“Do you believe in astrology”,
Question was thrown at him from the back seat of car. His aunt in law, was in a pensive mood. Question foremost in her mind was will she have to spend the life of a widow? She was seventy five year old and her husband eighty. Both of them were reasonably fit compared to many of their counterparts in India. in laws were from Canada. Like most non resident Indians, non resident in laws had firm and formed opinion of India. Astrology did not figure favourably with uncle in law. While aunt in law was more inclined to lean on it in her current state of mind. His uncle and aunt in law come to India every two years and visit relatives and places of interest. This time, he was accompanying them to a visit of Jaipur. Aunt in law was convinced travelling in an air conditioned SUV was the best way to see real India. Who was he to complain and criticise, especially when ride was comfortable and paid for. Many Indians also prefer to travel this way.
He was in a bind. What should be the right answer? Like believing in god or believing in ghost, astrology is pooh poohed by many people who call themselves rational. He remembered hassle Dr. Murali Manohor Joshi faced as HRD minister in Bajpayee government, when Dr. Joshi wanted a start a course on astrology. If he said like many million Indian, he believed in astrology, as many millions of Indians do, he ran the risk of being dubbed superstitious by uncle in law. Past experience taught him not to argue with in laws. He may win the battle, but a big war at home would be waiting which most likely he will lose. On the other hand, if answer was negative then conversation comes to a stop. That may beat the purpose of him accompanying them. After some deliberation, he said “if predictions work, I believe. If I do not like the predictions, I ignore”. That evoked a loud laughter from the back seat. Uncle in law dubbed him a fence sitter. Aunt in law also was not very happy.
As the topic was being discussed, it made him to think. It is well accepted position of moon affects tide in river and ocean. If tides can be influenced by position of sun and moon, why can a persons physiology not be influenced in a similar way? A term lunatic was used to describe some people whose behaviour changed with position of moon. Lunatic comes from luna or something related to moon. At the end of the day, astrology tries to make prediction based on position of planets. For correct prediction it is imperative that accurate data is supplied about important events of a persons life. If data given is inaccurate, then the edifice of astrology may crash. It is important to understand that even if one gets the most accurate of predictions, is it really possible to alter the course of events? Is there any point in inviting agony ahead of time in anticipation of future events or else live in false pretence of potential good fortune? Human mind is a strange creature, it always wants to know what is beyond its reach. It wants to delve in the unknown. Never mind it may not be able to handle the outcome.
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