Deus non alligatur. God is not bound. Nibbanam paramam sukham. Unbinding is the Highest Happiness. The Heart is Divinity. God is the primal radiance of Divinity. Nature is the primal manifestation of Divinity. The Buddha is the primal realization of Divinity. La ilaha il Allah. Allah is Complete Wholeness.

28 October 2007

The Seven Deadly Sins

Jyotish recognizes seven "grahas" (otherwise known to English speakers as the sun, the moon, and the five classical planets). One can map various virtues to each graha, as done before in this blog:
The Sun represents the causal soul and the virtue of faith (astikya).
The Moon represents the emotional mind and the virtue of contentment (santosha).
Mercury represents the discriminative/intellectual mind and the virtue of wisdom (prajna).
Venus represents the energic/pranic body and the virtue of love (agape-karuna)....

Mars represents physical actions and the virtue of vigor (virya).
Jupiter represents the site of enjoyment (rasa) and the virtue of generosity (dana).
Saturn represents the site of dissatisfaction (dukkha) and the virtue of temperance (tapas).
It would be even more useful if the grahas could be linked to vices, as well. The seven deadly vices (from the Christian tradition) are helpful here:
The Sun represents the virtue of faith and the vice of pride.
The Moon represents the virtue of contentment (or happiness) and the vice of envy.
Mercury represents the virtue of wisdom and the vice of intellectual greed.
Venus represents the virtue of love and the vice of sensual lust.
Mars represents the virtue of vigor and the vice of hatred.
Jupiter represents the virtue of generosity and the vice of material gluttony.
Saturn represents the virtue of temperance and the vice of sloth.
Each person's astrological chart is dominated by a graha or two, indicative of the person's characteristic virtues and corresponding vices.

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