It is said that Palmistry has migrated from India to other countries like Greece, Egypt, Persia and Syria in ancient times. Samudra, the deity of the Seas, has first given this knowledge to the world. Hence this is called ‘Samudrika.’ Sages like Narada, Valmiki, Garga, Bhrigu, Prahlada and Astrologers like Varahamihira have done a lot of work in Palmistry. Palmistry was discussed in great books like ‘Bhavishya Puranam’ and ‘Hasta Sanjeevani.’ But somehow, Palmistry could not receive proper attention in India in modern times. It is given high regard in Western countries.
It has put me under a necessity of saying something about Palmistry, which is a judgment made of the conditions, inclinations, and fortunes of men and women, from their various lines and characters which Nature has imprinted in the hands,” says Aristotle in a paper written by him in 350 B.C. Today Palmistry has wholly transformed into science because of the extensive research done by the intelligentsia. Palmistry is a science of understanding the Past, Present and Future of a person by the pads and lines.
Palmistry revives its foundation on the experiments conducted by Desbarrolles and d’Arpentigny in the 19th century. They made a lifetime study of Palmistry by collecting the imprints of Hands of thousands of people and classifying them according to the nature of people and events which occurred in their lives. Then a hypothesis has been developed and verified with the support of further research.
Just like a doctor examines a patient and determines his disease using clinical equipment, a Palmist can predict the health state of a person by simply observing his hands. Noel Joaquin and Eugene Scheimann have proved this through their research. Mr. Edward Kowalewski, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and former president of the American Academy of Physicians, says: “I try to watch the hands of the patients in my waiting room because they give so many clues, both physical and emotional.”