Wish the valued readers a very happy Diwali. On this solemn occasion, we worship Mother Goddess Lakshmi seeking wealth needed to meet our individual and collective existential needs. You may appreciate that no productivity could happen in isolation. It always needs group efforts. The produce must finally move into the market for others to share. Also, the money we earn does also go out in circulation, which in turn, boosts overall economy. Unless the societal economy is in shape, our produce will not have the market needed to bear desired fruits. The occasion is accordingly designed to get us reminded about the need to join hands for our wellbeing. So, in our prayer schedule, we first offer obeisance to lord Ganapati before Goddess Lakshmi. Ganapati is so named because he is the lord (Pati) of all creatures (Gana-s). Unattached, He, with his force of selfless love, holds them all together as a unified organism. Purposely to complement and supplement each other’s efforts to carry on the productivity cycle to its logical end.
Interestingly, Diwali is celebrated on the darkest night of the year. For, it is scheduled on the New Moon Day of Kartik month, when seen from India’s perspective, the Sun and Moon together are at their farthest end. We burn earthen lamps to dispel darkness. Here onwards the Sun begins its upwards course to progressively be available with its full glory. This festivity coincides with a new productive cycle and hence worship of Goddess Laxmi, the epitome of wealth. It needs be appreciated that it is not just your wish or simply physical efforts that can bring in wealth. The task needs to be carried on intelligently. It is only when you work clearheadedly that you could negotiate the callings of the year ahead in all strength and with ease and comfort. If, however, mind is clouded, you may miss opportunities in sight. Also, you will fail to visualise the challenges coming your way in time. Success may then elude you. On this occasion, you clean your homes and workstations, reorganise them afresh, and lighten them to amplify the ambience. Similarly, we need to clear off the clutters of mind and enlighten the mind. We may then be able to remain alert enough to do justice to the callings of the emerging times.
It will not be out of place to mention here that we are all born carrying limitless potential, which if unfolded in full will know no limits. The paradox, however, is that major part of our mind space remains untapped, as it remains clouded by lot of inherent limitations. Truth be told – ordinary mortals are hardly able to use 5 to 7 percent of their mind power. But here again, even what is available, if judiciously used, can enable us to negotiate life with ease and comfort. The irony, however, is that more often caught up by our flirtatious mind, we misdirect a major part of our mind power towards unproductive ends - unnecessarily worrying, brooding, contemplating, attending fear and inconsequential thoughts. When we face failure, we try to find escape in the call of destiny. It, however, has not happened because destiny would be so scripted. You rather, have not strived sufficiently to unfold immense power within. So said Swami Vivekanand.
What’s the way forward? Reflect upon yourself. Identify and acknowledge your own limitations. Address them consciously through fresh educative inputs. The best in you will then unfold. The problem, however, is that our ego doesn’t let us dispassionately analyse our mind and the least of all admit one’s weaknesses. Here comes astrology to our aid. It reads energy map of the heaven at the time of one’s birth, which reflects with a fair amount of precision our inherent traits. For energy knows no bias.
Here is a case in point who lost heavily and earned bad name. The Sun is placed adverse to Saturn, which points to indwelling seeds of fear and insecurity. It brings down his confidence level. His inherent sense of inertia will not let him act in time. In the event of failure, instead of identifying his own weaknesses, will blame others. Mars is placed adverse to Neptune, which implies that when faced with adversity, he may develop inferiority complex. Venus also placed adverse to Neptune would tempt him to impulsively make indiscrete investment, causing loss. Also, his perverse tendencies would earn him ill-repute. If, however, he addresses these inherent weaknesses, the same energies that caused problems, will take a positive turn to his full advantage.
The writer is an astrologer, vastu consultant and spiritual counsellor. Connect with him at