The inclusion of astrology within the UGC curriculum a number of years in the past had given rise to an intense one-sided debate from our scientific intelligentsia who gave the impression to be hell-bent upon stalling the implementation of such a transfer. This transfer had additionally been termed as part of the “saffronisation of training” and equated with the distortions of historical past inducted by RSS and a few of these rationalists had been outrageous sufficient to time period the introduction of astrology as a science within the universities because the “Talibanisation of our training system” that may solely serve to advertise spiritual fundamentalism and undermine no matter scientific credibility India has achieved within the worldwide area up to now. Go away alone the talk, what grew to become clearer than ever is that these rationalists are extra involved with the official stand over something that defies their creativeness or to sound just a little extra refined doesn’t match their scientific methods. Whether or not the abovementioned transfer is politically motivated or not is a unique matter altogether, what we’re involved with right here is the opposite and the extra necessary side in regards to the scientific validity of astrology. Though the accountability for the search and declaration of truths and untruths has been positioned on scientists nonetheless certainly not can they be taken as the only real judges of reality particularly with out conducting a whole and systematic research of any topic and even concept. That is precisely the case with astrology in the present day. The declaration of astrology as a pseudo-science from the scientific group solely goes to indicate that even scientists could be superstitious at instances due to their high-strung pseudo-rationalistic attitudes.
Thus far, no organized scientific try has been made by our fashionable scientists in order to ascertain the existence or non-existence of a co-relation between terrestrial life and the motion of celestial our bodies and therefore is a totally virgin discipline of analysis so far as fashionable science is anxious. The routine assumption of the trendy day scientist that science has seen any actual growth solely within the final 4 centuries is due to sheer ignorance and misinformation. An underestimation of the achievements of our ancients from the trendy scientist wouldn’t be in place for they haven’t any credibility on this respect. I wish to pose a easy query, inform me the variety of scientists who’ve acquired data of Sanskrit and know how you can erect a horoscope in order that a minimum of the bottom could also be within the place for initiating a analysis into the ideas of Indian astrology on the major degree to find their reality or in any other case. The research which might be so typically claimed to have been made by scientists nearly invariably leading to a unfavorable end result have suffered from a scarcity of virtually any degree of acquaintance with the speculation and follow of Indian and even western astrology. Such research are routinely made on the idea of the western Solar-signs and dates of births of people which have however no sanction in any respect in Indian astrology.
Such a research was revealed within the British Journal of Scientific Observe on the alleged hyperlink between astrology and nephrology or the department of medication coping with the ailments of kidney. Says the researcher S. Hughes from the division of Psychiatry at Leicester Basic Hospital, “Since astrologers all the time presume a hyperlink between the susceptibility of explicit organs to ailments and indicators of the zodiac, we performed a easy check to confirm the optimistic connection between renal ailments and the signal of Libra. We did this by learning the start dates of sufferers who had been consecutively admitted to the nephrology wards. No vital hyperlink was discovered on evaluation thus disproving the normal astrologers’ claims.” This sort of a research primarily based on the date of start of a person serves to ridicule the very idea of systematic analysis. Once we research a horoscope to achieve perception into the character of ailments which will afflict an individual, it’s primarily based on a consideration on a lot of elements just like the energy and weak point of the home, signal and planet ruling a specific organ and the extent to which the unfavorable placement and associations of planets might hurt the native. To take signal alone into consideration, like Libra as ruling Kidneys would by any requirements be sheer stupidity. This too, we research with the assistance of a horoscopic chart forged on the idea of the date, time and hometown of a person whereas this scientist maybe didn’t even really feel the necessity to enter any of the main points, a lot much less forged a horoscope, and proceeded to check the connection between renal ailments and the Signal Libra with the assistance of a mere date of start which on the most might have offered him with the Solar-sign and place of planets in its relation.
One other research of 5,469 suicide circumstances in Nordrhein Westfalen in Germany additionally offers the thumbs-down to astrology- it discovered connection between the dates of births and the suicides. “The ratio between the distribution of births obtained and the mathematical likelihood ranged from 50 p.c to 75 p.c”, concludes researcher R. Danneel within the Archives of Psychiatry. “consequently no geophysical or cosmic issue exists which might join the dates of births of those individuals with their later suicide.”
On this case the smart researcher allotted with the difficulty of considering astrology itself which was maybe the acknowledged topic of research and as an alternative proceeded to check the mathematical likelihood distribution of dates of births of a set of suicide circumstances which yielded no vital clues. The unusual factor is that it’s accepted as scientific analysis amongst intellectuals, if such is the case, I might be affordable then in doubting the credibility of their intellects. One factor that this esteemed scientist must be taught by different folks of his fraternity is that mathematical likelihood doesn’t inherently takes into consideration any geophysical or cosmic issue and therefore his assertion that “there isn’t a geophysical or cosmic issue that hyperlinks their dates of births to later suicide” is farcical to say the least. By the way in which, astrologically on any given date of any month yearly fully totally different planetary mixtures will get hold of, provided that one cares to calculate, subsequently having comparable dates of start is of no relevance to astrology as such.
One argument forwarded by many rationalists is that if there are totally different types of astrology, like Arabic, Hindu, Persian, Chinese language and Western to call a number of of them it’s adequate inherent proof to substantiate the truth that astrology isn’t any science however mere charlatanry or at greatest conjectural speculation. I wish to reply this query with a counter query that if there are totally different types of drugs since historic instances to essentially the most fashionable with a totally totally different set of things for analysis in addition to therapy of ailments, then can drugs even be taken as no science? If solely Homeopathy, Ayurveda and Allopathy to call a number of of the totally different drugs techniques prevalent, might converge some day they’ll hope to turn into extra scientific within the view of those scientists. The reality is that every of those medicinal techniques must be judged on the idea of their particular person benefit though all of them are mainly designed to take care of the identical physique construction and ailments of people and success or failure of any one in every of these techniques is of no direct consequence within the judging the authenticity or in any other case of another system. Then why can the identical logic not apply to astrology as properly.
Taking over the case of a few Indian pseudo-rationalists who make up for good examples of a false scholarship born out of ignorance will not be out of context at this level. One is a dumb turbaned joker and one other is an astrophysicist spearheading the motion of inculcating the spirit of scientific enquiry within the younger technology. They will typically be seen assuming the position of astro-busters by attacking the superstitions of India with their tall scientific claims in an irrational method. The Sikh rationalist quotes doomsday predictions presupposed to be made by astrologers to ascertain that astrology isn’t true. As an example, he takes up the case of 1962 eight planet mixture which hogged the limelight for doomsday predictions however no credible astrologer may very well be discovered because the supply of those predictions in any other case the Sikh wouldn’t have foregone giving his title as an alternative he might solely get hold of the names of such folks as some “Swami Narsingh Guruji Maharaj” who’s quoted as saying that “the earth might be bathed within the blood of a thousand kings.” Why not the Sikh first requested him the place are a thousand kings or a thousand nations to be discovered on this day? One other factor that he tries to show repeatedly is that astrological recommendation has performed a sinister position in bringing downfall of empires and rulers. He cites the case of Hitler for example and goes on to state that when Germans approached decline within the Second World Battle they began taking astrological recommendation which solely additional facilitated their ignominous fall. To say however the least, Hitler was an ideal believer in future and had a personally appointed astrologer Ok. E. Krafft, who used to recommendation him for years on necessary issues with nice success however when Hitler was suggested in opposition to invading Poland in 1939, he despatched Krafft in exile and step by step superior in direction of his downfall. Any variety of situations could be added right here of astrological forewarnings being ignored at the price of empires and full dynasties.
He believes that as some historic personalities like Nehru and Vivekananda supposedly didn’t consider in astrology we should always tow the revered line however with out query. What one wish to ask is that if Aristotle favoured a geocentric mannequin of the Universe did that cease the revolution of our earth across the Solar? As William Cowper says, “To comply with silly precedents, and wink with each our eyes, is simpler than to assume.” Nonetheless, to fulfill his ‘urge for data’ I wish to inform that Nehru additionally had “Pt. Suryanarain Vyas” (The Founding father of Vikram College, Ujjain) as his private astrologer. Even the Muhurtha of Indian independence was labored out By Pt. Suryanarain Vyas and he had predicted that there might be conflicts between India and Pakistan however India will emerge victorious and Pakistan will additional disintegrate throughout the subsequent 50 years. The outcomes are there for anybody to see. Some lately found letters written by swami Vivekananda to the maharaja of Khetri in 1893 revealed that he had consulted an astrologer who advised him that his mom would die throughout the subsequent 2 years and therefore he desired Maharaja to take further care of his mom.
His rational suggestion to finish all this nonsense is that folks ought to make a bonfire of their horoscopes and rejoice their newly discovered rationality, with out reflecting for a second that beliefs and superstitions can exist in thoughts alone and might solely be burnt with the hearth of true data.
The astrophysicist talked about earlier additionally leaves no stone unturned in his bid to deride astrology. He makes the ridiculous declare that astrology was began in Greece as a result of Greeks believed that planets moved at will and therefore could make or mar our destinies by being completely happy or in a foul temper respectively not realizing that astrology originated within the land of his personal origin and that the event of astrology was preceded by monumental strides in astronomy as is properly evidenced by historic astronomical texts as “Suryasiddhanta.” In keeping with him when the norms of science are utilized to check whether or not astrology is a science, the reply is a agency ‘no.’ What had been the norms of science utilized and the what had been the ideas of astrology examined isn’t advised neither requested as individuals are used to taking the scientists’ statements as omniscient.
He additional states that on this hi-tech age we can not afford to maintain holding to outdated ideas and therefore it might be fairly affordable to dispense with previous superstitions like astrology. Mr. Scientist is maybe out to instill some new superstitions that is why he needs older ones to be thrown to the wind. It appears that evidently the distinction between vogue and science is barely perceptible to Mr. Scientist for it is just within the former discipline that no matter is new holds good and older ideas are discarded as trash. So far as science is anxious, it offers with the legal guidelines of nature and any concept is discarded by science solely when a greater one is in place or the speculation isn’t discovered to present any unfalsifiable outcomes after detailed scientific investigation. The Einstein’s concept of gravity changed the Newton’s concept of gravity just because it yielded extra correct outcomes however to my data no scientific concept is forwarded by Mr. Scientist or others of his fraternity to switch the ‘previous concept of astrology.’ So far as the opposite side of infalsifiability is anxious, no outcomes are derived until date primarily based on a research of the speculation of astrology by scientists primarily based on which any judgement could be made. They depend on astrologers to make the research which they’re imagined to undertake and in such a case what if one astrologer is dependable and one other is unreliable so far as their data of the topic of astrology is anxious. Will then astrology be judged as true or false? Scientists will merely group up the outcomes gathered by the astrological investigations of various astrologers and collectively pronounce the success or failure of the experiment which could be as unreliable if astrology comes out to be true as when astrology comes out to be false until they’ve some standards to measure the credibility of those astrologers of their data of astrology aside from mere recognition. Such a scientific effort is but to be undertaken.
To know what different scientists assume allow us to take into account the next assertion which was made by a number one British astrophysicist, ” Mr. Stephen Hawking”, in a lecture organized in New Delhi when he visited India titled, ” Predicting the Future: From astrology to Black holes”. He acknowledged that, “Actual cause most scientists do not consider in astrology isn’t the scientific proof, or lack of it, however as a result of it’ not in keeping with our different theories examined by experiment.” I invite Mr. hawking to foretell the longer term along with his set of theories examined by experiments as a result of in his view we’ve progressed from such a backward method as of astrology to foretell the longer term to the extra superior theories of black holes and the origin of the Universe and are maybe higher geared up to foretell the longer term, failing which, he ought to arrange one other lecture titled “Predicting the Future: From Black Holes to Astrology.” The very fact is that the theories Mr. Hawking is speaking about, together with the quantum concept of gravity, don’t research the standard of time as astrology does to foretell the longer term, though astrology has additionally developed from astronomy. So far as the query of mutual inconsistency between scientific theories examined by experiment and astrological concept there can’t be such a factor as a result of the latter has not been investigated by scientists up to now. They’ve all the time tried to search for optimistic or unfavorable outcomes for astrology in follow and by no means in concept. First scientists ought to conduct analysis on the theoretical features of astrology after which solely pronounce any judgements.
So far as the introduction of astrology within the UGC was involved, we are able to solely say that astrology or no astrology for UGC, it can not have any influence on the reality or in any other case of astrology. What I ponder is that why as a parallel to the newly developed time period of “saffronisation of training” the ultimate acceptance and alter of the title of “Pythagoras theorem” to “Bodhayana theorem” can’t be termed as “saffronisation of arithmetic” by these rational folks maybe unaware of the truth that training or data for that matter can’t be labeled as white, yellow, blue or saffron for it has no colors however solely as proper or fallacious or true and unfaithful.
 “Ailments Stay Resistant to Zodiac” – The Instances Of India- Web page-1- twenty first July 2001.
 “Ailments Stay Resistant to Zodiac” – The Instances Of India- Web page-1- twenty first July 2001