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May 30th, 2012

Continuity of the civilization and lessons for future

I would like to bring to the readers’ attention this paper on Indus Valley Civilization and a blog in New York Times. It talks about the collapse of the Harappan civilization and how it was affected by the changes in climactic conditions thousands of years back. The article talks about how the changes in monsoon pretty much destroyed the agriculture as the agricultural process were based not on irrigation channels like canals/dams, but on monsoon and monsoon only. Over a period of time,

Hydroclimatic stress increased the vulnerability of agricultural production supporting Harappan urbanism, leading to settlement downsizing, diversification of crops, and a drastic increase in settlements in the moister monsoon regions of the upper Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh.

As time passed, the monsoons continued to weaken until the rivers no longer flooded, and the crops failed. People began abandoning the cities and moved eastward toward the Ganges basin, where rains were more dependable (though not dependable enough to sustain urban metropolises). The civilization dispersed, fracturing into small villages and towns.

This demonstrates two very important points. First, that there is a continuity of civilizations and Aryan invasion theory is bogus. The same people who lived in Indus valley were the ones who moved to the plains of Ganga and other rivers. Secondly, we are still living the same nightmare where we are depending on periodic monsoons. We had a prime minister who talked about linking rivers and so called intellectuals laughed at him.

May 21st, 2012

First Reads on Astrology

There were couple of posts asking for how to start learning Astrology. Please refer to the list below. I have tried to review each of these books in the reference book section and you can look up the publisher information.

Beginner: For beginners, I would suggest to go through the books in the order given below. Once you have gone through the list, you could move to the reference book section and then so on.

  1. Astronomy and Mathematical Astrology
  2. The Astrology of the Seers
  3. Uttara Kalamrita
  4. Art of Prediction
  5. Important Planetary Combinations (चुने हुए ज्योतिष योग)
  6. Astro Sutras
  7. How to Judge a Horoscope (Volume I and II)
  8. Esoteric Principles of Vedic Astrology

Reference Books – Used frequently

  • Jataka Parijata
  • Brihat Jatakam
  • Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra

Advanced

  • Chamatkar Chintamani
  • Dashaphal Darpan
  • Notable Horoscopes
  • Three Hundred Important Combinations

Special Topics

  • Gems and Astrology
  • Graha and Bhava Balas
  • Ashtakavarga System of Prediction
  • Medical Astrology, a Rational Approach
  • Muhurta (Electional Astrology)
  • The Nakshatras, The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology
  • The Stars and Your Profession
  • Determining Profession and ups and downs in career
  • Analyzing Horoscope through Modern Techniques
  • Mahadeva’s Jataka Tatva
  • The Art of Matching Charts
  • Marriage Matching Astrologically
  • Varshaphal – Hindu Progressed Horoscope

June 5th, 2011

Ramdev is missing the whole point

Baba Ramdev, who has woken up against the Indian Government on the issue of corruption and black money is missing the whole point. I am afraid that all his posturing will eventually get the better of him and he will become inconsequential.

He has no idea of the black money economy in India. It is not about the money stashed in Swiss bank accounts abroad. It is about the parallel economy that is in operation all around us: the economy that deals only in cash, where shopkeepers do not pay any VAT or ST to the Government, where rich farmers show their illegal earnings as coming out of the agriculture and hence escape taxation and where politicians/babus construct multi story complexes from the money fleeced from general public as bribe.

If Ramdev wants to really fight corruption, he should go back to his followers and ask them to act ethically, not to ask or pay bribes and ask them to pay taxes honestly. His followers in IAS should stop seeing a development project as a money making opportunity. His followers in the corporate world should stop bending rules and not bribe politicians to get their job done.

Can Ramdev not create one yogasana that rinses the body of toxic thoughts that lead a person to ask for bribe? This is how Ramdev should strive to be effective. What is happening in the Ramlila Ground in Delhi is a farce.

May 24th, 2011

Return of the blogger

I am planning to restart this blog again with few blog posts a week. I have been neglecting this page for quite sometime now and this has resulted in my Astrology knowledge going down. I can’t read charts as well as I could last year. Hopefully, it will improve again with practice.

Another problem that arises with this neglect that my name’s relevance in Google search has gone down. When I search for “Kshitij Sharma” on the net, links on this website are no longer on the top. Talk about an egocentric approach to blogging :-) Sounds corny, but true – people will do all sorts of gimmicks to keep themselves in limelight. Google searches are a spotlight that I seek.

Since I do not get to read about Astrology all that much now-a-days (something that I will try hard to fix). I am planning to add another category called “religion” and will start blogging under that category.

Please expect me to be fairly active on this blog from now on.

October 9th, 2010

The Verdict – II

To further my claim in the previous article that there is no scope for “unbiased” and “independent” research in this country, I would like to draw the attention of the readers to this article in Times of India, How Allahabad HC exposed ‘experts’ espousing Masjid cause. You can find relevant part of the judgment here – http://www.rjbm.nic.in/sa/Judgment%20RJB-BM%20Vol-15.pdf

The article quotes a so called “expert” Suvira Jaiswal who happens to be someone called an “eminent historian.” She is a Professor of Ancient Indian History at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was elected president of Indian History Congress in 2007 as well.

She says, and I quote from the judgement:

whatever knowledge I gained with respect to disputed site is based on newspaper or what the others told, i.e., from the report of historians.

Further, she said she prepared a pamphlet titled “Political misuse, Babari Mosque-Rama birthplace dispute:”

I had prepared this pamphlet from news published in newspapers and having a discussions with medieval (history) expert of my department.

If such is the state of experts in our country, then Ram only can help us.

PS: We have our neighbour in the same boat – interesting to read this – Rampant Fraud

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