Your hands are very important, you use them to touch, feel, express, work, write, pray and for everything. You also sense the energy of your food, people your touch, stuff you pick up with your hands. The energy chakras in your palms and fingertips are directly connected to the main energy vertices along your spine at the heart chakra. Be very aware of your hands fingers and palms. Look at your palms, the lines and softness/hardness of your palms, see your fingers, how they taper, your nails and look at them, feel them. Sometime when you are relaxed hold objects in your hands, close your eyes and actively try to sense their energies, You will get a sense of light, dark, slime, clearness, weight or maybe a flash of color from these objects. This is a good way of exercising your energy-sense!I had written a post on Dhyan. Here your fingers play a very important role. You need to count 108 repetitions your chosen Mantra during the process of Dhyan. You count these 108 using your fingers and the segments on them. This is how you count on your fingers. Refer to the diagram below.
- When you do your first mantra count, you will have your left thumb placed on the ‘1’ position and your right thumb placed on the “1-10′ position.
- When you repeat it the second time, your left thumb will move to ‘2’, right thumb will remain steady on ‘1-10’. Thus you will count to 10.
- When you have to count 11, your left thumb will touch ‘1’ again and your right thumb will move and touch ’11-20′. So you count the ‘units’ with your left thumb and the ‘tens’ with your right.
- When you reach 100, your left thumb will be on ’10’ and the right thumb on ’90-100′.
- Now shift the right thumb to the ‘gnyan mudra’ by touching it to ’70-80′ again. And continue counting 8 more counts of your mantra with your left thumb.
- You will complete 108 with the left thumb also coming into gnyan mudra at ‘8’ of your left hand. Thus you have counted to 108.
Now your fingertips are very important. Modern science has shown that the fingertips are a huge collection of nerve endings and extra sensitive. But our ancients with infinitely more knowledge and understanding of energy knew that the fingertips and their energy chakras/vertices can be used to balance the vital energy/pran looping throughout the body. The energy diagram of the body is at your fingertips!
There are 5 elements/Tattvas, Prithvi/Earth, Aapa/Water, Tej/Fire, Vayu/Air and Akash/Space. Our body is composed of these in various proportions. If these are balanced then the body is healthy and bright. These can be accessed and regulated most easily through fingers! This is the reason why astrological remedies in terms of gemstones are worn in the specific fingers.
Mudras are used for harnessing the power of the raw Tattvas and are very powerful if used with the right intention and the associated Mantra. These are made by touching your fingertips with each other in specific ways. This in the picture below is the Gnyan Mudra most commonly used during meditation. So here are a few basics.
The thumb/Angushta represents Tej, the conscious energy of fire, the index finger/Tarjani is Vayu the conscious energy of air, the middle finger/Madhyama is Akash the conscious energy of space, the ring finger/Anamika is Prithvi, the conscious energy of earth and the little finger is the Aapah, the conscious energy of water. These are Conscious energies of the 5 elements/Tattva, you can interact with them. (These fingers/segments are also linked to your Antahkaran, the inner self, will write about it in my next post.)
Now the 4 fingers, index, middle, ring and little have 3 segments each. The lowest segment is used to reduce the quantum of its Tattva energy, the middle segment to bring it to an equilibrium with the energies of Tej, and the topmost finger to increase the quantum of its specific tattva energy. To do this you will need to touch your thumb/Tej to the segment you wish to use/regulate. The energy of Tej provides the necessary intention which activates these other 4 conscious Tattva energies.
So when you count 108 using the fingertips, you touch your thumb to all the segments of your fingers (except 2 segments, middle and lower, on the middle finger). And this is not just touching them randomly. You are on your Asan, focussing at your third eye, breathing deeply, in a yogic posture/Yogasan and reciting a mantra with your breath, and consciously touching the fingers together several times. The pattern that your thumb traces counting every 10 units is the spiral in the shape of the ‘golden mean’. This has a very powerful effect on the energies of your body and balances you on the deepest level. During Dhyan there are only 3 mantras possible, So-hum, Ham-sa and pure Om which flow and merge with your breathing. The power of the mantra merges with the conscious energies of the Tattva and increases the quality of the its energy. Ultimately the body becomes ‘lighter’. (No other word can describe it, the body feels like its lighter than light!))
One thing to remember. The lower and middle segments of the Middle/Akash finger are not touched/linked/charged with the thumb/Tej. This middle finger/Madhyama is very important. It is linked to Akash, the source of all the 5 tattvas. You increase its quantum by touching the top segment with your thumb but you should not attempt to balance/reduce it by touching the thumb to the middle/lower segments. It can cause problems.
So learn the counting system and use your fingers to count. If doing full-fledged Dhyan is not possible for you. Then at least do a regular mantra-jaap, choose a mantra of your choice, Gayatri or Mahamrutyunjai or Navavarna, or even a single OM is an extremely powerful Mantra. Mantras are Sanskrit no other language. Do a regular mantra-jaap counting on your fingers. You will see a difference in your own self, (physical, emotional, spiritual) within 21 days.