As it Strikes Me

Among the astikas (those who have faith in our scriptures) we find that some follow astrological planetary movements and its influence on their life very carefully. In fact they are very concerned about the influence of faraway planets like Saturn on their lives. If the influence is malignant, they would not hesitate to even perform prayaschittams (expiatory rites to alleviate its influence).

Generally, we are thankful to one who has done us a good turn. When we stand to gain due to another’s help either financially, materially or physically we feel grateful to him. We revere this person who has helped us. If the help was a timely one, we feel moved. But this alone cannot be a sign of our gratitude.

In spiritual life there are two things - being subject-conscious and being object-conscious. Thinking of Bhagavan is being 'subject-conscious'. Thinking of what the aspirant has achieved -- his progress, his spiritual experiences so far, etc. -- is being 'object-conscious'.