The Abhaya mudra is a potent mudra that will kill all fear in your mind. Imagine living without fear. You would be infinite and limitless. You would be free. That’s why the Abhaya mantra is all about.
The Mudra is also called the Fearless mantra. The mudra benefits the practitioner by removing fear from their mind and instilling peace and protection.
Abhaya Mudra Meaning
The word Abhaya is Sanskrit for “Fearless.” The gesture is ancient and has a clear body language meaning. By showing that the hand is empty the individual shows friendship and peace. In the west the gesture could easily be confused with a Stop sign.
In Buddhism the Abhaya mudra shows the power of the Buddha or Bodhisattva and their fearlessness. It is said that this is the gesture made by the Buddha after finding enlightenment. The Buddha used the gesture again when close to being attacked by an elephant. It is said that on seeing the gesture the animal calmed and ceased attack.
The Abhaya Mudra Position
The mudra is the simplest mudra to use. Its power lies in its simplicity. To make the gesture hold your hand at shoulder height with the palm facing outwards. It is usual for the opposite hand to be positioned in the gift-giving mudra (varada).
Abhaya Mudra Benefits
The Abhaya mudra creates feeling of fearlessness and protection. It is a very empowering mudra which will stabalise individuals and create calm and security.
Read all about the origins, meaning and purpose of mudras here.