In the preface he says that though
13 is considered an unlucky number in the West, the Hindu
tradition considers all numbers to be good; however some can be
better than others. A lot of importance is given to the number
nine in Indian philosophy. The last of basic numbers, it is
considered to be the crest of perfection. Many people believe
that eight is a bad number as it is the number of Saturn which
is supposed to harbour death and destruction. He opposes this
vehemently as he believes that it is a number of truthfulness
and sacrifice. He says that every number has its virtues and
vices and it may have different connotations for different
people. Thus, the same number can be lucky for one person and
unlucky for another.
The first chapter,
Numbers and Planets, deals with the relationship between the two
in a cause and effect manner. It indicates the physical
attributes linked with a particular number. Various diseases
that afflict people associated with that number are also listed.
It tells gives advice regarding friends and enemies. Lucky
numbers, colours, stones and vocations are also given. It also
suggests which deities should be worshiped by a person depending
on the number of that person.
Birth Dates and
their Significance takes up all numbers from one to 31. In this
chapter the author explains in detail and in a very
easy-to-understand language the characteristics of each number.
He refers to the various articles that can be donated, the mantra
and the yantra that help to elevate any misfortune
that a number might bring about. In an effort to further
simplify the format of the book, he lists the various good and
bad points that a person with a particular date of birth may
have. Generally, in books related to numerology, only single
numbers are taken up, whereas this book goes a step further and
deals with compound numbers as well. A list of important persons
born on each date has also been included.
discusses the association between names and numbers on the basis
of numbers assigned to various alphabets, giving tips regarding mantras
to be chanted and stones to be worn by a person whose name adds
up to any total from one to 108. He takes up each gem
individually and narrates its negative and positive points along
with the way in which it can help a particular medical
condition. A small note on the use of crystals has also been
It is a good
introductory book in which the author makes a sincere effort to
discuss numbers. How relevant it is to you depends on the amount
of faith you have in numerology. But at the same time, not many
of us are immune to the magic of numbers even if we are not
interested in predictions or readings.