This beautiful mehndi design from professional artist, Hennacat demonstrates the famous two handed lotus Mudra (hand position) used in Buddhism, Yoga and meditation. Read on for instructions and more information about this celestial practice.
One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as the lotus is untouched by water.
—Bhagavad Gita 5.10:
Nelumbo nucifera, is known by numerous common names including Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, or simply lotus, is often confused with the water lily, a similar looking plant which also grows in water.
Practising Lotus Mudra
Bring the heels of the palms together, thumb tips and little fingertips touching. Keep your knuckles separate and let your fingers blossom like the petals of a flower. Your hands should be held at your heart centre. You can keep thumbs and little fingers gently touching, or let them move gently together and apart with the breath. Mudras are usually associated with seated postures and meditation, but you can also use them in other postures. Yoga Journal suggests that you:
“Practice Lotus Mudra in Vrksasana (Tree Pose), hands held at heart center. Feel connected to your roots, and remember that the greatest source of steadiness in life is an awakened heart. Or sit in Padmasana (Lotus Pose, shown here) and use this mudra as you practice metta (lovingkindness) meditation to assist in your own heart’s awakening”.
The lotus is a divine symbol within many Asian cultures which represents purity, non-attachment, growth and enlightenment. Lotus blossoms are portrayed in Hindu Iconography and are particularly associated by Vishnu, Lakshmi (pink colours), Ganga, Ganesha and Sarasvati (white colours). The deities are often shown seated or standing on the flower, or with the lotus as a meaningful decoration symbolic of part of the deities’ myth.
The unfolding petals signifies the expansion of the soul – the growth of pure and delicate beauty from the mud of its origin suggests spiritual promise, growth and illumination.
Legends of the lotus
- Gautama Buddha was born with the ability to walk, and lotus flowers bloomed everywhere he stepped.
- The international Bahá’í community adopted this symbolism in the design of the Lotus Temple in New Delhi, India.
- The lotus is usually present in figurative form, where it’s mention represents elegance, beauty, perfection, purity and grace
- It is often employed as an allegory for ideal feminine attributes.
- In Sanskrit the word lotus is padma (पद्म) and there are many names derived from the lotus, like padmavati (possessing lotuses) or padmini (full of lotuses).
Two Handed Lotus Mudra Henna from Hennacat by Hennacat Catharine Hinton is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.