(Last Updated on : 22/07/2010)
In the long gone days in ancient India, the Hindus tried out every type of body positions, meditations, fasting, in a pursuit for the ultimate yoga of self-development. One of the bequests of these experiments was the development of the concept of mudras that worked on the body and the mind in almost the same manner to what yoga would do. That was just the beginning of the enormous concept of Mudras.
Mudras are the art of finger tips and the tips are considered to be the area of concentrated energy. In the concept of mudra each finger represents each different element like the thumb represents the element earth, the stomach and worry. The index finger is the representation of metal, the lungs, and the large intestine and the emotions are depression, sadness and grief. The middle finger is said to be the element fire, the heart, small intestine, circulatory and respiratory systems, and the emotions are impatience and hastiness. The ring finger is the connotation of element wood and is related to the liver, gall bladder, and nervous system, and corresponds to anger. The little finger equates water, the kidneys, and fear. The different learning of Astrology and Palmistry connotes different meanings and are of immense importance in the specific scientific learning.
Reckoned as an esoteric science, the concept of mudras is vast, encompassing yoga, holistic treatment and indeed mysticism. In Mudra science each finger is associated with each chakra. The little finger is related to communication and it is associated with the second chakra. The ring finger is the connotation of relationships and is associated with Apollo, the sun god and the root chakra. Related to the throat chakra, the gateway of purity , the middle finger refers to responsibility . The index finger refers to self-worth and has the association with the heart chakra. Self-assertion is represented by the thumb and is associated with the fire element.
With its pregnant past and copious tradition, the concept of mudra has time and time again been used in the traditional medicine and even in the application of acupuncture. The finger tips in mudra science are used to release and gain energies and soothe the body and mind by applying many techniques of medicine.