Yoga sutras I, 46 ? TYPES OF SAMADHI- SABIJA SAMADHI


#1

[b]I, 46 ? TYPES OF SAMADHI- SABIJA SAMADHI

I, 46 ta eva sabija samadhih

These absorptions
are also
accompanied by objective goals
and are called
absorption with seed.[/b]

M. Stiles

All of the types of samadhi described in sutras 1, 42-45 (and earlier in I, 17) are samadhi with seed. That is these practices uses the mind and there is ?identification with the contents of the mind?. In contrast, nirbija samadhi or absorption without seed is a ?resolute practice to completely cease identification with the contents of the minds. As a result, only subliminal impressions remain and their residue has no impact on the mind.? (Stiles, yoga sutra 1, 18 ) Swami Satchidananda cautions that the mind must be made pure before engaging in the practice of samadhi so that the revelation of the secrets of nature will be used to benefit humanity and not to destroy it.

Stiles, M., Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Boston, MA: Red Wheel/Weiser LLC. 2002

Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Buckingham, VA: Integral Yoga Publications. 2004


#2

III-1 Dharana = Concentration: practice of mental concentration on an object
III- 2 Dhyana = Meditation: unwavering attention on object of concentration
I-46 Sabeeja samadhi = Absorption with form
I-42 Savitarka (gross, thought)
I-43 Nirvitarka (without thought)
I-44 Savicara (subtle, reflection)
I-44 Nirvichara (without reflection)
I-17 Ananda (bliss)
I-18 Asmita (?I-am?ness, being)
I-51 Nirbija samadhi = Absorption without form
IV-34 Kaivalya = liberation


#3

in “How to know God”, the ‘seeds’ are given as those of desire and attachment, which are still present even though perfect concentration has been achieved. So it is important to have the right motivation for practising.