Bīrūnī, Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad, Alberuni's India (v. 2)

(London :  Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co.,  1910.)



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CHAPTER LVII.                              97

different directions, viz. Varuna-mantra, Vayava-mantra, Page 250.
and Soma-mantra.

He raises a dandct, i.e. a long and high spear, from
the top of which hang down two straps, the one as long
as the spear, the other thrice as long. He must do all
this before the moon reaches Rohini, for this purpose,
that when she reaches it, he should be ready to deter¬
mine the times of the blowing of the wind as well as
its directions. He learns this by means of the straps
of the spear.

V. 10.—If the wind on that day blows from the cen¬
tres of the four directions, it is considered propitious;
if it blows from the directions between them, it is
considered unlucky. If the wind remains steady in the
same direction, powerful and without changing, this
too is considered propitious. The time 6f its blowing
is measured by the eight parts of the day, and each
eighth part is considered as corresponding to the half
of a month.

V. II.—When the moon leaves the station Rohini,
you look at the seeds placed in a certain direction.
That of them which sprouts will grow plentifully in
that year.

V. 12.—When the moon comes near Rohini, you
must be on the look-out. If the sky is clear, not affected
by any disturbance; if the wind is pure and does not
cause a destructive commotion ; if the melodies of the
animals and birds are pleasant, this is considered pro¬
pitious.    We shall now consider the clouds.

V. 13, 14.—If they float like the branches of the
valley (? bcttn ?), and out of them the flashes of lightning
appear to the eye; if they open as opens the white
lotus ; if the lightning encircles the cloud like the rays
of the sun ; if the cloud has the colour of stibium, or of
bees, or of saffron ;

V. 15-19.—If the sky is covered with clouds, and
out of them flashes the lightning like gold, if the rain-

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