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 truth.
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
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
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
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is withdrawn step by step from the physical, astral and causal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
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 meditation.
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
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