Jag Venugopal's Blog

April 27, 2011

The best paragraph of astrological mumbo-jumbo ever

Filed under: India — Jag @ 10:38 pm

Back in India, the navagrahas, or the nine planets are thought to be controllers of one’s destiny. Much money and effort are spent in propitiating these gods so that obstacles in one’s path may be removed, and any malefic influences eliminated.

Interested as I am in amusing myself, I browsed over to Wikipedia’s entry for “Navagraha”. This passage I found goes beyond my wildest dreams in the amount of gobbledygook one can fit into one paragraph. What’s more astounding is that many hundreds of millions in a nation of 1.2 billion people (minus a relatively small number of heretics, such as your correspondent) believe in this stuff.

Astrologers claim that Grahas influence the auras (energy bodies) and minds of beings connected to the Earth. Each Graha carries a specific energy quality, which is described in an allegorical form through its scriptural and astrological references. The energies of the Grahas are getting connected in a specific way to the individual auras of humans at the time they take their first breath in a given nativity. These energy connections remain with the natives of Earth as long as their current body lives.[5] “The nine planets are transmitters of universal, archetypal energy. The qualities of each planet help to maintain the overall balance of polarities in both the macrocosmic and the microcosmic universe – as above, so below…”[6]

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