Jnana Mudra: the Mudra of Wisdom
of us are familiar with Jnana mudra – thumb and index finger forming a circle with the other three fingers extended,
the hands usually resting on the thighs or in the lap. It is sometimes called
the Mudra of Wisdom. Recently when I was talking to a group and explaining the
aim of yoga – to unite body, mind and soul, I spontaneously held up my hand in that position with the palm facing towards
me. The index finger was held down by the thumb, and the other three fingers
Jnana mudra the index finger – which in Hindu thought can be seen as representing the ego, is held down and subjugated
by the power of the thumb representing the Universal spirit. Another way of looking at it is to see the ego being burned in
the power of the fire of Agni, the deity associated with the thumb.
this occasion however it was the three remaining fingers that were significant. As
I looked at my hand I realised that my `body` finger was my little finger, the smallest of the three – and the least
important perhaps. My `mind` was my ring finger – next in size and the
one we think is so important we even girdle it with rings and jewels, we value it so highly.
However the biggest finger of all was my middle finger representing my soul and reaching the highest of all towards
the sky and heaven.
are only of value when they are meaningful. Jnana Mudra seen from a different
angle taught me the realisation of the relative values of body, mind and soul.
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