August 31st, 2005
I was talking to an American friend of mine and the topic of conversation was why Indians spend so much more time in office compared to their other colleagues. He said that it is because Indians do not have anything else to do in life. They do not have other interests. All they think about and care about is work.While he was not entirely wrong , I corrected him and told him about my interest – astrology and how I have a small site, a chart generation applet, how people like to match charts before marriage etc.
His remark was kinda weird, even tilting towards derogatory – “Oh, so you are into fortune telling…” Now anyone who has watched informercials on some of the American TV channels must remember the lady from Psychic Hotline, with a strong Jamaican accent and her way of fortune telling with Tarot cards. Lady, if you are reading this blog, please do not get offended, but that is not the image most of the astrologers in India, even students like me, would like to be associated with.
For astrologers, astrology with its prescribed formulae is nothing less than science, very intricately linked with the other precise science – astronomy. For me, astrology is definitely science, but come to think of it, it is much more than that. It is like an art. It is art the same way designing a building is an art, while building construction is a science, like designing the next Apple computer is an art while the underlying electronics and software is science, the same way a computer language is science but good code, that reads like Rabindranath Tagore’s poetry is an art…
Although very easily said then done, the art of deciphering a birth chart is all that is to astrology. And with the wisdom of great sages like Varahamihira, Vyasa, Parashara behind us, it is definitely better than fortune telling