Hinduism

What is Yoga Samadhi?

Samadhi is the eighth and ultimate step of Patanjali yoga. Samadhi is an experience in which we feel inner bliss. A person capable of attaining samadhi overcomes all suffering. He/she is not attached to thoughts.

Yoga samadhi

is a sublime state in which we merge with our divine nature. Read on to learn more about

yoga samadhi

.

Traits of Yoga Samadhi

When we attain samadhi through deep meditation, we realize that everything is one. We start seeing ourself in others. We realize that we are not our ego or transient body. We start to identify with the immortal divine essence which is called spirit or soul. Many people go on religious pilgrimages or distant lands to “discover” themselves. They do not understand that God resides within them. Truth and reality live within us and

yoga samadhi

helps us realize this fact.

How to Attain Yoga Samadhi

It takes self-discipline, deep meditation practice and an experienced teacher to attain samadhi. The teacher can pinpoint discrepancies in our discipline and meditation, and help correct them. When we attain samadhi consciousness, we stop bothering about trivial issues like our image, others’ opinions of us, negative things that occurred in the past and life’s burdens. Our mind chatter will slowly cease to bother us similar to a lake settling down calmly after ripples.

It is not easy to reach the state of

yoga samadhi.

We need to first practice yoga poses and pranayama breathing techniques to attain peace of mind and improve our concentration. Slowly, our mind will become detached from the external factors influencing it and create space for itself. Thereafter, we would be able to meditate deeply and attain yoga samadhi.

State of Yoga Samadhi Bliss

The most remarkable aspect of samadhi is a feeling of calm and continuous bliss. This is not to say that thoughts do not fleet past the mind. They certainly do, however we do not cling to them like in the past. We feel complete freedom and have supreme confidence. We feel as if we can do anything we set our mind upon. Our daily mundane life becomes a magical experience as we experience profound relaxation and enjoyment by connecting to the natural divinity in us and everything around us.

No Sense of Ego

In yoga samadhi, our senses and body are at rest, yet our mind is awake in a state of relaxed awareness. We realize that our true identity has no differences and we become fully aware of this flawless identity.

Yoga samadhi

does not mean any specific change occurring in us. Rather, our natural state of optimum health and unity of body, mind and spirit becomes a reality.

1 response to What is Yoga Samadhi?

  1. Divine essence cannot be adequately described in words, although many people have tried to do so. There are 40 mentions of divine essence in “the greatest achievement in life,” my ebook on comparative mysticism. Here are 10 of them, quoted out of context:

    (10) In the mystical tradition of religions, we can directly experience the divine in this life by giving up our ego and individuality to be in the soul, then consciously sharing in the unitive divine essence.

    (17) Most mystics say that each of us is born with the essence of the divine; sin is our separation from the divine, ignoring or not seeking our soul. Mystics view atonement as accepting at-one-ment; it is reuniting with our soul and the One divine essence in All.

    (46) Union with the divine, however, surpasses knower, known and knowing; it is to be at one with the divine essence.

    (56) The divine essence is just outside your door, but when you keep it closed it cannot come in to transform your life.

    (58) Many of them said that the divine essence is nothing, i.e. no thing, that it is immanent in all things, yet it is transcendent to everything. Some mystics equate grace, love and spirit with the divine essence.

    (60) Perhaps we can renterpret, and adjust, that formula to help clarify the correlation between divine Essence, matter and consciousness: E = mc^f(x). Divine essence…emanates and sustains universal matter (mass/energy: visible/dark) and cosmic consciousness (c^f(x) raised to its greatest power). During suprarational consciousness, and beyond, mystics share in that essence to varying extents.

    (61) Intuition plays an important role in the mysticism of all religions; it gives an insight into the divine essence. Looking within, greater consciousness of our own divine essence enables us to realize it in all matter.

    (74) When cosmic consciousness, or only yours, is completely aware of universal matter, or that which you can perceive, they transform into One divine essence, or that essence you can be aware of in this life. When that divine essence is manifested, it is partially apparent as matter and consciousness, including you.

    (77) Surface soul is like this self’s reflection in the divine; conscience opens soul’s depths to reflect the divine essence in this self’s life.

    (82) True mystics feel wholeness often. …it is identifying with the divine essence everywhere.

    Some mystics called it the spiritual essence of God, al-Haqq (Truth, Reality) underlying Allah, the Dharmakaya (Buddha-nature) or formless essence, Saccidananda (being-consciousness-bliss) of Brahman, or the ayin (no-thing-ness) of HaShem.

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