Astrological aids


Around the full moon I often am moody and short of temper. What can I do to keep this from occuring. Would a bangle help? Also, while on the topic of bangles, I have noticed in a photo of Master he is wearing three. Does anybody know why.

—Will, USA


Dear Will,

In Yogananda’s autobiography, Autobiography of a Yogi, he has a chapter on astrology. You might enjoy reading this. His guru convinces him of the truth of astrology, and also encourages him, at different times, to wear two different bangles. One was the standard combination of gold, silver, and copper, and the other was lead, I believe. I don’t know about a third bangle.

Clearly, astrology influences people. However, it would be impossible to assure you that a bangle will help you.

There is no real “magic pill” to cure moodiness. You need to take responsibility and start working on yourself.

You might benefit from putting more energy into your meditation practice, or starting one if you don’t have one already. It would also help you to surround yourself with uplifting people and uplifting influences.Trying to be more self-controlled, by ovoiding over-indulgence in any of the senses, will also be helpful for you.

Swami Kriyananda said that moods come from comparing ourselves to others. I have found this observation to be both true and very helpful. You might explore that as well.

In divine friendship,