Nirodha Parinama

Definition - What does Nirodha Parinama mean?

Nirodha parinama is described in yogic philosophy as an advanced stage in a yogi's spiritual journey. In this stage, the mind is liberated and no longer influenced by thought-waves, or citta vritti.

The state of nirodha parinama is considered to be a transformational state because as the citta vritti cease, the mind is freed to connect with the moment as it appears.

Yogapedia explains Nirodha Parinama

Reaching a state of nirodha parinama is said to take a lot of practice and concerted, continual effort. It requires the yogi to have the power to command and restrain their own mind. When they are in this state, the yogi can immediately recognize any samskaras that accumulate and be in control.

Nirodha parinama is said to bring about a free flow of peace, tranquility and spontaneous freeing of the mind, unencumbered by thought waves.

Nirodha parinama is the first state of the three parinamas, or great transformations, which together bring the complete liberation of the mind. This is a particularly important concept in "The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali." The liberation of the mind is the ultimate goal of yoga, according to the Sutras.

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