understood by Hindu palmists. These lines may be seen on the hands of distinguished persons, like Gladstone, Vivekandnda, Mrs. Besant, and others. On the hands of lesser men and women they denote that the subjects would acquire wealth, occupy high posts of power under Government, lead a life of happiness, and in the case of scholars, command honour among learned people, and be a source of help to thousands of people who come into contact with them. This was one of the signs on the feet of Lord Krishna, and must have also been present on his palm.
The Serpent. The sign of the serpent is an unfavourable sign. It denotes opposition from enemies.
Kuthar Rekha (Sword). If a kuthar rekha is seen on the mount of the Sun, it is a sign of trouble in life.
The Balance. The sign of a balance has sometimes been seen on the hands of a shopkeeper.
The Temple. The mark of a temple or shivalaya is a rare sign and will be found on the hands of great, rich personages occupying very high positions in society. I have been able to locate it. It is a mark which may be seen on the hands of royalties, prophets and saints. Again, this mark was on the sole of the feet ofShri Krishna. It has been located on the imprints of the hands of Tagore, Bryan and others. A branch line from the pitri rekha or Life line ascending to the mount of the Sun denotes that the man will attain to the top of his profession and be honoured.
The Mark of the Sun and Moon. If the mark of the Sun and Moon is found on the palm, it denotes an honoured person. The sign of the moon indicates gentleness of disposition. Besides, these signs show that he will command appreciation at the hands of those he serves.
Chained Rascettes. If all the three rascettes are chained, the indication is that life will be hard and money will be earned by hard labour.
Swastika. The swastika is a favourable sign to have,
Diksha Rekha (Line of Renunciation). This line is found under the finger of Jupiter. Vivekandnda and Gandhiji had this line clearly marked on their palms. The clearer and longer the line, the better the indications. Sometimes a half diksha rekha is seen and refers to the fact that the person will be disinclined to work for his material advancement
Hanwant (Kapi Rekha). If the lines of Fate, Life, Head, Sun have the marks of triangles at the upper end, they are called kapi or hanwant rekhas. This kind or line indicates that the person will have a clear vision of the goddess Durga, Kali or Saraswati. A triangle between Saturn and the Sun indicates that the person will be a lord of yoga, and will be one with God. This mark was present on the palm of Swami Vivekandnda and Gandhiji.
Black Dot. If the black dot is in the centre of the palm, it denotes constant acquisition of wealth, and if it is on the sole of the foot, it is a sign of love of rule and accession to government positions.
It has been stated that if the marks of the fish, crocodile, kamala or lotus, conch or shankh are found on the hands, they indicate that the subject would be master of hundreds of rupees. If any one of the signs is present in the palm, the indications will be fulfilled.
There are many other marks mentioned by ancient writers, but I have given only those which I have been able to verify and locate on the palms 1 have actually read.
I give below the marks and lines of famous hands in accordance with the teachings of our sages.
Marks and Signs on the Hands of Men and Women. The hand should be well-shaped, with long, flat fingers, with a good span, neither thin nor thick. They snould all be set in a line on the palm, with the finger of Mercury long enough to rise above the joint of the first phalange of the ring or third finger. The fingers should, when joined together, leave no opening or hole between them.
The palm should be well-coloured and evenly balanced, with the centre round, with no deep hollow, and broad.
The thumb should be well-shaped, indicating strength of will and healthy reasoning powers. It should have a sign of yav.
The three horizontal lines of Ayu, i.e., heart, Dhan or Matri, i.e., head, and pitri or gotra, or the line of Life should be clear, evenly traced, deep, without break, and pink-coloured. Four urdh rekhas, or vertical lines ascending from the rascettes to the four fingers of Jupiter, Saturn, Sun and Mercury, if present, indicate an uncommonly fortunate existence. But all these are rare. Besides, a line rising from the Life line to the mount of the Sun, indicates that the person will rise to eminence in his calling. Alll these seven lines should have branches, and make what the
Hindu palmists call Briksh Rekha, or the line of the tree. This point should be noted, as one of the utmost importance.
The line of Heart should have three forks or a lotus sign attached to it on the mount of Jupiter. The line of the Sun should have a triple fork on the mount of the Sun.
The following are rare signs. It is a mark of fortune, if two or more are seen oii the hand. In great persons, several are seen, but it requires practice to locate and recognize them:
On the hands of kings, princes, and wealthy people you will find the following marks f the conch, fish, bow, lotus, tree, circle, canopy, and temple. On the hands of saints and great men are found the marks of the temple, flag, square, conch, circle, lotus, swastika, and Diksha Rekha in one form or the other. Even one or more is enough to make for greatness. On the hands of people who are generous, truthful, learned, devotees, peaceful, fortunate, inclined to go on pilgrimages and journeys, fond of residing at holy places, and inclined towards renunciation, you will find the marks of the triangle, fish, conch, flag.
In the Purands, it is written that all the marks and signs given above were present on the hands of the incarnations of Shri Krishna, Shri Rama and the God Vishnu.
As already stated, the marks mentioned above are rare, but when even one or two are seen, the indications are certain.
On the hands of common men, you will not encounter them.
The hand should not be heavily lined, otherwise it will be a mark of trouble. Wavy, broken and defective lines and signs denote failures and ill-health.
TIME ON THE HAND
How to Reckon Dates and Time on the Hand: I now propose, before proceeding with the study of major and minor lines to give for the edification of the student the systems followed to find out in the hand, with great accuracy, me time and dates and. recurrence of important events in one's life both past and present. Count St. Germaine says that no palmist can have the pretension to read from the hand the day or the month when the events would take place. He, however, thinks that sudden calamities are often shown on the hand. He further goes on to say that the calculations made on the lines have been found accurate and reliable within a period of, say, two years. Further on, St. Germaine observes that "there will be notable divergen-
fig. 11 TIME ON THE HAND