Nadi is a unique and undeniable reality of Indian astrology. Written thousands of year back, on wooden stick and leaves, it has no match in any part of the world. Modern researchers spent their lives to understand the meanings and sources of nadi literature. Yet, only a fraction of original work could bring out.
It is said, and rightly said that the creator of these nadi granthas are rishis, who drafted this astonishing astrological literature with the help of their divya drishti (divine sight). Since the permutation and combination of 9 planets, 12 signs and 12 houses, makes uncountable number of possibilities, at least for the capacity of a common human mind. But what is more awesome is that how it proves a blue print of an individual of 21st century.
Following is the translation of a nadi reading, provided by the editor of Saptarishis Astrology to the scribe. It is probably taken from Bhrigu nadi grantha. But unfortunately, no birth details or considered prasna time is provided. Despite, this reading holds many useful clues for the learner of jyotish.
Lord Shukra says: What are the effect and yoga for one who asks a query in the month of Vishakha, tithi of Shuklapaksha navami, weekday of Wednesday, and nakshatra of Magha. Prashan Time: 21 Gati, 0 Pala. Leo lagna having Moon and Jupiter, Rahu in 3rd, and Saturn in 4th house. Whereas Sun, Mercury, Venus and Ketu reside in 9th house and Mars domiciles in 11th house. (Shukra asks), in which country he was born in his last incarnation? Where and in what state he went away after dying? What will be his fortune? Comfort to spouse, off spring, kith and kin, he will enjoy? How much he will live and acquire knowledge? What kind of profession he will associate? Inform me about his life from birth to death.
Notes: It is a convention of Nadi discourses that a prophecy is composed in the genre of dialogue among spiritual clique, two sages, or master and disciple. Here Lord Shukra enquires and Lord Bhrigu replies. Apparently, it seems an astrological explanation of parshan kundali. The time of asking a question is considered for delineating the past, present and future of native. Month, lunar day, weekday and time of parshan is given along with rashi (D1) chart, but there is no reference of year, planetary longitudes or varga positions. Consequently, it is difficult to erect detailed chart, vargas and dashas. Complete birth detail of native is also not provided.
Lord Bhrigu answers: O’ Shukra, one who puts a query in such a planetary disposition, has Guru-Chandri yoga. And according to this yoga, he was a Kshatriya (or Kshatri) in his previous life, lived near Tamsa River, in the town whose name began with ‘S’, his father name started from letter ‘Y’, and his own name (in previous birth) started from letter ‘L’.
Notes: Interestingly, Bhrigu reading names Gajakesari yoga in lagna to Guru-Chandri yoga. Here Moon is the lord of 12th house and Jupiter is the owner of 9th and 6th house, and neither one is functional malefic with respect to Leo ascendant.
He had sons, daughters and siblings. He had all sorts of comfort and was well off. He performed good deeds and possessed cattle and horses in his house. He used to give away many kinds of donation including gaudaana (donating cows). Occasionally, he performed rituals of havan and sharad. In summers he used to perform jaladaana (offering water to thirsty), and in winters he used to perform vastradaana (voluntarily distributing clothes or cladding the needy people). Notwithstanding, such a nice and noble Kshatriya was not free from misdeeds and sins. In fact, many wealthy and miser people entrusted their wealth to the native. He breached their trust by seizing their possessions. Looking his dishonesty, owners of possessions cursed the Kshatriya that he would not have due comfort and peace. Regretting and repenting, Kshatriya offered tirath dharma and died.
But on account of his earlier good deeds, he first went to swarga (paradise) and after staying sometime there, he is born again in India. He asks a question in the city whose name starts from ‘D’. Name of his birthplace begins with letter ‘S’. He opens his eyes in a higher Kshatriya varna (martial race), but father’s financial status is average.
Notes: Ascendant Leo is Kshatriya in the caste distribution of signs. And so as the lord of ascendant Sun, who is in 9th house in another Kshatriya rashi. The 9th house is generally considered for delineating previous lives. It is maintained that native was a Kshatriya in previous birth and again born as Kshatriya in this life.
His father’s name begins with ‘R’ and own name begins with ‘D’. The native has fair colour and reddish in complexion. Somehow, he is attractive but encountered many a fatal diseases in childhood, including fever, diarrhea and eczema.
Notes: Inferring initials of native’s name, father’s name and birth place name is an amazing aspect of Nadi readings. But scribe is not capable enough to decipher the reason. Two natural benefic planets (Moon and Jupiter) in lagna render the native fair coloured and attractive. But aspect of Saturn over lagna yields some affliction. It is mentioned that native faced danger of ailment in childhood. Early life is signified by 2nd house, and Moon. Note that 2nd lord Mercury is in Aries (with Sun, Ketu and Venus) and 9th lord Mars is in Gemini. Parivartana between Mars and Mercury results in fever, diarrhea and skin diseases during first cycle of transit Jupiter.
The difficult years of his life are 1st, 2nd, 6th and 8th. Even if, there would any affliction in later age, it would wipe out due to virtuous deeds of his previous life. He has sisters and brothers. He started studying (in this life) at the age of 5/6, and obtained knowledge of two-three fields. He does not have any understanding of professional or higher studies. He leaves his study without completion.
Notes: Siblings are generally seen from 3rd house and Mars. Here 3rd house is heavily afflicted by Rahu, and ashubh argala of Saturn. But occupation of 3rd lord Venus in 9th house having aspect of Jupiter ensures presence of sisters and brothers. Native starts learning at the age of 5. Counting from lagna 5th becomes the Sagittarius lorded by Jupiter, who is occupied in lagna. Reckoning from vidya karaka Mercury, 5th house becomes Leo where two benefic planets (Jupiter and Moon) are sitting. So beginning of schooling at the age of 5 appears quite obvious. But Mercury’s sambandha with Mars; and aspect of Mars on 2nd house and occupation of Saturn in 4th house suggest incomplete education.
He is skillful, dexterous, well-behaved, amiable and sweet-speaker. After age of 16, he turns capable and clever. He gets benefit from business.
Notes: Exalted lord of lagna in trinal house and Gajakesari yoga in lagna bestow discussed personal traits. But mentioning of “after age 16” is important. According to Bhrigu Chakra as well as Sudarshana Chakra, 16th year of age coincides to the 4th house. Here 4th house is domiciled by Saturn in the house of Mars. “After 16” means age 17 onwards. In other words, after crossing the house, where Saturn is residing. Moreover, “16” is also the maturity age of Jupiter, who is in ascendant.
It is also said that native accrues benefit from trade (rather doing job). For profession, look at the Saturn, its trine and its dispositor. Mars is the dispositor of Saturn who is in 4th-Scorpio. On the other hand, vayapaara karaka Mercury is forming an exchange with lagna lord Mars who is in 11th house. Hence gain in business is indicated. Furthermore, natural benefic in kendra and natural malefic in upachaya bhavas incline one to carry out own business rather subordinate others.
In the middle age, he enjoys comfort of wife. He progresses day by day. A female progeny is born to him. But he is destined to have a male child too.
Notes: Obtainment of spouse is seen from kalatra karaka Venus and 7th lord. Venus is in 9th house while 7th lord Saturn is in 4th kendra. Venus in Aries is not a welcome placement but aspect of Jupiter upon Venus is augmenting its efficacy to bestow comfort of wife. Jupiter and shuklapaksha Moon in lagna ensure day by day progress. Birth of female child is also mentioned by Bhrigu reading. Santaana karaka Jupiter (who also lords 5th house) is with female planet Moon. Whereas, Sun (another planet for judging off spring in nadi astrology) is with Venus, Mercury and Ketu. Yet, native will have male child, nadi informs. Jupiter is however with Moon, but in Leo ascendant which is a male sign. So as Sun, dispositor of Jupiter, who is again in another male rashi. Since Mars and Mercury are in mutual reception therefore result of said planetary exchange accrues too. Sun+Mars+Venus in trine to Jupiter in fiery triplicity, is a yoga for obtainment of male progeny.
At the age of 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 31, and 33, and even later too; he sees progress and prosperity.
Notes: Age 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 31, and 33 are narrated as years of prosperity. Let’s decode them through Bhrigu Saral Paddhati.
Age of Prosperity
From Leo Lagna
Age 18 (second cycle)
Age 21 (second cycle)
Age 24 (second cycle)
Age 27 (third cycle)
Age 30 (third cycle)
Age 31 (third cycle)
Age 33 (third cycle)
In above table, given years are counted from Leo ascendant and from Aries (first sign of natural zodiac). From Leo lagna (where Moon and Jupiter are also residing) all the mentioned years of age coincide with mutable signs (Capricorn, Aries, Cancer, Libra) excluding age 31 that becomes 7th house (Aquarius) from Leo lagna. Whereas counting from Aries, all the beneficial years fall in dual signs excluding age 31 that coincides with Libra.
But in scribe’s humble opinion, considering Aries (as origin of Bhrigu Chakra) holds some rationale. Since from Leo, 18th year corresponds to the Capricorn. And (seemingly) it can not be a year of comfort and progress due to following reasons.
- a) Capricorn is a dushtana bhava from lagna and its lord is a functional melefic
- b) Capricorn is aspected by Saturn
- c) Capricorn is aspected by Mars
- d) Capricorn is devoid of any beneficial aspect
Whereas, extracted signs from Aries, hold astrological reasoning. Virgo is the second house from lagna, Moon and Jupiter and its lord makes a parivartana with 11th lord. Sagittarius is the 5th house is a benefic abode whose lord Jupiter is sitting in lagna. Pisces, however, falls in 8th from lagna. But its lord is natural and functional benefic and dwells in lagna. Gemini is 11th house from lagna, whose lord Mercury renders an exchange with yoga karaka Mars. Libra (corresponds to age 31) appears a deviation from discussed progression. Nonetheless, it is occupied by Rahu, but its lord Venus is in 9th house and directly aspecting the Libra (3rd house) directly.
O’ Shukra! Because of his earlier daana (donations and voluntary services) and dharma (following righteous path), he is born with raja yoga. Yet, there remain shadows of sins all the time. His previous paapas are not allowing his raja yoga to function smoothly, just like clouds do not allow Sun to manifest its light fully. He has to carry the burden of evils.
Notes: The native is born with raja yoga. There exist many favourable planetary combinations in the chart. Moon with 5th lord Jupiter in friendly sign, exalted lord of lagna in 9th house, association of lagnesh Sun with 10th lord Venus, and exchange of 9th and 11th lords are some of the choicest yogas. Yet these combinations are not free from afflictions. Firstly, Saturn casts full aspect not only on lagna, but also on Moon and Jupiter. Secondly, Rahu-Ketu axis has seized the potential of exalted Sun. And thirdly, yoga karaka Mars does not feel at ease in parivartana with its dire enemy Mercury. Resultantly, native experiences flawed effect of yogas.
He and his wife encounter difficulties in childhood and younghood. Then unexpected destruction of wealth follows. He has to leave his home town (for somewhere else) and work there.
Notes: Venus and 7th lord Saturn both are in the sign of Mars. Hence some adversity to spouse is unavoidable. Homeland or hometown is signified by 4th house. Mars, the lord of 4th is in trine to Rahu. Similarly karaka Venus and lord of lagna Sun is opposite to Rahu. This is a common yoga for displacement from hometown or leaving for abroad.
O’ Shukra! Due to meritorious actions (of previous life), he is a man of virtuous thought. Yet, he could not obtain the promised progress.
Notes: Moon – the karaka of mind – is in Leo lagna, with 5th lord Jupiter. This renders one a man of virtuous thought. But due to direct aspect of malefic Saturn, promised results can not mature.
So, he asks a query what is ordained to him. He heeds this prophecy with the name of Hari, on Shuklapaksha Tuesday of Karthika month.
Lord Shukra asks: Should the native perform chanting and donations, in order to abate sins of previous life and live peacefully henceforth?
Lord Bhrigu replies: He should offer the following package of donation, as soon as possible. Bow to My (Bhrigu) Grantha and Grantha of Vaapaka Brahmin. Following donations should give to My Grantha Vapaka Brahmin. Details of donation are; gold: 13 tola and 4 maasha; silver: 26 tola and 8 maasha; money: 131 rupees; clothes: 10 suites; vessels: 3 pans; and mantra: Mritiyujana Gayatary 250,000 times. If the Kshatriya finds unable to perform these remedies, then he may follow up to 1/4th of aforementioned.
Notes: From here onward, nadi accentuates to follow certain rituals and given package of donations. Tola and maasha (or masha) are olden measures of weight in India. 1 tola = 12 masha = 11.67 gram, and 1 masha = 8 ratti = 0.97 gram.
On fulfilling prescribed remedies, his past sins will eliminate and present life span will elongate. There will not any fear of short life. His fortune will rise and wealth will enhance day by day. Birth of male progeny will also occur in his home. His three sons and two/ one female children survive. All types of possessions will spread by leaps and bound (as a result of performing mentioned remedies). In between the age of 37/40, 43/45, 47/50 and from 50 to 67 years, native will enjoy various sorts of benefit and progress.
Notes: The age interval 37/40, 43/45, 47/50 and from 50 to 67 may depend upon favourable transit of Saturn, as it is the only planet that stays about 2 to 3 years in a sign. There is no reference of native’s birth details, or of parshan time. If we assume provided horoscope as birth chart and Saturn in Scorpio then from age 37 to 40, transit Saturn would sojourn in Aquarius (opposite to Jupiter), from age 43 to 45 in Aries (kona to Jupiter), and from age 47 to 50 in Gemini (11th to Jupiter). Observe that mentioned phases fall in the 4th cycle of transit Jupiter (that approximately becomes year 37-48). And Saturn is locating in 4th from Jupiter.
Even if there appears any adversity then offering Tula Daana will act as panacea.
Notes: Tula Daan is a special remedial measure to ward off evils and incurable adversities. Tula literally means manual balance or scale. It is offering (including grains, foodstuff, oils, precious metals etc.) equal to the weight of individual.
If his wife comes across any affliction then chanting Mritiyujana will provide relief, and if his sons encounter any trouble then Shiva Poojan will resolve all problems. Wealth will increase due to off spring. All kinds of comfort and blessing of Ishwara will obtain. And native will live comfortably rest of his life. His off spring will also be respected, skilled and intelligent. Native will build his own house and get benefit from his sons. At the age of 50, all kind of peace will accrue to him. (Offering prescribed) daana will cause success in every venture and strengthen native’s wisdom. He will espouse Bhagti in the later part of life (old age). His longevity will be 82. He will die in Krishna Paksha Wednesday of Jyetha moth.
Fulfilling (dictated) donations promise paradise to native and next birth in Kshatriya caste. He will born again near the bank of Ganges, in the town whose name with the ‘G’, to the father’s name with the ‘T, and with the name from letter ‘P’. It will happen, if and only if, native carries out daana. Accomplishing daana ensures all kinds of comfort in this mundane life and an exalted place in heaven.