I came across the mudra you see me making here, for the first time, in the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala.
So, What is a mudra?
A Mudra is literally speaking, a ‘pose’. Mudras direct the flow of energy through body chakras as long as you hold them.
- Each ‘mudra’ targets one of 7 chakras of the human body’s energy system and helps you tune into the energy of the particular chakra and its significance.
- As a way to learn from ‘the source’, as has been my philosophy, for the last 3-4 years of my meditation practice I have been studying and replicating hand mudras depicted in sculptures, idols and statues of great sages and gods.
- And I’ve discovered that if you observe closely, the yogic mudra each deity or sage is depicted holding, has a lot to do with their message to the world.
Take the following examples for a better understanding of this point:
Depicted holding a variety of mudras in padmasana, but depicted meditating in a perfectly balanced meditative mudra with the right hand resting on top of the left, as well as the right leg on top of the left.
The right side of the body is the solar side of the body and commands logic. The left side is the emotional side of the body. What this mudra shows is the philosophy of logic over emotions with ‘balance‘. If you know anything about Buddhism, you must be aware that this what forms the crux of the teachings of the Buddha.
Following logic and practicing the middle path.
Depicted with hands raised above the head at the level of the Shasrara chakra.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is famous for his divine connection with the divine in the form of his unwavering devotion or bhakti.
The Sahasrara Chakra is the chakra of the other dimension, uniting the human body with higher planes of consciousness such as the perception of and acceptance of the ‘divine’.
With the continuous practice of the ‘Bhakti Mudra‘, one raises their energy upwards towards the Sahasrara and connects to the higher consciousness.
Only by developing the higher consciousness can you come into terms with the fact that there is a universal power far above the material plane and that there is much more to this world than meets the eye.
Even the subtle variations in a mudra can dictate huge energy pattern changes.You can distinctly feel these changes during meditation if you hold a particular mudra and observe the ‘flow of energy’.
- Now, this mudra resembles the mudra for the solar plexus to a huge extent but it isn’t exactly that.
- It also resembles the mudra for the Sacral Chakra but it isn’t exactly that either.
- You see, the positioning of this mudra is right in front of the root chakra.
- So the root chakra is central to the energy flow being created by it.
- If you are familiar with the chakra symbol of the root chakra you will see that the mudra in itself forms an inverted triangle like the root chakra symbol.
- The root chakra is the chakra of grounding and stability. It is also the chakra of life force.