Pregnancy of clouds ||21||
1As food is the elixir of life to living beings, and as that food is dependent on the monsoon, it should be investigated carefully.
2Having read the characteristics enunciated by ancient sages such as Garga, Parasara, Kasyapa and Vajra, in their works, I am now giving the properties of the rainy season.
3The prediction of an astrologer who day and night attentively watch the symptoms of the pregnancy of clouds will come true like that of a sage when he determines the fall of rain.
4Which science is superior to this astrological science which determines the exact time of rain, since by knowing this science alone, one gets the power of visualizing the past, present and the future even in this Kali age which destroys all good things?
5Some sages declare that the days of pregnancy begin after the full moon of Kartika month; but that opinion is not shared by the majority. Here I shall give the opinion of Garga and others.
6The symptoms of pregnancy are to be detected when the Moon transits Purvashadha commencing from the first day of Margasira.
7The foetus formed during the Moon’s stay in a particular asterism will be born 195 (Solar) days hence, the Moon standing again in the same asterism according to the laws of her revolution.
8The foetuses formed in the bright half of the month will come out in the dark half and vice versa, those formed in the daytime will come out at night and vice versa and those which are formed at dawn in the evening and vice versa.
9-12The foetuses formed in the beginning of Margasirsha and Pushya are of little consequence. Those formed in the dark half of Pushya may come out in the bright half of Sravana. Similarly, those that are formed in the bright half of Magha will see the light of the day in the dark fortnight of Sravana. The former part of Bhadrapada may be fixed upon as the time of birth corresponding to the dark half of Magha. Those that are formed in the first half of Phalguna may be said to come out in the latter half of Bhadrapada. But those in the dark fortnight of Phalguna will be bornin the bright half of Aswayuja. The clouds that are formed in the first half of Chaitra will yield water in the latter half of Aswayuja; and those that are formed in the latter half of Chaitra will rain in the first half of Kartika.
13The clouds formed in the east will give water in the west and vice versa. The same rule holds good in the case of the other pairs of directions. In like manner, the winds too are reverse at the two periods.
14-18The good symptoms at the time of the conception of clouds are the following: a delightful and cool breeze from the north, north-east, or east; a clear sky; the Sun and the Moon surrounded by a glossy, bright and thick halo; the sky covered with large, bulky, smooth, needle-like or razor-like, red clouds or having the colour of the crows-eggs or a peacock’s neck when the Moon and the stars shine brightly; a good twilight—morning or evening—accompanied by a rain, bow, good rumbling of thunder, lightning and a mock Sun; groups of birds and animals crying pleasantly in the north, north-east or east; the planets being large beaming brightly moving to the north (of the asterisms) and unhurt; trees with their sprouts unimpaired, and men and quadrupeds happy; these symptoms nourish all the embryos. There are however some special rules tending to the growth of the embryos and arising from the particular nature of the season which I am now propounding.
19-22The happy tokens in the months of Margasirsha and Pushya are a red glow of the horizon at dawn and evening, clouds with halos, not too severe cold in Margasirsha and not too thick frost in Pushya; in Magha, a strong wind, the Sun and the Moon dim by mist, severe cold, and the Sun rising or setting with clouds; in the month of Phalguna, a rough and violent gale, glossy floating banks of clouds, an incomplete halo round the Sun or the Moon and the Sun russet or red; in the month of Chaitra, the foetuses forming among wind, clouds, rain and halos are of good augury; and in the month of Vaisakha, such as are attended with clouds, wind and rain, lightning and thunder, are favourable.
23-24Clouds that resemble pearls, silver, Kamala flower, lily or collyrium in colour and which are in the shape of aquatic animals will contain abundant water in their embryo. Those clouds which have been scorched by the burning rays of the Sun and fanned by a gentle breeze will at the time of delivery pour torrents of water as if they were angry.
25-26The following are the indications for the miscarrying of the foetus: Fall of meteors, lightning, dust-storm, false fire in the quarters, earth-quake, appearance of forms of cities in the sky, Thamasa Keelakas, Ketu, planetary warfare, portentous thunder, unnatural phenomena in rain, such as blood, a cross line of clouds at Sunset or Sunrise (vide Adhyaya XLVII-19 infra), rainbow and eclipse of the Sun or the Moon. By these and similar portents of three kinds, wiz, celestial, atmospheric and terrestrial, an embryo gets destroyed.
27Signs, precisely the reverse of those, both general and special, for any particular season, by which the growth of an embryo is assured, produce the contrary results.
28A foetus that develops when the Moon stands in any of the five asterisms, viz., Purvabhadra, Uttarabhadra, Purvashadha, Uttarashadha and Rohini in any season will yield plenty of rain.
29An embryo that is formed in Satabhishak, Aslesha, Ardra, Swati or Magha proves fertile and develops (or rains) for many days; while, being stricken with three-fold portents (referred to above), it is destroyed.
30Foetuses coming into being when the Moon is in conjunction with any of the aforesaid asterisms during the month of Margasirsha, Pushya, Magha, Phalguna, Chaitra and Vaisakha will yield rain after 195 days for 8, 6, 16, 24, 20 and 3 days respectively.
31If an embryo be accompanied by the five phenomena, viz., wind, water, lightning, thunder and cloud, it will pour rain over an area of 100 Yojanas and for every phenomenon less, over half the extent of the previous one; but if it has only the phenomenon, over five Yojanas around.
32The quantity of rainfall will at the season amount to a Drona if the embryo has the five concomitants; three Adhakas are the result of wind; six, of lightning; nine, of clouds and twelve, of thunder .
33If the asterism at which an embryo is formed be afflicted by a malefic planet, it will pour down lowers of hail stones, thunderbolt and fish. If at that time, the Moon or the Sun be posited in this star and be conjoined with or aspected by a benefic, there will be copious rain.
34Too much rain without apparent at the time of the formation of foetuses tends to destruction. If the quantity of rainfall exceeds of a Drona there will be its miscarriage.
35If a full-grown embryo does not yield rain at the proper season owing to planetary and other evil influences, it will rain with hailstones at the same period as it formed at the beginning.
36Just as the milk of a milk cow grows hard if retained too long, so does the water keep back beyond its time.
37An embryo which has got the five concomitant signs, viz., wind, rain, lightning, thunder and clouds, since it is composed of these, yields plenty of rain. One which at the time of formation loses too much water produces at the period of delivery, a drizzle.