Nadi Palm leaves, also known as Nadi Astrology is a great world miracle.
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 meterstick.
The leaves are etched with tiny handwritten inscriptions were created hundred 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 be facing and what to do to alleviate those problems, and noted the many blessings that might be in store for the person in that lifetime.
The Maharajah Serfoji 2 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 these 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 that 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 R. Kumaravel works with are from this area.