Newsletter December 2013
Antar Mouna “Inner Silence Meditation”
“By maintaining awareness of one’s internal environment, thoughts, emotional reactions etc, one can speed up one’s personal evolution to the utmost degree.” Swami Satyananda
The Sanskrit word “mouna” means “silence” and “antar” means “inner”, therefore the English name for this practice is “inner silence”. In our daily life, we are almost always externalised, relating to life with the five senses. The practice of Antar Mouna gradually leads the practitioner inwards. The essence of the technique is acceptance and respect for the mind, and the ability to remain an impartial witness to all its manifestations. It will make one understand the workings of one’s own rational and irrational mind. Antar Mouna trains the awareness process and gradually helps to remove samskaras, as we become aware of the different thoughts, without attaching to them. Antar Mouna is so useful because the witnessing attitude can be extended into each an every activity, circumstance, challenge and joy that arises. It is a 24 hour, 7 day a week practice.
“When practiced many times daily, this witnessing process becomes an automatic occurrence continuing by itself and showing you who you are, what you are doing here and where you are going. It can truly be said that in this practice through the awareness of inner noise you will come to know the voice of silence, the golden sound that sings of eternity.” Swami Satyananda. Meditations from the Tantras
Stages of Antar Mouna
There are 5 stages of Antar Mouna. The first three are foundational and should be perfected before going on to the next stages.
- Awareness of external stimuli – sensory perceptions (sound, touch, taste, smell) with the attitude of a witness
- Awareness of spontaneous thought process – with the attitude of a witness
- Creation and disposal of thoughts at will - create and observe a thought with the attitude of a witness, and then dispose of it at will.
- Awareness and disposal of spontaneous thoughts - observe and catch the underground thoughts. Stay with the thought and then throw it away consciously.
- Awareness of inner space - become aware of the colourless and formless space of chidakash, the inner space of your psyche. Be alert, if thoughts come dispose of them immediately; do not allow the thought to manifest. Stage 5 is about maintaining thoughtlessness. This is the real state of inner silence.
Applying Antar Mouna to the practice of Walking Meditation
We discussed Walking Meditation in our November 2012 issue. A wonderful technique is to apply stage 1 of Antar Mouna to your walking meditation practice:
Using the attitude of the witness, become aware of external stimuli such as the touch of the earth/grass beneath your feet, the sensation of the wind on your skin, the beauty of the view around you, the smell of the air, the sounds of the birds in the trees etc. To gain maximum benefit of this practice; become aware of only one sense at a time e.g. when you are walking, become aware of each and every step that you take and your connection with the earth. Notice the difference between the textures and density of the soil, grass, road, sand etc. Remembering to remain a witness and not identify but merely observe each experience, before moving on to the next sense.
For a more in depth experience, you can purchase a number of our books or CD's which contain the guided practices of Antar Mouna. e.g. Yoga for Women double CD, Meditations from the Tantras book, and many more. Click here for more info.
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