Sahaja Samadhi – It’s Supposed to Be Easy, Right?

This is truly the final, end all, be all state of consciousness that you will ever be able to achieve ever.

How about that for an ultimatum?

But I thought nirvikalpa was the highest? Isn’t that what all the great masters have said?

Ah yes!  They have!  But all things, old and new, are meant to be built upon.  Think about how humanity used to live in homes made of clay and mortar.  Now you can see giant skyscrapers shining in the night sky.  The same goes with literature, philosophy, and writing. As society discovers new ways of looking at the world, someone else comes along to make it that much better.

For example: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, which was written back around 400 CE, was the first piece of foundational yogic literature on samadhi and highest states of consciousness.  It was elaborated upon further by (in chronological order):

  • Lahiri Mahasaya – 1800’s
  • Sivananda – late 1800 to early/mid 1900’s
  • Yogananda –  early to mid 1900’s
  • K. Taimni – mid to late 1900’s
  • Sri Chinmoy – late 1900’s

I am sure there have been others, but the authors here have been quoted most ubiquitously in writings on yoga.

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I first read about Sahaja samadhi with Swami Sivananda and Ramana Maharshi.  I don’t know if he was the first to write about it, but the Sanskrit word sahajavastha which refers to “natural” or “easy” attainment of samadhi, is used in his writings.

Sri Chinmoy also elaborated upon sahaja samadhi further using the analogy of a building.  You could view Sahaja samadhi as the very top floor or even the entire building itself. At the very top, you have the opportunity to experience all floors and don’t necessarily need to come down to those lower levels.  It is all a matter of choice.

Once attaining this natural state of samadhi, you will have a chance to go higher, if you please. This is because sahaja samadhi is made of two different sections. One section is finite – meaning it can be counted as a definable end, whereas the second portion is infinitely large and goes on forever!

Now that’s a thought… how can our level of consciousness (LOC) continue to increase forever???

Seems kind of impossible, right?

There are many seemingly impossible things in this world – such as the existence of life itself, on this tiny little planet, in perfect orbit, in a solar system that is amongst billions of others in a galaxy that is one in a billion of others, in one known portion of our infinitely unknown universe.

See how it could go on and on?

Try not to fathom it too much, otherwise you may go a little bonkers!

Refocus!

With Sahaja samadhi you will be able to naturally have the stillness and peace of savikalpa, while being “out-of-body” with asamprajñata, and still being able to maintain the fabulous bliss consciousness of nirvikalpa.

AND… you will be able to do it immediately! Right now! In this moment!

Doesn’t that sound worth it?  To be immediately peaceful, happy, joyful, blissful in any moment that you choose?  In nirvikalpa it takes extreme effort to maintain the bliss once you gain it.  In sahaja, you point, click, and boom! You are there. Literally that is all takes. Point your attention to your eyebrows, practice a little kechari mudra, and the infinite flow of bliss comes.

This is, at least, how it is for me.

I am not trying to brag or anything, because that is not why the Divine provides such wonderful blessings. Instead I am here to teach you to rise above the petty squabbling of everyday activities and reach forth into meditation, to pull out the gems of joy consciousness.

This blessing of sahaja samadhi continues through pure spontaneity of bliss as it can be completely immersive in one moment and gone in the next.  In this way, your body becomes in control by the Divine.

The Divine may use you to help others by submersing you in such an ocean of bliss, that a mere look from you could change their spiritual situation forever. Sometimes it is the exact opposite… no bliss may be present, but it is because verbal communication is more necessary for the encounter. This is because it is in fact very difficult, initially, to verbally communicate easily while immersed.

The first time I was immersed in public, I was walking through a Chinese grocery store called SuGuo in the Jiangsu province in downtown Baoying, China. It was very cold outside and our only means of transportation were bicycles. Packed in a heavy coat, long underwear, and thick socks, my wife and I slowly made our way to downtown.

It would stand to reason that to maintain a blissful immersion would be impossible on a bicycle… but alas! I remember riding very slowly because my limbs felt very dysfunctional.  I knew I wasn’t floating on air, but that is how the body felt!

Once we got to the supermarket, we took the escalator up, and got our shopping cart. As I slowly began to walk around the store, the bliss intensified. All I remember was feeling so lost in elation that I forgot how to push the cart!  Jessie, my wife, not exactly sure what was going on with me, had the pull the cart with me attached to it!  What a truly blessed experience!

Throughout my time in China I was the most deeply immerse because God had a special purpose in mind.  In those moments, the Creator’s bliss was more easily spread throughout the town of Baoying because I had been such a willing host.  I just let the Lord do whatever He wanted with this body.  The more willing I was, the better the experience, and the more joy and bliss I received as a result.

In sahaja samadhi, your bliss will occur more spontaneously, but in some ways it will be more difficult to maintain. The reason for this is because the causal body, the last “physical” layer enclosing the soul, will have become permanently removed.

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This causal body is present in nirvikalpa samadhi and encloses the soul, keeping its pure, reflected love from escaping as easily. This is why nirvikalpa is so intense and considered the highest version of samadhi itself.

What people don’t usually understand is that when you enter into sahaja samadhi, the intensity of bliss becomes more naturalized. It becomes a natural and spontaneous occurrence.  You will be able to conjure it, through effort, but that joy becomes naturally a part of your every day being.

If you want the intensity and depth of nirvikalpa all the time, then you will have to practice entering into nirvikalpa while in sahaja samadhi as much as possible.

I personally do this by sambhavi mudra, coupled with a full kechari mudra, and finally using the jalandhara bandha.  This is essentially full focus at the third eye, activation of amrita with the tongue, and using the throat lock to the keep the energy from dropping. All these techniques are also great activators, but are also great for maintaining.

I do these techniques EVERY day – literally every morning, all day long, and at night as well.  I just want to be blissful all the time!  I just can’t get enough of it!

The reason for this is because life on planet Earth is hard!  Also the more bliss I can maintain, the better life becomes. This is because your thoughts attract and create everything around you with the Law of Attraction.

Bliss = Good things

Never-ending Bliss = Good things happening all the time whether you want them to or not!

That is the life I want to live.  Immersed in bliss, happiness, joy, and peace.  I think this is what everyone wants.  No one wants to be unhappy.  Some people appear as though they enjoy being grumpy, but I don’t think they know how good it feels to be happy – all the time.

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So… Thanks for getting interested in my blog posts. I have some ebooks available for you to read, if you haven’t gotten started yet.  If you are interested in reading on a tablet or kindle reader, below are a list of those books and where you can buy them.

Your Guide to Scientific Self-Realization

Part I: The Science – https://www.amazon.com/Your-Guide-Scientific-Self-Realization-Science-ebook/dp/B01I0D6MZA

Part II: The Ascension – https://www.amazon.com/Your-Guide-Scientific-Self-Realization-Ascension-ebook/dp/B01LDOKO0M

Part III: The Summit – https://www.amazon.com/Your-Guide-Scientific-Self-Realization-Summit-ebook/dp/B01N06LN1N

In Your Guide to Scientific Self-Realization, I have much more detail about the states of consciousness leading up to self-realization and God-realization. This book is meant explain the many aspects of self-realization, from the viewpoints of all major world religions and philosophical schools of thought.

In no way do I want to advertise one world religion over another.  I believe in the sanctity of the Divine and Its expression in a multitude of forms.  This means that whether you are Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Pagan, or Jewish, you will be able to find some familiarity with this book.

All paths of love are paths to God.  They may not have a prophet or Christ-like character that leads their faith, but that doesn’t mean their brand of religious thought is wrong – it is just different!

The goal of the book is to bridge the gap of religious intolerance by the use of yoga. Yoga is the greatest spiritual practice ever given to humankind.  This is because it can span any religion and give meaning to any belief practice.

Yoga whether practiced physically, mentally, or spiritually will lead to great gains in your life.  It doesn’t have to be in levels of consciousness, but measured in love, peace, and happiness.

Its simple really…

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At the end of 2017, I plan to have a print version of the 3 ebooks above.

Stay tuned and I will have it available for you soon.

~ Dr. Derek

 

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Nirvikalpa Samadhi – How Your Wildest Dreams Come True!

This level of consciousness (LOC) is considered the end all be all.

This is the blissful state where you can transcend time and space with just a mere thought.

It is the place where all your wildest dreams really do come true…

Really?

Well… there are SOME stipulations you SHOULD be aware of… but we will get to that!

According to most theologians and philosophers, self-realization is characterized by nirvikalpa samadhi (NrS). But NrS is really more than just the realization of the self, it is the purest realization of God.

Nirvikalpa is not self-realization, but God-realization!

So… what’s the difference???

Self-Realization

In self-realization you come to the awareness that the self is really a part of the greater whole.  But you don’t just experience it, you literally become it.

Some believe that it arrives when you simply realize that you are not the physical body.

Some believe you are “self-realized” after having an out-of-body experience or entering into a samadhi-like state.

This is also wrong.

Self-realization is entry into savikalpa samadhi through a divine superconscious experience.  During this process the kundalini becomes activated and true stillness is gained in the greatest minor samadhi.

However, this is PARTIAL self-realization.  There are different steps you must take before entering into the fullest version of self-realization called God-realization.

Self-realization is really a generalized category for any LOC you have achieved at savikalpa samadhi and up.  Once you achieve nirvikalpa samadhi, true God-realization begins.

So… then what is God-realization?

God-Realization

You will realize God.

It really is that simple, but let’s first define it.

Well, in self-realization, you come to know the your “self” as a greater part of the whole. In God-realization, the whole no longer becomes relevant.  This is because of the nature of non-duality [see this blog post].

Duality is the existence of physical, subtle, and ideational material. While non-duality is the existence of non-existence.

All of us have created something before. These creations – whether painting, woodworking, or drawing come from some base materials. Take a canvas, paints, and paintbrushes and a beautiful Mona Lisa masterpiece can suddenly arrive. This is the same as what our Creator did for us. The Divine created a world for us, so that we could have the fullest experience of creation.

But… this Creator knew it couldn’t just create plants and animals.  It had to create a pure version of Itself in creation. Otherwise, the Creator couldn’t experience Itself within that creation. This is what you are, a smaller version of that pure Higher Self.

This is your purpose on this Earth as a human – to realize yourself as the Higher Self in the larger form of God.  Since God is beyond and outside of any created thing, it is non-dual and thus is non-existent.  Well, sort of.

This is a difficult concept to get, but to realize yourself as God is to realize that nothing truly exists. This non-existence is non-duality – which is outside the nature of dualistic opposites.

Only time itself gives us the perception that everything has a physical form and changes with “forward” progression. This form is anything felt, seen, heard, tasted, or smelled.

Over time, a person born brand new in the world eventually gets old and wrinkly; only to pass on becoming dust again.  This is the nature of the duality which seemingly rules the world we live in.

Becoming God-realized, (thus a part of a non-dual existence) you will break the rules of this physical world, transcend time and space, and realize the following:

  • The physical body can be manipulated by your will as you see fit
  • Everything is just God manifested into physical, mental, and emotional “stuff”
  • Nothing is ever truly in opposition to another
  • Nothing ever really changes
  • The Nothingness is what gives rise to Everything

Because of God-realization, masters have shown us many signs and wonders to prove to us the true nature of reality.

  • Jesus the Christ and his many miracles with feeding the five thousand, turning water into wine, and healing the terminally ill by mere touch and word
  • Theresa of Avila was known to levitate and disappear/reappear at will and spontaneously by God’s will
  • Therese Neumann having the power of inedia ate only a Catholic wafer every Thursday for at least thirty years in a row with no other food or water and survived with both life and vigor.
  • Lahiri Mahasaya created two bodies for himself, could levitate, and heal anyone he chose by mere word
  • There have also been many yogis, saints, and other modern-day avatars who have achieved God-realization to show many miraculous powers and miracles.
  • Some of these masters have just been supremely blissful and this blissful path has been chosen for you as well.

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God-realization is really whatever you make of it.  What do you really desire?  It is to float on air without wings or live without food?  Or maybe you just want the infinite peace and joy that can never be broken; not even for a moment.

This was my desire – to be joyful all the time.  As a child, I struggled hard with depression and thought that I would never rid myself of my mental and emotional obsessions. After I found my guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, I soon found out there was a better path. Within four short years I had achieved nirvikalpa samadhi and much more!

This type of God-realized joy-bliss-awesomeness is for everyone.  It is not just for the masters of old, but for you as well.

When reaching this state, don’t expect great powers to suddenly be yours.  What is characteristic of this state is infinite joy-bliss. So much so, that walking around is difficult! Anything else sought after would be foolish. This is because bliss is the truest reality of SPIRIT.

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Self-realization and ultimately God-realization is really very simple. Many individuals who are intellectual about the whole process, don’t really understand it at all.

God doesn’t care about how smart you are, He doesn’t care how much money you donate, and He doesn’t care how many friends you have either. He cares how much you love and what you do as a result of this love. That might sound harsh but think of it this way:

  • If you can intellectually talk about God, but don’t have the wisdom to know when to speak about God, how does it benefit His creation?
  • If you give a lot of money to an organization, which ultimately uses it for evil, what positive purpose has it truly served?
  • If you claim to have many friends, but very few of them are true friends, then what is the benefit of friendship?

Love is the highest way to be and you must be both loving and humble in all ways to achieve God’s highest realizations. Through this love (and humility), great gifts are given.  Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself.  That is the true trinity of love that we often forget about.

If you can love God and everyone else as much as you love yourself, then you will reach the Kingdom of Heaven.

As for nirvikalpa, the ability to access unending love and bliss at any time is truly powerful and will transcend any conflicting moments in our life.  It will give you the drive and purpose you need to be the best version of yourself.  With this energy you will conquer hate, anger, frustration, self-doubt, and fear.

Some individuals will be given great powers as a result of their entry into nirvikalpa. You might be able to heal someone by mere touch or even with a word. To have absolute command over your words is the mark of a true master, but these gifts are not given easily.

You must be the purest representation of humility, kindness, compassion, and love to receive such wonderful powers. Some yogis may work for decades achieving these yogic siddhis. For the average workingman and woman this may not be possible with the constant day-to-day activities that have to be endured.

I, myself, have been given some gifts, but my only true desire was to have the unending joy of the Divine. This is exactly what I have received and if I can do more, it is because the Divine has a special purpose in allowing me access to greater yogic power.  It is not things I seek on my own, but I do realize that by seeking and merging with the Divine, that this body shall eventually reach the highest state possible.

Om and Astral Samadhis

Also while in nirvikalpa, you will have the opportunity to experience an Om/Aum samadhi and an Astral samadhi.

Om Samadhi

The Om samadhi takes advantage of the sound you hear in deep meditation – the resonant, deep, rumbling of a waterfall with the vastness of a never-ending ocean.  This is the sound of Om.

You might hear this sound at lower levels of consciousness, but it is merely a reduced version called “Om minor samadhi.” When you hear Om, overwhelmed with bliss in nirvikalpa samadhi, it will transform your being attuning you permanently to its creation vibration, bringing you to God-realization.

In the Christian scripture, Acts 2:1-4, it says:

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
~ NASB

Although most Christian theologians would interpret this passage being associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit after the Jesus’s ascension, I associate this passage with:

  • Hearing the sound of OM – “…suddenly there came from heaven a noise…”
  • The activation of the Kundalini energy – “And there appeared to them tongues as of fire…”
  • The onset of self-realization – “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit…”

Which, in fact, these are the gifts of the Holy Spirit. That’s if you believe the Holy Spirit can also gift you the realization of Divine’s consciousness.

Ultimately, Om is to attune your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies to receive God’s highest gift as love-joy-bliss.

Astral Samadhi

The Astral samadhi usually comes second in this pairing, because so many individuals are visually oriented.  To see the subtle universe that lies beyond the physical world is at best, difficult!  To hear the subtle realms is easier, because most of the time your eyes will be closed during meditation.

The Astral samadhi to most will come at the physically-measured end of nirvikalpa samadhi.  (After reading the book and learning accurate muscle testing, this will make much more sense.)

This is also because the deeper the bliss, the more occupied your brain will be on bliss.  When the brain is preoccupied with bliss consciousness, all that you will think about is bliss.

You will most likely stare off into space, being immersed in such fantastic sensations, because nothing else will appear to matter.  In these moments with eyes open, you will probably experience an astral samadhi.  You won’t realize it of course because real God-bliss, at first, is so overwhelming that you will totter around like a drunkard. This is because you won’t understand how to keep the bliss, while physically moving around. Also because physically moving around may prevent the bliss from manifesting in the deepest way.

For myself, I can keep the deepest state of bliss, even while I am in the office with clients and patients. As long as they don’t ask me too many questions, I can usually maintain it.  However, if I converse more with the client, then I often will lose bits and pieces of the deepest part of the bliss consciousness.

Ultimately, having pure nirvikalpa bliss will make you less functional in the “real” world.  If you live a busy life, it will be difficult to achieve this state.  You will need to time to sit, relax, and silence the body as much as possible. It can be done in the standing position, but seated is best.

I will say that some days, I don’t experience any deep bliss and some days it is so profound I get lost!  Most of the time it is moderated by keeping constant attention towards the third eye and practicing other yogic positions to keep the energy away from the lower body.

So… here’s the deal… do you like being happy?

Do you like the idea of being blissful at any time, for any reason, under any circumstances?  Sounds idealistic, right?  Well it is to some degree, but those who are dedicated and determined they will reach their goal.

But what is the goal?  Is it just nirvikalpa alone?  Or is there something more?

In the next blog post we will talk about the highest form of samadhi.  It is even higher than nirvikalpa, but more natural and spontaneous.

Stay tuned friends, we are still on our way to the top!

~ Dr. Derek

 

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