Manas

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is a word referring often to thought, mind and as in Yogasūtra Patañjali, to the mental state and sometimes the intellect. In Yoga Bhāṣya of Vyāsa, the mental state (Manas) is defined by five characteristics :

– agitated (kṣipta)
– confused (mūḍha)
– distracted (kṣipta)
– focalised (ekāgra)
– obstructed (niruddha)

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