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By Swami Harshananda

Taijasa literally means ‘one who is bright’.

The jīva[1] has three states of consciousness. They are:

  1. Jāgrat - waking state
  2. Svapna - dream state
  3. Suṣupti - deep-sleep state

When Jīva gets associated with these three states it is called viśva, taijasa and prājña respectively.


  1. Jīva means the individual soul.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore