These are excerpts from Osho’s book Astrology – the Science of Cosmic Oneness. Its fascinating to read Osho’s views on any subject and particularly the much maligned science of astrology. Most modern folks assume that its some type of superstition !! Krishnan and I were deeply interested in Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs like everyone else, but we just dropped the subject totally once we went bankrupt.
At that time probably nothing much appealed to us, least of all some prediction about our future. Strangely enough, we were reading Osho a lot more those days and never came across this book :):). The Master of Masters, is playing games with us and giving us information only when we can deal with it.
Mulla Nasruddin declared towards the end of his life that he had always been miserable, but that suddenly one day he had become happy. The entire population of the village was struck with wonder that a man who had always been depressed, who always used to see the dark side of things, should suddenly have become cheerful. He was a man who had always been pessimistic, who always used to look for thorns.
Once there was an excellent crop in Nasruddin’s garden. There were so many apples that the trees were overloaded. In the neighborhood, one man inquired whether Nasruddin could now possibly have any complaint. He said, “This time the crop is such that it will rain gold. What do you think, Nasruddin?”
Nasruddin, in great sorrow said, “Everything is okay, but where will I get rotten apples to feed the animals?” This man remains miserable: “Where will I get rotten apples to feed the animals…!” All the apples were good, none were rotten – this was his difficulty.
This man suddenly one day became happy, and so the people of the village were curious. They asked, “You are happy, Nasruddin? Has the kingdom become yours?”
Nasruddin said, “I have learned to cooperate with the inevitable. After many years of struggling, I have realized something. Now I have decided that what must be, must be. Now I cooperate with the inevitable, so now there is no reason to be miserable. Now I am happy.”
Astrology investigates many things. To whatever is inevitable, it lends a cooperative hand. Whatever is to be, it does not madly struggle against. Whatever is not to be, it does not demand, does not reach out towards.
Astrology was a means for making man religious – for bringing him to suchness, for bringing him to an ultimate acceptance. It has many dimensions, it has many aspects. We will gradually discuss each dimension. For today, just this much – that the universe is a living body, an organic unit. In it nothing is isolated, all is joined together. Whatever is far away is joined to that which is near – nothing is separate.
So no one should misunderstand this. No one is an isolated island, no one is aloof. Each is joined to the whole, and each one is all the time affecting the other and being affected by the other. Even when you pass by a stone lying on the road, it is throwing its vibrations in your direction. The flowers too are throwing out their vibrations. And you are not just passing by, you too are throwing out your vibrations.
I have said that we are affected by the moon and the stars. I also wish to say that the moon and the stars are affected by us, because influence comes from both directions. Whenever a man like Buddha is born on the earth, the moon may not realize that it is because of him that storms are not arising on its surface – that because of Buddha, storms are subsiding.
The moon is affected and the sun is also moved. When spots occur on the sun and storms arise, disease spreads throughout the earth.
When a person like Buddha is born on the earth and a current of peace is flowing, and the pillar of consciousness grows strong, and the deep beauty of meditation moves over the earth, then too a storm spreads throughout the sun – a storm of peace, bliss and consciousness – because all is joined together.
A tiny blade of grass has an impact on the sun, and the sun has its impact on the blade of grass.
The last paragraph
Life is a whole. If you can perceive this wholeness, only then will you understand astrology; otherwise you will not. Astrology is an aspect of spirituality, a dimension of spirituality. It is the science of wholeness, unity, nonduality.
I love the fact that the pandemic bears out this discourse of Osho’s. Every individual on Earth is affected by the other, everything is connected. The Sun has an increase in Sun storms and diseases spread on Earth ! The virus doesn’t respect the artificial boundaries that we have erected. Life is a whole … What you do affects me and what I do affects you.
So let me pray for the whole world –
ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः। सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः। सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु। मा कश्चित् दुःख भाग्भवेत्॥ ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः॥
May all beings be happy, May all beings be healthy, May everyone experience auspicious events and May no one witness sadness. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.
Do read my earlier blogpost – Osho Story #7 – Security ?
9 thoughts on “Osho on Astrology”
I’ve been an avid student of astrology for over 35 years. It is a rich symbolic language, so it helps me to understand the deeper meaning of seemingly ho-hum events. I don’t use it to predict. On the contrary, I believe it is counterproductive to try to predict. Predictions put binders on the future and limit perception of the infinite variety of possibilities suggested by the cyclical configurations of planets, sun, moon and the backdrop of the constellations.
The saying “Be here now” has special relevance in astrology, because the horoscope of any moment or any birth shows the rich variety of potentialities inherent in that moment as it plays out, like a seed growing over time.
Wow Katharine. Your words are so beautiful. 🙏🙏. Be here now would be Osho’s favorite statements if he was asked to choose one 🤣🤣
Thank you. The saying isn’t original with me. It seems to be fundamental to many meditation practices, thus the idea of focusing on breathing. If focused on your breathing, it’s hard to be anywhere except in the present moment. The idea is to be fully aware and conscious.
Love your post! feels like I was drawn to it for a reason 🙂 Thank you! Decades have passed by, and predictions started becoming stronger, and one day I realized the beauty of the whole thing remains when we step back and enjoy the view! It made a huge difference in my mindset! Your story explains it beautifully..! Thanks for sharing Bindu 🙂 Look forward to reading your other articles on the topic!
Thank you 🙏
If you are reading astrology.It means you are on path of Divinity
This is a beautiful post; your comprehension of Osho’s words demonstrates a clear awareness of the higher consciousness we all benefit from should we seek it. That is exactly what Astrology offers, higher consciousness, the difficulty is, not many are aware of the level of consciousness they are operating from and thus, understanding Astrology becomes far more complicated than needs be. Thank you for this reminder and your prayer. Sending love x
Sadly because covid I cant do my hobby 😦
I just re-read this post. It continues to spur insights. The idea that the entire universe is interactive is bourne out in astrology but also in modern physics. Human institutions, like governments, religions, or even so-called “science”, attempt to divide and separate the parts, but astrology, like the universe, is inclusive and infinitely colorful.