India is the cradle of spirituality. But do performing Rituals only means spirituality. Performing endless rituals or astrology remedies blindly as we know in common or suggested to us specifically can not appease the God. For Indian spiritualism is not a heritage but a continuous tradition. This has helped our religion develop various thoughts on philosophy and spiritualism. Some of these are Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Yoga and Vedanta and the world looks excitingly to Hindu Religion for that. The spiritual air of India carries the fragrance of Karma, Dharma. Indian concept of Jyotish also says read Karma & manoeuvre Karmas. However off late for many people,performing Astrology remedies, rituals means spirituality, religion. And above all to give us reliefs from our miseries. AND probably it could be a strong reason that Astrology as a science is losing its sheen.
Why rituals and who should perform rituals.
My perception is little different here i.e even if some rituals or astrology remedies are required to get rid of some accumulated factors in a horoscope, it should be performed by the person concerned only. I mean hiring professionals to perform even normal rituals on your behalf or just loading fingers with Gemstones are the artificial ways. When one performs astrology remedies or rituals by own self, his concentration connects or should connect to the divine power. It is only connect that give the relief and am very strong believer of this.
Worship is not only performing Rituals and Remedies
Every religion mandates a sense of devotion. But over the ages perception seems changing. Being spiritual is misunderstood to be religious. Performing heavy astrology remedies and gigantic rituals & doing worship is synonymous with spirituality. But the matter of fact is a bit different. Those who are heavily into the materialistic world which is, being away from spirituality, they try and worship more. Performing rituals is to strengthen the bond between man and the Lord. But how the inherent meaning of worship , astrology remedies and rituals have changed is a matter of surprise.
Hypocrisy supersedes impact of Rituals
Many follow the rituals blindly and worship for a cause:
- Some presume the God gets angry if they fail to worship Him.
- Many of us try to bribe the almighty by offering a part of what He only has given us.
- They sing praise and offer gifts, is that what He needs?
- By performing rituals and astrology remedies, are they pleasing Him or satisfying themselves.
- Are they in love with Him or are afraid of Him?
- Are they becoming better after the rituals and the offering through astrology remedies? Or they feel these rituals give them a licence to continue with the flawed karmas. As a result they becoming more arrogant after these rituals by the thought that now the God is by their side?
Rituals & Astrology Remedies – Why depend so heavily
A highly placed Govt servant of Madhya Pradesh cadre once visited me for astrological advice. The first few minutes of an audience with him made me conclude one thing very apparently. That he was at my place, not for getting his charts deciphered but had visited me to get some of his desires fulfilled. There is nothing wrong with having these wish-fulfillment desires as everybody has some. But the cost its fulfillment would have on others can be a matter of concern.
Hypocrisy of being spiritual doing all Rituals
He boastingly showed me the gems he had put, as out of his eight fingers one gem or the other occupied five. With pride, he informed deep devotion in the religion & the rituals he carried out every morning and evening. These rituals and astrology remedies were enough to keep him busy for at least two hours in the morning and one hour in the evening. His ego had no bounds when he described the periodic rituals he carried out every year. He was categorical in his mention of the types of pundits he employed for these astrology remedies and periodic rituals. And also the amount of money he distributes as donations. In all, he was very heavily into worships and rituals & remedies and was spending way too much in executing these things.
Excellent Birth chart – Still Rituals may not help
He had come up with a specific question and intention. And that was: His promotion was due in the next couple of months and will he be able to supersede his senior. He also boasted of his connection in the political circuits and mentioned that how shrewdly he has achieved that twice in the past.
His chart was indeed excellent, all the honor and wealth conforming planets were well placed in trines (Tricona) to each other. For the last sixteen years, he had been running the Dasha of his ascendant (Lagnesh), which was having a Rashi Parivartan yoga with the lord of 11th house. The D-10 Chart was even more promising as he had two Rashi Parivartan Yogas in it. Saturn was to transit his eleventh house from the moon that too was to happen in a couple of months.
Rituals do not help without Karma Correction
I posted a few questions, and he was reluctant in answering those, but on my insistence, he answered them inanimately.
- I asked about his relationship with his wife, and he answered that although they lived together, they hardly speak to one another. The relationship was sour.
- To my question on his relationship with his brother, he replied as expected. He said that it was frigid as his brother had captured some of his property (Ill-gotten property).
- To the answer to the question on extramarital affairs, he accepted that he had few of them.
- On enquiring, he informed that he sometimes acted as a conduit of money dispersion.
- On asking he also informed that he has several businesses run by his proxies.
Every question of mine added a new wrinkle on his forehead and made him more impatient. Finally, he asked that how could the thing for which he had come be made possible and through which ritual or astrology remedies.
I had read something very different, he was not going to make it, and it was a possibility that he loses his job and assets that he has built thus far. As the time was short and nothing much could have been done to avert that mishappening, I asked him to come to me after three months. Not amused he undoubtedly was, and he went away.
Fate does not change with only Rituals and astrology remedies
It was not only me, but most Indians came to know through newspapers that he was imprisoned, and his properties were all confiscated. He is in prison since then.
Once such a staunch worshipper and a ritualistic when comes out of the prison becomes an even stauncher disbeliever of God; who knows?
This short narration was to explain the difference between being spiritualist and a worshipper. Worship done without any materialist greed turns a person spiritualist.
Religion or being Spiritual – Karma Correction supersedes Rituals
Worship has its benefit as it boosts the willpower, enhance wisdom, help in making a connection with the almighty, contentment and shall bless the native with the power of “let go.”
Worshiping and performing suggested astrology remedies do have their significance as they serve as oaths one takes in front of the almighty.But we should never use these rituals as hypocrisy to tame the God. No religion suggests that devotion or being spiritual means performing rituals without self applied Karma correction.
So, all religion say that we should be spiritual, must have devotion & keep our Karmas Good. The hypocrisy of continuing with flawed Karmas thinking that we are performing rituals can not tame the God. It can never act as a shield to the misconduct one commits. One may donate ravishingly, do Magnus poojas and appease the pundits and accomplices with all these rituals. But when it comes to the verdict from the Almighty, the karma counts heavily
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