April 11th, 2008
|Name of the book||Chamatkar Chintamani|
|Author||Narayan Bhatt, Translation and commentary by Brijbihari Lal Sharma|
|Publisher||Motilal Banarasidas, New Delhi, India|
In this book, one chapter is dedicated to each of the nine planets in astrology.
The author describes each of the nine planets in detail – their characteristics, colour, caste, the direction a planet owns, element, deity, gemstone, where it is powerful, etc. The author describes the effect of each of the planet by being located in each of the twelve bhavas of the horoscope. It also describes the effect of planets by location in a rashi and by aspects and combination with other planets. To take an example of Moon, it describes the effect when other planets like Mercury, Saturn etc are located in a particular house from Moon. E.g. it says that if Saturn is located in tenth house from Moon, the person has enough money equivalent to a king, but still remains a miser.
The book becomes a very good read due to the excellent commentary by Brijbihari Lal Sharma. He has translated each of the shlokas written by the original author very carefully and presented the meaning in a simple language. Also, there is no room for ambiguity in the translation. A comparison of the yoga is provided not just with teachings of other great astrologers and rishis like Brigu, Varahamihira, Dhundiraj but with tenets of Western Astrology also.