Red Book is an ancient book, its origin and author is not known. Astrology based on Red Book is different from other known branches of Astrology. Very little has been done to put the theory of red book astrology among the people.
Other branches of astrology generally suggest very few remedial measures which are complicated and expensive, whereas in Red Book Remedial Measures suggested House wise for every Planet, which are unique and help a person to get rid of evil effects of Planetary position in the most easiest and effective manner.
Our deep study and research thereon has enabled us to say that the theory and system suggested in Red Book are reliable and effective. We have tried to establish the relevance of Red Book in this modern era.
Today quite a number of Astrologers have combined their astrology with Red Book. They give predictions according to their own theories and suggests remedial measures of Red Book which is not the correct way.
Good or Bad planet suggested by the other astrological theories may differ from the theory of Red Book Astrology because it has different system of judging good or bad planets, so the remedial measures suggested will not give desired results or may be ineffective. Our deep study of Red Book reveals that whatever massages written in the Red Book are not properly interpreted.
Many astrologers have quoted that the messages given in the Red Book are written in a hay way manner and also are irrelevant, but nobody has tried to solve the mystic messages of Red Book and arrange these messages systematically. Mystic messages given in the Red Book do have specific meanings, which cannot be understood without deep study.
Lal Kitab needs no formal introduction. It is popular amongst neophytes and masters of astrology equally. The enamoured of the remedial measures of Lal Kitab and the astrologers who suggest them take pride in them. The measures are too simple to be explained in detail and too typical to be understood by an intelligent human being. Whatever be the facts they are quite effective and cannot be just given up for their simplicity. Rather they bring credit to him who suggests them.
Astrology has various systems to make predictions. Lal Kitab is one of them and it gives importance to houses rather than signs, but the Karakas are same as in Vedic astrology. These Karakas are known as fixed houses of the planets. In Lal Kitab if a house is not aspected by any planet then it is considered to be in sleep mode, but if the Sun is in the first house and Jupiter is in the second house, then the planet is considered to be awake. It means that the planet is going to give effect according to its placement and wherever it will have its aspect. Identification of benefic or malefic is done in a similar way in both, Lal Kitab and Vedic astrology.
In every branch of astrology, there are remedial methods for debilitated planets. In Vedic astrology a lot of importance has been given to use of specific gemstones, donation, worshipping, chanting, yajna, and fasting.
Though Vedic astrology is religiously righteous. However these remedies take time and require knowledge. As a result they are out of reach of common people. Only a learned person can perform the remedies.
Lal Kitab is another branch of astrology which talks about remedies. This is widely practiced in India. The remedies of for planets and other celestial bodies are given in a very simple way. Anyone can perform these remedies without any specialized help. Lal Kitab was first written by Pandit Roop Chand Joshi in 1900 in Lahore, Punjab.
A Lal-Kitab remedy should be performed by the native for 40 to 43 days or for 40 to 43 weeks. The remedial process doesn’t require any Mantra but for 40 to 43 days one has to offer objects related with the afflicted planet into flowing water or can bury the object in the forest. As a result, a person can achieve success in his or her task without strenuous effort.
The object which has to be either buried in land or offered into water is usually not very expensive. Lal Kitab is becoming popular day by day on account of this. The remedies are simple, low cost and effective. In fact, every planet has energy and if a planet is malefic or afflicted, it will give negative effect. As per Lal Kitab remedies that when items related to the malefic planet are offered items related to that malefic planet, the negative impact from the same planet will go down. This remedial measure is preferred today as it does not require any procedure or help in doing so. Anybody can do it by himself/herself.
There is however one shortcoming. As stated earlier these remedies need to be performed continuously for 40 to 43 days. If for some reason it is missed then the person carrying out the remedy has to start once again from the beginning. Except for this shortcoming, Lal Kitab has proven to be very beneficial to the common people.
Lal Kitab remedies are also known as Totka in common language. There is no requirement of special norms to perform a Totka except for making sure that the remedial procedure is carried out for 40 to 43 days. Another feature of Lal Kitab for is that it is open to people of all caste, creed, and religion. Lal Kitab remedies are also convenient for women because unlike Vedic remedial method it has no sanctity obligations. Thus everyone can easily perform Lal Kitab remedies
Lal Kitab has Banawati planet which is formed by the combination of two planets and has the influence of a separate planet. This is also a unique feature peculiar to Lal Kitab. For example, if Mars and Rahu are placed together in the twelfth house. The twelfth house is known for Moksha, expenses and open sky. Rahu Mangal Yog in this house together form Haathi Ankush Dosha.
Here Mars can take help from Jupiter and can control Rahu. Rahu in this house will make the native spend unnecessarily. The native will also end up getting involved in schemes which don’t fructify. The remedy for this is through Mars, for instance helping a sibling. The remedy involves keeping sugar in a pouch in the bedroom. Observing this remedy will help the native overcome all related difficulties.
If there is an afflicted planet in the Kundali, Lal Kitab provides a remedy for the Banawati planet through which negative result of the afflicted planet can be reduced. To conclude Lal Kitab is as important today as it was ages ago.
Engineer Rameshwar Prasad
(B.Tech., M.Tech., P.G.D.C.A., P.G.D.M.)