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Sword from the Sky

Sri Patita Pavana das Adhikary
10 October 2005
"With hue like that when some great painter dips,
His pencil in the doom of earthquake and eclipse."
The Revolt of Islam (1818)
-Percy Bysshe Shelley
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October of this year (2005) bears witness to two eclipses. We have dispensed with the solar event called Eclipse Elmo that passed on the 2nd in our letter to Shriman Hansadutta das Prabhu published yesterday. Since the month continues to remain overshadowed by one more untoward event, Eclipse Eleanor on the 17th, I shall dilate a little on the ramifications of that event.

First the details for the astronomers amongst us: According to Trivedi's American Panchang, Eclipse Eleanor will be a partial eclipsing of the Moon, visible in central and western North America, Central America, Eastern Asia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and in most parts of the Pacific Ocean. Eleanor will begin early in the morning at 2:51 AM (PDT) [9:51 UT/GMT], the center point will occur at 5:03 AM (PDT) [12:03 noon UT/GMT], and the Moon will forego the influence of Rahu, that is leave the arc of penumbra, at 6:15 AM (PDT) [14:15 UT/GMT]. The Moon will be in Pisces, or Meena rashi, at the commencement of Eleanor, but will move into Aries while the eclipse is ongoing, an omenous portent. To make things worse, the change into Aries occurs at 5:46 AM (PDT) [12:46 PM UT/GMT], just forty-three minutes after the dead center point of the event. It should also be pointed out that the Sun will have just entered into debility, that is into the sign of Libra, only 4 hours prior to eclipse commencement. The event will begin with Sun-ruled Leo rising over San Francisco.

What does this strange mix of stellar influences foretell? First of all, it should be pointed out that eclipses—and indeed the effects of Rahu and Ketu—can be beneficial. When our Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu advented Himself in the divine tirtha of Nadia in the year 1486, it was during an eclipse. Furthermore, a study of thousands of horoscopes belonging to Western devotees reveals a strong Rahu in play in an overwhelming number of them which made them ripe for devotional service. Actually Rahu, who causes eclipses, is a mleccha (or outcaste). The very Kali Yuga society we live in is founded upon the fourfold pillars of sin (meat-eating, illicit sex, gambling and intoxication), and is a Rahu society. Hence he who is a Rahu in the society of Rahus actually may turn to a life of Godliness. That is, being ejected from the association of demons, he searches for the loving company of devotees, and takes shelter of the Lord's Holy Name. Astrologically, those who are born under rashis Makara, Tula or Mithuna may actually be benefited by Eleanor.

And this brings up the second point of Rahu. Sinful deeds are like seeds whose reactions overtake entire countries as much as they vex individual sinners. America has for the most part held painful reactions at bay for decades through the charitableness of her people. Add to that innate American altruism the devotion of Prabhupada's American soldiers performing the invaluable service of sankirtana yajna upon the streets of every town and village in America and, like magic, entire populations received protection. With the waning and ultimate eclipse of sankirtan which coincided with the sad departure of our spiritual master, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the sankirtan movement received a terrible blow. No one has come forth who can adequately bear the title of acharya of the Hare Krishna Movement, as did so elegantly His Divine Grace, though many have tried. The post of spiritual master is open, but no qualified person is there to occupy the throne.

Hence, in these dark days, it can be understood that the untoward effects of eclipses will be magnified. Since yesterday, the death toll in Pakistan has soared to 45,000 souls by one general's estimate, but it could easily double and triple. Further, heavy rains in the mountainous areas have impeded rescue efforts, and many survivors will succumb due to exposure to the elements.

I have given a bit of thought to the forthcoming days. The influences of the "eclipse field of influence" (or EFI) will continue for at least one and one half lunar cycles (or about 45 days onwards) from the 17th. If your Moon sign is either Pisces or Aries, then keep a very cool head indeed, over the next month and a half, and remain very, very circumspect. In our science of Vedic astrology, there are 27 minor constellations called nakshatras. In most situations, these nakshatras form a bridge that connects signs; that is, part of the nakshatra is in one sign and the remaining fraction lies in the next. However, just as there can be no affinity of water for fire, or vice versa (since either one will destroy the other) there is no "nakshatra bridge" that joins any water sign to a following fire sign. This means that at 4:46 PM (PDT) on the early morning of Monday the 17th, the Moon will be dreadfully compromised. The lunar sphere will be both eclipsed and near a limbo state of "no man's land", a terrible augury for us people of the earth who depend upon and are nourished by the Moon's rays of beneficence.

In Vedic astrology, the Moon's position constitutes one's "sign", not the Sun sign as has been erroneously concluded by misguided, speculative and ill-informed adherents of so-called "Western Astrology". This makes perfect sense when reading Shrila Prabhupada's illuminating purports to the verses of the Bhagavatam that describe the organization of the Universe. In the fifth canto of the Bhagavata Purana, His Divine Grace Shrila Prabhupada points out that the Moon is called "Jiva" because through his gentle influence he supplies the "juice of life" (and one's individuality as well) to all entities living in this material world. Remember that Lord Shri Krishna Himself, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, points out in Bhagavad Gita (15.12): yach chandramasi yach chagnau: "The splendor of the Moon is from Me". The Lord then adds (in His discussion with His devotee Arjuna) in the next verse: somo bhutva rasamakah: "I become the Moon and supply the juice of life to all vegetables." At this point in their conversation, which we revere as Bhagavad Gita As It Is, Arjuna has already been shown by Bhagavan Shri Krishna that the Sun and Moon are His eyes (verse 11.19). So we must conclude that the darkening through eclipse of those two eyes of God that maintain and watch over us is a very inauspicious augury indeed.

What events will follow? Who can predict with accuracy except those who, like Sanjaya narrating the events of the Battle of Kurukshetra to the blind Dhritarashtra, could see a mystical "television screen in the heart"? However, the sign of Aries, the second eclipsed sign of the 17th Oct. event, is a well-known ruler of the United Kingdom. It can be speculated with some assurance that Great Britain will feel a hefty brunt of the effects of Eleanor. They must be on guard as ever against terrorist attacks, as should America. Eclipses that occur in Martian signs in general foretell of increased wartime hostilities, so Iraq will continue to be a battlefield, as will other key points of Africa. Battles will break out all over the world, which get ignored by the grinning news anchors of American media.

As the Sun will move into Libra (an air sign) just hours prior to the event, there is the strong possibility of several air disasters occurring over the next two weeks, perhaps a few occurring over or near water. A disaster involving a seagoing vessel may grab the headlines. The fate of Indonesia will continue to remain in jeopardy, as if this unfortunate nation has not seen enough hardship this year. Guerilla insurgency may raise its head in the Philippines, another island nation. Furthermore, the peace of a paradisiacal island nation of the Pacific may be shattered. Eclipses are like smoky rooms, and thus it is becomes very difficult to pinpoint with accuracy specific forthcoming events.

Problems in California might scorch the headlines, with a small- to medium-sized quake, but probably not much bigger. In the business world, surprise bankruptcies will grab attention as precious metals continue their climb. The Royal Family of England is highly susceptible to all sorts of problems, and all family members are advised to keep a low profile. Mass riots or political dissent may be predicted in some Latin country over the next two months. Terrorist "liberation fronts" which the Western newscasts consider themselves too elite to mention will strike unsuspecting villagers in India and Nepal. America is already experiencing dreadful flooding in New England, even before the Piscean (water sign) lunar event.

For those countries holding elections now, such as Iraq or Liberia, my advice is to postpone them until the effects of EFI lessen. Oceania may face a political problem, or there could be fires in Australia.

Now, more than ever, the sankirtan movement is urgently needed to turn back the dark tide of Kali Yuga. Congregational public chanting of:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare

is the sole panacea capable of chasing away the Rahu of Kali Yuga. The real tragedy of sinful activity is not the physical pain we cause to our physical bodies in the form of natural and man-made disasters through callous transgressions of material Nature, but the loss of the real opportunity of human form of life (surrender to Krishna in loving devotional service) here upon the planet whose dust was purified by the lotus feet of Shrila Prabhupada, Lord Chaitanya and Lord Shri Krishna. For those who seek a way out of this dark out this material existence, there is no other way but heartfelt surrender at Prabhupada's lotus feet.

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On Monday, 17 October 2005
Penumbral Eclipse Begins: 09:51:25 UT
-8 (PDT) 2:51 AM
+8 (Hong Kong) 5:51 PM

Partial Eclipse Begins:
11:33:59 UT
-8 (PDT) 4:34 AM
+8 (Hong Kong) 7:34 PM

Greatest Eclipse: 12:03:18 UT
-8 (PDT) 5:03 AM
+8 (Hong Kong) 8:03  PM

Partial Eclipse Ends: 12:32:26 UT
-8 (PDT) 5:32 AM
+8 (Hong Kong) 8:32 PM

Penumbral Eclipse Ends: 14:15:08 UT
-8 (PDT) 6:15 AM
+8 (Hong Kong) 10:15 PM

Moon Enters Aries:
12:46 UT
-8 (PDT) 5:46 AM
+8 (Hong Kong) 8:46 PM

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