About the Book
It has been endeavoured to introduce a few specialties in this book. Firstly to discuss for the benefit of the student of astrology a maximum number of diseases under astrological laws. Secondly to supply in support of that discussion as many Illustrations from actual life as is possible, with a view to make the subject readily understandable. Thirdly we have tired to place the astrological material in a rational & logical manner, so that the question of health and disease can be tackled in an independent way without being too much subservient to the shlokas of the text. We do meet with shlokas dealing with most of the diseases but these are very few books, if at all, which discuss the "how" and "why" of disease. We have attempted to discuss the constituents of diseases and the astrological factors representing them severely in order that the student can extend the application of the method to new diseases.
2. All the subjects discussed in the book are based strictly on the fundamental and basic cannons of the science of Indian Astrology which is ex-precessional in character. That is to say the longitudes of the planets in this system are measured from a fixed point viz the star ashvini and not from the venal equinox-a receding point as in western system of astrology. Thus in order to arrive at the lorgitudes of all planets given in this book, you have to deduct the value of the recession or ayanamsha. The ayanamsha as given in the ephemeris by Shri N. C. Lihiri of Calcutta may be used, though this ayanamsha too is more than the true value of ayanamsha by about a degree or so. On some points we have, however, laid greater stress while other have been presented in a new way. For example the system of "Sudarshan" taught by Maharshi Parashar, has been freely drawn upon by us in the matter of a consideration of diseases, which we hope will benefit the students considerably. A some what new matter has been introduced by us in the form of the special aspect of Rahu & Ketu, for we think very few persons are aware of the fact that Rahu & Ketu aspect the house or planet placed fifth or nineth from them. Again, how Rahu & Ketu convey other planets' influence as well as their own, is also a fact not widely known. Many knotty problem of astrology which otherwise seem incapable of solution are easily solved by an understanding of this transference of influence by the nodes. Many a drawback otherwise unknown come to lime light by the knowledge of the aforesaid aspect of the nodes. In like manner, there is a principle that the planets leaving aside their own effect give the effects of the planet or planets occupying the sign over which they have their lordship. This is a revolutionary rule opening new vistas for the astrologer but a rule rarely known or used.
3. Diseases are generally caused by the influence of malefic planets. There are some diseases which result from "Displacement". This "displacement" of "separation" is caused by Sun, Saturn, Rahu and the Lord of the 12th house as we witness it in such diseases as "loss of pregnancy", Hernia, strilization etc, There are some in which this influence results in "operation" or severance of a limb. We have commented on both the types.
4. We have specially introduced into the book two chapters entitled "some fundamental principles" (introduction) "And some important rules of astrology", so as to enable even a lavman to be benefited by this divine science. We do hope that with the help of the above chapters it would be possible for even a beginner in astrology to "read out" his own horoscope to quite an appreciable extent.
This book is being presented to the Astrological world with the fervent hope that it will help remove diseases, injuries and health defects of every kind.
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