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in Astrology and Karma - ch. 7

"Disaster is not disaster, good fortune is not good fortune. Disaster is to forget Lord Vishnu. Great sanity is to remember Lord Narayana." - The Vishnu Purana

What is a good time or bad time? The definition is yours and personal. The drama of karma keeps unfolding; tragi-comic scenes keep flitting across. Time, like a mirror, holds before your eyes the results of your deeds and misdeeds. 

Do not be elated when you have achieved something, do not become depressed when you have failed. This is a sign of spiritual equipoise. 

Yet astrology shows through its mahadasha scheme how one evolves psychologically and spiritually. The emphasis should be on the spiritual progress, having been born as a human being, and not on the material crazy achievements, particularly when the hi-tech era can give you a lot of irrational ideas of being a celebrity. 

Who is a balanced person? The Gita is full of many, many descriptions of each stage of spiritual development. See one of them here:

"Tulsaninda stutirmouni satusto yena kenachita
Aniketah sthiranmatirbhaktiman me priyo narah

"He for who praise and criticism is the same, is contented, and has a stable mind, such a devotee is dear to Me."
- Gita 12 ch. 19 v. 

This is a rare state of development. Either one reaches it through intelligent self-introspection, or through the company of people with divine wisdom, but mainly through spiritual practices. 

Time is God, appearing sometimes as inscrutably cruel and sometimes overly-kind. That Time is, in Indian (Vedic) astrology, the dasha systems, which are many. 

reprinted with permission