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 89 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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  1. 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

  2. Aishwarya says:

    Very clear and wonderful answer!!!

  3. nishita says:

    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…

  4. Dashrath Wasmatkar says:

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

  5. Abhijit Toley says:

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

  6. mona says:

    Excellent explanation by Maharaj.Thank You

  7. Sunny says:

    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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. rashmi says:

    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

  11. Shoba Ramachandran says:

    Nice inspiring article for the people who are after astrology…

  12. 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

  13. Piyush Singh says:

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

  14. Anita Iyer says:

    Thoughtful and thought-provoking reply by Radhanath Swami.

  15. Arjun K Ramachandra says:

    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!

  16. Kuldeep Soni says:

    Very profoundly explained.

  17. gopasana says:

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

  18. Meera Sharma says:

    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.

  19. Vaishali Amin says:

    Thank u maharaj for the perfect answer

  20. Sumit Sharma says:

    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.

  21. Manasa says:

    Krishna takes care of everything for his devotees

  22. vinay rachh says:


  23. Anil Timbe says:

    Such a nice answer.

  24. Chandrika says:

    So amazingly described. Thank you for this post!

  25. Swapnil Gaonkar says:

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

  26. Hare Krishna! Krishna is with all of us.

  27. Abhijit Toley says:

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

  28. Uday says:

    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.

  29. Vidya Patham says:

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for your wonderful guidance and instructions.

  30. Gurrappanaidu says:

    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

  31. Arjun gopa das says:

    such a beautiful answer

  32. Vinay Rachh says:


  33. Pramathesh Nimkar says:

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

  34. Chitra udasi says:

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

  35. Sam Tripathi says:

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

  36. Brajswaminidd says:

    Very clear

  37. Arabinda says:

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

    Thank you Maharaj

  38. Murthy says:

    Very nice and wonderful explanation.

    Thank you Maharaj for enlighten us.

  39. ranjeet says:

    Awesome answer.

  40. Babita says:

    It’s really very wonderful.

  41. Chintamani P says:

    very nice answer.

  42. Abhijit Toley says:

    Attractive question and powerful reply!

  43. Ravi Garg says:

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

  44. Braj Vallabhi dd says:

    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

  45. rohit says:

    Thank you for this wonderful reply.!

  46. narhari says:

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

  47. anjan says:

    many many thanks to Radhanth swamiji for this wonderful answer.

  48. Ravi says:

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

  49. gopasana says:

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

  50. Phani says:

    Wonderfully answered by HH Radhanath Swami.

  51. Sanjiv Chandnani says:

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

  52. abhay deshmukh says:

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

  53. anamika says:

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

  54. vidya karekar says:

    too good an explanation

  55. Ravi says:

    Very nice reply….thanks

  56. Servant says:

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

  57. Anand says:

    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.

  58. Bhavesh says:

    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.

  59. GaurangaG says:

    Wonderful article !.

    It clears all the misconceptions about Astrology !

    Thank you so much maharaj for enlighten us.

  60. Amita says:

    Wonderful article!
    It cleared my concept thanks maharaj.

  61. Ganesh G. says:

    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!

  62. tushar says:

    Thank you maharaj for nice answer to this question

  63. bhaskar says:

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

  64. mahesh kohale says:

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

  65. Yogita Jagannathan says:

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

  66. M Pandu Rangayya shetty says:

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

  67. Sonam Singhal says:

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

  68. Guru says:

    Very nice explanation !

    It inspires and giving more hope.

    Thank you so much maharaj for enlighten us

  69. madhura says:

    Amazing answer.

  70. hema nagarajan says:

    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!!

  71. Vinay K says:

    Perfect answer to the striking question…

  72. Anoop Singh says:

    Just Wonderful!

  73. RushabhJ says:

    Pamho Maharaj!!!

  74. saurabh sharma says:

    Thank you Maharaj! You made my destiny! :)

  75. Milind M Churi says:

    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.

  76. Shailesh Padalkar says:

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

  77. Prachi Pendse says:

    Wonderful answer to a commonly asked question….

  78. Nisha says:

    Very nicely maharaj explained, the most misunderstood concept.

  79. satyam says:

    very nice explanation by Maharaj

  80. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

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

  81. surekha says:

    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.

  82. Vidya Patham says:

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

  83. Jagannath Dham Das says:

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

  84. vijay says:

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

    I wish such insights be broadcasted.

  85. Anand says:

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

  86. Govind says:

    Thank your Maharaj for your wonderful explanation.

  87. ujwal wani says:

    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.

  88. Jaydeep says:

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

  89. Pranjal Dixit says:

    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.

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