Enlightenment- Samadhi


In samadhi the ego is dropped. Now you don’t have any limitation, no definition, you are merged with the whole — but merged with the whole in a tremendous awareness. You are not asleep. Worries have disappeared, because worries exist only with the ego.
— Osho



Don't let them make you believe that Samadhi, the last of Patanjali's eight limbs is elusive, because we have all felt it at one time or another; it's your birthright.  Maybe it was watching the birth of your child or watching your son or daughter get married.  Samadhi is collective consciousness, when the ego has faded and there is a sense that everything is one.  I believe it's all about mindfulness and having a deep connection with you being the observer taking in the present moment (not the object) so profoundly that it's like you are sucked into some wonderful place of being.  That place of being is met with full awareness and a state of blissfulness... and yet the brain is thoughtless.  

We practice the eight limbs teaching ourselves the steps and when you have practiced long enough, you are gifted or you can say made aware of again, with a power that you've had all along, but lost along the way.  Think back to when you were a child before you were programmed with the many beliefs that maybe weren't true and I can bet you that as a child you felt Samadhi quite often.  That power is mindfulness; a state of meditation where you are fully present and it may last only a few seconds or much longer if your lucky (but time doesn't exist, so who knows how long you've felt it).  We are human beings living a human experience and I believe we are finally coming to the realization that there is so much more to this life.  So, how lucky are we to being living in a time of enlightenment! 

Enjoy those moments of bliss without attachment.  Now that's yoga.

In samadhi, in the highest form of meditation, the same thing happens: the mind stops functioning... but you are conscious. That is the only difference, but the difference that makes the difference. One is fully alert, luminous. One is there witnessing, watching, but there is no cloud of thought. The sky is utterly empty: as far as you can see you cannot see any content.
— Rajneesh