It has been my experience as teacher of Astrology in Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan that students find it difficult to comprehend various rules of astrology and fail miserably in giving correct predictions. As a result they get frustrated and discouraged.
Moreover, most of the books on astrology available in the market, and some of these are good books, have not been able to keep pace with fast changes taking place in the world. For example dozens of new professions and branches of science have opened up, but there is hardly any reference about this in major books. In Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan under guidance of KN Rao lot of serious researches are going on in various topics of astrology. This book has taken this into considerations and has published the latest techniques and results of these researches.
This book has specially been written taking into considerations needs of students to comprehend astrology and be able to give correct predictions in shortest possible time. I have made a step by step approach to explain intricacies of astrology. I am sure students will find this book rewarding.
There are new articles hitherto unpublished on mundane astrology. The book contains rules for foreign travel, owning houses and assessment of intelligence and wealth, career counseling and pitfalls in marriages etc. and above all how to assess the personality and character. The book has been result of years of hard work and research. I was much encouraged to write this book after the success of my two earlier books on astrology, "Planets and Travel Abroad" and "Ashtak Varga its concept and Application" which have gone into second edition.
Any comments and remarks for improvement of the book will be gratefully accepted.
The author of this book, M.S. Mehta is a senior retired officer of the Indian Foreign Service. He has held important diplomatic posts in Middle East, U.K. and U.S.A.
He did his post-graduation in History from Delhi University specializing in Ancient Indian history and Culture. During his University days he was also Secretary of the Historical Society. He knows many foreign languages including French, German and Arabic and has also done a course in Computer Software.
His quest for spiritualism started in New York where he met Her Holiness Guru Ma J. Saraswati. After doing Jyotish Visharad with distinction he, under the able guidance of Mr. K.N. Rao produced important research papers on Mundane Astrology. Mehta is at present honorary faculty member of Bhartiya Vidhya Bhawan, New Delhi and is also Trustee and Secretary of Vedic Heritage with its parent organization in New York.
Besides this he has authored, Planets and Travel Abroad, Annual Horoscope (Tajik) and Advance Predictive Techniques of Ashtakvarga. He is also technical editor of prestigious magazine "Journal of Astrology".
The most notable feature throughout of this book by Shri M.S. Mehta is the interweaving of yogas, the examination of their strength and the dasha as a useful and effective predictive tool for astrologers.
Eighty or more years ago, when books on the predictive techniques of Hindu astrology were written such interweaving was always missing. Even in the best of well-structured books which have come out in the recent decades, there is lot of vagueness and unsynthesised approach inspite of impressive compilation.
A book that should come out now with so many people knowing astrology has to be an advanced one, combining three features: yogas, dashas and transits of planet to show why what has happened or is happening had to happen. It is not an easy task even if the scheme of the book is to cover all the twelve houses of a horoscope and show it. But the success of Shri Mehta is very commendable and comes out as its most striking feature.
All this became possible because for years now Shri Mehta has been studying, writing and teaching scores of students as a result of which his insightful understanding stands out in this book.
This is easily the best book on the predictive techniques of a horoscope with a balanced approach to the judgement of each house. Yet, one must remember, learning through books has its own advantages and limitations. AU such learning must be supplemented through personal experience to appreciate and depth of the superb techniques of Hindu astrology.
It is very heartening to know that the first two editions of the book were well received and sold out in record time. Numerous letters of appreciation received by the author have vindicated K.N. Rao's comments in the foreword of the first edition that this is easily the best book in the market on the subject.
This has encouraged me to revise the new edition and add new chapters on Yogni Dasha and Mundane astrology. The chapter on Vimshotari Dasha has been thoroughly revised and rewritten in the light of new researches of K.N. Rao. The chapter on Yogai has also been thoroughly revised and chapter on marriage has been revised in the light of new researches.
I am sure that the students of astrology will find this book a great asset which will improve their predictive ability to a very great extent.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
Medical Astrology (42)
Original Texts (289)
Vedic Astrology (58)
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