In this mudra, the back of the right hand rests on the palm of the other hand in such a way that the tips of the thumbs lightly touch one another. The hands rest on the lap. The right hand, resting on the top,symbolizes the state of enlightenment; the other hand, resting below, the world of appearance. This gesture expresses overcoming the world of appearance through enlightenment, as well as the enlightened state of mind for which samsara and nirvana are one.
In a special form of this mudra, the middle, ring and little fingers of both hands lie on top one another and the thumb and index finger of each, touching each other forming a circle, also symbolizes the world of appearance and the true nature of reality.
This gesture is also known as yoga mudra. When used for meditation purpose it gives better concentration that gets rid of distraction like anger and worry.
This is the first mudra of a series of ten mudras.
Vitarka Mudra is the next mudra feature in the coming posting. Do keep a look out for it.
Chin Kee Thou (YMBA, 3rd year)