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Unformatted text preview: INTRODUCTION TO ESOTERIC ASTROLOGY BEPIN BEHARI MADHURI BEHARI SAGAR PUBLICATIONS 72, Janpath, Ved Mansions NEW DELHI - 110001 SevenReasons WHY PEOPLE ARE ATTRACTED TO THE BOOK 1. It introduces in English Literature Esoteric Hindu Astrology. 2. Latent potentials of each individual are revealed in it astrologically and orientations needed to overcome personal difficulties indicated in every case. 3. Basic principles of astrology are discuused in a way that even lay readers enjoy reading it while deeper students find in it much to ponder over. 4. Astrological grandeur of sacred scriptures are presented from a new angle. 5. The mysteries of symbols are unveiled and deeper insight in astrological predictions based on them made possible. 6. The book suggestsa synthesis between predictive astrology, remedial measuresand yogic discipline suited to every individual. 7. Even abstruse subjects like Ascendants, Planets and Nakshatras are discussedin a non-technical language which even a beginner can master. About the Book The knowledge of esoteric side of astrology given in the book enables the reader to urderstand some of the rare revelations of ancient sagesand scriptures. This study shows the unanimity of world religions on basic approaches to life-problems. It synthesizes the wisdom of the world religions and the knowledge of astrological principles in under:;tanding and solving some of the deeper problems of life. Part r of the book introduces the readerto occult nature of astrology, implications of physical death and the significance of the Heavenly Man. In subsequentdiscussions,the nature of man asrevealedby his Ascendant, Sign and planets are given in such a manner that the reader is benefited by new revelations about himself. The discussionson planetsgive esoteric as well as traditional characteristics of the centres of sensitive occult powers known in yogic literature as the chakras. The description of Nakshatras given very lucidly make the book unique. The increasing popularity of the book, both in India and abroad, as it is evident from its going into several editions in such a short time, is itself an indication of the quality of the book. There is no substitute for this book; no basic knowledge ofastrol()gy is required for understanding the deeper wisdom of the sacred wisdom. Even a beginner feels at ease with the book, yet eminent astrologersmay learn from it many new aspects of traditional astrology which have so far eluded them. The Authors Smt Madhuri Behari holds post-graduate degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, and a diploma in Psychiatry. She has studied Astrology in the light of Eastern philosphy and modem psychological approach very profoundly for more than 45 years. Shehas travelled extensively in Europe and in India and has lectured at various gatherings of eminent astrologers. She writes occasionally for The Astrological Magazine (Bangalore) and The Times of Astrology (New Delhi). Bepin· Behari is a noted authority on Vedic Astrology, Eastern philosophy and Occultism. His penetrating approach to Astrology has reclaimed many of its deeper aspects once thought lost. His manuscript which became A Study in Astrological Occultism won the prestigious international Meyer Foundation Award of Switzerland for philosophy. His recent publications viz. Myths and Symbols of Vedic Astrology and The Fundamentals of Vedic Astrology in four volumes have received international recognition. He was the Guest of Honour and the key-note speaker at the Fifth International Symposium of American Council of Vedic Astrology in 1997and was awarded Life-time Achievement Award by the Council. Preface to the Second Edition With great satisfaction we presentthe secondedition of introduction to Esoteric Astrology. Since its publication, about a decade ago, we had been wanting to revise the publication but it seemsthat the effort would entail almost rewriting the whole. This would spoil its original complexion. In the present form, the book has become very popular and the authors are grateful to the readers for their response.However, we feel that there are many new aspectsof esoteric astrology which should be introduced to the readers along with the new edition. For this reasonwe have added three new chapters. The various symbols used in astrology are very meaningful. Along with allegories and mythologies connectedwith the signs, the significance of astrological study has greatly increased. With a view to indicating the vast area of symbolism in astrology, we have added a small chapter on the subject. Another aspect of esoteric astrology which was completely left out in the firs! edition, and on which very little work has so far been available, is concerned with the relevance of Nakshatras or the lunar mansions. A chapter on the significance of this aspect of astrology has been incorporated here so that the readers may follow it up on their own. The third new chapter is one which attempts to make esoteric astrology asa part of other occult studies showing that astrological laws are merely a fragment of the wider laws of nature. It is hoped that the readerswould find these chapters useful and interesting. In order to make a better useof this book, the readersare suggested to study the subject along with another publication namely A Study in Astrological Occultism by one of us, which opens the subject to cosmic perspectivewhile indicating various suggestionsto make the entire subject extremely personal specially in order to use astrological knowledge for self improvement. New Delhi TheAuthors EXTRACT FROM FOREWORD BY Dr. BAN GALORE VENKA T A RAMAN, Editor TheAstrological Magazine, Bangalore Most books on astrology hitherto published deal with the application of the subjectto life's immediate mundaneproblems, and they have indeed their own importance. But Bepin Behari approachesthe subject from a hitherto neglected angle, namely the higher reachesof astrology. The entire range of esoteric astrology receives an exhaustive treatment supported by practical illustrations. The authors bring before their readersa clear conception of the higher reachesof astrological science as it was understood and inculcated by ancient teachers. Preface During the last two decadesthe book hasnot only gone into several editions, it has even satisfied the inner needs of a large number of serious readers. It makes us very happy that the popularity of the book is still increasing uninterruptedly. Galand from Paris went into raptures when he read the book; Aloupi from Brussels considered it a healing balm to be sharedwith friends in distress; and our parents read it whenever they felt depressedin life. Theseare someof the expressionsarousedwhen readers for the first time came in contact with deeper astrological principles as applicable to their personal life. Dr. B.Y. Raman, the Editor-in-chief of The Astological Magazine, while initially introducing the book highlighted the approachto the subject in this book from a hitherto neglected angle namely the higher reachesof astrology. Commending the publication to the readers,he mentioned that the entire rangeof esoteric astrology received in it an exhaustive treatment supporred by practical illustrations. The authors bring before the readers, he said, "a clear conception of the higher teachings of astrological science as it was understood and inculcated by ancient teachers." In fact, it was the foresight of Prem Sager, the architect of Sager Publications and a pioneer in publishing Hindu astrology in English literature that he launchad this publication with greateclat and supportedthe causeof Hindu astrology in a basic way. In fact, esoteric astrology is a branch of study which gives a new understanding of deeper human problems. It opens many new facets of human existence. It gives an insight into the causesof disparity between birth conditions of different individuals. Some persons are born w~th proverbial silver spoon while others have always suffered from penury, ill-health, and deprivations of various kinds. Many persons suffer unexpected frustrations in spite of all their precautions while others enjoy only favourable and pleasantcircumstances in life. On occasionsone fmds that religious and righteous men are suffering seemingly cruel misfortune while unscrupulous and corrupt individuals galore in fabulous riches.AIl theseanomalies havevalid rational explanations basedon inner principles of our existence. These events are convincingly explained by a careful study of astrology which in fact was considered by ancient seers as Vedanga, an essential component of Pure Understanting - the Vedas. xii INTRODUCTION TO ESOTERIC ASTROLOGY Such a study cannot be made from any book howsoever learned and scholarly it may appear. In ancient times, almost all over the world, there were Mystery Schools where such instructions were imparted to deserving students. Such disciples in the modem world are very few. The necessaryqualifications for the neophyte before he could be presentedto the hierophant for mystery teachings require arduous preparations. In the modern era we desire quick results without making the adequate preparations and without undergoing the requisite discipline. One way of making the necessarypreparations is to undertake a study of comparative religions, mythologies and the way the great Adepts lived their life of righteousness. On the basis of such studies, one may get intuitive flashes which may be worked out in detail depending on one's own knowledge and understanding. This type of study may enlighten many of the so far unexplained laws of nature. Once upon a time, not a very long past but during a generation or two earlier, any' talk of contemplative study of occult subjects was not acceptable in social circles. But, now things are changing. The contemporary society of ours has become receptive to sacred sciences and for the study of these hitherto unfashionable subjects, the modern society is even prepared to sacrifice much of their personal comfort. Unfortunately in India the interest in astrology is still dubbed as superstitious and obscurantine. It is for the simple reason that many of our intellectuals are still unprepared to observe the necessary austerities required for its direct knowledge. In other parts of the world, the interest is rapidly increasing. Yet publications on Hindu esoteric astrology unveiling the wider vista of practical occultism are very few. To fill this gap, we tried to present this small study long ago and the responseto it has indeed been very encouraging. We are greatly touched by the considerations shown to it by students and practitioners of the subject throughout the world. We are indeedvery happy about this new orientation towards astrological studies. We may however suggest that the recently published Myths and Symbols of Vedic Astrology (by Bepin Behari)and his earlier A Study in Astrological Occultism are important supporting studies which throw much deeper light to inner teachings of Hindu scriptures from astrological standpoint. Those readers who are still interested in greater and deeper insight into the subject may with profit study them along with this basic work on the subject. xiii PREFACE We wish to expressour appreciation to Narendra Sager,the present proprietor of Sagar Publications for taking much interest in promoting astrological studies around the world. We shall feel our efforts greatly rewarded if the readers find the publication effective in resolving their difficulties in gaining some insight into the subject.. C-505 Yojna Vihar New Delhi-II 0 092 Madhuri Behari Bepin Behari CONTENTS XI Preface XVII Introduction Aspects of Esoteric Astrology II III I. Why Predicitions Come True? 2. Occult Nature of Astrology 9 3. White and Black Astrology 17 4. Cosmic Music 22 5. Astrological Meaning of Death 26 The Meaning of the Zodiacs 6. The Esoteric Aspect of Zodical Signs 33 7. Aries as Ascendent 38 8. Taurus: The Procreative Potential 46 9. Gemini: The Sign of Polarity 54 10. Cancer: The Sign of Dizzy Heights and Profound Depths 61 II. Leo: The Individualisation Sign 70 12. The Virgo Ascendent 78 13. Libra: The Dynamic Balance of the Cosmic Dance 88 14. Scorpio: The Seat of the Serpent Fire 97 15. Sagittarius: The God's Grace 106 16. The Complex Capricorn lIS 17. Aquarius: The Father of the New Age 123 18. Pisces:An Auspicious Beginning 132 Planetary Influences 19. The Significance of the Sun 143 20. The Sun on the Meridian ISO 21. Moon: The Psyche 160 IV 22. The Mysterious Mars 165 23. The Nature of Mercury 169 24. Jupiter: The Guru and the Priest 174 25. The Significance of Venus 186 26. The Veil of Saturn 193 27. Rahu: The Planet of Materialisation - I 200 28. Rahu: The Planet of Materialisation - II 209 29. Ketu: The Mysterious Splendour 218 Wider Scope of Astrology 30. Metaphysical Foundation 229 31. Astrological Symbology 236 32. Nakshatras 247 33. A II is One Law 263 V' Glossary 273 VI Select Bibliography 278 VII Index 279 INTRODUCTION The modem world has a mixed approach to astrology. There are many persons who consider it superstition and fraud. They believe that technological advancements enabling mankind to explore the unlimited expanseof the stellar realm could reveal all dimensions of life to them. They have already landed on Jupiter and Venus. Their belief in this kind of human progress has induced them to decry occultism and esoteric subjects. They do not accept the validity of mystic experiences or of probation for discipleship in Mystery Schools. On the other hand, there are many other persons who have become greatly interested in religion, yoga, rituals and even in astrology as a means for comprehending the Unknown. This group has experienced unprecedented frustration which followed the secondworld war. These individuals have seenthe gruesome deeds of human beings. So they have lost faith in mankind. They seek solace in other-worldly subjects. That is why they are zealously attached to religion and occultism. But both these groups are on extremes of the scale. Truth lies in the objective appreciation of the facts of life. An objective investigation into the laws of natureandthe principles governing the activities of human beings and their environment would disclose a different kind of existence. We have so far very little understanding and knowledge of the reality of various dimensions of human life. A right approach to astrology would give us an insight into these factors and could indicate the magnitude of loss due to our ignorance and prejudice relating to such matters. Astrology hasa unique place among the scientific subjects inquiring into the affairs of men. It does not deny any experience, mystical or mundane. In collaboration with other existing sources of knowledge esotericastrology proceedsboldly in the realm of the unknown and reveals many new dimensions of human life and the forces operating on man. Unlike the physical sciences which assume several preconditions concerning causative factors, astrology enquires into the psychological and psychic structures of the humanbeing taking into account even the possibility of genuine mystic experiences. This method of astrological inquiry assumesfrom the very outset that the sphere of human existence does not extend only upto the physically perceptible dimensions of our xviii I TRODUCTION TO ESOTERIC ASTROLOGY experiences. The hidden sides of things are as much real as the concrete observable chemicals in a crucible of scientific laboratories. It is therefore logical and rational to consider the esoteric aspectofthings for a balanced understanding of the problems of life. Esoteric astrology is a branch of study which gives a new understanding of deeper human problems. It opens many new facets of human problems. Astrology gives an insight into the causesof disparity regarding birth conditions of different persons; some persons are born with proverbial silver spoon whilst others have been suffering penury, ill-health and deprivations throughout their life; many persons suffer unexpected frustrations in spite of all their precautions while others enjoy only favourable and pleasant circumstances; on occasions one fmds righteous men suffering seemingly cruel misfortune while unscrupulous and corrupt individuals galore in fabulous riches. All such events are convincingly explained by a careful study of astrology which in fact was considered by the ancient seersas a Vedanga, an essential component of Pure Understanding-the Vedas. Such a study cannot be made form any book, howsoever learned and scholarly it may appear. Tnancient times, almost all over the world, there were Mystery Schools where such instructions were imparted to deserving students. Such disciples in the modern world are very few. The necessaryqualifications for the neophyte before they could be presented to the hierophant for mystery teachings require arduous preparation. In the modern era we desire quick results without making the adequate preparations and without undergoing the requisite discipline. One way of making the necessarypreparation is to undertake a study of comparative religion, mythologies and the way the great Adepts lived their life of righteousness. On the basis of such studies one may get intuitive flashes which may be worked out in detail depending on one's own knowledge and understanding. This kind of contemplative study would show flashes of Truth which would illumine many of the so far unexplained laws of Nature. The present monograph is a modest attempt towards esoteric astrology. Chapter Ion WhyPredictions Come True? is autobiographical in a sensethat it shows how one of us becameconvinced of the validity of INTRODUCTION xix astrological conclusions which method could be adopted even by others if they wished to probe mto the subject seriously. This note is primarily personal and empirical and everyone is free to try it before condemning the subject downright. Many of the conclusions given in this book may appeardifferent from some classical scriptures and different mythologies would certainly indicate that the ancient scriptures contain many layers of hidden meanings. Approached from this standpoint they would reveal several aspects of astrological meanings. Validity of any conclusion brought out in this monograph should be tested only in life and not according to any given authority howsoever ancient it might be. Truth is more fascinating and revealing than mere intellectualism. If any conclusion enunciated here seemsdifficult to accept, the reader is requestedto pause and delve deeper in one's life to see how it throws light to the hidden nooks and corners of his life. In that way he could have a greater and surer understanding of his own life and of astrology. In presenting this work our main interest has been to be helpful. It is our faith that the Easternastrological principles asrevealedby the an~ient seers were not intended to find out the future prospects of material advancements,rather their aim was to give to the student an insight into the inherent uniqueness of each soul and the involutionary-eyolutionary journey marked out for it so that it could make its every day life more purposeful and thereby fulfill its assigned destiny. As the laws operating on this pathway are many and of very mystic nature, the astrological predictions cannot be very simple. But whatever the knowledge of the person and his status in this world, he could on the basis of this subject make an intelligent approach to his life. This presentation may be helpful to serious individuals in formulating their approach to different aspects of their life in a more rewarding manner. Atleast, that is our hope and faith. Our interest in esoteric astrology has been greatly influenced by three persons. Madame. H.P. Blavatsky, who founded the Theosophical Society in 1875 in order to encourage studies of oriental religion and philosophy ...
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