Annihilation of Mind – Part 2

What it really means?

Destruction of the mind does not mean annihilation of the Self. The Vedantins divide the mind into the higher and the lower, of which the lower one leading to desires is asked to be destroyed.

Destruction of desires, annihilation of Ego, destruction of thoughts, all mean control of mind or annihilation of mind. Destruction of egoism, Like-Dislike (attraction and repulsion for objects) and all subtle desires alone is annihilation of mind. Annihilation of mind comes through the destruction of the subtle desires. It does not mean that you should take a sword and cut the mind to pieces.

Annihilation of mind means the death of the present form of the mind (i.e., the instinctive mind of emotions and passions), the form which perceives differences where none exists, which identifies the Self with the body. Its death really means its transformation into and, therefore, the birth of cosmic consciousness.

Vast majority of persons live in Annamaya Kosha (sheath of food or physical body) only. Their thoughts are directed towards eating, cleansing the body and putting on neat dress. That is all. Even the so-called educated persons live in Annamaya Kosha only. Sometimes, they live in Manomaya Kosha (mental sheath). A spiritual aspirant with Viveka lives in Vijnanamaya Kosha (Intellectual sheath). The Vijnanamaya Kosha is developed by abstract thinking and reasoning, by systematic meditation, study of the scriptures. You must all develop the Vijnanamaya Kosha by the study of spiritual books and pure thinking. Then you are safe. Mind will stop to deceive and torment you.

Laya yoga

Mind is absorbed in Intellect. Individual Intellect is absorbed in the Cosmic Intellect; Cosmic Intellect in Avyakta; Avyakta in Supreme Soul. This is the Laya-Chintana (Involution or Absorption) of Mind. Sambhavi Mudra, looking at the spot midway between the two eyebrows, looking steadily at the tip of the nose, hearing the sounds of the ear —all belong to Laya-Yoga. By these practices the mind gets Laya soon. In Sambhavi Mudra, the eyes are open but the mind is fixed on the Target. The eyes do not see the external objects. When the mind and senses are thinned out and eventually controlled, the various activities of mind and senses ceases. Personality-notion and sensation vanishes. Existence remains.

The two kinds…

Annihilation of mind is of two kinds, viz., (i) Destruction of the nature of mind, as in the case of the liberation and (ii) Destruction of the very form of the mind, as in the case of where they leave off their physical bodies. The first is termed “destruction of the mind with form.” The second is termed “destruction of the mind without form.”


Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda

Author: Ganesh

A soul in the search of eternal peace... "Be True, Love All, Help Others Selflessly, Live in Harmony and Rest in Peace"

10 thoughts on “Annihilation of Mind – Part 2”

  1. Excellent post! The mind is a dangerous thing that keeps us from living the present if we allow it to.. the real self needs to be nourished in order to live fully


  2. Love the post, I do have a question. Is the difference in the two styles merely form? Or is the end result form physical pointless. I know it sounds silly yet the concept and the way to get there in various ways yet as it reads it is the end result that I ponder. The suppression and eventual absorption of the natural mind and its desires I fully comprehend as it is the way to the spiritual mind and that of the heavens. Even though the mind has evolved the physical form still exists and is part of one and would need certain things to exist. I wrestle with a few knots.


    1. Thanks Joe! Actually it is a very good question. This is what I found on exploring a bit, hope it helps… 🙂

      The destruction of that with form is of the Jivanmukta (Liberation or Salvation); the destruction of that without form is of the Videhamukta (Disembodied Liberation or Disembodied Liberation). As soon as the Prarabdha(fate or past karmas) is fully exhausted, the Jivanmukta attains the state of Videhamukti, just as the pot – ether becomes one with the universal ether when the pot is broken.

      The Jivanmukta roams about happily in this world as he is free from the three kinds of fevers. He is free from all sorts of attachment and desires. He is absolutely free from Like-Dislike. He is established in right conduct. He is full of virtuous qualities. He does not feel: I am the actor, I am the enjoyer. He has a very large heart.

      One who will simply stay in Supreme Soul is called a Jivanmukta. He who realises: ‘I am beyond the three bodies, I am the pure consciousness and I am Supreme Soul’ is said to be a Jivanmukta. He is said to be a Jivanmukta who realises: ‘I am of the nature of the blissful and of the supreme bliss, and I have neither body nor any other thing except the certitude I am Supreme Soul only’.

      A Videhamukta is one who has become Supreme Soul, whose Soul has attained quiescence, who is of the nature of Supreme bliss, who is happy, who is of a pure nature, and who is a great Mouni (observer of silence). He is a Videhamukta who remains in absolute consciousness alone without (even) thinking thus: I am all Soul, the Soul that is equal (or the same) in all, the pure, without one, the non-dual, the all, the Self only, the birthless and the deathless, I am myself the undecaying Soul that is the object aimed at, the sporting, the silent, the blissful, the beloved and the bondless salvation, I am Supreme Soul alone, I am pure Consciousness alone.

      A Videhamukta is one for whom this world does not appear and there is no thought waves. He delights in his own self-luminous Satchidananda Svarupa (truth-conscious-blissful nature). His bliss is beyond the reach of speech.


      1. Actually that helps quite a bit and does in fact answer the Question. Now another perhaps two. First are there any Videhamukta in our world as you know it? Second where may I find a Jivanmukta with whom I may speak? Are you at this level yet?


        1. Great! Yes, there are a few and very hard to find them. I am just a learner or beginner. I do love to seek the guidance of Sadhguru. Here are a few names I found from the past.

          Jeevan Mukta is one who, while even in body, abides in the Self. Bhagavan Ramana and earlier Sri Sankara are the examples for this state of Jeevan Mukti. Videha Mukta, is one, who while body abides off and on in the Self and in this case, permanent abidance happens only when he leaves the body. I can tell two examples for this. These are Tamil Saiva Saints. They are Saint Tirunavukkarasar and Chidambaram Ramalinga Swamigal. In this state, it is often said, that they merge in the Light that appears outside and leaves no trace of the body. Or on a appointed day, they simply disappear!

          One personal suggestion. All our questions we have will be answered by our Self. Our Soul knows all the answers. Just seek it, you will get it for sure, sooner or later. I have got answered some of my queries like that. 🙂


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