Astrology is perhaps the most ancient subject and also in a way the most tabooed. It is the most ancient because as far as we have been able to investigate the history of mankind, astrology has been in existence. Astrological inscriptions have been found on bone remnants from the Sumerian civilization which existed twenty-five thousands years before Jesus.
But in India this science is even older. In Rigveda, Hindu scripture, reference is made to a certain constellation of stars which could only have occurred ninety-five thousand years ago, so that particular Vedic reference must be ninety-five thousand years old.
The deepest laws of Jyotish, Hindu or Vedic 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 origin. The decimal system was born in India, and it slowly spread throughout the world. When we say “nine” in English, it is only a modification of the Sanskrit word nav.
In this article word, ‘astrology’ refers to Hindu or Vedic astrology, and not the Western astrology. The Western astrology is not accurate because it does not take the shifting of the earth’s axis into account when calculating the longitudes of the planets and constellations, like Vedic astrology.
The first knowledge about the 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 sun is not a static ball of fire, as we ordinarily think, but rather an infinitely alive and dynamic, fiery organism. In 1920 a Russian scientist, Chijevsky, proved that every eleven years, enormous explosion of Sun’s flare occurred. Chijevsky proved that such nuclear explosions on sun had effect on wars. It has been proven that sun’s flare can have disastrous effects on satellites as well as communication on earth.
A Greek named Pythagoras gave birth to the very valuable principle of planetary harmony after he had visited India where he studied the teaching of Buddha as well as Vedic astrology. Pythagoras believed that every star, every planet and every satellite gives out a unique vibration through the movement as it travels in space. Every movement of the starts gives out a vibration, and every start has its own individual movement. All the vibrations of the starts together make a musical harmony which he called the harmony of the universe.
When you are born, the melody that is created by the tuning of the starts at the time is inscribed on your mind its freshest, most unsophisticated, and most sensitive state – that of birth. Throughout your life this will cause good health or ill health. When you live in tune with the original musical harmony that existed at the time of your birth, then you are healthy. And whenever your tuning with this fundamental musical harmony breaks down, you become ill.
Many years after Pythagoras, Paracelsus in Greece used to say, “Until we know the state of your inner harmony, we can at the most release you from your illness – because your inner harmony is the source of your health. But when you release you from one illness, you will immediately catch another, because nothing has been done about your inner harmony. Your inner harmony has to be supported.”
When child is born, at that moment many stars are emerging all around the earth’s horizon. Just as the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening, so stars rise and set in space twenty four hours a day. Thus child is being born into a certain arrangement of the stars in space.
From the investigation of scientists like, Brown, Picardi, Tamatto and others, it was concluded that a life has a whole is affected. And if life as a whole is, then as we investigate the facts of the matter more deeply as Hindu astrologers have done, the individual too is affected by the stars.
If we were to carry out a complete astrological investigation – as the Hindus alone have done, and done very thoroughly – then our actual concern would not begin when the child is born. Our actual concern begins when the child starts its journey in the mother’s womb, when the embryo takes shape – because that is the actual birth. So Hindus have alone come to feel that if a particular type of child is to take birth, it will be born if intercourse and pregnancy occur under an arrangement of planets and constellation most suitable for that type.
Ordinarily, when a child is born at six o’clock in the morning, we think that the constellation which exists at that time influences the child. My view is different, fundamentally different. The fact is child chooses to be born under those stars which will influence him as he wishes to be influenced. This is radically different thing. When child is taking birth, then it chooses the planets and stars and the moment at which it will take birth. And if we go still more deeply, then the child also chooses the time of its conception.
Every soul chooses its own time of conception – when it will accept a womb, at which moment. The moment of conception is not significant. It is significant in that it is a question of how the entire universe exists at that moment and to what sort of possibilities the universe opens the door at that moment. Every child, every new life, insists on a specific moment for birth before its entry. It wants to be born at a specific moment; only at this moment does it wish to be conceived. His desire and that moment are interdependent.
The water of the ocean is subject to certain influences. But all life is created out of water; without water, no life is possible. So also the ancient Indian, Greek and Chinese mythologies say this. Today scientists who believe in evolution say that life was born under water, that the first life on the planet lived in the water.
Water is the most mysterious element of all.
Whatever influences from the stars reach man from the universe, from space, reach him through the medium of water. Having once affected the water in a man’s body, any radiation can gain entrance into him. The biggest mystery about water has come to the attention of scientists that water possesses a lot of sensitivity. Whatever influences are active from any direction in life are first felt by water. Once the water is influenced, then it will be very difficult for us to avoid being influenced.
You will be surprised to learn that when the child swims in the mother’s womb, he swims just as if he is in the ocean. The water in mother’s womb possesses the same proportion of salt as is present in the ocean. Whatever influences reach the child from the mother’s body do not reach him directly; between the mother and the child growing in her womb there is no direct connection. Water is the mediator. Whatever influences reach the child from the mother do so through the medium of water; there is no direct relationship. Then throughout our lives the water in our bodies behaves just as the water in the sea.
It has been proven that the Moon has direct relationships with the breeding cycles of fish, birds, animals as well as women’s menstruation. The birds migrate precisely knowing when the winter snow is going to come. In Japan there is a bird which will evacuate a town twenty-four hours before an earthquake occurs. The scientists are unable to predict when earthquake will happen, even two hours beforehand.
Scientists have been saying that every organism possesses an internal sense organ which feels the outside world. Perhaps man too possesses it, but has lost it through depending on his intellect. Now scientific data is becoming available which proves that an inner source exists. This discovery of an inner source makes us aware that nothing alive on this earth is isolated or separate. Everything is joined to the cosmos. If anything happens anywhere its results will begin to be felt here.
Once you have the idea that we are not separate or isolated by joined together in an organic way, then it will be easy to understand astrology.
Astrology is not superstition, blind faith as some men may think, but astrology is very scientific. The meaning of science is the investigation of the relationship between cause and effect. Astrology says that whatever happens on this earth is not uncaused. However, we may not be aware of the causes. Astrology says that the shape which the future will take cannot be isolated from the past but must be joined to it; what you will be tomorrow will be joined to what you are today; what you were until today is joined to what you will be tomorrow.
Three days before his assassination, Abraham Lincoln dreamt that he had been murdered and that his corpse was lying in a special room in the white house. If what was to occur three days later had not in some fashion already occurred, then how could such a detail dream have taken place? Such a glimpse is given in a dream only if in some way it is already implied in the present moment. Then only can we get a glimpse of what will take place in the future.
If we open the window of the present, then we will be able to see that the future is just outside this window. It is the thesis of astrology that the future is simply our ignorance – so, it is “the future.” If we were to see, then the future would not be a “happening” for us – we would know it is already present here and now.
When Mahavira used to say that whatever is happening has already happened, he was saying that whatever is happening is the present, whatever may be is the future. The bud which is coming into blossom somewhere has already blossomed, so it will blossom, it will become a flower. Right now the bud is in process of flowering, right now it is only a bud. But if it is in the process of flowering, then it will flower. Its having flowered has also in a sense already occurred somewhere.
We always look from the viewpoint of the past. Astrology recognizes the incompleteness of the view that the past gives the impetus and that the future happens as a result. If one views a phenomenon in its totality, one sees that the past is providing impetus, but also that the future is exercising a pull, an attraction. The bud becoming a flower is not at that is happening. The flower is calling out to the bud to become a flower; it is exercising a pull. The past is behind; the future is ahead. Now, in the present moment, there is a bud. The entire pushing the bud to become a flower and the entire future is calling on the bud to become a flower.
One sees that the past is providing impetus, but also that the future is exercising a pull, an attraction. The bud becoming a flower is not at that is happening. The flower is calling out to the bud to become a flower; it is exercising a pull. The past is behind; the future is ahead. Now, in the present moment, there is a bud. The entire pushing the bud to become a flower and the entire future is calling on the bud to become a flower.
Under pressure from both directions, past and future, the bud will become a flower. If there were no future, then the past by itself would not be able to create the flower, because the future must provide space for the bud to become a flower. In the future a place, a space is necessary.
It is the view of astrology that looking from the standpoint of the past alone is insufficient and only partially scientific.
The future is calling all the time, drawing us all the time. We do not know, we are not aware. The future is not utterly uncertain. Our knowledge is uncertain; our ignorance is weighty. Nothing of the future seems to be revealed to us. We are blind because nothing seems to be revealed to us, we say it is uncertain. But something of the future is revealed to us – and astrology is not merely the study of what the stars and planets say or of calculating their significance. This is only one dimension of astrology.
Then there are other dimensions of knowing the future too. People have lines on the palms of their hands, people have lines on their foreheads, people have lines on the soles of their feet – but this too is superficial.
In human body there are hidden chakras, vortex of energy. Every chakra has its own unique sensation. Every chakra vibrates in its own unique fashion, all its own frequency, all the time. There are ways to check what these are. Human beings have concealed within them the mental impressions or seeds of the past.
Ron Hubbard has brought a new word, a new science, to the West. For India it is ancient. The name of this science is time track. Hubbard thinks that in whatever form a man has lived – whether as man or beast, whether as plant or stone – in whatever form he has lived throughout his infinite span of lives, this entire stream of memories is still contained within him. The stream can be exposed, and a man can even be made to re-experience those memories.
In all of Hubbard’s research, this is the most valuable discovery. He has said that there is a everyday, a working memory which we recall about what happened yesterday. This working memory becomes useless, and in fact, it does not exist – it is not at all permanent.
But even deeper than this is a memory which is not merely for getting work done –which is our life, which sums up our entire experience, the accumulated essence of our experience throughout countless lives on the path. This, Hubbard has called engram – it has become ingrained within us. It lies entirely, locked deep within, just as if a tape is kept locked in your pocket. It can be opened, and when it is opened, it becomes what Mahavira used to call race memory. Hubbard calls it time track – it makes it possible for you to go back in time. When it is opened the experience is not that you are remembering; it is not as though you are remembering, you relive the experience.
If your time track is unlocked, it will not be difficult. In fact, without it astrology is incomplete. The deepest realization of astrology is that your past must be unlocked – because if you become aware of your entire past, then you will be aware of your entire future, because your future will emerge out of your past.
So first it is necessary that your entire memory track be exposed to view. If your memory track is unlocked — and for this there are techniques and methods — you are mistaken if you think that you will remember how your father slapped you when you were a six-year-old child. You will not remember how you were when you were six years old — you will relive it by becoming six year old. Hubbard has helped thousands of people in varieties of situation including illnesses.
Astrology is not merely the study of the stars, although it includes that. Besides the study of the stars, there are other, separate, dimensions through which astrology tries to probe man’s future, by which it can get hold of the future.
In order to become aware of the future, it is necessary to become aware of the past. In order to be aware of the past, it is necessary to read the inscriptions traced on your body and on your mind.
If your mind undergoes a change, then the lines on your palm will immediately change. The lines traced on the body are a very superficial phenomenon. Deep within is the mind. However, the mind with which you are familiar does not exist deep down; it is superficial. Deep down there is a mind which you do not know at all. The centers that exist deep within this body, which yoga calls chakras, are the accumulated forms of many lives.
Astrology is an attempt to probe the future by many, many paths. Among these — and the most commonly used path — is the study of how the planets and stars influence man. For this, more scientific evidence is becoming available every day.
Nature gives each person a thumb which is uniquely his, which is individual and unrepeatable. If nature can bestow so much individuality on each person with regard to a worthless thing like a thumb — a thing which is of no special value and which seems to fulfill no special purpose — if nature can even give a thumb a uniqueness, then can’t it give each man a unique life and a unique soul? There seems to be no reason why it should not.
Astrology is basically an investigation of the future. And science is basically the investigation of the past. Science is the investigation of the cause of all that exists today. Astrology is the investigation of the effect of all that exists today. Between the two there is a huge gap. But every day science experiences new things, and the theories which seemed impossible have begun to seem possible.
As I have said, science has only recently accepted that every person is born with a built-in individuality. For a long time it has been reluctant to accept the validity of this idea. But astrology has always been saying this. Just try to understand….
For instance, take a seed, a mango seed…when we sow the mango seed, contained within it there must be some sort of built-in program, there must be a blueprint. It seems that there is never a mistake.
Only a mango tree emerges; everything is repeated correctly. Stored in this tiny seed is all the information which relates to what the seed must do — how it must sprout, what type of leaf and how many branches to produce, how big a tree to become, for how long it will grow, how tall it will grow — all this must be hidden within the seed. How many mangoes, how sweet, whether they will ripen or not — all this must be concealed within the seed. If all this is concealed just within a mango seed, then when you come into your mother’s womb will there be nothing latent in your seed?
Scientists used to say that it is just coincidence. But the word coincidence seems very unscientific. Coincidence means chance. By chance a foot might begin to see and a hand to hear. But there does not seem to be much coincidence; everything seems to be in order, prearranged.
Astrology says a more scientific thing. It says that every-thing is available within the seed. Astrology says that if we study the seed, if we can discover the language of the seed and if we can decode this language — if we can ask the seed: “What is your intention?” — then we will be able to draw up the complete blueprint of a human being too. Scientists have already begun to draw up such blueprints for plants. Up to now we have considered astrology to be superstition, a matter of blind faith. But if science draws up such blue-prints, it will in fact become astrology — and certainly science has already begun to draw up such blueprints.
Astrology declares that if by divine grace we can come to know the whole, then the future as such will not exist. But because we do not know the whole — we know only a small fragment — what we do not know becomes the future. We are obliged to say: “Perhaps it will be like this.” Because much is unknown to us. If the whole were known then we could say: “It will be like this.” And it would be exactly so.
If everything is latent within the human seed, then it is only a matter of studying the seed. What I am talking about today must in some form have existed in my seed as a potentiality; otherwise, how could I talk about all this? If some day it becomes possible to observe a human seed, then after observing my seed, a blueprint could be drawn up indicating what I will say in this life, what I will become, what I will not become, what I will make of myself, what I will not make of myself, and what will happen. All this could be forecast. It will not be surprising when, maybe tomorrow if not today, we have the capacity to peep into the human seed. The first steps have already been taken in this direction.
Birth charts and horoscopes are only a probing into all these matters. In India, for thousands of years when a child is born, we have tried to find out what he will become. If we could get some idea, then perhaps we could make some arrangements, and perhaps we could increase the child’s opportunities. Then whatever is to happen, we could become accepting of it.
Astrology was a means for making man religious — for bringing him to suchness, for bringing him to an ultimate acceptance.
It has many dimensions, it has many aspects. We will gradually discuss each dimension. For today, just this much: that the universe is a living body, an organic unity. In it nothing is isolated, all is connected. Whatever is far away is connected to that which is near, nothing is separate.
So no one should remain in a fallacy that he is an isolated island, separate, aloof. Each one is connected to the whole, and each one is all the time affecting the other and being affected by the other. Even when you pass by a stone lying on the road, it is throwing its vibrations in your direction. The flowers too are throwing out their vibrations. And you are not just passing by, you too are throwing out your vibrations.
I said that we are affected by the moon and the stars. Another idea that astrology has is that the moon and the stars are affected by us, because influence comes from both directions. Whenever a man like Buddha is born on the Earth, the moon may not realize that it is because of him that storms are not arising on its surface — that because of Buddha the storms have subsided. The moon is affected and the sun is also moved.
When spots occur on the sun and storms arise, diseases spread across the Earth. When a person like Buddha is born on the Earth, a current of peace flows, the pillar of consciousness grows strong, and the deep beauty of meditation moves over the Earth; which also makes it difficult for a storm to arise on the sun because everything is joined together.
A tiny blade of grass has an impact on the sun, and the sun has its impact on the blade of grass. The blade of grass is not so tiny that the sun can say: “I do not care about you,” nor is the sun so big that it can say: “What can this blade of grass do for me?” Life is interconnected. Here nothing is big or small; everything is one organic unity.
Life is a whole. You will only understand astrology if you can perceive this wholeness, otherwise you will not.