On the Cries of Crows ||95||

1In the case of the people of the eastern countries, the sight of crows to their right is favourable, but the Karayika is good when on the left side. This is to be reversed in other countries. The demarcation of the countries is to be understood duly from convention.
2If a crow builds its nest in an unspoilt tree; in the month of Vaisakha, there will be plenty of food and prosperity; if in a condemned, thorny, or dry tree, there will be danger of famine in that country.
3-4If the crow’s nest be in an eastern branch of a tree, the first showers for the year will fall daring the autumnal season; if it Is on a western branch, the rain will be in the rainy season itself; if it is on a southern or northern branch, there will be rain between the two seasons, rainy and autumnal; if it is on the top of the tree, there will be copious rain in all the four months; if it is in the S. E., there will be sporadic rain; if in the S. W., autumnal crops will flourish; if in the other two corners, there will be plenty of food-grains, but in the N. W., rats will increase.
5If the crow builds its nest on reeds holy grass, bushes, creepers, corn, temples, houses or pits, the country will be denuded being afflicted with robbers, drought and diseases.
6A crow with two, three or four young ones confers abundance of food; with five, brings about a change of rulers; one throwing away the eggs, or laying a single egg, or no egg at all, is not at an auspicious.
7If the young ones of the crow »are of the colour of the perfume called Chauraka, there will be trouble from thieves; if of a mixture of colours, there will be death; if white, there will be danger from fire; if crippled, fear of famine.
8If crows congregate without any cause in the middle of a village and caw aloud, there will be suffering from famine; if they fly in a circular group, the village will be besieged; if they appear in several groups, there will be disaster.
9If the crows attack people fearlessly with their beaks, wings or kicks, there will be an increase of enemies; if they fly at night, the destruction of the people is indicated.
10If crows fly from left to right, there will be trouble from one’s own kinsmen; if from right to left, from enemies; if in a disorderly fashion, there will be a whirlwind.
11Crows with their beaks raised and wings fluttering indicate danger to a traveler on his way; those stealing corn, famine; those perched on something pertaining to the army, a battle; those that have wings similar (very dark) to those of the cuckoo, theft.
12If it throws ashes, bones, hair or leaves on a couch, the owner will meet with his end; if it strikes the bed with a gem, flower or something like that, a son win be born to him if with grass, a stick or so, a daughter.
13When the crow’s mouth is filled with sand, corn, wet clay, flower or the like, there is influx of wealth; when it takes away vessels (treasures?) from a place where dwell many people, there is disaster.
14If the crow strikes a vehicle, weapon, slipper, shade of the umbrella or a man himself, the person concerned will die; if it worships (with flowers, etc.) any of these, he will get honour; if it passes excreta, he will get food.
15A person will gain or lose whatever article the crow brings near or takes away from him. If the article brought or taken away be yellow in colour, it will be gold; if cotton, clothes; if white, silver.
16If in the rainy season the crow caws sitting on a milky tree, the Arjuna, the Vanjula, on the banks of rivers, or on sand dunes, there will be good rain; in other seasons, the sky will be overcast Similarly, ii it bathes in dust or water in the rainy season, there will be rain; in others, only a cloudy sky.
17If the crow caws frightfully from the interior of a tree-hollow, there will be great danger; if it caws looking at water, or after the thunder of clouds, there will be rain.
18If it strikes its beak in pain against a branch standing in the ‘Burning’ quarter and shaking its wings, there will be danger from fire; if it brings a red substance, something burnt, grass or wood into a house, the same effect will have to be declared.
19If the crow facing the Sun caws from a house, looking at the East, South, West or North, the owner will have trouble from the king, thieves, imprisonment or quarrel respectively; if it is in any corner, his domestic animals will suffer (or he will be troubled by them).
20If the crow caws looking at the East that is tranquil there will be meeting with kings officers and friends, and acquisition of gold and food consisting of rice and sweet pudding.
21If it caws looking at the S. E. – that is Tranquil , there will be the gain of goldsmiths (those that live by fire), young damsels and costly minerals; if at the South, one will eat food prepared from black gram and horse-gram and come into contact with musicians.
22If the crow caws looking at the S. W. that is ‘Tranquil’, one will get messengers, horses, implements, curds, oils, flesh and food; if at the West, flesh, toddy, spirituous liquor, corn and oceanic gems.
23If it caws looking at the N. W. (Tranquil), one will get weapons, lotuses, fruits of creepers and food; if at the North, milk porridge, horses and clothes.
24If it caws looking at the N. E. (Tranquil), one will eat edibles prepared in ghee. He will get bulls. Thus, the effects mentioned above accrue to the owner of the house, when the crow sits on its roof.
25A crow passing near the ear of a traveler confers health, but not success in the undertaking; one coming towards him cawing creates obstacles for the journey (spoils the journey).
26If a crow caws at first to the left and then to the right of a traveler, his wealth will be stolen; if it is contrariwise, he will get wealth.
27If a crow caws constantly to the left of a traveler and flies in the same direction, his wealth will increase; this will happen if it caws even to the right in the case of people of the Eastern countries.
28If a crow caws to the left of a traveler and flies in the opposite direction, his journey will be hindered. The desired object of a person’s journey is indicated by the crow before he sets out.
29If a crow caws at first to the right and then to the left of a person, he will obtain his desires; if it cries and flies fast in front of him, he will quickly gain wealth.
30If it flies fast to the right of a person, having at first cawed behind him, or if it caws in front looking at the Sun and standing on one leg alone, he will soon bleed.
31If it scratches with its beak its own feathers, looking at the Sun and standing in front on one leg, then a great massacre of men is indicated.
32If the crow caws standing in a ‘Tranquil’ quarter in a cornfield, one will get lands consisting of corn-fields; if one caws behaving in a disorderly manner in the border of a village, the traveler will have sufferings.
33A crow that is perched on a tree with soft leaves, sprouts, flowers and fruits, on a sweet-smelling tree, one with sweet fruits, a milky one, one without holes, or an attractive tree, brings wealth.
34One cawing from a place of crops, green grass, house, temple, mansion or something green, or from a blessed, lofty or auspicious place, causes influx of wealth.
35If a crow caws sitting on the tail of a cow or on an anthill, there will be the sight of a snake; if on a buffalo, one will be attacked by fever the same day; if on a bush, the effect is negligible.
36When the crow caws sitting on a heap of straw or on water to the left of a person, his business will be spoiled by hindrances; when it is perched on a tree whose top is burnt by fire or struck by lightning, there will be death.
37If it sits on an auspicious but thorny tree, there will be success of the undertaking and quarrel too; if on a thorny tree, there will be quarrel; if on a tree entwined with creepers, imprisonment.
38If it sits on a tree whose top is chopped off, one will be deprived of a limb; if on a withered tree, there will be quarrel; if on cow dung in front of or behind a person, he will get money.
39One cawing sitting on a limb of a dead body causes fear of death. One breaking a bone with its beak and cawing causes the fracture of the traveler’s bone.
40If the crow caws holding in its mouth a rope, bone, stick, horn, rubbish, and hair, the effects in order are fear of serpents, diseases, tusked animals, thieves, weapons and fire.
41If it caws holding in its mouth a white flower, dirt or flesh, the tourist will achieve his desired objects; if it caws frequently shaking its wings and raising its face, his journey will be obstructed.
42If the crow caws holding a chain, strap or a creeper, there will be imprisonment; if it stands on a stone, fear and contact with a suffering stranger who is travelling.
43If two crows put some food into the mouth of each other, the traveler will have the greatest satisfaction. If a male and a female crow caw simultaneously, he will obtain a damsel.
44If a crow sits on a full pot on the head of a damsel, the traveler will get a woman and wealth; if it strikes the pot? there will be danger to his son’s life; if it passes excreta on the pot, he will get food.
45If a crow caws beating its wings at the time of encampment or making a halting place, change of place is indicated; if it does not shake its wings, there will be only fear.
46If crows enter an army (town or village) along with vultures or herons, without carrying meat and without fighting with others, one will make peace with the enemy; if they be fighting, there will be war with the enemy.
47If two crows are seen standing on a hog, there will be imprisonment; if on a hog covered with silt, gain of wealth; if on a donkey or a camel, happiness; but according to some? there will be death, if it is on the donkey.
48If the crow caws sitting on the back of a horse, one will come by vehicles; if it caws following a tourist, he will have his blood spilt. Other birds that follow (crying) a traveler, also produce the same effects al the crow.
49Whatever good or bad effects are predicted of other omens in the 32 parts of the Cycle of Quarters they are to be applied to the crow as well in the case of those that wish to undertake journey.
50-51If the crow caws as ‘Ka’ from its nest, there is no effect at all; if as Kava one will get joy; if as Ka meet one’s bosom friend; if as Kara there will be quarrel; if as Kuru kuru joy; if as Kata kata one will get curded rice; If as ‘Ke ke’ or ‘Ku ku’ the traveller will gain wealth.
52The crow producing the sound of ‘Khare khare’ indicates the arrival of a traveller; of ‘Kakhakha’ the tourist’s death; the sound of forbids the journey; of ‘Kakhala’ indicates immediate rainfall.
53The crow producing thie sound ‘Kaka’ foretells ruin; ‘Kakati’ the vitiation of food; Kavakava’ friendship (making friends with somebody); ‘Kagaku’ imprisonment.
54If the crow cries as ‘Karagau’ there will be rain; if ‘Guda’ fear; if ‘Vad’ gain of cloths; if ‘Kalaya’ Sudras will come in contact with Brahmins.
55If the crow cries as ‘Kad’ there will be the acquisition of the desired objects and the sight of serpents; if ‘Tad’ one will receive blows; if ‘Stree’ one will get a damsel; if ‘Gad’ cows; if ‘Pud’, flowers.
56If it produces the sound (…) there will be a fight; (…) danger from fire; if quarrel. The sounds (…) and all lead to harmful results.
57What effects have been assigned to the cry, moments, etc. of a single crow, equally apply to those of two crows also. Other birds too are to be treated on a par with the crow, just as wild animals that have tusks above are likened to the dogs.
58When terrestrial and, aquatic animals move in water and on land respective in the rainy season, there will be abundant rain; but in other seasons, there will be danger; bees building their honey-comb inside a house, will make it empty soon; blue flies clinging to the head bring about death.
59Ants laying eggs on water bespeak drought; if they carry their eggs from a pit either to a tree or an elevated ground, they indicate rain.
60The effect of an undertaking (or journey) is to be judged from the initial omen; the effect of one occurring in the middle will be felt on the same day. In this manner all these omens mentioned so far must needs be taken into consideration at the commencement of any work, and at the time of journeys, as well as of entering a new house; but sneezing should be paid special attention to, for nowhere is it admitted as a beneficial omen.
61Good omens indicate the maturing of a Dasa in a beneficial manner, accomplishment of the objects without obstacles; preservation of the hereditary kingdom (or wealth), getting allies, easy subjugation of unyielding enemies, and enjoying sound health, to a sovereign who has faith in them.
62According to some authorities, the cries of omens heard after one has gone a Kros (about 2 miles) have no effect at all. But if the first omen is harmful, the king should do eleven Pranayamas; if the second too proves evil, he should do 16 Pranayamas, and if the third too persists in being malefic, he should return home.