Could you clarify again how we will define the planets? What would we say Sun denotes? The Ego (Aham)? The Moon is the Mind (Manas)? Is that correct?
What words would we use best for the other planets, both in Sanskrit and in English?
Ernst's book - Graha Sutras - has amazing answers in regards to these, and a long list of Sanskrit and English names for the planets, and their meanings. I think the book comes in electronic version as well, but not entirely sure...There is a wealth of information there if you ever feel like exploring.
Rahu and ketu are the path along which we solve our lajjitaadi avasthas. THey are the battle field.
Yes, that is correct, however. Its also important to remember that in the end, its not about living in the rahu jungle or in the ketu castle, its about making less mistakes in the rahu jungle and living it from a point of clarity and its about being in the ketu castle, but nto stuck in the ketu castle. Early in life we much up the rahu jungle every time we go there and we get stuck completely in the ketu castle.
@ernst Please correct me if I am wrong with regards to the following, or if I need to study something else to further my knowledge....
@anand The need for Free Will denotes the blossoming of awareness in consciousness about the separation that exists within itself. Where does the separation lie? Is it between the head and heart? Is it between the masculine-feminine halves of our psyche? Is it between the mind and body? Is it between the seen and unseen worlds? Or is it between our emotional and mental connections?
Rahu and Ketu are the path of consciousness, of us becoming aware of who we are and what we do and how we do it and why we do it. It is a good thing that becoming conscious is a fated thing, otherwise we would remain unconscious forever, making the same mistakes over and over again, and not getting anywhere. Unfortunately, it is not an instant fix, but a lifelong journey of constant aligning of the Self as we become more and more aware. Round and round the elliptical path we go, with the planets in transit bringing more and more things into our awareness as the years go by.
Most of the times we take action and change our behaviour. Sometimes we decide to ignore the red flags because of a number of factors. We get caught up in what will parents say, what will family say, what will friends say, what will society say, what will religion say. Or sometimes we just get too tired of not seeing anything manifesting in our concrete reality and give up the struggle. Depending on how deeply it is hidden in our subconscious, sometimes we are not aware of what we need to fix, and the advice of others does not resonate, because it goes against our comfort in the Ketu castle.
Needs and desires drive us towards the Rahu jungle, fear and shame and guilt hold us back into the Ketu castle. Sometimes the pull of both Rahu and Ketu are equal. Then, on this battlefield, we lose sight of ourselves completely just like Arjuna did.
We always have Free Will. Once we become aware, then what we do, how we change our behaviours, what we let go of, all of that is in our hands. We might decide we would rather be angry with others, or in a situation that does not bring us satisfaction, or not being true to ourselves - that is our Free Will too. But it is not aligned to the Divine Will which is love and joy and compassion, and we suffer because we are removed from what should be.
Forgiveness is a long excruciating process. It is looking in the mirror at our own faults and taking part of the responsibility. It is forgiving each and everyone who ever played a part in our awakening process, who tried to push us towards our Rahu jungle or tried to help us leave our Ketu castle. Are we willing to walk through the dark shadows within ourselves? This is all in our hands and this is our Free Will.
For me, Rahu-Ketu is like one of the really really old telephone switchboards or the Enfield Telephone Exchange, where all the wires are crossed and muddled up because of our Avasthas, and our jobs as individuals is finding the right slot for the right plugs, so that the Universal Divine Energy can flow through us without hindrance and do its job. Thus, we, as a collective, clear up the flow for the next generation, who might have been born couple of months later, and so on.