The Gift of Love

As Valentines Day approaches we consider the joy of having loving relationships in our lives. We all want to find that special someone, and once that time comes, to live together happily for life. At least that is the ideal. But love comes in so many varieties and flavors. We dream of becoming carried away by it, imagining an ecstatic wave of joy in our hearts. But to define this all-encompassing desire for love inside us seems almost impossible.
The ancient Vedic culture of India gave varying names for different kinds of love, as did the Greeks. The Greeks actually had as many as thirty different words to describe shared love, but seven were most prominent.

Bhakti Yoga

Agape to the Greeks or Maitri for the Hindus, meant the love we have for all others in the world, like when we feel compassion for people suffering due to a lack of basic resources, war or natural disasters. It brings a desire to be charitable to others that we have never met, just on the basis of being part of one extended family. Agape was also the Greek word used for love for God. In ancient India the word Bhakti was used for such transcendental love, love that can only be for and shared with the Supreme Lord of all creation. I feel it is no accident that Bhakti Yoga is now experiencing resurgence, especially among the younger population.

Love of a Parent

Love of a Parent

Storge to the Greeks, or vatsalya for the Hindus, meant love within the immediate, or extended, family. It is the love of a parent for their children, grandchildren, adopted children, uncle or other relations that is special because of family ties. This is why healthy family love is so important in our emotional growth and wellbeing. Something that is severely lacking in today’s disjointed, and often lonely world.
Pragma in Greece, or Preyo in India, is the love that endures the test of time. This is love that develops over time, such as that between a married couple that stays together through thick and thin. Or, perhaps the love that we feel for an old friend, caring for them when they have trouble later in life.

Self love or self esteem

Philautia to the Greeks, or Svabhista in India, is self-love, or self-respect. Not in the sense of being vain or narcissistic, but that caring love to do right by ourselves, that gives us our principles, values and strength. This in turn then allows us to care for others. This is another love that is lacking in today’s society. Often, if others have not loved us, we find it hard to even like ourselves, let alone love ourselves.

Working as a team

Philia to the Greeks, or Prita in ancient India, is the love that we share with others when we cooperate to achieve something, like with our co-workers, other players on the same sports team, or soldiers in a unit of the armed forces. We may call it camaraderie, but it is love all the same. Ask any soldier returning form war, how strongly they feel about the men or women on their unit. It is indeed, a very strong, special love.

Ludus is actually a Roman term, madhurya in India, for the love that we flirt or play when we meet someone we’re attracted to, the feelings in the heart (and stomach) that often brings a strong sense of euphoria.

Strong sexual desire

Eros to the Greeks, or Shringara to the ancient Vedic civilization, is the love that most of us think of and wish to stoke the fires of, on Valentines Day. It is romantic, and erotic. Carried on the winds of imagination, its magnetism brings our sexual desires to the forefront of our minds and bodies. The Greeks actually considered eros as dangerous and irrational, it could take hold of and possess you. Let this be food for thought.

There is no feeling, sensation or thought that can compare to the sheer joy of sharing love with another. It is an affair of the heart, and as we call upon our heart’s vast resources with which to love we find that as we give more love, we get more love in return. The more loving we become with others, the more love we have to give. Rather than becoming depleted of love we become nourished and filled with it!
For love is the true ground upon which we live; it is the only environment that any of us truly desire. It should be shared with everyone on some level, creating an environment of peace and joy. We naturally think of being more caring with those we know, that are in our circle of friends and family. But to exercise those same heart muscles with other souls outside this circle will not only bring more light into their lives, but it increases our own.

A smile for someone you don’t know, helping a distressed animal,

Caring for a distressed animal

giving in charity in a way that you become emotionally involved, or a hug for someone that’s feeling lost and alone, will bring feelings of joyfulness to the heart. The more we share love with others, the more love fills and overflows our hearts. When we give of our hearts freely the realization comes that we are all a part of one big family.
For the most intimate of personal relationships having synastry between you on a soul level is essential. Being able to see the arrangement of the heavens at the time of the persons’ birth will tell the tale. When we use an accurate Vedic horoscope, we can see right away if there is enough compatibility (synastry) for the marriage to be successful. Not only that, but we can look at the future career and social statuses of the couple, as well. We all want to meet with success, and knowing the synastry between you can make the difference between having a fulfilling marriage and home life, or not.
So this Valentine’s Day plan for that special event, dinner or night out with your special someone, but don’t forget to call Mom, or Dad. For that one day resolve to express only warmth and kindness, try to keep a smile on your lips whenever you see anyone and try to feel yourself as part of one Earth family. Not only will you have one of the best days of your lives, you’ll realize forever more that love really is all we need. If we have that, then the world looks bright. For to love and be loved, is life’s greatest gift. Happy Valentine’s Day!

HAPPY VALENTINES
FOR ALL THE LOVES IN OUR LIVES

You can reach me at Howard@vedicworld.org or call me on 352 629 3156 and I will be happy to answer questions you may have.

OF COURSE OBAMA WON!

I’ve received many congratulatory e-mails about my prediction that Obama would win the election. Most came from clients, friends and well-wishers that receive our newsletters, so received the April 26, 2012 edition of my “Planetary Perspectives” in which I detailed the astrological reasons why he most certainly would.
I’ve received comments such as “you must be happy”, “you should be proud” and many different versions of “congratulations” or “well done”. I do appreciate the vote of confidence and thank all of you that have taken the time to let me know you appreciate my work.
However, I also want to say that I am completely aloof from elections and politicians in general. My writing articles on national or world events in which I make predictions is simply an exercise to show the efficacy of the Vedic astrological science when practiced by those willing to devote their lives to it while also treading the razor sharp spiritual path. I take no credit for my seeming accuracy and give all credit to my teachers and mentors, and especially to the great saints and sages who have bequeathed this holy science to us here on earth.
As regarding politics and politicians I am of the opinion that almost all of them alive on the planet today are incapable of understanding what human life is for, incapable of directing themselves towards lives of honesty, compassion, fairness and love for all creatures upon this earth. Therefore how can they possibly do anything to better the development of human society or to even preserve the gifts of Mother Nature?
As long as the world is ruled by greedy and impious men, there will be greater and greater travails affecting our societies and the planet as a whole. Just see how wonderful a job that the most dastardly of corporations’ influential and powerful leaders have done in California in this last election! Monsanto somehow convinced the majority of the voting public sector that they need not know what is in the food they eat! No need to know, just believe in them, their honesty and their integrity. Maybe my article of 4/29/12 “A Society of Mushrooms” might better delineate my feelings on such things.
I also predicted in my article of April 20, 2012 that this year’s storms would be far worse than last. Nobody congratulated me on that, nor would I wish them to. It certainly brings me no pleasure to see the suffering of our brothers and sisters in NY and NJ. Again, I write such articles because I know certain things will transpire and doing so shows how Vedic astrology can forewarn us of events, thus allowing us to take precautions.
We human beings are meant to be caretakers of this planet on which we dwell. We are meant to show kindness and compassion towards all others, meaning not only of the human species, but animal species, as well. When we wantonly abuse, destroy and needlessly slaughter all others how can there be any glimmer of peace on earth? Human beings need to wake up. Those that realize the folly of life as it is being perpetuated need to take a stand. First and foremost in their own lives, and then when possible to share your realizations with others. When we change ourselves we begin to change the world. It’s true. A journey starts with the first step.
These and other such articles of mine are available on my blogs at www.vedicworld.org and www.HowardBeckmanVedicAstrologer.com. Soon I will begin to write about what I see coming for 2013. But no matter what negative “events” I may or may not see transpiring, my fervent hope is that more and more people will open their eyes, contemplate realty (both the temporary of this world and the eternal of the spiritual beyond this one single lifetime) and resolve to make a change for the better. Namaste.
HOWARD BECKMAN 11/8/2012