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Let me elaborate what I wrote in the earlier piece Eternal India 5. “The tragedy of the age we live in is that these successful men dominate and influence human thinking and writing. Adam Smith, Marx and Freud, among hundreds in the west, caused a high tide of spiritual barrenness. There were no saints to show the other side, the transcendental side and give to some some of them those spiritual experiences which opens out a new dimension in life and strengthens belief in the spiritual. This is the worst tragedy of the west.”

Hindus are materialists. 

Indians, particularly the Hindus, have always been materialists and have to be so because of family and social compulsions and traditions which will be explained in a subsequent piece. But their belief in the supernatural is also a tradition. Some of them have mere belief in it which can be shattered. Some have faith because of first hand experence.

Modern man is that physical being for whom sex, libido, death as the end of everything with no after life, no consequences of karma is the meaning and purpose of life. He, an epicure, is caught in a vicious circle of which he is not aware. Some who are aware want to know if it is ever broken. Here comes in the importance of astrology and any supernormal experience which is genuinely supernormal.

Patanjali Yoga sutra
Those who have read the Patanjali Sutras will understand at once why such a need exists for such a vicious circle to be broken and, is broken.  Emphasise here Ishwara Pranidhan and what are described in the chapter Vibhuti Paad.

It is mere theory for many but when you meet someone with supernormal powers, what it does it that it restores your faith in the eternal spiritual tradition of India. But that is the grace of God. If it happens to you, do not forget it ever, even if it is only one or solitary experience.

Do not accept any supernormal experience as genuine till you have tested it many times, or examined it through sharp reasoning. Is it a hallucination or is a genuine experience ? If it is genuine, it is enough for you for the rest of life to reject the vicious logic of physical scientists that what is not explainable through their methods is not acceptable or scientific.

Those people who call themselves “rationalists” and are ever ready to reject anything which they are predetermined not to accept, manage to get lot of television exposure in India these days.They have never succeeded in making any case against astrology, ghosts, supernomal phenomena.

In the three court judgements in India involving astrology the physical scientists, rationalists collapsed miserably and lost. Yet, the idiot box has been their favourite medium to express themselves, not an open stage with an open debate. They know that here their ignorance will be exposed while in the television programmes,recorded earlier, what shows them unfavourably can be edited out.

The media in India is controlled and dominated by leftists who are determined to talk against Hinduism, astrology and the supernormal though they too have pop programmes on astrology to boost up their  ratings.

The need to refer to them arises because they somehow pose as intellectuals and get some currency among the neo-illiterates young men and women for whom immorality, free sex and justification for their obnoxious modernity must start with the rejection of scriptures, morality etc. first.

But then there are those who do want to get out of the vicious circle of materialism and physical sciences. In some cases, it happens through the grace of some saint and in some through astrological prediction.

Types of devotees
The eternal tradition is that we have devotees who fall into the well known categories of the needy, the greedy, the inquisitive and the the gyani as given in the Gita. At any rate, the need for them is to know if other than the methods of physical science, can things be known. Here comes in the role of traditional Hindu astrology.

Let me give one instance.

In 1984, a high ranking police officer asked me in March if he should take voluntary retirement as he was disgusted with the behaviour of a man in the secretariat of the Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi who was sitting over his file and was preventing his next best, most prestigious promotion to the post of the Chairman of Joint Intelligence Board.

I asked him “what will happen if the man doing it against you does not remain in that post after October 1984?” He did not understand what I was hinting at. He waited, Indira Gandhi was killed in October 1984 and that man obstructing his promotion was removed from his post. He got the prestigious promotion in January 1985, under Rajiv Gandhi.

Later, he came to study astrology and called that prediction as a supernormal experience and said that there was no reason to be an atheist, not believe astrology. Devotion to God was the best way of life he concluded and his post retirement life is totally different now.

Helicopter crash
I have a written account from a woman who wanted to celebrate, on a particular day, the birthday of her husband in a famous pilgrimage, Amarnath by going there on a helicopter. Her Guru asked her to visit it a day earlier and return the same day. She was surprised but did as instructed by her guru. Those who went on the day originally fixed, died in a helicopter crash. I have included this written acount in the book I am compiling and it has stunned most of them who read it in the manuscript form. This is ofcourse from a very famous family of India.

Some months after I met another family whose members had travelled on that fatal day and they all died. I saw it in their horoscopes and have included in the book.

These are God’s mysterious ways which saints foresee. This case has put many people in a daze as they dare not question the writer of that account from a very famous family of India.

Is it true ? Do these thing happen ? There ends the vicious circle.

(6 December 2007)

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