Śāmbhavimudrā

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Sambhavimudra, ZAmbhavimudrA, shaambhavimudraa


Śāmbhavimudrā literally means ‘mudrā related to Śambhu or Śiva’.

It is fixing the gaze on the light of the ātman, in the space between the eyebrows,[1] ultimately resulting in ātmajñāna. Such a yogi becomes like Ādinātha[2] or Nārāyaṇa.

According to another definition, it is aiming at Brahman inwardly though the gaze of the eyes is fixed outside, but seeing nothing. This technique learnt from a guru, through his grace, will lead to the realization of the Śambhutattva or Śiva.[3] The correct methods have to be learnt from a competent guru.


References

  1. Gheranda Samhitā 3.64-67
  2. Ādinātha means Primeval Lord.
  3. Haṭhayogapradīpikā 4.34-37
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore