Significance of the Snake Ring
You may have noticed some Isha meditators wearing snake rings like the one below. You may even be wearing one now. But you may not know the purpose and significance behind wearing these copper rings on the ring finger.
Sadhguru explains, “As there is a physical body, there is a whole energy body… This energy that we generally refer to as either prana or Shakti, flows through the body in certain established patterns; it is not moving randomly. There are 72,000 different ways in which it moves. In other words, there are 72,000 pathways in the system through which it is flowing. So nadis are pathways or channels in the system. They do not have a physical manifestation; if you cut the body and look inside, you will not find these nadis. But as you become more and more aware, you will notice the energy is not moving at random; it is moving in established pathways…
In yoga, it is said that one who has mastery over his ring finger can rewrite anybody’s destiny. If I just touch my ring finger in a certain way I can rewrite your destiny if I wish to. It is a whole science by itself. See, your finger can be divided into three portions by the lines drawn on it. The first portion of the ring finger, from the tip onwards, carries lifetimes of experiences. Everything is in this. Everything is written into this, whether by touch here or here or here (gestures), every bit, every milli, milli, a millimeter is rich with life. Every micro millimeter is different. There is a whole lot of sadhana for this. If you just know how to handle your ring finger like you handle a computer mouse, you can scroll all your lifetimes’ just right here. If you have mastery over it, you can do miraculous things to yourself and to the external situation. The second portion of your ring finger has elaborate detail of your prarabdha. The base digit can be used to predict future possibilities, based on the past accumulations of karma and the present expressions of the prarabdha.
Always in our tradition, for everything that you do, you must use the ring finger. All the nadis are activated by touching certain portions of the finger. If you want to take vibhuthi or kumkum, you use this finger to apply it, simply because these are all different ways to defuse the karmic structure. Even unknowingly if you touch something sacred that has a certain energy quality to it with your ring finger, it dissolves some karma; you get to shed some of it….The whole tradition was built like that – whichever way, you must be slowly moving towards your liberation.”
Wearing a metal ring, especially made of copper, by a seeker on the ring finger stabilizes the body and provides the fundamental support for sadhana or spiritual practices. With the right kind of sadhana, wearing the snake ring can become a key to mystical dimensions of life. Our copper snake rings are made in the Isha Yoga Center under Sadhguru’s guidance and go through a process of consecration before they are offered to seekers. The rings are meant to be worn at all times. The rings can be purchased online from Isha Life