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    An Amazing Encounter: part 1 | part 2 | part 3Gems of the Zodiac
    Ram Ramakrishnan
    Ram Ramakrishnan is a leading astrological researcher, based in Hyderabad, India. This article, an account of his experiences with a Naadi Reader in India, was first published in The International Astrologer,
    the quarterly magazine of ISAR, the International Society for Astrological Research and is republished here by permission.

    Ram says: "Like every one else, I too am a traveller adrift in this journey of life, in the quest for the Truth. Circumstantially, I am a graduate in Mathematics and worked as a computer analyst programmer for 15 years before giving up all commercial activities to take up full time astrological research, which I have been doing for about a decade now."

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    Shiva, Lord of the DanceAn Amazing Encounter With Destiny...   part 2

    Part 2 of this article by R. Ramakrishnan continues his remarkable experiences with the Naadi Shastra readers of India

    It was about an hour before I was called into a room. The reader was there waiting for me with a disarming smile. Although I had heard from numerous people about the whole process of Naadi reading, going through it oneself, was an altogether different experience and a little awesome and humbling to begin with. Here was a guy smiling away, who could read all about me -- my past, my future, not just in this incarnation but the earlier and following incarnations as well. There were three stacks of palm leaves, each stack with about 30 leaves sandwiched between two thin slabs of rosewood and all bound together with a soiled twine that indicated that the bundles had been in constant use.

    Before we began, I was told to answer questions that the reader would ask only in terms of a 'yes' or a 'no' and not to divulge any other detail. The reader opened the first stack and started reading out aloud from the first palm leaf. The contents were in the Tamil language but in a dialect that should have been current aeons ago, for I could not follow a word, even though I speak Tamil at home and am fairly adept at this language. Whenever the reader felt some piece of information to be relevant enough to pose a question, he would interrupt his reading and interpret the information in the current style of Tamil. If my answer was in the affirmative, he would continue with the leaf and on the first negative answer, he would put the leaf away and take up the next in the stack. Here is a set of questions and answers that would give a clear idea of how we progressed with the exercise.

    Naadi Reader: Are you the first born to your parents?
    Ram: No
    (Reader puts the leaf away and takes the next one)
    Naadi Reader: Do you have two brothers?
    Ram: No
    (Next leaf)
    Naadi Reader: Are your parents alive?
    Ram: Yes.
    Naadi Reader: Are you the last born to your parents?
    Ram: Yes.
    Naadi Reader: Do you profess the Muslim faith?
    Ram: No
    (Next leaf)

    This process went on until he came to a leaf in the fourth stack where all questions (about 12 in all) received an affirmative answer from me. The reader then announced that this would most likely be my palm leaf and that he would now go to the details of names to confirm this. (We had not discussed anything about names of family members so far).

    Naadi Reader: Your father's name and your name would each consist of two parts, and the first part in both would begin with 'Ra'.
    Ram: Yes (My father's name is Ramachandran while mine is Ramakrishnan)
    Naadi Reader: The second part of your father's name would be related to the Moon (Chandra in the Sanskrit language, which is considered to be the progenitor of all Indian languages, refers to the Moon)
    Ram: Yes
    Naadi Reader: The second part of your name would be the name of the Butter-eater (those familiar with Indian philosophy would recollect the story of Krishna and his love for butter in his younger days).
    Ram: Yes.
    Naadi Reader: The name of your mother would be that of the deity at the temple in the city of Madurai
    (The presiding deity at the temple in the city of Madurai is called Meenakshi, and my mother was named after this deity).
    Ram: Yes.
    Naadi Reader: Your wife's name is Uma.
    Ram: Yes.
    (That was just amazing. Here was a palm leaf written more than a thousand years ago mentioning the name of my wife directly and not camouflaged like those of my parents!)

    Go to part three of this article to read the conclusion of the writer's extraordinary experiences with the Naadi Shastra readers of India.

    Read more about the Amazing Encounter with Destiny

    History of Naadi Shastra

    The origins of the Naadi Shastra (energy-channel treatises) are shrouded in the mists of time. This marvellous system of prediction has been used for many centuries to give reliable guidance: knowledge about ourselves (past and future), our relationships and our destinies. Research shows that this system has been in use for at least 4000 years, since the treatises were first written (on palm leaf scrolls) in Sanscrit, the predominant language of ancient India. The original transmission was by oral means, before the committal of the texts to writing. The shastras are believed to have been first composed long ago by the Sapta Rishis (seven sages) -- Agasthya, Kausika, Vyasa, Bohar, Bhrigu, Vasishtha and Valmiki.

    The primary centre for Naadi Shastra is in Vaitheeswarankoil, near Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu, a state in South India. Here Lord Shiva is said to have assumed the role of a vaidhya (a doctor), who alleviated the miseries of his devotees. Until the 1930's, Naadi remained an ancient legacy, hardly used or even comprehended by the majority of Hindu Astrologers.

    The preservation of the Naadi palm leaves and the translation from Sanskrit into the Tamil language was undertaken on a large scale during the regime of the Kings of Tanjore (9th-13th Century AD). When the leaves started disintegrating with age, the Tanjore rulers appointed scholars to rewrite them on fresh ola (palm leaves). Some of the Naadi Granthas were also translated into another South Indian language, Telugu. The Maratha king Sarabhoji and the Chola kings patronized these translations.

    Each Naadi is made up of a particular ola or palm leaf, written in vatta ezathu, Tamil script, with a sharp, nail-like instrument called ezuthani. The palm leaves are preserved by rubbing peacock oil on auspicious occasions. These palm leaves are still preserved in the Saravasti Mahal library of Tanjore, in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

    The predictions in the Naadis are in a commentary form, though in Shiva Naadi these predictions are presented as conversations between Lord Shiva and Mata Parvathi, expressing concern for and blessings on their devotees.

    The Granthas are a set of highly organised manuscripts divided into sixteen chapters or kandams. These Kandams serialize the various aspects of materialistic and spiritual life of an individual such as family, marriage, profession, wealth , luck etc.

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