The Fortune Teller
This post is really late, almost five months delayed. It was my promise to this astrologer from my hometown Allahabad that I would like to write few words on him. We have seen fortune tellers erupt every morning in news channels predicting the future of persons according to their zodiac signs and date & time of their birth. Only few are master of this profession, rest make this as their bread and butter because of their oratory skills. It is impossible to say for someone that he has never seen a fortune teller. And the greatest dilemma is that everyone wants to know their future but no one wants to mend the present and learn a lesson from past. Thankfully, I have met few astrologers who have said many things about my ‘past’ precisely but not the ‘future’! Let the future be uncertain or else what would be the charm in living a life which is predictable.
There were few astrologers like Varahamihir and Cheiro whose work and predictions have surprised the severe critics and Astrology is still debated in schools whether it is a science or not?
There are many prophecies in ‘Bhavishya Purana’ and Nostradamus’s book which still have to see the light of day and we know that many of those prophecies have proven accurate.
There are few who like to give undue credit to ‘destiny’ for other’s good fortune and their own bad times and there are many who think that we are just puppets in the hands of almighty and everything is predetermined since our birth. Most of us mutter that we didn’t get what our hard work deserved as compared to our friends and rivals and owe a lots to ‘destiny’ and God’s wish. Yet, we find beautiful words of wisdom in Srimad Bhagvad Gita.
“कर्मण्यकर्म यः पश्येदकर्मणि च कर्म यः ।
स बुद्धिमान्मनुष्येषु स युक्तः कृत्स्नकर्मकृत् ।। श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता अध्याय ४, श्लोक १८
He who finds inaction in action, and action in inaction, he is the wise one among men; he is engaged in Yoga and is a performer of all actions! Srimad Bhagvad Gita, Chapter 4, Verse 18.”
By the way you can find such fortune teller in a marvellous story by R. K. Narayan – An Astrologer’s Day.
© Sushil Kumar