I am very well aware of the fact that Astrology and numerology and related practices are all ‘science’, ‘calculations’, ‘planetary movements’ and blah and blah. But, I simply can not understand why people want to know so much about their past, present (DUH) and future? Why?
In India, millions and billions of people blindly follow
senile or greedy astrology/numerology pundits. They feel no hesitation in paying thousands of bucks just to know what’s going to happen ahead in their lives and how can they make their situations better. The services provided by these pundits include crazy prayer rituals (again, costing thousands of bucks) and stupid remedies ‘prescribed’ to these needy customers. The so called remedial solutions they tell are hilarious! But no one dares to question them for they are the ‘learned, blessed, God-like pundits’.
I must say, Indians are just brilliant at this ‘blind faith’ thing.
Parents literally marry their one and only daughter to a tree before actually marrying her to a human male , on the suggestions of a Pundit to rid her with astrological sickness and for the smooth functioning of her married life. This is just one example of the various mind-boggling rituals practiced by sadly a very large number of Indians.
Okay.. Enough talking generically.
So yesterday my father’s cousin sister’s husband came over for dinner at our home. After about the initial ten minutes of ice-breaking talk, he started talking, almost boasting, about his great knowledge of numerology. My cousin sister was also present on the occasion. Her parents are apparently extremely worried because she is 25 and yet unmarried ( Yes, 25 not 35. Yes, her parents are tensed that their totally marriage-ready daughter is unmarried and they are unable to find a suitable match for her). So, my father and his older sibling jokingly told our very modest guest to look into my cousin siater’s birth data and find out about this delay in marriage. They were just trying to pull her leg without knowing how seriously everyone else would become shortly. So this uncle began scribbling something on a piece of paper after retrieving my sister’s birth details- date,day,exact time etc. After reckoning for a few minutes he began explaining stuff. He spoke about her planetary positions, her strengths and weaknesses. It was almost ok (bearable) till now. Then he started emphasizing on the negative effects due to the positions of some planets and her ‘astrological sickness’ (sic.). He asked my sis to grab a pen and paper and to start writing whatever remedial tips he was telling . She looked at me, sighed, and hesitantly started jotting down the important points. This is when things became absurd and crazy! I was sitting far away, trying hard to control my laughter, constantly texting her about how weird everything was. Let me give a gist of things the numerology uncle told her. To begin with, he asked my sis to stop buying anything which is blue or black. Then he told her to THROW away all her blue abd black colored clothes. He specifically told her not to give or donate the clothes to anyone but throw them away as early as possible. By the way 90 percent of what she owns is either black or blue :P. Moving on.. He told her visit this extremely crowded temple in our city specifically in the noon-time, every Wednesday. Then he told her to visit an old (above 55 years old) pundit for a prayer ritual every week carrying everything yellow with her ( he gave examples like a mango, turmeric powder etc). Finally he dictated a very complicated and difficult to pronounce Sanskrit mantra to her and told her to say that 3 times everyday. He also very seriously told her to follow these ‘very easy’ steps with all her sincerity and dedication to avoid the ‘dangerous’ repercussions of her astrological condition.
I had completly lost my mind at this point. My grandparents were actually agreeing with the uncle! Oh God. I know all this sounds bizarre. But hundreds and hundreds of people have a lot of faith in this stuff and do not mind carrying out any kind of a bizarre ritual to rid themselves of the negativities affecting their present and future lives.
I am not trying to question the whole practice of astrology inumerology or tarot reading or whatever, nor am I trying to question the beliefs of these ‘followers’. It is beyond my understanding why so many people would go to such great lengths to know about their future and to ensure their wellbeing in the future. What kind of a life would you lead if you already know what ups and downs you’ll have to face in life and when?
I always refrain myself from indulging in all these practices. Whenever people see a fortune-teller or a palm reader or a numerologist, they beg and ask for these talented people to find out about their future lives.
I like taking life as it comes. I simply do not want to know what big successes and failures lie ahead of me. There will be no fun left in LIVING!!
I love living in the present, in the moment, in the here-and-now.