Science of Mudras
As one moves up the elements, lower elements merge with the higher elements. That is, element above holds the capacity to include the elements below. Ether contains within it air, fire, water and earth, air contains fire, water and earth elements, fire contains water and earth elements, and water contains the earth element. To effect a change in any of the elements, one need not go to the level of the individual element. The elements can be easily controlled and modified by accessing the element that lies above the five elements, the par-tattva or Shiv governed by the agya chakra, under the sanidhya of Guru. That is why it is said ‘Omkar bindu samyuktam…’ which means everything is there in omkar bindu. This is the point of the bindu in which everything is present. That is, the entire creation is in Shiv or par-tattva. ‘….Nityam dhayanti yoginam’, which means the yogi’s dhyan is always on that partattva and not on the elements below. A yogi has an association with the lower elements also but he controls them from the Agya.
We just discussed how one can experience the five basic elements in the body through the science of mudras. But how does one get the experience of the Shiv tattva, which is the basis of all these elements?
The Shiv tattva is not experienced by an ordinary person because he does not need it. A basic person spends his life in the pursuit of the five senses which pertain to the five basic elements and the five basic chakras. Sense of smell is controlled by Mooladhar, sense of taste by Swadhishthan, sense of sight by Manipoorak, sense of touch by Anahad and sense of sound by Vidhuddhi. When there is no need, then there is little incentive to look further, and so, an ordinary person remains unaware of the Shiv tattva. Shiv is beyond the five tattvas, the partattva, in which all the tattvas reside. Experience of Shiv requires the awakening of Agya through Yog and Sanatan Kriya under a Guru, and the pleasure associated with the experience.