As well as jagrat, the lowest mind state, there are three other higher states of consciousness:
- Svapna - dreaming
- Sushupti - deep sleep
- Turiya - trance
Some sources list only the first three states of consciousness, and turiya, the highest state, may be referred to as the trilogy of jagrat-svapna-sushupti. It is also possible for the mind to exist in svapna-jagrat, which is where the mind is awake, but also recalling past events or imagining things. This is thought of as dreaming in the waking state.
One difference between the waking state of jagrat and the dreaming state of svapna is
that the objects exist independent of the mind that perceives them. In
jagrat, they would be there anyway, even if the mind were not aware of
them. Contrastly, in svapna, the objects perceived only exist for as long as the mind is in this state creating them.
Those who understand and believe the yogic philosophy know that the gross world is simply an illusion. Some, therefore, describe jagrat consciousness as just a long dream. Once yogis have realized this, they no long experience the pain of attachment to objects in the material world.