A Unique View of Samadhi
- From the article "The Process of Samadhi" by Swami Krishnananda
Do you know that the planets are supposed to have come from
the Sun? If you think that this is so, all the characteristics
of the Sun are in every planet by the process of condensation.
What is this Earth? It produces magnificent things. It gives
you wheat and rice, there is sugarcane, there are mangos,
and wonderful, beautiful things are growing. From where do they
grow? From the Earth. From where has the Earth come? You say it
is a chip of the Sun, a piece that has been shot out from the
Sun. A flaming, burning, gaseous, terrible thing is the Sun,
which has shot off by condensation this thing that has become
the mother of the production of wonderful things in this world.
You can imagine that if the effect is in the cause, everything
must be potentially in the Sun also. Even the mango fruit is
there. How is it possible? These things that we eat as our diet
are existing in some highly potentised, super-active form of
force. That is why it is said: surya atma jagatas tasthushascha.
This is a mantra from the Rig Veda. This Surya that you are
beholding with your eye is the soul of everything. It is your
soul, and the soul of every bit of matter, every leaf, every
tree, every fruit, everything that grows. Can you imagine that
this entire solar system is operating due to the Sun, which is
the soul? We think it is something electromagnetic helium,
whatever it is. These definitions will not work. It is that
which operates the externalised form of the planets and
everything that can arise from the planets just as we have
a soul which determines the movement of the limbs of the body,
and anything that we do is the soul operating. But we say there
is alot of distance; that the Sun is so far away ninety
three million miles. No. Can you say that your soul is far away,
that it is so many millions of miles away from your skin? The idea
of distance and space is, again, to be abolished by the process
of Samapatti or samadhi, about which I will speak a little later.
Thus, it is the recognition of the soulhood, selfhood, atmatva,
the very existence of a transcendental nature in everything that
you perceive, in the whole Earth atmosphere, including the solar system and the galaxies. Put them together into a mass, as it were,
a conglomeration of material energy, and unite yourself with that. You become embracing consciousness. Great joy you must feel
inside. Great joy! The Sun is your friend. What do you lack? Not
only is he a friend, he has entered you. The soul of the whole
solar system is the soul of your own person. All the planets
dance around you. They are not dancing around the Sun outside, because his soul and your soul are identical. The solar system
has entered into you. Nobody can know what will happen to you at
that time. Why do people dance in ecstasy? Bhaktas, mystics,
great saints and sages cannot control themselves in this
experience. It is beyond comprehension. The body will break
into pieces if you inject such energy into this person.
So go slowly, slowly, slowly. Don't proceed in a hurry, in case something happens. First of all, see that you have no external desires; otherwise it will damage your whole system. This
meditation is like dynamite. It can break things, and it can
help you. It can break yourself if you touch it in an irresponsible manner. So these meditations are a great divine blessing; they
are dangerous things also, at the same time, if the body and mind
are not prepared. I am not again going into the whole preparatory process of yama, niyama, pranayama and so on. You know all these things very well, and I have no time to go into these details. But
I am mentioning to you that unless there is already a preparatory discipline which has hardened your personality as a receptive
medium of this great incoming power, you will not be able to withstand it. Six hundred volts entering into your body
it will burn you to ashes.
Meditation is the golden treasure before you. There is nothing
that you cannot achieve. You have just to close your eyes and intensely ask That; no, don't ask That, become That. The whole
of samapatti is nothing but becoming That. If you deeply become
That, there is a vibration, a response that emanates from That
which is otherwise wrongly considered as external to you. There
are no other people here. There are no other things in the solar system. The entire space-time complex, which is so incalculably great, cannot be considered as something that is operating
internally to an outer cosmos. This whole world is a manifestation
of space-time only.
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