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NadiAstrology1DrBVRamanPart1Color Edited

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New Parchment 13th July copy
To Dr Raman With Love
SeriesNadi Astrology
Part 1ByDr. B.V. RamanSA Typing Volunteer: Manish Gour=Taken from The Astrological Magazine: Vol 66 No 10Special Thanks: AIAC, ChicagoSummary of a lecture delivered by the Raman Saheb at the Astrological Lodge, London,on 25-9-1970Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen:When I received a letter of invitation from my esteemed friend and yourworthy President Mr. Ronald C Davison to address the well knownAstrological Lodge of London I was not only gratified but a bit embarrassedalso because Britain and India having had a close historical relationship for nearly twocenturies and having parted as good friends, it would in a sense mean renewing old tiesof friendship and understanding; and embarrassed because Mr. Davison left the subjectof the talk to my choosing. However, it was not difficult for me to overcome this initialembarrassment because I could easily decide that the subject to be dealt with should bethe one that should not only be novel but also instructive to the members and Icould notthink of a more appropriate theme than Nadi astrology, a subject in which I havebeenmaking investigations for over twenty years I must also seek your indulgence inadvancefor having to use a number of Sanskrit terms, for which no suitable English wordcapableof conveying the spirit of the original could be thought of, even though I shalltry mybest to give the nearest corresponding words in EnglishBefore I take up the subject-matter proper, I think I must tell you
and I am suremost of you already know
certain distinctive features of Hindu Astrology and its
philosophy. Hindu astrology does not endorse the theory of absolute fatalism. Astrologyand the doctrine of Karma are intimately connected. According to Hindu philosophicalwork, man is a combination of a physical body, the mind and the self-conscious self oratman which is spiritually present. It is the individual
s Karma or actions done in past orprevious lives that determine his present life. There are two main categories ofKarma.viz., sanchita (accumulative) and prarabdha (operative). The present course of life isindicated by the prarabdha or operative Karma, I.e., deeds or actions whose seedhas
already sprung up and whose machinery has been set in motion towards their fruition inthe present life. The sanchita or Accumulative Karma pertains to actions that are stilllying latent like seeds stocked up in a granary for fruition in future lives. The horoscopeIndicates our past Karma, the parabadha or operative portion of our Karma beingourdestiny in this life and that astrological predictions are tendencies of natureon their waytowards fulfillment or manifestation and that to some extent we can either strengthen orweaken their momentum in the direction desired by suitable remedial measures.New Parchment 13th July copyThe celebrated ancient astrologer Varahamihira whose works are still consideredauthoritative, points out that astrology reveal the lines along which the destiny ofindividuals would be unfolded.The first and the most important of the distinctive features of Hindu astrologyisthat it is based on the so called fixed or sidereal zodiac This is divided into12 parts calledthe signs of the zodiac or 27 equal parts or asterisms or Nakshatras of 13° 20
each. Thefitting of the first point of the zodiac - the end of the constellation Revati which someidentify with the modern Zeta Piscium
so as to make it the same for all time is an important feature of Hindu astrology and this shows a fundamental difference from theEuropean system of reckoning in which all longitudes are measured by arcs of the ecliptic the origin being the equinoctial point at the time of observation. Thisdoes not=mean that precession was not known to the Hindus. The very Sanskrit terms Sayanaand Nirayana
to distinguish between the two zodiacs
mean, with precession andwithout precession. In fact the precession of the equinoxes was discovered by our Sageslong before anything about it was known to any other nation. In actual practice,it is thearcs of 13° 20
measured from the 1st point of stellar Aries that are really important forastrological purposes. They of course bear the names of the brightest stars or Yogatarasof the star-clusters that lie on or near about the arcs concerned.In India astrology continues to occupy a very important place socially and

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