Monday, March 8, 2010

The hand reading of Osho Rajneesh

Osho Rajneesh
The hands of Acharya Rajneesh (1931-1990), the man who called himself Bhagwan, and then later Osho, tell us of the weaknesses as well as the strengths of his character. While his hands show a personality with laudable traits, they also reveal a dark side to his disposition. There have been accusations against him, that he was a phoney, and then there are those who swear by him and believe that he was indeed God on earth. The truth lies somewhere in between.

This post will explore what Rajneesh was like in real life.

If one concentrates on the remarkable side of his nature, then what stands out is that he was a thinker. The shape of his hand and fingers, the finger phalanges, as well as his headline, tell us that he was not an ordinary thinker but an extraordinarily original one who observed life around him very keenly and found explanations and solutions.

His was a mind which
would constantly be on the go and could easily infect others with its enthusiasm and strong beliefs.

See photos of his hands here and here and here.

Osho's hands were large, the fingers long and the palm broad and large as well. The first and second finger phalanges are long. The thumb was long, and a little low-set. The first finger is bent and sticks out wide from the rest of the hand as does his Mercury (little) finger. He had a well-developed Venus mount (both wide and high) and the Apollo, Lower Mars, and Moon mounts were developed as well. The headline on his hand was long, going across the hand to the edge, and the heartline was relatively shorter. However, the heartline was good, long and curved. The Saturn (middle) finger is a good length with a spatulate tip.

His magnetic persona is clearly evident from all these hand signs. His hand also shows wisdom and originality. Definitely, he was a person who could inspire and lead others on his own unique path and yes, a spiritual one. He was very independent in his views and cared little for what others or society thought. It is not surprising that Osho tried to found a religion or cult and some would say he was successful.

His hand also shows leadership qualities like determination, a strong will and the ability to command others and charisma as well. He was also mentally strong, aggressive and headstrong and also very very controlling.

A mixed bag
Rajneesh was strong-headed to a fault. However, this did not mean that he was not capable of listening to others. He was not stubborn and could be influenced by those whom he felt were worthy of his trust. More on this aspect of his character later.

He was also a people person and had plenty of love and compassion to give but it was a limited kind of love, reserved for those he thought were worthy. To be fair to him, he had compassion as well and liked to help others, according to what he thought was good for them. In a spiritual person, however, one expects more. Rajneesh lacked the humanitarian kind of love, a love for all humanity irrespective of who they are. For it was all "Me." He was the center of his world, and self-aggrandisement was one of this occupations. This is probably one of the reasons why his band became known as a cult. 

The desire to reach out and help those who are suffering, the humanitarian attitude, is evident in the hands of other spiritual leaders like Baba Ramdev,  Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and the Sai Baba of Shirdi.

Another trait of Osho's was his suspicious nature. He would not find it easy to trust people in general. His imagination was not a very healthy one and thinking the worst of others was one of his character traits.

His Mount of Venus, Mount of Moon and heartline if read in combination show well-developed sexual passions. His Mount of Moon is highly developed but unfortunately, it shows that Osho had more of the negative qualities of this mount rather than the positive ones. 

Not so pleasant
His hand does show him to possess something of a despotic makeup. Power and attention was his thing. He needed it to an  extreme degree. In that sense, the balance was missing. This trait is missing from his left or dormant hand. The right hand (if you write with your right hand) is the active hand and tells you of the current state of mind. Osho was right-handed. His left hand or dormant hand does show a desire for power and fame but this desire is in normal proportions. He changed, and anyone familiar with Rajneesh's life will probably be able to tell when and why this happened. 

The end result is that Osho became a person obsessed with power and he would do anything to maintain it. His innate shrewdness and tendency to manipulate people always did exist and this was enhanced in his developed personality as well.

Why he changed
Osho's hand gives us some clues as to why and how he changed. His sudden elevation to a high status could have played a part because as they say power corrupts. And possibly his innate suspiciousness and reluctance to trust people, in general, could have kept him isolated. On the other hand, he could be carried away and influenced so this aspect must have played a part too. 

He was something of a dreamer as well but he probably wanted something in which he was the centre of. For that, it would have been perhaps better if he had built a business empire, not a spiritual one.
Perhaps if he had been more trusting, with more integrity, he could have retained the original balance of personality. His basic nature shows him to be someone with extraordinary ability and intelligence, original thinking and leadership qualities. It also shows him to be a good man at heart. Something changed along the way.

Related Reading: More hand readings of gurus: Bikram ChowdhurySwami Prabhupada of ISKCON or Shrimad Rajchandra's hands or The hand reading of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Check out a post which discusses the differences between the gurus of old and the modern gurus: The hands of Swami Sivananda Saraswati of Rishikesh and Swami Chidananda

Hand readings of Spiritual Leaders from different parts of the world: including the Pope, the Ayatollah, the Dalai LamaMother Theresa and also Mahatma Gandhi,  and Sai Baba or the hand reading of Jaggi Vasudev (Sadhguru)
Hand readings of other authors and Spiritual Leaders: Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan's hand reading or Dr A.P.J. Kalam’s hand reading  or Paulo Coelho's hand reading

Or check out the hand readings of  Spiritual Leaders from around the world.

(The photo published on this post is a free photo)


  1. Thanks for publishing another fascinating study. I'm really enjoying reading these analysis of yours and I think I maybe developing a better understanding of palmistry thanks to you.

  2. Thanks TT. Appreciate your coming here and leaving a comment. I too find it fascinating to delve into the minds of people. It is exhausting in a way because when one sees a hand one literally enters into the mind of the person!

  3. Pity how power can eat away other good things..

  4. yeah, power can corrupt the weak.

  5. Very interesting hand reading. It really explains a lot when it comes to Osho and everything that happened.

  6. Please can you post a clear picture of Osho's hand?

  7. There are many good photos of Osho on the web but I cannot post them here as I do not want to violate copyright. As far as possible I use Picapp pics, which are free. You can easily find good pictures of Osho's hand. Just search for them on the web.

  8. How can you say that power corrusped Osho... what events or happenings are you relating it to..

  9. Anonymous, I have very little knowledge of his life. My analysis is based purely on his hand, particularly the way his hand changed. His hand shows a lack of balance and the balance was altered because of his need for power. As I said, this is what I read on his hand.

  10. Nita if u will observe hand of Rajnish / osho
    u may notice that his finger near to thumb do not touch to the middle finger. There is gap between middle finger and the finger next to thumb .
    What it indicates ? I have seen his hand photo on orkut community every where i found this feature.
    Even u may find it in photo posted by u on this link.

  11. atul, what you said is right. There is a distinct gap between his index and middle finger. This indicates independent thinking and people with this sign are usually think without being influenced by others. But this sign needs to be read with caution. The tips of the fingers and that of the thumb need to be taken into consideration to confirm this reading because tips can show impressionability.
    Also. this sign can become an extreme one and for this one has to take into account the head line. When I read a hand I take into account all the signs and balance out the reading.

  12. Dear Nita, You are looking at Osho's hands from all that you hv learnt about palmistry.. You are looking at it from colored glasses. Without ever possibly ever visiting the Osho commune or meditating. If you can see clearly, u can see the grace of a relaxed aware individual.. You can see the river of his beings energy flowing through them.. Unobstructed.. Generally the observations people make are the observations about themselves.. There is no other way to know about him other than going within ur own being.. In an unprejudiced enquiry.. my email is

  13. You say:
    "You are looking at Osho's hands from all that you hv learnt about palmistry.You are looking at it from colored glasses."
    That is the one and objective of this blog. :) The colour of my glasses is tinted with palmistry knowledge. :)
    Each and every hand reading on this blog is from the point of view of palmistry. I have no intention of trying to get to know the 90 people here (all the people I have analysed) personally. Soon this 90 will become a hundred and then a thousand. I have no intention of getting to know anyone of these famous people, not even those whose hands I admire. This blog is from the point of view of palmistry only. Take it or leave it.

  14. look up Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and see what happened in the United States in Antelope Oregon. by his organization. thank you

  15. could you do a reading for Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev? He sort of reminds me of Osho as a rising figure in the spiritual world. I want to know if you find anything up his sleeve now that he is becoming more and more famous.

  16. Anonymous, I shall look for photos of his hand. I love reading hands of spiritual gurus.

  17. Interesting reading from a hands of a living Buddha. Honestly, I know much of Osho and his life history, so most of the described Osho's characteristics here are true. Although I can't understand why Nita put some of his characteristics in a section "Not so pleasant", I can't find anything not so pleasant in his so called despotic behavior. True that he wanted power and appeared a little bit despotic but for what? Is it for the sake of power itself? Or it was for his people and beloved disciples. In this world ruled by people who want power, and who have been on Osho's tail since the beginning of his Masterhood, one will do anything to defend his work and people, with non-compromising attitude. After all the rose has thorns as well, but should we put these thorns in a "Not so pleasant" section and consider them as something bad? I can understand why Nita has such interpretation of Osho, but sometimes things are not like it appears to be on a first look, sometimes deeper understanding is needed for the truth. If he was despot and ruler on the back of the disciples, manipulating them, then why did he attracted so many of them, and most of them were with him the whole time, never leaving him.

  18. whatever bhagwan osho speak is truth . and truths hurt people

  19. Hey Nita,

    Your posts are quite interesting :) I have read a few of them. Suspicion arises, though, on the genuineness of your analysis. I think it's natural.

    Anyways, I would appreciate if you answer a couple of questions:
    1. Osho says that all the different ways of personality / future analysis (astrology, palmistry, etc.), project your past into your future. This link may help:

    2. My fate line ends with a fork between the middle and the ring finger. Does that mean I'll, most probably, get imprisoned sometime?

    The first question I ask 'coz I started meditation a few years back, and life has taken a drastic turn post that. Since meditation is the art of dropping your past (and, hence, the future too) to remain in the NOW, don't you think the lines don't hold much value then?

    Thanks :)

    PS: I am always startled by the fact that Osho's dad was one of his sannyassins. It's like a father working as an employee at a company set-up by his child. Very unusual.

  20. Sure, there will be sceptics, what can I say? I guess only a personal hand reading will convince them.

    About the link, it does not work. In any case I cannot understand that line you quoted from Osho. If you notice on my blog I use simple language and simple ideas. No mysterious and esoteric words. In any case palmistry/hand reading can never tell the future with any accuracy and therefore to me the sentence from Osho is as nonsensical as it sounds.

    About that fork on your hand, let me assure you that the future cannot be told through hand reading, only very general trends can be deciphered, and these too can change.

    Also, (and this I have said several times on my blog) signs like forks, and tridents are meaningless. You have to see where the line ends, where it begins, the strength of the line before and after the fork, the strength of the complete line, the strength of the sun line (the sun and fate lines are related) and so on.

    I can never understand the remaining in the now advise that spiritual gurus give. I think it is meant for people who over-anxious, and perhaps disturbed. An effective personality will think of his past and learn from it. He will think of the future and plan for it. He will do this without worrying and beating himself up. He will take action in the present (the now) and do it will complete focus.

    We do not have a fixed destiny. Remember we make our life as we go and our changing lines reflect that. However hand reading can help you understand yourself and the choices you have made in the past and help you make the right choices in the future whether or not you have made them in the past.

    Hand reading analysis also delves deep into the various layers of one’s personality and makes one understand whether one is are on the right path in one’s career and personal life.

    Hand reading is not about fortune telling as you will realise if you read the various articles on my blog.

  21. Thanks for your reply Nita :) Really appreciate!

    About the link, I'll give it again at the bottom, maybe it works this time.

    And I completely agree with you on all you say about palmistry helping in highlighting one's character, skills, and personality, thus helping one to pursue the right path (personally and professionally) rather than trying out several wrong ones and wasting a lot of time and effort. I am not sure, but I believe palmistry is quite accurate that ways. But, there remains a 'maybe' of course.

    About staying in the Now, I don't agree at all with you. The spiritual message is not just for over-anxious, its for everyone. Well, of course, NOW is all we have, yet the majority lives either in the past or in the future. It's not philosophical, its quite logical.

    We miss the miracle of life that surrounds us. Every particle. Its really more of an experience. Hence any effort to explain is useless.

    I wuold pefrer to keep tihs post as sohrt as pssoible. So, a couple links:

    Hah, and there are only a few people who really know the art of being in the Now. It really is worth experimenting with.


    And the Osho link: (I would still like your views on this one :)

    Thanks a tonne! :)

  22. Raghotam, I went through that link. But frankly I guess I may not be of the spiritual type because I cannot get this concept of forgetting the past. A person who forgets his past is doomed to repeat it. I remember vaguely that a famous philosopher George Santayana said something like that and I believe firmly in that.
    In any case I find that note by Osho very confusing, and a play with words. That is what one has to beware of because many gurus play with words.
    One should not forget the past. What is important is not being anxious about the past. Or about the future. Living in the present comes naturally to people who are not anxious. That is what I believe. The most effective people never forget the past. They learn from it.
    Also, the future cannot be predicted. Clearly Osho has fallen prey to the common belief held in the eyes of the public. That palmistry is fortune telling. I am not blaming him for that as even today most people associate hand reading with fortune telling.
    And what does he mean that "future is a projection of the past?"If you analyse that sentence it makes no sense! What he perhaps means is that if a person does not change he will make the same mistakes again and again. That is the correct way of saying it. It is common sense and one does not need a guru to know that.
    If one has had a sad life then there is something in the way the person is reacting to circumstances that has created the problem. The main requirement is to change and hand reading can pinpoint where he can do that.

  23. I understand your 'understanding' of the past-now-future thing.
    But, it's not like one should keep forgetting his past in order to remain in the present. But, it's more concerned with the fact that as we grow up, we gradually reduce the 'wonder', 'amazement', and 'aha' moments in our life. That wonder you can see in a child's eyes and his questions.

    The past is useful in the sense that you need to learn from it. Picasso painted for 30 years and kept on improving with each work of art. His past was useful. He always had the opinion that his 'current' work-in-progress art is the best he made till that date.
    But, at the same time he did not allow his 'past' judgments affect his work. You see the portraits made by him? It doesn't represent a woman. The people he painted used to be surprised and confused to see themselves. He saw something which was absolutely fresh.

    Bob Dylan says: "I define nothing.. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about how it should be."

    Same is true with Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, Einstein, the 12-year old kid who discovered the concept of TV, and a lot more.

    And, these are the people, who are few, of course. Coz these are the people who somehow managed to protect the 'child' in them.

    Steve Jobs says in his Biography: "They (the school) came close to really beating any curiosity out of me".

    The past is ultimately useful. If we intentionally try to forget how to drive a car, and each time try to learn it again, it's stupid. The past serves the purpose of making things easy for us. Dancing, cooking, driving, drinking water, chewing food even, etc. Everything needs past learning to improve each time.
    But, unfortunately, that becomes our way of life. In a very subtle way, it doesn't allow us to see things 'as they are'. We see what we expect to see. We paint everything with the color of our past experience.

    Just by dropping this habit, the 'wonder' comes. I say this by experience. Trees get more green, sky more blue, you see unconnected things connect.

    All that they (spiritual gurus) say is, in my opinion, that one should be "able" to drop the past when required and use it when required.

    Past is good to lead a mechanical life. For a creative and constantly ecstatic life, dropping the past is utterly essential. It's the first and only requirement.


    It's hard to understand something this complex in such a few words, probably.
    So, I would just suggest that read some stuff from Eckhart Tolle, Osho, or someone of their domain, with an open mind, try to understand the same stuff from different perspectives.

    Better still, you can try a day or two's meditation sessions at Art of Living, or Osho, etc. It certainly can't harm. At the most you may find them useless (which I am quite certain you won't).

    But, if you go with a prior 'judgment' that these (spiritual) gurus try to somehow entangle you in their words, then there's a good chance that everything they tell you, you find a loop hole.

    PS: Even while typing this stuff, I used my past experience of Typing, so my good speed, or else it would have taken me hours to write the same. So, past is utterly essential to save us our energy. And, the future to have big goals. But, we should know how to come back and live with the amazement of a child.

    Keep up with the great work! :)

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment Raghotam.
      When I talk of the past, I am not talking of learned skills. I am sure you know what I mean. I am talking of behavior.
      And I do understand how the creative mind works, being a creative person myself. The mind has to be free. Not free of the past, but just free. Calm, peaceful, concentrating on the work, totally involved so that nothing exists except the work. One has to let go, again not of the past, but the shackles of the mind, break the borders and cast aside judgment. I will find it difficult to explain it to you but if you are a creative person yourself you will immediately understand it.
      And I assure you I am well aware now what gurus tell you. I prefer to see the same from reading the Bhagwat Gita. I have also read a lot of philosophers, right from Lin Yutang onwards. I have also read Eckhart Tolle. Didn't he write the Power of Now?
      And what make you assume I have never mediated? :) I also do yoga on a regular basis.
      Gurus may not my cup of tea, but I see some good in some of them. There are some who are absolutely divine, like the older Sai Baba. I can see it on his hand. I am not asking you to believe in hand reading, but I believe it a hundred percent.
      Each to his own.

    2. I respect your judgement. Whatever suits one the best. Bhagwat Gita or Buddha, I don't think it matters much. If one can live 'through' it, 'experience' the same things, instead of 'following' and 'believing' them, then its not stupid.

      Also, your creativity reflects via your website, without a doubt. All possible dimensions about palm-reading can be found in here, somewhere or the other, I observe.

      I will let you know when I decide to get my hand analyzed, which will be sometime soon, i suppose.

      Thanks :)

  24. I think you did a good job though i really don't know his negative features that you mentioned. But I think as your study about his strong points is accurate enough to accept then the negative side might be true enough and i accept that...and it is completely natural as no one here is 'Perfect'...with your analysis i remembered one of his quotes that he has said about his imperfection:
    He said,“I love this world because it is imperfect. It is imperfect, and that's why it is growing; if it was perfect it would have been dead. Growth is possible only if there is imperfection. I would like you to remember again and again,I am imperfect, the whole universe is imperfect, and to love this imperfection, to rejoice in this imperfection is my whole message.”
    He was a great soul that shows a true path of living consciously and happily.
    And again i must say Good work done by you...

  25. Your comment was published a little late Ravinder. I was checking my spam folder today and found it there. I have no idea as to how it got there!
    Anyway, thank you for your comment. I agree that no one is perfect and only God is perfect. Those who think that men and women are perfect are into hero worship, and not objective analysis.

  26. It is very easy to read a man's palm who already lived his life..isn't it?-:)

  27. Not at all. One has to try and find the signs on the hand that match with known personality traits. And when one doesn't it can be very confusing.
    99% of the hands I read during my practice are of unknown people and many of them I have not even met. One can be easily objective, one does not have to struggle to be so.

  28. What exactly is hand reading? A curious question though! I always thought they are fold marks developed over years of evolution.

  29. Che, people not familiar with hand reading have this idea, that the lines could be result of folding the hands. Even with the theory of evolution, every body part has a function and so do the lines. They are the window to our soul. No one person has the same lines or fingerprints. Each of us is an individual.

  30. Great job nita..! You have got a great skill and knowledge in reading palm..! in fact it is hard to predict palm like osho's bcoz he was very uncertain to himself..kudos nita..! nice work..!
    i make a humble request to you to write on palm reading of paramahansa yogananda and our beloved prime minister narendra modi too..
    if u dont have the photos of their palms,plz provide your mail id so i can send best pictures of them...

  31. Thanks zorba.
    I have written about Modi, some years back, in 2009, after someone had asked me to tell him whether he could possibly be involved in the Gujarat riots.
    I am always interested in reading the hands of gurus and godmen to find out if they are genuine, and usually if the hand photos are available I do it. Unfortunately I do not have any of paramahansa yogananda although I have tried. If you have, then please send them across!
    When it comes to your private hand reading, my email id is blog(dot)nita(at)gmail(dot)com. Once you write to me, I will send you a list of readings available and the charges for the different types of readings.

  32. No matter how his life eventually became, when I had met him only once in 1977, he saved my life. I was hurt very badly by robbers and was "watching" myself leave my body on the street in Pune. He appeared right smack within and without me, saying, " come back. It's not time for you to go." Though already I was aeons away, upon seeing and hearing him, instantly I made the effort and returned to this life. He owed me nothing, yet came to save me, astrally, if you will. I will never forget this and love him dearly for it. He understood me like a true father. Beyond words and yet with words, too. He was the very essence of an educator. He was full of grace. None of his currently "powerful disciples" know what he did for me, a no one. As the Internet is anonymous, I just had the feeling that you might enjoy hearing this, Nita. He made a miracle happen to me and was kind enough never to say a word about it to anyone else. My right hand hit into the road, as did my head and shoulder, which was dislocated. The head injury was the most grave. The only cut on my entire body made a slight scar at the end of my lifeline nearest to the wrist. (I'm ambidextrous, but write with the left hand.) I enjoy your work very much.

  33. This was a very well written palm analysis. I have two questions for you Nita:

    1. I read somewhere that when the headline is attached for too long with the lifeline (as in Osho's case here), it usually goes sloping towards the Moon mount. Here it goes straight on. Does this indicate the original thinking that you deduced in your article?

    2. The thumb shows impressionability as you said but in another article you mentioned that Swami Nithyanada's thumb showed a weak character with a lack of self control - is this the same for Osho as I realize both thumbs are quite similar looking. Please correct if I'm wrong.

    I look forward to your answers and I love the articles you post on this site.

    1. Thank you for your kind words.
      With reference to your questions, the thumbs of Rajneesh and Nithyananda are completely different. It is important to study dozens of photos because how the thumb looks depends on the angle of the photo and the way the hand is held. Rajneesh has a long, beautiful shaped thumb. Nithyananda has an average thumb.
      Regarding the headline how it starts has absolutely nothing to do when it ends. Remember all sorts of things on Palmistry are written not just on palmistry sites and blogs, but in books too. Palmistry or Hand Reading is a field where there are no set rules and nor is it recognised as a subject in reputed universities. As a result people write anything. You need to use your judgement and your own experience regarding this field.

    2. Nita, thank you so much for your clarification.

      One last question. I noticed his life line and his head line are attached for a tremendous amount of time. What do you make of it?

    3. Generally speaking if the head and lifelines are joint considerably at the start it means a more introverted nature in the early years of the life.


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