Can Anybody Predict Your Future?
I have been seeing his parents for the first time. I knew nothing about them. Both looked very depressed and down. After lunch I asked his mother: “Amma, can I predict something about you?”
“Yes Uday, Please” She asked.
I made ten predictions about her:
1. Your father’s first name is related to Lord Shiv
2. Your mother has a black mole on the right side
3. People fail to understand your good intention
4. You will feel alone even in a crowd
5. You have faced a very serious accident before the age of 10 and you didn’t die.
6. You had a great opportunity to go up and make money. But you refused to do it for the family sake.
7. Your father, if alive, has a serious medical problem. He was recently admitted to a hospital.
8. Ten years ago, you survived a burn – your devotion and pious nature came as blessings and saved you.
9. One of your siblings or cousins has cheated you – this has been a shock for you for longtime.
10. You are facing a big misfortune right now.
One should see her face! She got up with folded hands. She tried to touch my feet but I jumped away. “100% true. 100% correct. I have never ever experienced anybody predicting so exactly. You have divine power for prediction!” her voice was excitingly loud.
I smiled at her and looked at the whole family. They were looking at me with adoring and amusing eyes! As if everybody excited. “I had told you Uday is well studied our ancient secrets!” Subrahmanian exclaimed.
“I also want to know my future…” another elderly lady got up. “Yes, we too…” another family.
“Amma, I am sorry, I was just duping you…I am exposed to some Hindu scriptures. I have read few things related to Jyotish, that’s all. But I niether an astrologer nor can make any predictions. “
“No Uday, how can you dupe about her father’s name?” Subrahmanian asked.
I said: “Simple. You people belong to Tamil Iyers community, mostly Shaivites. I saw the horizontal bhasma (vibhooti = sacred ash) marking on your forehead. I know the old generation Shaivites use first name related to Shiv-family only.”
“But what about my mother’s mole in her right side of the face? You have never seen her…”His mother asked.
“I didn’t say right part of the face. I just said right side. Your mind assumed and related so fast to what you already know. Can’t you see the generalised nature of the prediction? And if there was not a mole…I can find one billion excuses convincing you as to why my prediction went wrong.”
“But still it is amusing,” another lady said.
“Here is the catch. If you like meroon colour, when you go to a saree shop, even if there are 100s of sarees, you eyes would first see the meroon coloured saree only. It’s not a rocket science.”
“But you predicted a great misfortune that is happening in the family now?”
“Oh, come on, you only told me about remedial rituals conducted here. You won’t conduct such ceremonies just for fun, will you?”
“And how did you predict about my father? He died two years ago after a massive heart attack.”
“Amma, you don’t have to be a Sherlock Holmes brain to predict such things. It’s is elementary. It was natural that your father may have a medical problem at his age.”
“So, you mean to say all predictions are just duping?”
“Oh, No! Only 100 percent predictions are duping…”I smiled: “Seriously, there were saints and sages in ancient India who could predict time, climate, rain, earthquakes etc just by observing the nature. They could even predict future of a human being to certain extend by observing an individual’s karma. Today, people are not sensitive to environment, ecology and nature. So they can’t predict anything with accuracy…”
It’s very easy to make predictions today – just observe others and use common sense. But to become famous and powerful, you might need some extra make-up or fancy dress. And you should use a medium (image or symbols) to convince others. The mediums can be stars (real or imaginary), planets, palm, dices, funny mathematics, betal leaf, sea shells and sand, or whatever to create an image that resonance with the existing belief system.
The tools or medium will provide more credibility for the prediction. For instance, when you are told that the problems happen not because of you but some (non-existing) planets, your ego is satisfied, the first clutch of an astrologer. Then he will use a tool to make you believe. In some part of Africa even spit is used. Whatever medium used, the customers will be 100% satisfied!!!
Our brain is a complex organ. It is comfortable with superstitious beliefs but it can’t accept the bitter truths. It seeks security in beliefs and will never ever dare to question it. Instead, it would find reasons to cover up the incorrect beliefs or predictions. Beliefs become ego and it becomes our duty to substantiate, even if those beliefs go wrong. Death of ego is more painful than the real death – so your mind won’t allow anybody questioning your superstitious beliefs. You sub-conscious mind will relate it to something to prove the astrological prediction is true.
Try this next time. You are visiting a family house, where the parents complain about their kids (8-13 years old) who do not even score pass mark for mathematics. Tell them you know palm-reading and just seriously look at the kid’s palm. “This boy is going to be topper in Mathematics, according to the palm reading….”. Wait a couple of years. You will be considered as the biggest jyotish ever in that locality. Because you are instigating something that would be supported by belief system.
Having said that, I know some predictions work sometimes for some people. But those predictions happen just by intuition and without help of any tools or so-called ‘mathematical’ calculations. I have personally experienced about a rebirth issue. I have discussed about it in my articles related to rebirth.
“In my husband’s case…”
“I know Amma… You claim that you are devotees of Shiv. Then why can’t you trust Shiv would protect you? When you have the lord of the universe as father, what are you afraid off? Why should you worry about some fraud mortals’ funny predictions? Why should you trust a con-artist more than your God? Do you think that offering bribes to god or paying hefty fees to priests can prevent any misfortunes? Why would Shiv need petty money from you?”
Rituals have some psychological effect. If properly done- using the exact and pure materials and methods – rituals have some affect on body too. Many Vedic rituals have multiple effects.
I told his father -if you really believe in God, surrender to him/her. Have the faith that God knows better and he/she will take care of you. Please do not insult god by becoming slave to any predictor predator. If you can experience the divine presence, you CANNOT follow a con-artist in the industry of prediction. Please understand that there is a huge mafia that includes such prediction-con-artists, priests and people from temple management.
P.S: I met Subrahmanian 10 years ago in a function. His father (at 65) was still alive!
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