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OF LIGHT : VEDIC ASTROLOGY
it is only through the movement of the planets that the other actions of life on Earth are
possible. We live in a world of tremendous forces. It is an awesome and spectacular
universe. It was the understanding of this power from which the science of astrology originated.
We pride ourselves in having gone beyond the limited views of ancient
and medieval cultures. We have left the earth centered view of the solar
system and look upon the ancients who saw the earth as the center of
the universe to have been naive. We have broken through many other divisions of race,
language and culture and find traditional cultures like India still to be caught
in these narrow patterns. But we have not gone beyond what may be the most basic of all illusions and
self-centered thinking processes, the materialistic idea of the world.
We are almost entirely engrossed in the physical world as the sole reality and our personal ego as our
real identity. While these traditional cultures had much less understanding or comprehension of
the physical world than we do, they also had more knowledge of the subtle worlds and the spiritual
reality behind them than we do. They would regard us as very naive and
self-centered in this regard, tied to the sensory view of the world and blocked to any deeper inuition
or inner perception. It is from this deeper perception they developed
and used astrology.