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Antar Mouna Meditation

When the mind is silent and peaceful, it becomes very powerful. It can become a receptor of bliss and wisdom, enabling life to become a spontaneous flow and expression of joy and harmony. However.this inner silence cannot arise while there is a continual stream of disturbing thoughts and emotions. All this inner noise of thoughts and emotions has to be removed before one can truly experience the soundless sound of inner silence.-Swami Satyananda Saraswati

In Sanskrit MOUNA means silence and ANTAR means inner. Antar Mouna means Inner Silence. If you have a busy mind or an extroverted mind, a mind that is always responding to sensory input and mental suppressions, inner silence or self-observation can help. Instead of ignoring a 'chatter box' of a mind, putting things aside and pretending they are not happening,Antar Mouna teaches you:

  • To witness the self
  • To become aware
  • To value quietness
  • How to manage your mind
  • Not to get involved in what you are experiencing
  • Pratyahara, withdrawal of the mind from the senses
  • To create a pause between mental response and speech

We all have a storehouse of suppressed thoughts, feelings, memories, and sensations. On the whole, we all struggle to forget these unpleasant experiences and, unfortunately, suppression does not make them go away. It sits in the unconscious (unaware) or sub-conscious (involuntary) acting out without our awareness. This brings pain, unhappiness and frustration into our lives. These undesirable thoughts, when suppressed or controlled, cause conflict and confusion. You may notice yourself trying to rationalise, justify and give meaning to the thoughts, feelings, memories and sensations.

Wether our thoughts are holy or vicious, we must allow the mind to be free to experience moments of daydreaming. Be vigilant with not concentrating the mind or force the mind to stay still or think in a particular way. We learn to become the witness and observe the mind without judgment or criticism. When practicing Antar Mouna, you learn to observe the part of the mind that judges and criticises.

The benefits of regularly practicingAntar Mouna are plenty because it:

  • Teaches you to respect your mind
  • Enhances a healthy personality
  • Encourages right thinking and speaking
  • Guides you to Self-direct your own life
  • It is tool to not be controlled by the mind

Antar Mouna is a process of acceptance via the witness, not control or exclusion. In meditation practice, for example, if you hear a very loud and potentially disturbing noise, do not try to blank it out or ignore it. Become aware of the sound, observe it without getting involved in it. When we can watch and observe the sound, we are letting it go and therefore, not spending our time reacting to it by becoming frustrated or angry.

Chidakasha (the space of the mind or consciousness) is associated with ajna chakra and Chidakasha dharana is the practice of witnessing the inner space behind the eyes. It is neither physiological or psychological. This space is as high and as low, and is as wide as you can see, it is an infinite a starless night... Observe this space without analysing or judging... Colours, forms or illumination may appear.. This may be due to physiological fluctuations in the body, emotional suppression, or the release of old samskaras or impressions stored in the subconscious mind. When these samskaras are released, they emerge in the form of thoughts, visions, dreams and emotional expressions.

Observe whatever arises, whether it is thoughts, colour, or shapes. Simply let the visions come. They may be fixed or changing. Keep watching what arises in the space of the mind, whether pleasant or unpleasant. Do not judge or discriminate. Just observe and let go. If you find yourself in reaction to thoughts or sensations, take a long conscious breath and return to observing chidakasha, the space of the mind.

We use sounding boards to discover ourselves like a counsellor, a friend or other forms of therapy. In Antar Mouna you discover yourself. It is a mediation practice that gives you the tools to discover yourself in your own time.

Antar Mouna is a technique of attaining pratyahara (the fifth stage of raja yoga) and, in its fullest form, can lead to dharana and dhyana. Antar Mouna is also a fundamental part of the Buddhist practice known as vipassana, used in a modified way.

Kate Nirlipta brings the philosophy and practice of yoga to life in her classes, Retreats and Teacher Trainings. Kate Nirlipta honors the principles of Yoga, giving each student the practice that meets their particular needs. She teaches foundational training modules for the highly respected Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School and can be contacted on





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