What they don’t tell you about the handshake

What they don’t tell you about the handshake
by Murali Chemuturi

It is common to shake hands with someone who is introduced to us, especially in Western cultures. This custom has spread all over the world and is common everywhere now. We shake hands not only at the time of introduction but also when we meet someone we already know. A handshake is treated as the norm for a business greeting. Meetings normally begin with shaking of hands. It is rumored that the hand of the President of USA gets swollen from shaking so many hands in victory in elections! Evidence shows that the practice of handshake existed in the era before Common Era, say the 5th century BCE.

What is the meaning of shaking hands and how did it originate?

One school of thought indicates that the handshake originated in wars. To demonstrate that the intention is peaceful and that the hands bear no weapons, the handshake was adopted as the gesture. In the present days, all athletes including boxers shake hands before and after the match to show that they bear no ill will towards each other. Politicians also shake hands, at least after the result is announced, to demonstrate that they have forgotten the bitterness displayed during the election campaign. This present day custom of shaking hands seems to confirm the school of thought that the custom originated in wars.

Another school of thought suggests that this custom did not originate in wars but in marriages and was then carried over to war situations. For example, in days gone by, whenever a young man approached a father to seek his daughter in marriage, he normally asked something like, “Sir, I have come to seek your daughter’s hand in marriage.” (And the jocular repartee was, “Well you will find it in my pocket and I am glad to transfer it to your pocket.”) This practice is adhered to in some families in Western cultures even to this day, especially in families that consider themselves a class of superior beings. In fact, in many cultures (tribal cultures of Asia, Africa, and Australia and in Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims), holding the hand of a girl by a man (or of a man by a girl) is construed as marriage in itself. By holding the hand of a girl, the man is deemed to promise that he will take care of the girl for eternity, in all four aspects of life, namely: 1. love & sex life; 2. money, comforts and luxuries of life; 3. performance of righteous rituals dictated by religion; and 4. the after life. The holding of hand is a promise of friendship, and kinship for ever between two persons.

It appears to me that the second school of thought is the appropriate one. In Hindu ritual of marriage, the father hands over the hand of the bride to the bridegroom and this gesture is seen to be the essence of marriage. The marriage invitations too invite the guests to the ceremony of “holding hands”!

In Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim cultures, touching each other including holding hands is prohibited in a frivolous manner

Do you know why? When two palms come together, what happens? We have an excellent parallel surprisingly in Physics, namely thermodynamics and hydraulics. In thermodynamics, one law states that when two bodies come together, heat flows from the body with higher temperature to the body with lower temperature. The size of the body is not relevant here. In hydraulics, one law states that when two water/liquid sources are connected with each other, the water/liquid at a higher altitude flows in to the water/liquid at lower altitude. The quantity of water/liquid is not pertinent here. Even if the quantity is lower in the source at the higher level than that in the lower level, it still flows downwards!

Thus, when two palms come together, the sin (bad luck) flows from the palm of the person with higher sin (bad luck) to the person with lesser sin (bad luck). Some people do not believe in bad luck. But many do! While this belief in good/bad luck is implicit in many people, it is very explicit the in glamour world of cinema. If the movie of a hero/heroin bomb at the box office, that hero/heroin would find it very difficult to find another assignment. This is also true in the case of TV shows and stars.

You would find politicians eager to shake hands with you – they have good reason – they pass on their sin (bad luck) to you and take on your good karma (good luck).

One tip for you here, if you are suffering from bad luck, find as many righteous people as possible and shake their hands. Don’t rush to priests – they have blessed so many people, it is doubtful if they are left with anything but sin (bad luck)!

That is the reason why Hindus greet by folded hands. Buddhists bow their head. Muslims perform a gesture of “Salaam,” which is similar to the Western salute. While the salute is performed once, a Salaam is performed thrice upon greeting. It is interesting to note that both salaam and salute originated from Hindu greeting. While Hindu greeting is with both hands, salaam and salute are performed with a single hand.

In Western culture too, even though handshake is widespread, in the armed forces, the handshake is only between persons of the same seniority in the same rank. A junior, either in rank or seniority in the same rank, cannot hope to shake hands with a senior – the person needs to salute his senior, either in rank or seniority. Royalty also does not shake hands with commoners, and sometimes, not even with other elected heads of state. The queens and kings shake hands with other queens and kings. It is considered an offense for a commoner to try to shake hands with royalty.

“If you shake hands with a person and then betray his confidence, it amounts to sin.”

Finally, what does a handshake connote? It connotes that, by shaking hands with the other person, you are making an implicit promise that you would take care of the other person as you would take care of your wife. If you shake hands with a person and then betray his confidence, it amounts to sin.

That is the handshake. Now you know.

New translations of the Ramayana by Dr. Murali Chemuturi!

Sundara Kaanda of Vaalmiki Raamayana

Baala Kaanda of Srimad Raamayana of Maha Rushi Vaalmiki


  1. Why do hands have 4 fingers and one thumb?
    The human hand is a symbol of the Godhead, just like the symmetry of the human body is with its 5 appendages: head, two arms, and two legs. The Godhead consists of a Father, Mother, Son, Daughter aspect, and when this family combines into action, they create a fifth person sometimes called the Holy Spirit, God, Nature, or just the Tao. This same organization is present within the Higgs field of science.

    The human hand was designed by God and also reflects this universal organization, the middle finger represents the Father force of judgment hence we flip “the byrd” at people to curse them. The slightly smaller, but always close, Ring finger represents the loving and supportive Mother force. The Index finger functions like the Son, pointing out the way, while the Pinky finger represents the smaller less developed Daughter force that isn’t used much. The opposing Thumb works with all the other fingers to grab things, or to move or reform them. The Thumb therefore functions as a symbol for the Spirit of God “grabbing and forming” the fluid energy into various physical forms and processes.

    I have coined the term “the Pentany” to cover all five of these beings as a whole. The Pentany is the completed Trinity that Christians and others have not been able to comprehend due to lack of enlightenment , revelation, and poor scriptural interpretation, but it is strongly suggested in Rev. 1. and in other Biblical passages where the Daughter of Zion or the Bride of Christ is mentioned. The Daughter aspect is the evolving human race, in other words. The Daughter is just another name for our group soul, a.k.a. the “image” of God within us all.

    If a person understands the Sacred Rays (and not many do…). They will also come to understand that the Godhead is the Dynamo behind these Sacred Rays. There are 14 Sacred Rays total, and five of these are necessary to create all the other rays, so, these colors also represent the Pentany. 12 of the 14 sacred Rays stand directly behind the Zodiac which is a testing and timing device used by the Pentany to compel evolution. The last two Rays are often combined to create 13. There are different ways to organize these Rays.

    The five most basic Rays can be neatly projected with the 5 fingers on the human hand, and this potential makes the human hand, and the human handshake, a sacred agreement. This agreement co-mingles energy to get a bond instead of actual blood as Native Americans and even evil Mafias and Militant gangs still do today.

    If a human being holds the Sacred Rays, in an enlightened fashion, the fingers can emit these rays as follows: Middle finger emits the white ray, ring finger emits the ruby ray, the index finger the blue ray of Krishna, the pinky finger emits the sunny yellow ray, and the opposing Thumb emits a color I call “Viyel” (which is a blend of Violet and Yellow).

    Pentecost was a prime example of how the 5 basic colors of the Pentany manifested as tongues of fire on the Disciples after their “50 day” wait for an energy blessing. Fire possesses the colors of the 5 basic Rays and that is not a random coincidence.

    This is why you cannot shake hands with a Taoist Master, you must point your fingers at your own belly. This is also how a Taoist Master creates a ball of chi between his hands during Tai Chi type exercises. This is also how healings and blessings are distributed throughn the laying on of hands, by enlightened people who possess the Sacred Rays in their heart chakra. Main stream religions, the Charismatic Renewal, and modern enlightenment methodologies have all but lost this once obvious information. They no longer understand that Energy creates Enlightenment, period.

    So, practically speaking it is not a good idea to shake hands with, or hug, anyone that is less enlightened than you. Following this teaching to its logical conclusion, it is not advisable to talk a lot, or have sex with, beings of lower energy, either. Do not scatter your good energy to the wind. Cultivate it.

  2. Doubts
    While law of Thermodynamics / hydraulics is true; The law of fortune (Luck is a stupid word and is misleading. I replace it with fortune) need not be. Fortunes cannot be transferred like that. Similarly, Karma cannot be transferred from one entity to another. You first needs to prove that Karma is a form of heat OR water.

    By your logic, when your mother picked you for the first time, her sin was transferred to you and you became sinned. Now, do you agree with this?

    Handshake / Touch was rejected not because of sin transfer but also because of hygiene reasons. Most of the time, bacterias, viruses and other disease creating creatures gets transferred NOT some sins.

    That’s what I think. Rest all is fine. (Nothing offensive here. Sorry if author is offended.)

  3. @Tretre ..yes sins of the mother and father are passed on through birth,that is why a baby is baptised to remove sin from birth.

  4. I have had my fingers crushed, my wrist twisted and bruises that lasted for days. The so called firm hand shake and often the thumb pressed into the back of my hand resulted so often in pain for me. Apart from the discomfort, I have small and very flexible fingers and wrist, I am a musician and need healthy hands.
    I absolutely hate shaking hands and do not do this any more. Its a custom, not a law. I also dislike this intimate palm contact with total strangers. So, I smile, keep my hands away, maybe bring them to my chest, smile, say Pleased to meet you and if a hand is extended, continue to smile and say clearly that I do not shake hands. I never offer an explanation now because the person will think they are an exception. Most people accept it and just continue the talk. I think there are many who don’t like to shake hands or make physical contact with a stranger. It should be a personal choice.

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