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What Astrology Teaches Us, by Isabel Hickey

FaceBook  On Jun 23, 2013 Swamy Vigyananand wrote:

  [The pity is nothing in this writing (understanding , brought over from the past , vibrationally connected , attitude, consciousness, ‘start blessing that which we are fighting against’, etc.) has anything to do with the title: “What Astrology Teaches Us”]   Astrology is not meant to be a primarily predictive science.  It is meant to be for understanding ourselves and also for understanding other people [BS].  I've had a number of interviews recently where I was amazed [unqualified emotion of the deluded] that people thought it was fatalistic [true].  It's not -- absolutely not [unqualified assertion of the deluded and an ignorant fool].  There is nothing in a horoscope, that blue-print, that pattern, that you cannot change if you want to [ignorant assertion about astronomical facts].  I've seen this over the years [personal impression / anecdote is NOT evidence].  It's the stories of the cycles and rhythms you are going through, and what you have brought over from the past to work out.  It shows your character. [baseless assertions] You can read it the day a child is born; you can tell what they have brought over as a blessing and what they have brought over as a challenge [baseless assertions] that they have to change. [how?].  But that is only the personality pattern [what??!].  Behind the personality lies your real self [and how is it different from ‘personality pattern’!?], and you center yourself [!] in that essential thing.   A great while ago, an Eastern teacher taught me something and I've watched it work over the years.  We are vibrationally connected [most meaningless gobbledegook!] to everything that happens to us.  There is only one way we can change what we do in this life, and that is by changing our attitude toward it; this changes our consciousness. [true irrespective of Astrology!]  This is a cosmic law that few people know.  See full.

 

[The pity is nothing in this writing (understanding , brought over from the past , vibrationally connected , attitude, consciousness, ‘start blessing that which we are fighting against’, etc.) has anything to do with the title: “What Astrology Teaches Us”]  
Astrology is not meant to be a primarily predictive science.  It is meant to be for understanding ourselves and also for understanding other people [BS].  I've had a number of interviews recently where I was amazed [unqualified emotion of the deluded] that people thought it was fatalistic [true].  It's not -- absolutely not [unqualified assertion of the deluded and an ignorant fool].  There is nothing in a horoscope, that blue-print, that pattern, that you cannot change if you want to [ignorant assertion about astronomical facts].  I've seen this over the years [personal impression / anecdote is NOT evidence].  It's the stories of the cycles and rhythms you are going through, and what you have brought over from the past to work out.  It shows your character. [baseless assertions] You can read it the day a child is born; you can tell what they have brought over as a blessing and what they have brought over as a challenge [baseless assertions] that they have to change. [how?].  But that is only the personality pattern [what??!].  Behind the personality lies your real self [and how is it different from ‘personality pattern’!?], and you center yourself [!] in that essential thing.
 
A great while ago, an Eastern teacher taught me something and I've watched it work over the years.  We are vibrationally connected [most meaningless gobbledegook!] to everything that happens to us.  There is only one way we can change what we do in this life, and that is by changing our attitude toward it; this changes our consciousness. [true irrespective of Astrology!]  This is a cosmic law that few people know. [false! Everybody sensible knows this!]  By changing your attitude, one of two things has to happen.  Either person or the problem will be completely removed without any harm to anyone [wishful thinking], or that person or problem will change so much that you will be able to live with it very easily.  Now, in over thirty years, I've never seen it proved wrong in a person who changed their attitude, their consciousness.[attitude is not the same as ‘consciousness’]
 
This world of appearance is not the creative world [most meaningless gobbledegook!]; this is the world of manifestation that always changes. [true irrespective of Astrology!] We create our conditions inside us [baseless assertion] and if we want to change what is manifesting in ‘the world of appearance’ [denial of physical reality], we must change ourselves and our consciousness. [unqualified emotion of the deluded] That's how we change what happens. [Pure, unadulterated nonsense!] I've seen this verified over and over. [Repetition: personal impression / anecdote is NOT evidence] Never saw it wrong. [Repetition: unqualified assertion of the deluded and an ignorant fool]
 
When we change our attitude, we start blessing that which we are fighting against. 
[most meaningless gobbledegook!] [The pity is nothing in this writing has anything to do with the title: “What Astrology Teaches Us”]

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What Astrology Teaches Us, by Isabel Hickey

FaceBook  On Jun 23, 2013 Swamy Vigyananand wrote:

 The problems with Astrology & Horrorscopes are manifold. Categorizing over 7 billion people in just 12 groups is the least of those! It’s perhaps less worse than ‘numerology’, one of the bastards of Astrology. The only thing 'scientific' in Astrology is the mathematical predictability of astral bodies (astronomy). Over the millennia, conmen have made billions from this lone fact. Those who indulge in [mis]fortune-telling ‘for free’, have wasted their time …& misled countless others…, those who have done fortune-telling ‘for a fee’ have wasted both time & robbed their clients of money & misled them at worse or given false hope at best! Being ‘free’ has never increased the value, or credibility of any advice/service!   Astrology (both Indian & Western --& in many other forms) has glaring faults:   In essence, astrology is a multi-storey SCAM: house of cards built with staggering absurdity.  The ground floor: The only true ‘foundation’ – Predictive astronomical calculations ·             Apart from the mathematically accurate predictability of the past positions & future movement of planetary bodies (determined by Astronomy), there is nothing ‘scientific’ about astrology.  The first storey of astrological-house-of-cards built on the spec-of-universal-dust planet Earth! ·             Astrology is ‘speculative fad’ with no possibility ever of proving it right in 1 million years. ·             There is no proof behind the varied Predictions in Astrology (PiA), which hardly concur. (e. g., PK Atre anecdote, ‘Pot Pourri of universally-applicable & ambiguous ‘feel-good’ quips) &middo  See full.

 The problems with Astrology & Horrorscopes are manifold. Categorizing over 7 billion people in just 12 groups is the least of those! It’s perhaps less worse than ‘numerology’, one of the bastards of Astrology. The only thing 'scientific' in Astrology is the mathematical predictability of astral bodies (astronomy).
Over the millennia, conmen have made billions from this lone fact. Those who indulge in [mis]fortune-telling ‘for free’, have wasted their time …& misled countless others…, those who have done fortune-telling ‘for a fee’ have wasted both time & robbed their clients of money & misled them at worse or given false hope at best!
Being ‘free’ has never increased the value, or credibility of any advice/service!
 
Astrology (both Indian & Western --& in many other forms) has glaring faults:
 
In essence, astrology is a multi-storey SCAM: house of cards built with staggering absurdity.
 
The ground floor: The only true ‘foundation’ – Predictive astronomical calculations
·             Apart from the mathematically accurate predictability of the past positions & future movement of planetary bodies (determined by Astronomy), there is nothing ‘scientific’ about astrology.
 
The first storey of astrological-house-of-cards built on the spec-of-universal-dust planet Earth!
·             Astrology is ‘speculative fad’ with no possibility ever of proving it right in 1 million years.
·             There is no proof behind the varied Predictions in Astrology (PiA), which hardly concur. (e. g., PK Atre anecdote, ‘Pot Pourri of universally-applicable & ambiguous ‘feel-good’ quips)
·             It’s perhaps less worse than ‘numerology’, one of the bustards of Astrology.
·             Predictions and calculations in Astrology (PaCiA) are earth-centric. Their ‘reference point’ is some inaccurate point on surface of earth, itself a spec of matter in the vast universe.
For the real scale of universe, go to: http://htwins.net/scale           & click on ‘play’.
·             PaCiA ignore the actual astronomical distances in the ‘constellations’ made of stars, which appear ‘close’ & related to each other from the earthly perspective. They would look a lot different even from Saturn …or Alpha-Centauri group, the nearest star from our solar system.
·             Human conception takes 40 weeks to birth & the process of birth may last from an hour to 20 hours! So the starting point of ‘time of birth’ is not a moment & it can never be accurate.
·             Same goes for reference points of ‘place of birth’. A birth area may be 100sq ft, but astrologers are a happy with names/ vague co-ordinates of cities! And Google-Earth maps record co-ordinates of a place to SIX decimal points of degrees of meridians!
·             Astrologers rate the sun (star), moon (planet’s planet) and Rahu-Ketu (imaginary bodies / comets) all on par & ignore, or are unable to include in their PaCiA Uranus-Neptune-Pluto!
·             We KNOW all astrological planets are either hot or frozen rock or giant balls of frozen gas with astronomical details of their movements, appearance, chemical composition, atmosphere, moons and accurate information about their other physical attributes.
·             Due to the vast distances separating us, all planetary bodies other than perhaps the moon, are unlikely to exert even their gravitational force on us with any significant effect; let alone affecting individual ‘human earth-beings’ ‘differently’ with relation to each other!
·             If ‘light’ and ‘cosmic radiation’ were the relevant factors, then our fortunes ought to be affected by quinZillions of stars in billions of galaxies whose light (& radiation) reaches earth. If they could have such effect, it is impossible to compute or predict the same in case of each individual [star or human] with any accuracy. [This is as impossible as some ‘god watching, recording &/or accounting for ‘what everyone of us [i.e., all beings that ever lived] did during their lives for the past 65 million years,  … is doing & will do…for eternity!’]
 
The second storey of astrological-SCAM!: Everything changes with time, always!
·             Even if one believes, for a moment, that the 9 planets as [ab]used by the astrologers do affect the fortunes of ‘human earth-beings’, the effect must be contemporaneous or momentary, i.e., ‘here and now’, like falling of sunlight, rain or snow. It is ludicrous to believe that these planets could have a ‘snap-shot’ effect on the future of each of the ‘earth-beings’ (humans, other living beings, trees(?!), countries, organisations & even companies!), simply because (i) planets continue to exist (& exert whatever ‘effect’) & (ii) people continue to live after birth (for the variable periods of their respective life-span). It would be quite outrageous to believe that one’s life-events are determined by the ‘snap-shot’ planetary position depending upon (vague time-place of) birth, or affected by the ever-changing interrelationship of the celestial bodies, that never remain static in this expanding universe!
 
The third storey of the astrological-SCAM house-of-cards!: Of ineffective remedy!!
·             The outrageous ‘con’ in astrology becomes obvious when a person with ‘bad planetary situation / prediction’ is told that it is possible to influence these all-powerful majestic fate-mongerers! One could alter, mitigate, avert or even cancel -- one’s ‘BAD situation’ only (i) by BUYing expensive gemstones & wearing them in GOLD rings on one’s fingers, often hidden in clothing and not the top of one’s head, where the planet’s light would logically fall’, or (ii) by performing some ridiculous rituals, always expensive and sometimes including charity, which, anyway no one is prevented from performing for its own sake!
 
·             Conclusion: Belief in Astrology is next to ‘belief in god-superstition’: Almost equally stupid!

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What Astrology Teaches Us, by Isabel Hickey

FaceBook  On Jun 23, 2013 Swamy Vigyananand wrote:

 Gr8! You have seen the light... not some faraway 'astral' light, but the light of reason & Common-sense!

 

The Rich Experience of A Quiet Mind, by John Coleman

FaceBook  On Sep 14, 2012 Vigyananand wrote:

A flurry of dogmatic, prescriptive and impractical advice seems to flow from one error of judgment: "but the conventional methods for reviving ourselves in the midst of life's conflicts only partially do the job. They fall short of showing us the true nature of reality. [...]"

Consider: If the conventional methods for reviving ourselves in the midst of life's conflicts (good humour, good food, old wine in good company of old friends, great sex...) appear to be adequate for 'the common low-life humans', shouldn't you (John Coleman & followers) consider yourself very inadequate to need "silent awareness" and wait indefinitely for it to come to you?

 

Sitting Aboard Life's Merry-Go-Round, by Karl Renz

FaceBook  On Sep 7, 2012 Swamy Vigyananand wrote:
 The fundamental fault with this analogy is that (a) A Merry-go-Round is static, passive amusement with circular repetition, i.e., no direction! (b) Life is a linear graph against time where the person or being in control to the extent of the knowledge, intelligence and technique (KIT) and opportunity.
Life is an art of drawing without an eraser (i.e., ‘turning the clock back’)
It would be unfortunate & tragic if someone has to passively go through life (more like the mundane water-wheel Monday-to-Friday, 9-to-5’) or ‘sorry-go-round’ cycle! But is impossible for anybody on a merry-go-round to attain the status of a bus-driver Guru, s/he is on the same merry-go-round, ‘in the same boat’, in the same rote!
It is defeatist, wicked & pompous at the same time for some ‘guru’ to use such an instrument of passive merriment as analogy to one’s journey of life, let alone to try and draw useful conclusions from it, or claim leadership of a sorry-go-round!
 

On Perfection and Priority, by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

FaceBook  On Sep 3, 2012 Swamy Vigyananand wrote:
I think that 'to actualize your full potential as a human being by striving for excellence in all areas of your life: becoming physically strong and healthy, mentally sharp, artistically creative, socially enlightened, sexually active, politically aware (& not to get sucked into spiritual-ritual-superstition) are all really worthwhile in life.
These are also my priorities in life.

Thousands of Bhikkhus wasted millions of man-hours 'scratching rocks in the shape of Buddha, who denounced idolatry! They begged for their food and wasted their life 'applying themselves fully [to the rock!], giving whole heart in wasteful endeavours and also 'following a technique' ('scratching rocks in the shape of Buddha).

I don't want to waste my only life like this. Organized beggary is not my priority.
 

The Spirit of Gift, by Satish Kumar

FaceBook  On Sep 3, 2012 Swamy Vigyananand wrote:
 The only thing better than 'spirit of gift', perhaps is 'gift of spirit' both metaphorical and literally! (...and good book, good read, good food, good company & good sex... etc.!)
 

What Astrology Teaches Us, by Isabel Hickey

FaceBook  On Sep 3, 2012 Swamy Vigyananand wrote:
 The pity is nothing in this writing (understanding , brought over from the past , vibrationally connected , attitude, consciousness, ‘start blessing that which we are fighting against’, etc.) has anything to do with the title: “What Astrology Teaches Us”
The comments have taken the irrelevant meaningless gobbledegook (BS) to even higher level!

Ganoba is 'romantically' full of itself.
Xiaoshan is the closest to truth, honest but polite!

get me outa here, gat a life to live!
 

Meaning of Yin and Yang, by Masahiro Oko

FaceBook  On Aug 21, 2012 Swamy Vigyananand wrote:
It reads OK till the restaurant example, then it gets confused and confusing.

Nature is always balanced, as it has been in evolution; hunters hunting to survive, the hunted producing excess offspring to survive and some species becoming extinct... ALL are in balance.

Balance is a continuing end-point of nature, like white light comprising of the infinite shades of the 3 basic colours (or 7 colours of the rainbow), like the 'dynamic-equilibrium' in celestial bodies (e.g. in our solar system) at any given moment, while the universe is expanding and millions of galaxies are being formed and consumed at the same time!

It is not possible to explain this ongoing 'dynamic-balance' in retrospect by any 'prism' of philosophy,
be it yin-yang, tri-gun (3-virtues: sattwa-raja-tamas) or tri-dosh (3-faults: kafa-pitta-wata) etc.

I think Yin Yang is a nice concept, often needlessly over-interpreted.
 

Meaning of Yin and Yang, by Masahiro Oko

FaceBook  On Aug 21, 2012 Swamy Vigyananand wrote:
It reads OK till the restaurant example, then it gets confused and confusing.

Nature is always balanced, as it has been in evolution; hunters hunting to survive, the hunted producing excess offspring to survive and some species becoming extinct... ALL are in balance.

Balance is a continuing end-point of nature, like white light comprising of the infinite shades of the 3 basic colours (or 7 colours of the rainbow), like the 'dynamic-equilibrium' in celestial bodies (e.g. in our solar system) at any given moment, while the universe is expanding and millions of galaxies are being formed and consumed at the same time!

It is not possible to explain this ongoing 'dynamic-balance' in retrospect by any 'prism' of philosophy,
be it yin-yang, tri-gun (3-virtues: sattwa-raja-tamas) or tri-dosh (3-faults: kafa-pitta-wata) etc.

I think Yin Yang is a nice concept, often needlessly over-interpreted.