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A brief discourse on the auspicious and inauspicious marks on the persons of males
1-2Hari said: -Hear, O Sankara, I will now describe in brief the characteristic marks of men and women. Tender plams like lotus petals and not perspiring, fingers adjoining each other, copper-coloured nails, beautiful ankles, well-formed head and feet, plump like a tortoise, mark out a man to be a king.
3-5Yellow nails, rough face, high head, feet like winnowing baskets, and withered fingers of the feet, are the marks for sorrow and poverty. There is no doubt about it. Thighs like the trunks of elephants containing few hairs, and one hair in the navel are the marks for great kings. The learned men and persons conversant with
Srutis have two hairs each on their thighs.
6Those, who are poor, have three hairs and diseased men have their knee-joints devoid of flesh. One, who has got a small genital organ, becomes a rich man with no issue.
7One, who has got a big genital organ, becomes poor. One, who has got one scrotum, becomes poor. One, who has got unequal testes, gets a fickle wife. One, who has got equal testes, becomes a king.
8One, with hanging testes, becomes short-lived. One, having a bad wrist, becomes poor. With pale-coloured wrists a person becomes happy.
9An indigent person passes urine with great sound. Those, who pass urine, without any sound, become kings. Those, who have even bellies, enjoy various pleasures of life. Those, who have bellies like post, become-indigent.
10-11Those, who have serpentine bellies become poor. Liner marks indicate longevity. He, who has three lines on the forehead, becomes happy, gets sons, and lives for sixty years. One having two lines lives for forty years.
12One, who has a line on the forehead extending to the ears, lives for twenty years. If one has three lines on the forehead extending up to ears he lives for a hundred years.
13One, having two lines, lives for seventy years. One, having three lines, lives for sixty years. The person, having two lines one clear and another indistinct, lives for twenty years.
14One, who has short lines, lives for forty years. The person, who has broken lines, meets with an accidental death.
15The person, on whose head are seen the marks of a trident of Patpka, is favoured with riches and children, and lives for a hundred years.
16The person, whose line of life passes through the middle and fore-fingers, lives for a hundred years, O Rudra.
17-18The person, one whose palm the line of knowledge extends up to the thumb, and the line of life extends up to the foot of the middle fingers form the youngest in an unbroken and undivided condition, lives for a hundred years.
19The person, on whose palm the line of life appears in a distinct form, lives for a hundred years and becomes the happy recipient of all earthly blessings.
20The person, on whose palm the line of life extends also from the youngest to the middle finger, lives for eighty years.