Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Is muhurta a superstition ?

There was an article in an English daily published from Mumbai yesterday that the superstitious politicians are waiting for the pitrupaksha to get over for filing nominations for the upcoming assembly election. The question here is not whether pitrupaksha is auspicious or not. The scribe has taken the very concept of muhurta ( auspiciousness / in-auspiciousness ) of time as a superstition.

To start with, veda ( A.V.53.7) says,
काले मनः काले प्राणः काले नाम समाहितम् ।
कालेन सर्वा नन्दन्त्यागतेन प्रजा इमाः ॥

The mind, the vital energy and the names - they are established in 'time'. In his bhashya, Sayanacharya interprets the second part of this mantra as " owing to 'time' people enjoy the results of success ".

सुख दुःखकरं कर्म शुभाशुभमुहूर्तजम् - Whether action leads to happiness or misery depends on the auspiciousness / in-auspiciousness of the time at which it is performed.

Manjul Bhargava, this year's winner of Fields Medal ( Nobel prize in mathematics ) says he was impressed with" the great mathematicians Aryabhata, Bhaskara, and Brahmagupta. Their works were inspirational to me. Pingala, Hemachandra and Brahmagupta have been particularly influential in my own work."

In Siddhanta Siromani, Bhaskaracharya's treatise on mathematics and astronomy in the 1st sloka of Spashtadhikara it is said, यात्राविवाहोत्सवजातकादौ खेटैः स्फुटैरेव फलस्फुटत्वम् - the accuracy of the results of prediction about the outcome of travel, marriage, events and festivals and horoscopy depends on the accuracy of the planetary longitudes calculated.

Does it not establish that the whole purpose of vedic astronomy is to accurately predict / control the outcome ?

It is clear that Hinduism believes in the auspiciousness / in - auspiciousness of time. In this religion it is not a superstition. Our scriptures and books of 'science' agree with this concept.