What is Samadhi?
Samadhi is the unbroken, continuous feeling of existence-consciousness which is experienced by seasoned meditators. They feel one with the universe, experiencing non-dual pure consciousness.
Difference Between Samadhi and Deep Sleep
Samadhi occurs as the mind becomes absent. After deep sleep, our mind bounces back to its natural ways. But in samadhi, the mind is dissolved and even while waking, one feels supreme bliss.
Types Of Samadhi
Kevala Nirvikalpa Samadhi
This type of samadhi is temporary, and the mind springs back actively once we come out of the blissful experience. It is a like a bucket that is immersed in the water in a well. The bucket can be pulled out with a rope, denoting that the mind can spring up again. Kevala Nirvikalpa Samadhi is considered one of the early steps to liberation. People who experience this type of samadhi still harbor innate tendencies, which need to be exhausted.
This type of samadhi is felt by those who follow Bhakti yoga. It can be described as devotional ecstasy. Therefore, practitioners of Raja Yoga or Jnana Yoga seldom experience Bhava Samadhi. To experience Bhava Samadhi, one needs to direct one’s emotions towards a chosen deity with one-pointed concentration. Devotional music can trigger such deep meditation. Mira Bai, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa are a few saints who experienced this type of samadhi.
This is the ultimate state, in which one effortlessly abides in the supreme self. It can be compared with a river merging with the ocean.
In this type of samadhi, the mind completely immerses into the self. The bucket and the rope completely drown in the well and cannot be pulled out. This means the mind feels no more disturbances. In this enlightened state, the meditator takes part in worldly activities like an infant who suckles in deep sleep, without even being aware of their feeding. The state of Sahaja Nirvikalpa can be compared to a calm ocean that is not disturbed by any waves. The meditator identifies themself with everything. There is no ‘other’ as they feel one with everything.