I have always been drawn to the Hamsa Hand. So much so that I have a Hamsa tattooed on my left arm! The Hamsa is a beautiful representation, in that no matter what religion or faith you identify with, it is a universal symbol reminding us of unity, connection and that we are all one. The hand, especially the open right hand, is a sign of protection that also represents blessings, power and strength. Used to protect against evil eye, a malicious stare believed to be able to cause illness, death or general unluckiness, Hamsas often contain an eye symbol. The eye in the Hamsa represents the eye that sees everything. The Hamsa brings its owner happiness, luck, health and good fortune.
The Hamsa hand has a variety of different meanings depending upon the culture. The word "hamsa" derives it's name from the five fingers on the hand. In Hebrew the number five is "hamsesh". For Hindus and Buddhists, it symbolizes the interplay of the chakras, the energy flow in the body, the five senses, and the mudras that effect them.
Each finger has it's own energy:
- Thumb : Fire element; Solar Plexus
- Forefinger : Air element; Heart Chakra
- Middle Finger : Ethereal elements; Throat Chakra
- Ring Finger : Earth element; Root Chakra
- Pinkie Finger : Water element;
These energies can be combined to change the flow of energy in the body and heal psychological and physical ailments.
Just like our Yoga practice can draw from various cultures and thought, the Hamsa is a symbol that is a significant universal image in various religions; Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism. And, just like our Spiritual practice on and off the mat, the Hamsa reminds us that we are all connected and that we are all one.