Introduction: Abhayaprada Mudra
The Sanskrit meaning of the Abhayaprada Mudra implies “No Fear“. It is a protective, caring and loving-ness hand gesture stands for strength, effectiveness, potency or comprising fearless. ABHAYA Mudra is also known as the Gesture of bravery and giving protection. It is named as Abhaya or Abhayadana.
The Abhaya is fearlessness or bravery gesture which is one among the most unremarkable portrayed or depicted mudras which not only symbolizes benevolence but also represent absence of fearfulness. The Abhayaprada Mudra or gesture bestows the feeling of freedom from the slavery of fear, therefore this mudra may likewise be represented to signify “fear not”.
A Buddhistic fable recites that when the real Gautama Buddha was being attacked by an furious wild and angry elephant, he only held up his hand in the fearlessness gesture or Abhayaprada mudra and easily calmed down the tempestuous and raging animal.
It means Fear Not and motion of bravery and the yielding of protection. This mudra is stated to be the gesture of Shaka Nyorai (Historical Gautama Buddha) instantly after accomplishing enlightenment.
Benefits of Abhayaprada Mudra
The most important benefits of Abhaya or Abhayadana or Abhayaprada mudra is the attainment of fearless state of mind. This mudra helps oneself to come out from the clutches of frightfulness.
Methods for Abhayaprada Mudra
The gesture is accomplished with the help of right hand aroused to shoulder height level with the arm bent and the palm facing outwards