Jnana and chin mudra gesture symbolize the connected nature of hum consciousness (thumbs).
-The three extended fingers symbolize the three gunas—traits, namely tamas (lethargy), rajas (activity), and sattwa (balance and harmony).These gunas keep evolution in both microcosm and macrocosm in motion.
And most important – the closed circle of the thumb and index finger depict the actual goal of yoga, the unification of Atman (the individual soul) with Brahman, the ultimate soul.
We can find this mudra in many Hindu portrayals of deities- you would have observed that in all those portrayals, the right hand is raised to the heart, and the thumb and index finger touch each other, are facing the believer. This mudra is also practiced among Buddhists. They call it the Vitarka Mudra which means discussion gesture.
Difference between Jnana and Chin Mudra
When your fingers point up to Heaven, it is called the Jnana Mudra. when your fingers point down to Earth, it is called the Chin Mudra. As shown below.
How to practice Jnana & Chin Mudra?
– Hold the thumb and index finger together lightly and let the other three remaining fingers remains extended.
-The fingers should be touch lightly with each other and no pressure is needed.
– The three extended fingers held as straight as possible.
– The hands can then be placed on the thighs in palm up position and an even rhythm of breathing should be established.
-Observe the flow of breath and its effect.
How to practice Jnana Mudra at heart level?
Raise your hand to the level of the heart, and let the index finger and thumb touch at the tip. Here they should be directed inward and upward. This posture simply symbolizes the wisdom of God. (as stated above, this is portrayed in Hindu deity’s portray). It can be described as devotion of the human being to divine wisdom and its recognition.Read More – Lotus Mudra for heart purification.
Benefits of Jnana & chin mudra
When comes to physical healing, it does not matter whether Jnana or chin chin mudra is practiced. Both have the similar effect on the physical and mental ailments. This mudra is an ultimate remedy for improving states of mental tension and disorder, as well as for promoting memory and concentration.
2) It clears the mind—and frees up the unwanted thoughts. And it is well known fact that a peaceful and clear mind works better than an occupied mind. Read More – Varada Mudra for pacifying past thoughts.
3) This mudra can also be practiced for insomnia ( Read More – Shakti Mudra for healing insomnia), as well as sleepiness, depression (tse mudra for reliving stress), and high blood pressure.Read More – Apan Vayu Mudra for heart ailments.
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4) This mudra can be combined with other mudras and enhances their effects when practiced before or after them.
5) This mudra activates the mental element and it is associated with white color. White color is a color of fullness, unity and peace.White clears out mind and bring peace to soul.
It is also possible that you can hold the gesture with just your right hand, and practice another mudra with your left hand..
Read More on healing benefits of Mudras below
Mudras are hand gesture which influences the subtle form of energy in the body. In East, Mudras have been in use for thousands of years. Mudras have balancing effect on five elements. It is said that mudras can balance the elements within 45 minutes. So generally it is advisable to do mudra for 45 minutes in a day. This post will give you complete list of healing hand mudras.
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