By Jennifer Sodini:
Look above…Shiva, Buddha, Saint Nicholas and Jesus all seem to be making similar hand gestures in each portrait. To an untrained eye, this could merely be coincidence, but upon further examination it appears that each “ascended master” seems to be actually using a yogic “mudra”.
“Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
According to Workouttrends.com:
“In the practice of yoga, mudras are basically of two kinds: touching the tips of various fingers with thumb or pressing the first phalangeal joint with the thumb. Depending on which finger is touched or pressed, the effects on the body vary.”
So with that being said, let’s examine further…
Shiva has his hands positioned in the “Gyan Mudra” which, according to SpiritVoyage.com is for stimulating the root chakra, easing tension and depression. It is also related to the expansion of knowledge, spiritual openness and ease in meditation.
Buddha has his hands positioned in the “Shuni Mudra”, which helps the practitioner be aware of the moment, and is known as the “seal of patience.” According to RaeIndigoYoga.com: The middle finger represents Aakash and courage to hold duty and responsibility.
The thumb represents fire and divine nature. When the two fingers are placed together in Shuni Mudra, it is meant to symbolize and encourage patience, discernment, focus and discipline.
Saint Nicholas of Myra (left) and Jesus (right) have both of their hands positioned in the “Surya Ravi Mudra” or “Prithvi Mudra”. This particular hand mudra is also known as the “seal of life” or “seal of the sun” (interesting as Jesus being the “son of God”). The ring finger represents earth, energy, strength and endurance. The thumb represents fire and divine nature. When the two fingers are placed together in Surya Ravi Mudra, it is meant to symbolize and encourage energy, balance, health, and vitality.
Erwin Schrödinger, one of the founding fathers of quantum theory/winner of the 1933 Nobel Prize for Physics once stated, “the number of minds in the universe is one”.
When we learn to see like DaVinci, we realize that this connection to the one mind is undeniable. Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, the patron saints…all seemed to have tapped into a universal consciousness, and while the language/rules/rituals varied by the cultural restrictions during each of their incarnations, the message was the same. Love, patience, health, understanding, courage, responsibility…
Yoga is merely a discipline, training the individual to utilize breath, meditate, and practice specific bodily postures (such as the mudras) in order to achieve supreme health and relaxation.
So now, I ask again, is this merely just coincidence?