Bhagavan Sathya Sai Baba's 500-year old horoscope
Astrological predictions of Baba's advent
There is an institution in New Delhi known as Indian Astro-Occult
Research Association. Dr. E.V. Sastry, a famous and prominent member
of the association happened to read the book Sathyam Sivam Sundaram.
He then began a search to find out from Nadi Grandham available in
Tamil Nadu, about the indications in Baba's horoscope. It was very
strange, wonderful and startling. In these collections of grandhas
which are more than five hundred years old and are considered as one
of the wonders of the world, were found some parts describing Baba,
all of which were not in a single instance, different from what is
published about Baba's life in the book Sathyam Sivam Sundaram. This
truth made him wonderstruck. Thereafter, he had great faith in Baba's
greatness and marvelled at the advancement of the science of astrology
developed by great sage like Agasthya, Budha and Sukra. Dr. Sastry (it
may be mentioned here incidentally that his pen name is 'Leo')
happened to come to Puttaparthi in November 1960 on the birthday of
Baba. On that occasion Dr. Sastry had with him an old palm leaf taken
out from the Nadi Grandham, which contained details about Baba written
by some incognito, but an old, famous and well learned pandit.
On that auspicious day he placed it at the Lotus Feet of Baba and felt
That piece of palm leaf was only 36 centimeters long and 1/2 cms.
broad. But within the breadth of 1/2 cms. on either side were 26 lines
each containing 250 letters. Several facts were detailed therein. Only
with the aid of a most powerful microscope could these letters be read
clearly. These descriptions written in old Tamil poetic stanzas, in
the form of an essay, were very beautiful, fully apt and highly
illuminative. In that, not a single letter or word was redundant of
uninformative. Palm leaves of this kind written in Sanskrit, are also
found. Dr. K.M. Munshi had said that there are such grandhas written
in the Tibetan language also.
In Tamil Nadu, there are kept in custody as sole private property,
their divisions of the aforementioned palm leaf grandhas, under the
names of Agasthya Nadi, Budha and Sukra nadi. Dr. Sastry contacted
these three divisions and collected facts about Baba from these
different grandhas, detailed according to the planetary position of
Baba's horoscope. What is most astonishing to us in this is that the
planetary position indicated in all the three grandhas at the time of
Baba's birth into this world is identically the same without any
difference whatsoever. In each of these, facts are enumerated in the
form of poetry and past and present incidents in Baba's life are so
truly described that we are awe-stricken at the accuracy and
information. After reading all this we are struck with wonder at our
ancestor's predictions of events that was done accurately without any
mistake, and at the perfection of the science of astrology which has
enabled them to predict so.
In one Nadi Grandhas the following is said: "The person to whom this
horoscope relates, in his previous birth was Sai Baba, who was a
famous Maharishi. He was also a world famous Sad Guru!" Another Nadi
says, "I am an avatar of Sai". This fact cannot be contradicted also.
In all three Nadis, the names of his father and mother are mentioned,
clearly, truly and accurately. In addition, another fact clearly
mentioned in these is, "the person to whom this horoscope relates,
whose name is Sathyanarayana Raju, will renounce the world in his
boyhood, will start schools and hospitals, will publish books for the
upliftment of the world, will spend every day of his whole lifetime
for the establishment of dharma, which is his ideal and objective."
Another fact written in Budha Nadi is, "the person to whom this
horoscope relates will spend the whole of his lifetime always enjoying
the bliss derived from uniting jivatma with paramatma." In Agastheya
Nadi it is mentioned that Baba will be an all merciful avatar of God.
Not only that, but is it also mentioned the He will be, Akkilathara
pitha i.e. authority on manava vamsam, preceptor, protector, and
father of the world.
In Sukra Nadi it is written, "Baba will have all the siddhis possessed
by Sai Baba; by love, kidness and knowledge he will establish eternal
bliss in this world. He will establish a mandir which will be
conducive for practising tapas etc." On top of all this is another
important passage in Sukra Nadi, i.e. "the person to whom this
horoscope relates will be an avatar amongst the avatars". Another
sentence is, "He will derive immense pleasure in the service of
Those who are fortunate enough to have darshan of Baba and enjoyed the
bliss of hearing His nectar-like words, and seen every action of His
filled with mercy and sweetness and those who are able to understand
at least one tenth of a millionth part of that great truth, even
without the necessity of knowing what is mentioned in these Nadis,
have understood the greatness of Baba. But, even for them, the fact
about His coming into being, written separately, several centuries
before His incarnation by three special expert astrologers, detailing
his horoscope aspects, describing His character which is in no way
different from what we see now in Him, is an agreeable surprise.
But in spite of the wonderful description written several centuries
before, of the character and qualities of this avatar, and
experiencing these great qualities with our very eyes of this great
avatar there are some doubting Thomas' and this will help in clearing
their doubts. Not only that, it is good if any of those, who have not
yet got firm faith in Baba's divinity, are now convinced...
From: Sanathana Sarathi, February 1961