All about life is how we relate to the self, immediate surrounding, and the world at large. So said renowned philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti. Rightly so because we are an inseparable part of the universe operating as an integrated unitary organism, in which no existence has a reality independent of the whole. India’s learned masters had realised this truth of life thousands of years back. Now, even modern theoretical physics agrees as would renowned Australian physicist Paul Davies’s words mean: “For a naïve realist, the world is a collection of objects. For a quantum physicist, it is an inseparable web of vibrating energy patterns, where no individual component has a reality independent of the entirety. Included in that entirety is the observer.”
The world is in fact so made out that all and sundry need to discharge their respective obligations, to collectively carry on the cycle of life. Purposely so because no individual is capable of servicing even existential needs in one’s own right. We need support from various groups of people engaged in production of different need-based items. Also, we need continued support of common pool of natural resources such as Space, Air, Sunlight, and Water. In fact, even small organisms like termite service existential order in their own ways. They create hole deep inside the soil structure to facilitate entry of oxygen, which improves dynamic potential of earth mass. In the process, it eats earth mass, and to digest it, its body secretes necessary enzyme. Having consumed a small part to sustain, it excretes the rest, which being rich in enzymes, further adds to the fertility of soil. It then loses its life before the crop comes up, but not without serving the cause of larger world.
If you look at the construct of universe, all but human beings, spontaneously follow the design parameters driving them, with no scope for making any exception. Humans on the contrary enjoy the exclusive privilege to guide their actions by choice. But if there is choice in hand, the probability of its use and misuse remains equal. And being an integral part of the world order, aberration on the part of even an individual could upset familial and societal dynamics. To overcome this vulnerability, human beings are armed with Buddhi (the faculty of discriminate intelligence). Applying which, they can dispassionately visualise things in the right perspective to pick up the right lead. The irony, however, is that every individual is born unique, manifesting varying inherent traits, often in conflict with others. The world, thus, turns out to be a natural breeding ground for conflict of interest.
That makes it incumbent upon us to have a lesson in the ‘art of living’. Here comes the role of how we relate to the self. For, that’s what defines how we conduct individually and the way we relate to those around and society at large. Relating to the self means looking within to identify and acknowledge one’s inherent negative traits that would be detrimental to individual and societal interests. Having known thus, one could make necessary amends. But here again, our ego plays spoilsport. It doesn’t let you dispassionately analyse and understand one’s own inherent trends, and the least of all the fault lines. Here, astrology comes handy, which reflects upon personality trends with a fair amount of precision. The paradox, however, is that ordinary mortals passionately pursuing their aspirational and selfish urges, seldom remain conscious about getting into self-search mode. It is only when confronted with unmanageable situation that they wake up to look for support.
Here is a case in point of someone who came seeking guidance only when his marital life came to a dead end: “Sir, what is wrong in my destiny that it so happened?” Well, you need to look within for the answer. Mind signifying Moon placed adverse to Neptune makes you stuck to illusionary beliefs and perceptions, distanced from ground realities, and not keen to look beyond for a reality check. Your lagna lord Mars as well as the Sun are both placed adverse to Uranus and Saturn. That makes you temperamental, impulsive, bad tempered, revengeful, irrational, and even brutal at times. My way or highway seems to be your attitude. That did not let your positives, though enough, play out to your advantage. The result is there to see. “How do I go about now?” He asked. Well, learn to live with the inevitable and start afresh. Also, address your negatives so that they do not pull you down in future.
The writer is an astrologer, vastu consultant and spiritual counsellor. Connect with him at