Lal Kitab Or Usky Upaay
Lal Kitab (Hindi: लाल किताब, Urdu: لالکتاب, literally Red Book) is a set of five Urdu language books on Hindu astrology and palmistry, written in the 20th century, based on the Samudrika Shastra.
Poetic verses with philosophy and hidden the nuances from the core farmlands or upaya (remedy recommended) of the book. It is believed to have Persian origins and has led to the field of remedial astrology known as Lal Kitab remedies, that is simple remedies for various planetary afflictions in the horoscope or birth chart, which have over the years become part of the folk traditions of the region, that includes North India and Pakistan.
In Lal Kitab, nine planets have been accorded prominence as in the Vedic astrology. In addition, the predictions are based on the planetary position according to the twelve houses. However, there are differences in Vedic astrology and Lal Kitab. In case of Vedic Astrology, the houses are fixed but the zodiac signs are not fixed whereas in Lal Kitab both houses and zodiac signs are fixed.
Lal Kitab Remedies
The most important aspect of Lal Kitab is the identification of malefic planets and easy, inexpensive and extremely effective remedial measures for the propitiation of their ill effects. It is said that the solutions & remedies given by Lal Kitab are infallible. Lal Kitab remedies are affordable, easy and provide quick results. The effect of remedies is unbelievable. It is said, that these remedies are especially suitable for quick results in Kaliyuga as the traditional methods. Mantra, Yagya, Japa, Havana etc. have become very difficult in this period. The remedies are as easy in throwing something in running water or establishing something in the home. However, beware that Lal Kitab remedies can also backfire, if not properly studied and performed. That is why one should be very cautious as and when you take shelter of Lal Kitab consultancy. It is advisable to stop performing remedies immediately if you observe any negative side effects.
Instructions For Performing Lal Kitab Remedies
Any remedy of Lal Kitab can be started at any time. However, it must be observed continuously for 43 days after starting once. If you are not abler to continue it for 43 days due to some hindrance or forgetting about it for a day or two you should discontinue it for a few days and then restart the process afresh and uninterrupted for 43 days. Unless the prescribed remedy is observed continuously for 43 days, its full reward remains uncertain. The remedies affect a certain measure or reward if some rice washed with milk is kept nearby before beginning the observance of the prescribed remedy. The remedies of Lal Kitab must be observed during the day [in the presence of sun]. No effect can be seen for the remedies observed either before dawn or after sunset. Besides, there remains the possibility of loss.
Authorship & the practitioners of today
Although, the author of the original verses is unknown or a matter of debate, however, Pandit Roop Chand Joshi of Punjab, who authored the presently available version during the years 1939 to 1952 in five volumes, is regarded as the master of this science. Some regard him also as the originator of this books or this branch of Vedic astrological science while others believe original writer preferred to remain anonymous.
According to some believers Ravana is considered to be the original author of Lal Kitab. They say that when Ravana lost power due to arrogance, he also lost possession of Lal Kitab which later surfaced in a place called Aaad in Arabia, where it got translated into Urdu and Persian. Some people believe it to be a part of Arabian and Islamic culture and believe it to be having Persian origins, many call it The Red Book of Persia but most of acclaimed followers and researchers attribute it to be a book on branch of jyotisha, as the book follows the planetary positions and names of Navagraha used by Vedic people to give predictions and remedies.
The names of the five set of books authored by Pt. Roop Chand Joshi, together called as Lal Kitab with their years of publication is as follows. A copy of the first book published in 1939 is preserved in Lahore Museum.
- Lal Kitab Ke Farman (The Edicts of Lal Kitab), 1939, 383 pages
- Lal Kitab Ke Arman (Ilm Samudrik Kee Lal Kitab Ke Armaan), (The “Aspirations” of Lal Kitab), 1940, 280 pages
- Gutka (Ilm Samudrik Kee Lal Kitab) (Third Part), 1941, 428 pages
- Lal Kitab Ke Farman (Lal Kitab – Tarmeem Shuda), 1942, 384 pages
- Ilm-e Samudrik ki buniyad par ki Lalkitab (Lal Kitab), 1952, 1173 pages
The book has been popular in both Indian and Pakistan, many of its astrological remedies upaya or farmans have become part of everyday culture in the subcontinent, like throwing coins into a river while passing over it, feeding grass to cow, bread to a dog and offering meals to unmarried girls etc. Some of its farmans have become proverbs, in languages as diverse as Multani language.