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Re: [Jyotisha and SriVaishnava]

From: M.S.HARI Madabhushi Sarangarajan Hari (mshari_at_usa.net)
Date: Thu Nov 09 2000 - 15:07:44 PST

Dear SrI Bala Sundaram,

>What role can jyothisa can have in a SriVaishnava's life?

No role except for ascertaining the proper time-period for
doing various nithya-naimiththika-vaidika-karmas.

>Should it guide him in his daily decisions? 

No. As SrIman NArAyaNa himself is there to guide in the material
world as well as in the archirAdi-gathi, a SrI VaishNava should
not consider anything otherthan the lotus feet of SrIman NArAyaNa
as his guide.

>Should he look for auspicious times as per jyotisha shastra 
>in performing his worldly and spiritual duties?

Yes. Instead of calling this as "auspicious times", I call it
as proper time. The SAstra-vidhi has to be followed without
fail with SAtvika-tyAga as the SAstra-vidhi is the form of 
SrIman NArAyaNa's divya-AagnyA (order). As per the SAstra,
each and every nitya-naimithika karma has a prescribed time
(proper time) in which it has to be done. Therefore, to ascertain 
this time, the jYothisha SAshtra has to be consulted. The
jYothisha SAstra has surely prAmANyam and I do not underestimate
it. But using it against SAtivika-nivruthi-dharma is not
warranted for SrI VaishNavas.

>Should be concerned about the effects of 
>gochara(movement of planets)?
>I heard a view(not from a SrVaishnava) that all 
>planets are in the body od 
>Sriman Narayana and hence individual attention to 
>he planets is not necessary. Is this correct?

Not only the nava-grahas, but all the chit and achit tatvas are
the body of SrIman NArAyaNa. "sarvam vyApya nArAyaNassthitha:". 
A SrI VaishNava how had adopted bhara-nyAsam (SAraNAgathi-prapathti)
should not worry for his future. BhagavAn has said 
"yOga-kshEmam vahAmyaham", "mA Sucha:", "abhayam dadAmi" and 
therefore, a prapanna need not worry for anything. SrIVaishNava need not
be concerned about the effect of gOchAra because BhagavAn has
taken full responsibility to protect the prapanna-SrI VaishNava.
In this context, I refer the kAmAsikAshtakam by SwAmy SrIman NigamAntha 
mahA DESika where the greatest AachArya says :
"tvayi rakshathi rakshakai: kimanyai:
tvayi chArakshathi rakshakai: kimanyai: |
ithit niSchitha dhI: SrayAmi nithyam
nruharE vEgavathI-thatASrayam tvAm ||

Also, Tiru-vAi-mOzhi of SrImath SatakOpa swAmy "emma vIdu", 
"Ondrum DEvum", "ThiNNan vIdu", "ulagam uNda peruvAya".

Thanks & Regards
M.S.HARI RAmAnuja DAsan.


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