The first three stages of antar mouna
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 mouna are:
- Becoming aware of external sensory
- Gaining awareness of spontaneous
- Creating and disposing of
- Refined awareness and disposal of
- Creating a state in which there
are no thoughts.
- Acute awareness of the yogi's
chosen personal psychic symbol.