Bijamudra, Bījamudrā, Bija-mudra: 2 definitions
Bijamudra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)Source: Scribd: Roots of Yoga (shaivism)
Bījamudrā (बीजमुद्रा, “seed seal”) is the name of a mudrā (“hand-gesture”) specified in the Niśvāsatattvasaṃhitā (uttarasūtra 4.10a-23b). The Niśvāsatattvasaṃhitā is probably the earliest surviving Śaiva Tantra, the contents of which dating back to the 5th century. It consists of five books: Niśvāsamukha, Mūlasūtra, Uttarasūtra, Nayasūtra and Guhyasūtra.
Accordingly, “Then tie up the braided hair, join and extend the little fingers of both hands and conceal the thumbs in the middle. This is taught in this tantra under the name bīja-mudrā (‘seed-seal’)”.
Shaiva (शैव, śaiva) or Shaivism (śaivism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshiping Shiva as the supreme being. Closely related to Shaktism, Shaiva literature includes a range of scriptures, including Tantras, while the root of this tradition may be traced back to the ancient Vedas.
Shaktism (Shakta philosophy)Source: Brill: Śaivism and the Tantric Traditions (shaktism)
Bījamudrā (बीजमुद्रा) or simply Bīja refers to one of the ten gestures (daśamudrā or mudrā-daśaka) of the Goddess Nityā Sundarī, according to the Kāmasiddhi-stuti (also Vāmakeśvarī-stuti) and the Vāmakeśvaratantra (also known as Nityāṣoḍaśikārṇava).—[...] Although the Vāmakeśvaratantra does not assign a place for the gestures (mudrā) in the maṇḍala, it does describe them and asks the worshipper to use them during the worship. As found in the third chapter of the Vāmakeśvaratantra, these ten gestures are [e.g., bījamudrā, ...]
Shakta (शाक्त, śākta) or Shaktism (śāktism) represents a tradition of Hinduism where the Goddess (Devi) is revered and worshipped. Shakta literature includes a range of scriptures, including various Agamas and Tantras, although its roots may be traced back to the Vedas.
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