Diary of a Traveling Preacher
Volume 6, Chapter 20
By Indradyumna Swami
November 9 - 15, 2005
"The Past, Present, and Future"
Before leaving Vrindavan for the West, I told Sri Prahlada das that I wanted
to take darsan of the famous Deity of Sri Nathji, in Rajasthan. The Deity
was discovered on Govardhan Hill by a great devotee, Madhavendra Puri, more
than 500 years ago, before the advent of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. The Deity
was later moved from Vrindavan to Nathdwar, not far from the present town of
"That would be wonderful," said Sri Prahlada. "At the same time we could
visit a famous astrologer a few hours away in the desert. He is known as a
Brighu because he reads one's future from the Brighu Samhita."
"Can he really predict the future?" I asked.
"Oh yes," replied Sri Prahlada. "The science of Brighu Samhita is still
valid. Srila Prabhupada confirmed this. At the end of Dwapara yuga, Brighu
Muni was concerned that in Kali yuga many astrologers would not be
qualified, so he wrote down everyone's chart and included past, present, and
"Copies of those charts are kept safely in four different places in India.
When you visit a Brighu, you see written in your chart that you would come
on that very day for a reading."
"That very day?" I said.
"Not only the day but the hour too," Sri Prahlada said.
I went to my room and searched through Srila Prabhupada's books and lectures
on the Vedabase, and to my amazement found the following quotation:
"How one can understand past, present, future? Through the sastra ...There
are still astrological calculations in India called Brighu-samhita. If you
consult Brighu-samhita, immediately they will give you your past, present
and future. Immediately they will give. The astrology science is so perfect.
What you were in the past life, what you are at the...