Friday, November 19th, 2010
When, in Mahâbhârata (such as réumé by J.C. Career(quarry)), the pond Dharma asks Yuddhishthira to give him(her) an example of space, the elder son(brother) of the brothers Pândava makes him(her) this sublime answer: " my two joined(contacted) hands ".
In the pond which speaks, he answers by a mudrâ:Añjali hasta.
In this repartee, there where we wait for an unlimitedness because a space it is necessarily big, it is an exiguité which(who) is given to us. There where we augur an opening, it is by a closure(lock) that the mythical hero amazes us and moves us. And in this space so étrécit which he(it) seems to have any more there of place(square) for nothing (no day spoke does not leak out between the attached hands) is nevertheless place(square) made for a totality.
This non-space contains the whole: the left, the right, in the daytime and at night, the sun and the moon, which are the ha and the tha of the hatha yoga, îda and pingalâ, 2 nadî, the inspir and the expir, the activity and the rest, the male and the feminine, Shiva and Shakti, shtirâ and sukhâ (the firmness and the sweetness), Agni and Soma (the fire(light) and the sacred "juice" of the rites), the East and the West, the credit note and the being, the space and the height, the spirit and the material(subject), the life and the death and all the couples of opposite ( dvandva ) that have him(it) can again imagine, that 2 hands symbolize.
By taking Añjali hasta mudrâ, by making this simple gesture(movement) join(contact) both hands the one against the other one, in the beginning of course(price,courses) or in a posture, you already make of the yoga (in the 1st sense(direction) of the word which means joining(closing,contacting). You gather(combine) the duality in unity(unit). You connect two poles, one more and one less, to make appear an energy. You are in an intervening period(jump ball), there where opposite incur and calm down and where from emergent of new possibilities. It is not any more the day and at night, it is the twilight, neither the inspir, nor the expir, but the small time(weather) of respiratory retention which binds(connects) both, neither îda and pingalâ but sushumnâ, the central channel(canal) of energy, nor Shiva, nor Shakti, but Ardhanârishvara, the androgyne, either still the male which recognized its feminine and lively part paid(poured,overturned).
It is the whole and its opposite reconciled, giving birth to a shape and a new, unsuspected strength. By taking this gesture(movement) of hands, it is to try to transcend the dualities of the life.
And Yuddhishtira to answer Dharma his father who asks him(her) " what is your opposite? ", he says "myself"
In yoga, the attached hands are in front of the breast, in front of the heart and the beginning knows the end and the end is the beginning...
Extract of an article of Gwenaëlle Jourdain - Information Yoga in May-June, 2010