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Sri Yukteswar about Astrology
In the autobiography,
Paramahansa Yogananda recounts an interesting discussion with his Guru Sri Yukteswar regarding astrology while
he was at his Ashram.
Yukteswar suggests to Yogananda to wear an astrological armlet. But Yogananda tells him that he does not
believe in astrology.
explains to him - the basis of astrology and how we should understand astrology. Here is a summary
and explanation of his points. This discussion can be read in The autobiography of a yogi.
Astrology is not a
matter of faith, it is like a scientific principle that can be compared to law of gravity.
The basis of astrology
is the inter link between all creation - planets as living beings as well as the five elements - earth, water,
fire, air and ether (Akash).
A human being needs to counter two kinds of forces -
(a) forces inside him, basically his body and especially his mind (b) external environment formed by five elements
including the planets.
Astrology is the study of interaction
between human being and his external environment (that is primarily planets). Because of the various
forces of attraction and repulsion in creation, a human being is subjected to planetary changes unless he goes
above his human nature.
So a child is born at a time, which is aligned with
his karmic nature. By observing the time, a true astrologist can understand the nature of the person and the
challenges he/she is going to face in life due to karma.
But we have already seen that a human being needs to
face two types of forces, one internal and one external. While external planets and other things can have an
influence on us and we may not have direct control, we do have control over our internal forces, if
desired. Once the human being knows how to control the inner nature, he/she can come out of the outer or
In other words, it is not just fate, but it is
possible to create our own destiny.
We are actually a soul along with a body. So when we
raise our consciousness to realize even a part of our higher nature, it is possible to escape from external
If we believe in astrology without
this complete understanding, it becomes a blind belief or superstition. The greatest protection
from karmic and astrological influences comes by simply working on ourselves through meditation and
raising our consciousness.
After this, Sri Yukteswar explains that metals being the part of external
environment can also nullify some of the planetary influences and so he suggested wearing the astrological armlet.
Yogananda does wear it eventually and is protected from the bad effect of a major illness later. You can read the
full story in Chapter 16 of the Autobiography of a Yogi.
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