When we think of the various occult and mystical practices, we realize that a large number of them originated here, in India. But, there is one book that has many principles similar to astrological practices we follow today but has its origins in ancient Persia. We are talking about ‘Lal Kitab’. Translated into Hindi, ‘Lal Kitab’ simply means the ‘red book’. But, saying this much is an understatement. The #LalKitab is a set of five books that deal with #astrology and #palmistry and were originally written in ancient Urdu and later translated to what we have today.
There are many theories about the genesis and the origins of this book. While it is largely believed to have been written some 400 years ago in Persian/Urdu and many consider it to be a part of Persian or Arab culture, many Indian Jyotish and scholars think otherwise. Another theory goes that Ravana was the original author of this book and with his life and kingdom, lost this book in battle as well. What is a fact in all these theories is that the book was indeed written in Persian or ancient Urdu and was re-written by Pt. Roopchand Joshi between 1939 and 1952.
The Lal Kitab is based on #SamudraShastra, just like palmistry and astrology and has all the principles and practices of astrology, palmistry, remedial religious practices and has been used for predictive purposes for so many years. Today, the Lal Kitab has largely practiced as a branch of astrology, it is indeed a remarkable one. The ‘Farmaans’ or guiding principles that were found in the original copy of the Lal Kitab were essentially about palmistry and the astrological contents were added to it, later on, to enable the reader to corroborate the two sciences.
Concept of Lal Kitab Horoscope
In order to use the Lal Kitab for #remedial or #predictive purposes, one must understand what it essentially provides. The book divides the palm of the hand into 12 segments, corresponding to the 12 zodiac signs and each planet has been allotted a certain shape. Based on where on the hand these shapes are present, it indicates the presence of the planet in that part of the native’s birth chart. Just like astrology, there are nine planets and 12 houses to work with. So, in a way, the Lal Kitab guides one to develop an astrological chart using the palm of the individual. However, it is important to note that the birth charts prepared using the Lal Kitab are usually different from the birth charts prepared using Vedic astrological principles.
The concept of Kaal Purush Kundli or horoscope is the basis of the formation of the chart in Lal Kitab Astrology and the placement of planets is according to the Houses and not signs. Predictions and remedies are based on Sign, house and interplay between planets.
Use of Lal Kitab
While there may be similarities in the basic foundations of both Lal Kitab and Vedic Astrology, the two of them differ at many practical and functioning levels. For example, Vedic astrology speaks of one Mars whereas Lal Kitab talks of two– upper Mars and lower Mars. Both these Mars have their own respective properties where one is considered good and the other malefic. Another interesting difference includes the concept of equivalent planetary powers where two planets have the same power as Mercury and Sun. A concept that is unique to Lal Kitab principles is that of ‘sleeping’ and ‘blind’ planets and artificial planets which we do not get to see in traditional astrological practices.
From what read so far, it is confusing, isn’t it? One question that comes up is whether the Lal Kitab is similar or not similar to our Vedic astrology? Well, the answer to this is that Lal Kitab principles are based on the same fundamentals as Vedic astrology but once you delve deeper into the science, you realize that the guiding principles, in many instances, are only slightly deviated. Though some people believe it to be a ‘strange’ version of occult book and remedies, it is not really so. It is also believed that one should get their astrological consultation done from a Lal Kitab expert and not from someone who just ‘claims’ to the Lal Kitab expert as any wrong remedy or guidance may result in unfruitful results. If you are among those who wish to read and learn more about the Lal Kitab, it is advised to begin with keeping an open mind and accepting the subject with no previous biases or comparisons with traditional astrology or other occult practices.
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