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Asia's leading woman astrologist counsellor, Dr. K.N. Saraswathy

These are, for the most part, small. Most of them are not well-printed though they are readable. Many, if not all, started as translations of the classics by Saraswathy's father, the late Kadalangudi Natesa Sastri, translations from Sanskrit (or Hindi, perhaps) to Tamil.

Saraswathy has translated her father's work from Tamil to English. While the results are still in the same overall style as translations I have seen elsewhere, direct connection to the originals seems slight. There are no original slokas for reference, and the books seems to have been reorganized generally. Whether this is a help or a hindrance depends on what you expect to get from them.


JATAKA CHANDRIKA of Kaalidasa: Raja yogas & marriage agreement - K.N. Saraswathy, $6.00

Contents:

Dedication
Preface
Note on Aacaarya Kadalungudi
Salutation to the planets

Part 1:
1. Invocation
2. Table of malefic & benefic planets
3. Aspects of planets
4. Planets in kendra
5. Raahu & Ketu
6. Raaja yogas
7. Longevity
8. Planets & various means of death
9. Raaja yoga bhuktis
10. Benefic or malefic planets, by sign

Part 2:
11. Various kinds of matching
12. Enquiring into the nature of RaaSis, etc.
13. About Mars-dosha
14. Propitiation of Mars

Glossary
Appendix: Know your name according to Moon's longitude

Comment: A translation of the book by Kaalidasa. This is the most recently printed, as well as best-printed book in this series (quite nicely done for India). Includes original Sanskrit slokas.

Kadalangudi Publications, 112 pages. Printed: 1999.


SAKUNA PHALA, or Effects of Omens in Computer Age - K.N. Saraswathy, $10.00

Contents:

Dedication
Preface

1. Introduction. Directions divided into 32 divisions
2. Antara chakra
3. Sounds of birds. Signs given by lizards.
4. Barking of dogs
5. Howls of vixen
6. Signs got from forest animals
7. Signs from cows
8. Signs from horses
9. Elephants
10. Crows
11. Bees, ants, etc. Time of occurrence of omens.
12. Explanation of Yavanacharya & Bhattotpala. Determination & interpretation of omens. Prasna lagna to determine person's name. Letters of the name from navamsas.

Lagna-navamsa table for names of persons / articles

Determining names by means of omens

Glossary

Comment: In the Introduction, we learn this book was extracted from chapters 85-95 of the Brhat Samhita

In this book I learn that vixens are she-foxes. In the months of February & March the foxes are in heat & hence their cries during these months are ineffective. (pg. 34)

Here is a typical computer-age omen.

(44) If the traveller sees a crow sitting on a pot carried by a woman, he will gain wealth and woman. If it pricks a hole in a pot of water, death of a son is indicated; but if it excretes on the pot, good food is made available to him. (pg. 49)

Kadalangudi Publications, 74 pages. Printed: 1985.


PRASNA AAROODHA: Pragnana Deepika or problem solving astrology - K.N. Saraswathy & B. Ardhanareeswaran, $10.00

Contents:

Dedication
Preface

1. Introduction
2. Fundamental propositions, direction of the lost things, indications to find out places
3. Of roots & planets
4. Human correspondences
5. Finding of lost article
6. On Aroodha
7. On Chhatra rasi
8. On the rising rasi
9. About lost property
10. Of gain & loss
11. On diseases
12. On death
13. On heavenly abode
14. On food
15. On dreams
16. Omens
17. On marriages
18. On love & conjugal felicity
19. Of children
20. Of misfortunes
21. Of knives
22. Of shadows & shafts
23. Of wells
24. Of armies
25. On travel
26. Of rain
27. Of ships
28. Achievement

Glossary

Comment: The introduction says this book is a "transcreation" of Pragnana Deepika. To this is added extracts from the Tamil Jinendra Malai. Regret that I had not previously heard of either book. Pragnana Deepika does not appear to be Phala Deepika.

In the Preface we learn that this book, along with Anga Vidya and Sakuna Phala Nirnaya form a trilogy. Of the three, this book, and Anga Vidya include original slokas, so it might be possible for someone to discover who wrote the orignal books.

The delineations are brief & wonderfully grim. Here is an example, from section XVII, On Marriages:

If Saturn were to be in the Prasna Lagna, the girl to be married will be poor and she will have children who will soon die. If Moon were to be in the Prasna Lagna, the couple will shortly meet with death.

But if Venus, Jupiter & Mercury were in the Prasna Lagna, the couple will live long happily. (Sloka 271, pg. 69)

I tried to find a "just plain happy" marriage sloka, but there weren't any.

Kadalangudi Publications, 122 pages.


STREE JATAKA, or Focus on Women thru Horoscopy - K.N. Saraswathy, $9.00

Contents:

Dedication
Preface
Index

1. From Varaahamihira
2. Brihat Samhitaa
3. Mantreswara
4. Parasara Samhitaa
5. Jataka Tattva
6. Sarvaatha Chintaamani
7. Saaraavai
8. Phala Deepikaa
9. Jataka Parijaata
10. Jataka Tattva

Comment: Chapters 6 - 10 comprise 2/3rds of the book, and of that, Chapter 7, from Saravali, comprises 36 pages in itself.

Kadalangudi Publications, 96 pages. Printed: 1986.


SARVAARTHA CHINTAAMANI - Dr. Mrs. K.N. Saraswathy, $10.00

Contents:

Preface
Index
Notes on Aachaarya Kadalangudi

First house
Second house
Third house
Fourth house
Fifth house
Sixth house
Seventh house
Eighth house
Ninth house
Tenth house
Eleventh house
Twelfth house
Dasaa bhukti effects

Comment: Yogas as given in the Sarvaartha Chintaamani, organized by house. Some examples:

Condition for being a scholar of astrology:
The native becomes the best among scholars of astrology when Mercury occupies an angular house, the lord of the second house gains strength and is associated with Venus and the benefics and is placed either in the second house or the third house, Venus occupies its house of exaltation which is also the second house. (pg. 20)

Regarding mother:
If the lords of the lagna & the 4th sign are mutually friendly and if associated with or aspected by benefics, the person will be friendly with his mother. If the lord of lagna aaspects the lord of the 4th who is in the 1st, 7th or 10th sign and aspected by a benefic, the person will be well-disposed towards his mother. If the lords of the 4th and 11th are aspected by malefics the person will be inimical towards his mother. If the lord of the 4th is in the 8th place from lagna or from the lord of lagna the person will be the enemy of his mother. (pg. 59)

Affliction in navel:
With the Sun in the 6th aspected by or associated with the malefics the person will have wound in the navel due to bile. (pg. 75)

Kadalangudi Publications, 163 pages.


SATURN - K.N. Saraswathy, $5.00

Contents:

Dedication
Preface
Key to pronunciation
Note on Aacaarya Kadalungudi

1. Man & heavenly bodies
2. Saturn
3. The worship
4. Mantras for propitiation (Roman script)
5. Mantras for propitiation (Naagari script)
6. Worship of parivaara-devataas
7. Mantras for parivaara devataas

Comment: There is no astrology in this book. Mythology is given in chapter 2. The first chapter, Man & the Heavenly Bodies, is identical in each of the books in this series.

Kadalangudi Publications, 88 pages. Printed: 1990.


MERCURY - K.N. Saraswathy, $5.00

Contents:

Dedication
Preface
Key to pronunciation
Note on Aacaarya Kadalungudi

1. Man & heavenly bodies
2. Mercury
3. The worship
4. Mantras for propitiation (Roman script)
5. Mantras for propitiation (Naagari script)
6. Worship of parivaara-devataas
7. Mantras for parivaara devataas

Comment: There is no astrology in this book. Mythology is given in chapter 2. The first chapter, Man & the Heavenly Bodies, is identical in each of the books in this series.

Kadalangudi Publications, 72 pages. Printed: 1990.



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