Resources of the Himalayan Yoga Tradition

States of Mind

We experience, ordinarily, only two states of mind: kshiptam and mudham.  Both of them are simultaneous. Kshiptam: "totally distracted." This thought now, that sensation then, another emotion, another something, attraction, distraction, aversion, moment-to-moment goes on.  These random movements of the mind do not let the mind be alert.  So while a small part of the mind remains thus distracted and agitated, the remaining vast area of the mind remains in a state of mudham: "stupor."  Unaware, not awake, comatose - we're all in a coma! That's why we do not perceive; that's why we do not understand, do not understand from where the other party is speaking, do not understand what is the cause of that person's anger, do not understand what pain and anguish has caused someone to make a very negative and unfair remark about you. Conquest of wakefulness - before you start going into analyzing the spiritual visions granted you in the dream state - if they be so indeed! Swami Veda Bharati