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SB 11.23.53

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


grahā nimittaṁ sukha-duḥkhayoś cet
kim ātmano 'jasya janasya te vai
grahair grahasyaiva vadanti pīḍāṁ
krudhyeta kasmai puruṣas tato 'nyaḥ


grahāḥ—the controlling planets; nimittam—the immediate cause; sukha-duḥkhayoḥ—of happiness and distress; cet—if; kim—what; ātmanaḥ—for the soul; ajasya—who is unborn; janasya—of that which is born; te—those planets; vai—indeed; grahaiḥ—by other planets; grahasya—of a planet; eva—only; vadanti—(expert astrologers) say; pīḍām—suffering; krudhyeta—should become angry; kasmai—at whom; puruṣaḥ—the living entity; tataḥ—from that material body; anyaḥ—distinct.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


And if we examine the hypothesis that the planets are the immediate cause of suffering and happiness, then also where is the relationship with the soul, who is eternal? After all, the effect of the planets applies only to things that have taken birth. Expert astrologers have moreover explained how the planets are only causing pain to each other. Therefore, since the living entity is distinct from these planets and from the material body, against whom should he vent his anger?

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