When you can easily remain in a state of thoughtlessness, then you should proceed to stage 6. Do not continue with stage 5 for you will merely lapse into a state of laya (unconsciousness or sleep). You will have a nice deep sleep, but it will not take you anywhere on the yogic path. Therefore, proceed to stage 6 as soon as your mind is in a thought-free state2.
1 Antar mouna: Stage I - Book III, Lesson 26, Topic 5; Stage 2 - Book III, Lesson 27, Topic 5; Stage 3 - Book III, Lesson 28, Topic 5; Stage 4 -Book III, Lesson 29, Topic 5
2 Antar mouna: Stage 6 - Book III, Lesson 31, Topic 6
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