Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Darkness At Noon : Why We Should Not Believe in "Astrology"

When someone accosts me as an astronomer and asks my view on whether planets govern our destinies, I am dismayed. The questioner is usually not an illiterate villager; he is a mobile-touting, educated citizen of India. Is he unaware that scientists no longer take astrology seriously?  

The idea that planets rule human destinies seems to date back to Babylonian and Greek cultures. There is no reference to planetary astrology in the Vedas, by the way. Night-sky watchers had noted that across the well-regulated, celestial framework of stars a few bodies had motions that seemed irregular, sometimes going backward, sometimes forward. 

The Greeks called these bodies planets, in their language wanderers. Why did planets wander? Scientifically inclined observers followed Aristotle and tried to place planetary motion in a geometrically defined framework that would reveal the pattern behind the wanderings. 

Those who were not in this select group assumed that planets wandered on account of their will power. From that assumption, they concluded that the will power of planets was also exercised on mortals on earth. This belief blossomed into a large system that came to be called astrology. 

It spread far and wide, and found a very positive reception in India. The scientific approach went through several hiccups, but eventually the works of Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler discovered the real pattern behind planetary motions.
Kepler's findings in the first half of the 17th century led Isaac Newton to the discovery of the law of gravitation.

Today, we know why planets wander. They do not have any will power. Rather, they are inert systems that move in mathematically determined orbits round the sun. 
Primarily, it is against the Directive Principles of the Constitution, which insists on inculcating scientific temper among the people, since astrology is just a bundle of superstitions, which will lead us back to the days of cavemen. Horoscope, the outcome of astrology is supposed to be the text detailing the destiny of a man which is mainly based on the Hindu scriptures. Secondly, Vedic astrology includes non-existing Rahu and Ketu as two of the nine planets brought out by the wide imagination of the Hindu Vedic Pandits. If that is so, it is against another basic principle of the secular Indian constitution in dividing Indians into Hindus and Non Hindus. Not only have numerous studies failed to support astrology, but the techniques used by astrologers are also very dubious. In fact scientists insists that astrologers' business should be brought under Consumers Protection Act. Consumers should be allowed to sue astrologers if they fail in their predictions.

By Dr  Jayant Narlikar ( One of the greatest  Astrophysicist in the world)(

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Why would you want to be someone else
When you could be better by being yourself
Why pretend to be someone you are not
When you have something they haven't got

Cheating yourself of the life you have to live
Deprives others of that only which you can give
You have much more to offer by being just you
Than walking around in someone else's shoes

Trying to live the life of another is a mistake
It is a masquerade; nothing more than a fake
Be yourself and let your qualities show through
Others will love you more for being just you  

Remember that God loves you just as you are
To Him you are already a bright shining star
Family and friends will love you more too
If you spent time practicing just being you