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How does mudra assist in meditation?

Mud (मुद्‌) means to impart Bliss. This is the root from which the word mudrā (मुद्रा) is derived. The word mudra has two meanings viz. a symbol (e.g. abhaymudrā - the sign of protection) and an act of imparting Bliss.

‘According to the spiritual practice and sects, mudras acquire various meanings.

  • The specific configuration of hands, feet, fingers and other parts of the body is known as a mudra. For example dhenumudrā (mudra of the cow), ghantamudrā (mudra of the bell), bhusparshamudrā (mudra of touching the ground), abhaymudra (mudra of protection), etc.

  • The symbols of the instruments of Shrīvishnu such as the conch, discus, etc. sported on their bodies by Vaishnavites are also known as mudras.

  • The glass or crystal earrings worn by ascetics (dhus) of the Gorakh sect.

  • Those practised in Hathayoga: Bhuchari, khechari, chāchari, agochāri, etc.

  • In secret ntrik spiritual practice, the woman who has sexual relations with a seeker posing as the companion seeker. (In the Tantra sect other mudras are also important.)

  • Certain postures of the hands adopted in dance, drama, sculpture are known as ordinary mudras.’(4) The science of dance was created by taking words from the Rugvēda, music from the Samavēda, mudra from the Yajurvēda and emotion (rasa) from the Atharvavēda. In dance, dramatic representation plays a very important role. One form of that representation is the mudra.

  • Specific physical actions performed during particular rituals in ritualistic worship (karmakānd).

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