The science of Prasna

Prasna is an inseparable part of Astro-knowledge. From the birth chart, the native’s life direction, ups, and downs, good and bad phases, precautions to be taken are known. But, the birth chart is not so helpful in answering the questions and doubts on day-to-day life. The science that can be useful in such instances related to daily life is Prasna. This is called Horary in western Astrology.

Human life is complex wherein many questions and doubts are faced throughout. At every step, there are different paths faced. It is not known which way to choose. In that situation, the use of Prasna is invaluable, much similar to a lamp in hand. It can show the path clearly.

The life of a human can be known from the chart erected for his birth time. Similarly, when we have a doubt in mind, the planetary position of that time can give us many details such as how the doubt arose, formulated, its further stages, and the details of whether it actually fructifies or not in course of time.

Prasna can not only answer the questions about us but also about the things happening around us. However, this has some limitations. Questions asked for fun, testing, and derision will not yield answers. The specialty of this system is that it has the facility to know whether the asked question is of a real need or for fun. In fact, in this science, this is the first aspect to be checked. The first thing to check is whether the question is asked seriously or for fun. It is easy to know this, from specific planetary positions.

There are many methods in Prasna. Chappanna Prasna is completely dependent on Indian astrological methodology. People say that this is written by Pruthu Yasas who was the son of Varaha MihiraTaajaka Nilakanti was written by Neelakanta. This is almost similar to western astrology. Apart from these, Kerala astrologers are great experts in Prasna. Their predictions are astonishing and there is a reason for their accuracy.

In Kerala, prasna has gone far beyond the research level. The book called Prasna Marga is their authentic book. They have methods unique to themselves. The major importance to Mandi and Gulika, Astamangala prasna, and many more methods are the specialties of Kerala prasna.  While they explain the things that are long forgotten, and things passing through generations in the family, we would be jaw dropped and remain frozen to the ground.

There is another specialty to Kerala prasna, a procedural prayer which involves a long ritualistic process. They don’t take prasna as an easy matter. They have a lot of procedures before they go for the prasna chart. The procedure includes detailed rituals of Lord Ganesh, nine planets and the lord of the farmland (kshethra palaka) and many other related procedures. The Prasna astrologer observes fast one day before the Prasna, and follows a very principled Prasna set up procedure. This takes almost an entire day. Hence, their method yields wonderful results. If we try Prasna from a computer, while chit chatting and having a cup of tea with friends, it will not yield good results.

Prasna science cannot be complete without commemorating Krishnamurthy method.  Professor Krishnamurthy’s KP System is a wonderful method. In normal methods there is no pin pointedness. He simplified the method by discovering the micro divisions named Sub and Sub-sub. However, in this too, the role of the astrologer’s intuition cannot be overrated. Mere mathematical calculations do not give accurate results.

Any method of prasna requires a lot of study to achieve optimum level of perfection. Along with that, one has to live a principled life. Only then, the knowledge of past, present, and future and purity of speech are attained. All our sages were seers of past, present and future. This Prasna science is given by themselves. It can be said that the role of prasna is very effective in addressing the doubts on day-to-day life.

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