By Vaishnava Das
An interesting set of articles caught my eye this past week, which I thought I would share with the devotee community. I believe that a sober analysis can be made, drawing upon economic, political, religious, and historical data, that would suggest increased turbulence in the world leading ultimately to war. This is my own conclusion. However, reasonable people can review the same facts and draw their own conclusions. Generally, in this regard, we are looking at hard data and facts. Yet, we should not neglect the more subtle natural laws that may be harder to tie back to overt patterns in the world.
The articles that caught my attention can be found below:
Last week Russian astronomers discovered a new comet that has entered our solar system for the first time. It is due to appear on our horizon at its closest approach on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013. Initial analysis indicates this may be one of the brightest comets in history, on a scale approaching that of the moon. The articles jogged my memory of a conversation with Srila Prabhupada:
Conversation, January 3, 1974
Prabhupada: Uh, so, this is a bad sign. Constellation. According to astronomical calculations. Therefore we, we follow the astrology according to the constellation. The child born, everything has connection, the constellation of the star has influence on the child. So therefore the horoscope-maker takes the calculation of the constellation and then calculate what is his future. This dhumaketu is described in Dasavatara-stotra, dhumaketum iva kim api karalam. Dhumaketum iva. Dhumaketum iva kim api karalam. As soon as there is comet, there will be some disaster. Very great disaster. In our childhood we saw the comet, not this like. That was small comet. Still, the first world war was there declared. That we have seen in 1914.
Nara-narayana: Halley’s comet.
Nara-narayana: I think they called it Halley’s comet. Halley’s comet.
Prabhupada: Now the… You can expect at any moment disaster in this material world, but the comet is the sign that there will be some great disaster. It is… This material world, in every step there is disaster. Padam padam yad vipadam [SB 10.14.58]. But those who have taken shelter of Krsna, the disaster is not meant for them. Samasrita ye pada-pallava-plavam. Padam padam yad vipadam na tesam. So how big it is?
In this conversation, Srila Prabhupada references Sri Jayadeva Goswami’s Sri Dasavatara-stotra, Mantra 10. The translation for this verse is as follows:
“O Keshava! O Lord of the Universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of Kalki! All glories to You! Like a comet bearing an indescribably terrifying sword, You annihilate the wicked barbarian kings at the end of Kali-Yuga.”
Out of curiosity I checked the date for comets that appeared in 1914. The comet in the conversation was clearly not Halley’s comet which appears every 76 years and would have appeared in 1910. The only major comet I could find was Delavan’s comet of 1914, which based on its ellipse will not reappear again for 24 million years. As Srila Prabhupada said, World War 1 was declared in that same year. While the official cause of World War 1 was the assassination of the Austrian Archduke by Gavrilo Princip, no doubt there were other forces in the background (economic, political, religious, and historical) that brought all the elements together.
In researching Delavan’s comet I also happened to come across The Great Comet of 1861 discovered on May 13, 1861. As a note, the first hostilities of the American Civil War began on April 12, 1861.
Personally I lack the purity of vision to understand such signs and omens. As such, I generally don’t discuss such subtle details. I am sure not all comets are equal, perhaps varying by size, distance, regularity, or the celestial bodies they orbit through. This is simply a guess on my part. I note from the articles that this comet will pass by close to Mars, which in Vedic astrology is ruled by Kartikeya, the god of war. Interestingly, Mars is also the Roman god of war. Perhaps there are those with knowledge of Jyotish that may be able to draw some conclusions.
I present this simply as one other data point for the community to consider.