April 11th, 2008
Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra
|Name of the book||Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra|
|Author||Maharshi Parashara with translation, commentary and editing by R. Santhanam|
|Publisher||Ranjan Publications, New Delhi, India|
|Amazon Link||Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra Of Maharshi Parasara|
Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra is one of the classics of Indian Astrology and it can be safely said that Indian Astrology took birth through teachings of Parashara Muni. The teachings of Sage Parshara are presented as a text book cum reference book, although I have been using it only as a reference book for a long time now.
Although it is a collection of shlokas contained in various chapters, the publisher decided to bring it out in two volumes, correctly so, as the two volumes together are more than 1000 pages.
Basics of astrology and horoscopes are covered in volume 1. The author describes planets, their characteristics, castes, deities etc. The twelve signes are described as twelve limbs of Kalapurusha. There is a chapter on special ascendants – bhava, ghatika, hora lagna etc. In volume 1 itself, the author describes each of the twelve houses of horoscope in details. He describes shodashvarga (the sixteen divisions of the main rashi chart – navamsha, dashamsha etc.), yogakaraka planets and determination of longevity as read from the horoscope.
In volume 1, the author deals with definitions of various dashas and a detailed description of Vimshottari dasha periods for various planets. Ashtakavarga, an important tool of predictive astrology is also explained and described in this volume. The author also talks about the evil effects and corresponding remedial measures due to birth of a child in an inauspicious nakshatra and/or yoga.
I read this book because it is the last word on Vedic Astrology. In case of disagreements, other books in turn refer to shlokas in this book for clarification. This book does not contain all the tenets of Indian Astrology; but it defines a set of rules which must not be contradicted.