Reply To: State of Mind in the Absence of Citta Vithi – Bhavanga


I still find it difficult to grasp the meaning of bhavanga.

In the above post Lal refers to, it is said:
-“When in a bhavanga state, there are no citta vithi running, so there are not even universal cētasika present. One just knows that one is living, but there is no thought object (ārammana)”.

To know that one is living does’t that need citta vitthi’s running?

I learned bhavanga is also the state in which we are when we are in deep dreamless sleep. Is this correct? At that moment there is not a knowing that one is alive? So i find it hard to graps what bhavanga really means.