Brhat Samhita of Varahamihira
This work is an encyclopaedia of astrological and other subjects of human interest. Whatever subjects the author takes up for delineation, whether it is eclipse, planetary movements, rainfall, cloud, architecture, water-divination or some other topic he discusses the same with thoroughness and mastery based on the knowledge of ancient sastras.
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according Alberuni Arjuna ascendant Aslesa asterisms astrology auspicious become bestows Bhattotpala bird Brahmanas Burning causes Chapter colour commentator cows cubits damsel danger death Deity digits disease effects elephants enemies explains eyes fire flesh flowers following verse fruits Garga gems ghee glossy hair happiness horse inauspicious Indra jackal journey Jupiter Kalidasa Karanas king Krttika LIII limbs Lord lotus lunar day lustre LXVIII LXXIX LXXX LXXXVI LXXXVIII mara Mars Matras means Mercury metre metre is called Moon Muhurta Navamsa Navarhsa Nirrti omen pearls perfumes person Pingala planets quarter Rahu respectively Sage Sanskrit Saturn says sesamum sound star supra Surastra syllable Tithi Tranquil tree tusk Utpala Varahamihira Varuna Venus verses the author Vide the following VIII wealth woman women word worship XLIV XLVI XLVIII XXXII Yavanesvara
Page 963 - ... rulers. If it shines on a house, or tree, or mountain, this bodes destruction to the empire. If it shines on the furniture of the house, its inhabitants will perish. If it shines on the sweepings of the house, its owner will perish." Further Varahamihira says (chap. xi. 6) : — " If a shooting-star falls down opposite to the tail of a comet, health and wellbeing cease, the rains lose their beneficial effects, and likewise the trees which are holy to Mahadeva — there is no use in enumerating...
Page 726 - ... Those women that are wicked by nature and are impatient or incompetent during coitus, ought to be avoided. Inauspicious are those whose blood is dark, blue, yellow or slightly copper-red. Even so are those that are sleepy by nature, have too much blood and bile, have a dripping (or burning) organ, are of a rheumatic and phlegmatic constitution, gluttonous, sweaty, with deformed limbs, short-haired and with (prematurely) grey hair. Those whose muscles are flaccid, who have pot-bellies, and who...
Page 960 - If the author and his countrymen had suffered and were still suffering from the oppression of King Mah,mud, the Hindus were in the same position, and perhaps it was this community of mishap which inspired him with sympathy for them. And certainly the Hindus and their world of thought have a paramount, fascinating interest for him...
Page 688 - Nowhere has the creator designed any gem other than women. For, this gem gives delight to men, when it is heard of, seen, touched or even remembered; for its sake are done meritorious deeds, and wealth amassed; and from that alone do men derive worldly pleasures and offspring. Such women are indeed the Goddesses of fortune living in mortal abodes. Hence they ought to be honoured always with respect and wealth. [This idea is derived from Manu's statement, <; 'i We come across a similar idea in the...
Page 935 - the sacrifice of the form'.] One should worship Lord Visnu and the Stellar Deity and then observe fast on the 8th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Caitra, when the Moon passes through the asterism Mula, synchronizing with Monday.
Page 967 - ... interesting to all lovers and scholars of Sanskrit hailing from different parts of the world to know something about the efforts made in this direction in ancient India. Ancient Indian seers had established that plants were also living beings with the difference that their consciousness — Samjna — was internal or dormant.1 All the same, they have feelings of both pain and pleasure. SirJ.C. Bose had demonstrated this fact to learned assemblies in many parts of the world. Just as preventive...
Page 970 - Abhilasitärthacintämani1 mentions a few fertilizers : (i) The soil underneath a tree struck by lightning is good for warding off trouble for trees from snowfall, (ii) Fumigation of trees by burning turmeric, Vidañga (Erycibe Paniculata) , white mustard, flowers of the Arjuna tree, mixed with fish and the flesh of Rohita (a kind of deer) will not only help the growth of flowers and fruits but will destroy all worms and insects as well as diseases, (iii) Fumigation of a tree by turning Vidañga,...
Page 970 - Milky trees will yield a bumper harvest if they are watered with milk mixed with Vidañga, honey and ghee, and fumigated with the smoke of burnt Nata and Kustha. (vii) The same effect will ensue in case the trees are scratched with thorns and fumigated with cow's ghee, water and fat of parrots and rats, (viii) Vines will bear sweet fruits in abundance when they are manured with the excreta of cocks and the liquid of horse's flesh, (ix) Orange trees manured with any flesh mixed with cow's milk and...
Page 968 - ... statements have the value of practical utility and traditional authority. If we analyse these conventions with a scientific spirit, I am sure, we may stumble on the truth lying underneath. I think that the jingling anklet subjects the Asoka tree to sound or music therapy in addition to giving it mild physical vibrations. It is well known that plants need water, light etc.