Abhijnanamudra, Abhijñānamudrā, Abhijnana-mudra: 1 definition


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In Hinduism

Arthashastra (politics and welfare)

[(A) next»] — Abhijnanamudra in Arthashastra glossary
Source: Knowledge Traditions & Practices of India: Society State and Polity: A Survey

Abhijñānamudrā (अभिज्ञानमुद्रा) refers to a “state stamp” (to be marked on merchandise) according to the ancient Indian science of Society and Polity, as defined in Kauṭilya’s Arthaśāstra (4th century BCE).—As a mark of quality, merchandise had to be marked with the abhijñāna-mudrā (state stamp) in sindura (vermilion). Counterfeiting was strictly punished. Bureaucrats received a fixed pay and were also eligible for state subsidized housing. The bureaucratic tenure was not hereditary.

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Arthashastra (अर्थशास्त्र, arthaśāstra) literature concerns itself with the teachings (shastra) of economic prosperity (artha) statecraft, politics and military tactics. The term arthashastra refers to both the name of these scientific teachings, as well as the name of a Sanskrit work included in such literature. This book was written (3rd century BCE) by by Kautilya, who flourished in the 4th century BCE.

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