The fact that the twentieth edition of Hindu Predictive Astrology has been called for within4 few months of the publication of the nineteenth edition is sufficient proof of the value attached to my writings on Astrology and the wide popularity my works enjoy. What may be regarded as still more satisfactory is that the demand for it has en considerable.
The twentieth edition herewith presented has been revised. The table ‘of Ayanamsa has been revised up to 2000 A.D. The book is made quite useful and complete. The public are the best critics and I am thankful :o them for their continuous patronage and support.
I am obliged to UBS Publishers’ Distributors Ltd., New Delhi for having brought out this edition attractively.
The appearance of a new book on Hindu Astrology in these days of superfluous journalism and book publication might be deemed an uncalled-for luxury. A little reflection will show that such a view is rather unfounded and such a conclusion too, premature. For quite a long time, there has been a great demand for an up-to-date, concise and comprehensive text-book on Hindu Astrology that is in itself complete and self-contained so that the necessity of purchasing additional volumes may be done away with. In order to meet this need and to enable the reader to extend his talent to spheres of research and investigation, the present volume has been designed.
All the necessary and useful information has been treated with great care and scrutiny. Many of the planetary combinations given in this book are of such rare value that I did not like to omit them. They are the outcome of much practical study and have not been merely chosen at random from some Sanskrit Astrological work or other. This book is intended both for the beginner and the advanced student as all the details needed for scientifically deciphering the future have been fully described without obscuring at the same time those very elementary portions so essential for the beginner. Wherever necessary, explanations are given to facilitate comprehension of the difficult portions.
One who reads the book carefully and dispassionately and understands the principles incorporated, will not only be able to make fairly correct predictions but will be induced to take to the study of more advanced works and thus help the cause of the science.
The Western reader might omit Chapter IX as it deals with the method of casting horoscopes on the basis of Indian Almanacs, and devote himself to Chapter X. Chapter deals with general information regarding the Cycle of Years, Ayanas, etc., and the reader, if he so desires, may omit this chapter also. However a perusal of it is sure to benefit the reader. It is needless to remark that both in the matter and method. I have touched fresher grounds and 1 feel confident that I have supplied a real and long-felt want by ushering in this publication for the acceptance of the educated public.
I take this opportunity of expressing my thanks to my many friends for their suggestions and in particular to the late Prof. B. Suryanarain Rao (whose recent demise the whole world deplores), without whose guidance the work would never have been produced. I must also acknowledge my thanks to Miss Laurie Pratt of Los Angeles, U.S.A., who ii the manuscript and offered helpful suggestions; to Mr. N R. Thiruvenkatachar. B.A., of Madras, who has kindly assisted me in preparing the Oblique Ascension tables; to my well-wisher Mr. C. G. Row of Gulbarga, for his valuable suggestions and lastly to my friend, Mir Abdul Huq, for expediting publication and for his personal attention to the details of printing, and to the staff of the Modi Press for the special zeal they displayed in the publication of the work.
If the reader should be enabled, by a study of this volume, to acquire a working knowledge of the science, ray labours will have been amply rewarded.
Astrology is the most ancient of all sciences. It is not a science like Mathematics, Botany, Zoology, Chemistry or Physics, the study of which requires strict adherence to the world’s conventionalities of common sense reasoning and ordinary logic. Astrology comprehends something higher, mysterious and subtle. It is not a mere appeal to the reasoning faculty of man but it is an appeal to his hidden powers and capacities. Astrological predictions cannot be simply based upon strict hypothetical principles or vague guesses but a certain amount of intuitive capacity must be brought to bear upon such attempts. The various rules given for future predictions are merely intended for our guidance and we must substantiate them by recourse to the study and examination a large number of practical horoscopes. Collect the horoscopes of a number of people of all grades, ranks, temperaments and peculiarities and study them in the light of the principles enumerated in the following pages and then you will really get some precious intellectual food for your mental refreshment and you will be doubtless convinced that astrology is a practical and useful science.
Astrology relies more upon the skill and intuitive capacities f the interpreter than upon complicated rules. It gives a !ketch of life. It is a mirror in which one’s own figure is clearly reflected. Astrology comprehends the manifestation a sort of relation ship among all objects in nature, animal, vegetable and mineral. It records the interaction of influences of all things, visible and invisible. While Ayurveda ranks a an Upaveda, Jyotisha or Astrology is one of the Vedangas. fl was not a mere accident that distinguished practitioners o one of these arts were generally proficient in the other also. Cosmos -is a unity and knowledge cannot be cut up and confined in rigid water-tight compartments.
Astrology when properly understood will be most useful in the daily transactions of life. A repetition of this idea would be superfluous as the very first chapter of the book deals with the “Necessity for the Study of Astrology”.
This science had been cultivated to a high degree of perfection by the Hindus long before the so-called period of authentic history. Their researches may be brought under the following three important divisions (1) Parasari, (2) Jaimini and (3) Tajaka. Almost all astrological book I in India are after Parasara who is said to have lived before the dawn of Kali Yuga (more than 5,000 years ago). Even eminent authors and commentators like Varahamihira, Bhattotpala, Venkatesa and others, who have enriched the astrological field by the effusions of their fertile brains, have held Parasara in high esteem and have based all their writings on the principles propounded by him. Thus there is absolutely no ground to doubt the accuracy of the Parasari system. Tht Jaimini School of Astrology* considerably differs from that of Parasari inasmuch as the method followed by the former in the treatment of even the fundamental principles, is at considerable variance from that of the latter. In spite of Jaimini being held in very high esteem as the author of the great Poorva Meemamsa Sastra or the subtle and recondite system of philosophy, his astrological methods are not in vogue in india excepting that they are consulted as an alternative to Parasari. The Tajaka* is entirely devoted to the deciphering of Varshaphal or the annual results and its importance is revealed only in recent times. Thus the Parasari ie the most common method having won the general acceptance of all eminent people in all ages.
I have mainly followed Parasara in the collection of rateria1 for this book and have devoted myself to a clear exposition of ihe various principles of astrology by following which the future of man can be revealed with sufficient accuracy.
In chapters dealing with Casting the Horoscope, Ashiaka
varga, Death, Horary Astrology, Medical Astrology, Lost Horoscopes or Unknown Birth Times, etc., every effort has been made to illustrate the theoretical principles with practical examples.
The chapters on Death and Unknown Birth Times open fresh fields for research and investigation. It is with a view to drawing the attention of the reader to the necessity of instituting inquiries into the problem of Unknown Birth Times that these chapters have beer included.
The chapters are systematically arranged. As a matter of fact the book is so graduated as to make even the beginner well acquainted with all the principles easily, while the advarced student will find much useful information with which he will not have come into contact hitherto.
Tie theory of Astrology has been fully dealt with by my grandfather Prof. B. Suryanarain Rao in his Introduction to
the study of Astrology and by me in my book Astrology and Modern Thought. Both these books may be studied with great benefit.
I trust that my honest and humble endeavours to future the cause of Astrology will not go in vain and that this humble venture will be appreciated by all well-wishers of knowledge.
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