Jnanamudra, aka: Jñānamudrā, Jnana-mudra, Jñānamudra; 7 Definition(s)

Introduction

Jnanamudra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Jnana Mudra (psychic gesture of knowledge) In Jnana mudra the hands are placed on the knees in seated meditation with the palms facing up. This mudra gives a feeling of spaciousness and has a subtle uplifting effect on the body and mind. In both Chin and Jnana mudra the connection made by the thumb and index figure is said to create a kind of circuit by connecting the terminus of certain nadi thus re-circulating the body’s vital energy.

Source: Typepad: Mudras for Pranayama
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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

Jnana(-mudra)—The hand is placed level with the heart with the palm facing upwards. The thumb forms a ring, usually with the ring finger. This is the gesture of wisdom, as a quality of the god concerned.

Source: Google Books: The Book of Hindu Imagery: Gods, Manifestations and Their Meaning

In the Jñānamudrā (ज्ञानमुद्रा), the tips of the middle finger and of the thumb are joined together and held near the heart, with the palm of the hand turned towards the heart.

Source: Google Books: Elements of Hindu iconography
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Jnanamudra in Purana glossary... « previous · [J] · next »

Jñānamudrā (ज्ञानमुद्रा) is the name of a gesture (mudrā) mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 1.20, while explaining the mode of worshipping an earthen phallic image (pārthiva-liṅga) according to the Vedic rites:—“[...] he shall show the “Śiva-mudrā” with the mantra ‘Eṣa te’; the Abhayamudrā with the mantra ‘Yato Yataḥ’ etc. and the Jñāna-mudrā with the Tryambaka-mantra”.

Source: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

Jnanamudra in Sanskrit glossary... « previous · [J] · next »

Jñānamudra (ज्ञानमुद्र).—a. 'having the impress of wisdom', wise.

Jñānamudra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms jñāna and mudra (मुद्र).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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Relevant definitions

Search found 926 related definition(s) that might help you understand this better. Below you will find the 15 most relevant articles:

Mudra
Mudrā (मुद्रा) of three kinds, as defined in the ‘mantra-utpatti’ chapter of the 9th-century Va...
Jnana
Jñāna (ज्ञान).—nt. (= Sanskrit; Pali ñāṇa), knowledge; for dis-tinction from vijñāna see the la...
Abhayamudra
Abhayamudrā (अभयमुद्रा) is the name of a gesture (mudrā) mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 1.20, whil...
Jnanendriya
Jñānendriya (ज्ञानेन्द्रिय).—an organ of perception; (these are five tvac, rasanā, cakṣus, karṇ...
Dhyanamudra
Dhyānamudrā (ध्यानमुद्रा).—a prescribed attitude in which to meditate on a deity. Dhyānamudrā i...
Mahamudra
Mahāmudrā (महामुद्रा) is the name of a gesture (mudrā) mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 1.20, while ...
Varadamudra
Varadamudrā (वरदमुद्रा) is a Sanskrit word referring to “the gesture of granting boons”. The...
Brahmajnana
Brahmajñāna (ब्रह्मज्ञान).—n. (-naṃ) Spiritual wisdom. E. brahma and jñāna knowledge.
Pancamudra
Pañcamudrā (पञ्चमुद्रा) refers to the “five insignia”, items of Kāpālika paraphernalia worn by ...
Chinmudra
In the Chinmudrā (छिन्मुद्रा), the tips of the thumb and the forefinger are made to touch ea...
Vyakhyanamudra
Vyākhyānamudrā (व्याख्यानमुद्रा) or simply Vyākhyāna refers to “essence, exposition of truth” a...
Khecarimudra
khēcarīmudrā (खेचरीमुद्रा).—f An attitude of the Yogi.
Pancajnana
Pañcajñāna (पञ्चज्ञान).—m. (-naḥ) A Bud'dha or Baud'dha sanctified teacher. E. pañca five (orga...
Jnanakanda
Jñānakāṇḍa (ज्ञानकाण्ड).—that inner or esoteric portion of Veda which refers to true spiritual ...
Yonimudra
Yonimudrā (योनिमुद्रा).—a particular position of fingers. Yonimudrā is a Sanskrit compound cons...

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