What the stars foretell for our avivekanandas

G.T. NARAYANA RAO in a letter to the editor of Star of Mysore:

It is pathetic to read the news item in SOM (October 10) about H.D. Kumaraswamy meeting astrologer K.N. Somayaji at the Shankar Mutt in Bangalore to explore the possibilities of his forming a government again.

The ex-CM and the people of his ilk will do well to read what Swami Vivekananda has said about astrology (The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Volume 8, Man the Maker of his Destiny). I quote:

There is an old story of an astrologer who came to a king and said, “You are going to die in six months”. The king was frightened out of his wits and was almost about to die out of fear. But his minister was a clever man, and this man told the king that astrologers were fools.

The king would not believe him. So the minister saw no other way to make the king see that they were fools but to invite the astrologer to the palace again. There he asked him if his calculations were correct.

The astrologer told him that there could not be a mistake, but to satisfy him he went through the whole of the calculations again and then said that they were perfectly correct.

The king’s face became livid. The minister said to the astrologer, “And when do you think you will die?”

“In twelve years,” was the reply.

The minister quickly drew his sword and separated the astrologer’s head from the body and said to the king, “Do you see this liar? He is dead this moment.”

Let me add that astrology is the illegitimate daughter of astronomy and is the mother of all superstitious. People who believe in it and shape their lives accordingly are cowards. They do not have the courage to face life on a moral plane. As William Shakespeare has said, “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”

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