Thursday, January 10, 2008

'Shapes ascribed to Drekkana' from Brihat Jatak of Varahamira

The Chapter on ‘Shapes ascribed to Drekkana’ from Brihat Jataka of Varaha Mihira 
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Stanza 1:
The first drekkana of Aries represents a man with a white loth around his waist,
dark complexion, pretending to protect, fearful red eyes

and a lifted axe.

Stanza 2:
The second drekkana of Aries is sketched by yavanas as representing a woman
with red cloth, fond of ornaments and food, pot belly, horse
face, thirsty and single footed.

Stanza 3:
The third drekkana of Aries represents a man, cruel, skilled in arts,
yellowish, fond of work, unprincipled, with a liftedup stick, angry

and covered with purple clothes.

Stanza 4:
The first drekkana of Taurus represents a woman with torn ringlets,
pot belly, burnt cloth, thirsty, fond of food and ornaments.


Stanza 5:
The second drekkana of Taurus represents a man possessing knowledge of
lands, grains, houses, cows, arts, ploughing and carts, hungry, sheep

faced, dirty clothes and shoulders like the hump of an ox.

Stanza 6:
The third drekkana of Taurus is represented by a man with a body like
that of an elephant, white teeth, legs like that of a sarabha,

yellowish color, and clever in capturing sheep and deer.

Stanza 7:
The first drekkana of Gemini represents a female, fond of needlework,
beautiful, fond of ornamentation, issueless, lifted hands and in menses.


Stanza 8:
The second drekkana of Gemini represents a man, living in a garden,
in armor, with a bow, warlike, armed with weapons, face like that of

Garuda, fond of play, children, ornamentation and wealth.

Stanza 9:
The third drekkana of Gemini represents a man, adorned, decked with
gems, armored with a quiver and bow, skilled in dancing, drumming and

arts, and a poet.

Stanza 10:
The first drekkana of Cancer represents a man, holding fruit, roots
and leaves, elephant bodied, residing on sandal trees in the forest,

legs like that of sarabha and horse necked.

Stanza 11:
The second drekkana of Cancer represents a female worshipped on the
head by lotus flowers, with serpents, full blown youthfulness, living

in forests on the branch of phalasa and crying.

Stanza 12:
The third drekkana of Cancer represents a man covered with serpents,
flat faced and crossing the ocean in a boat in search of his wife's

jewels.

Stanza 13:
The first drekkana of Leo represents a vulture and a jackal on the
salmali tree, a dog and a man dressed in dirty garments, leaving

father and mother, and crying.

Stanza 14:
The second drekkana of Leo represents a man resembling a horse's body
with white garlands on the head, wearing krishnajina and kambalam,

fierce as a lion with a bow in the hand and bent nose.

Stanza 15:
The third drekkana of Leo represents a man with a bear's face, acts
like those of a monkey, long beard, curved ringlets and holding a

stick, fruit and flesh.

Stanza 16:
The first drekkana of Virgo represents a female with a pot, full of
flowers, covering the body with dirty garments, fond of money and

clothes, and going to the home of the preceptor.

Stanza 17:
The second drekkana of Virgo represents a man with a pen in hand,
dark complexioned, the head tied around a cloth, counting gains and

expenditure, body covered with dense hair and holding a big bow.

Stanza 18:
The last drekkana of Virgo represents a female, yellowish, covered by
a great white silk cloth, tall, holding a pot and spoon, and going to

a temple with great sanctity.

Stanza 19:
The first drekkana of Libra, say Yavanas, represents a man seated
in a shop in the middle of the road, holding balances, clever in weighing

and measuring with a small scale for weighing gold, diamonds,
thinking of his money and the prices of the articles in his shop.


Stanza 20:
The second drekkana of Libra represents a man with a vulture's face,
hungry and thirsty, holding a pot which is ready to fall and thinking

of his wife and children.

Stanza 21:
The third drekkana of Libra represents a man decked with gems,
wearing a golden quiver and armor and frightening animals in the wilderness,

resembling a monkey and holding in the hand fruit and flesh.

Stanza 22:
The first drekkana of Scorpio represents a naked woman without
ornaments, coming from the middle of a great ocean to the shore,

dislocated from her original place, the feet bound by serpents and handsome.

Stanza 23:
The second drekkana of Scorpio represents a woman fond of home and
happiness for her husband's sake and covered with serpents with a body

resembling a tortoise and a pot.

Stanza 24:
The last drekkana of Scorpio represents a lion with a broad flat face,
resembling a tortoise, frightening dogs, deer, boars and jackals,

protecting localities covered with sandalwood trees.

Stanza 25:
The first drekkana of Sagittarius represents a man with a human face
and a horse's body with a bow in hand residing in a hermitage,

protecting sacrificial articles and maharishis.

Stanza 26:
The second drekkana of Sagittarius represents a beautiful woman,
golden colored, picking up gems from the ocean and sitting in a

Bhadrasana fashion.

Stanza 27:
The last drekkana of Sagittarius representsa man with a long beard,
gold complexioned, holding a stick, sitting in a splendid posture and

keeping silks and deer skins.

Stanza 28:
The first drekkana of Capricorn represents a man covered with much hair,
teeth like those of a crocodile, body like that of a pig,

keeping yokes, nets and bandages, and with a cruel face.

Stanza 29:
The second drekkana of Capricorn represents a woman skilled in arts,
broad eyes like lotus petals, greenish dark, searching all kinds of

articles and wearing iron ear ornaments.

Stanza 30:
The last drekkana of Capricorn represents a man with a body like
that of Kinaras, with a quiver, arrows and bow, and bearing a pot on the

shoulder decked with gems.

Stanza 31:
The first drekkana of Aquarius represents a man with a mind disturbed
by oils, wines, water and food being brought to him, with a Kambala,

silk cloth and deer skin and a face resembling that of a vulture.

Stanza 32:
The middle drekkana of Aquarius represents a woman, covered with a
dirty cloth in a forest, bearing pots on her head and dragging metals

in a burnt cart loaded with cotton trees in it.

Stanza 33:
The third drekkana of Aquarius represents a dark man with ears
covered with long hair, wearing a crown and wandering with pots filled with

iron, skin, leaves, gum and fruit.

Stanza 34:
The first drekkana of Pisces represents a man decked with ornaments,
holding in his hand sacrificial vessels, pearls, conch shells and

gems, and crossing the ocean in a boat in search of jewels for his wife.

Stanza 35:
The second drekkana of Pisces represents a woman with a color more
beautiful than that of Campaka, surrounded by her attendants, and

sailing in a boat decked with long flags in search of the coast of the ocean.

Stanza 36:
The last drekkana of Pisces represents a man crying in a pit in a
forest, naked and covered over his body by serpents and with a mind

distracted by thieves and fire.


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