Starting with the Sapta-loka Mandala and the Tri-nadi Chakra, this book examines naksatra tattva where you would be amazed to find the clue to understanding Leonardo's Vitruvian Man. Puskara naksatra and Gandanta naksatra have been explained with ample examples. Divulging some secrets of special naksatras, the Sala Chakra has been explained threadbare.
Naksatra Devata is not just about prayers and worship. Saptarsi naksatra is used for timing world events in years, decades, centuries and millennium. The real reason for Sri Rama being the Sun incarnation or Sri Krsna the Moon incarnation lies in the Saptarsi.
Sunya naksatra, Graha Janma naksatra, Antaranga-Bahiranga naksatra and Pata naksatras have been covered. Have you ever wondered why a ruby should be recommended for one born in Bharani naksatra? The answer is in the Graha Janma naksatra. Antaranga-Bahiranga naksatra is the basis of Astottari Dasa. The use of this in horoscopy along with Sanjna Chakra and Pata naksatra is the hallmark of this book.
Dimba chakra of Pandit Dhundiraja and one system of Nara Chakra has been covered. By the time you finish the particular chapter, you should be able to tell exactly which part of the body is going to get damaged (if at all). The naksatra purusa worship in the Vaisnava and 8aiva traditions have been discussed. The teachings of Brahmarsi Narada for the placement of the Moon in naksatra and pada including some traditional advice have been described.
With more than a hundred charts and more illustrations, this book not only reveals some of the most guarded secrets of Vedic Astrology but also lays a firm foundation for learning Naksatra Sastra. In simpler words, what has been taught in this book will have references in classical literature but their use, especially in horoscopy, has never been provided in any book.
Pt. Sanjay Rath is a practicing Vedic astrologer and jyotish guru. He is the founder of Sri Jagannath Centre, a non-profit society for the promotion of Jyotish and the Devaguru Brihaspati Centre, an institute for teaching various astrology courses including the Jaimini Scholar Programme.
As a researcher in classic jyotish works, he is the author of many papers presented at conferences worldwide and is the author of many books including the 'Crux of Vedic Astrology', `Vedic Remedies in Astrology' which have revolutionized the outlook of Jyotish. He is the editor of the quarterly journal The Jyotish Digest' and is the director of SIVA (www.siva-edu.info), an institute committed to spreading jyotish in the Slavic nations. He is associated with British Association of Vedic Astrology (BAVA, UK) and the Council of Vedic Astrology (CVA, USA).
Pick any English book on naksatra and all you will find is a series of descriptions and elaborations about the 27 lunar mansions and delineation of 27 types of people that make up this world! We would like to credit some recent works, the authors of which have taken fresh air with something really wonderful which is also useful.
1. Sri Vamadeva Sastri (Dr. David Frawley), Fruits of Worshipping Each Naksatra: Using material from the Taittiriya Brahmana III. 1.4 he speaks of the value of worshipping each naksatra while simultaneously bringing out their significations and utility in real life.
2. Dennis M. Harness, Ph.D and Maire M. Masco, The Nashatras of Vedic Astrology: Ancient & Contemporary Usage: An excellent book that opens with two new meanings for the word Naksatra. They write "The Sanskrit term Naksatra translates as 'that which does not decay' (na-not and Ksatra-destructible). Naks can also indicate approaching, to worship, to guard or protect. Tra is a suffix implying a tool or instrument. Thus, the Naksatras are themselves a means of worship."
There are some, good books but mainly in the vernacular languages like `Vaidik Naksatra Jyotisa' (Hindi) by Sri Suresh Candra Mishra or the brilliant two volume book `Janma Kundali'(Odiya) by Sri Debaraj Pathi. Prash Trivedi has also written a fine book on The 27 Celestial Portals' but seems to have missed the 28th asterism Abhijit.
This book has been named Brhat Naksatra because we intend to cover everything taught in the tradition about naksatra (including our research after the passing of jyotisa guru Pt. Kasinath Rath) in it. In this initial volume we have avoided descriptive details about naksatra as these are already available in other books and will take them up in subsequent volumes. Instead our approach is exactly as is taught in the tradition starting with the sapta-loka mandala and the tri-loka mandala which brings out the first clear difference between the 28 and 27 naksatra systems under the first part.
Thereafter we examine some of the naksatra groups like Tri-nadi cakra and the naksatra tattva where you would be amazed to see that the clue to understanding Leonardo's Vitruvian man lies in the naksatra tattva. Puskara naksatra and Gandanta naksatra have been explained with the tattva so that the reasons for the dangers posed by them are clearly appreciated.
Ample example using the concepts help to cement them before we go to the well known navtara cakra and show new ways to use it including in relationships and family dynamics. The remedial measures taught are with very specific slokas and those who use vimsottari dasa frequently would do well to get acquainted with this.
Anybody using the Jagannath Hora software would be aware of the special naksatra in the 28 naksatra system but few really use them. We show their specific use not only in this chapter but also in subsequent chapters. For example, the placement of the Sun in Manasa naksatra can cause suppressed anger which can cause schizophrenia.
Ample illustration helps to see the utility of these concepts. Thereafter the very basics of naksatra sight and their use-two systems have been brought out in this book while the others have been left for subsequent books where they are to be used more extensively.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
Medical Astrology (41)
Original Texts (290)
Vedic Astrology (58)
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