The decision to go to a Nadi reader...
It was sometime in the beginning of the year 2010 that I suddenly had some questions in my mind. I had three particular things troubling me a lot. And these three things, I felt, were defining things in my life. Of course, some of those feelings have changed over time. But well, at that time they felt very important. Why am I beating around the bush and not coming straight to the point as to what they were?
I have been forbidden by the Lord from revealing them but that should not be a matter of concern because their exact details are not important for the narrative here.
After a lot of thought, I decided to consult with the Suka Nadi. For those who are reading about this term for the first time, let me delve a little into the explanation.
The Nadi Shastras as they are called, are famed to have everything about everyone written down in great detail in them. But not everyone can access them. Even the people who will be accessing them are mentioned in these ancient texts along with the time and place of such a rendezvous. These manuscripts can be read only by an authentic and scholarly reader. Wisdom is necessary for interpreting the otherwise mundane statements listed under each person’s name. (It is like the prophesies of Nostradamus. Unless you know to ‘read’ them in a manner more than simple literacy, you will not understand them!)
Thus, there are Nadi texts named after great sages of the past viz. Suka, Agastya etc. Since there is a lot of interest in past lives and what the future holds, the ancient Indian science has become very popular. But that popularity has brought its own ills. What was once done for the sake of the science has now got commercialized and there are hundreds of ‘Nadi experts’ who have sprung up. There is no way to verify who is genuine and who is not!
For, it is like dentistry.
My mother had her teeth repaired and arranged by an orthodontist more than 35 years ago. Now, when she had a few problems, the current dentist says that the previous dentist did a shabby job! What I mean is, unless you go through life, you cannot discover the expertise of a dentist or a Nadi reader!
I came to know from my sister of an ‘authentic’ Nadi expert. And I decided to approach him to get the answers to my three questions. I called her and fixed up an appointment with him for the 12th of May, at 10:30am. Having done this, I felt a bit excited and wondered how I would be able to contain that excitement for two more months. The current date was 11th of March, 2010.
On the morning of the 12th of March, my master, Swami (Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba) arrived for morning darshan. I rushed to the mandir as soon I came to know He had come and reached there in time. I quickly wrote a letter about my decision to go for the Nadi reading and my reasons for the same. I have always been very frank and forthright with Swami. Whatever I feel, I just tell Him and seek a response.
I actually wrote,
“Swami, you know everything but you don’t tell me anything! Since I want to discover the answers to these three questions (and I listed them), I have sought and appointment with a Nadi expert.”
For those who have concluded that I must be the greatest fool, I cannot agree more with you! For those who concluded that I had lost my mind in some illusion, I want to say that I have the exactly same conclusion now.
The happenings of that morning are recorded in my personal diary and I reproduce my entry for that day.
The disappointment: He does not seem to 'like' my decision...
12/03/2010 - Diary entry
I was praying that somehow He takes my letter for these were really thoughts that have bothered me and kept me thinking for so long. Swami spoke to school teacher,P, about some changes in the construction of his house. As He came near the birthday boys area, some M.Tech boys got up and showed a card. He saw it and even before He came near me, three people away from me, He stretched out His hand for my letter! He knew how important the letter is for me!! And then, He even opened it and read part of the letter and the signature part. When He came up on the stage, the second letter He opened was mine!! Was I thrilled. (Even B told me later at lunchtime that it was my letter.) He read every line for about 2 minutes and then handed it to D, who was by His side, for safe keeping. I was so happy.
A few days passed and suddenly a fear gripped my mind. I felt foolish that I was seeking solace from some ‘Nadi expert’ when I had my Lord with me. I felt that maybe I angered or hurt my Swami. And this was not the first time I had been 'angering' Him with my foolishness. I had experienced how His 'wrath' could be on one occasion before.
Swami says that God is nothing but reflection, reaction and resound. As I thought, Swami seemed to become that way! Thus it was, that over the next few days, I felt that He was upset with my foolishness, audacity and complete idiocy. The more I thought of it, the more scared and foolish I felt and the more He reflected myself to me. I was soon convinced that Swami was angry with me for I was not receiving those loving looks which I was so used to. I was convinced that I had been struck by the ides of March, as Shakespeare called them! The only solace came from my mother who kept assuring me that Swami never gets angry. He is all Love and whatever I was receiving was also His love.
And then came the 22nd of March. It was a week when the Srimad Bhagawatham, which deals with the stories of Lord Krishna, was being read along with commentary in the Sai Kulwant hall. Swami went into the bhajan hall for checking some details. My colleague, V, was seated there. Swami called him and asked as to what he was doing. This was the time when the directing and shooting of the Message of the Lord video series was being planned. And so two more of us were also called and we began to tell Swami about that project we were planning for His 85th Birthday celebrations. Along with the details of the project and about how it would reach millions around the globe, we sought His blessings and permission to go ahead. Swami blessed the other two boys with a smile. And I felt ignored!
I felt that the idea of going to the Suka Nadi was real stupidity for which I wanted to apologize What happened next has been captured in my diary entry for that day:
Referring to the Message of the Lord, I said,
"Swami it is a very big project. Swami should give strength to complete it. When done, all the people around the world can watch it on their computers."
He nodded and agreed to give us the strength. I bent down and kissed His lotus feet so firmly. I was so amazed with His love and concern. Aha! How much I had pined for this chance and now that am getting it, will I simply throw it away? I was reminded of a poem that Rituraj Maharj sang which said, that many times, foolishly, to get a little, man throws away great things.
As Swami was leaving, I got up and told Him,
"Swami, my sister arranged for me to meet with a person who reads the Suka Naadi. I was foolish and in maya (delusion)as I thought that I can find out about my future from that. Listening to the Bhagawatham it hit me that when Swami is here with me, why do I need all that?"
Swami then said something like (referring to my Nadi reader),
"He keeps telling funny things to people!"
He smiled at me. It was so beautiful and reassuring- that smile. I agreed and said,
"Swami, I had thought of going but now, I promise you not to go there!"
Swami nodded and then moved out of bhajan hall as I took namaskar again.
How I got my Nadi reading...
So many things happened after that session with Him. We got involved in the production, direction, scripting and editing of the 30 episode video series. Days, weeks and months passed this way. Swami was our constant source of Love, guidance and inspiration.
As part of the video documentaries, we thought of shooting the episode of the Good Samaritan from the Bible. This was to emphasize the importance of love and empathy and to bring out the concept of a ‘good neighbour’. I was cast in the role of the Good Samaritan. We hired a couple of donkeys for the shoot and after donning our costumes, started the actual shooting. It was going on well. My scene came and I mounted the donkey. As I neared the ‘injured man’, my cellphone, in my trouser pocket, began to ring.
This was an anti-climax! The shooting halted and I extracted the cellphone through the sack gown that I was wearing. The call was from my classmate in Bangalore.
“Ya R! Tell me.”
“Are you busy?”
“I am very busy. In fact, right now am riding a donkey and am setting out to save an injured man!”, I joked.
“I just wanted to tell you something that Swami told me to tell you.”
I froze. I jumped of the donkey wondering how Swami told something to my classmate in Bangalore when I was in Puttaparthi, at His abode. I requested the crew permission to take the call.
“Swami came in my dream. But all the while He was speaking to you. He told you some things and then looked at me and said,’Do not tell anyone.’ I woke up and thought I will share the dream with you.” I told so because I am convinced without doubt that dreams of Swami are true.
And thus, R went about recounting his dream. At the end of the call, I told R,
“Hey! Those things that Swami told you are real interesting. Can I call you after an hour? Repeat the dream for me so that I can write it down.”
We then went about our shooting. After we wound up, I returned to my office at Radiosai Global Harmony and called R. I wrote down everything he said. His dream was pretty interesting. Right then, I got another call. This was from my sister in Bangalore. When I picked her call, she said,
”I am missing you big bro!”
“Aha! To what do I owe this honour?”
“You were supposed to be here today. But you are not. So I miss you.”
“How was I supposed to be there today?”
“Today is May 12th! You had your Nadi appointment which you cancelled.”
My jaw dropped. I quickly realized that Swami had given the exact answers to my three questions through R’s dream. I scrolled through the received calls in my phone and came to R’s call. I stood with goosebumps on my skin - he had called at 10:30am, the exact time when I had my appointment!
Tears dropped from my eyes. Swami always gives. And He never forgets!
Knowing the future.
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KIRAN BAMANE on November 03, 2014:
I went to consult Shuka Nadi refereed here & at the beginning Nadi reveled that I am going for darshan of Satya Sai Baba & I should go there first & come back for consultation afterwards. It was also revealed by Nadi that my mental agony will diminish as soon as I will have Darshan of Swami. So I went first to Puttaparthi & as soon as I saw Swami all the mental agony vanished & I observed myself coming back to normal....SAIRAM.
sudha on October 05, 2014:
awesome...no words to express my feelings after reading this.....sairam sairam
Sai Chittaranjan on September 10, 2014:
Nice to read this. Had a similar experience. A very famous astrologer had told my mother and grandmom that I have a very short life (13 yrs.. and I was already 12!!!!). When my mom rushed to Swami, He said "Who are they to write his future? He is my Son, I will take care of him"!
Nice to read about Swami
adhishi nathi on April 30, 2014:
Manohar on March 04, 2014:
I was a die hard fan of astrology a decade or so. Now I feel it is very much futile to go to a palm reader and give away our precious money. Anyway, whatever is going to happen, will do it.
Aravind Balasubramanya (author) from Puttaparthi, India on March 04, 2014:
@aarthilsbala - Thank you for your delightful share. It felt wonderful reading it. It also reinforced the Truth that no destiny can stand up to God. Thank you once again.
aarthilsbala on March 04, 2014:
Its wonderful - swamis ways are always wonderful aren't they. This small incident in my life shows how swami chooses to reveal future to us just in time so that we are prepared to handle it as life unfolds. About 3 years ago, I was going through a rough patch in my personal life and fueling the patch my granny and my husband's granny both got very sick and had to be admitted in the hospital around the same time. I was very attached to my granny and was praying fervently for her to recover. One morning when I was praying in my altar, 'my swami' (like you Arvind, I also have my own personalized swami .. :) it was like 'de ja vu', hearing you talk about your personal swami ) the image of whom constantly speaks to me in my silent moments and prayers and sometimes even during hustle-bustle... said to me "Its time to go", I asked "Swami!!" because I was praying for my granny I knew swami was referring to her. "He repeated, its time for her to go", I asked how about the other granny, to which he replied "She would come back ok". The same morning my mother has had a dream of swami telling her "wake up now, today is your mother's last day". Me and my mother did not share this information with each other, in the good will of not disappointing the other. But we together agreed to hurry to the hospital where my granny was admitted. When I was next to my granny with drips running into her veins, I saw 'my swami' standing beside her comforting her and told me "Do you want her to continue suffering like this, no need its time for her to move on". Though I am emotionally very attached to my granny, this revelation from swami completely transported me to another level, "Hey here's my granny's final time of departure is decided by swami and he is guiding her and comforting her, should I just not be happy for her ?" Sure enough by the mid night of that day my granny breathed her last and my husband's granny was discharged of the hospital. There has been very many instances in my life where swami has chosen to come and reveal to me my future just to prepare me to face them. I think going behind fortune-tellers is for those unfortunate ones who have failed to personalize their swami. I would end my comment with another interesting comment, this is from an astrologer to whom my friend has shared mine and my husband's horoscope. The man reading the horoscopes together asked my friend "Are they married till date ?" " Is their kid alive" some strange questions like these and ended reading our horoscopes saying "Besides their horoscopes being like this if they are happily married and their kid is alive and healthy, they really have a bodyguard angel guarding their family". I told her that is no other than swami. Because swami blessed the mangalsutra which my husband tied around my neck and before a major surgery my kid had to undergo, we had an excellent darshan of our dear lord and she came out of it hale and hearty. Net net.. we only need swami as our fore teller because he does everything for our highest good - Sairam!
Aravind Balasubramanya (author) from Puttaparthi, India on June 21, 2013:
@ Lisa Kareen - Sorry for this delayed response... As Swami rightly said, we should concentrate on the efforts rather than the results... :)
Maybe my actively seeking the Nadi was for the results and thus my experience moved along those lines... :)
Lisa Kareen on May 19, 2013:
Sai Ram. I just wanted to share that I did do a Nadi reading in Madras. All that was revealed at the time and for the next 4 years came out true. But after that my life did not turn out as was written in the nadi reading. I remember reading one of Swami's Thought of the Day somewhere which said "With Effort and Prayers, your destiny can change!" Perhaps that's what we should focus on, our Effort and Prayers.
KokilaVaidyanathan on May 19, 2013:
Wow!!!! Beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. Sairam
Pushpa bhambhwani on April 13, 2013:
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Thanks for sharing .....keep on writing such awesome article .......
Deepa Venkitesh on February 18, 2013:
OMG, my brother in law visited us and he was talking about this nadi fellow and i contemplated on sending through him thumb impressions and then I thought when I have God- Swamy himself with me, why should I go after some predictions. Swamy has read my thoughts, thanks dear
Sridhar on November 15, 2012:
Fantastic Arvind. I feel his presence while reading your writings. I laughed out loud (here) while you handed-over the letter to Him with the tears on my cheeks.
Aravind Balasubramanya (author) from Puttaparthi, India on October 02, 2012:
Thank you everyone for your loving and warm comments. I read each and every one of them and expressed gratitude to Swami. And when I read how this experience is helping so many in their decision towards Nadi, I again feel happy to be His instrument.
However, I would like to clarify that it is not as if Swami is against the Nadi readings. It is a different prescription for each individual.
Sarala Jagannathan on October 02, 2012:
I've been reading your experiences for quite sometime now and find them so full of Swami's love for you and your's for Swami....You are indeed very blessed....we Anantapur girls somehow never got that close to His physical form..though we know He is always within us as our very soul ... guiding us and showering His love on us....BTW this post of your's answered some of my questions reg naadi reading...actually I had been wondering if I should get a naadi reading done...but kept postponing thinking when I trust Swami why go to an astrologer for predictions...and see how beautifully Swami has confirmed my belief through your experience !!! His ways are insrutable....Thanks for sharing such precious experiences..Sairam
PADMA RANGACHARI on May 23, 2012:
Sairam brother! You are a very blessed soul. please continue to share such experiences with us. To know Swami's innumerable leelas with crores of his children just one birth is not enough even if we spend entire lifetime for that. it is a mahasamudram and each leela is unique. Let us taste a drop out of that ocean because of brothers and sisters like you. Sairam.
Vinod Chandra on February 02, 2012:
Thank you for sharing this wonderful incident told so wonderfully.I just "discovered" your site from your story Sathyameva Jayate. I will certainly forward the web link to all our Sai family & hope to meet you in person soon when Swami wills.Jai Sai Ram.
Ramanujam Mantraratnam on January 27, 2012:
Keep writing, and sharing your experiences and others too, we can clear a lot of our doubts and mend our ways..Thanks a ton..Regards
rajesh on January 24, 2012:
Sai Ram, i went to the Shuka Naadi reader in Bangalore, Chamarajpet, not sure if that's the one you were planning to go to.. The reader asked me more questions than telling me things, and the little he did say was all general stuff which could apply to anyone. I was really disappointed, esp. since I had read about the naadi in Phyllis Crystals book, but your experience gives me some consolation. :-) SaiRam
Soundarya. on December 22, 2011:
I am also a student of swami 4m Ananthapur campus 2007 pass out(B.com Hons.).Thanks 4 sharing this brother!!! swami through u has cleared my doubts.....even I say the same words " swami! u do not say anythg to me!".Swami knows the best and he z always there to pick us up when we stumble....Let the wisdom prevail in me...
Sucharitha on December 06, 2011:
Super duper..thanks for the candid sharing!
U.B.Murali Krishna Badey on December 05, 2011:
Om Sri Sai Ram,
Shortly, I will contact you.- I want to contact you personally, I am a regular visitor to Puttaparthi-
- Yours- Krishna Murali
Ramanan on December 05, 2011:
You are a Blesses child of the Lord. Pls continue the Seva of writing such wonderful experience. I look forward. Love and sairam.
Mukta on December 03, 2011:
Aum Sairam . Nice to read your experience. Just today i got an answer of my question.which was very well answered by swami..one thing we all need to develop is faith that he will always keep us with hm . No matter what.
Aravind Balasubramanya (author) from Puttaparthi, India on December 01, 2011:
@ Everyone - I received a few mails which force me to write this. It is not that I am saying that the Naadi science is not good. All that I wish to state is that it is important to get a good reader for doing the reading. I know of a few cases where Swami Himself directed a few people to the Naadi.
When someone has a tummy ache, the doctor either gives pills, prescribes a diet or does a surgery. This is based on the doctor's understanding of the illness. The doctor knows best. So too, God knows who needs the Naadi and who does not!
Sreeram on December 01, 2011:
He is so amazing - Every time he "blows you away" - How can you not go crazy about Him!! Thanks brother for sharing!
poornimasrinath from Midrand, Johannesburg, RSA on December 01, 2011:
The timing has always been perfect! I expected the climax..out of my own experiences :) We human beings are always curious only about future and secrets. As you say He knows secrets but reveals not...can a man do that? lovely writing once again....
Das alias Jayaraman on December 01, 2011:
What can i comment on this experience . Swami is always with us and his love of umbrella guards against all evils . Swami today saved me from depositiing another heavy amount by making me again to do the computation of my tax calculation . Then i had gone to Spencers to fetch order for my products where they did not even talk to me but Swami gave me solace by getting a bigger order from a contact which i never expected whose deivery they have demanded tomorrow itself and against cash . Swami i am an ignorant man who knows no intelligence but ur always protecting from winds , sand storms, snow and dust . Sai Sharanam .
Vinod on December 01, 2011:
Bro... thanks a lot for sharing but i am still wondering what were those 3 things...
Jayanta (jay) on December 01, 2011:
Sai ram bro, what teaching of divine presence and the all knower! We are the some but HE is the All! Take care yaar. Jai sai ram.
saisarannaga from Chennai in Tamilnadu, India. on December 01, 2011:
Sairam! I am just wondering at the accumulation of merits of previous births of all of you, Students from Swami's Institute. It is not easy to obtain. As Swami has once told "All my students served me during the Avatar of Rama!
k y subramanian on December 01, 2011:
very nice. opt answer to most of sai devotees who are after the socalled astrologer
Sudha Ram on November 30, 2011:
1st Dec 2011
Sai Ram. It's very uncanny... Just 10 mins before I went near Swami's picture to tell Him about my intention to go for Nadi reading very soon. I too need answers for a couple of questions right now & can't wait for time to unfold answers.
But Bro. Arvind... After reading your blog now, I too have got an emphatic response from Sai Maa. Thank you Arvind & ever near dear Sai Ma. Jai Sai Ram
Aruna Akka on November 30, 2011:
Swami and HIS amazing ways!
God Bless you Barru! Thanks for sharing.....
Saiswarup on November 30, 2011:
Had heard this from you in a parayanam session in hostel... But I can read this a 1000 more times... And each time there's a new lesson to be learnt...
Kavita on November 30, 2011:
C.Rakkiyappan on November 30, 2011:
Dear Brother Sai Ram.After reading this experience of you with our Beloved Swami.I feel extremely happy making myself strong by my inner thoughts hoping that soon Swami will answer my questions. Sai Ram
vaishnavi nagaraja rao on November 30, 2011:
Anna this was beautiful! this is how our beloved Lord takes care of us! Sairam. Have a good day!
Sai Keerthi on November 30, 2011:
Wonderful aravind anna :)
Kiran Umesh on November 30, 2011:
Aravind, thanks for sharing this incident. Through this i felt Swami reassuring me.............
KmSuresh Chander on November 30, 2011:
It was Swami's leela that He made us forget that God is with us and make us do some stupid, unwanted acts. It is His way of reaffirming the faith that He is God and He is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent and He is director of the actions. Lovely and interesting episode indeed. Thanks for sharing
Sivaram on November 30, 2011:
Everything seems to occur at the time of appointed. Sairam
R on November 30, 2011:
Awesome to be a small part of a grander design! Sairam.
Jayanthi Iyer on November 30, 2011:
Sairam Frozen!!!!!!!!!! Can't express my feelings.
Xavier Nathan from Isle of Man on November 30, 2011:
Beautiful! Sai ram.
Vik on November 30, 2011:
Wow, Im getting the chills...thanks for sharing brother. Needed to hear this.