Mudras are symbolic hand gestures, and they are seen in all statues of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas, and are often seeing in different representations of various Hindu gods and goddesses. In Buddhism, the mudras are associated with particular Buddha poses (also known as an asana or attitude), and how the hand is held can signify the difference from one pose to another (or from one Celestial Buddha to another in the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions).While Hindu deities are often depicted holding weapons, Buddhism believes in abstaining from violence and not causing harm to other beings, following the principle of "non-harm"(ahimsa). Because of this aversion to violence, it was considered offensive to depict Buddhist deities holding weapons. Hence, specific hand poses are used primarily in Buddhist art to convey the attributes that would have been demonstrated by weapons in Hindu art. In a limited number of instances, Buddhist deities can be seen holding weapons. The Bodhisattva Manjusri, for instance, slices through ignorance with the Sword of Wisdom, held in the right hand.