Transcending The Ego (Nirbijah Samadhi)

YOGA SUTRA 1:51 tasya api nirodhe sarva nirodhat nirbijah samadhi

In Seedless (nirbijah) Samadhi, when the mind-field is free from all latent impressions, then the true nature of Self as subject is experienced. At this point, union of Self with the Divine spirit takes place. Yoga is realized.

NIRBIJAH SAMADHI

Nirbijah Samadhi is named so, not only because there is no seed in the field of consciousness, but also because in this kind of Samadhi where no new Samskara (Karmic Pattern) is created. The consciousness thus gradually becomes free to function unburdened by the kind of Samskaras which tend to draw it back into the realm of Nature (Prakrti) through reincarnation.

Nirbijah Samadhi is therefore not only a means of passing out of the realm of nature, but also of exhausting the subtle latent impressions left behind by past Karma, something that must be destroyed completely before Kaivalya (liberation) can be attained.

In Sabija Samadhi (Sutra 1:50), the secrets of the object upon which concentration (Samyama) is being executed, is dependent upon the nature of the object. Different objects - subtle or gross - will have different composition and vibration. During this process, the concentration of the adepts will on the object being meditated upon, is so complete, that no outside distraction is allowed to enter the mind. None!

In this state, the vibration of the meditator is in perfect harmony with the vibrations underlying the manifestation of the object being concentrated upon. In this way, the meditator and the object being meditated upon become one. As a result, the object being meditated upon reveals all its secrets. There is nothing about the object that can remain a secret, be it people, places, or things.

The nature of the object will be different according to the stage of Samadhi but an object must always be there and this prevents other ideas from taking possession of the mind. This is the secret to creativity and innovation. You concentrate upon a particular matter until you know everything about it that is known to God. Once your energy is aligned with what you are focusing on, creation flows effortlessly.

TRANSCENDING THE EGO (ASMITA OR AHAMKARA – THE I MAKER)

Upon graduation from object-based Samadhi, the Yogi is ready to take the final step, namely, transcending the laws of Nature (Prakrti) altogether and merging with the Absolute. But in order to do this, the adept has to transcend the second most subtle and powerful element in nature – Ego (Asmita).

Asmita (Ego) is the veil or coloring that sometimes causes one to forget the unlimited scope of one's true nature as Consciousness, or God. This is when one can fall into the trap of having an ego that is too big or powerful. This can lead to conflict in many aspects of life, causing anger and suffering. Sessions of deep meditation can be used to reflect on the true meaning of the Self as Consciousness.

In due time, the Yogi can transcend the veil known as Asmita to finally abide in their true nature as Consciousness. This is however, extremely difficult, but possible. It is the highest of achievement. There is no greater challenge then liberation and only a handful in any Yuga – this is Kali Yuga which will last for 432,000 years - will aspire to conquer the Ego, the greatest adversary in the Universe, and the cause of all suffering.

MERGING WITH CONSCIOUSNESS

When the Ego (Asmita) is transcended, the reflected light of Consciousness which was shining upon the mind until now is withdrawn from it and is no longer illuminating outside objects, but rather directly illuminates the Self. The Seer now abides in his own Self (Sutra I:3).

It is impossible to imagine this state in which the light of Consciousness illuminates itself instead of other objects. It is able to do this because there is no mind to block its path…to put it simply.

The adept however, should not make the mistake of imagining this state as passive in which the Yogi finds himself immersed in a sea of nebulous bliss and knowledge. Each successive stage of unfoldment of consciousness increases tremendously its vividness and clarity and brings about an added influx of knowledge and power.

It is absurd to suppose therefore that in the last stage which marks the climax of this unfoldment consciousness lapses suddenly into a vague and nebulous state. It is our inability to comprehend this state, due to our lack of any prior experience in the said matter, that prevents us from knowing it even to a limited extent. When the vibrations of sound become speed up, they appear as silence. When the vibrations of light become extremely fine, they appear as darkness. In the same way, the extremely subtle nature of this transcendent consciousness of Reality appears as a void to the mind.

The dark sky of space is full of light, but you don’t see it because there is no object present to reflect the light. In the same way, Consciousness is filled with higher reality that is beyond all knowing. You can only become it.

  • YOGA SUTRA 1:51 tasya api nirodhe sarva nirodhat nirbijah samadhi
  • tasya - of that

  • api - too

  • nirodh - receding, mastery, coordination, control, regulation, setting aside of

  • sarva - of all

  • nirodhat - through nirodhah (nirodhah - control, regulation, channeling, mastery, integration, coordination, understanding, stilling, quieting, setting aside of)

  • nirbijah - without a seed, seedless (nir - without; bijah - seed)

  • samadhi - deep absorption of meditation, entasy