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The Gospel of Grandpa [part six]
Patriotism & Sportsmanship
In this latest installment Ram Ramakrishnan examines the relationship between war and sport in the human psyche. He argues that each of us is a multilayered bundle of latent emotions of every possible hue. Grandpa shows the children that, in a sense, everyone is a ruthless soldier and an unbiased sportsperson, in varying degrees. When these emotions surface will depend upon when the associated celestials transit specific sensitive points of the chart.
The room was packed with people, yet there was not a sound. This despite the fact the television was switched on with a reasonable sound level. Tension saturated the atmosphere. It would not have been unrealistic to say that about half the combined population of two neighboring countries of nearly 1.3 billion people, if not more, were experiencing very similar emotions at that time. It was a one day limited over cricket match between India and Pakistan and almost a war. The last ball was to be bowled which would decide
which side won depending on the number or runs scored from it.
The ball was bowled and its consequence decided the fate of the match. As it is every time, one side won and the other lost. There was jubilation at one end and dejection at the other. Every shade of emotion-venting was on display—on the cricket ground which was caught by television cameras and beamed around the world, and in homes and street corners that had a limited but an equally enthusiastic and participative audience. Every trait, action, expression and gesture of the players was being analyzed and judgments mercilessly passed. The quality and content of such analysis varied with the environmental attributes of the debating arenas and participants. Grandpa's house too was caught in this vortex. But as it usually did, the astrological perspective held sway at this time too.
Munni, opened the proceedings with the observation that patriotism and sportsmanship don't seem to go together. While one forces a person to adopt any means to win, the other urges adherence to rules. In one, the opponent is an enemy while in the other the rival is a friend. In one, the primary loyalty is to a concept that is removed from the scene of action—the nation, while in the other, the principal allegiance is to the scene of action—the game. In one, the player is ready to die for the cause which also entails that he is equally willing to kill for the cause. In the other the competitor is expected to applaud the exploits of the opponent, heartily and with no inhibitions. At least this is what is expected from the respective participants (and the audience).
Chotu joined the issue by asking whether sport and war were identifiable by unique and mutually exclusive celestial combinations.
As was his wont, grandpa answered after a little thought and in measured words that the answer was a yes and a no. He went on to explain that Mars represented action of the vigorous kind and that this celestial was usually found to be strong in the charts of both soldiers and sportspersons. The attributes of Mars in the chart would identify the kind of action that a person is likely to indulge in. Mars in association with Jupiter would give the native the kind of perspective expected of a sportsperson while Mars with Saturn is likely to enhance destructive qualities. Mars with the Sun would make an energetic leader who leads by example while Mars with the Moon would bestow an imperious or emotional nature. Mars with Mercury would make the person highly calculative while Mars with Venus would impart a highly passionate temperament. Mars with the north node would bequeath a character that can make person stoop to very base level of actions to achieve an end. The person with the traits as above will come into prominence as a sports person or a soldier if Mars is very strong at the time of birth.
While explaining the above to the children, it suddenly occurred to grandpa, to astrologically equate the implements used in the two kinds of action being discussed—war and cricket. A gun was made from iron represented by Saturn, while a cricket bat was made from the wood of a willow tree represented by the Sun. It seemed to be a case of each implement with a definite peculiarity finding its way into the hands of appropriate persons towards suitable actions.
No person, grandpa opined, can be put into any kind of definite compartment. Every celestial interacts with every other celestial in varying degrees in all charts, the extent of such interaction delineating the limits to which the person representing the chart can go in pursuance of actions described by such celestial confluences. Each one of us is a ruthless soldier and an unbiased sportsperson in varying degrees. When each of these emotions surfaces and results in an action of the pertinent variety, will depend upon when the associated celestials transit specific sensitive points of the chart.
This explanation, grandpa added, applied to all shades of attitudes. Each of us is a multilayered bundle of latent emotions of every possible hue. No individual can claim complete hegemony over any one sentiment. And cricket will remain a game and a war. Confrontation between nations too will be both war and sport. Always.