In speaking of Samadhi we are referring to the supreme states of human consciousness when, beyond the petty ego, an individual occasionally is released into the universal consciousness beyond, to taste the Reality which exists in the patterned beauty of the infinite life in which we are a part and to which we are usually blind.
These expansions of consciousness are rare but well known enough by account, to allow us to accept that we also have a potential to experience the same.
To help us realise these ecstatic states beyond the normal range of human thought and emotion, the system of Yoga has been designed. But it is not only for the individual’s experience alone, as it must be translated into some expression which allows others to share, if only a droplet, or for a moment, that reflected experience of spiritual Realization when all sense of separation vanishes, and life seems as One.
It must be remembered that knowing something with the mind and realizing it are two different experiences. Any form of realization can be compared with a little light going on in one’s consciousness. This occurs together with new comprehension and insight. So realization on any level is a very special state and may occur infrequently, but when it comes, makes a lasting impression.
Spiritual Realization is similar but magnified many times, as anticipated when the focus is upon God, and it produces an inner excitement of one’s being. One feels to have suddenly known the Reality of the Universe and of the part each life plays in the great drama of the Cosmos. It represents the climax in the inner meditative and expansive experiencing of the yogi.
Samadhi is the experiencing of the heavenly states, beyond normal range of human life and results in keener perceptions, fresh perspectives or a greater comprehension that requires old conclusions to be reviewed and seen in a new light.
It is through human realizations that entirely new discoveries are made and it is through spiritual realizations that the truths of the spiritual Realities become known.
All who experience it are left with a memory of having tasted a rare and supreme joy beyond previously known conditions of human happiness – a tantalizing taste of heaven!
What heights of experience have you known in your life?