Yama Yoga Store says, Absorb in Total Bliss
Yama Yoga Store says, Absorb in Total Bliss!
The Yama Yoga Store hates to end this series on the eight limbs. The last of the Eight Limbs of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras is called Samadhi. Samadhi is a big subject with lots to talk about. I cannot quite tell it all in a short blog but will do my best, to sum up. Here is a link to the 2017 video that does a great job with a fairly full description, and complete with music & visuals! (Samadhi Movie, 2017 - Part 1 - "Maya, the Illusion of the Self") This eighth limb, Samadhi, is translated loosely into "absorption". It is a state of being achieved as the practice of the seven previous limbs come together. Dharana, the state of concentration moves into Dhyana which is meditation and then through practice becomes the state of being which is called Samadhi. This is the liberation of the self.
Liberation means that we can finally unlock the cages and break those glass ceilings that that ego of ours has created! We no longer spin uncontrollably in a world of likes and dislikes, worry, fears, and of course judgments. Essentially, you will have the constitution to stand in the present moment and be aware. There is a total sense of purity in this state as it is our birthright and the truth of the natural state of things. There is no whining over past situations and there is no longer a reason to look into and obsess about the future. In Samadhi you would enjoy, play and act in each moment and do so willingly with clarity and no resistance. There is a play to life, not a resistance to it. The Karmic cycles of desire diminish here as well. This does not mean that you don't want that great cup of tea waiting for you on the counter, it simply means that there are no painful desires associated with it. If someone spills your tea you won't be running around in a rampage of melodrama cursing the very day your living in. Reaching the liberated state of Samadhi means a person never feels "Lack". So that tea that has been spilled is OK you can consider getting get another cup or you leave following a path to the public water fountain. In that, there may be blessings found along the way.
The practice of the Eight Limbs of Yoga has been given to us as a guide that may just free us from ourselves. The conditioning of ideology, ego, and social constructs can be all but eliminated in the following of these practices. Watch those harsh habits and patterns of bad behavior drift away as your practices deepen. Samadhi, this last limb is a hard one and apparently, it may take a few lifetimes. No sweat, I'm in it for the long haul! For that, I am grateful, grateful for the journey!
So, wait...why are you waiting to practice the Eight Limbs of Yoga?
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Soorya Kirti Kaur
The Yama Yoga Store