The Attitude of Elephants ||94||
1The elephant’s tusk should be cut off at a height that is equal to twice its girth at the root (or leave off a length equal to twice the circumference of the elephants tusk at the root and cut off the rest); but in the case of elephants roaming about marshy places a little more than the above should be left off^ and in the case of those of mountains, a little less.
2-6This; and the next five slokas are mere repetitions of Adhi LXXIX,—Slokas 20 to 25. supra.
7The cutting of the tusk being white, even, of good smell and glossy bestows prosperity. The effects 6f the dropping down and the fading of colour of the tusk are similar to those of its breaking.
8The Gods, demons and men reside in the root middle part and tip respectively of the elephant’s task. The effects of omens in these parts will be in order great, moderate and slight, and they will be felt in a short time, in some time (within a month), and after a long time (after a month), respectively.
9The effects of the right tusk breaking in these parts are severally the fleeing of the King, the population and the army; of the left tusk, the destruction of the prince royal, preceptor and the mahout; so also of the army of mountaineers, the consort and leading personages (commanders) respectively.
10If both the tusks are found to breaks the wholesale ruin of the royal family is to be predicted; but if the breaking occurs in a benefic Lagna (Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius, Pisces), lunar day, asterism and the like, there will be an increase of prosperity ; otherwise, there will be an increase of misery.
11If the elephant be found to break the middle of its left tusk by striking against milky trees, or trees laden with fruits or flowers, or the banks of rivers, the destruction of the enemy is assured; otherwise (against thorny trees, etc.) or at the breaking of the right tusk, there will be prosperity to the enemy.
12If the elephant has a stumbling gait, if its ears stop beating suddenly, if it appears very dejected, if it breathes soft and long, placing its trunk on the earth, if its eyes are full of tears or closed, if it is always sleepy, if it behaves in a refractory manner, if it eats something unwholesome, or if it passes blood (ichor ?) and dung too frequently, it forebodes danger.
13If the elephant breaks wantonly ant-hills trunks of trees, bushes, green grass or trees, if it looks jolly, if it goes in the direction of the march, with quick steps, bolding aloft its face, if at the time of its being accoutred it ejects spray or trumpets repeatedly, or if it gets intoxicated at the time, or if it takes its trunk around the right tusk, it confers victory.
14If an elephant is dragged into water by a crocodile, the kind’s destruction is indicated; if, on the other hand, the elephant comes back to the bank dragging the crocodile from the water, the king will prosper.