The cupped hands resting on the knees during meditation represent the lotus, and the palms of the hands, the eternal from which all life springs. The fingers which rise from the palm represent the petals of the lotus and also the koshas and different levels of your being.
With cupped hands upward and resting on the knees, lightly touch the little finger with the thumb. The little finger represents the physical world and our body of food the anna-maya-kosha, meditate on strength, repeating the words, “strength is my real nature”. Then imagine that a few drops of the essence of strength trickle into the palms of the hands and rest like drops of dew in the heart of a lotus.
Lightly touch the ring finger with the thumb; this represents your emotional and feeling body as well as the prana-maya-kosha. Meditate on love, repeating the words “love is my real nature”. Then imagine that a few drops of the essence of love, trickle into the lotus palms of the hand.
Lightly touch the middle finger with the thumb; this represents the mental body, the level of thought that we associate with the lower mind, it is the mano-maya-kosha. Meditate on truth, repeating the words “truth is my real nature”. Then imagine that a few drops of the essence of truth, collect in the centre of the lotus.
Lightly touch the index finger with the thumb; this represents the wisdom seal and is associated with the higher mind and the vijnana-maya-kosha. Meditate on the light of wisdom and repeat “Let the light of understanding pervade my nature”. Then let a few drops of the essence of light and wisdom, trickle into your palms and the heart of the lotus.
Rest the open cupped hands on the knees, the symbol of the lotus, the thumb representing purity of the Will and love manifest and the ananda-maya-kosha. Repeat the words “Thy Will Be Done”.
Then from your cupped hands drink and inhale that pure essence of life.