This is a very good question because most of us often wonder about it many times. So I am explaining it with an example. It will be a bit lengthy, so please read it with patience. Also make sure to read this answer to get an idea about the three types of karma.
Are our destinies predetermined?
Yes, they are. Destiny means a set of events and experiences ...
Matchmaking is the process of matching two persons together, usually for the purpose of marriage Based on Gunas or Marks , Which is done with the help of Panchanga along with Match Making Charts . Kundali matchmaking of a prospective bride and groom is the only option to ensure their compatibility. In Ashta-Kuta system of match making, the maximum number ...
Actually Bhishma's time of death is not considered auspicious, it is just that on an auspicious time Bhishma left his body as he had the boon of ichha mrityu (death at will). And in remembrance of that this specific day is celebrated.
There are these two paths known as *pitru yāna * and deva yāna through which an eligible jivatma goes to the upper worlds ...
Note that I'm basing my answer on largely on this site and this site, both of which use the Drik Panchangam, so that might bias the arguments somewhat.
The Vakya Panchgangam system, as used for instance in the famous Pambu Panchangam and the Sri Rangam Panchangam, originates in an ancient astrological work called the Surya Siddhanta. The Surya Siddhanta ...
Chaitramasi jagadbrahma sasarju prathamehaani
Shukla paksha samagranthu thadaa suryodaye sathi
Pravarthayaamaasa thatha kaalasya gananaamapi
Grahantaaraan ruthoonmaasaan wathsaraanwathsaraadhipaan
Lord Brahma created the Universe on the first day of Shukla Paksha of the Chaitra month. He created the planets, stars, seasons, ...
results are predestined, not the ways to reach to the result.
There are 100s of byroads to reach any destination, now its upon your choice, which road you choose, which ultimately decides your karma, and hence your sufferings and enjoyments on roads thereafter, but ultimately your fate will remain same, just the roads will be different according to your ...
Manglik is a person with Kuja dosha or Mangal dosha or Chevvai dosha. When mars is placed in 1,2,4,7,8 or 12th place from Sukra(Venus), Chandra(Moon) or lagna, this dosha appears in one's horoscope. It isn't any bad sign or bad omen. Its just a different astrological combination that occurs to few people based on their time and date of birth.
This dosha ...
No, Rahu and Ketu are not related to the asteroid belt. Rather, they denote the two lunar nodes, the points where the Moon's orbit around the Earth crosses the ecliptic, the path of the Sun in the sky. Here is what this book says:
[T]he orbit of the Moon intersects with the ecliptic at two points[.]... These two points are referred to as the ascending ...
It looks like Swami Vivekanda didn't give much importance to Jyotishya or blindly followed it, though he might have slightly believed in it. Rather he gave emphasis on realization of God. This is evident from his quotes.
Swami Vievekanda quotes, (Man the maker of History, Volume 8, Complete works.)
All these ideas such as astrology, although there ...
Brihat-Samhita is a encyclopedic text by author Varahamihira .The book discusses some subjects including astrology, planetary movements, eclipses, etc.
This topic is discussed in Brihat-Samhita Adhaya two , which is called "Samvatsara Sutra Adhaya" (सांवत्सर सूत्र अधाय) - The Astrologer. This is how the book describing them..
Here are some technical ...
Naga Panchami falls on the Sukla Paksha (the bright phase of moon) Panchami Tithi of the Shravana month.
So, we need to check the effects of getting born on the bright phase of moon as well as that of getting born on the Panchami Tithi.
Quoting from Astrojyoti.com:
459 – 461. Results of Fortnights: Now stated are effects of births in
the two ...
Kundali is the Hindi for what we call 'Horoscope' in English. It is a pretty widely used thing in astrology. It is based on the fact that heavenly bodies and their positions at the time of an event effects how the event goes on.
So in the case of the birth of a child, we record when he/she is born, at what place and other details. Astrologers, then on the ...
I'll stick to 1 yojana = 8 miles because Hanuman chalisa gives the distance between earth and sun as - जुग सहस्र योजन पर भानू. लील्यो त्याही मधुर फल जानू. (Sun's जुग सहस्र योजन away.)
जुग = 12,000
सहस्र = 1,000
Thus 12,000 * 1,000 = 12,000,000 yojana. Sun is approx 96,000,000 miles away. Thus we can conclude that 1 yojana = 8 miles.
I'm not sure if Puranas say such. But Gauli Sastra mentions the different omens or sakunas in detail. Gauli Sastra is prominent Sakuna system published with Panchangams or Astrology books in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamilnadu.
Shri Ragavendra Rao (M.A in Astrology) from Tirupati Sri Venkteswara University translated the Telugu Manuscripts to English ...
Some basic things about Rasis and Nakshtras are to be understood first:
First the zodiac was divided into 12 main rasis, to study the effects
of the planets placed there. Then the ancient seers added another sub
divisional system of breaking down the zodiac into 27 Nakshatras or
star constellations. Each nakshatra has a span of 13 degrees and 20
Let me first mention what exactly Axial Precession is for the benefit of those who may be reading this discussion but may not be aware of the phenomenon:
Simply put, Precession, is the wobbling of the Earth which causes the direction of its axis to change over a period of roughly 26,000 years.
The stars we see from earth do not ACTUALLY move rather this ...
First of all, there isn't really such a thing as "the Hindu calendar". Most Hindu calendars are based on the system described in the Surya Siddhanta, an ancient astronomical treatise, but then subsequently a lot of regional variations on the Surya Siddhanta system developed. Still, most Hindu calendars are lunisolar, in the sense that they have lunar ...
This is an excellent question.
Is there any way to reconcile between predestination and the Karma theory?
I will say one can reconcile provided you think of karma theory operating from the point of view of jiva while predestination is operating from the point of view of the Divine. We, jivas, live in time and so have a clearly defined past and hopefully ...
This story is told in this chapter of Vishnu Purana:
Kings of the lunar dynasty. Origin of Soma, or the moon: he carries off Tárá, the wife of Vrihaspati: war between the gods and Asuras in consequence: appeased by Brahmá. Birth of Budha: married to Ilá, daughter of Vaivaswata. Legend of his son Pururavas, and the nymph Urvaśí: the former ...
Shani dev ( शनि देव ) is one of the Navagrah (नवग्रह) from astrology point of Hinduism Or Jyotish Shastra (ज्योतिष शास्त्र). He is Planet Saturn.and is also known as Shanishwra (शनैश्चर).
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The mantras for pleasing Shani Bhagvan is from the famous NAVAGRAHA STOTRAM (नवग्रह स्तोत्र) composed by Shri Veda Vyasa (वेद व्यास).
The Manu Smriti lists only 4 great sins or mahApatakas.
Manu Smriti 9.235. The slayer of a Brahmana, (A twice-born man) who drinks (the spirituous liquor called) Sura, he who steals (the gold of a Brahmana), and he who violates a Guru’s bed, must each and all be considered as men who committed mortal sins (mahapataka).
But the Usana Smriti adds another ...
There are 9 Grahas and 27 Nakshatras.
From Matsya Purana the Navagrahas are:
Adithyaya Somaaya Mangalaaya Budhaayacha Guru Shukra Sanirbhyascha
Rahavey Ketavey Namah ||
Prostrations to the nine planetary deities- Surya, Chandra, Mangala, Budha, Brihaspati, Shukra, Shani, Rahu and
They are all Devatas (Gods). Description of Surya and ...
There are two schools of thought on the observance of Ekadashi, and the calendar in general. Important days are noted by their tithi, which is a lunar phenomena, and moves independently of the sunrise/sunset.
Ekadashi timings have two major considerations:
fasting during the entire period of the Ekadashi tithi
one must break the fast (parana) after sunrise ...
Scriptures do not describe how they do it, but they do describe that wearing certain gems give benefits like destruction of sin, protection from snakes, etc. For example, consider the following verse of the Garduda Purana:
teṣu rakṣoviṣavyālavyādhighnānyaghahāni ca
prādurbhavanti ratnāni tathaiva viguṇāni ca [GP - 1.68.8]
Among the gems ...
Yes evil does get stronger at certain hours of the day and certain days of the month. According to various scriptures, the demons were created by Brahma from his Tamsik body after he created night-time hence are more strong after sunset.
Vishnu Puran Chapter 5 mentions:
Brahmá then, being desirous of creating the four orders of beings, termed gods, ...
Zodaic specially refers to position of moon in constellation at the birth time. Although Sun-zodiac is also calculated, but the term राशि mainly refers with respect to Moon.
For Lord Krishna
1-5. Thereafter, at the auspicious time for the appearance of the Lord, the entire universe was surcharged with all the qualities of goodness, beauty and peace. The ...
Normally Surya changes it's position by 1 degree per day. As there are 30 degrees in a Rashi hence Surya changes it's Rashi in a month. Change in Surya Rashi also indicates change in Solar Month.
During the day of Amavasya Surya and Chandra are in same Rashi. Also there comes a time when they come in exactly same degree. For eg. In Baisakh ...
The word आरूढ (Arudha) in Sanskrit means something that has risen.
It is derived from the root आरूह् which means ascending.
The concept of Arudha Pada in Jyotisha refers to the physical
manifestation of a house i.e. the Arudha of a house represents the
tangible manifestation of that house in the world of Maya.