Last Updated: 12/9/2014 4:20:49 PM
Finding the right astrologer is very difficult. Each astrologer has his/her own say. What are the criteria to decide a good astrologer? Acharya Raman has answered it very beautifully in this artcile.
I was reading a book - 'My Experiences In Astrology' by Late Shree B.V. Raman. It is one of those books which I have gone through more than 20-25 times, and every time I find something new to ponder about astrology and astrologers.
To me it is about giving timing of events; if they are promised in the horoscope and suggest remedial measures; or if the chart says that things can be cured by remedial measures.
In ancient classics, there are many traits given for a person to be an astrologer which vary from his personal life to ethics and social responsibilities. An astrologer should practice a disciplined life and be free from greed and have faith in God. These are the most important traits. He should be a Sattvic person altogether. He should not demand money, but remain happy in whatever the questioner pays him.
But, we see so many people doing astrology worldwide whose lives do not fall in the criteria of "Sattvik" lifestyle. Then why their predictions are as good as those who follow ethical life? What is the power that gives them the edge to foresee future events, right as well as wrong at times?
India is a huge nation and in this nation, it is not only about astrologers who predict future correctly, but also about saints, Siddha-Purusha, village astrologers, people doing "Panch Pakshi" Vidya, etc. the list will be endless.
In present age of so-called development where marriages break in a year or two many times; children throw their parents out of the home; corruption prevailing from highest to the grass root level; dowry deaths increasing and female foeticide on an overall high in our nation - how can we expect people to be as prescribed in our ancient scriptures? We are living in Kaliyuga.
As I am practicing astrology, I follow certain things in my life and do not follow many. This is the case with almost all astrologers. I have seen it as I am from the same field. But, I see that everyone is doing predictions and suggesting remedial measures, and it is working for some and not working for some. So, by and large a person into astrology becomes good for some and becomes quack for others.
The point which Lt. Shree B.V. Raman Ji has hinted in his book is - when he was going through favorable Dasa and Antras his predictions were going very good and when he was not going through favorable periods, his predictions were not so brilliant. Of course, he also said that his accuracy was around 70% in the same book.
This book most likely came in 1985, as it has foreword by "A. R. Somnath Iyer", dated 8-3-1985. A few excerpts from the same book:
"Unfortunately today, in the name of "progress", a dangerous term which we have blindly borrowed from west, even the sanctity of marriage is being questioned, thanks to the sponsored programmes and serials of the T.V. and the "progressive" idea publicised in the media by those calling themselves as champions of "women rights". Life values so fondly cherished for generations and forming the foundations of family life in India are as a result being threatened and disruptive forces given freeplay. Sometimes the couple rush to astrologers just after a few months of marriage to know when they would be able to divorce their partners. Some marriages hardly last even a year. Something must be done to halt the sense of alienation gripping the modern Indian generation. These remarks are by the way."
This was written in 1985! Imagine the state of affairs of today.
Now-a-days, there are so many occupations one can do, morality level to its lowest. The wrath caused by so-called women empowerment is so destroying the word - family, in all its meanings, and things people are asking to astrologers are so shameful that I cannot even mention, where does the ethics part remain in humans? Are astrologers some other people? No, it is not like that.
Here, I would like to quote from Lt. Shree K.S. Krishanmurthy, the founder of KP Paddhati, from his book KP Reader-II. (I don't remember the edition, it is a big issue with the readers.):
"God will always be alert and giving such wonderful guidance to the astrologer to predict correctly, if those who consult him would have satisfactorily done virtuous deeds in the previous birth. Only those who had committed serious sins in the last birth will be disappointed in this birth in every walk of life. Even able astrologers will have misguiding facts, which they have to use as the basis, so that their calculation will go wrong and their prediction will fail. Probably the chart given to the astrologer may be casted by a quack and may be incorrect. Or the unluckiest querist would have mentioned 16. The astrologer would have misheard it as 60, worked and offered a prediction which failed finally. Mishearing is God`s action, which is due to to the questioner's Karma. Thus, in everything, the divine force will work. God neither gives proper guidance to him nor allows the astrologer to give correct prediction in his case alone, as he was a great sinner and he has to be disappointed in everything, including the prediction of the expert astrologers."
"One can consult any astrologer. Only when the native and the astrologer have favorable time, the astrologer will be able to give correct prediction to him. But, if their time is unfavorable, everything will go wrong and the party cannot have peace of mind. Good actions alone will yield desirable results. Thus, astrology reminds one to do good alone, which will surely offer peace of mind. Nowhere in christian scriptures, astrology is disapproved; nowhere it is forbidden. But, it warns us to its proper use."
It no-way means that astrology is not a precise science, even rocket launches have failed miserably - do we question the ability of physics? Famous surgeons forget scissors in the stomach, are they not able surgeons? Is medical science to be blamed for that? Even the so-esteemed and secure Delhi metro rail's bridges' fell at few places, few years back, causing damage to the public - did we question the science of engineering? Planes have crashed and gone missing and not yet found - who is to be blamed? The Science?
Thus, concluding from the legends speak, I am of the opinion that all persons doing astrology are good astrologers irrespective of the fact that some are more famous and some are less. It not only depends upon the horoscope of the questioner, but also on the horoscope of the person giving prediction and the most important thing is (as told by Shree KSK) - the past karmas of the questioner leads him to a person who will offer him right or wrong predictions.
I hope next time when you will meet an astrologer, you will not blame him or anyone in case the prediction fails. Rest assured when your good time will come you will find the correct prediction even from the most naive astrologer.
By Acharya Raman
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