by B. V. Raman
The book analyses the various combinations which have produced personages like Lord Krishna, the Buddha, Adi Sankara, Jesus Christ, Prophet Mohammad, Einstein, Akbar, Aurangzeb, Tippu Sultan, Vidyaranya, Tagore, Hilter, Suryanarian Rao, Abraham Lincoln, Sudhash Bose, Aurobindo, Thyagaraja, Bernad Shah, Godse, and many others. This will prove to be a useful book for study and research work. No other existing book contains such a collection of valuable data and horoscopes
The horoscopes selected cover a wide range of politicians, statesmen, saints, philosophers, scientists and public men and even maniacs and afford a unique opportunity to students of astrology to develop their "predictive sense". We now possess such a large amount of astrological information that its very immensity prevents us from using it properly. This book therefore is not intended to be a text-book. My intention has been merely to build up an intelligible synthesis of the data, which I have collected for over four decades. I have attempted to describe a large number of astrological facts in a simple manner having in view a readership consisting of the scholars as well as the laymen. The plan adopted by me in preparing this book is simple. First, the birth details have been mentioned in English reckoning. Then the planetary positions have been given from the first point of the Nirayana or fixed zodiac. The Ayanamsa in respect of each horoscope is appended so that one may get a Sayana chart, if he so desires. The Ayanamsa as adopted by me is 0 for 397 A.D., negative for subsequent years and positive for years prior to 397 (as applied to tropical zodiac). When the Ayanamsa is given as plus ( + ) it has to be deducted from the Nirayana positions to get Sayana positions. When the Ayanamsa is given without prefix it means the Ayanamsa value is to be added to the Nirayana positions to get corresponding Sayana positions. The Rasi and Navamsa diagrams, with which most of my readers should be familiar, are given according to the South Indian style and the charts are followed by the balance of Dasa. Except in two or three cases, first the "special features" of the horoscope are examined, the discussion mostly bearing on the combinations, which could have produced the native whose chart is under consideration. This is followed by the listing of important life-events in the light of the directional or Dasa influences. How a particular event could have happened under a particular Dasa and Bhukti has been clearly discussed. Finally, under 'Remarks', the horoscope is summed up, bringing out the salient combinations that have made the native what he was or is. In a sense, some sort of an astrological biography has been given enabling the student to fully appreciate the life-history in the light of the astrological factors. I am sure the book will meet with general approval in the hands of my esteemed readers.