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Mahabharath , Astrology and loss of power of judgement

Planets act in two ways on the humans. One is sthira jyotish,, effects of planets at the time of birth. Second is chara jyotish,one that gives effect as the planets move in the heavens. While in movement when saturn comes in fifth from the natal moon, Man loses his power of judgement ,however intelligent he may be. example. When Pandavas were in exile, once two demons ,[vichitrabahu,deerghashiras ] one had his two hands emanating from the neck region instead of shoulders, another had unusually bigger head than the body.Now these two demons see Draupadi , a very beautiful women and plan to abduct her,So one demon disguises as a sadhu , and sits in the jungle and cries loudly. Pandavas approach him and ask for his problem and how they can help him. Sadhu says a demon has just taken away all his belongings and run away in the north direction. Arjuna senses someone in that direction and all of them run after the demon , leaving Draupadi behind by the side of Sadhu , entrusting her to him.Now After long chase Arjuna realises something is wrong , and Yudhistira hears cry’s of Draupadi. Arjuna climbs a tree and sees that Sadhu is carrying Draupadi on his shoulders and running away. Now Arjuna asks Yudhisthira to go after the Demon and HE himself runs back to Sadhu and Draupadi. eventually Sadhu turns into a four handed Diety,Arjuna thinks he is  Vasudeva  stays stunned but the sadhu says he is gandharva and he has attained Moksha and hence now he has four hands and leaves for Vaikuntha . vichitra bahu is killed and everybody feels strange at their loss of power of judgement in leaving Draupadi unprotected .

Arjuna decieves Balarama as Sadhu and elopes away with Subhadra. Balarama faces loss of power of judgement. Shalya was father in law of Nakula ,he was very fond of good liquor. He comes to fight war of Mahabharatha from Pandavas side . But on his way he is given a great welcome ,excellent hospitality , which he accepts thinking it being extended by Yudhisthira, But actually the entire arrangements were made by Suyodhana . He drinks liquor to his heart and later had to unwillingly fight on part of Kauravas as a token gesture of accepting hospitatlity.His unwillingness was completely displayed by his taunts on Karna  as Shalya was forced to be Karna’s charioteer(sarathi) to fight Arjun. Here Shalya looses his power of Judgement.

Dronacharya knew his son was Chiranjeevi (one without death) yet when Yudhisthira says , Ashwaththama is Dead , He leaves his body to look for him in heavens. Loss of power of judgement by Dronacharya. Ater winning all the wars and establishing their rule on entire universe Nakula sends letter to Krishna to accept Dwarakas subordination to Hastinapur .A great mistake by Nakula towards Lord of entire creation who is subordinate to none. Loss of power of judgement by Nakula.

Yudhisthira ( out of fear) refusing to conduct Rajasuya Yagnya till Jarasandha is Killed . He thought None ( Krishna , Arjuna, Bheema) could kill Jarasandha. Loss of power of judgement.Sahadeva scorns at  Krishna for not saving them from disgrace ,even though they were so dear to him .Loss of power of judgement.

Arjuna refuse to fight Mahabharatha WAR after having a look at the opponents , leaves Gandiva Bow and sits in his Chariot,disheartened .Krishna Gives Gitopadesha to remove his loss of power of Judgement.

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Astrology and importance of efforts

Astrological charts shows the effects of past karma . What is past karma, the deeds we have done through,mind,speech and actions in the past lives.Are we not doing anything in this life as karma? Does this mean whatever Pooja, prayers ,good deeds I am doing now are only for next life? why then astrologers suggest remedy ? remedy that we do now are they not karma,do they give effect in this life or next life?

Most of these questions we have answered in this article  that karmas done in this life also contribute to the present and alters effects we reap now, but when things go wrong even after extreme efforts , we leave it to fate and become passive.Does shastras permit such kind of behaviour. is there any incident highlighting this conclusion.

We shall examine few incidence :

  1. Dharmashastra says whatever lost in the gamble or whatever given to a wife can be taken back ,and should not be considered as commitment. Hence when Yudhisthira lost his Kingdom in a gamble to kauravas , He could have claimed it back. Even Vidur suggests Dhritarashtra to return Kingdom on account of above shastra. Bheemasena asks his brother Yudhistira to attack Hastinapur after 12 months of vanvasa ( here for the purpose of keeping dharma 12 months of vanvasa was enough to have undergone 12 years ( there are many types of years in astrology, chandra, saura, btahaspatya, nakshatri,savanmana,pitrumana,devmana,bramhamana varying in number of days in a year, for various occassions various years need to be considered . This is dharma [right conduct]) . But Yudhistira refuses ( a tendency for lack of efforts). Finally when vanvasa is over Duryodhana refuses to accept chandraman, because he follows saura mana solar year of 365days ,and according to him 12+1 years was not yet over still few months left,Thus war breaks out due to dispute.
  2. Hanuman was a great astrologer too. He knew Ravana was to be Killed by Rama, So even if he was capable of killing Ravana , he spared him many times. yet when Ravan was taking away SeetaDevi , both Hanuman ans Sugreeva watch him take away, since Rama had not yet approached Sugreeva , he preffered inaction, But Hanuman flew immidiately ( here ramayana would have been over even before Rama meets Sugreeva) , so sugreeva stops him as an order from the King. Hanuman was minister. )
  3. Bheemasena and duryodhana both were special beings as they did not require formal education to get their respective knowledge. hence both from the day 1 of the birth knew that they were rivals and wanted to kill each other. Bheemasena had he been eldest among Pandavas, would have killed Duryodhana the day he was born, such is his zeal to perform duty towards the Lord Krishna. Yudhistira being eldest stops time and again to stretch mahabharath to point where it is fought when Arjuna was 68 years old . Duryodhan was 70 years of age at the time of war.
  4. Lord Krishna makes an effort for peace between Kauravas and Pandavas, (though HE knew there would be a war eventually according to the great prediction of VedVyasa , who had written Mahabharath even before Bheeshma was born) He made an effort by selecting a suitable muhurtha named “maitra” on a Dwadashi  day . He went to Hastinapur proposed peace but was rejected and insulted by Shakuni

 ( can we imagine God himself making a vain effort!)

  1. When vastraharan of Draupadi Devi was taking place , Draupadi devi had her fists completely clenching her sari ( a sign of doubt on God and extreme confidence on one’s own strength , so that if god does not come to help atleast i can still hold on to the saree and avoid being stripped) as Dushyasana was pulling it. Draupadi devi was praying for help to Krishna , who had not yet come . Slowly draupadi devi realised she would not be able to hold on to the clasp of saree for long and hence she leaves the clasp and raises both hands to completely depend on God for help . here Krishna appears losing no time and supplies reams of saree such that her honour is saved and Dushyasan faints.

from above incidents we can conclude that , though astrology says ( according to our past karma) we do not have luck to succeed immidiately , we should not remain passive like Yudhistira and Sugreeva but when it comes to duty we must immidiately rush for it irrespective of good days and bad days , irrespective of chances of succes or failure according to Astrology( if there is no chance of success we need not avoid a  duty [avashya karma]) like Hanuman and Bheemasena . if there is really a destiny to negate our efforts then it would come in a Godly inspiration as in forms of Yudhistira as elder brother or Sugreeva as a superior authority and we are spared from the clutches of karma. if destiny is favourable we shall succeed .

Effort is an Effort , it should be made sincerely with all the might and force . Situation like good time and bad time should not downsize our efforts especially those which are our prime duty. Success and Failures are subject to God’s will . what counts for a soul  is only efforts . . In Bhagavadgeeta Arjuna asks” Hey Krishna what use is killing all my brethren and preceptors and relatives and friends, all i would get is only a kingdom that would end with my death as well is this war really worth it”  .Krishna says to Arjuna , ” hey Arjun even if you don’t fight , i would still get all these peple killed and that too by your own hands , but you shall go to hell for not obeying me . and you shall face disgrace in history for your cowardice too. But if willingly you fight you would attain my grace”.

A soul’s Karma is judged more on the basis of his efforts rather than outcome of his karma

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