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


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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

Jñānamudrā (ज्ञानमुद्रा).—(1) n. of a samādhi: SP 424.3; (2) in Mvy 4298—4313 is a list of cpds. all ending -jñānamudrā, described in 4297 as dhāraṇī-mudrā; they are not listed individually here.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Jñānamudra (ज्ञानमुद्र).—mfn.

(-draḥ-drā-draṃ) Having the impress of wisdom, wise, making wise. E. jñāna, and mudrā a seal.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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