Karma And Karmic Debts
By R.K. Eashvar Pillai
Child is She A Lakshmi?... Is He A Kubera?....
The sages of ancient India developed Jyothisha as a Karma-measuring apparatus, a “Karma scope” that can inform us where and when our karmas will permit ideals to be shared between us and those with whom we relate. Jyothisha can also disclose where these ideals will be at odds, in what areas substantial work will need to even out the bumps, and when a relationship may be in danger of breaking up. A relationship’s depth is often a function of its length and its nature, and Jyothisha can help us structure our relationship dynamics by providing us with perspectives on when and in what way our relationships and their difficulties are likely to arise and dissipate.
India, as a nation, values emotional over mundane reality. Indian society continues to be acutely aware of relationship dynamics, in particular the energetic of what sociologists call the “extended family system”. Absorbing new members into such a system reflects the subtle karmic truth that those important others who you attract into your life (and who are attracted into it) are mirrors that reflect the condition of your bhavas, for those who know how to see, these salient others become useful signposts along the roads their own life journeys, and the moments of their induction into the family act as prashnas (inquiries) for that family system.
Born Child - Is She A Lakshmi? Is He A Kubera?
When a child is born in India, its parents often ask their Jyothishi (astrologer), “Will she be a Lakshmi? Will he be a Kubera?” Lakshmi being the goddess and Kubera the god of wealth, this question is really twofold. “Will this child be prosperous independently?” and “Will this child enhance its family’s fortunes?” While many people ask such questions out of greed, the queries themselves are soundly motivated astrologically. Examining a child’s birth chart gives a good general idea of what that child’s lot in later life will be how that lot will influence the conditions of any pre-existing relationship systems into which the child is born, and what can be done to ameliorate or enhance the situation. Similar questions are often put to the Jyothishi regarding a prospective bride or bridegroom, or a proposed business partner or investor.
The answer to such an inquiry often throws light on the imminent destiny of the family (or other partnership) that has just taken on a new member. When a small child is fated to obtain something like money of which it has no knowledge and cannot handle because of its age that something very often accrues to its poshaka (nourisher), the person who nourishes it and provides for it. When a baby is born with a silver spoon in its mouth, it is the poshaka who initially benefits from the prosperity yogas. these effects become evident during the child’s first year in roughly two out of there cases, and within the second year in the remaining cases. How much poshakas benefit from the little Lakshmi or Kubera they nourish depends on the strength of their horoscopes. While a nourisher who is already rich will probably become richer, one who is poverty stricken may not be able to rise further than the middle class, unless he or she also has some powerful prosperity yogas that are ready to kick in. Bill Gate’ parents, after all, did not become millionaires immediately after his birth. It is quite likely though, that they did experience a perceptible up tick in their prosperity at that time.
It is also likely that the parents gave no thought to the possibility that their infant might deliver abundance into their home. On one occasion, our Jyothisa guru was consulting with a couple who started to crow about how well off they had become. They were doing so well, they reported, that they were now flying about that world in all directions instead of creeping along, earthbound, by auto and train. They had just had a child, and neither had connected their new found prosperity with the child. After they left, our guruji spat out, “did it ever occur to this couple that they may be sitting on these planes as a result of their child? Do they bow down to it in thanks? No, their egos have become so inflated that they are too busy congratulating themselves for their good fortune to think about such things.”
On the other hand, it is certainly fortunate for those children whose births promise misfortune that most people today have forgotten this principle. Some of the worst excesses ever performed in the name of Jyothisha have been committed on innocent children whose horoscopes appeared to predict tribulation for its parents or guardians. Parental egos should no more be cast down if a child is destined to impoverish them than they should be inflated if a child is born to pour gold into the family coffers. Relationship is a matter of karma and rnanubandhana (the bonds of karmic debt). A child who comes to you with a horoscope of destitution does so because your own destitution karmas have also ripened and are waiting for you to consume them. The child is as much an instrument of your karmic fulfillment as you are of its.
Similarly, a child who comes to you destined to enjoy prosperity has come to you because you, too, are destined to enjoy some prosperity. If you do right by that child, your mutual prosperity may develop yet further. If you mistreat it, you will be garroting the goose that is ready to lay your own golden eggs. Students of the law of karma marvel at the elegant sort of neutrality that involves both parties, often unconsciously, in creating their own situations, it is advance, an oft-impassioned, but unconscious, ballet of behave evolving into rasa. The more impassioned and heartfelt the steps, the more intense and satisfying the sukha that it spawns will be.
The information given in this article about new family members applies, in most cases, to contractual partnerships as well. For most people the marriage partner is the only “chosen” family member; all other family members are acquired as karmic “accidents” of birth. When we have the opportunity “choose” a spouse, or for that matter a business partner, we must make very sure that we are mingling auras with people who will promote our mutual prosperity, not lead us into calamities like scandal or bankruptcy. Jyotisha can show us what sort of abundance dance will work best for us, and indicate with who we should dance it. The techniques in introduced, are just a beginning. But, beware! This information is not to be used to create partiality or prejudice toward any of your extant dance partners. Do not twist the knowledge of Jyothisa. Use it instead to pry yourself out of the karmic ruts into which you have fallen.