I have time and again heard about astrologers suggest wearing some stone or doing some puja during unfavourable times. I always wondered if it is possible or logical. Indian Astrology has 12 planets/houses and a lord presiding each planet/house. There are certain rules based on which they predict the events. They say it is science and a good astrologer can predict the events with great accuracy looking at the chart. But when asked for remittance from bad times, the same astrologer would also suggest some remedial puja or havan.
On one hand they say - “This is going to happen, bcos it is WRITTEN in your chart”
Then they say “Do this to avoid that event from happening”
That intrigues me. Either their chart reading is wrong or the remedy is a hogwash! I had been digging and discussing the same for sometime.
I happened to meet our family priest during a puja we conducted at home and asked him the same question. ” How is it possible to avoid the after effects of a wrong doing by doing a puja or havan” and i loved his response. He said ” Suppose a student did something wrong at the school and came home. He knows that the principal is going to get him the next day. There is no way to avoid it. The act is already done and he knows the not-so-good after effect is waiting for him next day. The awareness of the wrong doing has come after doing the act! What would an intelligent boy do?”
He continued, “Suppose he puts some effort to convince his father and he takes along his father to the school next day in his support while walking into the principal’s room!”
Nothing has changed! The act has not changed in the past and the principals anger has not changed.
But obviously, the principal cannot vent it his anger on the boy in his fathers presence, the way he would have done if he had been alone! He would have to tone down his anger or reaction.
That is what doing puja or worshipping the lord of the house would do ! The planet is displeased and is waiting for some bad news/event (This is the result of bad karma done earlier, either in the same birth or previous) When you go and get into the good books of the lord who rules that planet, that planet has to tone down it’s displeasure in his bosses presence! So while it cannot be completely avoided or made favourable..it can definitely be toned down.
The illustration was interesting and apt though the basics logic is not yet complete.
The relationship between lord of the planet (say, subrahmanya, who himself is an assumed entity) and the planet (Saturn). How doing a particular puja or saying a stotra/mantra pleases the so called assumed entity “subrahmanya” and what kind of control he has on the planet by being “lord”. All this is based on the hypothesis that “the location and movement of a planet can predict someone’s life” which itself is scientifically questionable.
But I have come across number of instances where astrologers have predicted some unprobable event and it happened: While we can see that astrology is working, we dont know the “why and how” . The laws of gravity existed even before
Astrology is a riddle where there is ample material and equations to predict the event based on scientifically correct location of planets, but there is still not enough “scientific” proof of reason for the intellect. It may be because of lack of a generic fit-all equation that can be verified with different sets of measured inputs and predicted vs actually measured outputs. Whether it is science or art or myth is a point of debate and shall continue to be so till we unravel a few more mysteries of the cosmos.