This books consists of about 950 slokas, from various sources, primarily Parasara & other classic texts based on him. The bibliography in the back lists 40 references. Original Sanskrit slokas are given, as are numerous tables.
The Ashtakavarga is recognized as an outstanding system of prediction among the several systems advocated in the standard works on astrology. The work contains in one volume materials collected mainly from available standard works on astrology, the last two chapters being based on manuscripts hitherto unpublished.
The original Sanskrit verses come first; then follows their translation in English with copious explanatory notes and comments, and examples horoscope has been worked out in detail so as to give a clear idea of the application of the system. The idea of computing Ashtakavarga on the basis of Bhavakundali, in preference to the usual Janmakundali, first suggested by Shri Uttamram Mayaram Thakar in his Gujarati work Jyotish Vijnan Ane Laghu Parasari, has been adopted for reasons given in the Prologue and the text. The book is also furnished with appendices containing the minimum details necessary for the Ashtakavarga calculations (except, however, the calculation of the Shadvarga strength which is beyond the scope of this book). A noteworthy addition is the Sarvachanchachakra (p.64) which will prove useful in connection with Chaps. XVII, and the Ashtakavarga Ayurdaya calculations in Chap. XV.