By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S
Gheranda Samhita and Hatha Yoga Pradeepika treatises explain Maha Bheda Mudra – . the Great Piercing Gesture. It is also called as great psychic attitude or great separation seal. It is a gesture highly recommended for Yogis. It needs to be practiced along with Maha Mudra and Moola Bandha. It is the seventh of 20 kriyas. It is a combination of a gesture and a lock i.e. mudra and bandha.
Maha = great
Bheda = piercing
Mudra = gesture / seal / mark / pose
Here the word ‘pierce’ means ‘piercing the seven chakras’. In this gesture, the awareness is taken from the root chakra to the crown chakra. While doing so, the practitioner pierces through various levels of consciousness. This is because each chakra is related to a different level of consciousness. It is one of the practices that should be mastered by a yogi so…