“Peaceful, “dissolved,” a condition in which the mind is quiet, not agitated. It is the most elevated of the Five States of Mind described in Vyasa’s Yoga Bhashya, the most authoritative commentary on the Yoga Sutras. The niruddha mind is mastered, controlled, and can easily be witnessed and transcended. In the Yoga Sutras (1:2), Patanjali defines yoga as this state of nirodha (the cessation of all mental fluctuations). This cessation is the doorway through which we go beyond the mind in order to abide in the Self. When the state of niruddha is sustained for a long period of time, the mind is dissolved in Pure Awareness, which leads to moksha (liberation).
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