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Mudras - Their Meanings & Beneficial Uses

© by Marsha Silvestri

The word “mudra” in Sanskrit, means “a gesture”, seal or closure. There are hundreds, if not thousands of mudras from various cultural traditions, religious rituals and esoteric disciplines. Like sign language, mudras serve as a form of symbolic communication as observed through the ages in many arts, statues and paintings depicting Jesus, Buddha and other spiritual masters and deities. Many early Orthodox Christian Icons depict Jesus, Mary and other saints using the same hand gestures as eastern Hindu and Buddhist mudras. This suggests evidence that eastern religions had a stronger influence on Christianity than the modern church would like us to believe, and that similar meditation techniques were once part of early Christian practices.

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