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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:13 am    Post subject: Praying hands gesture Reply with quote

Praying hands gesture


In Sanskrit, mudra means gesture symbol or seal.

Bring your hands together in “anjali mudra” - “offering” (anjali) and seal (mudra)
with fingertips pointing upward, thumbs touching the center of your chest (breastbone) gently, close your eyes and feel.

Right hand (male energy) meets the left hand (female energy) in balance at the heart. This unification brings the left and right hemispheres of one's brain together, calming the mind, connecting one to the present moment.

This is a gesture that most people in the world do while praying. It is considered a mudra of greeting and respect in many cultures which is a western image of praying hands. In India this gesture of greeting is accompanied by the word “Namaste” or “Namaskar” which means “ I bow to you”, “I respect that divinity within you that is also within me” "I honor the Spirit in you which is also in me”, "Your spirit and my spirit are ONE."


When you fold your hands with all fingertips touching (each finger is associated with an element) you create a close energy circuit which flows through your subtle bodies, all your chakras and organs creating a field of healing energy.

The Anjali mudra is a great mudra for heart meditation, connecting one to the heart center. It takes the mind away from continuous chatter of the mind into the deep silence of the heart.

Folding hands at the forehead (third eye) represents a deep form of respect.
Touching the forehead with your thumbs awakens the third eye, the center of wisdom, inviting spirituality and wisdom in ones life, giving relief from symptoms of physical or mental distress.

Whenever you feel anxious or “under the weather” try this mudra while closing your eyes, letting your inner self guide you.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:35 am    Post subject: What is the best posture for prayer? Reply with quote

What is the best posture for prayer?
http://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org


Through spiritual research, SSRF has identified and recommends the following mudraa or posture that is most conducive to gain the maximum divine energy through prayer.

The following subtle diagrams show the two stages in this mudraa (posture) and what actually happens at a spiritual level when one prays

Explanation Stage 1 of prayer posture (mudraa)



The first stage in this mudraa is raising one’s hands in prayer with the thumbs gently touching the mid-brow region or the Aadnyaa chakra (the spiritual energy centre at the mid-brow region). It is best to begin praying after we are in this position.

When we bow our head in this prayer position, it awakens the spiritual emotion of surrender in us. This in turn activates the appropriate subtle frequencies of deities from the Universe. These divine frequencies come in through our finger tips which act as receptors. These divine frequencies are then channelised into our body through the thumb to the Aadnyaa chakra (the spiritual energy centre at the mid-brow region). The result is an increase in the positive spiritual energy in us which makes us feel lighter or gives relief from symptoms of physical or mental distress.

Explanation Stage 2 of prayer posture (mudraa)



After one finishes his prayer, he should assume the second mudraa (posture) as shown in the diagram above. This means that instead of bringing his hands in prayer down immediately, they are to be placed in the mid-chest region in such a way that the wrists touch the chest. This facilitates the process of more completely imbibing the Divine Consciousness of the deity principle. So initially the Divine Consciousness of the deity principle that had entered the finger tips now also gets transmitted to the region of chest, the seat of the Anaahat chakra. Just like the Aadnyaa chakra, the Anaahat chakra also absorbs sattva frequencies. By touching the wrists to the chest, the Anaahat chakra is activated and it helps in absorbing more sattva frequencies. When activated, the Anaahat chakra awakens a seeker’s spiritual emotion and devotion.

In this stage of the prayer mudraa, one should be introspective and contemplate upon the experience of being in God’s presence.

Correct posture of the head while praying





Points to note:

Body should be bowed and not erect

Fingers should be parallel to the forehead. Fingers should not be stiff but relaxed.

Fingers should be touching each other – not spread apart

Thumb should be lightly touching the area of the Aadnyaa chakra

Hands need to be gently pressed together – slight space between the palms. In case of seekers above 50% spiritual level, no space is required between the palms.


When praying with spiritual emotion
The following subtle diagram shows what happens when a person at 50% spiritual level prays with spiritual emotion. The main thing to note is that the people in the vicinity also derive the benefit of the Divine Consciousness accessed by that person. (Refer to the part of the diagram which shows 5% of frequencies of Divine Consciousness (Chaitanya) transmitted outside the body.) This is why quite often it has been observed that when people pray with spiritual emotion, the spiritual emotion in others in the vicinity too gets activated.





Does it mean that every time we pray we should take this position?

If one is at a higher spiritual level (above 50%) divine subtle (intangible) frequencies begin to be received directly through the Brahmarandhra itself. The Brahmarandhra is a subtle opening above the Sahasraar Chakra (as per the spiritual science of Kundalini yoga) that has access to the Universal Mind and Intellect. This subtle opening is closed in people of a lower spiritual level. The primary factor that helps the opening of the Brahmarandhra is a lower level of ego. When in this phase of our spiritual growth the need for the prayer mudraa as explained above becomes less and less.

However if a person between the spiritual level of 50% - 80% complements his prayer with the recommended mudraa, then he gets the benefit of additional Divine Consciousness. This additional benefit is 30% more in the case of a person at the 50% spiritual level and it proportionately become less and less as the spiritual level increases.

Since most people are not of a high spiritual level they are unable to receive divine frequencies through the Brahmarandhra. Most people (level 30-60%) are however able to receive subtle frequencies through their finger tips (though to a much lesser extent) as our finger tips are very sensitive to receiving or sending out subtle energy. For this section of people it is best that they do utilise the prayer mudraa suggested above to make a prayer. All other factors remaining equal, by praying using the recommended mudraa a person will add 20% to the effectiveness of their prayer as opposed to not using this mudraa.

Comparative effectiveness of prayer positions
We are exposed to various hand actions when praying. When conducting spiritual research into the various hand postures (mudraas) related to prayer, the following were our findings in terms of efficacy.


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