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Samadhi etc
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I must apologize for saying this all over again. I have written about it before.

Just the fundamentals.

I am giving the basics – based on what Vivekananda and Yogananda said

Pratyahar – turn attention within

Dharna- turn attention inside and able to find a spot to focus on

Dhyana- to turn inside and keep attention on spot within

Samadhi turn attention within and being one with the spot

Dhyana in English is called mediation

Yoga means unite. That would be Samadhi

This is bare basics. But sufficient ready reference

Now the fun starts after Samadhi. The types

Sampragnat samadhi – means with knowledge. Sam is with. Pragna means inner wisdom

Asampragnat samadhi – Higher that sampragnat is asampragnat samadhi – Without knowledge. Asam means without. Pragna. Inner wisdom

Sampragnat samadhi – four types.

• Savitarka – with doubt sa with. Vitarka doubt
• Suvichar- with good thoughts absorbed within with thoughts of within. Su good. Vichar thoughts
• Sanand – with joy of being within sa with. ananda joy ( not happiness)
• Asmita – ego conscious Asmi i-ness

Then there are other samadhi

Savikalpa – with thoughts

Nirvikalpa – with out thoughts

Sahaja – spontaneous constant

I will not go into those things in detail

There is a lot of confusion about them because of A few reasons

Different yogi have given different interpretation

People understand things incorrectly and promote their wrong understanding

Samadhi is experience. There are no words or parallels to it. But elsewhere I have written ways to get there and an explanation how to differentiate samadhi, dream, dhayana and illusions of mind Since there are no words to describe it – it creates confusion. We mistake our paltry experience as samadhi. My friends , God is closer than you imagine but very far from those paltry experiences.

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