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Fortune Telling

By Kshitij Sharma, August 31, 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



14 comments

  • Comment by Anonymous on September 8, 2005 at 12:54 am

    Hi Kshitij,

    Interesting information. Though I was looking for a site which I used to use for my redictions 2 years back I kinda lost the link now. Neways found another good page. Keep up the good work.

    Vineet

  • Comment by Anonymous on September 8, 2005 at 1:02 am

    Also wanted to ask Is it ok if you can read my Horoscope and give some interpretations for me.

    Vineet

  • Comment by Anonymous on October 3, 2005 at 7:09 am

    Dear Kshitij,
    Your site is very interesting. I am a novice to astrology, just feeling my way through. Can u please help me understand myself through my birth date info. also, i am going through one of my many ,I would not say difficult because by the Grace of the Divine, I have sailed through all the socalled difficult phases in life. I have given up my career of 22 years, facing severe ill health and relocated to New Zealand recently.My birth info: 28th Feb 1960, at Madras, Tamil Nadu, India,at 2.42 P.M. on sunday. My birth star is uttara bhadrapada. Ascendent Gemini. I am now idle and want to pursue doctoral research in Eng Lit and get into teaching when my health gets OK. Presently I have been diagnosed with pulmonary sarcoidosis, after suffering for 4 years, which is a debilitative disease of the lungs. I am on a high dose of steroids. Kindly advise me and help me. This is an appeal
    Thanks and regards
    Nalini
    My mail id: nalini2818@yahoo.com

  • Comment by Anonymous on December 20, 2005 at 7:20 pm

    Dear Kshitij,
    Your site is quite interesting and informative and I was surprized that that you do not charge for making the horoscope. You are doing a great work if you look from my view point. When you start looking out in the web for horoscope, definitely you are looking for some answers and I am also. If it is possible please help me. I was born in India in Srinagar (J&K) on 26th May 1967 at 1958hrs with birth star as Purvashada (moon rashi). My acendent is scorpio and am going through the Rahu mahadasa. I am going through the most difficult phase of my life, where job is there but no peace of mind, it is affecting me physcologically now, I am away from my family. Please tell me when will I get some relief and can go back and join my family. (sunpan_2000@yahoo.com)

  • Comment by Anonymous on January 12, 2006 at 7:38 am

    Hi Kshitij,

    I totally agree with you. Infact, I am too an Software developer and by hobby, astrologer :). I do have knowledge of Horoscope, Numarology and pamistry and I figure out that to get to the closested one, we should use all of this.

    Bye the way, today I was looking for some chart generation tool for one of my friends problem and landed to your site. really good site.

    Gr8 work. thanks a lot for chart generation tool.

    Gaurang(gaurang_desai@msn.com)

  • Comment by DVS on January 25, 2006 at 6:29 pm

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  • Comment by DVS on January 25, 2006 at 6:33 pm

    I found your chart generation applet useful and accurate. Maybe we can make some chart reading applications too!!!
    Where are you put up?

    dharmaveer at gmail dot com

  • Comment by Anonymous on March 23, 2006 at 8:22 pm

    Hi Kshitij,

    I tried out your chart generation and was impressed with the Vinshotari Dasha that I got. It has been of use to me. Thank you very much for the same.

    Adarsh

  • Comment by ANK on October 21, 2006 at 7:49 pm

    There are astrology agnostics everywhere in the world. I have met people both in India and abroad who believe these old sciencies are some form of fantasy. I personally take such views with a grain of salt because they simply don’t have the large source of information that I or others have in the subject, so one can only feel pity.
    Don’t forget that even B.V. Raman who fought his whole life to preserve astrology, was quite rude and condescending to other astrologers as well. Fortune telling or mumbo jumbo is not astrology and astrology is a real science. There are many scientific studies in space-studies, and astronomy that confirm statements about the planets that have existed in astrology for ages. Astrology has existed for thousands of years not only in India, but in China, the Middle East and even the west with considerable importance. It’s not an Indian invention but refer to old science.

  • Comment by Sushmita on December 22, 2006 at 1:14 pm

    I bumped into this site by accident. Found this site very informative. I fully agree that astrology is definately not fortune telling but much more. It is a study of a psychology of a person. Good work Keep it up

  • Comment by meenu on February 2, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Dear Sir:
    I tried to open latitutes and longitudes site from your web page, but wasn’t able to. Kindly look into this problem.(my pop-ups from the site for security, are not blocked).
    Thank you
    meenu

  • Comment by sri on September 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Hi Sir,

    I am sending my details, how is my future reply to me at kantipudi_satya@yahoo.in

  • Comment by sri on September 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Name – sree

    Time of birth – 11.30 A.M.

    Date of birth – 20-01-1979

    How will be my married life in future.

    reply to me at kantipudi_satya@yahoo.in

  • Comment by aryashekhar kuila on November 11, 2013 at 11:42 am

    sir please tell me about my success in career.

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