The last of the three categories is called rakshasa-gana, and is characterized by the following feature: a little finger is shorter than the distal phalanx of the ring finger. This feature gives evidence of inflated sense of self-importance and difficulty in controlling the urges of the senses. But it’s not all doom and gloom. As a rule, this gana is easily neutralized by other palmar signs, such as good mounts (planets). As you may guess, a person with this type of mindset is focused on the past.
He/she is prone to muse over his/her past deeds and avail himself/herself of past experiences. He/she is by instinct a historian capable of making inferences and transferring his/her experience to the next generations. A true sage is not the one who never makes mistakes, but the one who learns from mistakes, makes the most serious conclusions, and lives life further always keeping in mind what such experiments end up with.
Two sages were traveling when they came to a river. They looked about, but there was no bridge to go over, so they decided to cross the river by walking through the shallower part of it. They were about to do it when a pregnant woman who also wanted to get across turned to them for help: “Oh sages, please help me get over to the other shore.”
One of the sages told the other, “I don’t think we should do it. Our etiquette doesn’t allow close association with women, but to help this woman, we’ll have to carry her right in our arms.” The other sage replied, “Yes, this is really so, but the poor woman is pregnant, morality urges us to help those who got into an awkward predicament.”
“No matter whether she’s pregnant or not, I don’t think this is our duty,” said the first sage. “I will help this woman no matter what,” said the second one. Then he swiftly picked her up and carried her across to the other bank, where he sat her down.
The woman went her way, and the two sages continued their walk in silence. The first sage was really upset, as per their injunctions, they were not allowed even to look at women. After some time, he could no longer restrain himself and confronted his companion, “Still I think this is very bad that you carried this woman across the Ganges on your shoulders. Very bad.” The second one said, “I set her down back at the crossing, but you are still carrying her in your mind. Why don’t you put her down and continue to walk alone?”