Then the doors of the room opened and Baba came out. He walked up the passage between the two rows blessing the devotees and then retracing the steps went back to the front of the room doors and sat down on an easy chair kept for him. By now I was sure that I will have to be satisfied with this glimpse and there was no question of any detailed personal or private audience. I was both happy and unhappy.
The inappropriateness of such learned scientists attempting to combat astrology by using the weight of their academic reputations has been criticized by the eminent philosopher of science, Paul Feyerabend. Feyerabend suggests that the fifteenth century Roman Catholic Church made a more cogent argument against witchcraft (in the classic Malleus Malificarium) than the skeptics were able to make against the underlying principles of astrology. He poses an interesting rhetorical question : “Why 186 signatures if one has arguments?” Where does one draw the line? Can both the proponents and skeptics of astrology be wrong"? (From March-April issue of Journal of Astrology 2010)read more...
Never in recent years was astrology as a predictive science pitted against exit polls and satta bazar so challengingly as during the Gujarat elections.
Let us review the astrological predictions one by one.
1) My prediction was based on the horo-scope of BJP only and I predicted good time right from the time Yeduyirappa had his briefest spell as the chief minister of Karnataka. Hegde referred to it in his letter to me and I have reproduced that.
Narendra Modi’s horoscope
Prediction of Hegde
2) The prediction of Hegde(whose identity is now being revealed) which I have reproduced in my piece on Gujarat elections (GUJARAT ELECTIONS 2007, PREDICTION OF THREE ASTROLOGERS) was a clear victory for Narendra Modi. Last night (22 December) he rang me up from his place in south India and was overconfident about his prediction which was based on the horoscope of Narendra Modi as he got from direct sources.
3) Narendra Modi’s Horoscope
Prediction of Two women astrologers: Shalini Dhasmana and Priyambada Agarwal
I had not revealed the names of these two women astrologers but I can do that now. One is Shalini Dhasmana now famous for her book on Pataki-rista-Chakra and many brilliant individual predictions. She is on the teaching faculty of the Bharat Vidya Bhawan, New Delhi, now.
The other is Priyambada Agarwal who gave some unusual predictions to people when other astrologers fleeced their rich clients and allowed them to go to ruins. In one case, she told a businessman to be prepared for disastrous times while another astrologer after charging him more than one lakh rupees and doing shanti had no explanation for the total ruination of the business of that man. It was a superfine interpretation of the dasha of the eleventh lord which brought ruin not fabulous wealth as most of the astrologers had predicted. To see ruin in the mahadasha of the eleventh lord needs skill and courage.
Scanty data used by astrologers
Now look at the scantiest data used by astrologers, I used only the horoscope of the BJP. Hegde used the horoscope of BJP, of Modi and another BJP leader of Gujarat—three horoscopes, went to Ahmadabad and gave personal predictions about their victory. These two women astrologers used only the horoscope of Narendra Modi which I got from Hegde. I am proud of these two women astrologers who are superior to many established astrologers appearing in television programmes rattling off some mumbo jumbo as astro talk day in and day out.
These two women looked scientifically into the birth horoscope, Vimshottari dasha, later, Chara Dasha as I use and teach. They were two hundred percent sure of the victory of Modi but also cautioned him about some danger.The central government has been warning of danger to Modi from terrorists. It is from Chara dasha that these two women astrologers predicted victory and the looming danger.
All the famous exit polls except Star Plus failed miserably this time. It was remarkable to see Star Plus hit upon the figure of minimum 115 seats for BJP. LIVE India, a Hindi channel came nearest with its minimum figure of 116 for BJP. NDTV, always opposed to astrology, should see how reliable have been its famed exit polls during the last three flops of its. IBN CNN even doubted in later stages whether its reading of exit polls of BJP getting even 90 seats would be correct!
Satta or Betting
Satta bazar has been regarded as very reliable by some people. I cannot comment about it. But here is what the Satta Bazar predicted from time to time.
Exit polls predict simple majority for BJP
December 12, 2002 IST
Aaj Tak predicted around 93-109 seats for the BJP. The Congress, it said, would get between 72 and 88 seats in the 182-member House.
India Times of India Indiatimes
Satta dumps Modi, swings Congress way
22 Dec 2007,
AHMEDABAD: With barely a day to go for counting to start in Gujarat, the satta market swung sharply against Modi late on Friday evening, indicating that the state may get a hung assembly with Congress having a better chance of forming the next government.
.... After a lot of deliberations, satta syndicates brought down the BJP's tally from 102 seats to just 84 in the 182-member assembly.
How badly exit polls went wrong
Invariably all except one exit poll predicted disaster for BJP in the Saurastra region where it has improved by two seats from 2002 The prestige issue that it had become for Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh who toured Gujarat to wrest Gujarat for the Congress party has not helped them.
Disgrace of the Indian media
It is well known that the leftist dominated media of India, particularly English, indulging in vilification of Modi starting with a sting operation of Tehelka against Modi. The media was nor reporting objectively but had become activist in most disgraceful partisan way with Javed Akhtar flinging his pseudo-secularism when it came to Gujarat but remained silent in the case of Kashmir and Nandigram.
Teesta Setalvad manages to stay in limelight by launching her anti Modi campaigns. Someone should advise her to take up the cases of marriages, the exploitation of the female by the male and of the male by the female after the passage of Articles 494 and 376 etc.
The cost of predictions and polls
Someone should work out the comparative costs of predicting all these. I used only the paper on which I printed the horoscope of Modi and gave to Shalini and Priyambada—one rupee!! The exit polls spend millions of rupees. The satta bazar had a bet of 12000 crores! Astrology always scores by hitting back at its critics most of the time inspite of its terrible handicap of not having correct horoscopes!!
The first part of our prediction about Mr. Modi& Gujarath election has proved correct. Now you can reveal my name as well as the other two astrologer's name to everybody. Then Mr. ..told about you. After few months another person from Bangalore gave me a couple of books written by you & after reading them I purchased all the books written by you available in market. And I have become your fan afterwards. Tonight I will write more to you.
I enjoy reading your interesting articles on astrology and spirituality...I also admire your knowledge by which you predict the victory of Mr.Modi. But one thing i wanted to request, is that whether there are any kind of remedies that can possibly be given for the kind of danger that is predicted for Mr.Modi...
That may be useful, as otherwise it will not be really useful in the sense that the foresight does not result in any remedial action. I hope the danger that is seen is not like the one happened to Ms.Bhutto...