Who dictates your life? You or your priest? Who takes the most important decisions of your life? From business to job to your career, family, marriage, is there any single thing that you do with your own guts and intelligence? These questions are really important more ever human being, because it’s not a hidden thing that most people in this country follow their priests and astrological predictions even in their most private affairs. If you are one of them as well, then there is a big question mark on your dignity. And this is high time you take a look at the way your life is shaped by all these factors and how you are a slave of all these superstitions. I am calling it a superstition bluntly. Let’s have a look at the absurdity of this stupidity.
What name comes to your mind when someone asks you to name one of the greatest saints these country has produced? If nothing comes, then I give you one Swami Vivekananda. No name can be bigger than his when it comes to religion, god, devotion. Let’s have a look what he has to say on Astrology.
The complete works of Swami Vivekananda
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.
Not just that, he also mentions about how the science was lost. In another volume he has described how priests from India went to Greece and there the astrology was in practice named as ‘Yavanjataka’. And in India it was VedangJyotish which was mostly Astronomy and a calendar process based on moon cycles. And the Indians came back with their superstitions, and added them to their system.
That is actually the work of a priest. Preparing the calendar based on lunar cycles, listing out the dates of festivals, and chanting the mantras in the right way. They have no business in marriage, family, career, job. And it’s quite funny when they are called by someone to organize a Shanti-Path in their home. That is just declaring to the whole world that you cannot even maintain peace in a family of 4 people, you need an outsider for that purpose. And funnier than that, when he interferes in the marriage. So it means when I am born another mars also gets created in the universe, and all the billions of people are having their own planet mars in the universe, and one does not match the other, then they say the relation is not credible.
And the most painful thing about all this is, the youngsters are all following the same path. Someone is a science graduate, a doctor, an engineer, at least protect the dignity of your degree if you cannot protect your own. And it’s quite surprising to see when even the divine entities came down like Krishna, Shiva, then did not give any commentary on Astrology. Krishna did not ask Arjuna to go seek a priest before entering the battle. If Astrology was so important, why didn’t Krishna and Shiva give any text on it. The priests have turned even the youngsters into impotent beings. They do not have any courage to take one step on their own. The way this country looks right now is due to the same reason of living a non-scientific life for so long. All these stupidities need to be questioned, and these traditions need to be broken if one has to move ahead.