Horoscope/Kundali is the encoded form of a person's past Karmas, intrinsic nature and Agami Karmas based on planetary and constellation positions at the time of birth of a person.
“Mukunda, why don’t you get an astrological armlet?”
“Should I, Master? I don’t believe in astrology.”
“It is never a question of belief; the only scientific attitude one
can take on any subject is whether it is true. The law of gravitation
worked as efficiently before Newton as after him. The cosmos would be
fairly chaotic if its laws could not operate without the sanction of
“Charlatans have brought the stellar science to its present state of
disrepute. Astrology is too vast, both mathematically and
philosophically, to be rightly grasped except by men of profound
understanding. If ignoramuses misread the heavens, and see there a
scrawl instead of a script, that is to be expected in this imperfect
world. One should not dismiss the wisdom with the ‘wise.’
“All parts of creation are linked together and interchange their
influences. The balanced rhythm of the universe is rooted in
reciprocity,” my guru continued. “Man, in his human aspect, has to
combat two sets of forces—first, the tumults within his being, caused
by the admixture of earth, water, fire, air, and ethereal elements;
second, the outer disintegrating powers of nature. So long as man
struggles with his mortality, he is affected by the myriad mutations
of heaven and earth.
“Astrology is the study of man’s response to planetary stimuli. The
stars have no conscious benevolence or animosity; they merely send
forth positive and negative radiations. Of themselves, these do not
help or harm humanity, but offer a lawful channel for the outward
operation of cause-effect equilibriums which each man has set into
motion in the past.
“A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays
are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma. His horoscope
is a challenging portrait, revealing his unalterable past and its
probable future results. But the natal chart can be rightly
interpreted only by men of intuitive wisdom: these are few.
“The message boldly blazoned across the heavens at the moment of birth
is not meant to emphasize fate the result of past good and evil but to
arouse man’s will to escape from his universal thralldom. What he has
done, he can undo. None other than himself was the instigator of the
causes of whatever effects are now prevalent in his life. He can
overcome any limitation, because he created it by his own actions in
the first place, and because he has spiritual resources which are not
subject to planetary pressure.
“Superstitious awe of astrology makes one an automaton, slavishly
dependent on mechanical guidance. The wise man defeats his planets
which is to say, his pastby transferring his allegiance from the
creation to the Creator. The more he realizes his unity with Spirit,
the less he can be dominated by matter. The soul is ever-free; it is
deathless because birthless. It cannot be regimented by stars.
“Man is a soul, and has a body. When he properly places his sense of
identity, he leaves behind all compulsive patterns. So long as he
remains confused in his ordinary state of spiritual amnesia, he will
know the subtle fetters of environmental law.
“God is harmony; the devotee who attunes himself will never perform
any action amiss. His activities will be correctly and naturally timed
to accord with astrological law. After deep prayer and meditation he
is in touch with his divine consciousness; there is no greater power
than that inward protection.”
“Then, dear Master, why do you want me to wear an astrological
bangle?” I ventured this question after a long silence, during which I
had tried to assimilate Sri Yukteswar’s noble exposition.
“It is only when a traveler has reached his goal that he is justified
in discarding his maps. During the journey, he takes advantage of any
convenient short cut. The ancient rishis discovered many ways to
curtail the period of man’s exile in delusion. There are certain
mechanical features in the law of karma which can be skillfully
adjusted by the fingers of wisdom.
“All human ills arise from some transgression of universal law. The
scriptures point out that man must satisfy the laws of nature, while
not discrediting the divine omnipotence. He should say: ‘Lord, I trust
in Thee, and know Thou canst help me, but I too will do my best to
undo any wrong I have done.’ By a number of means by prayer, by will
power, by yoga meditation, by consultation with saints, by use of
astrological bangles the adverse effects of past wrongs can be
minimized or nullified.
“Just as a house can be fitted with a copper rod to absorb the shock
of lightning, so the bodily temple can be benefited by various
protective measures. Ages ago our yogis discovered that pure metals
emit an astral light which is powerfully counteractive to negative
pulls of the planets. Subtle electrical and magnetic radiations are
constantly circulating in the universe; when a man’s body is being
aided, he does not know it; when it is being disintegrated, he is
still in ignorance. Can he do anything about it?
“This problem received attention from our rishis; they found helpful
not only a combination of metals, but also of plants and most
effective of all faultless jewels of not less than two carats. The
preventive uses of astrology have seldom been seriously studied
outside of India. One little-known fact is that the proper jewels,
metals, or plant preparations are valueless unless the required weight
is secured, and unless these remedial agents are worn next to the
“Sir, of course I shall take your advice and get a bangle. I am
intrigued at the thought of outwitting a planet!”
“For general purposes I counsel the use of an armlet made of gold,
silver, and copper. But for a specific purpose I want you to get one
of silver and lead.” Sri Yukteswar added careful directions.
“Guruji, what ‘specific purpose’ do you mean?”
“The stars are about to take an unfriendly interest in you, Mukunda.
Fear not; you shall be protected. In about a month your liver will
cause you much trouble. The illness is scheduled to last for six
months, but your use of an astrological armlet will shorten the period
to twenty-four days.”
I sought out a jeweler the next day, and was soon wearing the bangle.
My health was excellent; Master’s prediction slipped from my mind. He
left Serampore to visit Benares. Thirty days after our conversation, I
felt a sudden pain in the region of my liver. The following weeks were
a nightmare of excruciating pain. Reluctant to disturb my guru, I
thought I would bravely endure my trial alone.
But twenty-three days of torture weakened my resolution; I entrained
for Benares. There Sri Yukteswar greeted me with unusual warmth, but
gave me no opportunity to tell him my woes in private. Many devotees
visited Master that day, just for a darshan.Ill and neglected, I sat
in a corner. It was not until after the evening meal that all guests
had departed. My guru summoned me to the octagonal balcony of the
“You must have come about your liver disorder.” Sri Yukteswar’s gaze
was averted; he walked to and fro, occasionally intercepting the
moonlight. “Let me see; you have been ailing for twenty-four days,
“Please do the stomach exercise I have taught you.”
“If you knew the extent of my suffering, Master, you would not ask me
to exercise.” Nevertheless I made a feeble attempt to obey him.
“You say you have pain; I say you have none. How can such
contradictions exist?” My guru looked at me inquiringly.
I was dazed and then overcome with joyful relief. No longer could I
feel the continuous torment that had kept me nearly sleepless for
weeks; at Sri Yukteswar’s words the agony vanished as though it had
I started to kneel at his feet in gratitude, but he quickly prevented
“Don’t be childish. Get up and enjoy the beauty of the moon over the
Ganges.” But Master’s eyes were twinkling happily as I stood in
silence beside him. I understood by his attitude that he wanted me to
feel that not he, but God, had been the Healer.
I wear even now the heavy silver and lead bangle, a memento of that
daylong-past, ever-cherished when I found anew that I was living with
a personage indeed superhuman. On later occasions, when I brought my
friends to Sri Yukteswar for healing, he invariably recommended jewels
or the bangle, extolling their use as an act of astrological wisdom.
I had been prejudiced against astrology from my childhood, partly
because I observed that many people are sequaciously attached to it,
and partly because of a prediction made by our family astrologer: “You
will marry three times, being twice a widower.” I brooded over the
matter, feeling like a goat awaiting sacrifice before the temple of
“The deeper the self-realization of a man, the more he influences the
whole universe by his subtle spiritual vibrations, and the less he
himself is affected by the phenomenal flux.” These words of Master’s
often returned inspiringly to my mind.