All the work is done by hands; therefore, hands have great importance in life. Hands are very important in performing auspicious or inauspicious deeds. Whether to eat food or to make food, to wear clothes or to dress someone, to drive a vehicle, to carry weapons or scriptures, all of them use hands only. There is no work without hands.
In the Indian scriptures, man is told about waking up early in the morning. A man should wake up before the sun rises and should first show his hands upon waking up. Regarding the display of the palms of the hands, it was told in the scriptures that while looking at the hands, the following verses should be read:
कराग्रे वसते लक्ष्मीः करमध्य सरस्वती।
करमूले तु गोविन्दः प्रभाते करदर्शनम्।।
Karagre Vasate Lakshmi: Karamadhya Saraswati.
Karmule tu govindah: Prabhate kardarshanam.
That is, in front of the palms is the abode of Goddess Lakshmi. The central part of the palm is inhabited by the god of learning, Goddess Saraswati. And the lower part of the palm is inhabited by Lord Govind. I show them in my palms in the morning.
Goddess of wealth is Lakshmi. All work is done by money, any thing can be purchased by money, therefore Goddess Lakshmi is shown in the front part of the palm. In the center of the palm lies the place of Saraswati, the goddess of learning. Knowledge is produced by the attainment of knowledge, by virtue one becomes inhabited by virtues, every person respects a knowledgeable person. And the lower part of the palm is inhabited by Lord Govind. There is no salvation without Lord Vishnu. Even if a man has everything, he remains in a circle of birth and death. If Lord Govind is to be praised, loved by him, and worshiped by him, then Lord Govind is happy to relieve the person from the bond of birth and death. Lord Govind is about to remove all the sufferings of man.
If the palms are seen as soon as they wake up in the morning, it also has an effect that when we wake up in the morning, we have drowsiness in our eyes. In such a situation, one should not look far away. Seeing too far can weaken the eyesight, and can have a bad effect on the eyes. Therefore, upon waking up in the morning, the eyes should be opened slowly, one should not open the eyes and look away.
The first time you open your eyes, you will spend a good day looking at the palms. Righteousness will take place in mind and sins committed by mistake will decrease. The palms of the hands are inhabited by the Gods, so seeing the palms first upon waking in the morning will reduce your mental excitement and will inspire you to do spiritual and pure work.