Introduction to Bhrigu samhita
Many thousands of years ago the Lord of the universe and God of the three Lokas, Lord Sri Vishnu Narayana was having a sleep on the bed of the Cobra. The Goddess Lakshmi was respectfully nursing his feet. At the very same time the Maharishi Bhrigu presented himself to the Vaykunth Loka at the entrance.
Two Door-keepers was standing at the entrance to the Vaykunth Loka. They were named Jai and Vijay. First of all they welcomed Bhrigu Rishi, and after that they asked him not to enter at the moment to Lord Sri Vishnu, since he was sleeping.
Not being allowed entrance to Lord Sri Vishnu Narayana the Maharishi Bhrigu got very angry and said to Jai and Vijay: “By stopping the Maharishi Bhrigu you have insulted the most great brahmin soul. Due to that you can get a curse, which will force you to be reborn on the Earth at least three times.”
When listening to this threat from Maharishi Bhrigu, Jai and Vijay both bended down their heads and were very silent. Now the Bhrigu Rishi could enter the door, without anybody stopping him anylonger. The Maharishi Bhrigu then entered the place where Lord Sri Vishnu Narayana was sleeping with Goddess Lakshmi at his feet. When Bhrigu Rishi saw this, he became full of anger, because he thought that Lord Vishnu was not really sleeping, but only pretending to sleep just to insult him.
This was the time, when the Maharishi Bhrigu with his right leg kicked the chest of Lord Sri Vishnu. When he was hit Lord Vishnu opened his eyes and went up.
Lord Vishnu was just astonished to see the Bhrigu Rishi standing there. So he bended down his head with folded hands, and said to Bhrigu Rishi: “My Lord, my chest is the strongest thing in the world, like a mountain, but your feet are so soft. Maybe you got hurt while kicking me. So please forgive me for that.”
While listening to the words of Lord Vishnu, the Bhrigu rishi got very calm and felt very guilty, and he asked the God please to forgive him.20 As all this happened, Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, got very angry, and she said to Maharishi Bhrigu: “By behaving this badly towards my husband, you have insulted me. Therefor I now give a curse, so that you and all your fellow Brahmins will always live in poverty begging for your living. I will never come to your home.” After listening to this the Bhrigu Rishi said: “Poverty Lakshmi! Whatever crime I did was in anger, and I have already asked the Lord Sri Vishnu to forgive me. By not thinking very nicely, you have now given this curse to me and my fellow Brahmins. But anyway what has happened has happened. I will now write a Jyotish Grantha, from which the Brahmins can predict all about the past, present and future of every person in the world. They will get good knowledge as well as good earnings from this. They will be able to earn their livelihood. And this way you have got to come to their home anyhow!”
Having said this Maharishi Bhrigu went back to his ashram, and wrote his book known as “Bhrigu Samhita” which contains the life-stories of the past, present and future of all the people in the world on the basis of their Janma-kundalies.
First of all Bhrigu Rishi taught the principles of this Grantha to his own son and disciple Shukra. By Shukra it was little by little distributed to the Brahmins all over the world. On the basis of this the Brahmins have predicted about the past, present and future, and made a living from that.
This is all the story about the Bhrigu Samhita.