Amanaska

Definition - What does Amanaska mean?

In Hindu and yogic philosophy, amanaska describes a mind that is free of desires and thoughts. The term comes from the Sanskrit prefix, a, meaning “not” or “without,” and manas, meaning “mind.” It, therefore, translates as “without mind” and refers to samadhi, which is a deep state of meditation in which thoughts and breathing cease.

Amanaska is also the name of an 11th- or 12th-century Raja yoga text that, among other things, teaches sambhavi mudra (eyebrow center gazing) to achieve this state of no thoughts.

Yogapedia explains Amanaska

The state of amanaska is thought to be synonymous with Raja yoga ("king of yogas"). According to the "Amanaska," which takes the form of a dialog between Lord Shiva and Vamadeva, this state allows yogis to reach the higher Self, or the king within. It describes this as similar to but beyond sleeping and waking. The yogi is awake to the Ultimate Reality, which lies beyond the senses, yet asleep to the world.

According to the "Amanaska," this higher state of Raja yoga is peace, serenity, bliss and contentment, undisturbed by thoughts or concerns.

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