Lal Kitab is not a name of one single book. There are five books published during year 1939 to 1952 written by Pt. Roop Chand Joshi. One need to read all those books to understand Lal Kitab fully. In my opinion 1952 edition is the most exhaustive and must be the first book to be read by all Lal Kitab enthusiasts. 1952 edition also covers most of the content in previous editions and hence kind of super-set of all Lal Kitab editions. The best transliteration for 1952 edition is available from Pt Beni Madhav Goswami published by Himanchal Publications. It can also be obtained from Sagar publications. In case it is not available, one can go for "Arun Samhita", published by Hare Krishna Trust, Chandigarh. It is not as good as 1952 edition by Pt Beni Madhav Goswami, so can be taken as only secondary substitute.
Due the nature of language used in Lal Kitab, it is very difficult to understand in one single reading. My suggestion to Lal Kitab students is that one need to read and reread Lal Kitab to understand it. Also it is important that you make your own notes while reading the book.
For further reading, I would suggest reading books in following sequence -
- 1942 edition (Lal Kitab - Tarmeem Shuda): Hindi transliteration of 1942 edition by Pt. Beni Madhav Goswami is available from Durga Pocket Books.
- 1940 edition (Lal Kitab ke Armaan): Hindi transliteration by Pt. Beni Madhav Goswami available from Himalaya Publications/ Sagar Publications
- 1941 edition (Lal Kitab - Teesra Hissa, also known as Gutka): Hindi transliteration by Yograj Prabhakar available from Rahul Computers, Patiala
- 1939 edition (Lal Kitab ke Farmaan): Hindi transliteration by Pt. Beni Madhav Goswami available from Himalaya Publications/ Sagar Publications. This is primarily a book on Palmistry aspect of Lal Kitab.
- Lal Kitab Prishthabhoomi Aur Vyakhaya by Pt. Krishna Ashant
- Lal Kitab Aur Kashta Nivaran by Sumat Prasad Kalka
- One can find a list of astrology book stores here.
- If you are looking for the book in English, you will have to rely on the old article for some information on the Lal Kitab books in English. Nothing much has changed on English landscape.
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