28 मई 2011

Sri Yukteswar about AstrologyAn extract from 'Autobiography of a Yogi' by Paramahansa Yogananda, 1946 original edition

Sri Yukteswar about Astrology


(An extract from 'Autobiography of a Yogi' by Paramahansa Yogananda, 1946 original edition. Here Yogananda narrates his conversation with Sri Yukteswar on the topic of astrology)



"Mukunda, why don't you get an astrological armlet?"



"Should I, Master? I dont believe in astrology."



"It is never a question of belief; the only scientific attitude one can take on any subject is whether it is true. The law of gravitation worked as efficiently before Newton as after him. The cosmos would be faily chaotic if its laws could not operate without the sanction of human belief.



"All parts of creation are linked together and interchange their influence. The balanced rhythm of the universe is mooted in reciprocity," my guru continued. "Man, in his human aspect, has to combat two sets of forces - first, the tumults within his being, caused by the admixture of earth, water, fire, air and ethereal elements; second, the outer disintegrating powers of nature. So long as man struggles with his mortality, he is affected by the myriad mutations of heaven and earth.



"Astrology is the study of man's response to planetary stimuli. The stars have no conscious benevolence or animosity; they merely send forth positive and negative radiations. Of themselves, these do not help or harm humanity, but offer a lawful channel for the outward operation of cause-effect equillibriums which each man has set into motion in the past.



"A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma. His horoscope is a challenging portrait, revealing his unalterable past and its probable future results. But the natal charts can be rightly interpreted only by men of intuitive wisdom: these are few.



"The message boldly blazoned across the heavens at the moment of birth is not meant to emphasize fate - the result of past good and evil - but to arouse man's will to escape from his universal thralldom. What he has done, he can undo. None other than himself was the instigator of the causes of whatever effects are now prevalent in his life. He can overcome any limitation, because he created it by his own actions in the first place, and because he has spiritual resources which are not subject to planetary pressure.



"Superstitions awe of astrology makes one an automation, slavishly dependent on mechanical guidance. The wise man defeats his planets - which is to say, his past - by transferring his allegiance from the creation to the Creator. The more he realizes his unity with Spirit, the less he can be dominated by matter. The soul is ever-free, it is deathless because birthless. It cannot be regimented by stars.



"Man is a soul, and has a body. When he properly places his sense of identity, he leaves behind all compulsive pattterns. So long as he remains confused in his ordinary state of spiritual amnesia, he will know the subtle fetters of environmental law.



"God is harmony, the devotee who attunes himself will never perform any action amiss. His activities will be correctly and naturally timed to accord with astrological law. After deep prayer and meditation he is in touch with his divine consciousness; there is no greater power than that inward protection."



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