from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A series of symbolic body postures and hand movements used in East Indian classical dancing.
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- n. Any of several formal symbolic hand postures used in classical dance of India and in Hindu and Buddhist iconography.
- n. Formal body positions and postures used in yoga and meditation.
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- n. ritual hand movement in Hindu religious dancing
The word mudra means a wax seal that attests to the validity of something.
This is a mudra, a Sanskrit word that means a hand position that moves energy in a specific pattern.
A mudra is a hand-gesture, often with a complex arrangement of intertwined fingers.
The statue's hands are arranged in the zenjou-in (aka hokkaijou-in) mudra which is commonly associated with the meditating Buddha.
She is one of the proud descendants of a galaxy of disciples who emulated the 'mudra' or signature of Sadguru Thiyagaraja Swamigal.
I was also quite moved by the content of the mudra series, which seemed to be instructions for literacy, a meditation on “The Contemplative Life.”
Like the many hand gestures described herein, the Sign of Resignation generates a certain occult power of which we shall discuss later in an upcoming article when we apply and incorporate the sign in our mudra practices.
I stepped across the threshold, holding my breath, and melded into the target, felt myself settle into her - felt my silverskinned hand perform the merging mudra, and looked down in surprise.
Both stepping in monkey crap and bathing in the sacred ocean waters of Trichendur imprint the soul with a sacred mudra, a seal indelible to cherish always.
“Namasté,” the others echoed, lightly pressing their palms and fingers together in a prayerful mudra.