you believe that someone in India is storing records of your
entire life cycle ie. your past, present and future, hard
to believe but Yes, this is called Nadi
Astrology. Nadi is an ancient astrology, which
has been composed by great Maharishis (sages) of India in
the past using their spiritual powers. The sages recorded
these predictions for every individuals for the betterment
of humanity and to safeguard dharma (righteousness). These
sages predicted the characteristics, family history, as well
as the careers of innumerable individuals contain in several
thousand volumes, each containing around a hundred predictions.
These Nadi prediction recordings, being the repository of
wisdom of the Great Saint was one of the well preserved books
for thousands of years by the many generations of rulers,
until an auction during the British rule, when it finally
became the proud possession of an influential family of Valluvar
community at Vaitheeswarankoil in the Tanjore district of
Rishis (sages), who dictated those Nadis, were gifted with
such a remarkable foresight that they accurately foretold
the entire future of all mankind. Many scholars in different
parts of India have in their safekeeping several granthas.
Initially, Nadi Astrology
predictions was thought to be just writing on Astrology, but
soon it became evident that the scriptures contained some
unique predictions of specific natives, who will come seeking
them, at a particular stage of their lifetime, as foretold
by the Great Saint in these predictions.
Structure of the Nadi
Among the various characteristics of man,
one is "his obsession for probing things unknown. From ancient
times, man is obsessed and eager for seeking more and more
knowledge. He has succeeded too. It is an unending quest.
India's contribution to this search of the
unknown is very important. India has a tradition that has always
kept alive its link with the unknown. India is not just a
nation, a country, or a piece of land. India is much more than
that - something symbolic, poetic, and talent-invisible! The
reason is that India is the only country in the world, which has
concentrated on and devoted its entire talent and intelligence
in the search of the truth. For thousands of years millions of
people have been making efforts .towards that single objective.
For that, they shunned riches, adopted poverty, risked
ill-health etc. But they never gave up their search for the
truth. The divine, blissful vibrations of all those sages are
always present in the atmosphere here. They include saints,
mahatmas, rishis, munis, gurus, scholars, great poets, painters,
and talented intellectuals who were the medium of Divinity. They
have obliged mankind by opening up various avenues to divine
knowledge. But to grasp that divine knowledge, it is necessary
that one attain a certain high standard of moral behavior,
asceticism and knowledge.
Of the many aspirations that humans have,
one is to peep into one's future. A number of sages (rishis-munis)
have dwelt on that in a number of ways. One of its outcomes is
the science of Nadi Astrology.
Needless to say that these rishis and
munis were experts in the science of Yoga, which describes the
different states of one's being. If we grasp them, some light
can be thrown on how the Yogis get or may be getting the
knowledge of ascertaining and recording the future of every
human being. That is just a small part of that vast store of
It is believed that for the first seven
years of one's life, the stress is on the development of the
gross body. Imitation is its basic characteristic. During that
period, there is a lack of development of intellect, emotions
and desires. There isn't much difference between such a being
and an animal. The physical body of an animal is also developed,
but its other facets remain undeveloped.
In the next seven years, the emotive body
is developed. Youth attains maturity. In the succeeding seven
years the subtle body attains development. That phase leads to
the development of logic, thinking power, and intellect. After
the development of the second facet there is some kind of
adolescent maturity. But the third facet leads to the
development of one's rationality, logic and intellect, because
of education, culture and morality considerations. Probably
because of this, the voting age throughout the world is
The mental caliber of most human beings
gets stuck up at that third stage till death. The development of
the fourth, i.e. mental plane does not evolve in their beings.
Experiences of the mental plane are very interesting and
unprecedented e.g. mesmerism, telepathy, clairvoyance, reading
the thoughts in others' minds, etc. In that state the visual
reality is out of consideration e.g. it is possible to grip a
thing in one's hand and then transcend its existence. Others'
could be aware of the things in your hand, but to pull others
into your transcendental plane of thoughts would be impossible.
From there onwards one's own intellectual world begins. The
rules of truth and falsehood of the material world begin to lose
their significance. One is in a trance; unable to distinguish
whether what is happening is real or just illusory!
A number of practitioners of black magic
get trapped in that state of their mind. They earn a bad name
because of their black-magic power. In that state, one obtains a
lot of power (siddhies), which is known as the awakening of the
Kundalini. Modern Physiologists do not accept the existence of
Kundalini, because they are not able to locate and identify it
in the body. What is known as Kundalini is the development of
the fourth state i.e. the mental faculty. One specific result of
activation of the Kundalini is unprecedented, spiritual
experiences as also the power to foretell the future of
The development of the fifth i.e.
spiritual faculty (Atmic body) is a continuation of the
development of the fourth state. Words such as 'house' or 'TV'
are easily grasped because they connote concrete things, but
when one mentions soul alias Atma that becomes incomprehensible.
One has no experience of that and therefore one cannot grasp its
meaning. Those who can comprehend the existence of the 'soul'
are the persons in the fifth stage of development who stand on
the threshold of the final spiritual liberation (Moksha) i.e.
the final escape. However, some unknowingly stop at that stage,
with a sense of total fulfillment.
For those in the sixth stage, there is a
possibility of their crossing into Moksha, i.e. total liberation
and merger into the divine soul i.e. 'Brahman'.
What is the distinguishing mark of the
sixth facet of realization?
Attaining Brahma means merging with the
divine soul to feel "I am the Brahman". One step further, alias
the leap forward is where there is neither 'I' nor 'Brahman', no
'You' and 'me', where there is Nothing. It is only a big zero -
(total, absolute void), which is Nirvana, the seventh facet.
Stages from the fourth onwards are
abstract, like a dream. The mind works day and night resulting
in planning, imaging and dreaming. The imagination culminates
into a concrete resolve and becomes one's will. When the ability
to dream develops fully, it leads to extra-sensory vision.
To transform a dream into a vision, one
need not keep one's eyes open since one can sense the things
just by closing one's eyes where dreams seem to be the reality.
One can see things beyond the wall, or one can read another
person's thoughts. 'Vision' here means the ability to see things
by contracting the distance between time and space and to notice
or hear of things with the subtle inner cognizance. From that
extra-sensory knowledge the Nadi authors must have been inspired
to visualize detailed happenings of the future of generations,
and note them down on palm-leaves demonstrating Divinity's
mechanical, methodical and mathematical control of all
happenings in the universe. That kind of service of theirs, to
all humanity is invaluable. They undertook the task in the
spirit of sheer inspired duty sans remuneration or reward.
How did all that happen? How many other
sages were gifted with that prophetic insight? How many others
volunteered to note down those predictions? How long did the
task of etching palm-leaves take? What must have been the
etching device? What could have been the duration of the task?
Who encouraged them to read out the same to those for whom it
was meant? What is the pattern of index used, so that the
relevant noting about any person wanting to know his or her
future could be quickly sorted out? A number of such questions
While reading and discussing about the
Nadi treatises so far, I have been able to sense the logic
behind the compilation of these treatises. From whatever I have
read or discussed, I dare deduce that there must have been
Gurukuls (residential schools run by several sages and gurus) at
various places under the supervision of Saint Agastya and other
Naadi-recorders. While engaged in the meditative grasping of the
Vedas for self-enlightenment and insight into the future of the
Universe, the other subjects such as Ayurved (Medicine),
Jyotirvcd (Forecasting), Dhanurved (Archery), Sthapatya
(Architecture), Chitrakala (Painting), Nrutya (Dancing) and
Sangita (Music) etc. must have been taught for relaxation from
their concentration in divining the future of all human beings.
Some disciples might have obtained expertise in those subjects.
There might have been seminars at the royal courts, organized
for these disciples to participate in the debates and
discussions on those subjects. With a view to make use of these
discussions for the benefit of humanity at large the Naadi-
writing must have been undertaken under the guidance of the head
of the Gurukul.
Besides, every morning the guru must have
been guiding and leading his 200 to 300 disciples into
collective mental sorties into humanity's future. Because of
that, those disciples must have become adept at divining the
past, present and future of all human beings.
Around every seer, there must have been
about two to three other disciples, who might have noted down
whatever was seen of the past and future about human beings.
Since such a trance might have lasted for a few minutes, writing
of only five or ten horoscopes might have been completed on any
single day. While compiling all those rough notes and finalizing
them, they might have been discussed, corrected and then noted
down as final notes ready for recording on palm leaves.
At the same time, the newly-joined
disciples must have been engaged in collecting Palmirah (Tadpatra)
leaves from the neighboring farms or forests. Later on,
classifying them, chemically processing them and readying them,
like reams of paper, trimmed to a standard size and shape with a
hole punched in their surface for tying them together in neat
bundles must have followed.
Some hundreds of disciples - especially
trained in the Tamil code script, must have etched the writings
on palm-leaves with a sharp nail gripped firmly in their palms.
Some other disciples must have been
engaged in sorting-out the palm-leaves into 108 sections,
depending upon the variety of thumb impressions, and packing
them firmly into 50 to 60 palm-leaf bundles between two wooden
strips,' secured with a string. Those bundles of predictions
must have been sent to big temples in the state for
safekeeping. That must have been organized through advance
consultations with the kings of the region. It could also be
possible that the ruler had been a past disciple at the Guru's
hermitage. That noting-job must have taken hundreds of years,
resulting in a compilation of millions of prediction-strips.
(While writing out this account, the author of this book had a
strange feeling that a supernatural power was guiding him).
Those palm-leaves alias Nadi Pattis are
available even today, despite numerous social, political
upheavals and natural disasters. Non availability of
palm-leaves, delay in drafting and finalizing the predictions
correcting mistakes committed by the carvers in hurry, or those
arising from some distractions etc. might have naturally
hampered the recording task.
There must have been some plan, during
different periods of history, for the safekeeping of these
records in different places and regions to facilitate their
perusal by the needy. Some of the disciples of the Gurukuls must
have settled as citizens in different regions carrying those
leaves with them. During the course of time some of that massive
material must have got damaged in transit due to differences of
opinion, power-struggle and such other calamities. A
considerable portion of that predictive material must have been
destroyed during the 1000 year-long Muslim invasions. Despite
all such calamities, the Naadi patties are still available in
our own day to foretell the future of all people.
History of Nadi Samhita
It is said that millions of years ago,
Yogis who could visualize the Past, Present and Future, had
gathered in the vicinity of the Himalayas. They foresaw the
future of living-beings born on the Earth. They discussed among
themselves and arrived at certain conclusions. Scribes from the
South took notes of the dialogues held there. They knew the art
of carving on palm leaves. They etched the dialogues held at
the seminar. The seminar must have continued for a number of
years. At the end of the seminar, the huge material - the note
books must have been compiled. People of the South returned to
their respective regions with that material. The decay and
destruction of that, massive material might have begun in the
third Or fourth generations of those compilers due to natural
and social upheavals, as also due to the breakdown of vehicles
used in transporting those records. Knowing this, Maharishees
such as Bhrugu, Kardam, Maitreya, Vashishtha, Brahma, Krishna,
Prahlad and Bali communicated with each other on various
occasions and redrafted those findings, which were later
compiled once again by Rishi Surya. He endorsed nine
compilations by different rishis. Later those scripts were
divided each into three groups. However, over the millenniums,
only the Surya and the Bhrugu compilations have survived to our
The above account appears to be all
jumbled and garbled. Several questions arise e.g. exactly when
and where did the Yogis hold their Seminar? How have the rishis,
who could accurately mention every individual's date, day,
month, year, name and the place of birth, been so vague about
the place and the period of compilation of Nadi literature,
saying" Millions of years ago, somewhere in the Himalayas etc.'"
If the artisans of the south carried with them the etched
forecasts to the South, (which are available even today in
Telugu, Malyalam and Tamil languages), how come there is a
confusing proliferation of what are known as Bhrugu and other
versions in the North? And what are the classifications of those
records? Questions like these remain unanswered.
Dr. R. Nagaraj Sharma has with him the "Saptarishi
Naadi". He at times writes articles about it. But his writings
are hard to understand being academic and conjectural, using
astrological jargon. Beginners like me with only rudimentary
knowledge get bored while reading those articles. For instance
at one place, he mentions that the "Saptarishi Naadi" commenced
with the dialogue between Parvati and Parashar". In Maha Shiva
Vaakya or other mythological accounts, when Lord Shiva discusses
the intricacies oflife with his wife, Parvati and advises her on
the omnipotence of knowledge, the rishis present are benefited
by that divine discourse as though it were the Ganga stream of
knowledge. However, in that Naadi (May be because Lord Shiva was
more engrossed in practicing the Tanadav Dance) it is sage
Paraashar who enlightens Goddess Parvati about the future of
mankind. At some places, Atri and five other rishis participate
in the discussions and voice their individual opinions. We are
already aware of the conflicting stands o(sages Vishwamitra and
Vasishtha. The same is reflected here too through their
differences of opinion and arguments.
Sri. Sharmaji writes further, "from the
style of the noting, it appears that Mother Parvati might have
convened a meeting of all those rishis yogis who had
congregated to seek the darshan and blessings of Lord Shiva, the
father of all. She herself must have chaired the gathering.
Mankind is engrossed in its struggle for life resulting from
their evildoings during earlier births i.e. the individual's
Karma, and the process of balancing of evil with good deeds.
They might have thought of some possible remedies for man's
sorrows so that man's burden of sorrows and worries could be
somewhat mitigated through spiritual practices? They might have
also thought it proper to prepare and encourage humanity for
intellectual pursuits, with divine knowledge about their future
and warn mankind of the dangers well in - time. That appears to
be the main objective in compiling the Naadi forecasts.
The above surmise appears to be quite
vague and mythical. But the purpose mentioned appears to be
genuine. This same Dr. Nagraj Sharma has expressed a shocking
personal opinion, in another article. He thinks that whosoever
were those writers, Maharishees who compiled the Naadi Astrology
texts, did not have anything to do with extra sensory perception
alias divine vision. According to him, innumerable horoscopes
were cast, based on the birth date and accurate information
available from the then existing records from the positions of
the Nakshtras (Stars). Their predictions must have been deduced
from mathematical calculations of the planetary positions. But
then how was it possible for them to mention the names of humans
and the other details of their lives, merely from the positions
of the stars and planets? Have we ever come across anyone from
the roadside astrologer to the learned ones of the TV
Programmers, who has stunned us with accurate predictions of
names of people from the use of the same basic data, such as
planetary positions at birth or from one's thumb-impression or
by any other means?
In fact, the astounding accurate Naadi
prediction and the names of present-day persons recorded in the
Naadi Texts, were the main reasons I got drawn towards
astrology. But for those records I would not at all have
bothered to glance at the predictions appearing in newspapers
In the Saptarishi Naadi available with Dr.
Sharma, neither the names of individuals are mentioned nor are
other details available. Those are typical predictions based on
certain birth- Nakshtras and planetary positions. Dr. Sharma has
deduced some predictions from the Saptarishi Naadi, which are
very complicated. However, Dr. Sharma cannot satisfactorily
answer the question as to how the Nadi leaves actually mention
the names of individuals, besides predicting the important
events of their lives.
Similar hazy predictions are available in
Hindi and Marathi volumes of Bhrugu Samhita in the North. They
all claim to be "Authentic." In those volumes, the first few
pages cover a number of horoscopes of persons born in different
years. Those horoscopes are numbered. One has to identify the
one matching with one's own horoscope and read the prediction
noted under the number recorded against it on the particular
page of the book. Names of father, mother, husband, wife etc.
are not mentioned in those books. Date of birth, month, and year
are also not found in it. One can finish reading that
standardized prediction in a trice. Thereupon one realizes that
only some of the predictions match with one's own past or
Late Dr. Bangalore Vyankata Raman alias B.
V. Raman, editor of the Astrological Magazine published from
Bangalore was once invited to deliver lectures on Hindu
Astrology in London, during September October 1970. In that
series of his lectures, he spoke on 'Naadi Astrology'. Sri.
Raman was an authority on astrology alias Fal-Jyotish. His
emphasis was on individual predictions appearing in the
Nadi Astrology records and
on how to establish the relationship of various conjectures as
per other methods in the science of astrology. He expressed the
view that the Nadi Shastra is highly advanced and divine, as
sages have written the same. He further said, "I am studying the
Naadi Shastra for the last 20 years. I would be writing a book
on the subject by the year 1972. (However, I have not yet come
to know the name of the book) Nadi records are part of the great
and unique literature of Hindu culture. Some Europeans believe
that when the library at Alexandria was burnt, the keys to a
number of scientific subjects were destroyed and humankind was
deprived of that divine knowledge. Even if that is true, I feel
proud to tell you that not only the keys but bunches of keys of
a variety of such branches of knowledge are not only safe in
India but are even successfully and silently serving mankind.
Naadi records are one of them. After studying the Nadi records
in depth, one realizes that the Naadi authors might have been
benefited by the formulae and the yoga mentioned by Parashar
Rishi. This vast literature could be conveniently saved because
it is written briefly in the form of poetic stanzas. My
grandfather, the late Suryanarayan Rao had read one Naadi about
sixty years ago i.e. around the year 1910. The names of Naadi
records I came across later are: Budha Naadi, Shukra Naadi,
Saraswati Naadi, Satya Naadi, Chandra Naadi etc."
Sri. S. Kannan of Chennai wrote a very
interesting series of ten articles in the Astrological Magazine.
(I don't know where he is at present. I am looking for his
address). He says at one place, "I discussed with Sri. Gopal
Krishna Rao around 1952 about how the vahous Naadi's were formed
and what could have been the method of their findings etc. Sri.
Rao was the Meenakshi Naadi interpreter. According to him, there
was a mention about this in the Budha Naadi. He was told by Budh
Naadi shastri,"Srinivasa Acharya that some Naadi's come into the
limelight only for a short period of time. Thereafter they
become extinct. Whereas some of them in the hands of proper
persons come alive with the glow of their predictions and become
popular with people e.g. The Nandi Vakyam and Saptarshi Vakyam
Naadi's do not predict the future of people now living. Not
being of any use now they are stocked in the Chennai Government
Oriental Manuscript Library, for inquisitive readers.
Sri. Kannan and Sri. B. V. Raman has
conveniently avoided saying anything about the history and
origin of the Naadi Texts. Some other names of Naadi's mentioned
by Sri. Kannan and Sri. B. V. Raman are Sahadeo Naadi, Narad
Naadi, Navgrah Samvad Naadi, Maharishi Siddhant, etc. In the
Navgrah Naadi, the grahas (planets), themselves describe their
benefic or malefic effects. That is how predictions therein are
unfolded to the reader. In the Maharshi Siddhant, 18 Maharishees
discuss the predictions. In one article, Sri. Kannan had
mentioned that he started seeking Naadi-reading at the age of
15. He married during Rahu Bhukti. But according to Shukra Nadi,
it happened during the Ketu Bhukti. He has eight children.
However there was no mention of the last two children in the
Shukra Naadi. In order to find out the secret behind these
facts, he took interest in reading the Naadi. He also appears to
have taken interest in becoming friendly with Naadi readers,
helping them to get accommodation or a house, and also in
getting those clients etc. If one looks at the names of Nadi-astrologers,
one is likely to be astounded, because in Chennai (Madras) or
south of it the number of Nadi Astrology centers may be
more than the number of cycle-shops or hair cutting-saloons.