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What Is Vedic Palmistry?

by Ghanshyam Singh Birla
Copyright 1997
The Palmistry Center excerpt from Destiny in the Palm of Your Hand

Vedic palmistry is the study of the structure and markings of the human hand. This ancient art and science began in India about 5,000 years ago. The ancient rishis or seers believed that there was a correlation between the visible features of the hand, the conscious and subconscious thought processes of the mind, and the superconscious intuitions of spirit. The study of Vedic palmistry provides a language for expressing this body/mind/soul connection. Its purpose is to help us gain self-understanding.


We all know that no two fingerprints are identical. In fact, the entire hand is unique in its pattern of lines. The lines are unique precisely because each of us has personal memories, hopes and individual character traits. Since there is a traceable link between our personality, thoughts and experiences, and the way the lines form on our hands, our handprints represent a kind of personalized signature.


Just as we continuously change and evolve, so do the lines on our hands. As our personality matures, our attitudes, priorities, activities, and companions may also change. These important changes are all reflected in the hand. A study of our prints provides us with a method of analyzing ourselves objectively. We are, therefore, likely to make more positive choices regarding our work, our dealings with people around us, and many other important aspects of life. We will find ourselves less likely to repeat or perpetuate mistakes. With time, the improvements we make in our lives will register on the hands.

Just as we continuously change and evolve, so do the lines on our hands.


Palmistry is associated in the minds of many with the notion of prediction. This idea comes from an incomplete understanding of palmistry.

We all have predispositions towards certain kinds of behavior. For example, if someone we admired betrayed our trust when we were young, we may have difficulty being open to finding a loving partner. A study of the lines and signs of the hands can show us the patterns we have developed in response to past hurt. Unless we take positive steps to change, we will continue to perpetuate the pattern.By learning to understand the significance of the lines and signs on our hands as indicators of predispositions, we can decipher trends in our behavior. An experienced analyst can suggest the likelihood of future behavior and occurrences. Armed with this information, we have the freedom both to confirm and nurture our strengths and potentials, and to decide what changes we wish to make in our lives.

Much of the fun in studying palmistry comes from seeing how we can exercise our free will in more informed and effective ways. Each time we take a new direction in our lives, we are able to see corresponding changes in the lines and signs on our hands. No two palm readings will, therefore, be identical. Professional palmists can best assist clients by pointing out precisely how our past and present thoughts and actions have set us on a certain course. With guidance, effort and patience, we can improve in attitude and behavior. As our thinking changes, and new behavior patterns become familiar, the lines and signs, and even the mounts (the underlying tissue of the hand), will undergo detectable changes. Our hands will reflect personality changes. Even lines indicating future trends can change. Broken lines can be mended; lines showing interferences and obstacles can fade and disappear; lines showing positive associations and relationships can appear and so on. Admittedly, deeply ingrained major lines indicating entrenched tendencies in our subconscious are slower and more resistant to change. Nevertheless, these too can respond with patient effort.

Examples Illustrating How the Lines Change Marcel is a retired sales representative. After concentrating for many years on the practical concerns of business and family life, he found retirement a wonderful opportunity to explore his creative, inventive side. He enrolled in painting and sculpture courses at his local visual arts center. His head line and Mercury line reflect these changes in the before and after handprints.

Note the extension of Marcel’s head line in the 3 after 2 handprint, 
reflecting greater optimism and belief in his capabilities.

This case illustrates that our destiny isn’t carved in stone. We can take active steps to improve our lives, once we have gained better self-understanding. We can help both ourselves and others to understand the past, deal with the present, and mold the future in such a way as to bring forth the best qualities of heart, mind and soul. This is the challenge and also the reward of undertaking a serious study of palmistry.

Ghanshyam Singh Birla founded the Palmistry Center in Montreal, Canada, in 1972. Ghanshyam has lectured and written extensively on the powerful insights of the Vedic sciences, including Love in the Palm of Your Hand and Magnet Therapy. He was interviewed on Living in Balance on Wisdom Television, WebMD and Good Morning America. In 1998, Ghanshyam established a 500 acre lakefront retreat in Chénéville, Québec, which serves as an international facility for studies and services in palmistry, astrology, and Ayurvedic healing. For information, call 514-488-2292 or go to www.palmistry.com

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