Astrology to make your life better:
You and your planets
Deshabandu Sumanadasa Thilak Abeygunawardena
Q: As we believe the karmic force of a man is depicted through the
positioning of planets in one’s horoscope. Today astrology has gained
much recognition and acceptance than any other time, expanding the role
and responsibility of astrologers. While some are blessed with guidance
and advice of eminent astrologers, there is also a set of people who get
misled by false predictions of charlatans. For the slightest matter some
would rush to an astrologer, but there are also people who dismiss
astrology with scorn. In this backdrop, how should one make use of
astrology to make his life better?
A: Everyone likes to know what their future would be like. A
horoscope is a chart drawn to show the karma force of a man calculated
from the time of his birth. By reading a person’s horoscope a clever
astrologer can accurately chart a man’s destiny. In fact the main
purpose of reading a horoscope should be to give an insight into a
person’s own character. If a person is going through a bad period, an
astrologer would tell him as to what precautionary measures he should
take to get rid of it.
Through the horoscope you can determine certain times in your life
when you have to ‘hold up’ or move forward to achieve great levels of
creativity or when you have to watch your activities and health. Thus it
is better to know your future in advance so that you can remedy certain
malevolent effects that will badly affect you.
At a recent television interview I was asked whether I go through my
horoscope before making important decisions. In fact I do it quite
often. I always check for an auspicious hour before leaving the premises
to attend an important function. As I told them, on that particular day
also I left my house in Galle on an astrologically determined time. Up
to this date I have never experienced a vehicle breakdown or any other
inconvenience on the road while travelling from Galle, where I reside to
Astrology is not a field of study that was created overnight. Its
origin goes back to 6000-7000 years when ancient sages who had
extraordinary powers started noticing a great relationship between the
life cycle of human beings and the movements of planets.
Out of the 108 sages who participated at the naming ceremony of
Prince Siddhartha five were astrologers. There is enough evidence to
prove that the Sri Lankans had been used to perform their important
tasks according to astrology.
All our ancient kings including the most outstanding ones who could
unite the country in the past such as Pandukhabhaya, King Asela, King
Dutugemunu, Walagamba, Datusena, Vijayabahu I, Parakramabahu I and
Parakramabahu VI had immense faith in astrology. Similarly almost all
the rulers who governed the country after Independence believed in
astrology. President Mahinda Rajapaksa who deserves much of the credit
for reuniting the entire country under one flag too has immense faith in
this great science.
It does not require heaps of money to follow astrology. But you
should be careful enough to select an eminent astrologer who can give
accurate predictions. If you use it wisely and carefully at appropriate
times prior to taking important decisions you can get the full benefit.
Q: What should be the qualities of a good astrologer?
A: First and foremost a good astrologer should be capable of giving
accurate predictions without any hesitation. As I mentioned earlier
there were five astrologers among the 108 hermits who participated at
Prince Siddhartha’s naming ceremony.
The prediction of four of them was that ‘if the Prince remains in the
palace he will be the successor to King Suddhodana, if he decides to
renounce worldly life, he will attain Buddhahood.’ But the sage
Kondangna who said that the Prince would definitely become a Buddha was
accurate in his prediction. To give an accurate prediction you should
have a vast knowledge in astrology. Your luck too counts to a large
An astrologer too should have a good planetary position. Also a good
astrologer should be clever in speech and agile in action. As shown in
the above instance a good astrologer must be clever and precise in
thinking and he should have clever disposition to tackle any problem.
Advice of Astrologers are often sought on important occasions of life
such as child birth, when a girl attains age. In certain areas of Sri
Lanka even the digging of the grave is done on an astrologically
determined time. There could be several reasons for that - to ensure a
good rebirth or to ensure that the spirit would not visit his house.
An astrologer should be careful enough not to make statements which
will affect a person negatively. For example while going through a
horoscope if an astrologer notices that its owner stands a zero chance
of getting married, he should never tell it to him directly. The best
thing he could do is to reveal it to his/her parent or to a closest
In fact that was the first advice given to me by my Astrology teacher
M.C.G. Raman (Jnr.) You should never let your client lose his mental
balance. In fact a good astrologer is like a good doctor. A doctor would
never tell his patient that he would not survive for long even though he
is dead certain that his patient’s life is limited only for a few days!
If the astrologer is clever enough he should be able to use the
knowledge for the betterment of his own life as well. So I would say one
of the best ways to select your family astrologer is to examine his
present position in society.
If he could help others reach lofty heights through making powerful
‘nekath’ and ‘murthi’, he too should be able to achieve a better status
in life than he was before. Anyway that does not mean that an astrologer
is capable of changing his planetary positions. What I mean here is his
ability to lead a better life with his family using his knowledge in
Q: Though astrology is a science that originated in the East, it
seems that the people in the West too pay much attention to it. Your
A: Of course they do. Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England is a
fine example. Her faith in astrology too could be one reason why she
could retain the Throne over the years despite many obstacles she faced.
Most of the world leaders too have faith in astrology. Astrology
books had been found even in the office room of former German-leader
Adolf Hitler. It is on an astrologically determined auspicious time that
rockets are launched into space from the Houston Space Centre in the
In fact I am the one who made the horoscope of the present U.S.
president Barack Obama and made an accurate prediction. It was a sheer
dream for a Black to become the President of the U.S.A. Barack Obama who
was born on August 4, 1961 at 8.11 a.m. in Honolulu, Hawai could make
that dream a reality.
His horoscope showed that he is lucky enough to change the history of
America. As a well experienced scholar he made use of everything which
are normally used by men to achieve progress in life including
Lots of foreigners visit me seeking astrological advice. It is a fine
evidence that astrology is gradually becoming popular in the West.
Way back in the early 16th century there had been great prophets like
Nostradamus who had extraordinary powers to make accurate prophecies
which came true about 500 years after his demise. One such prediction
was the death of Princess Diana. He had stated that the wife of Prince
of Wales would face an untimely death. Also he had stated that a Black
would become the president of the U.S. in the 21st century.
Q: If the horoscope is a chart drawn to show the karmic force a man
carries, is not there a possibility to avert the consequences of certain
bad Kamma and malevolent effects of planets by taking precautionary
A: Certainly. It is rather difficult to overcome a fatal crisis
brought about by a malevolent planet. During a ‘Maraka period’ a person
may face danger, mainly death. But the consequences of other bad kamma
could be averted.
Astrology is formed on the relationship of planets and stars and
their effect on people. There are main planets and stars - Jupiter,Venus,
Mars, Sun, Moon, Saturn, Mercury, Rahu, Kethu. The other three are
Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Astrology is based on the movements of these
planets and their impact on human beings. It is due to the malevolent
effects of one of those planets that individuals face difficulties. So
when they pass through a bad period (Graha Apala) they should perform
rituals and practices required to get rid of the maleffect of that
We call them “Graha Shanthi Karma”. Careful analysis of one’s
horoscope is required before deciding on the remedy. For example if a
person faces obstacles due to the maleffect of ‘Rahu’, the treatment
should be for that. As I mentioned earlier you need an eminent
astrologer who is clever in speech and agile in action to get that
I know through experience how such practices have helped individuals
to thrust aside the maleffects.People are normally in the habit of
conducting Bodhi Poojas or engage in religious practices according to
their religions if they are passing a bad period. Those are all fine.
Engaging in religious practices would always give immense relief to
one’s mind, but performing the relevant ‘Shanthi Karma’ is
essential.Whether you are passing through a bad period or not it is
always good to avoid engaging or starting important functions in life
during the “Rahu” period.
Q: With astrology gaining much recognition, in the present society,
quite a number of charlatans who call themselves good astrologers too
have entered this field. How would that affect the purity and the
stability of this great field of study?
A: No doubt that it badly affects this noble profession. The so
called astrologers would charge exorbitant fees from their clients just
to make vague predictions. Even to become an office assistant an
education certificate is required, but no qualifications are sought to
become an astrologer. Even the ones with a minute knowledge of the field
can put up a board in front of their lodgings. Making false predictions
could cause much more harm to society than we think.
People should be careful enough to choose the genuine astrologer out
of a lot. Before visiting an astrologer it is wise to study his history
- his reputation and whether any of his former predictions have come
true etc. Just as the family doctor every family should have a family
astrologer. But the selection should be done with much care after a
thorough analysis of his former predictions.
Q: Though there are astrology classes conducted on small scale, still
there is no proper institution in Sri Lanka to learn astrology. Don’t
you think that it is timely that we established an institution to teach
A: That is a very good question. I intend to forward the matter to
President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The President as a leader who has a high
regard for indigenous forms of art and ancient fields of study will take
this matter into consideration. Just like any other subject it is good
to teach astrology in educational institutions. I have visited 22
countries where I got the chance to see the demand for astrology. In
fact it is even proper to introduce astrology as a subject in the school
I got the chance to study astrology in India. I got the inspiration
from my father D.S. Abeygunewardena who had high regard for astrology
though he was not an astrologer. Inspired by a prediction made to him by
an astrologer that he would become a Head of a province, he moved to
Deniyaya seat from Hiniduma where he became a Chairman of Morawaka Gam
Sabha (UNP), a post which he held for 36 years. I gained a lot of
knowledge from my father. Initially I made a few futile attempts to
learn astrology under certain local teachers.
Then I moved to India and it was there I learned astrology in detail
under M.C.G. Raman (Jr.) in Trivendrum, Kerala.I could not complete my
education as I was in the Rahu period. In fact I underwent a lot of
difficulties subsequently. It was then that I thought that I should
learn astrology thoroughly. Since I failed to fulfil my aspiration I
moved to India.
Today I am a satisfied man who leads a virtuous life enjoying
comforts. Thus everyone can make use of astrology to plan their lives
well ahead. You should always be courageous, truthful and honest. You
should never give up easily.
Q: Can you comment on your ability to make accurate predictions?
A: I showed the world that Sri Lanka has good astrologers when I
addressed the international audience through the BBC. (“Astrology holds
sway, Sri Lanka” - 2008 December 22.) I was certain that President
Mahinda Rajapaksa would be able to combat terrorism.
“Twenty-five years ago, I said there would be a hero king from Ruhuna,
Matara, now he’s the one, we believe, President Mahinda Rajapaksa,” said
“So President Rajapaksa’s horoscope is a powerful one. He is the one
who will bring development to the country. He will defeat the enemies
As I told the BBC I had seen the horoscope of Velupillai Prabhakaran,
the leader of the Tamil Tigers. Though the rebel’s horoscope was more
powerful than those of previous Sri Lankan presidents, Mahinda
Rajapaksa’s was stronger still.”
In retrospect, in “Irahanda” in August 1994, in a joint article with
my guru M.C.G. Raman (Jr.), I stated that Chandrika Bandaranaike will
definitely become the President of Sri Lanka. To another astrology
newspaper I made a prediction “Upcoming woman leader from a Sri Lanka’s
leading political family”.I had seen former President Chandrika
Bandaranaike’s horoscope long ago.
Her planetary positions were very powerful in the early 90s’ and I
was certain that she would create a record.I made the prediction that
Prabhakaran would not be able live beyond May 22,2009 and also that his
place of death would be associated with water. I made a prediction that
Ranil Wickremesinghe will become PM in December 5, 2001.
In 1996 when I was in India I made another prediction that Congress
party will be defeated and the BJP would come to power. Likewise I said
that Lal Krishna Advani has no luck to remain in power even if he was
appointed as PM. His tenure would only be limited for a few days, I
said. He resigned in just 13 days and Deve Gowda took over. In an
article that appeared in Dinamina on August 6, 2009, just a 4 days
before Uva Elections I stated that Shashindra Rajapaksa would win the
elections taking more than 85 per cent votes.
As stated earlier I was quite sure that Barack Obama would become the
President of the US. It is not easy to make such predictions. You have
to study their horoscopes thoroughly, but that alone won’t do. It is not
merely the astrological knowledge that matters, but it also requires a
high degree of psychic powers. You should be precise in your thinking.
Q: Readers would love to know your latest predictions.
A: I am certain that President Mahinda Rajapaksa would change the
present constitution in 2010.
2. Rajapaksas would rule Sri Lanka for decades.
3. As I correctly said President Mahinda Rajapaksa created history as
the first ever leader who could combat terrorism in the 21st Century.
Similarly he will make history by becoming not only the Sri Lankan
President who could get the highest percentage of votes in a
Presidential election, but also in the entire South Asia.
4. Southern Province election results too will be a historic record.
Landslide victory in Southern Provincial elections. In fact the
string of election victories that started from the Eastern elections
will reach its climax in the Southern elections.
5. In the next general elections President Rajapaksa will be able to
get more than 2/3rd of people’s power. I have to emphasize that what
President J.R. Jayewardene could get in 1977 was 5/6 power in
6. President Mahinda Rajapaksa will get the Nobel Prize in
appreciation of his attempt to combat terrorism.
Q: A major planetary change is about to take place on September 09,
2009. How will it affect people.
A: On July 07, 2007 Saturn arrived in Leo (Sinha), which is its enemy
rashi. Leo is a very bad rashi for Saturn. Saturn was in Sinha rashi for
2 years, 1 month and 23 days and comes to Mercury, (which is the best
planet in the system and which is also a friendly planet of Saturn) on
September 9,2009. In fact it is like Saturn visiting his friend’s
House’. This planetary change I believe will bring good results to all.
This will be definitely a better period than the present one. I can say
that this planetary change is good for the entire country and the
government and they can await massive election victories!
Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena (All Island J.P.) also serves as the
Executive Director of the National Savings Bank and as a Director of
Employees Trust Fund Board while being an Advisor to the Independent
Next week: How will the planetary change affect your lagna.)