It is said that those who do not remember the history are bound to repeat it. Still, most of us rather look forward to the future than look back and reflect. It is quite natural given our fascination with the future and the desire to know more and more about it.
There are various reasons why we do it. One of them is shortage of patience in our fast paced lives and the anxiety to find solutions to problems without really working hard for them. Another is the state of confusion we get into, where there is an expectation of guidance from that disaffected someone, who can look at the issues without really Continue reading
I happened to catch a programme on National Geographic yesterday, July 04, 2007, called “Twins, Triplets and Quads” where it was mentioned that in case there is a shortage of blood in the body of fetus, miracle of biology siphons the blood away from dermis to more important organs of body – e.g. brain. The body keeps a record of this miracle and the index finger of left arm can be used to determine how healthy the heart would be in later stages of life.
I did a bit of search on Google and found out that a research paper was presented by some Indian doctors, titled Utility Of Finger Prints in Myocardial Infarction Patients. This work is not new, this paper appeared in a journal in 2000 and refers to another paper which was written in 1975. I guess I was the one not looking.
Quoting from the abstract –
Dermatoglyphics has been well established as a diagnostic aid in a number of diseases having hereditary basis … It is deducted that patients of myocardial infarction have higher incidence of whorls & lower incidence of loops in all the digits.
Unless I am being completely unreasonable, does it not qualify as palmistry?
To cast a birth chart, i.e. the horoscope, the software application takes the four inputs – date of birth, time of birth, time zone and coordinates of the place of birth. Based on that, the application converts all the parameters to the local time of the place by first converting time based on time zone to UTC and then to the local time based on the longitude of the place. Once this is done, the calculations done to compute the position of planets, Continue reading
Divisional Charts, also known as Vargas, are harmonics of the main Rashi kundali. The divisional charts are consulted along with the Rashi kundli for examining specific details, e.g. Navamsha, which is the most important of divisional chart, is consulted to find out more about the spouse and general well being. A planet’s Continue reading
Over the weekend, I was looking at some of the comments that are posted on various astrology articles on this blog. I would like to take this opportunity to thank some of the readers for their comments and suggestions … I hope they can keep coming back and making more and more contributions to this blog.
S. Anand – Asks some very pointed and pertinent observations- here. Make me realize why I am still a humble student of astrology.
Krishna Desai- His comments on the articles Pancha Mahapurusha Yoga, Gaja Kesari Yoga, Faith and Dogma, Kalsarpa Yoga are worth a read. They contribute to the overall quality of these posts and make the comment feature of wordpress worthwhile.
There was a mistake in calculating the nakshatra pada of the ascendant in the astrology chart generator. Few months back, the problem was reported by Sumit SD, who observed this behaviour while generating a birth chart of his son. Thanks Sumit.
A few professional astrologers have expressed interest in using this medium to help others. Since they had added their contact information in my guestbook, I am taking this as their permission to publish their contact information. They are Nitin Kashyap (kashyap_nitin at rediffmail dot com) from Dwarka and Dinesh Sharma (astrodinesh at hotmail dot com) from New Delhi.
On the other hand, I am a believer in Astrology, but I am hard pressed to call it a science. I cannot, for the love of God, explain how Astrology works. I do not know and cannot explain how planets influence our life. Do they do it through gravity, electricity, magnetism or what? I do not know. I have no idea why Earth is not one of the planets in our horoscope, even after being the most important planet that really influences us in all the ways.
Yet, I am amazed every time I meet a good astrologer and how she/he can read about my life just by looking at my horoscope. Astrologers do make good predictions. Sorry, I would like to correct that – Good astrologers make good predictions. Mr. Rangarao, the astrologers my parents talk to, is a very learned jyotishi. When my parents showed him my horoscope for the first time, he immediately commented that I was about to travel abroad and indeed I was in Chennai then, getting my H1-B stamped. He did tell my parents that I was going to come back to India and settle here. Instances like these make a believer out of each one of us even though we cannot explain them rationally.
Then who is right? No one ! The two sides – so called rationalists who abhor Astrology and leave no chance of maligning it and the self proclaimed religious leaders who think that myths and scriptures have answers to all the questions in the universe are being equally dogmatic. They do not want to even listen to what the other side has to say, let alone have a discussion. This is not good for knowledge.
There is a third category. These people keep an open mind and try to scrutinize religious scriptures as though they are real historical documents. They are the one trying to ascertain how Jesus really looked like, where exactly was Krishna’s Dwarka, when did Rama rule over India etc. How are we ever going to find out whether Vedas were really written during Sarasvati Valley Civilization if we do not keen an open mind?
What is the solution to this problem? The solution, ironically, lies only in faith. It lies in giving the people on the other side a chance to speak and believing that they could possibly be right.
Back in 2001, I wrote a small program for myself to generate charts. I then showed it to some friends and they suggested that I should design a user interface and publish it on the web. So basically the chart maker program is purely a result of a hobby. Why should I charge money for something that I am interested in…Apart from that, I don’t think what I am doing amounts to a great service for which I should be charging money. Continue reading