Mudra means ‘gesture of hands which comprises of the four fingers and a thumb’. The four fingers and the thumb represent the five cardinal elements viz. fire, water, ether, earth and air. They form variegated poses or mudras by mingling with each other.
Every finger represents a particular element and when they combine with others they form different mudras. There are umpteen numbers of mudras and each mudra has a different effect on our body.
Our body is also composed of the five cardinal elements and therefore when we join any finger with the thumb or any two or more than two fingers with the thumb they form different mudras owing to the salutary effect of various mudras on our body and its prophylactic disposition. Hatha Yoga uses it extensively for curing and alleviating various ailment, infirmities and malady.
Mudras play a vital role in awakening the ‘Kundalini’ which means abeyant primal feminine energy believed to lie coiled at the base of the spine. It is believed that a female goddess or dormant serpent lies inside the human body in winded or coiled form. The real purpose of any mudra is to awaken the latent energy for attaining the eternal bliss and enlightenment. A Sanskrit adage caps it all about the importance of Mudras.
“Nasti mudra samam kinchit siddhidam kshitimandale” which means there is nothing in this world like mudras for conferring upon us the real success in our spiritual journey.
Real success in our journey of spiritual illumination comes with persistent Endeavor and dogged perseverance conscientiously. “Rome was not built in a day” this adage/say speaks volumes about the importance of persistence, perseverance and unflagging Endeavor for reaching the acme of perfection.
The Chinese proverb aptly says, “A journey of thousand miles begins with a step” which means here that ultimate goal of self illumination or self realization can be ultimately reached by practicing the general postures and specialized mudras or gestures in a conscientious manner.
Mudras are thus a stepping stone for erecting a grand edifice of spiritual illumination. It is a pivot around which our success in spiritual awakening revolves.
Hari Om Tatsat