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The Science of Mudras
One evening last March, Swami Veda hosted a lecture by Acharya Sunderlal Dabral at SRSG. The information in the following article is taken from that lecture. Please see information about the upcoming Dec’08 Mudra seminar with Acharya Dabral later in this newsletter. Mudra is a Sanskrit word meaning a “seal.” Mudras are formed by joining or placing the fingers and hands in various positions to produce certain results. The ancient vedic texts define mudra as “that which pleases the deities and divinities, which melts our accumulated samskaras, and which fulfills our inner desires.” Mudras serve as a link to help us rise from our lower worldly consciousness to a higher supreme consciousness. There are three kinds of mudras. (1) Mudras used in yoga and meditation. Exterior mudras are seen in physical postures such as the yoga mudra asana. SRSG Statue of Sankaracharya Interior mudras are linked to the process of Bestowing blessing in Abhaya Mudra concentration and meditation. (2) There are mudras (Freedom from fear) or seals in our bodies such as the lines of the forehead, forms of the face, the balance and proportion of the body, and the lines of the palms and feet. Sumudraka Shastra is the science of reading an individual’s character through such configurations of the body. (3) Mudras of the hand which are used for triggering certain energies. The fingers are related to different types of energies, and when they are brought together in specific ways, they produce subtle effects. According to the ancient vedic texts, the human body is made up of five basic elements, the Pancha Tattwas. Each of the

Acharya Sundarlal Dabralji showing Nirvana Mudra

It is through the combination of mudra. When used in a meditation asana. b.y. Bahar Nikalo Marjayegi Meaning : Fish is the queen of Water. If you take it away from water it will die. creating a union of the fire and air elements. Other mudras a practitioner of yoga may be familiar with is the namaskara mudra (1 st and 12th positions of Sun Salutation) and the Vishnu mudra.I == Machali Jalki He Rani... Jeevan Ushka He Pani Hath Lagao Dar Jayegi.Iv. j. Water is it’s life. In the Hindu tradition there are ten mudras for invoking the presence of the deity in the image or object of the worship. Bhuddhist or Christian.q. Ws. the middle finger is akash (ether or space).hr in. Mudra is the physical expression.e #r j. lg.k:.l k:I hE r.e m.Ag. The thumb is agni (fire). the ring finger is prithvi (earth) and the little finger is jal (water).. The Bhagavad Gita states Krishna was in this pose while imparting knowledge to Arjuna. mantra and bhavana that the desired effect is produced. One familiar mudra is the Jnana (Gyan) mudra. If you touch it. and bhavana is the feeling or sentiment. the forefinger is vaya (air). Mudras are used in worship and rituals whether Hindu.a. it will become frightened.l.I = h.eg. this mudra is sometimes referred to as the “finger lock” and serves to close the circuit of energy in the body. Mudras are formed by placing the hands and fists in certain positions.I .%lI j.k:...I . used for alternately closing nostrils while performing nadi shodhanam. Children’s Fish Rhyme ( with Matshya Mudra ) m. It is called the mudra of knowledge and is said to help sharpen the memory.five fingers of the hand corresponds to one of these vital elements in the body.n. . mantra is the thought.n. The physical gesture alone will not be successful without mantra and bhavana. hE p.r j. The forming of specific mudras helps to balance the elements and when combined with visualization and affirmation may be used to promote healing and good health. There is a tremendous flow of energy in the hands and by joining different tattwas (fingers) different mudras are created. It is formed by touching the tips of the forefinger and thumb together.n. enhance mental concentration and increase the capacity to learn.

Are you a leader and/or teacher in your yoga community? Would you Attention like to visit the source of yoga wisdom? Would you like to share it with Group Leaders your friends and students? Bring a group of 10 or more friends. Jnana. Linga mudra and Nirvana mudras. the asanas. By practicing mudras one receives the blessings of the gods and one’s negative tendencies are diminished. Day 5: After Gayatri practices there follow eight mudras. Yoni. Day 2: Demonstration and practices of some exclusive mudras (Gyan. Udana and Samana mudras and their practices. Practice and explanation of Surbhi (Dhenu).. and mudra shastra. explanation and practice Day 7: Some special mudras which will enhance your practice of sadhana such as Shanjeevani mudra. Shankha. Explanation and practices. Day 4: The 24 mudras to be performed prior to the the practice of Gayatri mantra. Day 6: The practice of mudras in shakti sadhana (Sri Vidya) specifically Yoni mudra. Linga and Nirvana mudras. The programme will consist of seven consecutive evening lectures by Acharya Sunderlal Dabral and assisted by Swami Veda Bharati. A 25% discount is available to the group participants. Trikhanda mudra. Mudra is a ritual practice that evokes deep feelings and emotions (bhavana).com Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama A seat of the Himalayan Tradition located in the land of the Gods . benefits. a week long programme has been specifically designed which will include the understanding and practice of mudra shastra. The human body is full of many deep mysteries and potentials that can be expressed through the language of mudra. In yogic practices or spiritual sadhana. etc. Vyana. With the practice of mudra one can achieve great results in sadhana and at the same time help one to attain physical well-being. Dhyana) and their meaning. Tattva. Overview of 7 day Programme Day 1: Introduction & Overview of the meaning and practices of mudras. Varaigya. Shankha mudra. To learn the practice of mudras systematically. For more information write to: sadhakagrama@gmail. Apana. and relationship to yogic practices. family and/or students to Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama and have your stay free of cost.Mudra Workshop 8th to 14th DECEMBER with Acharya Dabral In sadhana there is a special place for mudras and their practices. pranayama and mudras should be taught by a competent teacher. Vairagya. Mantra represents jnana shakti (power of wisdom) and mudra represents kriya shakti (power of action). Mudras are a powerful method for making spiritual advancement. Day 3: Demonstration of the Prana.

Pleasure can take the form of the physical. the philosophical. Part of the problem is the actual physical heart attack. What is the current research available on the activation of pleasure centres of the brain and related hormonal and physiological changes produced through meditation and through altruistic personal philosophies and practices? Relevant meditation practices not yet known to researchers and their application to treatment of pain will be explored. and meditational experience. philosophical analysis. the psychological. This conference will deal with the treatment of pain from a meditational point of view. and the neuro-physiological definitions of pain? And what are the pain mechanisms associated with each of these definitions? How are these three levels of pain integrated into a single mixture. Those who have ever had any kind of pain.Pain Management through Meditation Practices Swami Veda Bharati will host a “Pain Management through Meditation Practices” Conference at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama from 24th February through 28th February 2009. and the spiritually experiential. those who have already risen above all pains and wish to help their fellow humans – all will be welcome! The fee for the conference and the daily schedule have not been finalized yet. How meditation activates the pleasure centres of the brain and why this is the best antidote to pain will be addressed as will methods to train patients to replace the intensity and frequency of pain through devices like all-absorbing creativity. and rest is the anxiety one is suffering. The spiritual philosophy of pain will be summarized as it applies to therapy. creativity. those who treat or know people who experience pain. the social and loving. can replace pain. One is having a heart attack. Areas of treatment known to medical practitioners and other therapists will be recognized. reducing the strength and frequency of pain by replacing them with the opening of electrical and chemical-hormonal channels of pleasure through love. How may a meditation practitioner reduce the . causing increased stress and potentially adding to the strength of the attack. the creative. and with concentration. Points to be considered include: 1. All who wish to attend are invited. and how are their separate facts separated so one can tell where one level ends and another begins? An antidote to pain can be found in pleasure. Pleasure can serve as a distraction from pain. What are the philosophical-spiritual. but it is not too early to set aside this time as a time to come to SRSG to study and explore meditation and pain management. philosophical analysis and meditation experience. What are the chemical-hormonal paths that pain takes? These waves may be diverted.

What are their mental and neuro-physiological processes? How do their personal philosophies help them? 3. and Veena Maitra. reducing the risks and improving outcomes in cardiovascular disease and events such as heart attacks? 2.levels of stress and anxiety. He was a living example of the joy that blossoms from devoting your mind and heart to God.” Swamiji has given the impetus and direction for the “Pain Management through Meditation Practices” Conference. . who has pain all over his body. an AHYMSIN Board member. These personal experiences can be sent to hchhch1@gmail. heads the conference planning committee of volunteers. left his body on June 29. That is where the spiritual strength comes in. For the same amount of pain.com. but there cannot be an objective measurement for suffering. Swami Hari. Before leaving his body. beloved teacher and guide. one person cries and wails and keeps the whole hospital awake all night. . affectionately known as the "Laughing Swami". And the next person. “Pain and suffering are two different things. which would be interested in hearing of any personal experiences of meditation practices having helped someone manage pain. Over the past decade he traveled the world gracing countless students with his practical teachings about Yoga and Meditation shared in the stream of his joyful love. 2008 in India. Swami Hari fulfilled his Gurudeva Swami Rama's mission to create vocational training. would bring a smile to everyone's face with his infectious laugh and selfless humility. Swamiji can speak experientially about his own experiences of pain management through meditation practices and reminds us. One has learned to suffer less from the same amount of pain which others suffer more. and an herbal plantation for education and training in the cultivation and processing of herbal plants for the underprivileged and underserved people in the remote foothills of the Himalayas: Swami Rama Institute of Vocational Education and Research at village Malethi (SRIVERM). is suffering from metastasized cancer and has the quiet mind. a public school (K-12). Meditators have lived with chronic pain and yet remain creative and happy and continue to serve others. Some meditators have chosen to undergo surgery without anaesthesia. Whose suffering is greater? One has learned to suffer less. . There could be an objective measurement for pain. Remembering Swami Hari Swami Hariharananda Bharati.

and the TTP committee to develop and strengthen the programme. Following that dictum. Dr. of the Gurukulam of the SRSG. as well as performing in this Ensemble from 2000 to 2005. Submitted by Dr. Mehrad Nazari.girikedaton. Pierre was born in Alma. training and profession.) in Classical Guitar from the prestigious University of Montreal. Since March 2005. Since the creation of AHYMSIN. While involving himself in the myriads of activities in the SRSG all this while he quietly found his soul mate Meena Bhatt from Dehradun and married her on 11th February 2008. Pierre is a musician who earned his Master’s degree (M. He was Guitar teacher at the well known Montreal International School from 2002 to 2004. the French speaking part of Canada. Prakash Dixit . We are talking. www. under the guidance of M. Mus. Pierre was also nominated as Chairman of the Board of Director of “Ensemble de Musique Balinaise Giri Kedaton” (Balinese gamelan ensemble in residence at the University of Montreal). enthusiastically took charge of administrating the Himalayan Yoga Tradition-Teacher Training Program (HYT-TTP) of the AHYMSIN (Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International). Pierre was also appointed Stage Manager at the “Salle Claude Champagne” (a 1000 seat concert hall for classical and orchestral music) in Montreal from 2002 to 2005. of course. Hopefully. During his training in the University. By education. Peter McCutcheon. So here is a western classical musician and a yoga aspirant all rolled in to one. our man in the TTP. come September and Pierre is back where he came from. Alas. in the province of Quebec. Pierre has been living in Rishikesh (India) in the SRSG Campus where he initially came to study in the Gurukulam. Pierre has been learning sitar from Shri Jagat Adhikary (one of the five original disciples of the world renowned sitar maestro Pt.com At a very young age. he performed guitar in Master classes for Rémi Boucher (2001). He has been teaching music for the last twelve years. some day Pierre will help to spread the teachings of Swami Rama and Swami Veda. sincerity and hard work of Pierre. He presented his Final Recital to the University on 29th November 2004. His duties also include working with and assisting the AHYMSIN Vice President for TTP. Music does not recognize any boundaries. William Kanengiser (2003). These tasks included supervision of the construction of the SRSG Manuscript Collection and help preparing for the foundation of AHYMSIN at the February 2007 events. and Pepe Romero (2003). Gruber Malkar duet (2002). Swamiji asked him to shelve his studies in Gurukulam in September 2006 and assigned him several important tasks which needed the talents. Pierre has been administrating the TTP international office at AHYMSIN Headquarters in the SRSG.Pierre Lefebvre: Coordinating Yoga training with a guitar? This statement might sound a bit weird but this is what has been happening for over a year as a young musician from Quebec. Ravi Shankar) for the past 2 ½ years. Pierre Lefebvre.

please visit: www.com .Swami Veda's historical event in August'08 "A Breath of the Himalayan Tradition" is a rare opportunity not to miss.rancholapuerta. Come for a Spiritual Retreat. Swami Veda invites you personally.himalayanyogatradition. This month is the last chance to become a part of this magnificent spiritual occasion held in a breath taking environment. the Teacher Training Program or to the Teacher Continuing Education program and enjoy the beautiful settings of Rancho La Puerta in Baja California. For more information. Mexico.com www. He will be present with the entire TTP faculty for the whole month of August.com You can also write to: info@himalayanyogatradition. .

Mexico. pictures.himalayanyogatradition.com 2nd – 16th August Teacher Training Program at Rancho La Puerta.Calendar of Upcoming Events Badrinath Valley of flowers Insight Seeing Tour to Joshimath. 2nd – 30th August Yoga Teacher Continuing Education Program at Rancho La Puerta. Mexico 2nd – 30th August Spiritual Retreat with Swami Veda at Rancho La Puerta. Mexico 5th – 18th October Teacher Training Program at Sadhaka Grama in Rishikesh.com For information about ongoing spiritual retreats and silence programs.com. and funny quotes to ahymsin@gmail. Copyright © 2008 Ahymsin The Himalayan Tradition of Yoga Meditation Purification of thoughts dhyana Mindfulness japa dharana shavasana Breath awareness qualified preceptor transmission .com Himalayan Yoga Tradition Teacher Training Programs (HYT-TTP) For information about all programs. or write to info@himalayanyogatradtion.com Please share your news and stories with our global family. write to sadhakagrama@gmail. Valley of the Flowers and Badrinath. 26th September – 3rd October For registration and cost information.com. India Mudra Workshop with Acharya Sunderlal Dubral and Swami Veda 8th – 14th December Pain Management through Meditation Practices Seminar 24th – 28th February For information about above workshops. We welcome your articles. please write to sadhakagrama@gmail. write to ahymsin@gmail. see website www.

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