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Preface

Shri Mantreswara's 'Phaladeeplka' holds a most distinguished position

amongst the great ancient astrological classics alongwith Brihat Parasara Hora

Sastra, Varahmihira's Brihat Jataka and Vaidya Natha's Jataka Parijata. It deals in a

most comprehensive and authoritative manner with almost all the astrological

aspects of human life. There can be said to be nothing that this great work has

omitted from its purview.

Some of the important subjects dealt with in a lucid manner in the book are:

description and characteristic features of the various signs, planets and bhavas

(houses), the various kinds of strengths of planets and their awasthas with their

effects, sources of livelihood, yogas or planetary combinations leading to affluence

and poverty, effects of planets in different houses, effects of different Ascendants,

Female horoscopy, matters relating to matrimony and progeny determination of

longevity, judgment of houses, various kinds of Dasas and their effects,

Ashtakavarga and its importance in the judging of effects of transit of planets,

transit effects of planets and constellations, and description and influence of

upagrahas.

The author of this book Shri Mantreswara is believed to have lived in the

13th century when this valuable work must have been compiled. It is said that he

belonged to a family of Namboodari Brahmins and he was born in tirinevelley

District of the erstwhile Madras Presidency (now known as Tamil Nadu). He was a

devotee of Sukuntlambki Devi. As a young man his name was Markandeya

Bhattadri. To attain knowledge he is said to have travelled to far off places like

Badrika Ashram in Himalayas and Mithila Pradesh - By sheer dint of hard work

and devotion, he became well versed in the Vedanta philosophy and in the

knowledge of other sastras, and by severe observance of fast, penance and

meditation, he became gifted with divine knowledge and assumed the name of

Mantreswara. His knowledge of Astrology was profound and the reference in his

book to Parasara, Varahamihira and other learned astrologers indicates that he had

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Saturn and Mars, the native will turn into an ascetic. If the Moon be in the

Navamsa of Mars and be receiving the aspect of Saturn the person will take to the

order of ascetism signified by Mars.

4. If the lord of the sign occupied by the Moon at birth, be aspected only by

Saturn, the native will become an ascetic of the particular class indicated by the

Janmadeepa. The remarks made above apply here too.

5. The Sun will make the native a chief or lord amongst contemplative saints

or one who has taken to ascetism. The Moon will make the native an ascetic who is

travelling to various places of pilgrimge. Mars will cause the native to become an

ascetic of the Buddhist order and an expert in base spells. The influence of

Mercury will enable the native to become a medicant with no knowledge of the

various schools of philosophy. Jupiter will cause the native to become an ascetic of

high class possessing knowledge of Vedanta philosophy. Venus will cause to make

an ascetic who is a hypocrite, outcaste and public dancer. Saturn will produce an

ascetic who is an outcaste or a heretic.

6-7. The Moon is very strong in the Shukla Paksha or bright half of the

month. But if the Moon be weak (waning) and be aspected by the lord of the

Lagna, the native will become a miserable, distressed and wretched ascetic devoid

of wealth and company and one who will get his meals with difficulty.

If, however, in the above yoga, there may exist a Rajayoga, all the bad

effects will be removed and the native will become a lord of earth initiated into

ascetism and inclined virtuously, receiving respect and reverence from other kings.

8. If four planets including the lord of the 10th be posited in a kendra or

trlkona or three planets be quartered in an auspicious house, the native will seek

admission to the holy order and will become a successful ascetic.

If there be more benefic in amongst the planets mentioned above occupying

auspicious houses, the holy order will be one reverred by the great. If it be not so,

the holy order will not command reverence.

Thus ends the twenty seventh chapter on "Ascetic Yogas' in Phaladeepika

composed by Mantreswara.

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