The descendant of late poet Sufi Tabassum, Nisar Sufi is also on YouTube where he goes by Know Thy Future.
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What is the Relationship between Philosophy and Palmistry?
An introduction to any philosophical work is primarily about the subject matter. Here, I will also like to add my own identity to add to the backbone of The Philosophy of Palmistry. I was born on January 5, 1994 in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. I do not know which name I shall use in this book, but the name on my Pakistani passport reads as: Nisar Mustafa Sufi.
Send a 20something-year old man to earn money in the Western world, he would still yearn to have an Eastern wife. This is because the foundation has always been tradition. Why has Asia not yet adopted the die-hard capitalist that the West sells? This is primarily because of us not changing our culture. Our roots still make us who we are.
But what has tortured our minds for centuries is that, aren't we slaves of materialism now? Social media has done well for society. Yes, we have contacts on the tips of our fingers and we can contact them easily. Yet whenever we scroll down our newsfeeds, someone is showcasing their new job position in life, their new car, their new house, etc. This is the materialism which we loath in our outer shells but crave for inside. Countless movies have been made on how to escape envy, but we always fall for this trap of greed. Materialism is the greatest curse to humanity. Not since the Industrial Revolution, or since Pakistan became free from colonialism, but since the dawn of time. Our religion, Islam, is the epitome of a peaceful way of life. Alas, the people aren't perfect.
Materialism in the 21st century has further increased however. Living costs are rising worldwide. Once a husband and wife could afford to raise eight children now even raising one has become difficult. Yet, it doesn't mean we should focus on making more money. Don't we want them to become what they want to become? But no, status symbols are more important. A boy who is raised to believe that a Land Cruiser owner is a great man, will always indirectly what to own a Land Cruiser, when he arrives at that age. This is why we yearn for physical objects and then we start sharing thoughts on social media like: Love matters and all other things which we lack in our lives. This is the real human philosophy. This is why people seek spirituality. Palmistry-wise, I will elaborate on this concept later on.
Similarly, idealism has also crept on upon us. Again, I am not going into the depth of any philosophical concept in relation to the groundwork of philosophy, but rather, in relation to both philosophy and palmistry. Idealism is focusing on what one thinks is right rather what is materially true. I believe that idealism exists most strongly when a man or woman is in their 20s. That's the time when they are most worried about the road ahead. Experience is limited but imagination is always present. Even the 20-year-old scientist who keeps explaining things science-wise is given to bouts of spirituality as he also needs creativity to go higher than himself, or to invent something.
This is also the fault of many of our Asian thinking processes, though I'm not generalizing, as I'm speaking from experience. We become civil servants, we enter air-conditioned offices, but in our free time, we always become philosophers. Should we serve the government? Of course. We are directly or indirectly helping the people of our nation. But why is it that in our free time we always think about the immaterial, but straight off shun other people who enter our lives as spiritual guides? This is wrong. I am not implying that we should let a random stranger guide us, but this is, what we fundamentally think about, in our 20s. Middle-age and old-age leaves us wise owing to years of experience. But spirituality we should readily adopt in our 20s. So instead of reading some book that has been lauded in the Western world or the Eastern world, believe that this whole world is being enlightened through the same system that was devised centuries ago.
If you are going to be either a materialist or idealist, always read literature, poetry, or watch art, films, visit museums, because this is what has stood the test of time. The car you will buy now will have a newer model on sale the following year. The mobile phone you will buy now will have a newer mode on sale the following year. Then why go again in showrooms and shops and seek new improvements, improve yourself. Change your way of thinking. And don't read this book and start thinking about the past or future, always be in the present.
Out of all the political ways of life, socialism is the strongest. This is why Pakistan has stood the test of time as a nation. I urge for palmistry to also be socially funded. Not that every palmist should be handed a stall or something like that. But research into it should be funded immensely. Why? Because it is also a social science. By studying the palms of leaders, visionaries, criminals, frauds, we can single out these traits among people at the start of their lives. This is not to say that, "Oh, you have this mark, then you'll reach this position in the end." No one knows when the end is.
Fatalism, Philosophy and Palmistry
This is why I shall not associate fatalism with philosophy. Palmistry cannot show you the end. The fear of death is plain stupidity. No matter where you are in life, live your life. You only live once. That's one motto you should always follow. If a palmist tells you the date you'll die, then he is for sure, a fake palmist. A fatalist can never be a palmist and vice versa.
Now, let's focus on pessimism and optimism. As Winston Churchill said, "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." The irony is that both pessimists and optimists will visit a palmist for a reading. This is largely due to the palmistry's reliance on realism. The pessimist is always living against any hope of success, but when they find it, they will contact a palmist and ask about how they have found success when all they thought about was negativity.
Similarly, an optimist will come to a palmist when they have failed, and ask why this has happened. One trait that pessimists and optimists share in this regard is that they are both taking a risk. Not a risk in the sense that they are coming to a palmist for a free reading, or that even they are paying money for it. But that they have broadened their horizons. Aren't we all looking for answers in life? A palmist is just an ordinary person like you and I but they also serve as
spiritual guides. And they know the intimate nature of man not only by reading palms but by observation.
Palmistry is above all other fortune-telling arts such as astrology and face reading. Astrological interpretation is not as accurate because it is not done face-to-face. Similarly, face reading is also not as accurate because it is said that one person has seven doppelgangers in this world. Also, take the case of identical twins. Both will not share similar palm lines. And thus, palmistry is as reliable as fingerprint analysis. This is because lines on the palm are like fingerprints; everyone has different ones. Even DNA testing itself took time to develop, but palmistry is an ancient art.
We will not dwell into the history of palmistry. But I will offer my perspective on its roots. It started from Eurasia which showcases how the most number of palmists belong to India. It has also been said that the art of palm-reading travelled from to Greece and was studied by Anaxagoras, then Aristotle later on discovered an extensively-research paper on it, and passed it on to Alexander the Great.
As mentioned before, palm-reading is an ancient art. It is similar in this regard to writing. When people couldn't use memory as a standard to record data, they start penning it down. Likewise, though I believe astrology is older than palmistry, owing to human beings' long-held wish to find out more about the stars, palmistry is more relevant as it pertains to the tangible. Human beings have had hands till the dawn of mankind's creation. It is interesting to note that apes also have hands but what differentiates theirs from ours is the quality of the thumb (this will be discussed later on in detail further into the book).
Another name for palmistry is chirology. Chiro for hand and ology for the study of. However, I prefer the word palmistry as any reader can directly identify it with the word palm. There are
other terms such as palm-reading and chiromancy, but palmistry should be the best word to describe it. I am not aware of the word which is used most frequently to describe hand-reading, but it should be palmistry. Thus, I will constantly use palmistry over other synonyms within this book.
Palmistry also helps in promoting the philosophy of individualism. This is because all palms are unique. Though, in certain cases, I have noticed that an individual's right and left hand do have a lot of similarities. One example is the individual having a long head-line in the right hand and a short head-line in the left hand—this is relative to the three main lines of the hand: the heart-line, the head-line and the life-line. This will be discussed in detail later on.
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