Is Krishna Bakthi possible only if destined in our horoscope?
……………………Dasi asked like this:
“If someone predicts that as per your chart in future your love for Krishna will not be much and all. Should we trust? Chanting is most powerful. Stars of all universes and all powers of all universes are nothing infront of Holy Name. Chanting takes care of this na. I always feel scared that I dont wanna see the day when I stop loving Krishna. Chanting and reading scriptures and serving will take care of my devotion and will multiply my love for Krishna na? Pls guide me.”
This is not completely true. Let me explain how.
Krishna Bakthi comes because of the following two reasons:
(1) As a continuation of the sadhanas (devotional practices) stopped in one’s previous births.
(2) New introduction in this birth in Krishna Bakthi.
Let me explain both the cases:
Humbly speaking, I fall in the first category. I must have stopped devotion to Krishna in my previous birth that continues in this birth by taking birth in a vedic Brahmana family that is very conservative and religious. If I do not skip attachments in this birth, I will have to take another birth to attain that perfection. In that birth, I will be still more religious from birth itself.
This is the first reason. This continuation of devotion in the next birth is indicated in our horoscope in its fifth house beautifully and decisively.
That is why, the fifth house is called POORVA PUNYA STHAAN (The house that indicates the Punya (good and spiritual deeds) we accumulated from the previous births).
It is strongly indicated in the fifth house of my horoscope.
In the fifth house of our horoscope, if Mercury is connected in any way, that means, we were following Krishna bakthi in our previous births and hence we will get immediate inclination towards Vishnu/ Krishna in this birth. That’s all.
In my horoscope, Mercury is very strong in fifth house. In fact, Mercury is the strongest planet in my horoscope. This indicates that I will live for Krishna, not for mundane reasons. So, I immediately accepted Krishna as my favourite deity from my father in my young age itself. My father was not connected with ISKCON because ISKCON was not existing then. But, he was a strong reciter of VISHNU SAHASRA NAMA every morning before sun rise in the nearby Vishnu temple. The first activity in that temple was my father’s recitation of Vishnu Sahasra Nama.
So, the seeds of my devotion to Krishna dates back to ISKCON. When I came across ISKCON, I learnt how to develop strong love on Krishna AS THE SUPREME PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD. Srila Prabhupada clearly explained in his books how Krishna is the source of everything that attracted me. To learn other things, I did not require ISKCON because, honestly speaking, the regulative principles and other rules were not new to me since these regulations were already existing for brahmanas in other sampradhayas also. Brahmanas are prohibited to take any intoxicant, onion, garlic, etc., even in the vedic texts. Even coffee and tea are prohibited for brahmanas, but, many take now a days in that community. The way of wearing dhoties is also taken from brahmanas only. All sampradhayas follow that. LEARNING TO LOVE KRISHNA is the gift that I derived from ISKCON.
Only because of that strong mercury, I am able to write articles on Krishna because Mercury that represents Krishna is the source of knowledge.
If Mercury is not strong, one can’t write and become popular. He can write nonsense things only. Speaking/ writing about the Lord requires strong Mercury.
Srila Prabhupada had strong Mercury. Hence he took birth in vedic family and wrote so many books. Because he had Rahu in the second house, he had to leave the family and dedicate to Krishna. Thus, Krishna bakthi is predicted in our horoscope IF IT IS THE CONTINUATION FROM PREVIOUS BIRTH.
Only because Krishna Bakthi is in my horoscope also, I daringly started preaching about Krishna that became popular also. So, I do not consider myself as an overnight evolution to preach or ineligible to preach. It has been destined in my birth. I am not doing this for money, but, I too need some money atleast to run my life and hence I am doing some material business also. I also give opportunity for the devotees to spare some support to my service because the mercy received by me for my service will be shared to them also because of their support. This is the opportunity to indirectly involve in preaching about Krishna. That’s all. Had it not been destined, I will be just following devotion without preaching to others. Hope you understand the secrets behind this.
Now, the second case. Many people are introduced to Krishna in this birth only as a new comer. This is not shown in the horoscope. Their horoscope will just show that they will be pious and god fearing. Which deity is kept secret.
If they are more fortunate and if Krishna decides to add new devotees to Him, He blesses such new comers with the devotion to Him. This is how, the fortunate boys and girls from even the western countries, African countries and even restricted countries could get the opportunity of knowing and practicing Krishna Bakthi.
How this happens?
This is where Krishna uses some selected devotees. Krishna used Srila Prabhupada to take His name all over the world. These new comers are introduced to these great devotees and because of their association with these great devotees, they become introduced to Krishna.
Thus, Krishna makes new devotees through some selected existing dedicated devotees. We call them gurus, acharyas, preachers, etc.
That is why, guru is given much importance in our tradition. Even Lord Krishna and Rama went to a guru on earth.
If these new comers are unable to attain perfection in this birth, in their next birth, their horoscope will have strong Mercury and they will follow devotion right from their small age.
I can say that even some sincere western devotees may take birth in a vedic or Vaishnava family in their next birth if they could not attain perfection in this birth.
This is the secret behind the devotion and horoscope.
In your case, you have been introduced to Krishna now. If you are faithful, you can get Krishna even from this birth. So, try as sincerely as possible without doubts.
I have explained this in a very simple way. Hope this would have been understood by all.
The above explanation is authoritative and I have written from heart without any colours and hence you can trust them as it is.
All the best.