Our Friendly Planets

In the Hindu view, the planets are not mere celestial bodies circling the Sun. They are also divine beings. Each is like a prism, conveying subtle energy from the far galaxies, thus impacting affairs on Earth according to its unique nature and location in the sky. The ancient science of space and time that understands and maps this influence is called jyotisha (literally science of light) or Hindu astrology.

Hindu Vedic astrology is based on the basic beliefs of karma and the reincarnation of the individual soul. It is a complete science of understanding ones past, present and future patterns of experiences, as well as personality traits and character. Your horoscope is an interpretation of the positions of the stars and planets at the moment of your birth, which form the unique karmic map of your birth chart.

Astrology is a part of Vedic self-understanding. We look to the stars to see ourselves better, to discover the mysteries that lie all about us and within us. In rita dharma, that heavenly cosmic orderliness, stars are more than massive conglomerates of molecules or fiery furnaces fleeting afar. They are entities, potent presences that affect us despite their distance. There are, of course, many Hindus today who pooh-pooh such notions. "Stuff and nonsense," they will cry, "What thoughtful person can accept that stars, so remote, influence life on Earth?"
But what thoughtful person, asks the astrologer, would deny the powerful tides dragged across our planet by a faraway moon, or gainsay the not-so-subtle solar forces that are the very stuff of life here? "Ah, but go out another few thousand light years and tell us what petty influences persist," our doubter might challenge. The jyotishi (Vedic astrologer), realizing the basic East/West difference in world views, attempts to help the skeptic understand the Hindu perspective. "In Eastern thought, particularly Hinduism, we conceive of all existence including the stars and planets not as being out there, but rather in here within the consciousness of each one of us. In other words, consciousness encompasses all of creation. The outside and inside are mirror images, and the essential nature of the cosmos is not that of multitudinous distinctions but rather the many-faceted expression of a one unified Reality. Thus we do not follow the mechanistic, externalized approach typical of Western thought."

Learn more here: https://www.himalayanacademy.com/media/books/jyotisha-hindu-astrology_ei/web/ch38_53.html

The Great Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda is a household name and you can use him in any context where true, religious, insightful, enlightened and wise conversations are taking place. Vivekananda lived just over 30 years but impacted India, Hinduism and meditation/yoga for as long as this yuga is concerned. It's not the amount of time we live, but how well we live the time we are alive.

In reading his works we have pulled out some choice quotes for you to reflect on.

Monastery Pilgrims

The Ganapati Kulam had the fortune of hosting two lovely pilgrims at the morning editorial meeting. Indivar Sivanathan, a long-time disciple of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, and Gananatha Subrahmanyam from Quebec. Gananatha is here on pilgrimage until the 23rd of May and is filled and thrilled with being here for the first time. "It all came together in about three hours," he mentioned during the morning meeting, "I had an opening, booked the hotel and then booked the tickets and said 'OK, this is happening!'" Indivar is currently helping the monastery with her advanced media skills, specifically in 360 degree photography for a future virtual tour. You can see her awesome work on her website.

Bodhinatha Bhashya, Are Souls and World Essentially Good?

Satguru Bodhinatha Veylaswami

Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas - What Is the Nature of Our Sould
Are Souls and World Essentially Good, Path to Siva Lesson 24 (May 12,2017)

"The world does contain suffering; it's this way for a reason. If the world was perfect why would we want to transcend it? We're not all in the same place in consciousness. We don't divide the world into good and bad. Everyone is divine on the inside. The soul is pure actinic energy flowing through the seven chakras below and the six chakras above the muladhara. Hindu society is designed to help everybody come up in consciousness. It takes many lives.

Path to Siva, Lesson 24.

Master Course Trilogy, Dancing with Siva, Lesson 47

Click here to go to an index of all of Bodhinatha's and Gurudeva's online audio.

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