Thermodynamics of Astrology
Thermodynamics is discussed and analyzed in a multitude of subjects: physics, chemistry, mathematics, and life sciences. Understanding the three laws of thermodynamics is essential in gaining knowledge about various topics in science including, but not limited to: power generation, atomic power, chemical products, and the knowledge of cosmos and even understanding the roots of evolution. The three laws can be expressed in a myriad of ways and as simply or as complicated as one wants. The first law is the Law of Conservation of Energy, which states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed and that energy can be converted into various forms. The second law introduces the concept of efficiency in the ensuing conversion. It states that whenever energy conversion occurs it is inherently inefficient. This inefficiency is called “Entropy” or in other words, all activities – natural or by human effort – are inherently chaotic. The third law attempts to outline the idealistic conditions under which entropy is defined as zero. It says, “The entropy of pure crystalline substances at absolute zero temperature is zero”.
To gain a deeper understanding of the topic, one can set a clear precedent and say that any activity can be regarded as motion. The motion defined can be at subatomic level or at a galactic level. All activities are nothing but motion. Changes that occur as a product of this motion result in new positions throughout space. Physical properties like temperature, pressure, etc. are only a measure of these motions. Human’s daily lives constantly spend energy, which constantly follows these three laws. As Adi Shankara stated, the whole world is the manifestation of energy or Sakthi. The thermodynamic boundary in which the Sakthi plays the role is the Purusha or Siva.
All activities of doing, Karma, spend energy – or rather convert it from one form to another with mass energy equality. One can get any purushartha or desire fulfilled by converting one's energy. This is where the nature of human efficiency comes into play. In its most rudimentary form, one can assert that a man is intrinsically lazy and is only driven by his basal needs. Increased basal motives will be followed by a higher inefficiency or entropy in life. Thus one may spend 100 units of energy but if the efficiency is only 1 % - one spends 1 unit of energy. A similar perspective can be attributed to the attitude while performing karma which determines the efficiency or entropy and subsequently controls the result of the action. It is not only how much energy one is spending – but it is important to see if the energy being spent is followed by efficiency and low entropy. This efficiency factor is known as Dharma or the Righteous path in Hinduism. As this Dharma controls the efficiency of effort, Dharma heads the list of purusharthas. It is because of this role of Dharma that Hinduism is defined by the simple word “Sanatana Dharma”. Thus all human efforts are conditioned by an inherent factor of inefficiency.
To answer the question if the future is fatalistic or deterministic, one has to analyze his effort and more importantly the inefficiency in the effort (this can be defined as selfish attitude, entropy, or basal nature). As long as one’s effort and efficiency is lacking enough, the result will be arrested and hence the future becomes fatalistic. The quantity of energy may be linked to Agami Karma while its efficiency can be linked to Samcita. As long as there is no effort or Sadhana, the future is fatalistic. Even if the effort is great, if it is not righteous, (Dharmic) the Samchita Karma cannot be altered and once again, the future is fatalistic. But with the right approach of Sadhana (Spending energy), a positive attitude, and efficiency (changing Samcita), the future is definitely deterministic. It is this attitude that Lord Krishna preaches in the Gita,“Karmanyeva Adhikarsthe Ma Phaleshu Kadacana.” This can be translated to: the right effort and right attitude of doing Karma, without aspiring for the fruit, is the most efficient and easiest way of making the future deterministic and accordingly being able to realize God.
The third law of Thermodynamics deals with the asymptotic and idealistic state, which can be aimed at but not reached. Activity or motion has built in inefficiency. At the lower end of the energy spectrum, where motion is ceased due to the absolute zero temperature, the entropy is also at zero and all actions fructify fully. It is like the state of creation, when Siva and Sakthi indulge in the dance of Pranaya for creation or the state of Samadhi of realizing the identity of Jeevatma and Paramatma. It is the Sthita Prajna state of Gita. At the other end of the energy spectrum, where inter-molecular forces cease to function, only chaos results in the so-called fourth state of matter of nucleonic state; where Siva and Sakthi indulge in the dance of “Prayala” or total destruction. The human effort lies between these two extremes: one aiming for the asymptotic idealistic state, and the other chaotic state. The direction and efficiency of ones own effort in this spectral line determines if the future is fatalistic or deterministic. One can aim for “Nichala Tatva” the idea that an indiviudal can eitheir take charge of his future or be in chaos eventually leading to self-destruction. Quite often, human beings are in a confounding situation’ pulling in both extremes. Thus, our effort is a complex matrix of energy, efficiency, and Dharmic way. It is the application of these three principles which each correspond to the three types of Karma (almost same as the laws of thermodynamics), that determines if our future is fatalistic or deterministic. Corresponding to the one of the above stage of Sadhana one’s own ability lies in changing not only the future, but also the entirety of the universe itself.
This principle operates in all our daily efforts. If one can spend the energy required with necessary efficiency, one can also change the future by his/her efforts. The emphasis is not on the quantum of energy but the efficiency put in. The product of these two, lies within the reach of the individual; however, the applicability of third law, the idealistic condition, is under the jurisdiction of God. This is like the famous Heisenberg’s Uncertainity principle. So good karma or good sadhana will lead to elevation in small quanta if not in a day but in a few janmas. By this one can definitely control ones future. This is aptly said in the sentence “Yat Bhavoo Tat Bhavati” How one conceives (Plans or imagines) so it will happen. So future is deterministic if one tries for it and lives for it.