Antar Mouna (Inner Silence)
Antar mouna is a meditative technique that leads to inner tranquillity and silence. Antar mouna helps in attaining pratyahara (withdrawal of the mind from the sense objects), the fifth stage of raja yoga. Muni is the person who has attained the state of inner silence. Antar mouna is the process of rooting out impressions (Samskara) deep in the subconscious mind. This leads to a speeded-up process of removing tensions from the mind. Generally, it is practised in the form of no speaking while carrying of normal life. If one stop talking but still remain concerned with the practice. One’s interaction with the world will merely flow out through the sense organs of eyes, ears, etc. instead of mouth. Try to be detached. From things around us.
Many people find that in the beginning a lot of strong negative emotions and thoughts arise. This can make one unhappy but this is necessary part of the process of purging the mind, but it should be done more slowly. The duration of mouna can be increased as the mind becomes more harmonised. It induces pratyahara (sense withdrawal, cutting off perception). Regular practice of antar mouna brings about a gradual release of pent-up mental tension and suppressed emotions. In Buddhism, the practice is called as ‘Vipassana’.
Stages of Practice:
The practice has six successive stages. One should devote at least one month at each stage. The best time to practice it is before going to bed or early morning.