फलानि ग्रहचारेण सूचयन्ति मनीषिणः ।
को वक्ता तारतम्यस्य तमेकं वेधसं विना ॥
The impact of the COVID-19 crisis has just begun to reveal itself. The pandemic is raging a threat beyond all boundaries, medically and economically. Developing countries like India have fewer and harder choices to make to combat the widespread. For those living with hand to mouth resources, it will mean starvation.
As the governments, institutions, and experts from all fields are leaving no stone unturned to arrive at all possible cure and remedies, even the astrologers worldwide are doing deep study and analysis of the entire catastrophe.
I am reminded of a Verse from Rig Veda – Mandala 8. The verse is given below –
त्वं नो अस्या अमतेरुत क्षुधो३ऽभिशस्तेरव स्पृधि ।
त्वं न ऊती तव चित्रया धिया शिक्षा शचिष्ठ गातुवित् ॥
This verse is a part of the hymns for Lord Indra. Indra governs all our Indriyas – or faculties that help us sense, observe and recognize the various events and happenings around us. These include the eyes, the nose, the ears, the tongue, the touch etc. The verse essentially tells us that if there exists a time in our life when Amata – disease where we are unprepared, Kshudha – death or sickness that is caused due to circumstances that are beyond human capabilities and Abhishasta – spreading of falsehood or rumors, then the best response to handle this carefully would be to use
During the times of Coronavirus, let’s use this verse as Gospel and fight together this pandemic. In these turbulent times, we want to spread positivity and offer remedial measures in all forms. Author Nirupama brings to you the power of reciting Vishnu Sahasranama and the various benefits it brings to us. The article is sourced from the English translation of the book on Vishnu Sahasranama by the internationally well-known Dr. Arulamallige Parthasarathy. It is a wonderful process and mechanism that each one of us should practice every day for ourselves and for our family.
On a similar note, I feel fortunate to have Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to share his views about the difficult times. He emphasizes that our resilience during these challenging times will be tested not only by how we combat the spread of the Virus but also how we make the best out of the circumstance. Very aptly he brings attention to the ancient philosophy of yoga where a great deal of emphasis was given to cleanliness.
In this issue, we like to present some in-depth Astrological perspectives and analysis of COVID-19. We have Ashutosh Chawla, who throws light on Moola Nakshatra and its impact on the Grahas. Since the beginning of November 2019, with Deva Guru Brihaspati entering Dhanus rasi, which was already hosting Ketu and Shani for a very long time, got activated with the double transit of Guru and Shanidev. This period indicated the beginning of some calamity. Within a couple of days from Surya Grahana, a few cases of coronavirus were registered in China and on 31st Dec 2019, WHO announced a warning against the deadly virus as science did not have any cure for it. Transition of these Grahas and Grahana in Moola nakshatra indicates that there has been some adharma and himsa happening, that’s why Nriti (calamity) is awakened. On top of this, Ketu moved to Moola Nakshatra by mid of January. The results of which we are facing now.
In another such analysis by Prof. N. S Murthy, he throws light on the effects due to solar and lunar eclipses and the wrath faced because of the Vikari Nama Samvathsara, which began in April 2019 to March 2020. On the positive note, the author also informs us about the aftereffects of Sarvari Naama Samvatsara which begins from March 2020 to April 2021 that should bring in some cheer, wealth, economic growth and even good health. The article also ends with a detailed analysis of horoscopes.
We also share with you a very rare analysis done by Maniam, where he attempts to analyze the COVID-19 outbreak using the horoscope of the Republic of China as the birth chart of the nation, with 1/10/1949 as the primary chart. The chart of the Republic of China has Capricorn rising and Lagna and Moon fall in the same sign. Most significant in the chart is the current transit of Saturn over the rising sign of China and the Natal Moon that certainly depicts the disaster that is happening now. The author goes on to also explain the association of the word Corona with Sun.
In another article by H. Ramadas Rao, he explores the astrological perspective of the pandemic from the lens of Naadi Astrology principles. He provides an in-depth study and analysis of planetary positions at various junctures with a detailed chart analysis.
In another article, Mr. Harold Singh investigates the role of the planets - Mars, Saturn and Rahu and the 8th house from Rahu during the onset of major epidemics involving more than 100,000 fatalities over the last 120 years. It is an intriguing study and strangely we see the involvement of Mars, Saturn and Rahu and the 8th house from Rahu. It seems more than a coincidence. In fact, it is rather compelling that Mars, Saturn and Rahu are very relevant in major pandemics.
The cover story of this edition, is on the transit of Mars in Capricorn. Mars, the planet of energy, action and power began its transit in Capricorn on March 20, 2020, and it’s going to stay there till May 2, 2020. During this transit, Mars begins with Uttarashada Nakshatra, entering on March 15, and will remain there for the rest of March. It then moves to Sravana Nakshatra on April 3 and then to Dhanishta Nakshatra on April 23. When Mars is in Capricorn, it behaves in a certain way. Read on to get an in-depth understanding of Mars and what happens when it is in Capricorn, along with its impact with respect to each rasi (moon sign).
We want to conclude on a positive note and wish all the readers safety and health.
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