Fearlessness and Encouragement
What is Abhaya Mudra? Abhaya Mudra is the most popular Buddha hand gesture that is found in many home decor items with the image of Buddha.
In Theravada Buddhism, it is usually made while standing with the right arm bent and raise to shoulder height, the palm facing forward, the fingers closed, pointing upright and the left hand resting by the side. Abhaya is translated from Sanskrit as fearlessness , also represents encouragement. If you look at this Buddha hand gesture, you will also feel the energy of protection, peace and a sense of strong, deep inner security. Often seen on standing, sitting or walking statues of the Buddha, be it sculptures, pictures or even candleholders.
Interestingly, this mudra parallels the magna manus or the “great hand” of Christ depicted in early Christian art. In Thailand and Laos, this mudra is associated with the walking Buddha, often shown having both hands making a double Abhaya mudra that is uniform. In its pre-Buddhist form, the mudra may have represented a cordial greeting to a stranger, a non-threatening approach. Sakyamuni is often represented in frescoes employing this mudra to calm and reassure Devadatta. In Gandharan art, it is seen when showing the action of preaching. It was also used in China during the Wei and Sui eras of the 4th and 7th centuries.
So where is the best FengShui placement for a Abhaya Mudra Buddha?
It is highly recommended to consecrate a Abhaya Mudra Buddha at the main entrance of your home, living room or any other places where have welcome energy. Just by looking at this Buddha hand gesture one can connect to the energy of deep peace and serenity. It is a powerful FengShui decor adapt to any places!