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    Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega Vol 2



    Yoga: The Alpha and the Omega Vol 2


    CHAPTER 1


    The Meaning of Samadhi 1 January 1975 am in Buddha Hall

    SAMPRAJNATA SAMADHI IS THE SAMADHI THAT IS ACCOMPANIED BY REASONING,
    REFLECTION, BLISS AND A SENSE OF PURE BEING.
    IN ASAMPRAJNATA SAMADHI THERE IS A CESSATION OF ALL MENTAL ACTIVITY, AND THE
    MIND ONLY RETAINS UNMANIFESTED IMPRESSIONS.
    VIDEHAS AND PRAKRITI-LAYAS ATTAIN ASAMPRAJNATA SAMADHI BECAUSE THEY CEASED
    TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES WITH THEIR BODIES IN THEIR PREVIOUS LIFE. THEY TAKE
    REBIRTH BECAUSE SEEDS OF DESIRE REMAINED.
    OTHERS WHO ATTAIN ASAMPRAJNATA SAMADHI ATTAIN THROUGH FAITH, EFFORT,
    RECOLLECTION, CONCENTRATION AND DISCRIMINATION.

    PATANJALI IS THE GREATEST scientist of the inner. His approach is that of a scientific mind: he is
    not a poet. And in that way he is very rare, because those who enter into the inner world are almost
    always poets, those who enter into the outer world are always almost scientists.

    Patanjali is a rare flower. He has a scientific mind, but his journey is inner. That’s why he became
    the first and the last word: he is the alpha and the omega. For five thousand years nobody could
    improve upon him. It seems he cannot be improved upon. He will remain the last word – because
    the very combination is impossible. To have a scientific attitude and to enter into the inner is almost
    an impossible possibility. He talks like a mathematician, a logician. He talks like Aristotle and he is
    a Heraclitus.Try to understand his each word. It will be difficult: it will be difficult because his terms will be those of

    logic, reasoning, but his indication is towards love, towards ecstasy, towards God. His terminology is
    that of the man who works in a scientific lab, but his lab is of the inner being. So don’t be misguided
    by his terminology, and retain the feeling that he is a mathematician of the ultimate poetry. He is
    a paradox, but he never uses paradoxical language. He cannot. He retains to the very firm logical
    background. He analyzes, dissects, but his aim is synthesis. He analyzes only to synthesize.

    So always remember the goal – don’t be misguided by the path – reaching to the ultimate through a
    scientific approach. That’s why Patanjali has impressed the western mind very much. Patanjali has
    always been an influence. Wherever his name has reached, he has been an influence because you
    can understand him easily; but to understand him is not enough. To understand him is as easy as to
    understand an Einstein. He talks to the intellect, but his aim, his target, is the heart. This you have
    to remember.

    We will be moving on a dangerous terrain. If you forget that he is a poet also, you will be misguided.
    Then you become too much attached to his terminology, language, reasoning, and you forget his
    goal. He wants you to go beyond reasoning, but through reasoning. That is a possibility. You can
    exhaust reasoning so deeply that you transcend. You go through reasoning; you don’t avoid it. You
    use reason to go beyond it as a step. Now listen to his words. Each word has to be analyzed.

    SAMPRAJNATA SAMADHI IS THE SAMADHI THAT IS ACCOMPANIED BY REASONING,
    REFLECTION, BLISS AND A SENSE OF PURE BEING.

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