Question: In India, astrologers use the Bhrigu Samhita to predict a person’s future. Does this mean our destinies are predetermined?
Sadhguru: Bhrigu was one of the Saptarishis. He looked into the future and said, this is how human beings will be. Till the end of the world he predicted. Is he talking about you? No. He is talking about humanity as to how it will evolve. What it will do. And if, there many combinations and permutations. If they are this kind, what will come towards them. If they are that kind, what will come towards them. Like this he wrote a map. I want you to see this as a sketch.
Suppose you make a sketch of the movement of the wind. Here, low pressure is happening means we know wind is going to go there. High pressure is happening means, we know wind is going to go away from that. So he made a map of humanity. Human consciousness if it’s like this, he will move here, he will move into this kind of womb, he will attract these kind of things, this will happen, that will happen – like this elaborately he went into the whole thing.
This [Bhrigu Samhita] is a map of human consciousness till the end of this solar system
So Bhrigu Samhita this was called, this is a map of human consciousness till the end of this solar system. How human beings will evolve, what types of human beings will come, what are all the things which will factor. How to read this, he trained people.
If an elaborate map is made of something – suppose you take a, even a… have you seen a topographical map? Not the regular map. Have you seen the geological survey of India? In the United States they have this thing. Have you seen these maps? It will take a certain amount of training to read the map. It’s all written there. Or have you seen the aeronautical maps? They’re really complex, okay? If you want to fly from one part of the world to another, there is an aeronautical map. Unless you are well trained, have gone through these exams, and have passed the exams – but I don’t think I can navigate form here to let’s say South America successfully.
Because the planet is round, it’s spinning, time zones are changing – all this is factored into the map. Somebody who knows how to read it, in 2 minutes he knows exactly what it is – coordinates he will write and he knows where to go. Otherwise, if you don’t know how to read it, you spend days with it, months with it – you do not know.So when he wrote this elaborate map of human consciousness, he trained people with a certain dimension of intuitiveness to read this, because this was not all logical stuff. So these people maintained this tradition and came. And, it doesn’t matter how skeptical you are, what you are, they will say things in your face which will make you feel like an idiot. Okay? And it’s true unfortunately.
You go sit there in front of Nadi Vaidya, first thing he’ll shock you with is, as he said, he will tell your mother’s name and father’s name. You’re finished, you’re already floored, because you’ve gone from somewhere. It doesn’t matter if you are from some other country, he will tell the first letter. He may not know that you are a Suzanna, or you are Tanya, he may not know. He will say your name starts with T. Just like that. Because he is not looking at your background, or your future, nothing. He’s just reading a map. By reading the map, he’s saying okay this is the temperature, this is the elevation, this is this, this is that. But it’s an intuitive map. Unless he’s in a certain state, he cannot do that.
So always it should happen around the temple. Vaideshwaran temple is made for this purpose, and it generally happens around that. Now for commercial interest, they’ve moved everywhere. It may not be as effective but there are some who are bang on. But, if you are on a spiritual path – he will refuse to predict your future. If he is a genuine one. Always. So, if you go, and if he tells your future – that means you are still not on.
Destiny is not something that is fixed by somebody. It is your own karma
So, is destiny fixed? Destiny is not something that is fixed by somebody. It is your own karma. So, your software is in a certain way, so naturally it will function that way. Suppose you have a certain type of software on your computer, whatever you do, it will do the same thing, isn’t it? But, can I smash the computer and stop it? I can. But still if you turn it on, the same hard drive, same thing will come on in a new computer.
So, if you want, I will tell you. If I tell you, you will live for 80 – you jump off the mountain today. New computer we’ll buy for you, sometime later. But same hardware, same software rather. Same thing will happen, nothing new. So, they are looking at that aspect of life, and trying to interpret it in physical terms. Which is an interpretation, where there could be mistakes, always. That interpretation may not always be right. But the reading, the fundamental reading – what is the altitude, what is this, what is that is correct. How to interpret it, is the expertise of a individual person. Not everybody can interpret the same way. So, this whole science developed – Bhrigu Samhita. But, if you are on a spiritual path, they’ll refuse to say, because no reading for you. You don’t belong in that range.