Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Sun-science or sun-signs, understand the logic between astrology and devotion from Radhanath Swami

By on May 11, 2011 in Life with 92 Comments

Astrology & Krishna ConciousnessQuestion: My horoscope says so much about my life and it was all coming true but ever since I have taken up Krishna consciousness, it has gone topsy-turvy… Doesn’t astrology works for devotees?

Radhanath Swami Answers: Astrology can predict what you will further experience in life according to your Karma. This is the science of Astrology, but I know one of the greatest astrologers in India who lives in Bangalore. He is a very genuine astrologer and when a devotee of Lord Krishna comes to him for consulting, he frankly tells them, “I can tell your destination according to your karma. But because you are a devotee and you have surrendered to Krishna, not anything I may say necessarily will affect your life.”


Krishna Says in Bhagavad Gita –

“mahatmanas tu mam partha

daivim prakritim asritah”

Bhagavad-Gita 9.13


“O son of Pritha, those who are not deluded, the great souls, are under the protection of the divine nature. They are fully engaged in devotional service because they know Me as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, original and inexhaustible.”


When you surrender to Krishna, you come under the influence of divine nature. Although due to your past activities and Karma you have a destiny but when you surrender to Krishna you are no longer under the laws of karma. Krishna can either let you go through the reactions of your karma or He can intervene and separate you from that condition. In 1966, when Srila Prabhupada had a very major heart attack, he was taken to a hospital. As soon as he regained his consciousness he said, “I cannot tolerate the doctors in hospital. Take me back to the temple.” Later at the temple, Srila Prabhupada said, “It was my destined moment to die. But Krishna has more work for me in His mission.” So when you become a devotee, Krishna could intervene in your destiny in any way he wants. Even if your destiny is to be prosperous and successful, Krishna can bring complete calamity in your life and take away everything–if He feels that is good for your spiritual progress. And even if you are supposed to be diseased and die young, Krishna can give you healthy body–if He feels that is good for your spiritual progress.

But unless you utilize your independence to surrender to Krishna then we are simply victimized by the results of our previous activities.



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  • Logic between Astrology & Devotion very well explained by Radhanath Swami, based on scriptures such as Bhagavad Gita. I wish I could surrender to Sri Krishna in such a way !
    Also Visit- http://www.radhanath.com

  • Aishwarya

    Very clear and wonderful answer!!!

  • nishita

    radhanath maharaj’s each sentence and words, each advice not only dispels our doubts but also inspires us to take shelter of and surrender to Krsna…

  • Dashrath Wasmatkar

    Wonderful answer by Radhanath Swami on Astrology and Krishna-logy(Krishna’s desire for a devotee).

  • Abhijit Toley

    This is the most authoritative answer I have heard to this common question. Hats off to Radhanath Swami!

  • mona

    Excellent explanation by Maharaj.Thank You

  • Sunny

    Very inspiring ..

    What a great fortune Srila Prabhupada and his wonderful followers like Radhanath Swami are benedicting us with – Krsna directly gets involved in our lives, if we simply take shelter of these great souls!

  • due to one’s conditioning one is forced to believe in astrology and other things. But when one hears Maharaj’s lectures describing that when one claps one’s hands in kirtan then the lines of destiny gets erased and the Lord takes charge of the devotee’s life, he is inspired to take to the path of Bhakti.

  • Thank you Maharaj for explaining us the highest goal of human life, which is to surrender to Krishna sincerely and not to material energy.
    Visit- http://www.radhanath-swami.info

  • Simply beautiful maharaj.Awakening and guiding us to utilize our independence wisely,by surrendering to the ultimate goal and essence of human life, Krishna.thank you so much.
    Visit- http://www.radhanath-swami.info

  • Shoba Ramachandran

    Nice inspiring article for the people who are after astrology…

  • True Vaishnavas live for the pleasure of Krishna, and the Lord takes care of his devotees. That is the only true prediction that can be made for a devotee. Thank you HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj.
    Visit- http://www.radhanath.com

  • Piyush Singh

    This is mind boggling… very inspiring too. Thank you Radhanath Swami for clarifying this.

  • Anita Iyer

    Thoughtful and thought-provoking reply by Radhanath Swami.

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    Perfect Question and Perfect Answer! This was one of the topmost unanswered questions in my mind. Thanks to Radhanath Swami for making the matter crystal clear!

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Very profoundly explained.

  • gopasana

    HH Radhanath Swami explains very beautifully, how Krishna takes complete charge of a devotees life.

  • Meera Sharma

    It is reliving to hear from Maharajah that Krishna will give us what we need to grow in spiritual life because material condition they are ever-changing and temporary.

  • Vaishali Amin

    Thank u maharaj for the perfect answer

  • Sumit Sharma

    An eny opening answer by Radhanath Swami. It is true that once someone surrenders to Lord Krishna, He takes charge of him. Pandavas are real examples of such mercy.

  • Manasa

    Krishna takes care of everything for his devotees

  • vinay rachh


  • Anil Timbe

    Such a nice answer.

  • Chandrika

    So amazingly described. Thank you for this post!

  • Swapnil Gaonkar

    Only a pure deovtee like Radhanath Swami can say this with firm conviction.

  • Hare Krishna! Krishna is with all of us.

  • Abhijit Toley

    Great to hear someone clearly stating that God is superior to all else.

  • Uday

    It is better to be under the control of Krsna rather than being under the control of karma.Thank you Radhanath Swami for making this clear.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for your wonderful guidance and instructions.

  • Gurrappanaidu

    Wonderful reply ! infact it’s eye opener for blind follower of astrology.

    Thank you so much Maharaj for enlighten us.

    All Glories to HH Radhanath swami maharaj

  • Arjun gopa das

    such a beautiful answer

  • Vinay Rachh


  • Pramathesh Nimkar

    Very nice answer by Radhanath Swami, especially the experience of the Astrologer from Bangaluru

  • Chitra udasi

    The word ‘surrender’ is the key. Krishna takes charge only if we completly surrender. Thank u Maharaj.

  • Sam Tripathi

    Thank you Maharaj for amazing answer. I hope I can internalize it

  • Brajswaminidd

    Very clear

  • Arabinda

    Well said by Maharaj.
    Krishna does active intervention in devotee’s life!
    Examples abound

    Thank you Maharaj

  • Murthy

    Very nice and wonderful explanation.

    Thank you Maharaj for enlighten us.

  • ranjeet

    Awesome answer.

  • Babita

    It’s really very wonderful.

  • Chintamani P

    very nice answer.

  • Abhijit Toley

    Attractive question and powerful reply!

  • Ravi Garg

    What a beautiful reply by Swamiji…….it has cleared many doubts in my mind as well……thanks

  • Braj Vallabhi dd

    wonderful reply by HH Radhanath Swami…ive personally heard of devotees talking of palmists complaining regarding the changes in lines after taking shelter of Guru & Krishna.Thank you for making it so clear

  • rohit

    Thank you for this wonderful reply.!

  • narhari

    Maharaj’s each and every word dispels our fear and doubt and inspires us to surrender to krsna.

  • anjan

    many many thanks to Radhanth swamiji for this wonderful answer.

  • Ravi

    WHat a splendid reply……thanks for this informative post….

  • gopasana

    here is an eye opener from HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj for those who have blind faith in astrologers!

  • Phani

    Wonderfully answered by HH Radhanath Swami.

  • Sanjiv Chandnani

    That is the uniqueness of true spirituality as against going to devas for some material gains.

  • abhay deshmukh

    Excellent explanation. Thank you Radhanath Maharaj. Your words encourage me to surrender to Krishna.

  • anamika

    Thank u Radhanath swami.This talk gave inner strgenth that whatever good and bad happened in by krsna’s will for our spiritual progress

  • vidya karekar

    too good an explanation

  • Ravi

    Very nice reply….thanks

  • Servant

    Its so nice to hear about Lord Krishna taking control of his devotees lives. Wonderfully said by His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Anand

    Thank you Swamiji for helping us understand the co-relation between devotion to Lord Krishna & astroglogy.
    You rightly pointed out (quoting scriptures) that devotees of the Lord are always under divine protection & hence the lawas of astrology may or may not work on them depending on what Krishna thinks best for them.

  • Bhavesh

    Very clear answer. I always had this doubt in my mind as to the role of astrology in a devotee’s life. Thank you for clearing this doubt.

  • GaurangaG

    Wonderful article !.

    It clears all the misconceptions about Astrology !

    Thank you so much maharaj for enlighten us.

  • Amita

    Wonderful article!
    It cleared my concept thanks maharaj.

  • Ganesh G.

    Thank you so much Maharaj for such a crystalclear answer about How Destiny & Law of Karma works in devotees life.All glories to Radhanath Swami Maharaj!

  • tushar

    Thank you maharaj for nice answer to this question

  • bhaskar

    Such a simple and authoritative and practical answer to a tricky question. Radhanath Swami ki jai!

  • mahesh kohale

    thank you swamiji , these kind of understanding of kc is very much required for a practitioner like me

  • Yogita Jagannathan

    This is wonderful insight into astrology for devotees, thank you Radhanath Swami for this answer.

  • M Pandu Rangayya shetty

    Krishna can eradicate the reactions of sinful actions of a person can easily change the destiny of that person. All glories to Radhanatha Swami.

  • Sonam Singhal

    I am sure this answer by Radhanath Swami clears the doubt in the minds of many of us.

  • Guru

    Very nice explanation !

    It inspires and giving more hope.

    Thank you so much maharaj for enlighten us

  • madhura

    Amazing answer.

  • hema nagarajan

    Thank you Maharaj!! very enlightening answer!!This answer gives great faith & confidence in Krishna that He will take care everything if we are fully devoted to Him. Also it reveals that it is better to engage in Krishna consciousness rather to brood over our past lives or activities as Krishna will look after everything!!

  • Vinay K

    Perfect answer to the striking question…

  • Anoop Singh

    Just Wonderful!

  • RushabhJ

    Pamho Maharaj!!!

  • saurabh sharma

    Thank you Maharaj! You made my destiny! 🙂

  • Milind M Churi

    Thank you Swamiji you have seperated astrology and destiny of a soul surrendered unto Supreme Lord Sri Krishna.Your answer highly convincing with example from life of your beloved Guru Maharaj Srila Prabhupad.Nice post.

  • Shailesh Padalkar

    Its very much true. Thank you swamiji for such wonderful answer.

  • Prachi Pendse

    Wonderful answer to a commonly asked question….

  • Nisha

    Very nicely maharaj explained, the most misunderstood concept.

  • satyam

    very nice explanation by Maharaj

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Wonderful explanation about astrology and devotion and how surrender to Krishna can change our destiny.

  • surekha

    Thank you HH Radhanath swami for explaining us the life of a devotees is in the hands of Krishna and not based on the past karma. And Krishna always gives us what is best for our spiritual progress.

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Maharaj for shattering our conceptions of astrology and establishing the supremacy of the Lord’s will.

  • Jagannath Dham Das

    Thank you very much Radhanath Swami Maharaj for making us understand clearly the role of astrology in a life of devotee !
    Hare Krishna !

  • vijay

    yes media is giving lots of exposure to many astrologers especially on television channels!

    I wish such insights be broadcasted.

  • Anand

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s statements are eye openers & have very deep spiritual insights.

  • Govind

    Thank your Maharaj for your wonderful explanation.

  • ujwal wani

    Very interesting topic as it speaks about the future in which everyone is interested. But truly Lord himself shapes the future of a devotee and it is beyond the law of karma.

  • Jaydeep

    Maharaj has cleared a long lasting doubt today by answering this question… Maharaj is ocean of Wisdom..

  • Pranjal Dixit

    Radhanath swami Maharaj has beautifully explained that how Krishna can actually bring most impossible circumstances, in life of a devotee, turning down highly probable destiny just to show the world that how much He loves His devotee.

  • Nisha Krishna


  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Amazing answer and explanation about how by surrendering to Lord Krishna our destiny could change according to what is good for our spiritual lives.

  • Astrology predicts very well what will happen in your future in accordance with your previous karmas. It is a great concept.