What is the difference between Western Astrology and Vedic Astrology?

Approximately 2000 years ago, astrologers from both the Eastern (sidereal) and Western (tropical) systems of astrology agreed to use the location of 0˚Aries as the starting point of the 360-degree zodiac. However, Eastern astrologers argue that during the ensuing centuries, due to a wobble in the Earth’s orbit around the sun, the actual location of 0˚Aries as viewed from Earth has changed significantly. Eastern astrology adjusts for this variance but Western astrology does not, so the gap between the two systems has grown increasingly farther apart. It is estimated that the wobble creates a variance of approximately 50 seconds per year, so today—2,000 years after agreeing to use 0˚Aries as the zodiacal starting point—the incremental difference (the ayanamsha) between the starting points of the two systems is approximately 22˚09 min. This is the reason planets in your Eastern chart will often be found in the preceding sign of your Western chart.


Can I learn to read Palms?

All the palmists at Birla Vedic International learned to read hands by graduating from the 18-course Palmistry Certification Program that Ghanshyam created. Also all our graduates are reading palms after following the Palmistry Certification Program, many of whom have opened their own private practice. You can do it too!

Do you teach Vedic Astrology?

Yes, we have a Certification Program in Vedic Astrology.  Palmistry and astrology are twin sciences that originated in the Vedas and share the same root, Jyot, meaning light. Jyotish refers to astrology, the study of the influence the light of the planets has on our lives. Vedic palmistry is known as Hast JyotishHast, meaning “hand”. As such, Vedic Palmistry is the study of the influences of planetary light as revealed through the features of our hands. In India, it is commonly understood that astrology and palmistry are inseparably interconnected.

What is the Birla Approach to Palmistry?

Although palmistry can be used to forecast the likelihood of certain trends--such as determining that indecision, seen in the hand, can lead to a job loss--the Birla approach to palmistry stresses the importance of finding and eliminating the root cause of a problem before it manifests externally and creates a disruptive circumstance. External problems related to work, relationships, and health are important to identify, but they are often reflections of our inner psyche. They reveal the need to examine and change the way we think and behave, otherwise history will keep repeating itself and happiness will elude us. The Birla approach embraces the original intention of palmistry, which is focusing on our inner, spiritual development.

Do you use both Palmistry and Astrology in your consultations?

Yes. The astrological chart provides an understanding of your potential as an individual, while the lines on your hand—and the changes that occur over time—are interpreted to measure your progress towards particular goals.

What is Vedic Palmistry (Hast Jyotish)?

Thousands of years ago, the sages of ancient India established a system of knowledge derived from the Vedas, the earliest and most sacred of Hindu scriptures. In this system, the sages studied the hands as a means of unveiling and understanding the true nature of self and our relationships with others. These ancient seers discovered that the unique pattern of lines crisscrossing our hands is formed by our patterns of thought and behaviour. Every thought and action—past, present and future—acts like a pebble tossed into a pool of water, creating ripples in our existence that are recorded and reflected back to us through the lines in the palms of our hands.

Do lines change?

Because the lines in our hands are shaped by our thoughts and actions, as our thinking and behaviour change, the lines of our hands change as well. This is what makes palmistry so fascinating, and such a powerful tool of self-analysis. We can trace our thoughts and behaviour over time by taking different handprints at different points in our lives. By comparing those prints, we can see how and where our thoughts and behaviour have taken us. Handprints are remarkably accurate and provide us with a unique and highly personal method of analyzing ourselves objectively. The self-knowledge we gain though the study of our hands helps us make better and more positive choices about our careers, our personal relationships, our finances, and many other important aspects of daily life. Having a lifetime record of our thoughts and behaviour in the palm of our hand can help us avoid repeating past mistakes and taking missteps as we move forward in life.

Which hand do you read?

In Vedic palmistry, the dominant hand—the hand we write with—reflects our conscious self and current life circumstances. Our non-dominant hand reflects our subconscious—the deeply rooted desires and ingrained behaviors developed in the past. It reveals strongly entrenched habits, that under stressful situations, we may easily fall back into. By studying both hands, we can trace the link between our past behavior and our present day personality, thoughts and experiences.

In my hand analysis, will I be offered ways to improve my life?

Your consultant will suggest steps you can take to capitalize on the information you’ve received. These steps are based on a program of personal growth and healing that Birla Center Director, Ghanshyam Singh Birla, has developed during his five decades as one of North America’s expert Vedic astro-palmists and Ayurvedic healers. The suggestions are designed to meet each individual’s particular needs, and can include massage, mantra, meditation, specific yoga and breathing exercises, or coaching in a specific area of life that needs improvement.

What types of people take a consultation?

Our clients come from all walks of life and from all over the world. In general, they are people seeking to improve their lives, gain insight into their relationships with partners and children, and develop a deeper understanding of themselves. Everyone’s ultimate goal is to find happiness and experience life as fully as possible.

You offer several different courses of study. Who are these courses suitable for?

Our courses are of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about themselves through the study of palmistry and astrology. The courses are also perfect for anyone contemplating a career in palmistry or someone who would like to incorporate aspects of palmistry into their own professions. Courses can be taken in person or online.

Do you often see couples in a consultation?

Many couples come to see us to improve their communication and compatibility. We are a family-friendly center and work with couples over compatibility issues and with those couples, alone or together, to help navigate through tough times such as breakups and divorce.

Do children come to see you?

Many parents visit us, either on their own or with the children, seeking advice on improving parent-child communication or on dealing with childhood challenges such as poor grades; bullying; low self-esteem and behavioral problems.

What are the main questions people ask?

There is a whole range of questions people ask regarding issues that could be upsetting their peace of mind and to make their life happier. When a client comes to us with a problem—perhaps a potential bankruptcy, a health issue or a combative work relationship—we can use palmistry to identify the root cause of the imbalance. People also ask questions about marriage, romance, and some come seeking advice on finding their soul mate. More and more people are coming with issues related to stress and how to lift depression, eliminate anxiety, purge negative emotions and memories, and think more positively. The workplace can also be a source of pressure and clients come asking how to reduce office tension, improve communication among colleagues, and find satisfaction in their career. Creativity is also a major issue and we work with the client to eliminate any blocks, emotional or otherwise, to increase their creative flow and productivity. People also enquire about issues of spirituality such as identifying past life karma, discovering their destiny, and developing their spiritual and psychic potential.

How long can I book a stay at the Birla Wellness & Retreat Center?

Come for an hour, a day, a weekend, a week or even longer—the Wellness Center offers a unique getaway for anyone wishing to unwind and rejuvenate in a beautiful country setting.

Depending on your needs, you can book your length of stay. We have palmistry students who have prolonged stays in order to complete their study. We have couples who come for a romantic candlelit dinner by a fireplace at our log chalet after a counselling session and relaxing massage. Or some clients come for the day enjoying a healing reflexology session, a walk in the woods after a coaching session with one of the staff or an advanced class in metaphysics with Ghanshyam, including swara (breathing), yoga and meditation techniques.

Can I bring my pet?

Guests come from all over the world to our retreat and wellness center with our promise of privacy, peace and tranquillity, to enjoy yoga, meditation, massage, and soothing walks along our nature paths. For that reason, unfortunately, pets are not allowed.

Should I bring my own bedding and towels?

All our lodgings are well supplied with bedding and towels.

Do you have Internet access?

We have limited high-speed Internet access through satellite. Also, because we are in a rural region, most cell phones have very limited reception and there is no television or radio reception. Our lodgings are equipped with a television set and DVD player. We have a small offering of videos at our reception desk and videos can be rented in Cheneville.

What is the food situation?

All our lodgings allow you to prepare your meals.

Our luxurious log home and lakefront condo are equipped with a full gourmet kitchen. Our studio is equipped with a kitchenette. Rooms in our lodge have access to a communal kitchenette equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven and coffee maker. Also, you can find nice family restaurants close by in the town of Cheneville approximately 6 km away. Here you can also find many modern conveniences: supermarket, drugstore, bakery, walk-in clinic, post office and bank. For a romantic evening out, Le Parissi in Chénéville or the Bistro in St-André-Avellin is just a 20-minute drive from the center.

Where is Cheneville?

Cheneville is located in the heart of Quebec’s Outaouais region, just 10 minutes away from Lac Simon, 25 minutes from Montebello, 40 minutes away from Mont Tremblant, 75 minutes from Ottawa and 2 hours from Montreal.