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Nirodha ?

Dream Yogi2010-07-04 11:25:13 +0000 #1
I am reading Four Chapters of Freedom, commentary on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras,

it is said, when the 3 gunas are completely absent, we are in Nirodha,

now this sounds like the mind is gone, and there is no thinking

but it is described that "not thinking" is a feature of Tamas,

is there thinking in the Sattvic guna ? if all gunas are gone it seems like one would not have a "mind" and would not be thinking at all,
Lars Rimböck2010-07-04 11:30:02 +0000 #2
When all the vrittis in the citta became silent, the mind still exists, but it is free of movement caused by the conditions in the outside world.

It doesn`t mean not to think, but another form of thinking.

May be you could call it free floating mind which is able to discover the endless wide unlimited space and silence inside this creation.

No thinking is connected to tamas cause for example if you drink a bottle of whiskey the mind is not thinking and dull.

Nirodha means a tremdously open and centered mind.

All the best

Lars
Dream Yogi2010-07-04 12:02:43 +0000 #3
is samadhi characterized by relaxation

as in a conscious sleep, where you are still aware ,

or is it still in a wide awake state of mine, as in, tremendous clarity ?

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