So you were sayin’ samadhi is the last limb…
Well, it’s the last or the first -
So, what’s Samadhi? Is that, like, total bliss-
A little more transcendental than that, actually. It’s a state of being where the ego-
Wow. Like, far out, man. Um… What the hey does that mean?
Well, the gradual and complete integration of all other yoga limbs lead to what Patañjali, in Sutra I-
Up until that last part I was following you, I swear.
All right, it breaks down to this: your mind thinks in dual terms: you and me; in here and out there; you’re now inside the room whereas before you were outside it. But you can in fact alternate between that kind of dual perception and another one that sees beyond location, shapes, reference points of perception.
That was clear as mud.
This makes no sense to the mind, which is the whole point: a transcendent state of being transcends the usual reference points and limitations of the mind. It means going to another state of consciousness not limited by this body, these eyes that look out onto the world, the desires, wants, history and identity of the body. That would be a transcendental experience of the Samadhi variety.
Close Encounters of the Samadhi Kind.
Yes. So, there you have it: yoga is a complete way of integrating mind, body, emotions and soul and comprising ways to make the body healthy, acquire energy, relate to yourself and society, create enough sensory buffers so you can experience yourself rather than your distractions, concentrate your powers of observation, release your mind from the tyranny of thinking, and transcend your experience of the physical body.
Can I get fries with that?
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