Entering Your Subtle Nature

Yoga Sutra 1.46 tah eva sabijah samadhih

The types (tah) of concentration in (samadhi) above, with thought, beyond thought, reflective and reflection-free, are called amalgamation, and bears seeds (sabijah) of latent impressions because they require an object of concentration. That which does not require an 'object' is known as Nirbija Samadhi. In seedless state, one abides in Consciousness.

What distinguishes Sabija Samadhi from Nirbija Samadhi is that in Sabija Samadhi, there is the presence of an object whose relative reality has to be realized. This 'Seed' exists in Prakriti, or nature and it is this object on which Samyama or meditation is performed. A seed, can be anything from gross object such as a rock, or a subtle object like a thought, or emotion, or experience.

Reverse Engineering

The process of moving from identifying yourself as the body or mind to the subtle nature of your true identity as Self or Consciousness is the ultimate reverse engineering starting with Sabija Samadhi.

The vibration within infinite consciousnes, leading to material nature is not different from the consciousness which gives rise to it. It is like the disturbance of water in ocean that gives rise to waves.

From that vibration, comes the Soul or Jiva. And just as the useful space within the pot, which can be filled with anything you want, the jiva gives birth - through thought - to the Mind which can then be filled with anything you want. Yes, the Jiva thinks.

The jiva is defined as a distinct, individual soul, i.e. a finite sentient being. Jivas are bound by maya, which hides their true self, which is characterized by eternal existence, consciousness, and bliss. ... Birth is when a jiva acquires a new body, and death is when it departs from its body.

The mind itself entertains the notions of the five elements and it transforms itself into those elements. Whatever the mind thinks of, that alone it sees. After this, one by one the jiva acquires the sense organs. The tongue, the eyes, the nose, the sense of touch, etc. source

In this there is no causal connection between the mind and the senses, but there is the coincidence of the thought and of the manifestation of the sense-organs just like a crow sits on a palm tree and accidentally the fruit drops from it and it appears that the crow dislodged it!

Sabija and Nirbija Samadhi

An object on which Samyama is performed is technically called a 'Seed', be it gross or subtle. In Nirbija Samadhi, there is no object, or Seed of meditation. The Seeker Himself is the object of His search. The Seer who has gained the capacity to see truly all objects within the realm of Prakrti now wants to see Himself as He really is. He wants to enter the realm of Nirbija.

Alas, entering Nirbija Samadhi is like passing through the hole of a needle and a mind identified with the body - as most of us are - will find it impossible to enter this realm because it is the world of the subtle.

This does not mean it cannot be done. The innermost, innate conviction to enter Nirbija Samadhi, and the unshakable faith of its existence, seems to arise in one through a process of spiritual evolution.

In Nirbija Samadhi, Purusa, who is beyond the realm of Prakrti, is the objectless objective. He is the Seeker as well as the object of the search. In Sabija Samadhi also he is really seeking Himself but a veil, howsoever thin, still obscures his vision. In Nirbija Samadhi he attempts to tear off the last veil in order to obtain a completely unobstructed vision of Himself. This is what is meant by Self-Realization.

A person who knows, without a shred of doubt, that he or she is not the mind nor the body will transcend the material to experience their true nature of subtlety, or Consciousness. But first has to come the intellectual understanding or comprehension of this truth and only after that can the direction of one's identification with mind be changed. It will however, require great effort.

  • Yoga Sutra 1.44 tah eva sabijah samadhih
  • tah - these, those, they

  • eva - only

  • sabijah - with seed, seeded

  • samadhih - deep absorption of meditation