Fate

You believe in fate?
In Astrology, Vedic Astrology to be particular, by any chance?

There is a school of thought –which in fact is the base of eastern philosophy–portraying FATE as the carried over KARMA (deeds) of the PAST LIFE.

According to this belief, human animals witness their fate through “stars” as per their karma. Interesting, uhh!

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Here you go:
पूर्वजन्मकृतं कर्म तद्दैवमिति कथ्यते
स एव ग्रहरूपेण फलं प्राप्नोति मानवः।
–हितोपदेश

[पूर्वजन्मकृतं कर्म तत् दैवम् इति कथ्यते। मानव: स एव ग्रहरूपेण फलं प्राप्नोति।]

भाग्य त पूर्वजन्मैको कर्म हो बुझियोस् यहाँ
ग्रहका रूपमा फल्छ मान्छेको यही जन्ममा ।
–हितोपदेश

[पूर्वजन्ममा गरिएको कर्मलाई दैव (भाग्य) हो भनेर भनिन्छ। त्यसको फल मान्छेले ग्रहका रूपमा (ग्रहका माध्यमबाट) पाउँछ (यो जन्ममा)। ]

“the deeds (karma) of the past life is known as daiva (fate)
that is borne as fruit in the form of planets (stars) by human (individual)”
–Hitopadesham
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Means what you do or what you don’t, what happens to you or what doesn’t– all — is because of the karma-guided influence of Grahas. 

Sounds too fatalistic?

Well, it’s up to you to believe or not, but fatalism is not always fat-all fatal. Don’t ask me what this means; I may not want to elaborate further. Just feel the fate even if you are a non-believer or a uber rationalist.

[Vedic Astrology considers Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu as Grahas.
It considers Sun, a star; Moon, planet Earth’s natural satellite; and Rahu and Ketu, mathematical points–node and antinode of Moon– too as Grahas.
The word Graha, though roughly synonymous to Planet in modern astronomy, should not be mistaken here for the modern planets.
It’s but worthless to argue that Sun is not a planet. Because it is not. Pluto is no more considered a planet now; definitions and Science keep on evolving.
But, yes, Sun and Moon, and Rahu and Ketu are Grahas. Peace!

ॐ द्यौ: शान्तिरन्तरिक्ष^ शान्ति:
पृथिवी शान्तिराप: शान्तिरोषधय: शान्ति:।
वनस्पतय: शान्तिर्विश्वे देवा: शान्तिर्ब्रह्म शान्ति:
सर्व^ शान्ति: शान्तिरेव शान्ति: सा मा शान्तिरेधि॥
ॐ शान्ति: शान्ति: शान्ति:॥

mercurial fate

as head of the dragon
started spewing fire
i ran for cover

i ran far away
and decided
never to return

super sun
musing moon
jovial jupiter
mighty mars
all messed around and went past
as a mute spectator only
when i suffered the worst ever despair

combust mercury
and thus always mocked
nevertheless
brought the mercurial twist
in the story

i’m back home
after 16 days and 15 nights

i’m least worried now
for i’ve pulled in my horns
and
i won’t care
even if saturn makes me sad or strong
or
venus makes me virile or vile

fucqueen fate is mercurial
it can fuck us any time it wants

(NaPoWriMo Day 23)

¤BlackBerry Poem¤

mars dates moon

moon-jupiter-new-year-kathmandu-virgo

maiden evening
seeing mars and moon on date
i ran far away

but there to here, lights to woods
why did they chase me again?

moon-mars-pine-trees(NaPoWriMo Post#14)

Lord Krishna: Born blue, named ‘black’

Shree Krishna

An 18th century painting of blue Lord Krishna, surrounded by Gopinis and Gwalas, at the Bhaktapur Museum, Nepal. . 

Dissecting Shree Krishna’s birth chart. With prime focus on his romantic life, and what made him playboy par excellence ;) #krishnabirthday

Yesterday, I had started doing retrospective analysis of Lord Krishna’s birth chart. Saying my prime focus would be on his romantic life and what made him playboy par excellence, I was thinking of posting a blog on the astrological readings by today evening.

But I went adrift, nay, to another direction, at midnight on the eve of Krishna Janmaashtami — the super human’s birth anniversary. Subsequently, I got engaged in a Facebook conversation on his complexion and name viz. Krishna (कृष्ण), meaning black in Sanskrit.

My argument is he was born blue and named Krishna. His another name is Shyama (श्याम), which also suggests that the names were awarded after his (dark) complexion.

And, I ended up writing this blog (this evening).

Finding out the evidences supportive to my argument was an easier said than done job. I had to turn the pages of voluminous treatise of Shreemad Bhagawat Purana, and struggle to understand the verses in Sanskrit. I even sought my dad’s help to find the appropriate chapters and to comprehend the verses.

Luckily, the soft copy in English helped me find the verses of interest in the Dashama and Ekadasha Skandhas (10th and 11th cantos).

Though named Krishna, all the classical murals and paintings available today portray him in blue colour. And, believe me, that is on a par with the classical texts and legends.

Yes,  Krishna was (born) blue.  Shreemad Bhagawat Purana says so.

The 27th verse in the 5th Chapter of 11th Canto says that Vishnu’s avatara in Dwapara Yuga would be gray blue (Shyama), and the Bhagawan would wear yellow garments, and brandish his aayudhas (implements) — shankha (conch),  chakra (disc), gada (club) and padma (lotus).

With my basic understanding of human anatomy, physiology and biochemistry, what I know is the pigment called melanin gives (dark) colouration to the skin. But certainly it was not melanin that made Krishna blue.

Then?

I believe he suffered from some sort of congenital cyanosis or a heart condition that  circulated less oxygen-concentrated or deoxygenated blood in his arteries and veins. Consequently, the level of carbon dioxide in blood would give the bluish colouration.
Also, it is likely that he suffered from abnormal Red Blood Cells with less oxygen-binding capacity.

No doubt, whatever condition it was, it was rare and benign one.

Otherwise, Krishna would not live for 125 years. (The 25th verse of Chapter 6, Canto 11 says that 125 autumns passed during Krishna’s life. )

Interestingly, classical literature puts his age at 90 when the Mahabharata war was waged.

Maybe modern scientists and physiologists can shed light on this, if they are convinced that Krishna existed and he was blue.

READ ALSOBhagwan ShreeKrishna: Personality sui generis

Another tweet

He suffered from congenital cyanonsis; deoxygenated blood circulated in his body. That is why he was born blue, and named #Krishna :)

 **I’d misspelt cyanosis in the tweet.

UPDATE I, Aug 29
Shyama in Sankrit and Cyan in English (roots in Greek) sound similar, and they indicate colour blue. A mere coincidence?

UPDATE II
I got a query on Facebook: What word is used, exactly, to describe the gray blue?

I am adding the reply here also:

द्वापरे भगवाञ्छ्याम: पीतवासा निजायुध: ।
श्रीवत्सादिभिरङ्कैश्च लक्षणैरूपलक्षित: ।।

Meaning: In Dwapara, the Bhagwan will be Shyama (gray blue), yellow-clad, with his implements and having body marks like Shreevatsa…

The preceding shlokas talk about the complexion of Vishnu avataras in Satya and Treta yugas.

Now, one may argue that Shyama and Krishna both mean black.

Though used synonymously, they have slightly different meanings. Shyama is ‘bluish’ and Krishna black (=dark). Moreover, the words may have other symbolic and metaphoric meanings.** 

I am sure available standard Sanskrit dictionaries differentiate the ‘colour-ful’ meanings.

Btw, CYAN and SHYAM not only sound similar but also give similar meaning. A mere coincidence?

** According to Swami Prabhupada, the semantic derivation of word Krishna (Krish+na) suggests many meanings.
1. Krish=Attraction, Na= Bliss
2. Krish=Existence, Na=nay (to death-and-birth cycle)

UPDATE III
(12:52 a.m. August 30)

Furthermore, I found another mention of BLUE complexion in the 13th verse of 28th Chapter in 3rd Canto.

“He looks like petals of blue lotus”

 

प्रसन्नवदनाम्भोजं पद्मगर्भारुणेक्षणम्
नीलोत्पलदलश्यामं शङ्खचक्रगदाधरम् ।

This shloka describes how Krishna looks like.

Apropos to his complexion, it clearly says he looked like the petals (दल) of Neelotpala (नीलोत्पल) i.e. blue lotus.

(Neela means blue and Utpala lotus in Sanskrit. Shiva who consumed KaalaKuta, the strongest poison, and turned his throat blue is named Neelakantha.)

There could be more evidences in Shreemad Bhagawat itself.

I will gradually add up what I come across.

UK’s royal baby has RaajaYoga

UK’s Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton were blessed with a baby boy at 4:24 pm BST on Monday, July 22.

With the royal baby. Source: Getty Image

With the royal baby. Source: Getty Image.

He was called ‘royal baby’ before the neonate was named George.

My newfound interest in Vedic Astrology inspired me to prepare the birth chart of the British monarch’s great grandson, and do its  brisk-and-brief analysis.

Here I go.

As per the Vedic Astrology, he should get a name starting from the letter Jaa (जा).  Something like Jaat Bahadur.

His Kundali has Scorpio (8th sign) lagna (=ascendant). Moon occupies the 10th sign; Ketu the first; Mercury, Mars and Jupiter share the third sign; Sun the fourth; Venus the fifth; Saturn and Rahu share the 7th sign.

Image

Mars (the lord of Ascendant => quadrant) and Jupiter (the lord of his fifth house from Lagna => trine) are conjoined. This indicates that the heir to the British throne has RaajaYoga.

Mars is at 12:06:06 degrees, and Jupiter at 11:54:38 degrees in Gemini (8th house from the lagna).

Since the two planets are very very close (less than 6 degrees), the RaajaYoga is considered to be very strong.

Nevertheless, the 8th house is considered to be Dusthana (evil house), and this may not give the full results of the otherwise auspicious conjunction.

Tithi: Poornima
Nakshatra: Uttara Ashadha-3
Rashi: मकर  (Zodiac sign: Capricon as per lunar calendar)
Yoga: Vishakumbha (विषकुम्भ)
Lagna: Scorpio (वृ्श्चिक)