Jnana Mudra Position, Benefits And Steps. A Complete Guide

In this complete guide to Jnana mudra you will learn the jnana mudra position, jnana mudra benefits, and the meaning of jnana mudra.

The Jnana mudra is one of the best mudras to use while meditating.

The Jnana mudra, which is also called the Gyan mudra, is a mudra we all know already, regardless of whether we meditate or not.

You might not have heard of the name “Jnana mudra” but you will definitely have seen the hand position before.

This mudra is a symbol of meditation. It’s a very important mudra for spiritual and health reasons.

As with all mudras, the specific hand position of the Jnana mudra is very important. Very fingers and parts of the hand represent different emotions and different parts of the mind. When performing a mudra, the position of the hand and fingers influence the mind of the practitioner.

This mudra has the thumb and index finger held together. This is very important. The thumb is the physical representation of Brahman, the supreme reality. The forefinger is the representation of the go and of the individual soul, and also of Jiva, the inner reality.

When bringing the thumb and forefinger together in the Jnana mudra the practitioner is showing the linking of Grahman with Jiva, the linking of the inner and outer worlds.

The remaining three fingers are the representation of the Gunas of nature. The little finger is Tama, which is confusion, inertia and dullness. The ring finger is Rajas, which is movement and passion. The middle finger is Sattva Guna, which is purity and light. In order to ascend to supreme reality the three gunas must be transcended.

Therefore, this mudra can be said as the representation of transcending the Gunas to bridge the inner and outer worlds and ascend to supreme reality.


The Jnana Mudra (Gyan Mudra) Is Also Called The “Mudra Of wisdom”


This Mudra is ofter called the Mudra of Wisdom. The Jnana Mudra is often used in Buddhist and Hindu teachings and in yoga courses. It is an important mudra for meditation, which is why we have included it in this online meditation course.


The Jnana Mudra (Gyan Mudra) Has An Important Meaning Behind It

The Jnana Mudra is a representation of the letting go of ego. The index finger represents the ego, while the thumb represents universal spirit. Thus, by holding the index finger down under the thumb, it is as though we are saying “The universal spirit is greater than the ego.”

you can learn more about the meaning of mudras here.

Here’s how you do the mudra. It’s easy.

It is easy to make the Jnana Mudra / Gyan. Hold your hand out straight with the palm facing upwards. Curl your index finger to meet your thumb. Lightly push the index finger down with the thumb. Hold your other fingers straight.



And here’s a list of al the amazing benefits this mudra offers: 

  1. It is a natural cure for insomnia
  2. It develops the creative brain
  3. It improves memory
  4. Enhances spirituality
  5. Regulates air flow
  6. Creates a calm and stable mind. [/wptab][end_wptabset]


Paul Martin Harrison

Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discovery their true potential. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book Journey To The Buddha Within You.

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