A Nice Gesture by Jeroen Arendsen

A Nice Gesture by Jeroen Arendsen

A mix of posts on gesture, HCI, perception or robots and some personal information.

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The Divine Power of Mudras

One of the planets most important system of gestures is that of Mudras, aka Hand Mudras, Mudrâs, (Sanskrit, मुद्रा, literally “seal”; 印相 inzō in Japanese, wikipedia), mudras of the Buddha, or Yoga for Your Hands.

Is this Yoga saying OK, or Asshole, or is it a Dharmacakra Mudra?

Each mudra symbolizes and invokes a divine power or deity. Monks use them in their meditation. You can use them in sculptures, dance, or wherever you require a divine reference. Rumour even has it that this science of hand and finger postures can help you to cure bodily ailments in a wonderful manner. I guess the mass of online info speaks for itself, and I barely have anything to add, not having practised the art nor witnessed it’s usage. This post may well be but an excuse to show this lovely, sexy photo (by Bootzie):

Is this lady trying to cure her ear ache with a Shunya mudra? Perhaps she has hearing problems?

Stuff: Katie Kiley made a 10-plate series of mudras, one of which, Invitation to Enlightenment, was awarded the Paul & Magaret Bertelson Prize and the Samuel F.B. Morse Medal. Mudra van de Week.

2 Responses to “The Divine Power of Mudras”

  1. 1
    Anonymous:

    CAN YOU GIVE ME MANTRA TO RECITE SEPERATELY FOR EACH OF THE BHUTADAMARA-MURDAS AND THE TARJANI-MUDRAS.
    THE PURPOSE OF THIS IS TO PROTECT FROM EVIL-SPIRITS AND WARD-OFF BLACK-MAGIC.

  2. 2
    Jeroen Arendsen:

    @Anon
    No, but thanks for asking.

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