Predicting destiny - a gift
No man or woman born, Coward or brave, can shun his destiny - Homer
When things happen beyond our control or comprehension, we call it
destiny. What, how and who has written our destiny is still an arguable
question. When Prince Siddhartha was born the great Pundits predicted
that he would definitely attain Enlightenment as the Buddha one day.
When Jesus Christ was born, three kings of the Orient, bearing gifts
travelled so far following the brilliant star appearing in the sky which
indicated the message of a great man's birth. And there are so many
examples in historical scripts of Hinduism like 'Mahabharatha' where
destiny is predicted.
Predicting or forecasting one's destiny or fate is also a gift.
Unless one has a great desire, curiosity or the blessing none can be a
soothsayer like Manjula Pieris.
Manjula is different from most soothsayers we have encountered so
far. "None in my family circle has anything to do with 'astrology'. But,
it has been something that was in me since the day I can remember," he
A cross section of clients who come to him for his services varies
from the lowly to the high class. From filmdom and singers to
politicians to top businessman to middle class to the poor.
"My father was an accountant at the CTB Head Office, and mother was a
housewife. I'm the middle in between two sisters. Due to political
involvements, my father used to loose his job from time to time. So we
has to encounter many hardships. However, though I was good in Maths, I
wanted to look out for a job just after O/Ls. True my parents wanted me
to continue my studies, but my yearning was to join the Sri Lanka Navy.
My elder sister's husband was also in the Navy, and this enticed me more
to join the Forces," he says.
However, he couldn't go to the Navy interview as his mother did not
like it. So he abandoned the idea. Instead he settled down at a very
young age fulfilling his teenage love Shanthi who incidentally had also
come to get her horoscope read by him. "I saw that her horoscope and
mine are tallied very well. When we fell in love, she was very young, so
both parents asked us to postpone marriage for at least another
four-five years. But fate had it otherwise. Now we are proud parents of
two sons." Manjula's father was a strict believer in god Gambhara
Sooniyam. Manjula had seen his father worshipping his statue which was
placed in a small shrine at the front compound. This attracted Manjula,
and he also lit the lamp and burned incense sticks which he had bought
out of his pocket money. Later this became a habit and he did it early
His parents noticed that their playful son's predictions which
appeared as nonsense at first, were becoming true from time to time. So
at the age of 18, Manjula's capability of predicting things started
spreading in his area in, Sendrick Place, Katukurunda, Moratuwa.
"If I feel something I tell it to the face of the person frankly. So
some people scold me, and later praise me when tings fell in order.
Ranjan Ramanayake's mother's death was such an incident. So at first he
was bewildered; and it's quite natural. But today he is a very good
friend of mine," he laughs. Manjula has even predicted that Ranjan's
film 'One-Shot' would be a hit. Channa Perera's 'Anjalika' was also
among his predictions of Box Office hits which came true. There were a
few cases which his negative predictions had also ...... out to be true.
Manjula has the gift of intuition and the blessing of predicting. But
later he self-studied the theoretical side of astrology as well. 'Vara
Mihira', 'Daivagnna Kaamadhenu', 'Hora Saaraya', 'Nekath Siduruwana' and
'Sarawaliya' are among the books he had gone through to enhance his
knowledge in Astrology. "Even our ancient king Ravana used astrology a
great deal. He has even got the help of many 'Devas' to win the war
between him and Rama. But later he lost the game as the Devas were angry
with his wrong capture of Seetha," he claims.
Manjula has read over 10,000 horoscopes so far. He had predicted the
date of the death of the First Women Premier, Sirimavo Bandaranaike,
President R. Premadasa, Minister Athulathmudali and Minister Gamini
Dissanayaka. "All these three political leaders had 'Sasa Yoga' in
either of the place of 1,4,7 or 10 of their horoscope. Although lay men
are afraid of 'Erashtakas', President Chandrika Kumaratunga had a
landslide victory during her 'Ashtama Erashtaka' period. And any person
who lives for 60 years would definitely go through two 'Erashtaka'
periods in his life," he claims.
"How these bad periods affect him/her differs according to the
planetary positions in his/her horoscope. What ever said and done, it is
one's good and bad 'Kamma' (deeds) he/she had done in the past birth.
Also there are so many rituals taught in the occult that could use to
diminish the effect of evil power of these 'Kamma'. It's like this. If
you have to go in the rain you can use an umbrella to cover yourself
from getting wet to a certain point. But there are certain strong 'Kammas'
which we can do nothing about other than just facing it," he says.
For Manjula astrology has no barriers of any kind. "There's no
barrier code for this as it is a 'science' introduced to the mankind
more than 10,000 years ago. Even Queen Elizabeth 11 has use the services
a British astrologer called John Di. A horoscope found in Greek which is
supposed to be the oldest horoscope is exhibited at a museum in UK. So
it is not new to this world," he smiles.
Manjula can even predict many things even without reading the
horoscope. In this case he uses his intuition, his knowledge in body
language and numerology. "But I rarely predict without seeing the
horoscope," he warns with a smile.
Question: We have seen in almost every local newspaper in Sri Lanka
that there were two major planetary changes which occurred in the Sri
Lankan Horoscope on October 27 and November 2 this year. Many were
alarmed over it as it said that it was a bad period for many 'Lagnas'.
Is there any remedy you can pass onto our readers that would help them
to diminish the effect?
Manjula: Yes. Well, in October, it was 'Guru' (Jupiter) that changed
it's position, and in November it was 'Senasuru' (Saturn).... Saturn
change gives bad results. Saturn symbolises a crippled old man in dirty
clothes. His vehicle symbolises a crow. In astrology we believe that
these symbols give certain meanings. Hence, generally we can say that if
one's 'Lagna' has met with the so called bad occurrence, the following
theories could be applied as general remedies. Helping and offering alms
giving (food and clothes) for the disabled and beggars come first. Crows
are said to be in hunger all the time. The wick dipped in 'Gee' fills
it's tummy for the whole day. Freeing cows, bulls, goats and any other
animal from being killed, releasing birds or any other caged living
being and wearing a blue sapphire ('Kaaka Nila') fixed into a ring or a
pendant (the stone should touched your body) are among such rituals.
Apart from that religious activities such as offering 'Ata Pirikara'
and other alms to Buddhist priests, Bodhi Poojas, Buddha Poojas or
whatever rituals taught in one's religion will also give immense relief
to anyone. If one can practise meditation, especially 'Metta Bhavana' in
which we shed extreme kindness and compassion to the whole world without
any discrimination would be the best remedy of all.
Thiyunuwan Herath of Royal College who got the island best results in
A/Ls (Maths stream) was one of the predictions made by Manjula
Manjula has predicted many things about prominent personalities in
the art world in Sri Lanka. "Yashodha Wimaladharma will improve her
position to film director level and she will have a bright future in the
field. Ranjan Ramanayake will win an international award. Though our
famous film Director Tissa Abeysekara plays a low profile at present, my
prediction is that he will shine like a luminous star in the sky in the
near future. Dancer Channa Wijewardane will be awarded and honoured more
and more internationally. Comedian Bandu Samarasinghe will also gain
great fame in the field in the future. More than anything I would like
to predict about the up-and-coming actress pretty Manjula Thilini. She
will be the next Queen of the Sri Lankan film world one day!," claims
The young astrologer came out with many a political predictions. If
anyone us to be a 'king' in this land, the pearl of Indian ocean he or
she has to be born to any of these six 'Lagnas' - 'Mesha' (Aries), 'Vrushabha'
(Taurus), 'Sinha' (Leo), 'Mithuna' (Gemini), 'Kataka' (Cancer) and 'Kanya'
(Virgo)....," he predicts.