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"Ramakrishna in bhava samadhi at the house of Keshab Chandra Sen. He is seen supported by his nephew Hriday and surrounded by brahmo devotees."

Can any scholar here, identify this hand Mudra done by Ramakrishna Paramhans by his right hand and its importance in Yog and Samadhi?

The same Mudra can be seen in Lord Shiva's left middle hand as well.Is it superior to Gyan Mudra for Samadhi?

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  • @ChinmaySarupria Its known as Mriga-Mudra and is related to Lord Shiva.Yes, the Apaana mudra also looks the same. – user17294 Mar 13 '19 at 18:31
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enter image description hereThat is known as the Mriga-Mudra.That is mentioned in the dhyana-Mantra of Lord Shiva:

dhaayet nityam mahesham rajatagirinivam chaaru-chandra-avatamsham/ ratna-aakalpa-ujjvalangam prasu-mriga-vara-abhiti hastam prasannam/padma-aasinam samantaat stutam amarganair bhyaghrakrittim vasanam/vishvadyam visvavijam bhavabhayaharam panchavaktram trinetram --Reference :Stavakusumanjali,Udbodhan.

Normally mind is compared with a running deer and this mudra signifies keeping the mind still in case of Lord Shiva, as He holds parashu (axe) in other hand that signifies slaying the deer ie calming the mind.

But Sri Ramakrishna so far as I know did not use any such mudra intentionally.All was the effect of divine ecstacy.But it looks like Mriga-Mudra. The question of superiority or inferiority does not aruse by the way,Only Lord Shiva, known as the Pasupati (Mriga is a Pashu) has Mriga-Mudra in His hand. The image enclosed by you is a retouched one.I am enclosing a copy of the original for your perusal.

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  • what about Mudra in left hand, that is of 2 fingers up? – user16530 Mar 13 '19 at 18:27
  • @Nitin thats known to none.As I wrote, His mudras were spontaneous. – user17294 Mar 13 '19 at 18:28
  • @Nitin BTW the one of left hand is seen in His other photographs also. – user17294 Mar 13 '19 at 18:29
  • His left hand mudra is same as of Jesus Christ is depicted in his pictures, jesuschristsavior.net/Jesus.html and must be some special Mudra. – user16530 Mar 13 '19 at 18:31
  • @Nitin But we do not have any photograph of Jesus and so its an artist's imagination. – user17294 Mar 13 '19 at 18:32

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