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Samadhi Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Samadhi (Sanskrit) [from sam with, together + a towards + the verbal root dha to place, bring] To direct towards; to combine the mental faculties towards an object. Self-consciousness union with the spiritual monad by intense and profound spiritual contemplation or meditation. It implies "the complete abstraction of the percipient consciousness from all worldly, or exterior, or even mental concerns or attributes, and its . . . becoming the pure unadulterate, undilute super-consciousness of the god within. . . . Samadhi is the eighth or final stage of genuine occult Yoga, and can be attained at any time by the initiate without conscious recourse to the other phases or practices of Yoga enumerated in Oriental works, and which other and inferior practices are often misleading, in some cases distinctly injurious, and at the best mere props or aids in the attaining of complete mental abstraction from worldly concerns" (OG 150-1). The seeker on attaining samadhi becomes practically omniscient for his solar universe because his consciousness is functioning in the cosmic spiritual and causal worlds.
Bodhi (enlightenment) is a particular state of samadhi, during which the subject reaches the culmination of spiritual knowledge. Samadhi is the highest state on earth that can be reached while in the body; its highest stage or degree is called turiya. To attain beyond this, the initiate must have become a nirmanakaya.
Hinduism Glossary for Introduction to Religion
The eighth and final stage of meditation in raja yoga in which a person's mind realizes the Ultimate Reality.
Buddhism Glossary
A form of meditation widely practiced in Theravada Buddhism in which the mind is concentrated on a single object and gradually calmed until only the object is known. The ultimate goal of this meditation is to enter the state of samadhi which is when the distinction between the object and the meditator disappears, which is the realization of non-dualism. This state is a prerequisite to entering the four levels of jhana and enlightenment.
A Pali Buddhist Glossary
Concentration, contemplation, absorption
Superconscious state where there is no modification of the mind or Triputi.
So, samadhi may refer to any of the highest levels of consciousness, in or out of trance. These states may be achieved by Yoga practice or by other means. It is the eighth and last stage of Yoga in Patanjali's analysis of yoga; most systems of Hatha Yoga likewise view samadhi as the state of ultimate achievement. In Buddhism, samadhi is the fourth and final stage of Dhyana or intense abstract meditation.
There are many levels of samadhi, which are given many different names. The lower forms of this absorption may be called saguna-samadhi (with attributes), savitarka-samadhi (with deliberation), savikalpa-samadhi (with change), savichara-samadhi (with reflection), sabija-samadhi (with seed), etc.
The higher forms of this absorption may be called nirguna-samadhi (without attributes), nirvitarka-samadhi (without deliberation), nirvikalpa-samadhi (without change or differences), nirvichara-samadhi (without reflection), nirbija-samadhi (without seed), etc.
Samadhi is the final of the eight stages given in Patanjali's analysis of the yoga systems.
"Samadhi is that same dhyana, when the object [of meditation] shines by it's own self, as if devoid [of form] or free [of the meditator]. (Yoga Sutras 3:3)
Samadhi Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Samadhi (Sanskrit: , ), also called samapatti, in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and yogic schools refers to a state of meditative consciousness. It is a meditative absorption or trance, attained by the practice of dhyana. In samadhi the mind becomes still. It is a state of being totally aware of the present moment; a one-pointedness of mind. When someone dies in India, it is not uncommon to say, that person has gone to 'Samadhi'. The tombstone area is also referred to as a place of 'samadhi'.

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