Brihat Parashara Hora Sashtra Chapter 2


Ch. 2. Great Incarnations

1. Maitreya: O Mahārśi Parāśara, are the incarnations of Vishnu, viz. Śrī Rama, Śrī Krishna etc., endowed with Jivāńś? 2. Mahārśi Parashara: O Brahmin, the four incarnations, viz. Ram, Krishna, Narasimha and Varaha are wholly with Paramatmāńś. The other incarnations (than these, out of the ten) have in them Jivāńś too.

3-4. The unborn Lord has many incarnations. He has incarnated, as the 9 (Nava) Planets to bestow on the living beings the results due to their 10ths. He is Janardana. He assumed the auspicious form of Planets to destroy the demons (evil forces) and sustain the divine beings.

5-7. From Sun came the incarnation of Rama, from Moon that of Krishna, from Mars that of Narasimha, from Mercury that of Buddha, from Jupiter that of Vamana, from Venus that of Parashurama, from Saturn that of Kurma (Tortoise), from Rahu that of Varaha (Pig) and from Ketu that of Pisces (Fish) occurred. Incarnations other than these also are through the Planets. The beings with more Paramatmāńś are called divine beings.

8-13. The beings with more Jivatmāńś are (mortal) beings. The high degree of Paramatmāńś from the Planets, viz. Sun etc. did incarnate, as Ram, Krishna etc. After completing the mission, the Paramatmāńśas (of the respective) Planets again merge (in the respective) Planets. The Jivatma portions from the Planets take births, as human beings and live their lives according to their 10ths and again merge in the Planets. And at the time of Great Destruction the Planets as well merge in Lord Vishnu. The one, who knows of all these, will become versed in the knowledge of the past, present and future. Without knowledge of Jyotishya these cannot be known. Hence, everyone should have knowledge of Jyotishya, particularly the Brahmin. The one, who, devoid of knowledge of Jyotishya, blames this Vedic Science will go to the hell called Raurava and will be reborn blind.

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