Friday, January 29, 2010

The hand reading of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (born 1956) doesn’t claim to be a Godman although his official website does call him "His Holiness." His claim to fame is that he is a spiritual guru. What do his hands say? Is he genuine or not? If not for hand analysis, it would be a difficult question to answer in an objective manner. Well, even a cursory look at Sri Sri’s hands shows him to be a thinking person and a compassionate human being, which of course does not automatically make him a guru. However, there are other facets to his personality.

Sri Sri's hands show slightly short fingers (compared to his palm), with the Apollo (ring) and Saturn (middle) fingers square-tipped and the Apollo finger quite long, longer than usual. The Mercury (little) finger and the Jupiter (index) finger are conic tipped. The phalanges of his fingers are all good, but the third phalanges seem a little too thick. The Jupiter finger's first phalange is not just conic, it is also quite long as is the first phalange of the Mercury finger. He has good mounts, with the mounts of Moon, Venus and Jupiter most developed and the thumb is long and low-set.

His hands reveal that he has a talent for making money, and a desire for it as well. Yes, he likes to make money by using his mind, this points to the fact that he could just be a clever businessman, not a guru. But it isn’t as simple as that. Each one of us has something in us that drives us, and most businessmen are driven by money or at least success and the power that comes with it. 

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is different. Sure, he desires money, celebrity,  power, and enjoys status symbols and likes good food and luxuries, but the critical difference between him and a normal businessman is that he wants power and fame not from wealth, but from the respect and adulation that comes from intellectual achievement. This is not as contradictory as it sounds, because people are never black and white.

Check out the hand photos of Sri Sri, here.

Not a fraud
Take him or leave him, the truth is that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's hand does not show him to be a cheat or a fraud. He wants respect for his wisdom and his level of understanding, his ability to think and analyse, all which he has. No doubt he wants to be known for some high-minded work. In fact, these signs are far stronger in his hand than the desire for money, which means that this is what matters to him above all else. He likes people and there is a desire to help. 

He has the ability to express himself and spread his word, and thus it becomes easier for him to achieve his goal. There is a pragmatism to his personality and this keeps him in balance. He likes to do something concrete and practical and we know that he has created infrastructure and made money.

There is no doubt that his intentions are good and humanitarian. His personality shows a strong sense of purpose, the ability to lead, and a thinking mind behind leadership. It gives a man his character. It gives him generosity, unselfishness and compassion as well as determination.

Flaws in the personality
But yes, this gentleman has a flaw. I am not referring to his love of making money or his love of comfort (which also people may dislike). His will is strong and this determination can be taken too far, making him obstinate and sometimes, unreasonable. He also tends to speak his mind, at times rubbing people the wrong way. However, when he is being unreasonable, it's temporary. His headline as well as the good well-shaped thumb tells us that he is not pig-headed, and logic can prevail after a while.

Another flaw in his personality is that he is not entirely open. Considering that he has other good characteristics, openness would have been a great asset. It would have made people trust him more.

Other qualities
His hand shows that he has musical talent or at least a strong appreciation of music.

He likes to go into detail and is excellent at analytical thinking. His mind is very organized. He likes to pick things to pieces and go deep into everything. He likes things well-planned and likes to ensure that no detail is overlooked. He is particular about small things. He is also restless and in his heart of hearts, a dreamer. Some of his ideas/schemes can be quite impractical.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar loves to travel, loves nature and enjoys his solitude. If one has to sum up his personality, one can say that he does seem to be a “guru” if one believes in gurus, but he sure is a modern-day guru and not a "Godman".

(Photograph is from his official website)

Read about other Spiritual Leaders on this blog as well as comparisons of modern gurus with older ones. 


  1. Hi Nita, I have read a few of your posts here. You provide an awesome analysis! Just wondering if you would be posting the Yoga guru, Ramdev's palm analysis? I am curious about him because of his various claims for cure of diseases.


  2. Hi wishtobeanon, good to see you here. Yes I will be reading Yoga guru ramdev's hands. I did Sri Sri as a reader wrote to me asking me to read his hands and then I was not sure whether I should read ramdev's. But photos of his hands are available on the net I think. If you are interested, I will read Ramdev's hands next, after I finish with Raefal Nadal. Amitabh Bachchan can wait!

  3. Well he seems a nice long as he doesn't cheat anybody or mislead the masses and says good stuff, everything is fine :)

  4. Yes, that's the main thing. That as long as he doesn't mislead, it's fine. If people can accept him as he is, quite human, then why not. As a reader wrote to my on a comment on this post, the main thing is what he has to say.

  5. Thanks Nita for the article. It was interesting to read into what Sri Sri is from the inside...

  6. No problem, Nita, I can wait. Thanks!


  7. hi nita,can u read baba ramdevs hand?i would feel glad if his visions and afirmations r true!i admire him a ton and am already a follower.

  8. Anonymous, that's been done. His reading is here:

  9. I do have great respect for palmistry, but lets keep this in our mind that sages and masters are beyond all the limits of body and mind.

  10. Daer Sunil, I respect your opinion but do not agree that our sages are "beyond all the limits of body and mind." No one is beyond the limits of body and mind. Any sage who himself proclaims that he or she is so, is definitely not in that category - far from it in fact. If a sage is humble and does not think he is God, and if just the devotees are elevating him to the God status, it does not make it true. No one is "beyond the limits of body and mind" except God himself.

  11. Krishna and Sai were humans themselves and there were many who couldn't accept them as God. The matter of fact is not just sages but all who walk on the spiritual path and follow Dharma can go beyond body and mind. One's soul/spirit is more powerful than one's body and mind and if you have won over your mind then that is it. Rest is history.


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