PREFACESWARA CHINTAMANI is a rare book dealing with a novel and an almost for-gotten method of divination by breath and published now for the first time inEnglish. It will be significant to note that every one has got a tendency instinc-tively to aim at maximum success by an easy and smooth path and to knowsomething about future. Eccelesiastes states, "To everything there is a seasonand a time for every purpose under the heavens; A time to be born and a time todie; A time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to killand a time to heal; A time to break down and a time to build up; A time to weepand a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance; A time to get and atime to lose; A time to keep and a time to cast away." Such a time is ascertain-able from one's own breath, the vital vibration governing the world, as revealed by this book.This is therefore indispensable to Palmists and Numerologists to answer horaryquestions put to them. For an astrologer this is of absolute necessity. In fact, slo-kas 15 and 16 of Chapter VI mention forcefully, "An astrologer without theknowledge of Swara, a youth without wealth, a mouth without capacity to readsastras, a body without head, a king without wisdom and a brahmin withoutrighteous conduct lack charm." Even for a lay man there is a lot of interestinginformation in this 'book. How to control birth, how to get a child of desired sex,how to attract people and how to seize opportunities for a successful life, amongother things, are found in this.Considering, therefore, the importance of this book, the author spared no painsin getting transcribed copies of the manuscripts from Oriental Libraries for pub-lication. H
is highly indebted to the authorities of the Madras Government Ori-ental Manuscripts Library and the Adyar Library. Madras-20 for having ac-corded their permission to take copies of the manuscripts; and but for their per-mission this useful book would not have seen the light of the day.The Author.