By Michael Laughrin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I have my own "hierarchy of values." It goes like this:
So, therefore, grace, in my system, is the penultimate achievement that a human being is capable of.
What is grace?
Well, it can manifest on many different levels:
Many of my clients seem to believe in Jyotish more than I do. Let me put it another way. Many, many people who I know who are serious spiritual aspirants (they meditate every day), have made Jyotish into a kind of false, or temporary, Guru. Now, please understand this: Jyotish is a tool -- nothing more, nothing less. It is a most divine tool. It is extremely subtle (like an electron microscope is subtle), but it is still a tool. The Grace of God and/or the Grace of the Guru can overcome the karma seen in the jyotish chart. Although, based on my personal experience as a jyotishi, it seems that guru-kripa and deva-kripa usually diminish the difficult karma, not erase it completely. Without facing our weaknesses (another name for bad karma), how would we ever learn anything important?
That reminds me of another important thing in Jyotisha: ultimately, there are no good planets or bad planets. All the planets are our teachers. Just like in school, one may remember a certain teacher as being very strict. Yet, as we gain maturity, we may find that we learned more from that strict teacher than from any of the fun, friendly, easy going teachers.
Here is a way to diminish the bad effects of one's chart. Learn the lessons that your dasha ruler is trying to teach you. Work hard, in a consistent manner, in a Saturn dasha or bhukti. Break the boundaries of our prejudices in the Rahu dasha or bhukti. Make union with God your highest priority in the Ketu dasha or bhukti. If you do this, you will most likely find that life is easier, your burdens are less, and your joy is greater still. Of course, any time is a good time to gain knowledge, do good deeds (karma yoga), or to cultivate Universal Love.
One can get the Grace of God by ardently following the teachings of one's religion or spiritual path.
Along these same lines, one can get the grace of the Guru by doing what the Guru suggests. And here I must mention devotion. It works in life, it works in the Guru chela relationship, and, I think, it works with the Divine, although it seems to me that one must be extremely devoted to the Divine to receive His/Her grace.
(c) copyright 2017 Michael Laughrin.
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