Nishkalamudra, Niṣkalamudrā, Nishkala-mudra: 1 definition



Nishkalamudra 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.

The Sanskrit term Niṣkalamudrā can be transliterated into English as Niskalamudra or Nishkalamudra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Shaivism (Shaiva philosophy)

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Source: Scribd: Roots of Yoga (shaivism)

Niṣkalamudrā (निष्कलमुद्रा, “niṣkala 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, “Interlock the little fingers an ring fingers and stretch out the middle fingers joined... ?... tips of the index fingers. Extend the thumbs between them, point them downwards and bend them. This is the niṣkala seal, the index finger with the left thumb. On seeing this seal, souls are released; on forming it, one goes to the state of Śiva. For all other gods one should show the paying homage seal for welcoming and the point seal for dismissal”.

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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.

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