in Hinduism means higher levels of intense meditation, or dhyana, in
Yogic schools. Samadhi is the state of mind in which the mediator is
absents from the thought of ones own self. The thing or object meditated
upon, are all considered to be but one.
is a Sanskrut word which means the state of realization achieved by
complete meditation. The word Samadhi is derived from `sam` meaning
together or integrated, `a` means towards, and `dha` means to get or
to hold. Thus Samadhi means to acquire integration or wholeness, or
Hinduism Samadhi is the main subject of the first part of the Yog Sutras
called Samadhi Pada. In the Mahabharata it is mentioned that yog is
samadhi that is total control over mind.
in Hinduism is described in various ways. Samadhi is stated as being
aware of one`s existence without any thought, in a state of undifferentiated
`beingness` or as an altered state of awareness that is characterized
by bliss or ananda and joy or sukha.
is classified into four levels. They are Lay Samadhi, Savikalp Samadhi,
Nirvikalp Samadhi and Sahaj Samadhi.
Lay Samadhi is the potential level of samadhi. It begins in deep meditation
like in the form dancing or singing. Lay Samadhi is a state of joy,
deep and general well-being, and peaceful meditation.
is the Savikalp Samadhi that refers to the primary state of the complete
samadhi. In this form of Samadhi, the mind is still active, as is the
kalp, meaning imagination. In Savikalp Samadhi one can feel ecstasy
and beingness, but still attached to the worldly attractions.
Samadhi is the main transcendent state of consciousness or realization.
In this state of meditation there is no longer mind, duality, or subject-object
relationship or experience. This is the ultimate form of Samadhi in
which one as realize everything as one. This is the pure awareness.
Samadhi is the only steady static reality and all the other things are
ever-changing and do not bring eternal peace or happiness.
Nirvikalp Samadhi, the ultimate form of Samadhi, all attachment to the
material world and all karm are dissolved. All awareness is withdrawn
step by step from the physical, astral and causal bodies until self-realization
or oneness with the soul is achieved. During the process of Nirvikalp
Samadhi breathing stops and the heart stops beating. Aware and fully
conscious oneness with soul is then achieved in a most loving way, and
all cells of the physical body are flooded with the Ocean of Divine
Love and Divine Bliss for any period of duration. Then comes the time
when the mediator feels to be connected with the ultimate oneness.
can also be achieved in Bhakti or devotion of God. Thus in Bhakti Samadhi
is the complete absorption into the object of one`s love or Krishna.
Thus true samadhi is achieved only when one has pure, unmotivated love
of God. This is achieved by performing daily activities and dedication
of the Supreme Being. Thus in Samadhi, meditation means to absorb your
mind in the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That is meditation, real
is achieved by leaving the body leaving their bodies as a final attainment
or soul-liberation. It is at this time when the soul knows a complete
and constant union with the Heavenly Godhead and merges effortlessly
into the transcendent amrita of Divine Bliss. It is said that sometimes
the yogi leaves the body and returns.
or the great samadhi is a term often used for this intentional departure
from the physical body at death. The individual exceeds to worlds beyond
karma and returns to God, merging into transcendental Bliss.