A woman concerned about continued struggle in her husband’s life, came asking the other day: “What is wrong in his destiny that he has been subject to unwanted twists and turns in his career all through his life? So far, he lost his job nothing less than a dozen times. In between, many a times, he has to be out of job also. He is honest, truthful, and hardworking and yet, he has to suffer. His health, too, becomes a matter of concern every now and then. We have got done so many pujas, as suggested by the pundits to ward off the evil, but to no avail. Why so? Is there no remedial measure that could grant him ease and comfort?”
In the above context, let us first examine whether heavenly beings could grant boons in return for transactional pujas offered in their praise, to mitigate our sufferings. Had it been so, no resourceful person would have ever suffered in life. That is, however, not in evidence. At best, such pujas can bring in psychological satisfaction, which may help restore your own faith.
It may not be out of place to mention here that the Upanishads, which serves as the premise on which the Indian philosophy stands, does talk of various deities engaged in cosmic management. That, however, doesn’t mean some heavenly beings like us, who could selectively respond to our prayers. They, in fact, symbolise various forces playing through the cosmos, vital to life cycle, and available in equal proportion to all. It is difficult to digest that forces would be imbued with some mind-like organism to respond to our individual call, and that too mediated by pundits. It is again an established fact that our lives are driven by the laws of karma — as you sow, so shall you reap — and which defines the course of our destiny. And it works in a self-automated mode, almost like a software programme. There is no scope for any external agency adjudicating our course of destiny.
The question now is: How does destiny play upon in our lives? Going by the Indian philosophy’s concept, human life is structured in three layers — causal, astral, and gross bodies. On death, it is just the gross body that disintegrates. The causal and astral bodies, that are pure energy platforms, do not wither away. They carry over memory impressions pertaining to the past life and make it available to the freshly incarnated body as thought seeds. These thought seeds set the trends of mind — indwelling desires, virtues and attributes, habits and attitudes, likes and dislikes, prejudices and obsessions. They, however, do not define in finite term specific events due in emerging times. They rather just offer a lead to proceed with. It needs to be remembered here that unless ground suited to germination of seeds is available, they may never bear fruit-bearing plants. Invariably, guided by indwelling desires, we take off in life. Their fruition, however, would need qualitative effort, which, in the first place calls for creating the ground necessary for fruition. Second, assess the environmental constraints as well as challenges posed by competing interests. Accordingly, articulate ways and means to intelligently pursue the task in hand. The irony is that our mind, blinded by indwelling desires, doesn’t allow time and space to invoke our own empowerment tool — buddhi — for due diligence, before taking the final call. And when we fail, instead of trying to find our own fault-lines, we take refuge in our destiny.
The most potent remedy, therefore, is that your husband reflects upon his own mind-trends and makes necessary amends. In this context, let us look at astrological pointers of the man concerned. The main marker is his Sagittarius lagna, with its lord Jupiter, though in exaltation, but placed adverse to Uranus, Sun, and Moon. It implies, in the first place, an undiplomatic and tactless person. He would be known for his indiscrete and ill-timed instinctive outbursts, often offending those around. Second, he is headstrong and opinionated and may try to force his viewpoint. Third, he has a swaggering ego, often out of touch with reality that makes him stuck to his beliefs and not open to looking beyond to explore better options. The Sun also ill-disposed off to Moon makes him vulnerable to conflict and disharmony with others on the slightest pretext. Intelligence signifying Mercury sandwiched between headless Ketu and mischievous Neptune accounts for his inner confusions and insensible reasoning. And the result is there to see.
The writer is an astrologer, vastu consultant and spiritual counsellor. Write to him atG-102, Bharat Nagar, New Friends Colony, New Delhi-110 025
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