In yoga, samadhi is the last stageOctal way of Ashtanga-yoga. This is a special contemplative state, in which the idea of one's own personality disappears. In fact, there is a state of enlightenment (nirvana). It is achieved through prolonged meditation, as a result of which the individual consciousness merges with the absolute.
Pilot Baba says: "Samadhi is the way out of everything. You are in yourself, but you are a cosmos and you are nothing. Samadhi dissolves the boundaries between the person and the shell, the boundaries between you and time are blurred. Distances disappear. All the time it becomes real - there is no past, there is no future, you just are. "
How to achieve samadhi?
According to the teachings of yoga, samadhi suddenly appearsDuring meditation, the flow of thoughts naturally stops. Stocks of ideas and experiences are depleted, but the state of concentration continues.
According to Patanjali, the author of the Yoga Sutras, samadhi can not be achieved either by effort of will, or by a strong desire for this sensation. Samadhi comes and develops only with experience.
There are two kinds (stages) of Samadhi or ecstasy.
1. Samadhi is achieved by means of an object or idea(Fixation of thought on a point or idea). It is ecstasy with a support, or differentiated - discriminating - ecstasy, its name in Sanskrit - samprajnata samadhi. This kind of Samadhi is a means of liberation, since it makes possible the realization of truth and stops all kinds of suffering.
2. Samadhi is achieved without any "connection"(Internal or external), that is, the yogi achieves "unification" - full awareness. It is undifferentiated - indistinguishable - ecstasy, in Sanskrit - asamprajnata samadhi. This kind of Samadhi destroys the "impressions" (sanskara) of previous mental actions and can even stop the already activated by past actions karmic forces.
Thus, we are dealing with two completelyDifferent states. The former is achieved through the yogic technique of concentration (dharana) and meditation (dhyana); The second consists only of one state - unprovoked ecstasy - a "breakthrough". Undoubtedly, asampradjanate samadhi is achieved solely through the long efforts of the yogi. It is not a gift or a favor. And a yogi is unlikely to be able to achieve it, unless he has previously experienced samadhi with support.
Here it is worth noting that in Bhakti Yoga, samadhi is achieved by devotional service and worship of God, and by the constant focus of the mind on God's realization.
Who can achieve?
Do not think that samadhi is some kind of"A miracle" or something that someone can sell you, give, or pass, and what you need to go to a sect or go to the Himalayas. Samadhi is not a secret intellectual knowledge and not a secret technique, but a state that comes as a result of the correct, persistent practice of yoga.
Samadhi is accessible to anyone who is willing to go beyond the physical and applied understanding of yoga and forever change their lives by embarking on the path of spiritual perfection.
Why achieve Samadhi?
It is believed that with the help of Samadhi, not onlySpiritually to develop, but also to make scientific discoveries, create outstanding works of art, predict the future, treat - and almost anything else. The adherents of this point of view even claim that without the attainment of Samadhi, for at least a short moment, I can not create a brilliant work of art, or make a significant outstanding discovery. In this way, Samadhi can make a genius of any person, not to mention the fact that such a condition cures all diseases. After all, according to the logic of yoga, illnesses (like all other problems of the body and mind) take the source in our deep unconscious "storerooms" - in what are called "samskaras", restrictions). Samadhi purifies all this, like water washes away dirt.