Samadhi: The 8th Limb of Yoga Explained

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When you have traveled through the seven limbs of yoga, when you have found ways to deal with yourself and the world, moved your body and your breath, when you have removed external stimuli, focused your mind and meditated, you are getting ready for the highest state of consciousness.

Samadhi, Bliss, the union with the Whole and oneness with the Universe, is something that cannot be explained in words. It's something each individual must try to experience on his own.

What is Samadhi?

Yoga is a spiritual practice, and Samadhi is the 8th and final stage on the eightfold path of yoga. It is a state of consciousness where individual awareness dissolves into the great Whole.

There are different levels of Samadhi, or different stages of connection with the Divine, but when the word Samadhi is used alone, it usually refers to the state of enlightenment, which is the highest form of Samadhi.

Samadhi is not a permanent state, and like the stages before it (Dharana and Dhyana), Samadhi does not come upon anyone by accident. It takes dedication and effort, and a person must be willing to train the mind and go deep inside.

State of Connection

We are spiritual beings, or souls, who have a body. We have a spirit that is connected with the Source, with the whole Universe. This is a state where material possessions lose their meaning; where we can come to realize that we don't actually own anything, not even our bodies.

Everything physical will dissolve, everything in our physical world will eventually disappear, or at the very end we will lose them when we leave this physical world. But the spirit is eternal and it knows this. We just need to reconnect with this inner knowledge.

How does Samadhi fit in your daily life?

At first it may seem like this is something too far to even try to bring into our daily life. But traveling towards Samadhi does not mean you have to permanently move to a far-away Ashram.

You can live your life as it unfolds, and start to recognize this pure spirit in yourself, and in everyone and everything around you. If you are a divine light, a soul that is part of the Universe, then so are others. The people you love and the people you don't like. The animals around you and the nature.

When we can move past the mind and the ego which wants to judge, possess and compare, and when we can see that others are divine as well, we are moving closer to a state of connection.

Samadhi does not come upon anyone by accident. It takes dedication and effort. ~Kaisa Kapanen

Every moment can become an opportunity to practice this great journey towards Samadhi. To feel the connection, to try to be intensely present, and to feel the love that comes with it. According to the great yogis, connection like Samadhi is something that every soul knows in its core.

In our essence we are it, therefore we don't need to learn it as something new, instead we'll need to take off layers, un-learn and find our way back.

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