness occurs, whenever epidemics are born, the stars are somehow connected. These days there is a scientific basis for this view. And those who understand the science of astrology today say it was the Sumerians who began the history of mankind.
In 1920, a Russian scientist, Alexander Chizhevsky, investigated this matter deeply and discovered that every eleven years enormous explosions take place on the sun. Every eleven years a nuclear explosion occurs on the sun. Chizhevsky discovered that whenever such nuclear explosions occur on the sun, wars and revolutions begin on Earth. According to him, during the past seven hundred years, whenever such phenomena have occurred on the sun, there have been disasters on Earth.
Chizhevsky’s analysis was undeniable and, because it went against the Marxist viewpoint, in 1942 Stalin had him arrested and thrown into prison. Only after Stalin’s death could Chizhevsky be released. For Stalin, Chizhevsky’s conclusions must have seemed very strange. According to Marxist and communist thinking, whatever revolutions occur on the Earth are fundamentally caused by economic differences between men. But Chizhevsky declared that the cause of revolutions is the explosions happening on the sun.
How can explosions on the sun possibly be related to the existence of poverty or wealth in the lives of men?
If Chizhevsky’s thesis is correct, then Marx’s entire system disintegrates into dust. Then you cannot explain revolutions any longer in reference to economics and class struggle; then only astrology can explain revolution.
Chizhevsky could not be proved wrong. His calculation covering seven hundred years was so scientific, the connection he established between explosions on the sun and phenomena on the Earth was so close, that to prove him wrong was difficult. But to send him to Siberia was a simple matter.
After Stalin’s death Khrushchev released Chizhevsky from Siberia. Nearly fifty valuable years of this man’s life were lost in Siberia. After his release he only lived another four to six months, but in those few months he gathered together even more evidence for his thesis. He also linked the spread of epidemics on the Earth to solar influence.
The sun is not a static ball of fire as we ordinarily think, but rather an infinitely alive and dynamic, fiery organism. The sun changes its mood every moment. And when the sun changes its mood even a little, life on Earth is affected. Nothing happens on the Earth without something happening on the sun. When there is a solar eclipse, the birds in the forest stop singing twenty-four hours before. During the entire time of the eclipse the whole Earth becomes silent. The birds stop their singing and all of the animals in the forest become oppressed and frightened, full of apprehension. The monkeys abandon their trees and come down below. They form themselves into groups, apparently as a means of protection. And it is a surprising thing that these monkeys, who are always gossiping and making a hue and cry, become so quiet at the time of the eclipse that even meditators cannot compare with them.
Chizhevsky explained this entire matter, but such thinking first originated in Sumeria. Afterwards, a Swiss physician named Paracelsus discovered more information. He made an unparalleled discovery — and this discovery will transform all of medical science, if not today then tomorrow. Up until now this discovery could not be considered valid because astrology is such an ignored subject — the most ancient, the most ignored, and the most respected at the same time.
Last year in France, it was calculated that forty-seven percent of the population believes that astrology is a science.
In America, five thousand leading astrologers are currently at work night and day.
They have so many clients that they can never finish their work properly — Americans pay millions of dollars yearly to astrologers. It is estimated that throughout the world, seventy-eight percent of people believe in astrology. The seventy-eight percent who believe in astrology belong to the general public. Thinkers and intellectuals are on red alert at the very mention of astrology.
C. G. Jung said that university doors have been closed to astrology for three hundred years, but that in the coming thirty years these doors will again open and astrology will enter the university. It will happen because claims that astrology has made, which have up to now been unproved, can now be proved.
Read part two of Astrology: the Science of Cosmic Oneness