Astrolgical predictions



I am by nature a happy person but have had some very traumatic karma to face in this life time. Overcome with God's help. Recently I started to worry after seeing an astrological placement, that seems to infer that I will lose someone I love in 2010/11. I have already lost so many I love. I have a son I adore, and of course I worry. Are astro predictions written in stone. Is there any attitude I can take to alleviate this angst? Thank you so much.

—Jacqueline, Italy


Dear Jacqueline,

Astrological forecasts deal mainly with the tendencies or patterns that are inherent in each soul’s journey back to its home in God. The specifics of those patterns are not, however, necessarily set in stone.

Indeed, Paramhansa Yogananda, in his Autobiography of a Yogi, has a chapter entitled Outwitting the Stars. Here are some quotes from that chapter:

All human ills arise from some transgression of universal law. The scriptures point out that man must satisfy the laws of nature, while not discrediting the divine omnipotence. He should say: ‘Lord, I trust in Thee, and know Thou canst help me, but I too will do my best to undo any wrong I have done.’ By a number of means – by prayer, by will power, by yoga meditation, by consultation with saints, by use of astrological bangles – the adverse effects of past wrongs can be minimized or nullified….

The deeper the self-realization of a man, the more he influences the whole universe by his subtle spiritual vibrations, and the less he himself is affected by the phenomenal flux.

So, the answer is to offer yourself more fully to God; to become united in the divine presence so that your magnetism draws to you that which is beneficial. Affirm your oneness in God as well as diving deep in inner communion through daily meditation. Then you will be in the flow of divine grace no matter what the outward circumstances.

In divine friendship,
Nayaswami Pranaba