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Discussions about Samadhi - 1
« on: June 17, 2009, 02:35:55 PM »
For readers who do not understand the word Samadhi in
Hindu theology, Samadhi means the state in which a Jnani
remains either temporarily or permanently, till he leaves
his body.  Samadhi also means the installation, over the
body remains of a Jnani, a construction, on which a Siva Linga
or a tulsi plant is installed.

David Godman in his book Be as you are, writes about the
preliminary definitions, as:

The following brief definitions formulated by Bhagavan Ramana
should be sufficient to guide the uninititated through the
terminological jungle of samadhi.

1. Holding on to reality is Samadhi.
2. Holding on to reality with effort is Savikalpa Samadhi.
3. Merging in reality and remaining unaware of the world
     is Nirvikalpa Samadhi.
4. Merging in ignorance and remaining unaware of the world
     is sleep.
5.  Remaining in the primal, pure, natural state without
     effort is Sahaja Nirvikalpa Samadhi or Sahaja Samadhi.

                                         -  Talks

Question:  What is Samadhi?

Bhagavan:  A state in which the unbroken experience of existence-consciousness is attained by the still mind, alone
is Samadhi.  That still mind is adorned with the attainment
of the limitless supreme Self, alone is the reality of God.

                                   -  Guru Vachaka Kovai, Verse 898.
When the mind is in communion with the Self in darkness,
it is called Nidra, sleep, that is, the immersion of the mind
in ignorance.  Immersion in a conscious or wakeful state
is Samadhi.  Samadhi is continuous inherence in the Self
in a waking state.  Nidra or sleep is also inherence in the
Self but in an unconscious state.  In Sahaja Samadhi, the
communion is continuous. 

Question:  What are kevala nirvikalpa samadhi and sahaja
nirvikalpa samadhi?

Bhagavan:  The immersion of the mind in the Self, but without
its destruction, is kevala nirvikalpa samadhi.  In this state
one is not free from vasanas, latent tendencies and so therefore
one does not attain mukti, or liberation.  Only after the vasanas have been destroyed can one attain liberation.

Arunachala Siva.