Naadi Shastra claims that your life is already written down and is, thus, predestined. An expert Nadi reader will be able to tell your name, parent's name, spouse's name (if any), career paths etc with accuracy, provided "your leaf"can be found.
I had accounts of two friends who had gone to India for such readings and they reported that those readings to be very accurate. One said that the Nadi reader knew her name and her boss' name. He also accurately told her about the situation in her career at that moment. The other friend said that the Nadi reader knew his name, his spouse's and his children's names. Apparently, the Nadi reader also knew about his career problems at that time, and predicted that in a few months from then, there will be a mass retrenchment exercise in his company and he will be promoted to fill a superior position. All that came true.
However, 2 years ago, another friend of mine, Shiva Kumar visited a Nadi reader from India who was accepting "clients" at an ashram (in a house in Petaling Jaya). Apparently this Nadi reader was so famous thus he was fully booked. My friend only managed to secure an appointment with this "famous" Nadi reader, after making several attempts within the span of 1 week, even then, he was only accepted to replace someone else who had cancelled her appointment. Anyway, his reading lasted approximately 45 minutes and cost RM200.
My friend told me later that despite being "famous", that Nadi reader could not tell him anything with certainty - not his name, his parents' names, career etc. Apparently, the Nadi reader held open a laptop and was reading an astrology chat on the laptop while "interpreting" a few palm leaves (Nadi leaves) by his side. My friend felt cheated. The Nadi reader was "cold reading - bullshitting his way", said my friend.
According to Wikipedia, Nadi astrology (naadi jothidam) is a form of astrology practised in Tamil Nadu, India. It is based on the belief that the past, present and the future lives of all humans were foreseen by Hindu sages in ancient times [and was recorded] on Palm leaves.
Nadi Astrology leaves can be traced back to approximately more than 2000 years. These Nadi leaves were initially stored in the premises of Tanjore Saraswati Mahal Library of Tamilnadu. Some leaves got destroyed and the remaining were auctioned during the British rule. These Nadi leaves were obtained and possessed by the families of astrologers in Vaitheeswaran Temple. This is an art passed down [through] the years from one generation to the other.
The notion that astrologers claim these predictions were made for all human beings who have lived or will ever live is not completely true. Nadi astrologers say only a certain number of souls' future predictions are there in the leaves. They are reported cases of exact match in the past details and future predictions. Since the prophecy is written in the form of Tamil verses, their interpretation is subject to the nadi astrologer's way of understanding and interpreting them. But those who can understand poetic Tamil (professors, etc.) can understand the verses without the help of an astrologer.
Dr Amir Farid Isahak, a medical specialist who practises holistic, aesthetic and anti-ageing medicine, wrote in The Star that he had gone for an Nadi reading.
Dr Amir wrote, "It took over 1½ hours just to select my Nadi leaf. This was done through a process of elimination. When the correct leaf was found, what it contained was astounding."
Dr. Amir reported that the leaves said, “You will be astonished by our powers. You will be seeking knowledge about Siddhas and be blessed. You may be a Muslim, but you are fated to know all these. You will get more knowledge and become like a Siddha yourself. You will get very clear high-level knowledge in your mind. You will discover a lot of truths, and will encounter a lot of surprises. You are fated to know secrets. You were born into this world to know the Truth.”
Apparently what the leaves "said" was accurate and congruent with his life path.
Have anyone of you heard of this ? Do you believe in fortune telling ? Please comment.