Vedic Predictive Astrology



Gandhi, Martin Luther King & Today's Democracy Dilemma
Published October 15, 2003




Gandhi's Philosophy And Vedic Astrology

     An Indian mentor recently forwarded me an essay by Niranjan Ramakrishnan* refocusing Gandhi's teachings forward to today's democratic dilemma.  The title alone, The Comprehensive Pursuit of Liberty.  What's So Great About Gandhi Anyway? is provocative.

     In my ongoing Vedic Astrology studies, I inevitably, come upon information about Mahatma Gandhi, revered for his Hindu spirituality, successfully applied to political activism.  The cover panel of my brochure (right) describes Vedic Astrology as a spiritually predictive craft empowered by ancient India's ad- vanced mental technology; and Gandhi's spiritually guided activism is a stellar contemporary example of this cosmic consciousness in action.

     Vedic Astrology's role is to perceive the celestial patterns signaling current and future karmic ebbs and flows.  By thus illuminating the karmic path (both for individuals and entire societies), people are better empowered to meet and overcome karmic limitations and frailties that persist individually and collectively within society.  

     This is an uncluttered way of viewing India's timeless Vedas (Hinduism's books of universal knowledge) that make Vedic Astrology a  fundamental tool for improving the human con- dition.  The celestial map is contained within this universal knowledge; it sweeps away perceptional cloudiness.  In India, Vedic Astrology is called Jyotish, meaning the science of light, which banishes the ignorance of darkness.
     There is a natural resistance to Vedic Astrology's predest- ination in our western culture's dogmatic embrace of free will. This hostility is emotionally charged by objections that Vedic Astrology is a pure spiritual craft, not to be degraded by delving into the pollution of politics.  Yet, when one looks clearly at the world, one must accept that "everything is political," for politics is the interplay among people determining the quality of society.  Whether you choose imported or domestic fruit in a store, tend a sick friend on disability, read an article about sonar harming whales.... politics is innate.
  A Vedic Astrology acquaintance,



     Constellation-based Vedic Astrology arose out of India's Vedas over 5,000 years ago, when sophisticated societies bloss- omed in the Mediterranean and nearby East.

     Ancient India's Seers gradually form- ulated Hinduism's vast studies of cosmic consciousness - medicine to mathematics, yoga to meditation, astronomy to astrology.

     Unlike others, India's indigenous culture survived through the millennia.  Vedic Astrology, resting upon Hinduism's spiritual authority, astronomy and mathematics, is famous for its uncanny predictive accuracy.  Because it illuminates ones karmic path, Vedic astrology is known as the Eye Of The Vedas.


complaining about our political situation, dismissed it by saying, "I would rather live somewhere else."  Where else, I thought, could he go to escape the global mess, Bali? 

     Confronting harmful societal karmas, aided by astrology's foreknowledge of benefic and malefic planetary energies, is a singularly effective way to improve the human condition.  This topic was discussed from another viewpoint, that of spiritual citizenship, in the July 4, 2003 Commentary- Of Philosophy, Politics & Astrology.


Gandhi's Beliefs

     Mahatma Gandhi is universally known for his non-violent resistance winning British colonial India its freedom, but less memorable today is that Martin Luther King later applied this same philosophy to gain equality for African-Americans.  It is worthwhile recalling the 1960's civil rights movement demonstrated Gandhi's philosophies can be applied across cultures; they are universal knowledge, like the Vedas from which they issue.  Further, the US civil rights movement reveals how our courageous society has so quickly been reduced to a fear-based one -- the democratic dilemma.
     A quick synopsis of Gandhi's views on liberty, excerpted with permission from Niranjan Ramakrishnan's essay, will illuminate:


To condense his political philosophy into one phrase, it would be this -- the freedom of the individual.
Real freedom comes, not by the acquisition of authority by a few, but by the acquisition of the capacity by all to resist authority when abused.
Non-violence (was held) to be essential because it afforded the only democratic means of struggle.  
It was available to everyone -- not only those who owned weapons.  
Ultimately, the only guarantee of good society lay in the quality of the citizenry.
the gift of liberty also carried with it the utmost moral responsibility for its use.

Fearlessness is the first attribute of spirituality.  Cowards can never be moral.

The art of forging popular movements based on inveterate opposition to injustice, while always demanding the highest moral standards both of the individual and the collective, is Gandhi's enduring contribution to politics.

Fear-stricken citizens throughout the world surrender their personal rights to their fear-stricken governments in the name of safeguarding their personal security.


Mars And Liberty

     This brings us to the point of this Forecast, to see the universal knowledge of liberty through Vedic Eyes in today's democracy dilemma.

     The previous Forecast, Mars! Mars! And We Ain't Talkin Candy Bars, described how and why the planet of War is particularly ferocious and dominant now, most notable in Mars' inspired tiger attacks and the populist anger that elected Arnold Schwarzenegger.  The Forecast summed up the Mars planetary energy as, "Schwarzeneggers's compelling carnivorous appeal to an angry electorate in California."  and stated, " is obvious the entire country is temporarily spellbound by Mars' aggressive grasp."  What was not discussed was positive and affirmative action to deal with these challenges, of how to use Mars' energy constructively, not destructively.  The Mars Forecast did, however, list both Mars' higher and lower significations, and therein is the key.

     In the fall of 2000, I taught an introductory Vedic Astrology class about the 9 planets, using these contrasting higher/lower qualities to dynamically  illustrate their complex symbolism.  Below are some for Mars:


heroic deeds


     In Mars! Mars! And We Ain't Talkin Candy Bars, this fall's tiger attacks were compared with Mars' energy in the summer of 2001 that precipitated a rash of shark attacks.  Not discussed was that immediately following Mars' transit out of watery Scorpio, it's pent-up energy was unleashed in the 9-11 attack in fiery Sagittarius; and immediately thereafter, our government used Mars' lower manifestations to enslave the populace in chronic fear, cowardice, lethargy and dependence.  Read again the above listing of Gandhi's views on liberty and contrast that with our democracy dilemma, of how our liberty has been comprom- ised.  Consider, then, what we can do now to harness Mars' higher qualities at this time of similarly height- ened Mars energy.

     First, merely by recognizing Mars can be either courage or fear, we can free ourselves of enslaving Mars influences.  Second, apply Gandhi's philosophy with Mars'-inspired leadership, courage, heroic deeds, disci- pline, logic, dedication, initiative and independence.  These are, after all, not so foreign concepts, especially since they are fundamental to the founding of our democracy and were so recently applied in the civil rights movement to further enhance liberty.

     Below is an introductory statement about Mars used in my class.  It describes how Mars relates to spirituality and suggests by inference that spiritual leadership would, and should, lead the effort to restore liberty.

     Spiritually, we need a strong Mars for dedication, self sacrifice and discipline and the courage to face God.  Even Marsí intellectual logic, itís ability to control the mind, is needed for spiritual growth. So, Adolph Hitler had a powerful Mars that destroyed his Venusian compassion, but so did Yogananda (Mars exalted in the 12th house - he identified with renunciation) and the Dalai Lama (Mars in the first house - strong self discipline and the ability to meditate for hours).

     As Niranjan Ramakrishnan's essay further stated, "Gandhi also said, every politician is willing to tell us what is wrong with someone else -- Gandhi was different because he told us what was wrong with us.  'Let us turn the searchlight inward,' he once said to the astonishment of a crowd which had come expecting some rousing rhetoric condemning the British, only to find him spouting uncomfortable home truths about how Indians themselves enabled British rule in a hundred small ways."  


Astrology And Ayurveda

     Vedic Astrology relates to Ayurveda, the ancient medicine of the Hindus, and from this various remedies to strengthen or elevate weak or afflicted planets are given.  Some simple and easy Ayurvedic lifestyle tech- niques can be very helpful in dampening Mars' lower qualities and enhancing its higher ones.  Mars' color is bright red, signifying anger.  This color should be limited or reduced in ones environment -- clothing, furn- ishings, vehicles...  Mars is the planet of agriculturalists, suggesting gardening calms Mars' seething.  As Mars is also sports and landed property, athletics are good but hikes in nature are even better.  Mars is pitta (fiery), opposite the emotional Moon's kappa (watery) nature, suggesting being around water is calming.   Mars is also, of course, sex, and this activity, if done with love, also elevates Mars.  

     Mars is discipline and coordination, making it the planet of hatha yoga, for Mars is used to move into and hold yoga positions, joining the body with the soul.  Meditation requires Mars' discipline and dedication, making this an unexpected positive use of its energy.  It should also be noted that Mars is a sprinter, not a marathon runner, which means when Mars does fire us up to quick action, we should use its discipline and logic to restrain dangerous impulse and maintain a measured pace.  And when Mars does exhaust us, which is anecdotally obvious (my 3 editors are all too whipped to do their volunteer job), make sure to get plenty of rest.  Finally, Mars as is basically a violent planet, avoid dangerous situations, as I should have last week in wrenching my knee and two days ago in being singed by a flaring gas barbeque.  (Well, it could have been much worse!)

     To summarize how we may stimulate Mars' desirable and qualities, needed to regain our liberty, be aware of our fears, apply Gandhi's teachings and use these Ayurvedic techniques.


Timing For Liberty

     Vedic Astrology's famous predictive quality includes exacting timing of trends and events. This section and the next apply this unique characteristic to help the people plan their liberating activism.  It should be noted, however, that these predictions are based upon planetary energies which are not so potent as to yield a fixed karma to the forecasted results.  Further, free will does indeed exist (as initiative karma), which stip- ulates that the outcome, this hopeful one or the opposite of continued violent and selfish autocracy, is the choice of individuals and groups.

      Mars will continue to bring aggression and discord to the world until it transits out of Aquarius on Dec- ember 6, by which time, liberty in America can be regained.  Recall that President Bush's disgrace is proceeding on the schedule predicted in June 15, 2003 Forecast, Future Chronicle - Bush's Downfall.  Part 2.  The Summer And Fall In Disgrace.  Gandhi brought the ideas, and Vedic Astrology offers the trend and timing to bring those ideas to fruition, to remember our former courage and apply it again, for liberty.


Liberty For Iraq

     Aggressive Mars will next enter Pisces on December 7, from which it will aspect Saturn in Gemini.  In turn, restrictive Saturn will aspect Mars, linking these planets together.  The resulting heightened frustrating tensions will continue until the end of this transit on January 24.  However, as Saturn restricts Mars' energy, this combination's frustrations will be largely withheld, like building pressure inside the volcano. Yet, from December 7 to January 24, philosophical (abstract thinking) Jupiter will be released from Mars' glare, giving an opportunity to further pursue liberty, this time with regard to Iraq and the rest of our international relationships.

     Below are 3 more of Gandhi's teachings from the essay, lessons for the US in dealing with our occu- pation of Iraq.  After regaining our domestic liberty, we must then apply this type of clear and objective thinking to our occupation of Iraq.

A violent victory, even a just one, would only prove that violence triumphed, not necessarily justice...was contrary to liberty as seen by Gandhi.

Good governance was no substitute for self governance.

Without Gandhi, India might well have ended up like Pakistan.... and we can note that Martin Luther King applied Gandhi's means and managed to avoid a West Bank in America.  Palestinians did not -- and did not.

     There are some beacons of hope, recently lit, that indicate the people are beginning to figure out the issues and how to resolve them. Though few of us have the public influence of a nationally recognized leader or journalist, it is worthwhile nothing in today's New York Times, that Nicholas Kristoff's editorial echoes Gandhi by stating, "The greatest foreign policy mistake the U.S. has made over the last half-century has been its obliviousness to nationalism. Today as well, plenty of ordinary Iraqis would prefer to be misruled by Iraqis than ruled by Americans."  

     Timing is important here, for from January 25 until March 11, transit Mars will cross Aries, where poisonous Rahu (an eclipse point and head of a dragon in Hindu mythology) is currently transiting.  This combination brings intense desire expressing itself in bitter antagonism, meanness, spite and violent abuse, and religious Jupiter's aspect adds a vengeful god(s) to the recipe for violent disaster.  In other words, an unstable and frustrated occupied Iraq will be the most likely location for Jihad to begin, for the long supp- ressed volcano to erupt.  While the close conjunction of Mars and Rahu, from February 22nd to the 25th, will be the most volatile, the entire transit will stimulate Mars to release its pent up energy.  It is vitally important, therefore, that Iraq regain its liberty before January 25, to prevent an Iraq conflagration that would tend to spread through the vital Mideast.




Post Script

     This Forecast, and generally most others, focuses on relating planetary karmas to identify and predict specific situations or circumstances.  Many celestial winds flow over time, and at the same time, yielding variable and complex results which may or may not cause patterns or be immediately seen as forming a patterned or sequential activity.  Therefore, while each Forecast is substantive, its information should not be seen as excluding or relating to other events or trends.  For example, the recent Technological Breakthrough Forecast predicts such an advance at about the same time as the possibility of Jihad in Iraq, and even though the planetary dispositions analyzed are the same, these predicted events are not connected, nor relate in any way.  On the other hand, if and as Bush is disgraced by the predicted November 9 lunar eclipse, this will pave the way for restoring liberty at home and abroad.



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