What is Nadi Astrology?
Nadi astrology is perhaps one of the most mystical branches of Vedic astrology. It combines astrological information with divine seeings into your past, present, and future for a unique picture of your soul’s current destiny.
The readings are broken into chapters, sometimes beginning with a beautiful short conversation or poem between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Most people initially order Chapters 1, 13, and 14 for a general overview on what they can expect from this lifetime, identification of the biggest past life problem that is causing difficulties now, and how to remove that problem through a series of remedies.
Once you have these remedies performed, you can delve into other chapters with details on specific areas of your life, or have specific questions answered. In their divine seeings, these Siddhas even knew what questions you would be asking at specific times, and have already provided the answers on Nadi leaves.
What are Nadi Leaves?
Nadi leaves are palm leaves that have been dried and cured with special herbs, and vary in size from a little smaller than a grade school ruler to the size of a yardstick or meter stick. The leaves are etched with tiny handwritten inscriptions that were created hundreds of years ago by a group of enlightened masters in southern India known as Siddhas, many of whose names are not well known in the West.
The story goes that Lord Shiva was very pleased with the devotion from these Siddhas so he blessed them with the gift of clairvoyance – the ability to see into a person’s past, present, and future.
These Siddhas made agreements with many people to help them in a future lifetime when they would need special guidance or assistance. Using the Nadi leaves, the Siddhas wrote out the key problems the person would face in future lifetimes and what they could do to alleviate those problems. They also noted the many blessings that might be in store for the person in that lifetime.
The Maharajah Serfoji II of Tanjore, who was a great patron of the arts and sciences, stored these leaves in his palace library so they would be available for the future. The British acquired the leaves during their rule and later sold them to some Indian families, who still own them. These families carefully preserve them and continue to train people in the proper reading of the leaves so people may still benefit from the ancient advice of these Siddhas.
Today, a temple in southern India, Vaitheeswaran Koil, is considered the nerve center of the Nadi tradition. Surrounded by other temples of great significance, the entire village reverberates with this ancient Nadi wisdom. The Nadi readers Dr. Pillai works with are from this area.
Do I Have a Nadi Leaf?
It is said that not everyone has a Nadi leaf. If you do, it is believed that you will learn about the leaves so you may be guided to receive your reading at the predestined time noted in your leaf.
Seekers beware! There is much out there in the name of Nadi astrology. Not every Nadi reader or leaf is comprehensive or legitimate. Fake Nadi leaves exist, so it is important to be cautious about their source.
Dr. Pillai has spent more than 20 years seeking out the most authentic leaves and the most reliable readers. He recommends that his chosen Nadi readers search the Shiva Nadi first. It is considered the supreme Nadi, a dialogue between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Whereas other Nadis usually give predictions spanning every five years or so, the Shiva Nadis give unusually detailed predictions on a bi-yearly or yearly basis, and sometimes even every six months.
If your leaf is not available with Shiva Nadi, Dr. Pillai has access to leaves from other illustrious saints, such as Visvamitra, Bogar, and Pulipani.
To find your leaf, the Nadi reader searches through piles of carefully stored leaves using your ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers to a series of questions, your unique thumbprint, plus other criteria, to guide him. Once found, the reader transcribes the Siddha’s ancient Tamil words into a notebook that is then translated into English.
What Do I Do Once I Receive My Nadi Reading?
Dr. Pillai says it is not enough for you to know your destiny. You also need to change and reconstruct it as you wish to experience it. For this reason, the most important aspects of Nadi astrology are the prescribed remedies involving prayer services at temples with specific energies to transmute difficult past life problems that are currently affecting you.
Remedies are a yogic art that Dr. Pillai has permission to share more openly with the world. He emphasizes the importance of having these remedies performed and blesses each person’s remedy process so they can receive the maximum benefit.
While there may be some remedies specified in your Nadi reading that you can perform on your own at home, there may be others that require an expert. For these, Dr. Pillai has a team of highly trained Vedic priests who will perform those prayer offerings on your behalf as specified in your Nadi reading.