Indian Astrology – The Philosophy of Karma
When we are faced with challenges, we often get distraught and ask questions like “Why me?”“Why now?”, “Why this”, etc. Astrological systems of prediction can help us unearth the reasons and find the answer to many of life’s vague questions. The foundation of Indian astrology lies in the philosophy of Karma1and Reincarnation. It means that the life we have now – family, challenges, job, spouse, childbirth, health, wealth, etc. – is the result of our past life deeds. Karma can be both good and bad, and hence our lives have their ups and downs.
Have you been in situations where you were good to some people but they were not good with you?
These days we often find recurring incidences of cheating, breakups, extramarital affairs, manipulations, etc., in relationships. When the Karmic love connection breaks, or unfavorable situations arise, it deeply damages relationships. The reason for it can be found in the concept of Karma or past life Karmic Account. Karma shows itself through ‘energy’ and circumstances. So, all relationships are nothing but energy exchanges – brother-sister, parent-child, husband-wife – it’s all energy! Has this happened to you that sometimes you meet a new person, and you feel great without any reason? You are unable to understand why you feel happy. This is because you both had a positive karmic account in one of your previous births.
Similarly, you may find people who are really appreciative of you, and they say all the ‘right’ things. But the universe makes you feel their negative energy, and you are not comfortable around them. It can be difficult to know the nature of energy (positive/negative) that your close relatives/friends are fostering, internally.
The universe is here to guide us.
It is important to remember that at a spiritual level, planets and stars are not our enemies. They are here to teach us lessons and make us experience certain things that will enhance our soul and bring a balance to our Karmic energy. Our present life’s destiny is shaped according to our past life Karma, and we will keep on building Karmas and taking rebirths until we are able to close the vicious Karmic cycle2.There are multiple levels of Karma in our lives.The first one is to identify our past life misdeeds. Only then we can take measures to correct them and improve our lives. With the help of astrology, we then regain some control over our ‘destined life’ and even change it as per our liking!
So, how can you take control of your destiny?
First of all, it is important to know what you have done wrong first in your past. Then only you can figure out how to settle the pending karmic account. Unless you break the karmic cycle, you will never be free of its repercussions, and you’ll just have to keep taking rebirths and experience the accumulating ill-effects of bad Karma over and over again.
We feel our life is going badly only when we are stuck at the challenges of the present circumstances. But when seen in entirety, that phase of bad experience would have occurred either to change our life’s path or to clear off karmic dues. Both ways, life is all good!
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- Karma: The sum of an individual’s actions in this and previous life time, is considered as the key deciding factor of one’s fate in the current birth.
- Bhrigu Samhita by Maharishi Bhrigu.