Yoga Mudras in Orthodox Christian art: Does it indicate a Hindu-Buddhist influence?

http://www.bibhudevmisra.com/2017/11/yoga-mudras-in-orthodox-christian-art.html

Yogic knowledge had spread far and wide in the ancient world. My research into the Olmec culture of Mesoamerica had revealed that the Olmecs were ardent practitioners of hatha yoga – a set of asanas or postures that balances and aligns the body, mind, and spirit.

Quite unexpectedly, I also came to a startling realization: a large number of religious icons of the Orthodox Christian Church depict Jesus, Mary, and the saints performing hand-gestures which correspond exactly to specific yoga mudras. This suggests that, meditation using yoga mudras may have formed an essential part of the spiritual practices of the early Church.

Before proceeding further, let me briefly explain the concept of yoga mudras. Yoga mudras are generally regarded as a component of hatha yoga. They comprise of a set of hand-gestures performed during meditation. The hand-gestures direct the flow of the vital energy (prana) to the different parts of the body through the energy channels (nadis). This helps to balance the five elements (Pancha Mahabhutas) which constitute the human body, namely – fire, air, ether, earth, and water. In Ayurveda, it is believed that imbalances in these five elements results in various diseases. Yoga mudras not only regulate and strengthen the physiological functions of our body and assist in healing, but also provide a number of mental and spiritual benefits for the practitioner.

The following set of images illustrate the 10 yoga mudras that I was able to identify in Byzantine art. There must be many more mudras waiting to be found out.

Continue here: http://www.bibhudevmisra.com/2017/11/yoga-mudras-in-orthodox-christian-art.html

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thanks to maria for the link..

well?

discuss..

401

~ by seeker401 on December 22, 2017.

4 Responses to “Yoga Mudras in Orthodox Christian art: Does it indicate a Hindu-Buddhist influence?”

  1. Very interesting. I wondered about it during while travelling in eastern europe. Seems to be an answer.
    thanks for the link!

  2. just to collect all here:

    https://seeker401.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/pope-francis-urges-trump-to-respect-status-quo-in-jerusalem-trump-recognises-jerusalem-as-israels-capital/#comments

    https://seeker401.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/500-year-old-da-vinci-painting-sells-for-record-592-million-at-auction/#comments

    it’s a very very antique tradition…enclosing much more universal knowledge that one could think…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabazios

    “the nomadic horseman and sky father god of the Phrygians and Thracians. In Indo-European languages, such as Phrygian, the -zios element in his name derives from dyeus, the common precursor of Latin deus (‘god’) and Greek Zeus.”

  3. “The hand-gestures direct the flow of the vital energy (prana) to the different parts of the body through the energy channels (nadis). This helps to balance the five elements (Pancha Mahabhutas) which constitute the human body, namely – fire, air, ether, earth, and water. In Ayurveda, it is believed that imbalances in these five elements results in various diseases. Yoga mudras not only regulate and strengthen the physiological functions of our body and assist in healing, but also provide a number of mental and spiritual benefits for the practitioner.”

    I’ve always believed all that ails the body can be fixed naturally or found within nature, so this would make sense to me. Similar to acupuncture. If we are indeed, a body of energetic forces, then I guess like all energy sources, when our batteries run a bit low, we need to re-fresh them or redirect our energy. Somatic healing works. Nature’s way vs. “Pharmakia”, or sorceries/witchcraft.

    I also think it’s why prayer has been found to be so effective for many in healing the body as well. We are focusing our minds not on our dis-ease, but more or less, giving it up to ‘God’ as the bible instructs us to do, which allows us to not focus on the negative energy within us, but to see ourselves as getting better. Just a thought, but there is definitely something to positive thinking and allowing the body’s natural energies to fight off disease.

  4. I cross myself like that, with my fingers more or less in that position, like a gesture of inertia, and it really has helped me a lot, in devastating situations. No joke. It also helps me feel good to join the palms of my hands, so, I seek spiritual conession.

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