Vijay K. Bansal Home. Guhyam brahma tadidam braveemi. Nahi maanushaa shreshthataram hi kin chit. No visible or invisible power can compare with the enormous inherent power possessed by man. What are Mudras?
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Vijay K. Bansal Home. Guhyam brahma tadidam braveemi. Nahi maanushaa shreshthataram hi kin chit. No visible or invisible power can compare with the enormous inherent power possessed by man. What are Mudras? How do we define them? Where and how Mudras originated. Mudras in Therapy. A Scientific look. Most commonly known mudras and how they affect the body.
As per Eastern philosophies and culture and Yogic practices, 'Mudras' are systematic hand gestures. More deeply, "closed electrical circuits" of the subtle channels in physical and etheric bodies are also known as 'Mudras'. Some Western writers have defined 'Mudra' as mystic hand gestures used to focus subtle energy, transmit teachings through symbols and confer psychic protection. Leaving aside the complex definitions offered by various people and sects, we will summarise to say that:.
Mudras are a non-verbal mode of communication and self expression consisting of hand gestures and finger postures. They retain the efficacy of the spoken word. It is an external expression of inner resolve, suggesting that such non verbal communications are more powerful than the spoken word.
In Yoga mudras denote the finger and hand gestures and movements used in the performance of dances, rituals and rites and while engaging in spiritual exercises such as meditation. Mudras symbolically express inner feelings and inner psychological states.
They also generate various qualities such as fearlessness, power, charity and peace in the practitioner and to on-lookers. The Gherand Sanhita and the Vajrayana Tantra advise that the Mudras are capable of bestowing great powers and psychic abilities called "Siddhies" on their practitioners, hence, their knowledge should not be conveyed to those steeped in sin, to those that are not true to their word, to the skeptics and non believers, to heretics and insincere persons and those who do not observe the precepts.
Mudras have therefore always been considered an esoteric science and even as of date there are thousands of Mudras that are not available to the uninitiated like in the Chen Yen Buddhism or True Buddha Schools. However, besides the mudras providing spiritual gains, there are mudras which are likewise of tremendous value in therapy. Constant researches by the dedicated have brought a large number of these to the fore although we still seem to be scratching the surface only of this sea of knowledge.
No one knows for sure where and how mudras originated. They have been in use for millenniums. They have not ben known to adhere to any barriers. They have been found in all continents, practiced by people of all religions and those professing none. They are as natural to the body as the daily needs of the body. All that was required was to recognize them, identify them and scientifically understand and use them.
Hinduism shows the earliest recorded knowledge and analysis of Mudras. The earliest documentations are found in Mantra Shastra the book of incantations , Upasana Shastra the book of worship and prayers and the Nritya Shastra the book of classical dances. Prapannapaarijaataaya totravetre paanaye, gyaan mudraaya Krishnaaya geetaamritaa duhe namah.
Man only has that supreme power in his soul, that when scientifically endowed with Yoga, can help him achieve all the three sublime powers - the physical, mental and spiritual. All that is needed is the guidance and the rules of Dhyana meditation and Practice sadhana. There are various supreme sciences for the investigations on and into the human mind and body.
Some of these are:. There are many many more covering all aspects of science known to man today and those that modern science still has to discover again. This is the science of finger postures, based on Yoga of elements that go to create the human body. The science that can help raise the human being to achieve almost divine powers and keep the body perfectly fit.
We have mentioned earlier that The World Health Organisation defines good health as:. Like any Yoga, Mudras must be practiced sincerely and after gaining full knowledge of them. With few exceptions, a practice of these, with partial knowledge can, at the least, result in no gains and if practiced wrongly also produce undesireable effects. Like any Yoga, Mudras should be learned from a Guru.
After understanding the basic principles, the practitioners can generally do most of the Mudras by themselves. Like any Yoga, Mudras are natures way of healing, as intended by nature and therefore, the mandates of nature are to be followed. These are no instant pills, which do give temporary relief but harm in the long run. While some Mudras do give instant relief, for permanent and long term gains they should be done with sincerity and belief.
Remember, the gains from all Yogic procedures are permanent and achieved without interfering with the natural working of the body mind or spirit. A scientific look. Any living body is made of 5 distinct elements :. These are not as per science's definition of elements but refer to the five building blocks that go into the formation of any living body.
Several ancient health systems are based on the concept of the balance of the five elements. Indian Medical science according to Ayurved and metaphysics affirm that distortion or impairment of the 5 elements create outer disturbance and inner sickness in the body. The 5 fingers of the hands represent these 5 elements :. The finger tips of every living being have many concentrated nerve root endings which are free energy discharge points. Science also confirms that around every tip there is a concentration of free electrons.
By touching together of the tips of the fingers or the finger tips to other parts of the palms this free energy Prana is redirected back into the body along specified channels, back up to the brain. The redirected energy traveling through the nerves stimulates the various chakras. Keeping the hands on the knees stimulates the Gupta Nari and makes the energy start from the Mooladhara Chakra.
This balancing of the tension, and redirection of the internal energy effects the changes in veins, tendons, glands and sensory organs, to bring the body back to a healthy state. Keeping specified nerves stretched for specified periods tones up of the nervous system. The fingers of each hand are held folded in certain specific postures and this provides the required tension on the nerves. The fingers of each and every individual in the world are different in their shapes and sizes.
These are determined and provided by nature as a tool to bring the nerves into prime condition when affected adversely. Thus, they provide a different 'end tension' on the nerves when different individuals fold their fingers or the same individual folds the fingers by different methods in different Mudras.
This is exactly the tension required by that individual for that particular application. Nature has already bestowed us with the tools to be used to keep us healthy. Compare this with Acupressure where the nerves are influenced by the application of pressure on certain points or Acupuncture, where slight electrical impulses are conveyed through needles inserted in the body. The advantage in Mudras is that the pressure to be applied on the nerves is automatic and controlled by the shape and size of the fingers and not by external agencies.
Mudra Vigyan is also a science based on the principles of the Indian Medical Science Ayurveda which lays down three factors primarily responsible for the body's ills, Vata wind , Pitta bile and Kapha Phlegm. Etaa Mudraa na jaanaati, Gaayatri nishphalaa bhaveta To him who does not know Mudras, Gayatri becomes ineffectual.
G yan Mudra : In this position the fingers are held with the tip of the index finger touching the tip of the thumb and the remaining three fingers nearly straight--kind of like an "OK" sign, except the palms of each hand are pointed up or front.
This mudra is good for: stresses and strains, insomnia, emotional instability, indecisiveness, excessive anger, idleness, laziness, indolence, and is a great help in increasing memory and I.
It can help cure sleeplessness and get one off sleeping pills where these are being taken. There are a number of variations of this mudra for higher and higher degrees of attainment e. As one keeps attaining higher and higher levels of the mind, the mudra's change. V ayu Mudra : This finger position is unbeatable in quickly and effectively removing the accumulated wind in the stomach. Depending on one's physiology, it may take anywhere from 1 minute to 15 minutes or so to effectively expel all accumulated wind in the stomach without the use of anti-flatulants.
Mudra should be stopped when the trouble abates. It helps in alleviating all wind based aches and pains. It is very effective in Parkinson's disease an ailment of the nerves where the patients body, head and limbs shake uncontrollably. S hunya Mudra : This helps those with impaired hearing. If there is no physical defect, the mudra, if practiced regularly, can restore the hearing power. Remarkably, it helps in getting rid of earaches within minutes. It takes no mare than 2 to 3 minutes to get rid of most earaches.
It helps in relieving the nausea and vomiting sensations felt while driving on winding hilly curves or while taking off or landing in aircrafts. It helps in many problems of vertigo. The mudra should not be continued after the problem has been removed.
A pan-Vayu Mudra : This finger position works like an injection in cases of a heart attack. Regular practice is an insurance in preventing heart attacks, tacho-cardia, palpitations, depressions, sinking feeling of the heart. Also known as the Mritsanjivani Mudra for arresting heart attack. P ran Mudra : This finger position is an all time useful Mudra and can be done for any length of time, any time, any place and will only help in adding to the benefits.
This is the mudra which, along with the Apan Mudra, precedes any efforts at higher meditation by the Yogis and saints. The mudra helps to increase the Pran Shakti or the "Life force". It increases one's self confidence. It helps the body in increasing it's vitality and sustenance when deprived of food and water.
It helps in improving weak eyesight and quiescence motionlessness of the eyes.
Mudra Vigyan: Philosophy & Practice of Yogic Gestures
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