“What is real? How do you define real?”

-Morpheus (The Matrix)


“How would it happen?” Cried my highly educated but unemployed client whom I had told that he would get a job soon. “I can’t see any job coming.” he said with despair. I smiled and questioned back “Did you see the job loss coming?” That stunned him into silence. “I’m just being a real” he said feebly.

In response, I launched into one of my philosophical lectures. “What is real? At times I question if our reality is real? How do you define reality? What we see in the front of our eyes?; or what goes on in the background, with the stars pulling the strings?” I then force fed him my theories about matrix and Karma (poor thing).

However, after the call I went into one of my deep thoughtful Saturn inspired moods which make me ponder the nature of reality.  Living as an astrologer is fun, but it can be confusing, downright surreal.

Like Morpheus warning Neo about the red pill, my dad tried his best to protect me from astrology “You would have one leg in the supernatural all the time.” he had warned me. Many years and thousands of horoscopes later, I realized his wisdom.

Reality appears to be more and more unreal. You realize that most of the times, what we go through, what we think we are doing, and even who we think we are is actually a game of planets and we are the puppets.

Try this cheat sheet to see the power of astrology:

  • Find me a thin person with moon in the 7th house (very hard to find)
  • Find me a fat person with Rahu in the 1st house (very hard to find)
  • Find me a coward with Mars in 1st house (very hard to find)
  • Find me an immature person with Saturn in the 1st house (they don’t exist)


I can go on and on with my list, but I would rather not leak secrets which can be misused.

Once you have spent enough time with astrology, you start to see life with a stoic detachment. You know that change is the only constant for conditions, as well as people.

That washed out widow you saw undergoing depression in Ketu might turn into a ravishing beauty involved in a romantic relationship during Venus period. The rebel without a cause teenager of Rahu might evolve into a learned scholar in Jupiter period. That intellectual boy wonder who ruled the classrooms and boardrooms in Mercury period may become “God’s Fool” who can’t think straight, in Ketu period. The last one happened to yours truly with all Ketu fury.  

I have a personal incident which I would use to explain the dance of stars and game of Karma.

I was an arrogant prick during Mercury period. I was proud of my academic and corporate achievements. I was the star of HR, the uncrowned king of middle management for my department. Then there was a training guy, a humble and sweet fellow, let’s call him “Mr. A”. Mr. A shared the same designation as I, but was weak and shaky and often made mistakes. I used to hammer the living hell out of him on a weekly basis. This happened for years, then I got my next promotion and moved on. I lost track of Mr. A.

Fast forward six years, I was standing in my company’s head office looking for a redeployment opportunity (Corporate translation: Trying to beg for a job). I was tricked out of my current position by a scheming vengeful boss who had made my life miserable.

Guess who I met at the head office, Mr. A…!

He had moved from Training to HR (these two useless departments keep exchanging useless resources 😀 ). He was the HR of the business I was trying to get into. (Karma isn’t your regular bitch, it’s a bloodhound.)


To his credit, Mr. A did not hold a grudge, and tried his best to get me a role. He checked with me thrice “It is a tough role under a tough boss, would you be able to handle it?” I smiled at the sheer irony of situation and said, “I will try my best.” I felt as if I were in a parallel universe this was surreal, WTF, this was unreal.

While I was hugely embarrassed and slightly amused at the turn of events, I felt a strange detachment. That day sowed seeds of doubt in my mind about the reality of reality itself.

After years of astrological research and thousands of horoscopes, I have reached this conclusion: OUR REALITY IS NOT REAL…!

Thanks to this realization and my ego break (Thank You Mr. Ketu) I have become more compassionate, more stoic, and a little more fatalist. I don’t panic if something goes wrong, neither am I wildly excited if something goes right.

My own life feels so scripted. I know when my times are good and when they are bad, it is like watching a movie based upon a book you have already read. You still want to go through it, but then you know how most of the stuff would pan out.

With this realization comes another question, how to escape the matrix? How to go beyond the web of Karma.

Honest confession: I am not an “enlightened one”. In fact I would consider myself an “endarkend one”. I am just going to share something that I learned by the Grace of Guru and God. I am no expert at applying it.

Here is my learning: Stop getting attached to your successes and failures. Stop celebrating successes and taking credits for them. Stop beating yourself up for losses and bemoaning them. They are not you. Success is not you, failure is not you. Body is not you, mind is not you. Even your karma is not you.

You just bear witness (easier said than done). By being the witness, Karma slides off your back without entangling you in its web. May be that’s something closer to the Nishkaam Karma…!

Don’t be attached to the unreal ever changing “reality” just seek the eternal truth. Remember reality and truth, are two different things. Free your mind.


Know the truth and the truth shall set you free.


Now that’s how you escape the matrix.

God Bless,


G. Vijay Kumar


  • A great article, but I am going to ask you the same question Arjun asked Shree Krishna in Geeta post such statements. If we detach ourselves from the karma and think of the world as pre-scripted then why would even do Karma? Why would someone toil to get a promotion, and why would a businessman wait eagerly outside his godown at 3 o clock in the night for his truck delivery. If they are to be rich, they can be that by being less meticulous. It is the attachment to success, and fear of missing out that makes us more and more “Karma Badh”.

    • Excellent question, as I said I am not enlightened but “endarkened”. So i am not equipped enough to comment on Geeta.

      Here is a simple astrologer’s advice, DON’T CLING. Nothing wrong with getting a promotion but don’t go crazy about it (I’ve done that and it is a bad idea). You do your karma by doing a good job. We should NOT CLING to outcomes, there is only so much you can do. After that let go, let nature take its course. This is liberating.

      I felt a rush of peaces after sending my resignation, I have been trying to cling to my job, bad idea. Ever since clicking that send button on resignation mail, i felt like a liberated lion and nature has been taking care of me. NOt sure if thsi answers, but this is the best i can do.

    • good question but realize god does not make destiny you make destiny by your karma , god just shapes the destiny by judging through your karmas

  • Learning astrology helped me a lot to understand people like ,why they do so what are the reason

    In the end i came to conclusion

    Everyone is right in their place its what the planet told them to do so thats y they did.

    Life is god’s chess board and we r just pawn

    No one is good and no one is bad it’s the circumstances that makes a person bad or good

    I said many things 2 people when dey r doing wrong & I caught them.But today I realized that I was wrong dey r doing those things becoz of d circumstances in which they r,
    I hv learnt 2 forgive people,
    & I realized dat i don’t hv any right to say anything to anyone in this world bcoz we are just creator’s toys

    We are hear to play our role as a actor of the movie directed and produced by God

    Hume apna kirdar siddat ke sath nibhana chaiye ache se imandari se, kisi ke sath bigar galat kiye bigar kuch umeed kiye,kyuki jab zindgi ka parda gire to log taliya bajate rahe …

    अपना किरदार इस सिद्दत से निभाओ के , परदा गिरने के बाद भी तालीयाँ बजती रहे।

  • That is the reason there is so much important on being non-judgemental but God doing that it is a tough task.

    I liked this post Guide. Life is all a drama as said so many times.

  • Very nice article. I would like to share My understanding and experience of life.

    Life is like a drama on stage. A drama which is already based on a book, which we can read. This reading is the reading of astrology charts as mentioned by the author in the article above.

    Now most fascinating thing is we are also playing a role of a character in the drama. And from our own perception each one of us are the main hero / heroine of the movie.

    Now who are the spectators or the audience?

    Lord (Krishna) and his beloved associates, those associates who have achieved liberation and escaped the cycle of birth and death are the audience. Who are those audience – his beloved devotees like tulsidas, Meera bai, Jesus Christ, and every other person who have played his role very well on stage. They are sitting in the theater and watching the drama.

    At the end of the life after death, if we have played our role to 100% perfection then one is given a chance to either join the audience with Lord or play the role again so as to set an example for other characters in the drama.

    And the drama continues again and again and again eternally…

  • Hey admin, I, though, do not believe in astrology, however, a simple response to question of why a business man would wait outside his godown at 3:00 am in morning, when only destiny can make him rich. Well, I agree to this question, however, the best destiny can do is maie that person richest of the beggers if the person is not willing to perform karma.

    I hope admin you remember this from our school days.

  • My vision about ‘life’ changed in similar manner as yours, the only difference is it was the Rahu period (it’s still going on), which acted as the Catalyst.
    For better understanding the reality, from my personal experience I can say, the book ‘I AM THAT’ is a good no-nonsense resource!

    • I just noticed that there are more than one book with title ‘I AM THAT’. The one I have referred in my previous comment is ‘ I AM That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj’ ! It’s available on Amazon.

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