By entering sushupti, the yogi
experiences the subtle, intuitive consciousness that is neither
mental nor intellectual. Because of its separation from the world and
worldly concerns, sushupti creates a state of bliss and happiness. It
is one of the stages on the path to yoga's ultimate goal, union with
the higher Self.
The four states of consciousness, the
first three of which are avasthas, include:
- Jagrat – the waking state in
which consciousness is focused outward.
- Svapna – the dream state in
which consciousness is focused inward.
- Sushupti – the deep sleep state
in which consciousness roams the universe separate from the mind.
- Turiya – the state of
transcendental, or pure, consciousness in which the focus with both
outward and inward at the same time.