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Students of K.N. Rao, page 1


Almost unique among astrologers, K.N. Rao has spawned a school of earnest, skilled astrologers, a number of whom have written excellent books under his guidance. Rao will pick a student & challenge - or assign - him to write a book on a topic chosen by Rao himself. Rao's pairing of student to subject is carefully thought out: A diplomat for travel, an astrologer from the north to write about techniques native to his area, an artillery man for profession, etc. Other books are independent, inspired productions, often the result of class research. However they came to be, every one of these books is excellent in its own right.

Books by Students of K.N. Rao, page 2
Books by Students of K.N. Rao, page 3

See also K.N. Rao books, and,
Research papers by K.N. Rao & his students


DOTS OF DESTINY: Applications of Ashtakavarga - Vinay Aditya, $19.00
Contents:
Preface to 1st edition; Preface to 2nd edition;

1. An advanced Vedic technique; 2. Computing Ashtakavarga; 3. Sarvashtakvarga: The cumulative dots of destiny; 4. The tumbling royalties; 5. Kakshya for closer timing; 6. Some generalities of individual Ashtakavarga; 7. Ashtakavarga of the Sun; 8. Ashtakavarga of the Moon; 9. Ashtakavarga of Mars; 10. Ashtakavarga of Mercury;

11. Ashtakavarga of Jupiter; 12. Ashtakavarga of Venus; 13. Ashtakavarga of Saturn; 14. On prime ministers, presidents & others; 15. Reductions & Shodhya Pinda; 16. Application of Shodhya Pinda standardized; 17. Timing of events through Vimshottari, Ashtakavarga style; 18. Longevity; 19. 11th from where?; 20. Controversies: Complex(ion) compounded; Appendix: Sarvachanchachakra; Index.

Comment: An excellent book by a teacher at K.N. Rao's Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, in New Delhi. On the back of the book it says: First ever book on Ashtakavarga which leads the student step-by-step to the application of Ashtakavarga for everyday predictions. Calculations of Ashtakavarga explained & worked out with an example horoscope. Principles of Sarvashtakavarga applied extensively & explained through several horoscopes. Ashtakavarga principles applied to the horoscopes of Prime Ministers, Presidents & other celebrities. Reveals the decisive role of Ashtakavarga in analyzing the dreaded period of sadhe-sati. Periods of prosperity illustrated in a novel way by fusing Ashtakavarga with the Indu Lagna. Controversies of Ashtakavarga handled squarely, head-on. Opens new vistas for research-minded astrologers. Profusely illustrated by example horoscopes from diverse fields.

Systems Vision, 179 pages.


PRACTICAL ASHTAKAVARAGA - Vinay Aditya, $25.00

Contents:

Foreword by K.S. Charak
Preface
List of charts

1. Ashtakavarga has its own say
2. The basic calculations
3. General principles
4. Different strength of planets
5. Comparison between bindus in various houses
6. Some case studies
7. Divisional charts part 1
8. Divisional charts part 2
9. Annual charts
10. Horary charts
11. Medical astrology
12. Mundane charts
13. Muhurta & ashtakavarga
14. Profession & ashtakavarga
15. Transit of Saturn
16. Other transits
17. Ashtakavarga of Rahu, Ketu & Lagna
18. Ashtakavarga in matching
19. How is your day today?
20. Miscellaneous: Gem recommendations, Naming of a child/bride, Astrology or cartography, Compatibility in friendship
21. Samudayashtakavarga controversy

Bibliography
Index

Comment:

This is a sequel to, and an advance upon, Aditya's first book on ashtakavarga, Dots of Destiny (above). Published in April, 2011, with a Foreword by KS Charak, I would guess that Sri Aditya is no longer associated with KN Rao. Rather than take sides or regret splits, I note that controversy sharpens thinking, focuses the mind, heightens awareness. All of which is good.

From the back of the book:

Practical Ashtakavarga gives the most essential calculations briefly. The focus is on how to use Ashtakavarga in myriad situations in any kind of chart, be it the Birth chart, Divisional chart, Horary chart, Mundane or the Varsha-kundali.

Comparison of bindus in different houses gives an overall idea of the life pattern. Principles have been enumerated and astrological common sense invoked.

Saturn's transit (including Sadhe Sati) and the use of Ashtakavarga has been dealt with extensively along with simple as well as profound Nadi principles.

Use of Ashtakavarga in Matching of horoscopes has been discussed in all its multifarious colours.

Ashtakavarga helps in selecting the right Muhurta for any activity. What to look for and what to avoid has been explained through several case studies of many miserably failed and some gloriously successful satellite launches by ISRO.

How Ashtakavarga helps identify the kind, quality and quantity of professional success has been explained outlining which dashas are more conducive to give good results. Several illustrations of well known personalities discussed.

Ashtakavarga helps identify the weak parts of the body that are susceptible to disease. Detailed explanation given with medical case studies.

How to use Ashtakavarga for recommending the appropriate gem stone or any other suitable remedial measure has also been described.

Rarely found, benefic positions for casting Bhinnashtakavarga of Ketu given. How can Rahu & Ketu's dasha and transit be interpreted, explained.

Based on Ashtakavarga, progressively sophisticated methods of finding "How is Your Day Today", explained for the first time.

A very nicely done book, with many examples. Will repay study.

Systems Vision, 201 pages.


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PATAKI RISHT CHAKRA - Shalini Dhasmana, $12.00
Contents: Dedication; Acknowledgement; Preface; Introduction; Description of Pataki Rishta Chakra, 1; Description of Pataki Rishta Chakra 2; Predictive interpretation of Pataki Rishta Chakra; Balarishta & Arishta Bhanga; Snap shot principle being tested;

Case studies: 1. A miracle; 2. Survived, left badly handicapped; 3. Fell from roof, saved; 4. Died in one month; 5. Dignified Jupiter in lagna; 6 & 7: A contrast: 6. Brain cancer, died; 7. Very seriously ill, saved; 8. Death of father; 9. Death of mother; 10. Mentally handicapped; 11. Deaf & dumb; 12. Brain tumour, saved; 13. Vehicular accident; 14. Case of pancreatitis, died; 15. Hole in heart, died in five months;

An application of Pataki Rishta Chakra - lagna shudhhi; Prenatal event seen through Pataki Rishta Chakra; Observations & conclusions; Data for other case studies; Bird's eye view of the case studies.

Appendix A: Tables: 1. Conversions between hours & minutes & ghati pala; 2. Ardhayam (Yamardh); 3. Dandaman; 4. Dinman/Ratriman; 5. Duration of Ardhayam & Dandaman according to Dinman/Ratriman (in gati palas); 6A. Ardhayam-dandaman in hours & minutes at 10 minute intervals (DM/RM - 11 hours - 12 hours); 6B. Ardhayam-dandaman (DM/RM - 12 house to 13 hours); 6C. Ardhayam-dandaman (DM/RM - 13 house to 13 hours); 7A. Duration of Ardhayam for Dinman/Ratriman 11 hours - 50 minutes; 7B. Duration of Ardhayam for Dinman/Ratriman 12 hours - 12-50 minutes; 7C. Duration of Ardhayam for Dinman/Ratriman 13 hours - 13-50 minutes.

Appendix B: Tables: 1. Gandanta; 2. Pushkar Amsa, Pushkar Navamsa; 3. Dreshkan (Drekkna) according to Brihat Jatak; 4. 22nd Dreshkane, 64th Navamsa, Sarpa Dreshkane; 5. Mirtyu Bhag; 6. Taras for 27 Janma Nakshatras (in Sanskrit or Hindi). Bibliography; Books by K.N. Rao.

Comment: Subtitled, A special technique for finding mishaps in the lives of children and boys and girls up to the age of twenty-four. Pataki Rista Chakra (P.R.C.) is a traditional technique in eastern India, in Orissa, Bengal, Bihar (Darbhanga part). Method of calculation starts like this:

P.R.C. as a chakra is made up of three vertical lines & three horizontal lines crossing each other as shown. [think tic-tac-toe with extra lines] From the ends of these lines, transverse [eg, diagonal] lines are drawn to make a chakra as shown in the figure. Mesha is written on the upper right end, Vrishabh to Meena rashis are placed as shown in an anti-clockwise direction. Three small flags (Pataki) are drawn on top of Mesha, Vrisha & Mithuna rashis. [eg, atop the three vertical lines] Mesha to Meena rashis are alloted fixed numbers & fixed years. [table follows] The horoscope under consideration is superimposed on the chakra & vedha is noticed. (pgs. 11-13)

From the preface, K.N. Rao says he found astrologers using this technique in 1973. Years later he gave it to his students for study and one of them eventually wrote this book.

Vani Publications, 178 pages.


GANESHA HORA SHASTRAM, Bhava Analysis, parts 1 & 2 - S. Ganesh, $60/set
Contents, Book 1:
A stimulating book, by K.N. Rao; Acknowledgements; Navgraha Stotram; Introduction.

1. Bhava Analysis: Mid cusp; Bhava Sandhi; Kendras; Kendradhipatya dosha; Chara lagnas; Sthir lagnas; Dwi swabhaav (dual) lagnas; Kona bhavas; Konadhipati dosha; Pushkaramshhas; Doshas & nivarana; 2nd & 11th houses; Indu lagna; 3rd house; Trik houses; 6th house; 8th house; 12th house.

2. Planets & Houses: Planets in the lagna; Planets in the 2nd house; Planets in the 3rd house; Planets in the 4th house; Planets in the 5th house; Planets in the 6th house; Planets in the 7th house; Planets in the 8th house; Planets in the 9th house; Planets in the 10th house; Planets in the 11th house; Planets in the 12th house. 3. First House/Lord; 4. Second House/Lord; 5. Third House/Lord; 6. Fourth House/Lord; 7. Fifth House/Lord; 8. Sixth House/Lord; 9. Chart Analysis. 382 pages.

Contents, Book 2:
Part 2: 10. Seventh House/Lord; 11. Eighth House/Lord; 12. Ninth House/Lord; 13. Tenth House/Lord; 14. Eleventh House/Lord; 15. Twelfth House/Lord; 16. Chart Analysis; 17. Delineation of Charts; 18. Glossary; 19. Index. 319 pages (pgs 383-702)

Comment: A comprehensive, well-done treatise on planets & houses, including navamshas, with many examples. Large, easy to read type, though text formating could be better. The author has been practicing astrology for 25 years & may be older than he appears in the picture. He has taught at K.N. Rao's Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan since 1994.

Alpha Publishing, hardcovers with dust jackets.


PREDICT EFFECTIVELY THROUGH YOGINI DASHA - V.P. Goel, $14.00
Contents:
1. Dedication; 2. Forward; 3. Introduction; 4. Contents; 5. About the author; 6. Classical; 7. Research; 8. Formula; 9. Mangla; 10. Pingla;

11. Dhanya; 12. Bhramari; 13. Bhadrika; 14. Ulka; 15. Siddha; 16. Sankata; 17. Divisional chart; 18. Transit; 19. Class room testing; 20. Annexure

Comment: The Yogini Dasha is a 36 year cycle. One of the classic problems experienced with it is what happens after 36 years? The dasha repeats, of course, but how, exactly? From the same starting point, or from a different one? In a normal life, the cycle completes three times. As there are 8 yoginis & as each is related to one of the nakshatras, in three cycles, only 24 of the 27 nakshatras are accounted for. What to do with the rest? In this book are answers to these & other questions, brilliantly expounded.

From the back cover: Those who have used Yogini Dasha know that for medical astrology, no dasha can give so quick & so effective an answer as this dasha. Those who are familiar with Jaimini's Chara Dasha can see the clue provided in that dasha which has helped in the unraveling of the mysteries of repeated cycles of Yogini Dasha not becoming a puzzle anymore.

Vani Graphics, 115 pages.


Snapshot Prediction Using Yogini Dasha - V.P. Goel

SNAPSHOT PREDICTION USING YOGINI DASHA - V.P. Goel, $19.00

Contents:

Dedication
Preface

1. Classic
2. Research
3. Mangla
4. Pingla
5. Dhanya
6. Bhramari
7. Bhadrika
8. Ulka
9. Siddha
10. Sankata

Comment:

First published in 2013, this book continues the author's investigation and study of yogini.

The book is straightforward. The first chapter, Classic, gives instruction for determining one's initial yogini dasha, the length of its periods and subperiods. It concludes with traditional cookbook delineations of the maha dasha periods and sub-periods. For the fun of it, I worked out that I am now in the Ulka period of the Sankata dasha. The text for this reads:

The accumulated wealth will be lost. The property will be lost and faces death like situations. The animals will suffer. There will be problems to maternal family. (pg. 29)
I can understand the "death like situations," except that the rest of it is not clearly relevant which makes me wonder if I understand any of it correctly. During this period I ran up medical bills I could not pay, but also got government benefits, which is a boon. But this is only the first chapter.

Chapter 2, Research, sets out a different Nakshatra ruler for each of the eight dasha periods, every time they come around in the yogini dasha's repetitive 36 year cycles. So, for example, the first Sankata period is ruled by Rahu and Mrigshira, the second, 36 years later, is ruled by the Moon and Hasta, and the third, 72 years after the first, is ruled by the Sun and Uttarashada. Each of the subsequent eight chapters (3 - 10) are given to case studies for each of the maha-dasha periods, broken down into their three possibilities. Which amount to young, middle-aged, and elderly, though these terms are not used. You must then recast the birth chart, using the proper Nakshatra for the yogini dasha in effect.

A useful addition to the Yogini literature.

Sagar, 203 pages.


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PREDICTING THROUGH SHASTI HAYANI DASHA - V.P. Goel, $12.00
Contents: 1. Dedication; 2. About the author; 3. Preface; 4. Forward; 5. Contents; 6. Applicability; 7. Dasha scheme; 8. Aries; 9. Taurus; 10. Gemini; 11. Cancer; 12. Leo; 13. Virgo; 14. Libra; 15. Scorpio; 16. Sagittarius; 17. Capricorn; 18. Aquarius; 19. Pisces; 20. Table 2: Balance of Shasti Hayani Dasha based on longitude of the moon; 21. Table 3: Sub periods of Shasti Hayani Dasha; 22. Books by K.N. Rao.

Comment: Shasti Hayani Dasha applies to charts with the sun in the first house. Calculation is based on Nakshatras, which includes the 28th, Abhijit. To calculate, start with Ashwini nakshatra, and take them in groups of 3 & 4, alternately. The first three groups of nakshatras are given ten years per group (not per nakshatra). The last five groups are given six years, again, per group, not nakshatra, for an overall total of 60 years, which then repeats. The first group of Nakshatras is allotted a total of ten years of Jupiter dasha, each nakshatra getting 3 years & 4 months each. The second set of nakshatras get a total of 10 years of Sun dasha & as there's four nakshatras to work with, each gets 2 years & 6 months of Sun. The third group gets 10 years of Mars, the next five groups (comprising the remaining 18 nakshatras) get six years of dasha per group. In order, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Rahu. To calculate the 28th nakshatra, take the last quarter of U. Ashada & the first 15th part of Shravan. Tables & calculations are provided. With many chart examples.

Shree Systems Technologies, 176 pages.


PREDICTING THROUGH SHODASHOTTARY DASHA, an original & fundamental research - V.P. Goel, $10.00
Contents: Dedication; About the author; Introduction; Why use conditional dashas?; Application; Dasha scheme

Aries; Taurus; Gemini; Cancer; Leo; Virgo; Libra; Scorpio; Sagittarius; Capricorn; Aquarius; Pisces

Table 2: Moon in signs (major dasha cycle); Table 3: Sub-periods.

Comment: Shodashottary is a special udu dasha based on the Nakshatra occupied by the moon at the time of birth. This dasha is only applicable to the horoscopes fulfilling certain conditions. The conditions are:

  • 1. The ascendant is in Hora of the moon & the birth is in the dark fortnight. OR
  • 2. The ascendant is in the Hora of sun & the birth is in the bright fortnight.

In practice: For odd-numbered rising signs, Shodashottary dasha applies if the ascendant is between 0 - 15 degrees (sun hora) & the moon is waxing, or, if the ascendant is between 15 - 30 degrees (moon hora) & the moon is waning.

For even-numbered signs, Shodashottary dasha applies if the ascendant is between 0 - 15 degrees (moon hora) & the moon is waning, or, the ascendant is between 15 - 30 degrees (sun hora) & the moon is waxing.

As the result is dependent on the various divisional charts, the correct Chitra Paksh ayanamsa must be applied. Order of dasha is Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Ketu, Moon, Mercury & Venus. Rahu has no place. Duration: Sun: 11 years, Mars: 12 years, Jupiter: 13 years, Saturn: 14 years, Ketu: 15 years; Moon: 16 years; Mercury: 17 years, Venus: 18 years, for a total of 118 years.

Calculation: The starting Nakshatra is Pushya, which gives the dasha of the sun. The placement of the moon in Nakshatra is noted. Count from Pushya to the birth Nakshatra. Divide by 8. The remainder determines the operating dasha at birth. Pushya is taken as 1. Here are the dasha lords of the other remainders: 1 - Sun; 2 - Mars; 3 - Jupiter; 4 - Saturn; 5 - Ketu; 6 - Moon; 7 - Mercury; 8 - Venus. Example: Moon at birth in Ashlesha. Counting from Pushya, Ashlesha is the second Nakshatra. Dividing by 8 leaves a remainder of 2, so the ruling dasha at birth is Mars. There are the usual rules for balance of dasha at birth, and for sub-periods, etc. There are example charts for each of the twelve rising signs, complete with relevant divisional charts. This is one of a continuing series of books on Parasara's conditional dashas.

Shree System Technologies, 106 pages.


COMPRENENSIVE PREDICTION BY DIVISIONAL CHARTS - V.P. Goel, $45.00

Contents:

Preface

Divisional charts: Vimshopak bala; Varga vimshopak bala; Longitudes in the divisional chart; General rules

Birth chart D1: Significations of houses; Significations of signs; Classification of rashis; Signfication of planets; Rules for examination; Key planets

Hora D2: Parashari or Cancer/Leo or Uma shambhu hora; General effect of hora placement (Mansagri); Labh mandook hora or kerala hora; Poova Parashari hora; Venketesha hora; Sun & moon hora; Vikram mandook hora; Cyclical hora

Drekkana D3: Parshari drekkana; Nature of a person; Twenty-second drekkana; Examination; Genetic link; Sex of coborn; Garga drekkana; Varanasi drekkana; Somnath drekkana; Sexual inclinations; Cyclical of parivrittitraya drekkana; Tajik drekkana

Chaturthamsha D4: Parashari chaturthamsha; Dieties of chaturthamsha; Examination of D4; Cyclical chaturthamsha; Parashari & cyclical chaturthamsha; Settlement abroad

Saptamsha D7: Parashara saptamsha; House significations of saptamsha; Examination of saptamsha; Sex of children; Beeja sphuta & kshetra sphuta

Navamsha D9: Parashari navamsha; Pushkar navamsha; Navamsha in nadi astrology; Rashi tulya navamsha; 64th navamsha; Dieties of navamsha; Marriage: 1. Promise of marriage, 2. Early marriage, 3. Late marriage, 4. Multiple marriage, 5. Status of spouse, 6. Caring spouse, 7. Mutual attraction, 8. After marriage; Jaimini navamsha; Kalchakra navamsha

Dashamsha D10: Parashari dashamsha; Houses; Ruling dieties of dashamsha; Examination; Lord of 10th house in D10; Mathematical or cyclical dashamsha

Dwadashamsha D12: Parashari method; Application; House significations of dwadashamsha; Karakas; Ruling dieties of dwadashamsha; Examination; Cyclical dwadashamsha

Shodashamsha D16: Parashari or cyclical method; Houses of shodashamsha; Rules for examination of shodashamsha; Lords of shodashamsha; Phaladeepika; Other methods of casting shodashamsha - third version

Vimshamsha D20: Parashara method; Houses in vimshamsha; Ruling diety; Planets; Salvation; Examination of D20

Chaturvimshamsha D24: Parashari method; Ruling dieties; Examination; Signification of planets

Trimshamsha D30: Parashari method; Dieties of Parashara trimshamsha; Cyclical or varanasi trimshamsha; Houses of trimshamsha; Examination of D30; Conclusion

Khavedamsha D40: Parashari; Ruling dieties; Examinations; Cyclical khavedamsha

Akshayvedamsha D45: Parashara; Ruling dieties; Examination; Cyclical or mathematical

Shashtiamsha D60: Parashar method; Examination; Ruling diety; Other methods

Panchamsha D5: Cyclical; Hadda; Houses; Examination; Diety to worship

Shashtamsha D6: Cyclical; House signification; Examination

Ashtamsha D8: Cyclical; Raman method; Houses; Examination

Ekdashamsha D11: Cyclical; Second method; Third method; Houses; Examination

Higher divisional charts: Ashta navamsha; Nav-navamsha; Navamsha-dwadashamsha; Sex of horoscope; Dwadashamsha-dwadashamsha (D144); Nadi amsha; Other amshas

Linking of divisional charts: One individual; Charts of members of a family; Charts of different individuals: a. Husband and wife, b. Division of property in a family, c. Business relations, d. Guru - disciple

Comment:

Here is V.P. Goel's Preface, entire:
Our Guruji Shri K.N. Rao asked me to write on divisional charts. This was about one year ago. This book is a result of his direction. I am grateful to him for considering me worthy enough for this task.

Divisional charts are the pride of Hindu astrology. They reflect the depth of knowledge our ancients had. Each divisional chart is a magnified view of a specific area of human life. Our seers have advised us to read each divisional chart in-depth to understand the horoscope hollistically.

This study of divisional charts is presented in twenty three chapters. These chapters deal with sixteen divisions or shodashvargas of parashar. The four non-parashar divisional charts are also explained along with higher divisional charts. An interesting chapter of inter linking of divisional charts is also included. The linking of different divisional charts of one individual and of different individuals are given in a simple yet effective way. This linking is useful to provide a complete picture of the horoscope.

I am grateful to the faculty of Institute of Astrology, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, who taught me Hindu Astrology. I am grateful to the almighty GOD for directing me towards Astrology.

My special thanks to Sh. Rajender Singh for giving shape to the book from my hand written notes.

I will fee satisfied if readers are benefitted from this work.

V.P. Goel
Books from the K.N. Rao school are always of exceptional merit. This is clearly one of the best books ever on divisional charts, with details I have never seen elsewhere.

March, 2014: This book was previously titled Predict Comprehensively Through Divisional Charts. This is the same book as before, minus K.N. Rao's introduction. Looking further, mention of Mr. Rao and his school have been removed from the back cover, and the book is now published by Sagar, rather than by Rao's school. This usually means a falling out of sorts between author and guru. Which I like to think as a "coming of age" transition. One cannot hang on to Shri Rao's coat-tails forever. One becomes his own man.

Sagar, 381 pages.


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UNRAVELING PUZZLE OF LONGEVITY, an original research - V.P. Goel, $15.00

Contents:

Preface, by V.P. Goel
This excellent book, by K.N. Rao
About the author

Part 1:
1. Eighth house
2. Basic parameters
3. Jaimini
4. PAM
5. Mathematical principles
6. Dasha

Part 2:
1. Hora lagna
2. Strength of planets & signs
3. Modified PAM
4. Divisional charts
5. Nirayan shoola dasha
6. Case 1
7. Case 2
8. Case 3
9. Cast 4
10. Case 5
11. Case 6
12. Case 7
13. Case 8
14. Case 9
15. Case 10
16. Twins

Comment:

This is a comprehensive survey of longevity in the natal chart, seen from a variety of perspectives. The book opens with general rules: Planets in the various houses & signs give various results, long or short. Goel summarizes.

We then get into a more serious analysis, where the chart as a whole is analyzed for longevity. Houses, planets, divisional charts, etc. We look at the Jaimini method, as well as PAM. Which is an acronym for

  • Poorn Ahu (100 years)
  • Alpa Ayu (33 years), and,
  • Madhya Ayu (66 years)

Which leads us to a chapter on strictly mathematical models. Which is Ayurdaya, which comprises a number of fairly straightforward calculations that result in a specific Final Day of life. The old Matrix Vedic program would produce five different calculations, each different, each of which gave a specific number of years, months & days of life. (The program NEVER gave a calendar date per se. This was so as to not shock the recipient. To learn that one would die at the age of 45 years, 6 months & three days was psychologically not at all the same as dying on January 23, 1987, even if that was the exact day specified.)

The old Matrix program gave the results of the Jaimini, Amsayurdaya, Pindayurdaya & Nisargayurdaya calculations. I used to have mine but lost them. I've already outlived a couple of them. I am looking at my daughter's, which range from 88 to 42. Helpfully (?!), the program then averages the results, to give an average life of 69-some years. Which is completely silly.

The Hellenistic revival has since uncovered the Greek version, which starts with the hyleg, which is used to determines the Alcohoden, which produces the length of life in years. Not quite as precise, but, according to my sources, quite possibly accurate. See it, learn it, here: Judgments of Nativities, by Abu'Ali Al-Khayyat.

Note that in both the Vedic, as well as the Greek methods, calculation is based on arbitrary rules which have little, if anything, to do with the rest of the chart. In other words, none of the usual forecasting methods are used. In the Greek system, the most favorable of the various rulers of the hyleg is selected to be the Alcohoden. It then is assigned years based on being in angular (1, 4, 7, 10), succeedent (2, 5, 8, 11) or cadent (3, 6, 9, 12) houses, which is further modified by tight aspects from other planets. Vedic methods are more complicated but, in the end, not far different.

In the chapter on Mathematics, the author gives the classical formulas, and then gets down to an example, using the same chart. In one method, the calculation was for 74 years. In another, the same life was calculated to 98 years. In a third, 50 years. In still another, a little less than 45 years. The actual life was 84 years. The conclusion, that classical methods do not work, is unstated, though obvious.

Which makes me unhappy. None of these methods can simply be taken off the shelf and used, without modification. Death, in fact, does not avail itself of simple mathematics. Vedic methods, like the Greek method, need to be adapted to the specific chart, based on the astrologer's acquired skills in making this specific calculation. This Mr. Goel does not wish to do, his reasons are not clear.

Part 1 continues with more aphorisms, and dashas.

In Part 2 we start all over, with a new analysis. In it are 100 cases, where date, time & place of birth are given, along with the date of death, as well as the key factors from the D3, D9 (Navamsa) and D12 divisional charts. Ten of these nativities are then selected for further analysis. Which seems to focus on determining the "killing aspect" on the one hand, and, on the other, which of the three periods of PAM (short - medium - long) applied to the native.

A small book that will repay study.

V.P. Goel/Vani Publications, 139 pages.


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INTRODUCTION TO ASTROLOGY (Ganita, Hora, Samhita) - Col. A.K. Gour & Uday Kant Misra, $18.00
Contents:

Acknowledgement
Preface
About the Author

1. Introduction to astrology
2. Astrology: Our heritage
3. The planets, signs & constellations
4. Astrology the harmonizer
5. What is Jyotish
6. An astrologer - qualifications
7. Utility of astrology
8. History of astrology
9. The present period
10. Fate & freewill
11. The karma theory
12. Why belief in destiny
13. Astrology & psychology
14. Astrology & science
15. The Panchanga
16. Casting of horoscopes by modern methods
17. Casting of horoscopes by traditional methods
18. Astro-Meteorology

Annexures:
1. Mughals & Astrology
2. Daily rising lagna for New Delhi
3. Lagna correction for the major [Indian] cities (about 178)

Comment: This is the second, expanded edition of 2007, more than double the original number of pages. (The chapters following Chapter 14 are entirely new.) Here is the back cover:

This book provides a platform for the serious, discerning seeker of astrological essence, by providing an overview of Ganita, Hora & Samhita.

The book explains the position of Astrology in our Vedic, Pauranik, Rishi-prokta heritage.

The reader is introduced to the harmonizing influence of Astrology along with its utility; one gets to know what is Astrology and what are the qualifications of an astrologer.

The vexed question of Fate & Freewill, an acquaintance with Destiny & the infallibility of Karmic rules make for an illuminating reading.

The book traces the history of Astrology & shows its amazing reach even in times of Ramayana & Mahabharata. The reach of this science & the utter dependence of the Mughal rulers - Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir is stunning. It is compelling reading & good to know the universal appeal of Astrology.

This book attempts to make the Panchanga user friendly to the non-Hindu medium group. There is introduction to Ganit-learn casting of horoscope the modern & the traditional way. Samhita is introduced with a chapter on the celebrated Astro-Meteorology.

This book will give a correct perspective to Astrology.

Alpha Publications, 223 pages.


TRANSIT: The Celestial Delivery Boy - Col. A.K. Gour, $16.00
Contents:
Foreword; Acknowledgement; Preface; About the author;

1. The celestial delivery boy; 2. Classical texts - Moon; 3. Classical texts: transit from the Moon; 4. The Puranic transit; 5. The transit influencers; 6. Bhava Siddhi Kaal - timing of results; 7. Ashtakvarga; 8. Saptashalaka; 9. Transits & the divisional charts; 10. Subtle transit - the divisional charts; 11. Birth time rectification; 12. The planetary dashas - tables; 13. Legends, heritage, mythology & our planets; 14. Sarvatobhadra chakra.

Comment: Transits, or Gochara, are here tied to both the operating dasha of the rasi chart, as well as to the various divisional charts. Experiences promised by the natal chart, timed to the operative dasha (various levels) are delivered, for good or ill, by means of transits in effect at any given moment. Eg, Transits are the Celestial Delivery Boy. As dashas are determined by the natal moon, transits must be read with reference to the Chandra Lagna, or moon sign. Mantreshwara's Phaladeepika is a principle reference work cited in this book. The red cover is the expanded 2003 edition, 60 pages bigger than the first edition.

Alpha Publication, 214 pages.


ASTROLOGY OF PROFESSIONS - Col. A.K. Gour, $20.00
Contents: 1. (Samarpan); 2. About the author; 3. Preface; 4. Introduction; 5. Professions - a general approach; 6. Educational counseling; 7. Self-employment or service; 8. The first salary; 9. Periods of rise in profession; 10. Professional distress; 11. Profession - focussed analysis; 12. Doctors; 13. Lawyers; 14. The engineers; 15. The steel frame (bureaucrats); 16. Chartered accountants; 17. The journalists; 18. Television persons; 19. The fashion technologists; 20. Hotel management; 21. Computer professionals.

Comment: Note, first, this is a book about the astrology of professions. Not jobs. Many people have jobs, but only some have a profession. In the Introduction, the author writes:

This book examines the Profession in the manner as laid out in the succeeding paragraphs:

The commencement of any astrological exploration has, of necessity, to be anchored in the classical texts. It of course needs to be modified in the light of changing times & in conformity with the information explosion that is sweeping the world of today. The opening chapter gleans the classical texts, collates the relevant data & presents it in an easily understandable form. This chapter also has the summary of the views of on this subject of Professions by the doyens of astrology like my mentor K.N. Rao, Shri Hardeo Sharma & Dr. B.V. Raman. Relevant combinations duly modified to conform to the modern world round up this rather long but important chapter.

The book then tackles education, the womb where profession is conceived, nurtured & delivered. Educational inclinations and their likely fructification, if properly analysed, lead to a coherent & justifiable assessment of the most suitable profession(s).... (page 11)

My experience suggests that having a profession is dependent on having the right caste. Those of the priestly (Brahmin) and academic castes tend to have a profession of some sort, those of the other castes, as a rule, don't as much. This comes through rather strongly when you're sorting through several dozen (or hundred!) bio-datas, looking for a husband for your daughter. The same rule about profession & caste applies here in the US. We merely fool ourselves that caste doesn't exist here, but we are mistaken. (If you're curious, I'm merchant class.)

Vani Publications, 224 pages.


Books by Students of K.N. Rao, page 2
Books by Students of K.N. Rao, page 3

See also K.N. Rao books, and,
Research papers by K.N. Rao & his students

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