Mudras are a non-verbal mode of communication and self-expression, consisting of hands, face, and body postures. They retain the efficacy of the spoken word. It is an external expression of inner resolve, suggesting that such non-verbal communications are more powerful than the spoken word. Mudras are a combination of elegance and mysticism. They purify, energize, and divinize the spiritual aspirant in a similar way as mantra recitation.
Surabhi mudra [pictured right; described below] is a very effective and powerful mudra. By itself, this mudra helps an aspirant practitioner (sadhaka) to break any barriers that he/she may face when on the threshold of the ultimate meditation (samadhi). In this mudra, the ethereal elements combine such as to magnify and multiply their powers and produce powerful results on the body. With constant practice, this mudra helps to stabilize and strengthen the manipura chakra (solar plexus). During the awakening of the kundalini shakti, it generally gets stuck at manipura chakra. The regular practice of this mudra makes the chakra strong enough to withstand the rising force as well as helps it to move upward to a higher center. One may do a sankalpa (internal resolution) of the desire one wishes to be fulfilled before the practice, and then practice the mudra to make it a sakama practice (a practice that is done with a particular desire in the heart).
Formation of Surabhi Mudra:
Let the two palms face each other and keep them parallel to each other. All the fingers extend pointing upward. Rest the hands at the level of the chest.
Part I: Move the ring finger of the left hand to join its tip to the tip of the little finger of the right hand. Similarly, the ring finger of the right hand joins the tip of the little finger of the left hand.
Part II: Move the middle finger of the left hand to join its tip to the tip of the index finger of the right hand. Similarly, the middle finger of the right hand joins the tip of the index finger of the left hand.
Part III: Keep the thumbs spread out, not touching any part of the hand and pointed toward the heart.
Reprinted from Mudra: The Sacred Secret, by Indu Arora ©2015 Reprinted with permission of Yogsadhna LLC
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