Brihat Samhita

by N. Chidambaram Iyer | 1884 | 135,584 words | ISBN-13: 9788171104215

This page describes lamps (dipa-lakshana) which is the eighty-fourth Chapter of the English translation of the Brihat-samhita. This work, written by Varahamihira in the 6th century, is classified as jyotisha literature, also known as Indian astronomy. It contains however, also content regarding astrology, palmistry, agriculture, gardening, perfumes, medicines and various other encyclopedic topics.

Chapter 84 - On Lamps (dīpa-lakṣaṇa)

1. A lamp (dīpa) whose flame turns from right to left, whose light is dim and small, and emits sparks and which dies out even when the oil and the wick are pure, indicates evil. A lamp (dīpa) whose flame is quivering, spreading and attended with noise and which dies out in the absence of the fly or the wind also indicates evil.

2. If the flame be close and united, long, still, bright, without noise, beautiful, turning from left to right and of the colour of vaidūrya or gold, it indicates approaching prosperity. In other respects all that has been said in the case of fīre applies here also.