Ramana Maharshi on Samadhi
Question : What is samadhi?
Ramana Maharshi : The state in which the unbroken experience of
existence-consciousness is attained by the still mind, alone is samadhi.
That still mind which is adorned with the attainment of the limitless
supreme Self, alone is the reality of God.
When the mind is in communion with the Self in darkness, it is called
nidra [sleep], that is, the immersion of the mind in ignorance.
Immersion in a conscious or wakeful state is called samadhi. Samadhi is
continuous inherence in the Self in a waking state. Nidra or sleep is
also inherence in the Self but in an unconscious state. In sahaja
samadhi the communion is con-tinuous.
Question : What are kevala nirvikalpa samadhi and sahaja nirvikalpa
Ramana Maharshi :The immersion of the mind in the Self, but without its
destruction, is kevala nirvikalpa samadhi. In this state one is not free
from vasanas and so one does not therefore attain mukti. Only after the
vasanas have been destroyed can one attain liberation.
Question : When can one practise sahaja samadhi?
Ramana Maharshi : Even from the beginning. Even though one practises
kevala nirvikalpa samadhi for years together, if one has not rooted out
the vasanas one will not attain liberation.
Question : May I have a clear idea of the difference between savikalpa
Ramana Maharshi : Holding on to the supreme state is samadhi. When it is
with effort due to mental disturbances, it is savikalpa. When these
disturbances are absent, it is nirvikalpa. Remaining permanently in the
primal state without effort is sahaja.
Question : Is nirvikalpa samadhi absolutely necessary before the
attainment of sahaja?
Ramana Maharshi : Abiding permanently in any of these samadhis, either
savikalpa or nirvikatpa, is sahaja [the natural state]. What is
body-consciousness? It is the insentient body plus consciousness. Both
of these must lie in another consciousness which is absolute and
unaffected and which remains as it always is, with or without the
body-consciousness. What does it then matter whether the
body-consciousness is lost or retained, provided one is holding on to
that pure consciousness? Total absence of body-consciousness has the
advantage of making the samadhi more intense, although it makes no
difference to the knowledge of the supreme.
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