How Not to Kill Your Bhakti by Using Astrology?



The specific science of learning all vedic sciences is that one starts with the source janmadasya yatha are the first three words of the Bhagatam. It is Krishna who is the source of everything.

How does a devotee look upon any material Vedic science, in this context astrology?


Astrology is Lord Krsna's orders.
When we follow Lord Krsna's order He becomes happy. The purpose of not just the devotee's life but the life and existence of all souls. When Lord Krsna sees that His devotee is following His order in the matter of astrology He becomes happy. It is that satisfaction of Lord Krsna that makes the whole science work.

Do gems have power to help you?


It is only because gems are created and recommend by Lord Krishna that they have any power. When a embodied soul wear those gems or any ayurvedic medicine for the matter, He is following Lord Krishna's order, this makes the Lord smile. It is that smile of the Lord that blesses the gem and bestows upon the wear whatever the Lord had originally decided for that particular gem's effect to be. And this is the only vision that a devotee of Lord Krsna should have towards astrologically recommended gems. Otherwise if the devotee imagines that there is some power in some gem and that this power is something divorced from Lord Krishna...then...well...how do you define maya? Maya is that which is separate from Lord Krsna. So one should turn something that Lord Krsna wished for to be used in his service (in the relative sense) into maya.

(epilogue:

Krishna has give through the same heart from which we receive the bhagavatam.

(tene — imparted; brahma — the Vedic knowledge; hṛdā — consciousness of the heart; yaḥ — one who; ādi-kavaye — unto the original created being)

Vedic astrology comes to the universe from Lord Brahma's heart and then it from there gets delivered to Vyasadeva then it is transmitted to human beings.)