|Name of the book
|Graha and Bhava Balas
|Dr. B. V. Raman
|UBS Publishers Distributors Ltd
|Graha and Bhava Balas: a unique treatise for measuring the strengths of planets and houses numerically
The books on astrology by Dr. B. V. Raman are concise and short. This book is a typical one, just about 125 pages long but even then it packs a punch. There are no metaphysical discussion, no subjective lectures; this is pure mathematics and in the words of the author “… all superfluous material has been omitted …”
The book, which assumes a basic knowledge in astrology, ought to be mathematical since it covers shadbala, which are six factors of strength of planets in a horoscope. The unit of strength of a planet in a horoscope is rupa. Interestingly, rupa was also the monetary unit in ancient India, a word from which the modern day currency of Indian Rupee is derived. That’s besides the point though.
This book helps answer a basic question of strength of planet in a chart. While the intuition and experience of an astrologer is supreme, it is a tool that helps increase accuracy of prediction. Therefore, it is an important aid for all astrologers.
There are tons of example in the book to help a budding astrologer understand the mathematics. Since all the calculations can fit in a computer program, shadbala calculation is a default part of most horoscope software available online on the Internet or as installable programs. Therefore, it may be possible that an astrologer may never have to do this calculation on a piece of paper, but it would not hurt to know the source of all the code available in these computer programs.