Ghanshyam Singh Birla

Ghanshyam Singh Birla has dedicated his life to teaching the ancient science of Vedic Palmistry.

Ghanshyam began studying palmistry and astrology in his native India when he was twelve years old under the tutelage of his paternal grandfather, a Vedic scholar, spiritual leader, gifted palmist and highly respected Ayurvedic healer. Ghanshyam learned through his grandfather that Vedic palmistry is much more than a method for predicting future events—it is a spiritual tool and a way of understanding our deepest selves that, when properly practiced, can bless us with balanced and joyful lives, promote lifelong health and wellbeing, and even draw us closer to God.

Ghanshyam Singh BirlaAfter years of diligent Vedic study, Ghanshyam opened a successful Palmistry Center in New Delhi and quickly established a thriving practice, but grew frustrated with the ingrained culture of “fortune telling” he felt was associated with palmistry in India. Seeking to bring the spiritual beauty and the many practical life-changing benefits of Vedic palmistry to a wider world, Ghanshyam left his beloved homeland in the early 1970s. He immigrated to North America and quickly established himself in the West as a trailblazing pioneer of the Vedic sciences. In 1972, Ghanshyam founded Montreal’s famous Birla Center where he continues to consult with clients and teach the college-level Palmistry Certification Program he has lovingly developed over the past four decades.

Ghanshyam has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Canada and has written numerous articles and highly acclaimed books, including Destiny in The Palm of Your Hand, Introduction to Hast Jyotish, and Magnet Therapy. His first book, Love in the Palm of Your Hand, was a Book of The Month Club selection in the United States and has been translated into six languages. Ghanshyam has also recorded three popular mantra meditation recordings–Gayatri, Maha Mrityunjaya (Shiva) and Saraswati Devi.

Today, Ghanshyam divides his time between teaching students and consulting with clients at both The Birla Center in downtown Montreal and at the beautiful 500-acre rural Wellness Center he opened in Chénéville, Quebec in 1998.

Educational History

  • Doctor of Divinity from Universal Brotherhood Movement Inc. an Interfaith Ministry, in Florida, in recognition of distinguished achievement in ministerial counseling and metaphysical healing, November 2003
  • Editor Emeritus for the magazine Light on Ayurveda in Boston, July 2002 to 2006.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the Indian Medical Council, Government of India, for the Open International University for Complimentary Medicines, January 2001
  • Founder and President of the National Research Institute for Self-Understanding (NRISU), the precursor to the Birla Center, in Montreal, Canada (est. 1972) and Burlington, Vt, USA (1987 to 2005).
  • Secretary of the All India Society, 1965 – 1970.
  • Assistant Director of Rekha Vigyan Prashiksham Sashtham, 1965-1970.
  • Teacher in Indian Government Institutions — colleges and high schools, 1962-1970.

Personal History

  • Honorary fellow and teaching member of the International Institute of Integral Human Sciences (IIIHS) and lecturer on the Adjunct-Faculty of the SSF’s International College Program in Montreal (September 2002).
  • Awarded a Certificate of Attendance for participation in Ayurveda and Health Symposium and An Integrated Approach to Ayurveda and Modern Nutrition Workshop from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine (July 2002).
  • Affiliated with the College of Alternative Medicines, Calcutta, to offer Diploma Programs in Vedic Palmistry and Vedic Astrology (1997).
  • Founder of Galaxy Publications and Recordings, a division of NRISU, in 1993.
  • Creator of “The Naitram S. Birla Handprint Gallery”, a presentation of the science and art of palmistry, as part of the ‘Canada 125’ National Celebrations, September 1992. For this project, he received an official commendation from the Governor-General of Canada, The Honourable R. Hnatyshyn.
  • Is currently working on his autobiography.
Book signing
  • Newlife Expo, Fort Lauderdale, April 2002
  • Newlife Expo, New York City, March 2002
  • Total Health Show, Toronto, March 2001 & 2002
  • Zoe Ministries, New York, March 2000
  • Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ, February 2000
  • Natural Health, Aromatherapy and Herb Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, February 2000
  • American Council of Vedic Astrology, Sedona, AZ, January 2000
  • Network of Indian Professionals’ North American Annual Conference, Toronto, Sept. 1999
  • Whole Life Expos in San Francisco, Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta and Denver
  • Total Health Show, Toronto, March 1999
  • American Council of Vedic Astrology, Kauai, March 1999
  • 3rd International Congress of Alternative Medicines, Calcutta, India, January 1996
  • Institut interculturel de Montréal, Hindu Mission Temple and Concordia University
  • Taught at Vanier College in Montreal, and Burlington College, in Vermont
  • Presented a paper at the Canadian Psychological Association, Quebec City, June 1988
  • Presented a paper at the Canadian Association for Medical Anthropology, Quebec City, May 1987
  • Taught at Concordia University in Montreal in the faculty of Religion sponsored by Rev. John Rossner in 1978
  • Health & Harmony Center, Fort Myers, Fl.
  • Masters of Healing & Light Center, Fort Myers, Fl.
  • Planet Earth Book Center, Fort Myers, Fl.
  • Transitions Bookplace, Chicago, IL.
  • Borders Books and Music: Phoenix and Mesa, AZ; Burlington, VT; Lihue, HI; Bailey’s Crossroads, VA; Raleigh, NC; New York, NY; Atlanta, GA; and Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
  • Liberties Books, Boca Raton, Fl.
  • Books & Books, Coral Gable, Fl.
  • Barnes & Noble: Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson, AZ; Burlington, VT; Berkeley and San Francisco, CA; and Raleigh, NC.
  • Indigo Books, Montreal
  • Omega Center, Toronto
  • Chapters: Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston and Greater Montreal.
Lectures and workshops
  • Guest speaker at the SSF-IIIHS (International Institute of Integral Human Sciences) Annual International Conference, 2003 – 2007
  • American Society of Dowsers Annual Convention, Lyndonville, VT, 2000 – 2007
  • Guest speaker at the National Ayurvedic Medical Association’s First Ayurvedic National Conference, in Sarasota, Fl., October 2003 Lecture: Interpreting the Doshas through Hast Jyotish, One of the Therapeutic Modalities of Ayurveda
  • Guest speaker at the Ayurveda Expo 2003, in Toronto, September 2003
  • Guest speaker at the Silva International Convention, Miami, May 2003
  • Book Tour in South Florida (Miami, Sarasota, West Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale) August to November 2002
  • Presented the paper The Contribution of Vedic Palmistry in the Practice of Ayurveda at the Dartmouth University of Massachusetts in association with the World Association for Vedic Studies Inc. (WAVES), July 2002

Published Works

  • Introduction to Hast Jyotish: Ancient Eastern System of Palmistry. Montreal: Galaxy Publications & Recordings, 2007.
  • Destiny in the Palm of Your Hand: Creating Your Future through Vedic Palmistry. Published by Inner Traditions & Bear Co., Vermont, (June 2000) and translated into 5 languages.
  • Magnet Therapy, a Gentle and Effective Way to Balance Body Systems. Published by Inner Traditions & Bear Co., Vermont, (October 1999) and translated into 8 languages and used in the program at the Institute of Alternative Medicine, Girinagar Kadavanthra, Cochin-20, Kerala, India.
  • Love in the Palm of Your Hand: How to Use Palmistry for Successful Relationships. Published by Inner Traditions & Bear Co., Vermont, (December 1998) and translated into 6 languages.
  • Creator of For a Glorious Tomorrow, a subliminal-affirmational recording for people with sleeping difficulties.
  • Producer, author and narrator of three audio recordings, The Gayatri Mantra, The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra and Saraswati Devi which bring to the Western World an understanding of the significance of mantras.
  • Currently working towards completing the second book in the Diploma program online series.
  • Article for MENSA Canada in 1971 on the scientific significance of the lines and signs of the hand.
  • Regular collaborator in East/West Journal, Seraphin Magazine, Hindu Mission Journal, Cheminement, Tone Magazine, Light on Ayurveda, Bharat Times, Miracle Journey, Insight Magazine, and Toronto Dimensions.
  • Article for MENSA Canada in 1971 on the scientific significance of the lines and signs of the hand.
  • Regular collaborator in East/West Journal, Seraphin Magazine, Hindu Mission Journal, Cheminement, Tone Magazine, Light on Ayurveda, Bharat Times, Miracle Journey, Insight Magazine, and Toronto Dimensions.

Interviews & Medias

  • Amy Newmark and Natasha Stoynoff in 2015 for Chicken Soup of the Soul: Hope and Miracles
  • Christian Victorino in June 2003 for Connecticut Valley Spectator
  • Charla Jones in April 2003 for The Montreal Gazette
  • Randy Moore in October 2002 for Natural Awakenings (Sarasota, Fl.)
  • Sorah Dubitski in September 2002 for Miracle Journeys (Miami, Fl.)
  • Rebecca Stevenson in March 2001 for Ottawa Citizen
  • Joann Impallaria in July 2000 for Sacred Pathways
  • Pamela Polston in September 1999 for Seven Days
  • Rosie Modio in the November 1999 issue of Cosmopolitan
  • Kathy Ulliott in the July 1999 issue of Modern Woman
  • Anand in Rencontre avec l’Inde, Vol. 25, No 4: 1996, a government of India publication for the French community dedicated to covering cultural contributions of Indian professionals abroad
  • Author Richard Leviton, in his book Physician (1991) devotes a chapter on his healing experience with G.S. Birla
  • Author Michael Talbot, in his book The Holographic Universe (1991) cites G.S. Birla as an expert in his field, writing “The lines and whorls in our palms may contain more about our whole self than we realize”.
Television & Radio

Joel Haslam in February 2015 on CTV Ottawa: Miracles in our Palm

Dr. Birla’s North American book tour interviews (1999-2006):

  • CBC Network, May 2006
  • Magazine Indo-Montreal, December 2004
  • Brendan Geockel, Discovery Channel 2002
  • Georgia Shakti-Hill, Living in Balance (Wisdom TV, PBS) two shows aired in February 2002
  • Susan Epps, Namaste (CKCU FM, Ottawa)
  • Frank Baranowski, Mysteries Around Us (KMVP radio, Phoenix)
  • Terri Ouellette, Good Morning Arizona (KTVK3TV, Phoenix)
  • Haizen Paige, Cosmic Palette (TV 17, Sedona)
  • Live on WebMD (Internet)
  • Patte Purcell, Talk Radio America
  • Abigail Pantaleon, WNYU Radio (New York)
  • Anupy Singla, TV ASIA (New Jersey)
  • Jill Lawrence, The Jill & Friends Show (Wisdom Network)
  • Jeff Rogge, The Morning Show (San Jose, CA)
  • Robert Krakouer, Body, Mind and Healing (North Hampton, MA)
  • Kevin Silva, The Morning Show (Raleigh, NC)
  • Robin Claire, The Tributaries (Boulder, CO)
  • Jim Downey, The Jim Downey Show (KEST, San Francisco)
  • Jay Swift, The Jay Swift Show (KEST, San Francisco)
  • Dr. Ann West, Warriors in Flight (KKCR, Kauai)
  • Breakfast Television (City TV, Toronto)
  • Jaime Orchard and Christine Long, Take One (CFCF-TV, Montreal)
  • Good Morning America, Live It Up, Tele-India, Ésotérisme expérimental, Hello India and Self-Discovery Magazine.
  • Was a guest on various Canadian radio stations: CHOM, CJAD, CBC, FLY-FM and CJFM radio.
  • Has made a guest appearance in the film The Faces of Hands, produced by The National Film Board of Canada.