These days it’s common to check the weather forecast- who knows when the rain would pour down on us! And it’s also fairly common to keep an eye on the economy. Harvard-graduates do a lot of research on this stuff! After all, it does affect our livelihood. But who knew one could keep an eye on one’s business margins too. I’m not talking balance sheets and numbers. I’m talking astrology! A while back, I ran into an acquaintance who confidently told me how a small business can turn into a Fortune 500 if I listened to the astrologers. I toyed around with the idea just for fun. I mean, they do play a number game as well, although its components are stars, planets, birth dates and locations.
Coming from a family of lawyers, logical thinking makes sense and I wonder if astrological charts would fit the bill too.
So I decided to study two actual cases:
A few generations ago, astrology was like Julius Caesar’s dictatorial rule over his countrymen. It still holds a lot of value to many in India. But let’s talk about the time of my grandfather. When he was born in 1889, the astrologers declared it inauspicious for the family. They predicted that if his father ever saw the face of little Mehr, the father would die. Not knowing any better, little Mehr’s parents sent him away to live with a village family. He lived there 12 years, growing up in the fresh Himalayan air, tending to the goats and sheep. Then one day, his parents decided, they couldn’t bear it any longer, and they brought him home. Nobody died.
He grew up strong and intelligent. He went on to study law and became known for his landmark judgments, contribution to the educational field and Kashmir issue, which the astrologer never predicted. My grandfather was lucky his parents brought him home. Normally in those days, children with unfortunate predictions were abandoned much like the 16th century Indian poet-saint called, Tulsidas.
Let me elaborate on this second case. When Tulsidas was born, the astrologers foretold that he would cause immediate danger to the life of his father. Because of these inauspicious signs at his birth, his parents sent him away with their servant. Within five years, this servant died, and Tulsidas was left to fend for himself as a penniless orphan. He was later adopted by a sage and lived in his ashram. Tulsidas later became a scholar and is known for his interpretation of the ‘Ramayana,’- a text as loved by the Hindus as the Koran to Muslims or Bible to Christians. If only the astrologers aimed their forecast-arrow a little higher, they might have seen the potential.
It may be common to tell the future, but I’ve stopped toying with the idea of a soap business prediction. I’d rather enjoy the everyday moments and mistakes, the laughs and thrills as we go on day by day. But I am playing with the idea of telling my astrology-inclined acquaintance about these stories and my doubts. Let’s see what she thinks.
On the other hand, she is pretty smart, and she might just say, “Well since when have economic or weather predictions been one hundred percent?”