Chapter 1.

The Creation

1-4. Offering his obeisance to all-knowing sage Parasara and with folded hands, Maitreya said, "O Venerable, Astrology, the supreme limb of the Vedas, has three divisions, viz. Hora, Ganita and Samhita. Among the said three divisions, Hora or genethliac part of astrology is still more excellent. I desire to know of its glorious aspects from you. Be pleased to tell me, "How this Universe is created? How does it end? What is the relationship of the animals born on this earth with the heavenly bodies? Please speak elaborately".

5-8. Parasara answered, O Brahmin, your query (so to say, the desire to know of the intricacies of astrology) has an auspicious purpose in it for the welfare of the Universe. Praying Lord Brahma and Sri Saraswati, His power (and consort), and the Sun God, the leader of the planets and the cause of Creation. I shall proceed to narrate to you the Science of Astrologfy as heard through Lord Brahma. Only good will follow the teaching of this science to the students who are peacefully disposed, who honour the preceptors (and elders), who speak only truth and who are God-fearing. Woeful for ever doubtlessly will it be to impart knowledge of this science to an unwilling student, to a heterodox, and to a crafty person.

9-12. Sri Vishnu who is the lord (of all matters), who has undefiled spirit, who is endowed with the three Gunas although he transcends the grip of Gunas (i.e. Gunatita), who is the Author of this Universe, who is glorious, who is the Cause and who is endowed with valor has no beginning. He authored the Universe and administers it with a quarter of his power. The other three quarters of Him, filled with nectar, are knowable to (only) the philosophers (of maturity). The Principal Evolver who is both perceptible and imperceptible is Vasu Deva. The Imperceptible part of the Lord is endowed with dual powers while the Perceptible with triple powers.

13-15. The three powers are: Sri Sakti (Mother Lakshmi) with Satwa Guna, Bhoo Sakti (Mother Earth) with Rajoguna and Neela Sakti with Tamoguna. Apart from the three, the fourth kind of Vishnu, influenced by Sri Sakti and Bhoo Sakti, assumes the form of Sankarshana with Tamo Guna, of Pradyumna with Rajoguna, and of Anirudha with Satwa Guna.

16-17. Mahattatwa, Ahamkara and Ahamkara Murthi, Brahma, are born from Samkarshana, Pradyumna, and Anirudha respectively. All these three forms are endowed with all the three gunas, with predominance of the Guna due to Their origin.

18-19. Ahamkara is of three classes, i.e. with Satwic, Rajasic, and Tamasic disposition. Divine class, sensory organs, and the fine primordial compounds (air, earth, etc.) are respectively from the said three Ahamkaras.

20. Lord Vishnu coupled with Sri Sakti rules over the three worlds. Coupled with Bhoo Sakti, He is Brahma causing the Universe. Coupled with Neela Sakti, He is Siva, destroying the Universe.

21-24. The Lord is in all beings and the entire Universe is in Him. All beings contain both Jeevatma and Paramatma Amsas. Some have predominance of the former while yet some have the latter in predominance. Paramatmamsa is predominant in the Grahas viz. Sun etc. and Brahma, Siva and others. Their powers or consorts too have predominance of Paramatmamsa. Others have more of Jeevatmamasa.