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has given Tantra a bad name in India. Some Tantrics employ ghosts to gain knowledge about other people or to be able to make accurate astrological predictions. Many of them claim to give you instant results and to be able to change your karma for you. Indian politicians have been known to employ such Tantrics, going back to Indira Gandhi and Chandraswamy. Yet good and honest Tantrics, though perhaps harder to find, do exist. Generally, what might be called ‘Tantric astrology’ relates to books on Vedic astrology promoting remedial measures that are Tantric in nature, not a special line of astrology relative to calculation or interpretation that would be called Tantric. In addition, in Sanskrit literature, the term Tantra means a technical text. Technical texts in medieval science and mathematics were also called Tantras for this reason. In modern Sanskrit, Tantra is sometimes used as indicating ‘technology’. Q.5 How to read the dictate of karmas (Sanchit, Prarabdha etc) in horoscopy?– Question by Vijay Kumar, Bangalore Shri Vamadeva Shastri: ---That is also a very big question. The Vedic astrology chart is all about karma. I like to call the birth chart your Karmic DNA or the ‘Karmic Code of the Soul’. Just as your genetic code reveals the underlying pattern behind your physical existence, your Karmic Code or Samskaric Code through the birth chart allows you to read the underlying pattern of your spiritual existence. That is why the Vedic birth chart is probably the most important document you have in your entire life, though like the genetic code requires the proper interpretation and decipherment. Astrology is a science of karma. The astrological chart allows us to ascertain both our karma and the way it is likely to unfold in life through the dashas. 1. Prarabdha, the karma that forms and dominates and is activated in the present life, is indicated mainly by the Rashi chart and its prime positions. 2. The Navamsha can indicate our ability to handle or transform our karma, including the karmas we are setting in motion in this life (the Kriyamana karma). 3. The Dwadashamsha can reflect Past Life Karmic influences. Generally Saturn is more a point of karmic limitation and Jupiter an area of karmic opportunity. The Moon also reflects the Samskaras in the mind, while the Sun shows our ability to make new and independent decisions. Rahu and Ketu also show deep seated karmic connections and collective influences. The Sanchit karma or the total karma of a soul is difficult to judge astrologically as it is the karmic reserve that is not currently active, though some astrologers have theories about how to read it. Determination of Prarabdha is the main thing in the birth chart. How to optimize and transcend our karmas is the main purpose of astrological remedial measures. We may think that we see something karmic in the birth chart, but verifying it over time in the life of a person is necessary to prove the accuracy of our predictions. It is important that the astrologer does not use the specter of karma to scare, intimidate or control clients. We must remember that karma refers to the results of our actions, not to any outside destiny that is imposed upon us. So we have the freedom in the present moment to change the course of our karmas for the future. Finally, karma belongs to body and mind but not to Atma, which transcends time, space and action. But our karma shows us how likely we may be to be able to realize that Atma. 203


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