Samadhi is the end of the
Sadhaka’s quest. At the
peak of his meditation, he passes into the state of Samadhi, where his
body and senses are at rest as if he is asleep, his faculties of mind and
reason are alert as if he is awake, yet he has gone beyond consciousness. The person in a state of Samadhi is fully conscious and
All creation is Brahman.
The Sadhaka is tranquil and worships it as that from which he came
forth, as that in which he breathes, as that into which he will be
dissolved. The soul within
the heart is smaller than the smallest seed, yet greater than the sky,
containing all works, all desires. Into
this the Sadhaka enters. Then
there remains no sense of ‘I’ or ‘Mine’
as the working of the body, the mind and the intellect have stopped
as if one is in deep sleep. The
Sadhaka has attained true Yoga; there is only the experience of
consciousness, truth and unutterable joy.
There is a peace that passes all understanding.
The mind cannot find words to describe the state and the tongue
fails to utter them. Comparing
the experience of Samadhi with other experiences, the sages say; ‘Neti!
Neti!’ – It is not this! It
is not this! The state can only be expressed by profound silence.
The Yogi has departed from the material world and is merged in the
eternal. There is then no
duality between the knower and the known for they are merged like camphor
and the flame.
There wells up from
within the heart of the Yogi the song of the soul, sung by Sankaracharya
in his Atma Stkam.
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