Naadi forecast is that branch of Hindu astrology through which predictions are made of individuals from palm-leaf manuscripts. Hand written on palm-leaves, these contain records of the past, present and future of numerous individuals, born anywhere in the world. Naadi is a collective name given to these manuscripts. It is believed that the contents of these palm leaves are dictated by ancient sages such as Agastya, Bhrugu, Shukra, Vasistha and others. There are several volumes of such palm-leaf manuscripts available in various parts of India and these volumes are categorized with respect to the sages i.e. Agastya Naadi, Bhrugu Naadi.
The person who reads from the palm-leaves is known as Naadi-reader. Many volumes of palm-leaf manuscripts are available in Tamilnadu and these are written in old Tamil script, in running strokes. A Naadi-reader should not only be well versed in reading this old Tamil script but also be capable of interpreting the writings. We will here see how the reading is done on the basis of the my own experience.
Typically, Naadi manuscripts are about 10 to 12 inchs in length and one-and-half inches in width. The matter is written in continuous old Tamil strokes in about 8 lines by means of nails or sharp objects(as was the custom in ancient days). The first step is to provide the thumb impression (right thumb for gents and left thumb for ladies) of the questioner(who seeks to know the predictions). The reader will read the thumb impression and find out under which sage category the questioner falls and then will try to locate the particulars of the questioner from the corresponding sage’s collection of manuscripts. Mine fell under sage Agastya’s collection. The reader will commence reading from the leaf and, as he reads, pose a few questions like whether the questioner’s name starts with m, n or I, whether the name contains five letters, whether parents are alive. According to the correctness of the answers, the reader will narrow down the correct palm-leaf that belongs to the questioner. Once the correct palm-leaf manuscript is found then the predictions start. When you go for the first time you will be read from the general chapter which deals with the general particulars about you and your family and general predictions. Usually, the first time visitor will come to know of the following particulars:
1. Visitor’s name (this in fact will written in coded form and the reader has to decipher it. For e.g. if a person’s name is Vishnu, the manuscript may denote this by stating that the visitor’s name matches with the god who carries conch and wheel in his hand).
2. Age of the visitor at the time of seeking this prediction. Date of birth. Here again one may find mention about the auspicious occasion on the day of birth. For instance, the visitor had born on the day of Ganesha Jayanti, he find mention about this in the manuscript.
3. The visitor’s who birth chart.
4. Name of the visitor’s father, mother, how many sisters or brothers, whether the visitor is married or not, whether sisters/brothers married or not, whether the parents are alive.
5. General predictions about future like how prosperous the visitor will be, whether he/she will have any health problem and something about the carrier.
If you want to know about anything specific like your past birth, your future in detail then you may be directed to see other chapters in other volumes after performing some pooja.
In my case, the following information came true:
1. My name, my father’s name, mother’s name and details about my sisters.
2. Date of birth, and the age when I sought to read Naadi
3. Demise of my father in an accident.
4. Information that I was not married at that point in time and would get married to a girl whose name would in three letters(in Tamil), who would be from south, known through common friend and she would be employed after marriage. All these came true!!
I did not opt for reading other chapters from other volumes(though I was directed to perform a pooja for Ganesha to know other details about me). Naadi reader read aloud that was written in the manuscript and whatever the Naadi-reader read from it was recorded in a cassette tape and the same was also written down in a notebook. A sample of what would be written in the notebook is produced below:
Now, is not that amazing? It is a mystery that how the details of everyone dead and alive were predicted many many years ago, and the records have been maintained till now. How is it possible? It is left to one’s imagination and one can only form some hypothetical theory as no research has been done on this(or if any research has been done nothing has been revealed). When I discussed this with my friends so many theories came up. One was that someone with the same name and history details lived at the time the manuscript was created by the sage and the same would apply for every individual. So the sages created a database and preserved it for future generations. Another theory was that the sages had divine power to look into the lives of each and every individual and thus recorded their particulars. But for what purpose?