- Sanskrit has two words VYADI and SAMADHI.
VYADI means "sickness of the soul" and SAMADHI means "health and
wholeness of the soul." But these are existential meanings. A man
who has not experienced samadhi is spiritually sick. He may be
bodily fit, but he is not spiritually fit. It is possible a man may
be bodily sick, but he can attain to samadhi. Even at the last
moment of your life, you can attain to samadhi. Your spiritual being
comes in all its health, wholesomeness. Even if for a single moment
you have known samadhi, you have known the greatest secret in
- There is no self nature which makes people
different. The moment you are in samadhi, you will see trees are
also in samadhi. The mountains are in samadhi. The stars are in
samadhi. The whole existence is in samadhi. Only you had gone
astray. You have come back, merged and melted into the wholeness of
- Right samadhi means you have to be without
mind, fully awake; in wakefulness, thoughts have to disappear. It is
easy to fall asleep, to fall into a deep coma, in a kind of
hysterical fit and be without mind; but that is falling below mind
not transcending mind. Right samadhi is a transcendence: you go
beyond mind, but you are fully alert, aware. Only then is samadhi
right -- when it grows in awareness and when awareness grows through
it. When you become enlightened you have to be absolutely awakened;
otherwise you missed at the last step.
- Satori is half awake, half asleep. Samadhi
is full awareness. But if you are half awake, it won’t take long for
you to be fully awake. Just a little hit of the master’s staff on
your head, and you will jump out of the bed.
- Samadhi means death with consciousness,
dying fully alert. You have died many times but it was not samadhi,
it was simple death, because whenever you died you were unconscious.
Before death happens you are unconscious, it is just a surgical
- Samadhi is your very nature in its
absolute clarity, in its absolute purity, in its absolute awareness.
Samadhi is your real home. And the people who don't know samadhi are
wandering without a home. They are homeless people, rootless people
and their whole life is nothing but a tragedy. Samadhi gives you
roots in existence, and it opens the doors of your home. Samadhi is
the ultimate actualization of your potential. And the way to samadhi
is simple. Drop the mind -- go beyond the mind and you will enter
into samadhi. Mind is the only barrier and strangely we are
continuously educating the mind to become more and more powerful.
Our whole educational systems around the world, are nursing the mind
-- your enemy, making it stronger, more informative, more
- Patanjali says there is not much
difference between sushupti, dreamless sleep, and samadhi, the
ultimate state of buddhahood -- not much difference, although there
is a difference. The difference is that of consciousness. In
dreamless sleep you are unconscious, in samadhi you are conscious,
but the state is the same. You move into God, you move into the
universal center. You disappear from the circumference and you go to
the center. And just that contact with the center so rejuvenates
- when the mind dies totally, what is left
is samadhi. So I cannot say that the mind dies totally only in
samadhi; that will be putting things upside down. The mind dies
first, and then what is left is called samadhi. That state of
no-mind is called samadhi.
- Awareness is something beyond the mind.
You have to watch the mind, you have to watch the presence of mind
as much as absence of mind. You have to watch both, you have to go
beyond both. It comes, it certainly comes, and when it comes it
takes all that is your misery, your ego, your insensitivity, your
cruelty. It takes all mud from you... and out of that mud arises the
lotus, the one-thousand-petaled lotus of samadhi in you.
- God is total relaxation. Hence Patanjali
says that perfect SAMADHI is like sleep, with only one difference —
otherwise the quality is the same, the same flavor, the same taste —
with just one difference: in sleep you are unconscious, in samadhi
you are conscious. But the relaxation, the letgo, is the same.
Everything untense, not going anywhere, not even a thought of going
anywhere, just being here and now — suddenly everything starts
- Samadhi, the ultimate goal of all yoga and
Tantra, is a deep orgasm with the universe itself, with the
existence itself. The guru is just trying to help you, to bring you
to a point where you can at least surrender the ego. Then a deep
ecstasy will happen between you and your master. Wherever there is a
`let-go’, ecstasy happens — that is the law.
- In India we make a difference. When an
ordinary man dies, it is death. When someone who has attained
enlightenment dies, it is samadhi, it is not death. And the word
“samadhi” is immensely significant. Samadhi means: one who has
attained the ultimate harmony with existence.
- Samadhi is just like the total opening of
the lotus, and satori is the beginning of the opening of the petals.
Satori is the beginning, samadhi is the climax.
- Don't give energy to your thoughts. Become
a witness -- indifferent, aloof, distant. Just see the thoughts, and
don't be in any way involved in them. Note the fact: the thoughts
are there; but don't choose this way or that, don't be for or
against, don't be pro or con. Just be a watcher. Let the
mind-traffic move, just stand by the side and look at it, unaffected
by it, as if it has nothing to do with you.
Sometimes try it: go on the busiest street where the traffic rush is
too much. Stand by the side of the road and see the traffic -- so
many people going hither and thither, and cars and bicycles and
trucks and buses. You just stand by the side and look, and do the
same inside: close your eyes and see -- the mind is a traffic of
thoughts, thoughts rushing here and there. You watch, you just be a
watcher. By and by, you will see that the traffic is becoming less
and less. By and by, you will see that the road is empty, nobody is
passing. In those rare moments, first glimpses of SAMADHI will enter
There are three stages of SAMADHI. First, when you achieve glimpses
through gaps -- one thought comes, then it has gone and another has
not come for the time being. There may even be a gap for a few
seconds; in that interval reality penetrates you -- the moon becomes
one. The reflection is there only for a single moment, but you will
see the first glimpse.
This is what in Zen they call SATORI. By and by, the gaps will
become bigger, and when the gaps become bigger and you can see
reality more clearly, that vision of reality changes you. Then you
cannot be the same because your vision becomes your reality also.
Whatsoever you are seeing affects your being. Your vision, by and
by, is absorbed, digested. That is the second stage of samadhi.
And then comes the last stage: when suddenly the whole traffic
disappears, as if you were fast asleep and dreaming and somebody has
shaken you and awakened you, and the whole traffic of dreaming has
stopped. In that third stage you become one with reality, because
there is nothing to divide. The fence that was dividing you has
disappeared. The wall is no more there. The wall is made of the
bricks of thoughts, desires, feelings, emotions; once it disappears
-- it is a China wall, very ancient, and every strong -- but once it
disappears, there is no fence between you and God. When for the
first time the third stage happens, that is where the Upanishads
announced, "AHAM BRAHAMASMI" -- I am God, I am the Brahma. It is
where the Sufi mystic, Mansur, declares, "ANA'L HAQ" -- I am the
truth. It is there when Jesus declares, "I and my God are one, I and
my Father are one."
- Patanjali says sleep is just next to
samadhi. A good sleep, a deep sleep, and samadhi, are different only
in one sense: samadhi has awareness, sleep has no awareness. But
awareness can happen in sleep. Don't make trouble for yourself,
don't divide yourself.