friend who was Postmaster-General of a postal circle in India. The lines of her hand were not clearly defined or bold enough to foretell high social status. The line of Health was unfavourable, with hints of asthma. Despite these indications, I was informed that she had six children—two sons and four daughters—a devoted and wealthy husband, well placed and affluent. According to the readings of the Western school, it would have been difficult to foresee that, at an early date in her life, she would obtain all that an Indian woman dn-.-nns of.
It is in cases like this that the Hindu school comes to our help. A palmist, trained on Eastern lines, would spoiled immediately the beautifully formed mark of Fish on I in I mud. This symbol connotes high social position, weullli, cliilclmi. a long-lived and loving husband and successful ;ind lionom.ihlr careers for the sons and daughters.
possessor attracts money like a magnet. On the other hand, if low-set, it means that he will continuously be struggling against monetary difficulties.
People with lines of children on the Marriage line, on the Mount of Mercury, have, sometimes been found to be childless. The Hindu school points to other places on the palm where children should be read. The one at the base of the thumb is reliable at all times. A well-defined island or Yav points to plentiful posterity, a generous number of sons and grandsons. If the Yav is well-outlined, the sons will bring honour to their parents.
According to the Hindu school, a hand heavily creased with lines portends a miserable and worried life, lacking mental peace. A heavily lined palm is by no means indicative of poverty, as some palmists are inclined to think. For poverty is indicated by a hand crude in form, with ugly, thick, candle-shaped fingers, from which lines are almost absent. On the hands of peasants, unskilled labourers, and serni-skilled artisans, I have generally found merely the three main lines of Head, Heart, and Life, deficient in good quality and shape.
In this book I briefly and lucidly present the Hindu viewpoint, after dilating on the theories of the Western school. In the later chapters I have illustrated the principles of the Indian system.
Is palmistry of any practical use? Mr. Noel Jaquin in The Hand Speaks says: "My whole aim and object is to prove, or rather enable you to prove for yourself, that the human hand betrays both intimate psychological processes, and also the presence of disease in active and semi-active states. I have been very impressed, as I am sure you will be, by the evidence of a parallel psychological defect existing as the sequence of a physiological defect, or being complementary to it in the physiological sphere." He goes on to say: "The hand gives a perfect picture of the whole, with its relative strengths and interactions. It gives that much-needed individual picture."
Thus, we see that the hand can reveal our mental, moral and physical tendencies and the intimate relation between the hand and the sub-conscious mind through which we come into contact with the Infinite intelligence that shapes our destiny. This explains why the lines and signs undergo a change in a mysterious way due to the working of the mind, which acts under the direction of the will and what Hindu philosophers refer to as Buddhi, the discriminative faculty.
We are therefore of the opinion that the conscientious study of palmistry can prove useful to physicians in the treatment of patients; to'parents concerned about the future of their children; to teachers planning programmes of instruction; and to men and women who contemplate matrimony.
Speaking as one who has been associated with educational systems for over a quarter of a century, I have always felt that it would be really advantageous if the hands of little children could be read periodically by a teacher-palmist attached to the school. Would this be a move in the right direction? I think it would. The powers that be do of course cany out psychological and intelligence tests, but not in ail institutions, and certainly not on a nation-wide, systematic way. No one so far has had the vision to see the usefulness of scientific palmistry in