Day 46

Day 46

Sutra 1.466

ता एव सबीजः समाधिः॥४६॥

tā eva sabījaḥ samādhiḥ

Translation:

  1. The four types of samāpattis outlined before, are indeed meditative absorption with seed.- CT
  2. Each of the above kinds of samādhi are sabīja (with seed), which could bring one back  into bondage or mental disturbance. -SS
  3. These above mentioned, samāpatti states are [known as] samādhi meditative absorption “with seed.” -EFB

Vocabulary:

tā – they 
 
eva – indeed, very, only
 
sabījaḥ – with seed
 
samādhiḥ – contemplation, meditative absorption

Key Concepts:

We are discussing sabīja samādhi – contemplation with absorption that has seeds of karma. This means that the mind is not completely purified. The seeds of karma, samskaras have not been eradicated. 

This sutra suggests that having purity of mind before practicing deep meditation is important. Deep meditation amplifies our nature, our disposition, it determines our view of everything include God or the Divine. Deep meditation gives us power through understanding. This means that your view is critical to what you are understanding. 

At the time of Classical Yoga, the Yoga of Patanjali, the goal of Yoga was to cease the fluctuations of the mind, therefore ceasing the cycle of karma. Sabīja samādhi is form of absorption in meditation that is still creating seeds of karma. This means that it is just a phase { or a set of phases } on the Path to Yoga. 

Practice

1. Sankalpa

2. Prayer Ritual

3. Asana:

Practice 5X Rounds

4. Mantra:

  1. Use your mantra. 
  2. Say your mantra to yourself 5 times out loud. 
  3. Say your mantra in a whisper 5 times. 
  4. Say your mantra silently in your mind 5 times.      

*When you catch your mind engaged in an activity that you find harmful, use your mantra to reset your mind. 

5. Pranayama:

Kapalabhati

Kapalabhati is the skull shining breath or breath of fire. This increases ones energy and internal fire, boosting metabolism and digestive fire. It is considered a purification practice because of its powerful ability to clear the nadīs. It increases oxygen levels in the body and clears the mind as it send prāṇa up from the pelvic floor to the crown (skull shining) 

  1. Start ujjayi, create a nice long breath, balancing the inhalation and exhalation. 
  2. Visualize the space two fingers below your navel. If it is hard to visualize, touch the space between the navel and pupil bone.  
  3. Let this place be where you initiate the breath. 
  4. Take three large inhalations followed by exhalations out of the mouth. 
  5. On the next breath, inhale half way. 
  6. Focus only on the exhale, strongly pull the low belly in to exhale. Let the inhale be spontaneous. 
  7. Do 40 to 50 pulses. Take a full inhale. Take a full exhale and engage mahabandha (see above), retaining the breath as long as is comfortable.
  8. Lift the chin. Inhale. 
  9. Take a few normal breaths. Repeat for a total of 3 rounds. 
  10. Sit for a few moments, allowing your body to breath naturally. 

6. Meditation: Do the Reflection Exercise and Come back to the Mediation.

  1. Draw your attention into yourself. Removing your awareness of the objects of your senses.
  2. Focus your minds eye on your object of meditation .
  3. Practice for 10 to 20 minutes. (commit to a time and set a timer)
  4. When you feel your mind wander be so gentle in bringing it back. *Remember we are like infants in this journey. Treat yourself as you would your own child. 
  5. End by touching your heart and repeating your name 3 times. 

7. Reflection

Concept Map

Try it yourself. Make a concept map for Samādhi (go back to sutra 17) and for the object of your meditation (before you meditate). Feel free to draw your own or print this one out. 

Printable

  1. Have you used concept maps before?
  2. Did you find it helpful for understanding samadhi?
  3. Do you feel that concept mapping prior to meditation had any influence on your experience? 
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