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B.V. Raman, page 2

Other B.V. Raman pages:
B.V. Raman, page 1
Books by B.S. Rao & Gayatri Devi Vasudev, members of B.V. Raman's family

Forward; Preface;

1. Astrology in Weather Prediction: Heavy rainfall & sunspot maxima; Effect of slow moving planets; The sun's influence; When Mercury conjuncts sun; Mars & dry weather; How the winds are influenced; Planetary clues to cyclones; Prediction of rain; Rainbows in different seasons; Weather changes & vagaries.

2. Astrology in Earthquakes Prediction: Role of solar spots; Eleven-year cycle theory; Parasara on earthquakes; Site of earthquake; Ground glows; Planets in trikonas; Saturn-Mars in kendras; Eclipse degrees & Mars; New moon & mutual kendras; Jupiter-Saturn opposition; Jupiter-Saturn conjunction; Historic fact.

Appendix: A great physicist becomes an astrologer.

Comment: This book was developed from numerous articles Raman wrote for The Astrological Magazine, at the urging of his daughter, Gayatri Devi Vasudev. In his weather/earthquake predictions, Raman made effective use of Brihat Samhita. While weather predicting has long been a staple of western astrology, Raman's work in successfully predicting earthquakes is unique as far as I know.

UBSPD, 87 pages.

Contents: No table of contents, but essentially identical to Autobiography of a Vedic Astrologer, which was: Forward; Preface; Prologue;

1. Rahu & the fear of death; 2. Gajakesari yoga & a future astrologer; 3. Snap-shot techniques of prediction; 4. The seventh lord & a sick wife; 5. Planets & numbers; 6. Tackling the bugbear of kuja dosha; 7. Birth in venomous periods; 8. numbers & palms; 9. A peculiar marriage-line; 10. A colonel is impressed;

11. The magazine brought back to life; 12. Studies resumed; 13. Malefics & mental aberration; 14. My first book; 15. Introduction to Jaimini astrology; 16. Difficult days; 17. The ground is prepared; 18. Encounter with nadis; 19. First attempts at political astrology; 20. A void & thereafter;

21. The evil of rahu in the 10th; 22. Who is a Daivagna? 23. A weak Venus & disease; 24. Europe's fateful year; 25. The war breaks out; 26. Mars-Saturn & Hitler; 27. Plight of nadi readers; 28. More predictions on the war; 29. The Putrabhava - sons or daughters?; Saturn & the war tumult; Verification of birth-time; Prediction on Nazi reverses fulfilled; 30. The Sun & Moon in psychology;

31. Mussolini's Asura yoga; 32. The Saturn-Rahu syndrome; 33. Ketu & problems galore; 34. Epilogue.

Comment: This is the 1992 edition of Autobiography of a Vedic Astrologer, reprinted unchanged in 1998. It would appear that, as of late 2004, the Autobiography has been discontinued, in favor of My Experiences.

UBSPD, 327 pages.

Varshaphal or the Hindu Progressed Horoscope - B.V. Raman, $9.00
Preface to the first edition; Preface to the Thirteenth edition

1. Introductory; 2. Erecting the progressed horoscope; 3. Planetary relations, aspects & strengths; 4. Lord or ruler of the year; 5. Dasa & bhuktis; 6. Muntha; 7. Yogas; 8. On Sahams; 9. Hints of judgment; 10. Results of Varshewara; 11. Results of bhavas; 12. Results of dasas; 13. Summary; 14. Some examples; Appendix 1: Formula to find Upagrahas; Appendix 2: Tables of lords of Dwadasvargas; Index of technical terms.

Comment: This book inspired by Raman's grandfather, B.S. Rao, back in 1931. It was published in 1938. This is the Tajaka system, based on Neelakanta & Kesava. The 13th edition of 1992 contained these changes: A new chapter on Muntha, all 35 Sahams, a new chapter on Yogas, a chapter entitled, Hints for Judgment, giving Raman's 50 years of experience, and, summary & example horoscopes. Raman believes this system originated in India & was copied by the Greeks some 2000 years ago.

UBSPD, 160 pages.

Preface to the 10th edition; Preface to the 1st edition; Introduction.

1. Lagna or 1st house; Mesha or Aries; Vrishabha or Taurus; Mithuna or Gemini; Karkataka or Cancer; Simha or Leo; Kanya or Virgo; Vrischika or Scorpio; Dhanus or Sagittarius; Makara or Capricorn; Kumbha or Aquarius; Meena or Pisces;

2. Dhana yogas; Combinations for poverty; Education; Tastes or flavors;
3. Brothers; 4. Conveyances & fortune; 5. Enemies & diseases; 6. Seventh house indications; 7. Health & longevity; 8. Fortunate combinations; 9. Raja yogas; 10. Combinations for dips in sacred waters;

11. Combination for death; 12. Results of dasas; 13. Ordinary combinations; 14. Graha Malika yogas; 15. Planetary rulerships, etc. Index of technical terms.

Comment: The book is subtitled, A mine of astrological gems, in English translation with original slokas in Devnagari. This is Raman's translation of Sri Ramanujacharya classic book.

UBSPD, 206 pages.

Preface to the 4th edition. Part 1: i. General; ii. Concerning the bhavas; iii. Marriage. Part 2: Vocation.

Comment: A catechism, for those of you weren't raised Catholic, is a short book of questions & answers, intended to teach the rudiments of a subject. It is intended for recitation: The student memorizes the answers & then recites them when the teacher asks the appropriate question. It's dull, but effective. For example:

Q. 111: From which house or planet do you predict a second marriage?
Ans: Venus & the 7th house indicate marriage. If you are sure that the first will either die or separate from the husband, take the planets in the 7th or associated with Venus. The strongest will determine the second wife. In a female horoscope, take Saturn in the place of Venus (Prasna Marga). Some authors want us to read the 11th house & this may also be adopted.

The first section are the contents of Volume 1, 111 pages, 134 questions. The second section, 108 pages, comprises 154 additional questions.

A total of 288 questions & responses.

UBSPD, 229 pages.

MUHURTHA (Electional Astrology) - B.V. Raman, $10.00
Preface to the 8th edition; Preface to the 1st edition.

1. The importance of Muhurtha; 2. General hints; 3. The birth star & the birth moon; 4. Influence of the constellations; 5. Special adverse yogas & their neutralization; 6. On certain special yogas; 7. Pre-natal ceremonies; 8. Post-natal ceremonies; 9. Marriage; 10. Elections concerning general matters;

11. Elections pertaining to education; 12. House building; 13. Agriculture & farming; 14. Travel; 15. Medical elections; 16. Public matters; 17. Miscellaneous elections; 18. Summary.

Appendices: I, II, III; Bibliography; Index.

Comment: Raman's writing style is discursive, he tells stories, he gives the opinions of others, both astrological & non-astrological. The rules are similar to western, but include nakshatras & days of the week. Also includes a useful, fold-out compatibility table in the back, matching the groom's nakshatra to that of the bride, expressed in Compatibility Units, ranging from 1 to 33 or so. There are several additional tables in the chapter on Marriage, with much useful detail in matching man to woman for purposes of marriage.

UBSPD, 181 pages.

Preface to the 12th edition; Preface to the 1st edition.

1. Introductory; 2. Astrology & karma; 3. What is astrology?; 4. Planets & man; 5. Astrology & superstition; 6. Statistical proof; 7. Astrology & history; 8. Futility of fatalistic doctrine; 9. Can astrology predict earthquakes?; 10. Astrology & weather forecasting; 11. Astrology as an aid to medical science; 12. Astrology vs: Futurology; Appendix.

Comment: This book was formerly titled, Astrology & Modern Thought. In the preface to the 12th edition, Raman writes, [this book] incorporates material based on investigations into cosmic-terrestrial relations that are being carried on by several men of science with whom I had the good fortune of personal discussion during my visits to Europe & America. .... Experimental evidence presented in these pages cannot fail to impress even those orthodox scientists who continue to believe that a branch of knowledge to be valid should fit into the framework of known laws of science, and not otherwise. Scientific laws which our text-books have taught us to look upon as eternal truths have collapsed like a pack of cards & new ones still lack the authority that their predecessors enjoyed. Scientists have also grown a little more circumspect & no longer proclaim general laws with the facility of their 19th century predecessors. Because of these developments, some of the scientists in the West have begun to view Astrology with less skepticism & more seriousness.

UBSPD, 228 pages.


Preface to 6th edition; Preface to 5th edition; Preface to 1st edition; Introduction.

Seventy-six horoscopes: 1. Sri Krishna, 2. Sri Gautama Buddha, 3. Alexander the Great, 4. Augustus Caesar, 5. Sri Adi Sankaracharya, 6. Jesus Christ, 7. Emperor Nero, 8. Prophet Mohammed, 9. Sri Ramanujacharya, 10. Omar Khayam, 11. Genghis Khan, 12. Swami Vidyaranya, 13. Guru Nanak, 14. Sri Chaitanya, 15. Akbar the Great, 16. John Milton, 17. Aurangzeb, 18. Shivaji the Great, 19. Hyder Ali, 20. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,

21. Tippu Sultan, 22. Marie Antoinette, 23. Sri Thyagaraja, 24. Abraham Lincoln, 25. Lord Tennyson, 26. Karl Marx, 27. Queen Victoria, 28. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, 29. Bangalore Suryanarain Rao, 30. Bala Gangadhara Tilak, 31. George Bernard Shaw, 32. Sri Narasimha Bharathi, 33. Jagadish Chandra Bose, 34. Havelock Ellis, 35. Rabindranath Tagore, 36. Sri Swami Vivekenanda, 37. Sayaji Rao III, 38. Gaekwar of Baroda, 39. Henry Ford, 40. Sir Ashutosh Mukerjee,

41. Herbert George Wells, 42. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 43. Chittaranjan Das, 44. Aurobindo Ghose, 45. Pope Pius XII, 46. Albert Einstein, 47. Sri Ramana Maharishi, 48. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 49. An example for religiousness & loss of sight, 50. Vinayak Damodar Svarkar, 51. Benito Mussolini, 52. Harry S Truman, 53. Sri Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV, 54. Rajendra Prasad, 55. M.N. Tantri, 56. The Nizam of Hyderabad, 57. Kasturi Srinivasan, 58. Swami Sivananda, 59. Adolf Hitler, 60. Jawaharial Nehru,

61. Dwight Eisenhower, 62. General Franco, 63. Ramakrishna Daimaia, 64. Meher Baba, 65. Edward, Duke of Windsor, 66. An example for raja yoga, 67. George VI, 68. An example for Dhana Yoga, 69. Subash Chandra Bose, 70. Suddhananda Bharathi, 71. An example for scientific eminence, 72. Madhavrao Sadasivrao Golwalkar, 73. Nathuram Vinayak Godse, 74. An example for poverty, 75. An example for raja yoga, 76. Ex-King Farouk, 77. Bangalore Venkata Raman.

[Alphabetical] index of horoscopes, Table of planetary positions, Index of technical terms.

Comment: Most of these originally appeared in The Astrological Magazine under the caption, Horoscope of the Month, in the years up to 1956. In the introduction, the author says, Except in two or three cases, first the 'special features' of the horoscope are examined, the discussion mostly bearing on the combinations, which could have produced the native whose chart is under consideration. This is followed by the listing of important life-events in the light of directional or Dasa influences. How a particular event could have happened under a particular Dasa & Bhukti has been clearly discussed. Finally, under 'Remarks', the horoscope is summed up, bringing out the salient combinations that have made the native what he was or is.

For the very early horoscopes, Raman cites his sources & gives his reasons for selecting the various dates. The astute reader may note the inclusion of horoscopes for Raman's grandfather & for Raman himself, in the later case, written by Mr. S. Rajagopala Iyer.

Motilal Banarsidass, 439 pages.

Preface; Preface to the 5th edition.
1. Preliminary observations; 2. The essentials explained; 3. Aspects & argalas; 4. Planetary & rasi strengths; 5. Dasas & bhuktis; 6. Determination of longevity; 7. Judgment of the horoscope; 8. Timing events; 9. Summary; Index of technical terms.

Comment: In the Preface, Raman writes, I have with me a number of versions of Jaimini in Devangari, Kannada & Telegu scripts - most of them containing Neelakanta's commentaries. And the present work which I have the pleasure to place before the educated public is mainly based on my studies done during the last 15 years. Owing probably to the dearth of books dealing clearly with the principles, and of scholars who have specialized in this particular branch of astrological knowledge, Jaimini's methods have not been popular. Consequently, it is not possible to say with what degree of success the principles given by Jaimini could be applied to practical horoscopes. But there is no doubt whatsoever that when once the technique of prediction as given by Jaimini has been clearly grasped, considerable accuracy could be aimed for. In these studies I have merely endeavored to make available in compact form the leading facts or concepts of Jaimini's principles. Certain aspects of Jaimini, such as Dasas, Ayurdaya, etc., which have hitherto remained obscure, have been dealt with exhaustively & their significance shown. I do not claim originality. But I claim to be the first in India to have given exposition of Jaimini in English with suitable illustrations. Written in 1950.

Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, 146 pages.

PRASNA MARGA, in 2 volumes - translated by B.V. Raman, $60.00/set

Synopsis: An exhaustive treatise on Prasna, or horary astrology. Authorship is attributed to a Namboodiri Brahmin of Kerala, who wrote in 1649 at a place called Edakad, near Talasseri.

Contents, comment.

Motilal Banarsidass.

Other B.V. Raman pages:
B.V. Raman, page 1
Books by B.S. Rao & Gayatri Devi Vasudev, members of B.V. Raman's family

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