Definition - What does Manolaya mean?

Manolaya is a term that means “loss of consciousness” or “loss of awareness,” which is the result of total mental absorption into the object of concentration. Manolaya can also be translated as “merging of the mind.” The term comes from the Sanskrit manas, meaning “thought,” the “mind” or “imagination,” and laya, meaning “dissolution” or “making the mind inactive.”

In meditation, manolaya is one of the goals – whereby the mind becomes absorbed into the focus of the meditation.

Yogapedia explains Manolaya

Manolaya involves transcending the normal consciousness and individual thoughts, even becoming one with the divine or the higher self. However, manolaya is temporary stillness of thought, when the meditation is over, thoughts rush to fill the void.

In contrast, manonasa is destruction of the current form of the mind, allowing the merging of the mind with the cosmic consciousness. While manolaya is temporary, manonasa is permanent.

Although manolaya is typically associated with meditation, it can be achieved during asana or pranayama practice.

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