Sunday, August 14, 2011

Use of Stones and Astrology

Anonymous Comment on the post "Is our future pre-determined": "Do you have any comment regarding the use of stones that astrologers prescribe to modify future?"

Natarajan Amirapu answers: Everything happens because we manifest our divine energy. Everything in this world helps us to achieve that. Astrology, palmistry and all allied things are designed to infill self-confidence in us. Their use is nothing more than that. The stones give us a sense of confidence which enables us to face life better. For a man of great self-confidence there is no need for them. At the same time we don't say they are completely useless. It all depends on one's faith.

Swami Vivekananda says. "The more I live, the more I become convinced every day that every human being is divine. ...Even this world, this body and mind are superstitions; what infinite souls you are! And to be tricked by twinkling stars! It is a shameful condition. You are divinities; the twinkling stars owe their existence to you....Man is man so long as he is struggling to rise above nature, and this nature is both internal and external. Not only does it comprise the laws that govern the particles of matter outside us and in our bodies, but also the more subtle nature within, which is, in fact, the motive power governing the external. It is good and very grand to conquer external nature, but grander still to conquer our internal nature. It is grand and good to know the laws that govern the stars and planets; it is infinitely grander and better to know the laws that govern the passions, the feelings, the will, of mankind."

All power is within us. We can do anything and everything. It is only when we lack sufficient faith that we start facing troubles.

Swami Vivekananda further says, "In London, a young man used to come to me and ask me, "What will become of me next year?" I asked him why he asked me so. "I have lost all my money and have become very, very poor." Money is the only God of many beings. Weak men, when they lose everything and feel themselves weak, try all sorts of uncanny methods of making money, and come to astrology and all these things. "It is the coward and the fool who says, 'This is fate'" — so says the Sanskrit proverb. But it is the strong man who stands up and says, "I will make my fate." It is people who are getting old who talk of fate. Young men generally do not come to astrology. We may be under planetary influence, but it should not matter much to us. Buddha says,
"Those that get a living by calculation of the stars by such art and other lying tricks are to be avoided"; and he ought to know, because he was the greatest Hindu ever born. Let stars come, what harm is there? If a star disturbs my life, it would not be worth a cent. You will find that astrology and all these mystical things are generally signs of a weak mind; therefore as soon as they are becoming prominent in our minds, we should see a physician, take good food and rest."

This above paragraph puts all our doubts to rest.

Swamiji concludes, "The conclusion they have reached is that all these extraordinary powers are in the mind of man. This mind is a part of the universal mind. Each mind is connected with every other mind. And each mind, wherever it is located, is in actual communication with the whole world."


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