Antar Mauna

Definition - What does Antar Mauna mean?

Antar mauna is a Sanskrit term that means “inner silence.” It refers to a yogic meditation technique that involves transforming and controlling thought processes through self-awareness and mindfulness. By internalizing the senses through this form of meditation, the yogi observes the inner and underlying structure of the mind and thought processes.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati of the Bihar School of Yoga in India developed the Satyananda system of yoga and the six stages to antar mauna. Satyananda yoga incorporates aspects of Jnana, Bhakti and Karma yoga.

Yogapedia explains Antar Mauna

The first three stages of antar mauna meditation should be mastered before the yogi attempts the more advanced fourth, fifth and sixth stages. By the sixth stage, the yogi reaches a state of dharana (concentration, which is the fifth of the eight limbs of yoga) or even dhyana (deep meditation, which is the seventh limb). The six stages of antar mauna are:

  1. Becoming aware of external sensory perceptions.
  2. Gaining awareness of spontaneous thoughts.
  3. Creating and disposing of thoughts.
  4. Refined awareness and disposal of spontaneous thoughts.
  5. Creating a state in which there are no thoughts.
  6. Acute awareness of the yogi's chosen personal psychic symbol.
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