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Lal Kitab

The Red Book

notes on the effective practice of magical ritual, see below

Commentary based on this translated English edition: Lal Kitab (based on 1952 Urdu edition) originally written by Pt. Roop Chand Joshi of Pharwala, Punjab.


What is Lal Kitab = Red Book?

  • wikipedia = Lal Kitab
  • Lal = red
  • Kitab/qitab = book

Lal Kitab is a charming compendium of northwestern folk remedies that was written in Urdu.

  • The collection was published in five installments 1939-1942.
  • All five installments were republished in single binding in Lahore in 1952.


  1. Lal Kitab Ke Farman (1939)
  2. Lal Kitab Ke Arman (1940)
  3. Lal Kitab Gutka (1941)
  4. Lal Kitab Ke Farman (1942)
  5. Lal Kitab (1952) = compilation of the previous editions
Is it valid?

Like any divinatory system from tea-leaves to Tarot cards to the flight patterns of migrating birds, Lal Kitab can provide spiritual validation and guidance to persons of sincere intent.

Why the red?

Traditionally, Bharati businesses kept their debit-credit accounts in ledger books that were covered in loose matte red cloth. Stacks of these printed empty ledger books were warehoused by the military for expense accounting purposes.

The recorder-writer-composer-assembler of the five volumes of Lal Kitab was employed as a military accountant. An abundance of blank red-covered ledgers would have been conveniently available to the documenter via his usual line of work.

  • The signification of Lal Kitab as a debit-credit book of life quickly gained currency in the northern folk cultures of the aryavarta.
  • Red color (cinnabar, vermillion) is sacred to both Lakshmi (who giveth) and to Ganesha (who taketh away).

Social context and audience Lal Kitab

Presented somewhat like a military instruction manual (here is the issue, here is the fix), Lal Kitab became a popular ready-reference for quick solutions to life's most perplexing problems. Although based in the worldview of the farming peoples of the सप्तसिन्धवः, Lal Kitab gained reader-practitioners throughout northern India and its diaspora (especially in the Caribbean).


The author's worldview is richly superstitious, victimized, and magical. Drawing on a mish-mash of basic palmistry (hasti) + a highly simplified astrology (jyoti) + an extensive knowledge of common household implements, the remedies provide an accessible way to fight back against misfortune.

Empowering remedies set in a paradigmatic worldview

The problem is powerlessness against ineffable fate, and the solution is practical household magic.

The rustic remedies are interwoven with ancestral explanations of how the world works. It is a wondrous world defined by mystery, magic, fear, malice, revenge, and punishment. It is a world of victims and predators. Often the predators are disembodied.

Accesssible and affordable

This catalog of fixes provides a broad toolkit for dealing with the Problem. The remedies are understandable and tangible.

The wise author compiles a broad range of beliefs representing the multi-millennia religious geography of the सप्तसिन्धवः It is important to appreciate the power of an astrological treatise developed for use by any reader, written in a common vernacular, free of control by the Sanskriti priestly caste.

  • As Lal-Kitabi like to say, na mantra - na yantra - na tantra.


As with all folk remedy traditions, some of the correctives in Lal Kitab seem simplistic to the point of foolishness and almost blindly superstitious. Others have questionable or unfamiliar astrological foundations, likely representing the rich substrate of ancient Persian heritage knowledge.

Nevertheless, when used by those pure of heart and clear of mind, positive spiritual guidance may be sought and obtained from Lal Kitab as from any other text. Even straightforward bibliomancy may reveal instantly useful answers.

Conditions of material and psychological efficacy

  • When do Lal Kitab remedies actually work?

There is a difference between remedies which can support successful improvements to life versus those which deepen the existing ignorance through materialism and psychological externalizing projection.

The difference lies NOT in the material ingredients of the remedy recipe per se, but RATHER of the motivation of the person who is performing the remedy!

Thoughts Are Things

Beliefs generate thoughts. Thoughts instantly attract matching emotions. At that moment, some THING happens.

Things are the result of thoughts

  • Thoughts fuel things
  • Thoughts create things
  • Things are the downstream of thoughts.
  • Things have power ONLY when the causative thoughts are empowered with positive motivation

Whether cherished in folk-tradition or proposed by the most exalted elite educated-entitled, the key to success of any remedy is aligned motivation. One must BECOME the desired result. For example, " I am money" works effectively to create the tangible presence of money. However, " need money" , " I want money" , " I demand money" , " give me money" are non-effective, because each of these magical claims presumes that somehow the money is outside of oneself. All power lies within.


  • Undertaking any remedy from motivation to harm another being will backfire, often severely. Avoid the psycho-mental poison of black magic at all costs. The toxic consequences to the initiator manifest primarily as mental illness, hallucinations, paranoia. These mentally filthy consequences of using black magic can be quite hideous.
  • When this variety of harm-to-others prescriptive remedy is encountered in Lal Kitab or anywhere else, steer clear.


  • Undertaking any remedy from motivation to acquire illicit materials including unearned wealth and privileges will also backfire.
  • [Rahu] is the usual culprit behind this sort of short-term motivation for glamour. However, Rahu's passions can be deployed with consciousness so that the end result of Rahu-driven rituals can be very positive.
  • Consciousness is needed to ensure a clean path for the magical energy.


  • Undertake any remedy with sincere motivation to purify one's heart so that one may better serve others.
  • A motivation of service is highly likely to benefit the native and the remedy will always succeed at the appropriate level of divine support.
  • Understand that all experience is perpetually creating a Learning Pathway.
  • When the desired results arrives, say Thank You.


To forecast what rituals might work versus what remedies could actually increase mental tension (or worse) it can help to discriminate between

  1. positive ambition to increase one's power to help others will succeed in every case. I Am in Service.
  2. negative ambition to possess a person or power for purpose of manipulation or self-aggrandizement may appear to succeed in the short term. It will fail eventually with damage to the perpetrator.

In the longer term, think of the myth of Rahu-Ketu. Rahu the poseur has a false motivation due to self-aggrandizement. Rahu needs to over-reach. Due to the oily smokiness in His restless mind , Rahu is detected and ejected by the brilliantly clear, authentic divinities.

Hire good workers

Do background checks

Interview Twice


Yes, negative motivation may succeed in the short term. But very short, and often with nasty mental illness consequences.

Only negative, predatory spirits are attracted to the dark, oily-smoky, negative imagery that is broadcast by broken souls crying out with anger and grief. By contrast, bright and compassionate spirits are attracted to -- bright and compassionate imagery.

No surprise.

So, be pragmatic. Be alert. Be conscious.

Before performing any magic, it is essential to assemble the best most positive employees.

Disembodied spirits are everywhere, easily at the command of embodied spirits (humans) who have stronger command of the material plane. The ever-present spirits are more than willing to contribute to magical rituals. It's what they do. Spirits are not in control of magical ritual. Humans are in control. And humans control magical ritual via their psychic imagery, which is charged with emotion.

If the emotional fuel is laced with guilt, grief, anger etc. Then guess what sort of spirit comes running at roll-call. Yet, a motivation of compassion, healing, wisdom, purification, glorification of the divine, nourishment, protection, wealth and well-being etc. will attract spirits of a highly superior nature.

Humans have the power to control, or interactively engage, an number of spirits for any magical purpose.

when undertaking an act of magic, the big mistake that humans make is hiring the wrong class of spirit for the project.

Take great care with the psychic advertising energy. It is a fearsome truth that humans get what we pray for. Every time.

Inspect the prayer. Inspect the motivation. What is the ultimate goal? Who has been hired, consciously or (eek) unconsciously, to execute the project?

A benevolent magical goal, with a good human manager, and a benevolent team of willing spirits, is highly likely to produce a benevolent result.

Magic is fun!

Guide and Direct the Power of the Magic:

Understand Healing

Get out of spiritual pain

Rahu's privilege narrative = " Get More"

One who has been abused in the past may feel a Rahu-burning desire to get even or get famous or otherwise achieve the essential life-force validation which was taken from the victim during a previous humiliation.

Although psycho-emotionally understandable, the ego-compensation motivation to achieve core spiritual validation from an outside source (money, property, marriage, children, political power, other control energy) is very dysfunctional in the world of magic.

To the wounded mind, it may seem like if one can somehow possess the beautiful girl, the gold coins, the glittering jewels, the exclusive real estate, the powerful entitlement ...

that the Object of Desire will fill one's terrible inner void and the broken soul will be healed!

Soul-breaking abusers run rampant in our world - from vicious parents and jealous colleagues to evil dictators and vile police.

Many live in pain and misery, a state of chronic insufficiency in which the mind repeats a fearful narrative of"not enough" . Present-life anger, fear, and hopelessness are often due to the evil exploitations of those who should have cared for the delicate and fragile spirits - but instead ignored, abused, or demeaned their existence.

Pre-magic, Pre-cleaning:




The essential pre-requisite therefore for ANY successful act of magic is forgiveness for those who have harmed one's soul. Forgiveness is not acquiescence to the evil, not a cover-up of wrongs nor a free get-out-of-jail card for the abuser nor any sort of rationalizing excuse. Forgive = give-forward.

forgiveness is a decision to allow God to prosecute the abuser for the crime. It is part of the crime that the abuser deposits along with other evils a seed of guilt in the soul. Guilt instructs the person to accept * personal responsibility * for seeing that the correct penalty is applied to the criminal. With the genius of forgiveness, one consciously releases the false obligation to personally punish the crime, instead handing over that responsibility to the Higher Law.

Chanting the mantra"it's not my problem" , one may destroy an effigy of the abuser or otherwise ritually release the curse of guilt in order to clear the path of negative motivations such as revenge.

"Red Flag" motivations

Keeping the Magic Clean

If one is in pain, acknowledge the soul-wound. The act of acknowledging the pain is extremely helpful as it places a"red flag" upon any anger, guilt, or grief that could be hiding inside one's motive to do the magic.

Deal with the soul-wound first. Heal the crime using forgiveness.

Then, learn some magic!

Magic can be beautiful and helpful when properly done from pure motivation to empower oneself in order to better serve others.

But when driven by spiritual pain from past abuses, the magic-mind goes dark and creates another generation of toxic perpetrators. Poisoned thoughts spread like a pernicious black mold, penetrating the mind.

If the intended final result of the remedy is to GET a particular empowerment (diploma, marriage, property, sex, bank money, cattle, jewels, children etc.) then the magic goes filthy.

However, if personal empowerment is intended as an intermediate step toward enhancing the greater good, magical rituals can be beneficial and effective for the person, the place, and the planet.

Motivation is everything. Magicians, stay clean!


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