Monday, June 14, 2010

OSHO on Astrology


The Science of Cosmic Oneness OSHO


In the name of astrology, ninety-nine percent of astrologers are only bluff. Only one percent know that astrology is a vast subject - so vast that someone can only enter into it hesitatingly.

My intention in talking on astrology is not the same as are discussed by an ordinary astrologer. The astrology I am talking about is of much more depth. Something which is essential between your life and that of the universe is connected, is in a rhythmic harmony. We are not separate or isolated but joined together in an organic way. Life is a whole. Whatever is happening anywhere in the universe also affects man and vice versa. If we can understand this properly, there is no need to live encaged within ego and pride.

The significance of astrology is this: you are not, but the universe is. Your ego is not, but the cosmos is. Very powerful forces are operating, and your ego is absolutely insignificant. You can only understand the astrology I am talking about, if you think and feel that you are an integral part of this big world.

Every child, every new life, insists on a specific moment for conception, for birth - both are interdependent. He will choose the appropriate constellations according to what he wants to be - whatever his innate possibilities, whatever the shape of his last life taken in its entirety, whatever his motivating consciousness.

At the time of birth, the condition of a child’s mind is exactly like a very sensitive photo plate. When a child is conceived in the mother’s womb, this is a first exposure for the child. On the day the child is born there is a second exposure. These two exposures are registered upon the sensitive mind of the child, as if on film. The world, as it is at that moment, is imprinted upon the child. This determines the child’s sympathies and antipathies for his entire life.

Astrology can be divided into three parts:

--The first part is the outermost layer, which is nonessential. Everything is circumstantial, uncertain, unpredictable.

-- The second part is the middle layer, in which one can make whatever changes one wants. It is the semi-essential portion, in which you can make changes if you know how. There is a possibility of transformation if the right choice is made. The right way is to start moving towards your center.

--The third part is the core, the essence. It cannot be changed. When it is known, the only way is to cooperate with it.

The real thing is the third. It is the quintessence of everything. It belongs to the innermost and is absolutely predetermined. The more one moves toward one’s center, the nearer one comes to the essential, predetermined part. As we move towards the periphery we move towards coincidence. The more we talk about external happenings, the more there is coincidence. When we talk about inner phenomena, things begin to appear scientific, as if based on a definite law. They become more and more decisive. Between these two conditions - the essential and the peripheral - there is ample room to effect changes by exercising one’s freedom of choice. Here, someone with awareness will make the correct choice, whereas a person who is in the darkness of ignorance will drift into his destiny, putting up with whatever comes his way.

When you go to an astrologer, ask him an essential question, like, “Will I die weeping or laughing?” This is worth asking; it is connected to essential astrology. You are usually asking the astrologer when you will die - as if dying is of value in itself. You are asking how long you will live - as if just living is sufficient. Why will I live? For what shall I live? What shall I do while living? What shall I become if I live?

Astrology can become a tool in your hands only if you distinguish the essential from the nonessential.

Osho: Hidden Mysteries, Chapter 6 reproduced from

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