Around 1990, with a friend, I went to visit Brittany (Bretagne) in France, to look at some famous megalithic structures. I was especially interested I the legendary, enchanted forest of Broceliande. There are some powerful Arthurian legends associated with this forest. I was especially interested in the Lost Valley, a rather steep valley, with a small lake, and a long winding path. When I was walking down the path, resonating with the energy of the place, I entered into another state of consciousness, and while walking, my arms crossed in front of my chest with each middle finger touching the thumb. I walked quite a distance like that, allowing it to happen.
I did not know it at that time, but that gesture is actually a mudra. The tip of the middle finger touching the tip of the thumb is called the Akash Mudra or Shuni Mudra.
The Hindu tradition says that the Akash Mudra helps to center ones energies. It nourishes any part of your body that is lacking. This mudra helps remove the resistance in one’s work or in one’s health. This Mudra activates Jupiter (associated with the middle finger) inside you and brings abundance in your life. It will expand your horizon and get wider views of life and you will become a good judge of the life’s events. The teacher in you will be activated too. Person who is mean minded and selfish will become broad-minded and selfless. This generates blue energy and thus activates throat Chakra.
In Tibetan Buddhism, Adi Buddhi is shown with this mudra and crossing the arms in font of his chest, just like what happened to me. Adi Buddha, or Vajradhara , is the ultimate primordial Buddha, or Adi Buddha, according to the Gelug and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism. In the evolution of Indian Buddhism, Vajradhara gradually displaced Samantabhadra, who remains the ‘Primordial Buddha’ in the Nyingma, or “Ancient School.” However, the two are metaphysically equivalent. Achieving the ‘state of vajradhara’ is synonymous with complete realization. In Tantric and more esoteric doctrines, he stands for clear mind, the void and ultimate emptiness, which are characteristics of our true divine nature.
detail of the statue of Vajradhara