‘To Dr Raman With Love’ Series The Wonders of Nadi Astrology

By K. V. Venkataramanan
(Taken From Astrological Magazine Of Raman Saheb !an "#$% &ss'e(
Re)ie*e+ By Ra,en+ra R Shah for Sa-tarishis Astrology

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strology is one of the branches of celestial knowledge in which India stands unrivalled. Even the ultramodern American and European astrologers in spite of their much boosted advance in astronomy by which they are attempting to reach other planets, to create artificial moons and such other ambitious ventures, gape in wonder at our ancient Nadi Granthas (नननन नन ननन) which give the correct horoscopes of persons on the basis of the lines in the palm with amazing predictions regarding the past, present and future of the natives concerned. hat is still more wonderful is that some Nadis in the course of the reading give the horoscopes of the father, mother and brothers of the native which actually tally with those already cast. I have heard it said of an Iswara Nadi (!!! !! !!!!) astrologer that he could possess it only for a certain period, after which it should be handed over to another man whose name and birth place were mentioned in the "adi itself. It is really amazing how the details of the orld ar II had been anticipated so clearly in Satyasamhita, (ननन न नननननन) a Nadi work, which must have been written not less than two thousand years ago# $In the year Pramadi (नन ननननन) corresponding to English year %&'& when the (un passes through Simha and (aturn Mesha, there will be destruction prevailing in all countries as a result of a terrible war between Hunas meaning the )ritish, *ermans and other hite nations. hen (aturn transits Mesha, +upiter Meena and (un Simha and Kanya, prices of all commodities will soar high. ,ucky traders will become rich overnight while at the same time unlucky though born rich will be reduced to ab-ect poverty. .here will be no rains in several countries resulting in famine, pestilence and suffering. In a few countries there will be e/cessive rains with devastating floods. In the Rama Ravana Yuddha, only one Vimana (Airplane) was used. )ut in this war they will fly like birds in the sky. "ew weapons will be discovered to kill large number of human beings. passes 0111 years, every new year will witness strange events$. hen Kali yuga (नननननन)

eluge contained in the < $havishya Purana% (ननननन न ननननन) and other sacred scriptures of =induism. 3n the termination of the war when the people of East Indies were fighting for their Independence a well4known American 5agazine published a prediction from an ancient manuscript said to have been written before the birth of 6hrist. the man ind s+ that he +. +. decrease in the divinity of Grama Devathas. was yet to become the birth place of 5ohammed last of the prophets but had already been singled out for that purpose) and performed #u&a there with the sacred 'ulsi and holy water from . intermingling of castes.> ()hat a great e*am#le +. the . the yet2t+23e m+st #i+us #ilgrimage #la!e +. नननननन ननननननननन -the wh+le w+rld is +ne . 5ecca not only for general reasons of broad4minded religious sympathy but in the light of this positive and categorical statement. times and climes. "eedless to say. and ननन ननन नननननन -the /mni#resen!e..ered his #rayer and h+mage with 'ulsidal and Ganga4al5 -ननननननन and नननननन. the last 2uarter of Dharma vanishes from the world resulting in the increase of sins. assume the shape of a parrot to fly to 5ecca (which. .+r Me!!a. be it noted. religi+n in his heart 6 the real e*am#le +.eeling +.ord would take a colossal form.he *anges. 0+rd1 Adi Shan ara!harya had a l+ng insight within.eluge) getting together there all the faithful of all faiths. Indian !ulture 1 2SA Reviewer7 . we may mention too that Adi San ara undertook a pilgrimage to 5ecca in the face of enormous difficulty caused by the ignorant bigotry of the fanatics of his day and that he had therefore to use his supernatural powers. ". is a sacred place like )anares. stand aloft with =is feet in $anares (ननननननन) and Me!!a (the only two places which would survive the . that natives of those islands will attain freedom from the hite race. )ul 6handani in an editorial article of "Di#avali" of 6alcutta and reproduced in $8ree India$ issue dated 91th +uly %&:% may be read with interest# $According to the detailed account of the . (नन ननन ननननन) etc. In this connection the following account of Sri Adi San ara!harya (ननन ननननननननन न) by 5r. After %1111 years of Kali.Another work says that after 0111 Kali. there will be no Vishnu Avatars in the world. $And on the same authority. Astrologers are said to have predicted the birth and glory of +esus 6hrist as well as 7rophet 5ohammed long before their time.amily. and gather them up thence to his own bosom thus showing that. those predictions were proved up to the hilt. for a =indu who believed in the 7uranas. the . versatility and unity +. Adi Shan araa!haarya had a very 3r+ad sense +.

Measurement +. Madhyamaadhikaar.111 human years. 'ime as des!ri3ed in Surya नन नननननन: ननननन नननन ननन ननननन नननन ननડनननन ननननन ननन । ननननन: नन नननननन नननननननन नननन ननन ननन नन नननननन नन नननन ॥ 11॥ ननननननन ननन नन नननन ननन नननननननन न नन ननननन ननननन। ननननन ननननन ननननन ननन: नननननऽनन ननननननन ननन ॥ 12 ॥ ननननन नननन नननन ननननन ननननन नननननननननननन। नननन नननन नननन ∙नन ननन नन नननन ननननननननननननननन: ॥ 15 ॥ ननन नननननन नननननननननन नननन नननन ननन ननननन ननननन। ननननननननन नन नननन नननन ननन नननननन नननन ननन ॥ 16॥ ननननन न नननन ननननन ननननन ननननन ननननननननन । नन ननननननननन ननननननननन ननन ननननन ननन ननननन नन नन: ॥ 17 ॥ (ee the English .e.he above article not only vindicates the claim of =induism as the 5other of ?eligions but also lends support to the statement of some "orth4Indian scholars who assert the e/istence of Alla 8#anishad in =indu scriptures to which even 5ahatma *andhi once made a passing reference in the <Hari&an$ weekly. .ranslation . ?everting to our sub-ect.ield +. India in the .Shl+ as :: t+ :.hese %11 years are divided into two parts each of which is called a Parartha (ननननन न) con4 taining 01 years of $rahma. the 6reator.his long stretch of time is -ust a daytime to )rahma. day). Astr+n+my and Mathemati!s5 Siddhanta. ('his Nadi grantha has its r++ts in SuryaSidhdhanta.111. so much so two al#as (ननन न) make a dina (ननन i. the great Vedi! heritage +.'91. 0et us 9+m#are and en&+y the Grand S!ale +. =indus in ancient times computed eternity in terms of kalpas each of which is a period containing :. Nadi astrology seems to deal with a secret branch reflecting as it does the divine process of creation.ime. preservation and destruction that is going on eternally in nature owing to varying planetary influences that repeat themselves in a cyclic order in the ever revolving heel of .. '@1 dinas make one year. =is night lasts for a similar period. %11 years constitute the longevity of $rahma. .

Dwa#ara and Kali. multiplied by si/. %:.he periods at the commencements and e/pirations of each Yuga5) -'ranslati+n 3y Pandit $a#u Deva Shastri and 0an!el+t )il ins+n. .'91.% respectively make up the years of each of the four Yugas.9. 'reta.. Measurement5 1 !!!! ! !!! ! Year +.unar month.emons). Krita.he . in the a3+ve Shl+ as5 0et us #resent the a3+ve shl+ as in ta3ular .%%. %0.he .111 the number of years in a great yuga. . (i/ty Ah+ratra.emonsC and conversely a night of *ods is the day of the . Krita and others.enth part of :.he aggregate of the four yugas. See the !+m#a!tness +. (viz.emons.111 solar years.'91.and %@. begins with Prana (a portion of time which contains four seconds) and the time called Amurta begins with 'ruti (A very small portion of time which is the %A'0B01th part of a second).emons are mutually the reverse of each other.hese four yugas including their Sandhya and Sandhyansas contain :. multiplied by :. the years of each Duga include their own si/th part. A solar year consists of twelve solar monthsC and this is called a day of *ods.ime called Murta. . . (.he numbers of years included in these four small Dugas are proportional to the numbers of the legs of Dharma (virtue 7ersonified) %B.he time which contains si/ #ranas is called a Pala and that which contains si/ty Palas is called a Ghati a5 %9..hirty lunar days make a .. the Sans rit 0anguage. %'.hirty Savana (.An Ah+ratra (day and night) of the *ods and that of the .+rm t+ understand the Grand S!ale +. G+ds = 360 !!! !!! ! s+lar years .ime which contains si/ty Ghati as is called a Na shatra Ah+ratra (A sidereal day and night) and A "akshatra 5asa (a sidereal month consists of thirty Na shatra Ah+ratras. which is collectively the number of years of Sandhya and Sandhyansas.he .he time containing twelve thousand years of the *ods is called 9haturtuga (. a day of night of the *ods is the night of the .'. make a year of the *ods and . .errestrial) days ( A terrestrial day being reckoned from sun4rise to sun4set) makes a Savana 5onth. and a solar month is the time which the (un re2uires to move from one sign of the zodiac to the ne/t..

. time is d+ne .12000 !!!! ! !!! ! Years +. with e/halation proceeds creation or Srishti (नननन नन) and with inhalation takes place 0aya (नन) or destruction.r+m su!h a nan+ s!ale t+ Ma!r+ s!ale. years.4SA ReviewerE Every Kal#a is sub4divided into Manvantharas (ननन नननन). only a limited number of human births (each depending upon the week day. days. until it is reduced to a breathing time called suvasas (नन ननन) consisting of inhalation and e/halation.he detailed life4readings of these human births are chronicled by our sages in the Nadi Granthas. time are given in Srimad $hagavatam als+5 It is very ast+nishing that th+usands years ag+.<=. According to Sastras. etc. 3ur scriptures say that all souls e/cepting those that have attained moksha are sub-ected to the cycle of births and deaths. months. nature of the sign and se/ of the natives concerned) can take place in a day. === !!! !!! ! s+lar years = 1 !!!!!! = +ne Mahayuga क्क्क्क् क्क् क्क् क्क्क्क् (1/6) Measure of End Period क्क् क् क् क्क्क् Yuga क्क् क्क्क्क् Measure क्क्क्क् क् क्क्क् क् God years क्क्क् क् (1/12) 400 300 200 100 क्क्क्क् क् (1/12) 400 300 200 100 1 कककककक (Krita) 4 ककक x 1200 2 3 4 कक ककककककक (Treta) कक ककककककक (Dvapar) 3 ककक x 1200 2 ककक x 1200 4800 3600 2400 1200 कककककक (Kali) 1 ककक x 1200 'he same measurements +. In other words all births can take place during that minute period taken for e/halation and deaths in that of inhalation. as many as '. 3f these. yugas (ननन). the $ramhand. . sim#ly 3y the insight and visuali@ati+n +. the divisi+n +. 3ur sages have found out by intuition that according to the past karma.+ur Yugas :<=== x 360 = >?.@11 births with varying characteristics can take place in a day at the rate of one birth for a vighatika. as a result of the karmas done in countless number of lives . with+ut any instruments and the te!hn+l+gies #revalent t+day. . G+ds = 1 !!!!! !!! = /ne Set +. 9haturyuga i5e .hese basic times of births are called Nadi amsas or cosmic units which reflect the nature of Prara3dha Karma (नन ननननन न ननन न) of the natives born in them.

he other is the internal way of yoga by which one directs his attention inward on the soul or atman by knowing which he attains the whole world of knowledge.since the beginning of a Falpa. who is ever engaged in the communion with his atman 2uite oblivious of the e/ternal world.he sages have found out the knowledge of al#a.hat is why our sastras en-oin daily before the commencement of any spiritual act the performance of San al#a as a purificatory ritual to destroy the past sins from the beginning of the current kalpa so as to render our undertaking fruitful.ord Ganesha and Su3rahmanyam. It is to be found embodied in the famous Nadi Granthas such as Su ra Nadi and others of e2ual repute. . so in this life man succeeds or fails in his undertaking according to the momentum of his past karmas. the influence and nature of various degrees are given with great precision. the two divine sons of (iva.ivine 5other of all the worlds. separate phalam being given for every %1th part of the degree of si/ minutes of space measured on the ecliptic>. *od Siva gave the fruit to Ganesha. Su3rahmayam with his impressive personality and brisk movement mounted his vehicle peacock and flew round the world. 3ur sages ac2uired such wonderful knowledge not by e/perimental research and obser4 vation by the naked eyes. In the meantime. 3nce when sage Narad presented a fruit as an offering to the *od.hese two methods are illustrated in the Purani! incidents of . . inasmuch as the soul is only a reflection or epitome of Para3rahma (नननन ननन न). . that great English astrologer# $In India this particular line of research has long since been carried out to a condition bordering on perfection. but by their intuition born of yogic practice and devotion to *od. Even estern astrologers admire the Nadi Granthas of our Maha Rishis5 (ays (epharial. 3ne is by the e/ternal process by observing closely the ob-ects of nature -ust as what our modern scientists do. and the method of .he inner idea underlying the incident is that Ganesha represents the *reat y+gi. =e attained the ocean of knowledge more 2uickly through the short cut of yoga than his brother who attained the same by the e/ternal method. yugas. while Ganesha with potbelly and dull appearance hit upon a clever idea by which he went round his mother and claimed the fruit saying that she is the . .he Nadi Granthas are based on the short and secret cut of astrological knowledge. It is for this reason that astrology is praised highly as the eye of the Gedas by our scriptures. . In other words. . 3ur sastras prescribe two methods of attaining knowledge. which consist of original or copied writings e/ecuted on the #almyrah leaves by means of the stylus. the two sons clamoured to have itC whereupon Siva held a competition declaring that whosoever went round the world and came first would have it. etc. In these Kad&ans. what is true of macrocosm is also taking place in 5icrocosm.

the seat of Kundalini it is called lunar eclipse. )y dividing the above the number of swasas in the su shma dina we get 91 which is called a (ushmatine. ' swaras or breaths make one Prana. .he other kind of literature is known as $ P+uresheyam$ (ननननननननन)like Itihasas. the human beings take ' times the time of Kali yuga for completing a breath. . we learn from $rihat Parasara H+ra that it was first revealed by *od Parameswar to =is consort Parvathi for human welfare. it is Da s3inayana. 20 × 21600 ≡ 432000 years for Kali yuga. 8ttarayana. Prana goes up and down 9%.hey have identified (un with Pingala Nadi and 5oon with Ida in their bodies. Every time when the 7ran goes up and comes down.he effects of ayanas. hen Vayu (air) passes through Pingala to Ida it is called hen it passes hen hen it passes from Ida to Pingala. rithus. .Pranayama which is the basis for yoga practice. (o the years of Dwa#ara yuga is got doubling the Kali yuga years. the years for Krita yuga is obtained.he available Nadi Granthas are disconnected fragments of sages bearing the same name but belonging to different yugas. it is called samvatsaras. eclipses and such other e/ternal phenomena are felt and perceived by the sages during their yoga. it passes through M++ladhara !ha ra it is called Vishuvam. Kundalini it is called solar eclipse. through the -unction between Ida and 7ingala. =ence the number of years for 'hreta yuga is got by multiplying Fali yuga years by '. In 'hreta yuga. @ bavas one su shma ghati a and @1 su shma ghati as one su shma dina5 In Kali yuga.hey appear from Parameswara from al#a to al#a without any change.he All4 5erciful *oddess taught it to )rahma who imparted the same to the 5aharshis during their penance. etc. Puranas. Smritis. )y multiplying 91 with the total number of samvatsaras we get the number of years for Kali Yuga # 21600 ≡ 20 3 ×6 ×60 (ukshana time. (imilarly by multiplying the Kali yuga years by :. (o much so the Nadi Granthas of one Kali yuga may not be e/actly the same as those of another Fali yuga. . hen it flows from Ida to hen it passes from 7ingala to the seat of 6oming to the origin of astrology. . =indu religious literature is of two kinds one is called $ A#+urasheyam$ (नननननननननन) which contains the Vedas and Smritis. yuga to yuga.@11 samvatsataras in a day. so much so there are 9%. . Astrology which differ in slight details from al#a to al#a. . According to these calculations . it is called "ew 5oon or Amavasya.@11 times a day which is known as A&a#a Gayatri. In Dwa#ara yuga the human beings take twice the time of Fali yuga for completing a breath.

I have heard from old and e/perienced astrologers who have handled both the Va ya and the modern dri system that the dasa 3hu this of horoscopes. . It is very difficult to read it because of its dimness.he following is a reading from $righu Samhita with the nativeIs remarks enclosed within brackets here and there testifying to the accuracy of the predictions.all of which were pieced together by the latter day astrologers with their own interpolations and errors.here was a note on a page purporting to say that the 5(( was brought back from 6hina in the reign of Akbar and was translated from 6hinese in (anskrit. the Va ya system is nearer actuality than the dri system. B and Hth house from its place. hen native gave the horoscope to him he searched for hours in his voluminous book weighing more than H1 lbs. hat was written there was read over to him and he copied it from there. Nadi astrology contains certain important rules not found in any of the published works under public notice. it is not possible to find out the true Nadi appropriate to the present Fali yuga and the individuals concerned.he native is a highly educated and devout scholar. )efore giving the reading me say something about the circumstance under which the "adi reading was taken. ithout divine grace. =is birth details# )orn on %@ %94%&1H on ednesday at 91 ghatis after sunrise. the writing is obliterated. 8or instance. he 2uoted some strange astrological verses in .he pages of the book are very crispy. . . Although I could not believe it at first.he native helped him in his search. .# . cast as per modern ephemeris do not tally with results.he native got the reading from )righu (amhita under the possession of a layman who was not an astrologer or scholar. (ometimes the balance dasa at birth between the two RASI J upiter Sun Merc Ketu Venus Mars Moon systems differ to the e/tent of ' years in which case. .he manuscript is very old.the true copy rendered into English#4 <.he following is .et me illustrate the above facts by taking some Nadi readings of living horoscopes. later during my Saturn Lagna Rahu investigations of some Nadi readings. I found the rules illustrated therein. . once when I happened to meet a Galluva astrologer. Another important fact about the Nadi Granthas is that they follow only the Va ya system of calculations regarding planetary positions. . and ?ahu 'rd and %%th house in the anti4clockwise direction>.amil to the effect that $(ukra aspects the @. and Arabic as well. . veteran -ournalist and author of several books living in the northern tip of our country.

) =e will go far away from his native place. he committed a heinous sin. =e will have brothers4 elder and younger. Athithis. In his childhood he will suffer from boils.L) and that of his father. =e will be married at the age of %@. =is father will pass earlier.agna with ?ahu in 'rd. . =e got a very calm sweet4tempered. K. and got service at .his planetary combination makes I Patan+nmu hI (नननननन ननन) yoga. $rahmans5 =e was running an aushadhalaya (hospital). a clinic furnished with a large number and wonderful yantras (instruments). =e burnt alive the home and wife of a )rahmin his opponent.L will be the first letter of his name. brothers. )ut the Dharmara& at the suggestion of 9hitra Gu#ta ordered him to be sent to 9handra Mandal5 After transmigrating through many y+nies ()irths). courageous and a leading aristocrat. (ukra in the Hth. ripe e/perience.e. =e was keen to serve Sadhus. (=e passed away in %&90 5arch). =is home was full of brothers and sons. =e travelled widely in his own country as well as foreign countries. =e will be a master of 9 or ' languages. =e was full of sentiments. 5ars in the Bth. =e used to attend his aushadhalya selflessly. =e belonged to a high family. Su ra their spokesman asked him as under#4$If one is born on the H th day of Paush Krishna Pa sha. 5oon in the @th. *uru in the 0th. wife. ednesday in the 8ttara Phalguna star 91 ghaties past in Mesha . . *u-arati and (anskrit. %&9B 5ay). =e was a millionaire. =e used to give thousands of rupees as free gift.Rea+ing ren+ere+ into . he is born in India at a place whose first letter is K(L situated between Falindi and (hatadm ((utle-). lay prostrate before him. what is the name of the yogaJ hat are the conse2uences of the planetary combinationJ hat will be the condition of his familyJ 4sons. (one passed while the native was 0 and the other at the age of %& i.he native studied at 6alcutta up to ). =e recited Fali mantra and after his death he went to Dharmal+ . . =indi and Mrdu besides a little bit of )engali. (Des. (Des).ahore and remained there for more than %H years. daughters. After partition of the country. religious4minded and virtuous wife.A. and (aturn in the %9th house. =is name began with the letter M. brothers.nglish A number of Rishis and Munis assembled in the ashrama of $righu situated on the banks of 'hunga3hadra. a warrior. his birth place.he nativeLs name certainly began with I.he native will have keen intellect. In his previous life the native was a Kshatriya. =e was blessed with sisters. the native knows English. a noble soul and an e/perienced yogi. pa4 rentsC what will be his profession and occupationC what about his happiness and privationsJ 7lease let us know his virtues. (.he native will be born in )rahmin family. After many births and rebirths he was born at Falikattam. Elder brothers will die earlier.he )rahmin cursed him. =e was very fond of visitors. he could . =e lived in an island known as Indra. his previous life> )righu said#4 $ . )ut under the influence of Fali yuga. (. (un and 5ercury in the &th. =e was an e/pert in pharmacology. =is mother will live long (she still being about B0).

not get ample scope for him in his native place).?3. . gives the "irayana position of Genus in Grischika. )y reciting alimantras ((tanzas for Faali) as he did in his previous life or by reciting Ga&endra M+ sha he will be relieved of all the troubles. I e/press my profound thanks to the learned Editor of T/. Genus is placed in the Hth house resulting in suffering to the native during its period in *uru 5ahadasa. (o much for the reading which has proved correct. . . =e will be an e/pert in a strange system of medicine. (uch indeed are the wonders of Nadi astrology which will never reveal its divine secret unless one approaches it with a pure and prayerful mind. wealth and happiness to espouse the cause of Indian culture in general and astrology in particular. . 5ay the *reat *oddess bless him with long life. . he will become free from all sins. . )y so doing the poverty will be undone. =e will have untold suffering under the influence of Su ra5 =e will face disappointments again and again. undergo physical as well as mental sufferings during this period. %&:1 at the age of '9.ast but not the least.he number of male and female children will be e2ual. %st part dark fortnight (unday.here is one important point to be noted in this connection. =e will attain Va Siddhi (=is every uttering will come true). =e will rise after :& and will be at his height at the age of 09.he native was an editor of well4known =indi daily). as the native has written to me regarding the same in a letter which I am not giving for want of space. =e will die in his B0th year in the month of 9haitra.) =e would work as a news disseminator.he native will be busy and respected. ASTRO0O1&2A0 MA1A3&4. (ince the reading has proved correct.he native has ' sons and ' daughters). for asking me to contribute a special article for this Annual "umber.he native got the first male child in August.=E A(. (. In this birth. (.3*I6A.hen he will take his birth in a )rahmin family in )engal where he will be a landlord. =e will have will have first male child after '1. it automatically follows that the planetary position given in "adi should also be correct. =e will be blessed with sons and daughters. =e will be an author of several books. 5A*ANI"E with ayanamsa based on Surya Siddhanta. (. )ut none of the modern ephemeris e/cepting that of . In the horoscope of the Nadi. health.