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, and shows him to be a 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 its original size as found on this site. It is not copyrighted, and therefore I was able to reproduce it here.
This hand will be discussed later. First, let us go back to Sathya Sai Baba. You can check out his hand photo here.
Sathya Sai Baba has average willpower
Sathya Sai Baba has a good thumb, but it is not exceptional. 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. And the will is softened by conic tips and a supple thumb, and on the left passive hand, the thumb is a little high-set, and this shows weakness.
Why am I emphasizing the will? 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. At least in his early years, he was likely to be have been selfish (from his passive hand.)
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 (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 the fingers are widely held. Yes, the supple thumb is not always a good sign, but on this hand, where all the other signs are good, it shows openness and adaptability. Overall, strong will-power is shown, and also a deep compassion for human beings and a strong desire to help them. In fact, a supple thumb and flexible hands, are necessary on a hand which shows such a strong will, as this is what gives him the softness, the openness, the humanity and understanding of people.
When I was studying this great persona, the Shirdi Baba, I could not help but feel that such a hand is rare, because such human beings are rare. In fact, I have never seen such a hand, either in real life or in photographs.
More about Sathya Sai Baba
But surely Sathya Sai Baba, the new 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 as well. 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 and the shape of his upper phalanges show original thought and individualistic thinking. He has an expressive ability, and something to give to society and to people.
Desire for power
Sathya Sai Baba's Jupiter (index) finger 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), although such fingers are a better fit on politicians. In fact, this quality combined with his thumb qualities show 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. If it didn't, then his other qualities would keep this weakness in check.
The Saturn mount and finger 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!
What seems unpalatable is that the shape of the Saturn finger on Sathya Sai Baba's hand (the new Baba) because it shows 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 (ring) finger on Sathya Sai Baba's hand shows a person who is 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. The tendency to overestimate oneself can leads one 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.