He is only too human.
Sathya Sai Baba’s fingers tell us that he enjoys the pleasures of life, just like you and me. There is nothing bad in this indication and in itself doesn't show that he is a fraud, as most people are like this. It is very rare indeed to find a hand that shows an ascetic bent of mind…and you guessed it! Sai Baba of Shirdi’s hands indicate that he has that kind of mind, which makes him a completely genuine spiritual person.
There are very few photographs of the older Sai Baba (of Shirdi), but after studying the ones that are available it is clear that the Shirdi Sai Baba was a man who did not care for worldly pleasures or comforts.
Here is a rare photograph of the Shirdi Sai Baba in it's original size as found on this site which says it is free to use. More on this later on in the post.
Sathya Sai Baba has average will power
The willpower of the new Baba (Sathya Sai Baba) is much like what the rest of us possess. Average. This is clearly shown by the thumb. Although it is of a good size, it’s on a normal sized hand, and the phalanges are normal sized, and all of this shows a normal will. But the will is softened by conic tips and a supple thumb and this means weakness.
Sathya Sai Baba’s hands also show him to be person with delicate sensibility. This again has the unfortunate tendency of weakening will.
Why am I emphasizing this aspect? Because only a strong will can save a person from temptation. Considering the accusations against him, one needs to keep this aspect of his nature in mind.
The hands of the Sai Baba of Shirdi are very large (hands, not fingers) as compared to his body. Check this from the photograph on the left which I got from this site. This is a sign of someone who is calm, collected, someone who is in complete control of his emotions.
In addition, the thumb is very long, low-set, and has a very strong upper phalange and is held apart from the hand. All this shows very strong will-power and also deep compassion for human beings and a strong desire to help them.
The Sai Baba of Shirdi also has a supple thumb and flexible hands, but this is necessary in a hand which shows such a strong will as this is what gives him the softness, the openness, the humanity and deep understanding of people.
When I was studying this great person's hand, that of the Shirdi Baba, I could not help but feel a catch in my heart. Such a hand is rare, such human beings are rare. In fact I have never seen such a hand, either in real life or in photographs. I am not a believer but after seeing this hand I have started to feel a desire to visit the Shirdi Temple.
More about Sathya Sai Baba
But surely Sathya Sai Baba has something in him which is divine as well? Well, his hands show that he does have compassion for humanity, although this sign is much weaker in his hand than it is in the hands of the Sai Baba of Shirdi. Sathya Sai Baba does genuinely feel for people and can be very generous to them. It is interesting to note that this is a developed trait. It is missing in his left hand, the hand which shows inherited tendencies. The only explanation as far as I can see is that when he chose his calling (that of Godman) he decided to nurture this trait. It is possible to develop any quality in oneself, especially if there is pressure from society, and one is young enough.
The shape of Sathya’s Sai Baba’s palm shows breadth of vision and the way he holds his fingers show original thought and individualistic thinking. When combined with the talent he has for speech (Mercury), it is clear that he has something to give to society and to people. He certainly knows how to use words in an adroit manner.
Desire for power
Sathya Sai Baba's Jupiter is long and this shows a person with a great sense of self, a person who desires responsibility and power and has the ability to honour commitments (not a bad trait in itself), but I feel that such fingers are a better fit on politicians. In fact this quality combined with his thumb qualities would give him great charisma. But his finger is too long and the traits a bit excessive. The means extreme righteousness and arrogance, taken to a dogmatic level. The conic tip increases the idealism. I personally do not believe that strong righteousness is a divine trait. The shape of the Jupiter finger makes him controlling and manipulative as well.
I could not find any photograph which showed the Jupiter finger of the Shirdi Sai Baba and so cannot compare the two on this aspect. However I have no doubt that the Shirdi Sai Baba's Jupiter finger would not show this sense of superiority. In fact I think it could well show humility.
Saturn is very important when it comes to wise and holy men as this is what shows wisdom and ability to think. Yes, Sathya Sai Baba has it, but not in an extreme development. Shouldn't wise and holy men possess an overdose of wisdom? Well, the Shirdi Baba certain has it! He has a beautiful Saturn finger towering above the rest, and the best part of it is the shape. It shows that this holy man has the qualities of wisdom, soberness, strong focus, thinking ability, philosophical bent of mind…and an abundance of it! I have never seen this sign in any hand before. This is a man one would have to bow to.
What seems unpalatable is that the shape of the Saturn finger on Sathya Sai Baba's hand bestows on him some of the negative qualities of this finger, like something akin to pessimism, or rather, some amount of negativity and bitterness, and also vindictiveness. This again shows him up for being only too human.
The Sun finger on Sathya Sai Baba's hand shows him to be a person who is basically a showman and one who views life as a gamble. He is someone who will take great risks in life to get what he wants. I have already mentioned the factors which drive him. People with this type of Sun finger usually go too far, and as a result can ruin their life. The tendency to overestimate oneself is what leads them down a dangerous path. I think this trait is the key to his personality.
Read the hand analysis of other spiritual leaders on this blog as well as comparisons of the ancient saints with the modern ones.