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Shankracharya Jayendra Saraswati and KN RaoThe news of the death of Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati did not surprise me as for six years at least, as I personally know, his health had been bad, his diabetes was not under control. The three women who had conspired against him, Sonia Gandhi, Jayalalitha and Shashikala each suffered in her own way. Jayalalitha won elections after being defeated for one term, became the Chief minister but suffered from bad health and died a mysterious death. Shashikala is in jail and her claims of leadership is not accepted in AIADMK. It makes her a weak politician. Sonia Gandhi, now suffering from some disease has retired from active politics, has handed over the presidentship of the Congress Party to her son, in the usual familiar Nehru way---dynastic succession. Sonia’s role in the sinister plot to arrest Shankaracharya Kanchi has been mentioned by the former president of India Sri Pranab Mukherjee (See appendix I).
Mouni Baba ( 3rd March came the news of the death of Mouni Baba, three days after the mahasamadhi of Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati on the last day of February. Jayendra Saraswati, born in 1935, was 82 years when he took samadhi. In the case of Mouni Baba we never knew his age as no one knew it and it was guessed that he was ninety three years old when he took samadhi though some newspapers said that he was 108 years old then.

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(Kush Singh, the writer is an MBA from Leeds Univsity in UK, a keen astrologer and now based in London. He come from a dignified Rajput family of kings and politicians. He has covered sports with his deep knowledge for some English newspapers of England)

The biggest criticism for astrology has
come from the so called neo rationalists who have termed astrology as a medium of escapism and negative thought. The group of people who have attacked astrology have been those who have questioned the validity of the science with regard to the success rate of the predictions. The time has come now when genuine astrologers must attack these neo rationalists with regard to their scientific predictions.

Let us begin with the climate and
weather forecasts. The Met offices all over the world fail to accurately predict the climate and weather conditions year after year. They have all the required devices, latest state of the art equipment, highly qualified researchers and still it is a disaster when it comes to forecasting. In spite of their poor record, they remain highly motivated when it comes to having respect from society and they are hailed as intellectuals.

On the contrary, look at the limitations of
an astrologer as a forecaster.

For starters, they
have to depend on the birth time which is not always accurate. Then look at the appalling resources available to them. Of course, the astrological community must happily put their hand up and accept that there is a large number of quack astrologers, with no moral or technical power but that is a dilemma faced by every community the most prominent amongst them being doctors.

The biggest handicap is the lack
of self respect for an astrologer in society. It is a very nerve racking situation for the genuine astrologer and hardly motivating. Against this backdrop let us look at a recent prediction and let us appreciate the greatness of the science that is astrology.

In September 2007, it was predicted that
the Roger Federer era would end. Let us spare a thought and look at the courage behind the prediction.

" Roger was still the number one player
as per the WTA rankings when this prediction was made.

" Followers of tennis would know that Roger's strong in the second half of the
Grand Slam season beginning with grass. So it was not a case of predicting during a time when Roger was expected to fare badly.

" The first major grand slam to be played after the prediction was French Open and it was not that Roger was defeated, but instead he was mauled. " Roger never lost so badly at clay and the prediction about the beginning of his end becomes more respectable "

But the beauty of the prediction came on grass on which Roger is king. Suddenly he lost his supremacy and weaknesses began
to creep in his grass court play.

On both occasions his opponent was Nadal. Look at the limitations of the astrologer. We do not even have the horoscope of Nadal.

It is the greatness of astrology that such
predictions are possible to make even when we don't have any information about both contestants in a sporting contest.

For budding astrologers
it is a lesson in the importance of the dasha chiddra and as soon as the dasha changed we could see the changes. The forehands going wide and the volleys going in the net.

However, we must also notice the period
of Mercury in the twelfth house, sure it is that of retirement but what about Roger the businessman. Mercury is the 2nd and 11th lord.

For now, can we just sit back and marvel at the
accuracy of astrology and its superb power to predict.

Yes, there are dirty and murky astrologers
who give the subject a bad name just like the doctor who operates on the wrong leg by default.

Where are the so called neo intellectual
scientists with their repeatedly flop predictions? Bring them on. 

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