The Rishis of Ancient India They applied their minds and discovered many arts and sciences for the well-being of future generations of mankind. One such science is astrology. There are several branches in astrology, viz., horoscopes, i.e. casting and reading horoscopes based on the positions of planets at the time of birth and the movements of the planets across the zodiac. This is a well-developed science, as evidenced by ancient manuscripts like Brihatsamhita, JathakaPaarijatha, etc.
Palmistry, numerology, and Naadi reading are the other disciplines. Experiences our family has so far and feedback from our clientele make us learn that the predictions being expounded through the records of palm leaves we preserve aptly suit the natives only 80 percent of the total visitors. The remedies being prescribed here in the holy script, including the temple poojas, are left to the sheer choice of the individuals concerned.
These days, we hear about people with powers of extrasensory perception. The Rishis were holy sages who occupied themselves with concentrating on the one divine being, paramatma. They far exceeded the power of ESP people. More than that, they were able to know the future with their foresight. With this foresight, the Rishis like Agasthiya, Kousika, and Vasishta have given predictions for the human beings occupying this world. Let us take, for instance, any particular moment of the day.
Many lives are born in this world at that given moment: human lives, plant life, and animals. The Rishis have ignored the last two and confined their predictions only to human beings. And that too is not for all the humans. Predictions are given only to those who, out of their foreknowledge, will come forward to study them. The exact age at which each such person will come for this study has also been foretold by Rishis. These predictions were inscribed on palm leaves. Like many other arts and sciences of ancient times, they were also in Sanskrit.
Later, the Tamil kings gathered all such palm leaves, irrespective of the subjects, they dealt with, and stored them in big libraries. These leaves, which are the repository of the wisdom of the ancient Rishis, would otherwise have been lost to us. The king of Tanjore, a true patron of arts and sciences, found a reserve for these plam leaves in his palace library. He also got them translated into ancient Tamil with the help of Pandits. The palm leaves kept by us are those that we got from our ancestors. We have not professed at any time that these are the original palm leaves purported to be written by the Rishis and obtained by us in the days of British rule in the auction.
Before revealing the predictions, each person is first identified by furnishing his or her date of birth details, planetary positions at the time of his or her birth, parentage, names of some close relatives, and position in life. marital status, etc. After this, the predictions for the individual follow from the date of his studying the Nadi to his last day. The past, i.e., the happenings from the date of birth to the date of studying the leaf, is not covered. This is probably in order to avoid any complications arising in human lives.
When a thumb impression from a native is obtained, it is handed over by the reader at the library. The palm-leaf bundles are classified & indexed in the library according to thumb impressions to facilitate easy searching of the bundles. For each thumb impression, there are likely to be around 5 to 6 bundles; each such bundle will contain between 50 and 100 leaves. The leaf of one particular individual may be found in the first bundle or in any other bundle among the six. Sometimes it may not be found out, as the predictions from this holy script are confined to some limited souls. Hence, the process of finding out this specific leaf is laborious and time-consuming. Because the reader has to read out one statement from the first leaf, and if it is confirmed by the native, he will read out the second statement to verify its veracity. If this statement does not hold true for the native, the reader will have to go on searching leaf after leaf, bundle after bundle, to trace out the one leaf in which all the particulars concerning the Native correctly appear., To expedite this process, the Native has to extend his full cooperation, i.e., he should listen to the reading carefully and answer correctly.
This results in the tracing out of not only the leaf but also the first Kaandam, also called General Kaandam, representing the native’s lagna. The General Kaandam will also furnish brief predictions of the remaining 12 houses of the Native’s birth chart. If detailed predictions of any other house are required, they can be studied in the relevant Kaandam given in the Annexure. For acquiring the good results, as extended by this holy script, the Rishis insist that the Native should be free from the evil influence of all their previous birth sins. Therefore, the rishis suggest and specify the performance of certain parihaaras (remedies). If these remedies are performed with full involvement, Rishi assures the happening of the events predicted by him.
This office has been established for the past 80 years and has rendered service for three generations. Of late, i.e., within two years, many people have started Nadi offices in Vaithiswarankoil. We have no comments about the mushrooming of this sacred profession. But we wish to warn our consultees that we do not have any branch offices anywhere in India. Many important people have visited us (some of them more than once). They were impressed when the forecasts given by this office happened in their lives.
The predictions of the Naadi are all in Tamil in poetic form, using code words for astrological and other terms. These are not commonly understood by educated Tamilians. These are deciphered by the Asans, readers who are trained in our head office for 7 to 10 years in reading palm leaves and interpreting them in simple spoken language in Tamil. In the case of those who do not know Tamil, these are translated into Hindi or English.
More than understanding the meaning of the poetic form, the Asans have to interpret the predictions relating to many changes that have taken place in modern times. In the olden days, the educational and professional fields were limited. But nowadays, there are hundreds of specialized fields. So interpreting the old Tamil words for modern vocations needs great skill and experience. This difficulty is present in national astrological predictions as well, and lots of research is going on to interpret it correctly, correlating to modern needs. We are also trying, in our own way, to give the nearest possible interpretation for the old words. With the vast practical knowledge gained by us while making predictions, the customers also have to take into account a realistic view of things predicted. By taking into account his educational qualification, social status, financial status, levels up to which he can aspire to climb reasonably, etc. There may be some exceptions where an ordinary person may rise to a phenomenal level that cannot be imagined. These exceptional cases will, however, be explained adequately in the Naadi prediction itself. To understand the difficulty in the interpretation of words, we have given below some concrete cases we came across in the Gurgaon centre itself.
As regards education, the words commonly used are: He will be well qualified in the AthiNaveena, meaning highly modernized type of education, and Sukshmasubjects, that is, minute or intricate subjects. These are generally taken by us as engineering education, especially computer-related. The word Naveena may mean differently at different times. Some 30 years ago, it may be been civil or electronics engineering. Later, it may be chemical or electronic. Now, it may refer to computers and information technology. Tomorrow, it may be space and satellite-related subjects. Similarly, Sukshma subjects may mean specialization in any subject, like a Ph.D. or doctorate, especially in science subjects. One has only to take the clue that the customer is fit to take up higher-specialized study. The predictions also refer to research studies; there may be breaches. These are to be decided one by one, taking into account his academic qualifications and aptitude for higher studies. In the case of one Income Tax Commissioner, his profession was indicated as one of collecting revenue for the government, viz. Thandal Margam. These are different types of revenue departments, like income tax, sales tax, customs, and other revenues. The exact profession can only be specified by the customer. Similarly, the customers employed in banks are stated to be working in a place where money is given and taken. There are so many departments dealing with money, like R.B.I., banks, insurance companies, non-banking companies, etc. . We can only draw the conclusion, that it is good for the customer to be employed in the banking business. Similarly, in the case of the business profession, whether they are employed in trade or in the manufacturing field, and if so, in what type of production they are dealing with,. The business field is so vast. Also, one has to infer the correct vocation from the general prediction given.
In the political field, predictions are given about whether they will have public relations with power and authority or not. References indicate that the customer will be elected to Kizh Sabhapor (lower house) or Mel Sabhapor (upper house). We know that these houses are in the state assemblies and Parliament. Such a prediction can best be understood by the customer, taking into account his political status, his influence at the state or central level, his financial as well as popular capacity, or his candidacy to stand for the assembly or central level elections. In one case, the president of a national party at the state level got the predictions some time in January to March of 1998 that he would get the Agrasana position with immense power, honor, and influence. The word agrasana means chief or supreme head. We, including the customer, also remember the Mahabharata Story of BhishmaPithamaha proposing Lord Krishna as the name for the Agrasana post in the Raja SuyaYaga. So, we presumed that he may get the Chief Minister’s post, even though all of us, including our respected customer, knew very well that there is no possibility of his becoming the Chief Minister, as his party had completely been decimated in the previous elections. In the subsequent elections held in February 2000, his party got just 22 seats, and customers were also disheartened. Within a month of the election, there was a coalition government, and all MLAs became ministers, and our customer became the speaker of the Legislative Assembly. As all of us know, the powers and influence of speakers in the coalition era were capable of appointing and dismissing ministries. So, the predicted word Agrasana was meant to be a speaker. In retrospect, we realized we had missed the subtle difference between the executive head and the honorary head.
This recent concrete case will explain how agile one has to be in interpreting the words so wisely used by the old Rishis in the SukshmaNaadi predictions. In this case, we know the correct dictionary meaning as given in the Authentic Madras University dictionary and the precedence in the Mahabharata Story, yet the predictions went a little astray in our interpretation only. We therefore appeal to our customers again to take a realistic view of the predictions, taking into account their capacities, influence and positions in the party, state of the party at the time of predictions, etc.
In another case of a prediction to a High Court Judge, we had interpreted that he would retire at the age of 63, and he was taken aback, as it meant retirement two years earlier. The words appearing in the Naadi could be interpreted to mean 63 years of age or 65 years of age, viz., Aruban Eir Moon is 60 + 2 + 3 or 63. When the Honorable Justice pointed out that the age of retirement of Justice was 65, we stood corrected, and he was kind enough to appreciate our laminations. In fact, we were not aware that the age of superannuation varies from 55 to 65 at present. But the sages, through their foresight, correctly forecast what is going to happen many years later. With the above types of experience, we are also trying our best to apply the predictions as nearly as possible to present-day situations.
When a Jathaka or customer wants to consult the Naadi, he has to contact the centre over the phone, in person, or by post and get a date confirmed. One day before the appointed date, he has to confirm his arrival or position, or the date will be cancelled. At present, the waiting list is extending up to 3 months, so if the customer is unable to come for any reason, the date can be provided to the other waiting customers. At the time of getting the date and up until the time of reading the Naadi, the name of the person consulted need not be given, as his name will be told in the prediction itself. He can give some other friends or relatives names or some code names that are to be remembered while coming for consultation.
On the appointment date, the right hand or left hand thumb impression, if the person is male or female, respectively, is to be given at the centre. With the help of this thumb impression, the bundles containing the particular set or thumb impression to which his impression belongs will be traced. In each bundle, there may be predictions relating to hundreds of people. Sometimes a particular palm leaf may contain predictions relating to more than one customer. In some very rare cases, one leaf or a set of leaves may contain exclusively predictions relating to one person. In such cases of single-person predictions, we generally give the original palm leaves to the concerned Jathaka. In other cases, we do not give the original leaves to the customers. These are destroyed by joining the leaves to the river Cauvery, as already explained at periodic intervals.
We, however, record the original Tamil predictions as given in the Naadi in a note book and give them to the customers. Then it will be transferred to another language as they wish. During the last 2 years, there were only 2 cases of single-leaf predictions, one in the case of a senior IAS officer in 1998 and the other recently in May 2000 for a senior politician, the All India General Secretary of a major ruling party. The original palm leaves were given to them. Similarly, the Japanese customer who consulted us in 1995 (see page 7) got a separate leaf (see also the photo in the appendix holding the leaf in his hands).
The selection of the particular leaf relating to a person is a time-consuming process, and it may take 2 to 3 hours sometime. At other times, the customers would be lucky to get it within a reference range of 5 or 6 leaves. Every leaf pertaining to a person would contain facts about that person, viz., his and his wife’s names, his parents names, the number of brothers and sisters, the order of his birth in the family, whether he is the son of the first or second wife, if his father got married twice, and such other definite facts. These are called Sakshis, or witnesses. The customer should confirm or deny the facts when they are read from the leaves. But he should not tell the facts well in advance. If the particulars given in a particular do not agree entirely, the next leaf is taken, and the process continues until the correct leaf containing the factual predictions completely matches with his family particulars.
In many cases, the person does not get their leaf. It means that the time to know their future hasn’t come. Periodically, we bring new bundles from our head office; therefore, those who did not get their Naadi in earlier attempts may get them later. However, we do not charge any fees in cases where the customer does not find his or her leaf, despite the time we spend tracing it out. When leaves are traced, we record the original Tamil prediction, as it is, in the Note Book. As already explained, these predictions are in poetic Tamil with code words for astrological terms. These are read and deciphered by well-trained Asans, who then explain the predictions in spoken Tamil. These are then translated into Hindi or English, recorded on tapes, and given to customers along with the notebook containing the original predictions.
As already explained, the SukshmaNaadi predictions are available for all twelve Bhavas, or houses. Chapter 1, containing the general Kaandam, is compulsorily to be referred to, as it is considered the index and contains exhaustive and precise predictions, commencing from the time the customer’s leaf is traced to the end of his life. This general Kanda only identifies the correct leaf pertaining to the customer, as already explained in the VIth chapter. Then the planetary positions of the nine planets are explained, from which the details of the horoscope are cast and recorded in the notebook, where the original predictions are recorded. This horoscope matches exactly the natal horoscope available to the customer. However, the horoscope coming in the Naadi does not indicate the Lagna position or balance of the Dasa and Bhukthi periods available. In rare cases, the lagna is also indicated. For further details, please refer to the Dasa Bhukthi chapter. Then the present Gochara position of planets is discussed, and if there are any serious doshams or sins committed in previous birth are serious, preference to Shanthi, Deeksha, and Kaandam is suggested. This will be experienced in the next chapter. Thereafter, the predictions are given, from the time leaf is traced to the end of his life, covering all the twelve bhava effects, i.e. education , profession, marriage, health, children, profit and loss in profession, service, death, etc. These predictions are split up into many periods of his age (in Natal Astrology it is DasaBhukthi wise) usually to three years at a stretch, when events that will take place will be examined in detail.
(Chapters 13 and 14) In Naadi astrology, due importance is given to performing pariharas, or remedial measures, to atone for our doshas, or sins. The Pariharas are generally suggested in the following 3 types of cases:.
(i) To atone for sins committed by us in our past births. According to the Karma theory of the Hindus, the good or bad deeds done by us in the past are continuing in the present life also, because of which we experience good or bad effects in the present birth. If the sins committed by us are serious ones, we have to sincerely regret them and do certain pariharas. Unless we do this, we have to suffer extreme hardship. It is true that one cannot escape the bad effects and has to undergo suffering for our bad deeds in the past or present. But by doing the Pariharas, we can gain some relief from our problems, as we protect ourselves from the hot sun and torrential rain by using an umbrella. The Pariharams are like umbrellas. It does not prevent suffering, but it reduces the severity and density of suffering and problems. The Naadi sincerely believes and assures us that the performance of suggested pariharas definitely protects one from the aftermath of sins of past life or the temporary bad effects caused by Gochara effects of planetary movements in the present life. It is a question of fate vs. free will. Our ancestors believed that one can overcome fate by free will, or Buddhi, by devotion to god, cultivating virtues, removing bad things, and doing good things. The sage Markandeya was destined to die at the age of 18. But by his extreme devotion to God Shiva and Purity in his thoughts, he escaped from death because of the boon given by Lord Shiva that he would ever remain 18 years of age, and so there is no question of his death.
The Pariharams are only the training grounds for us to cultivate our minds towards devotion to God, generating love, compassion, and being good to ourselves and others. The SukshmaNaadi prescribes such Pariharams, like pilgrimages to Holy temples of God and NavagrahaNayakas, offer Puja and Abhishekam, offering food and clothes to poor and handicapped persons, offering food to birds like crows, planting certain types of shade-giving trees in public places and roads to enable passers by to get shade, thus protecting them from the hot sun, etc. When the person sincerely regrets his sins committed in the past or present life and vows, by doing these pariharams, not to commit such sins in the present life, and tries to be God, fearing and leading a good life full of virtues, living for selfless service, and giving help to fellow human beings, we can be sure that he will be the most loved and happiest person. No one should ever dream of doing harm to others. We would appeal to our customers that they should understand the real meaning of the pariharams, as explained above, when they are actually performing the suggested pariharas. They should never do it in a ritualistic or methodic way and again continue life, committing the same mistakes because of which they are suffering now.
(ii) The second reason for our suffering, as identified by the SukshmaNaadi, is caused by the Gochara effects or the temporary transits of planets like 7 and half-year Saturn period, other planets transiting bad houses, etc. The Pariharams suggested in these are also similar to the ones suggested for the first cause, as explained in the previous paragraph. (iii) The third reason for our sufferings identified by the SukshmaNaadi is by enemies and jealous persons, evil eyes, envy or conspiracy of others, viz., Pilli, Sunyam, etc. To protect one from the deliberative doings of others envious of us, the Naadi prescribes doing certain ManthraJapas for a specified period (one Mandalam, two Mandalam, etc.). Mandalam means 48 days) to the copper plate dedicated to Vedic gods like Shiva, Vishnu, Karthikeya, Lakshmi, Durga, etc. and wearing such talismans duly chanted to gods in the body or doing pujas in the house.
The Naadi will describe what ManthraJapa is to be done in favour of which deity and what to do with the ManthraJapachanted copper plate. It is significant to note in this connection that the SukshmaNaadi never suggests any retaliatory evil ManthraJapas to well-known Vedic gods and wearing or doing pujas to the Manthra chanted copper plates or talismans only to protect oneself from the evil effects of the evil doers. These pariharas are to be done only by those who are asked to do them in general chapter predictions. Others need not do any remedy. Some people are asked to take remedial measures as suggested in ShanthiKandam Chapter 13, while others are asked to refer to both Shanthi and DeekshaKandam Chapters 13 and 14, depending on the severity of the doshas or defects. Furthermore, the Shanthi Kanda Pariharams are all to be done by the customer himself personally. The Deeksha Kanda Pariharams can also be done by the customer through the Vedic Pundits well versed in these Manthra Pujas. In such cases, we undertake to do such Manthra Pujas through our Head Office at Vaithiswarankoil, on payment of actual expenses.
These predictions can be made at the option of the customer on payment of the prescribed charges to know more detailed information about the predictions given in Chapter I, for example, to know more information on education Chapter II can be referred to for marriage: details of wife or husband, i.e. where they will come from, their place of residence, name, some horoscope identifications, time of marriage, etc. Chapter VII may be referred to. Chapter X gives detailed information about profession like promotion, business prospects, nature of business which are profitable, etc. Similarly, other chapters deal more elaborately with the subjects indicated against them. As we had said earlier, the general predictions in the first chapter are exhaustive and compulsory, while the reading of other Kaandams is helpful to them. The following two typical cases noticed in the Gurgaon Centre are explained.
In one case, the customer who came for consultation was a shipping engineer with high engineering qualifications, experience, and contract, working for an international shipping company. The prediction given to him was that, in partnership with his sons, he would enter the shipping business. He has two sons, one of whom is a shipping engineer in a different field, and the other was studying at Calcutta in a ship engineering course. The father decided to see the first son’s Naadi, and it revealed that trading in oil related to shipping would be good for him, like oil tanker shipping trade. The second son’s Naadi was also consulted, and a big breakthrough was achieved. His Naadipredicted was that he would be in a big shipping business magnate and do shipping business in partnership with his father and brother. It was also predicted that he would get married to a wealthy man’s daughter and go to a foreign country for further studies (in London), even though he was studying in Calcutta at the time of the predictions. Thus, by referring to the General Kaandam of all three, they could identify the person who will be the chief of the Naadi. To our doubt, the father clarified that their educational qualifications, experience, and contacts are not a big problem.
In another case, a customer in an executive position at a reputed firm had problems in his married life and lived separately. The general Kaandam hinted at the problem and the cause, which was due to sins committed prior to birth, and chapters XII and XIV were consulted and Pariharams identified. The reference to Chapter VII marriage also advised Pariharams that there would be reconciliation and happiness with his wife. For varied reasons, which he explained later, the customer felt that the reconciliation would not do them any good or bring happiness. He insisted on seeing the 11th Kanda, remarriage, which was categorized as saying that because of his sins committed at his previous birth, the relationship with his wife will break, he will get remarried and be happy thereafter, and the second wife will be very helpful to him. This prediction of the 11th Kanda only satisfactorily clarified his doubt. He also got favorable predictions with regards to his efforts to get a prestigious international post after one year. He has now attended an interview for the same.