PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION
Of late interest in the study of astrology has been increasing not only in India but all over the world. Strangely, a certain section of the educated public in the name of "Scientific outlook"continue to snipe at astrology dubbing it as superstition. But no serious attempt has ever beenmade by these critics to examine scientifically the claims of astrology.Crores of rupees expended on the so-called scientific evaluation of the composition of thestars and their life cycles etc. are sheer waste of public money, unless the astronomers andastrophysicists engage themselves in an intensive study of the correlations between planets, thecelestial bodies and life on earth. Our ancients did not study astronomy as a venal occupation. Tothem a logical corollary was to link the study of astronomy with our affairs. The greatestastronomers of yore like Varahamihira were also great astrologers. They did not waste theknowledge of the celestial sphere on sheer scholastic pursuits. If Indian astronomers, proficientin western astronomy, shed their prejudices and predilections and take a new approach toastrology, highly developed by ancient savants, they will find truths full of significance to humanlife and relevant to modern times.Prasna Marga is perhaps one of the most important treatises on predictive astrology,revealing methods peculiar to the genius of Kerala.The first part (Chapters I to XVI) was published in 1980 and the reception extended to ithas been more than expected as could be gleaned from the sale of the book and the spate of letter's of appreciation received by me.A tentative translation of the second part (Chapters XVII to XXXII) was also made in1942 along with the first part. Revised and re-written several times, the final version of thistranslation emerged in 1977.Most of the educated persons who read the book are not acquainted with Sanskrit.Therefore, in deference to the wishes of such readers, the original text in Devanagari script has been omitted. However, in due time, it will be made available at a reasonable price, to those whoask for the text.Copious notes have been added to explain obscure and tough passages and wherever necessary, examples have been given to enable aspiring students of astrology to understand the principles clearly.I am thankful to my daughter Mrs. Gayatri Devi Vasudev for her assistance in therevision of the manuscript and writing the notes, to my esteemed friend Dr. P. $. Sastri for preparing the technical index and to Mr. G. K. Ananthram of IBH Prakashana for comingforward to bring out this book in an attractive form.