Do You Want to Experience the Bliss of Samadhi Without the Union of Shakti and Shiva

samadhi-3bDo you want to experience the bliss of Samadhi without the union of Shakti and Shiva? A state of altered consciousness in which you experience the presence of and a  connection to a higher energy. Where you experience a sense of unity and oneness with every living organism. And all you feel is utter joy?

You can very quickly and effectively experience a sliver of this bliss through Bhavana Samadhi. Again I want to be very clear.  You are not attaining Samadhi, you are experiencing it briefly.

Previously I had shared my experience of immense bliss and a feeling of union of my mind and spirit with the Supreme Spirit. You can read more about it in the article-The Unstruck Sound which I just updated after I came upon some very interesting information recently.

Below is an abbreviated description from that article based upon my first hand experience of divine bliss.

“In the summer of 2007, I experienced spontaneous bliss. Words cannot begin to describe the feeling. Emotions of intense love and compassion flooded every fiber of my being. I felt a connection to every living organism and the presence of a force bigger and stronger became intelligible. Intense bliss took over. The hollowness of the material world at once became clear. The esoteric finally made sense. The only thing I remember that led to this state of ecstasy was that I was in a meditative state (not sitting and meditating, but going around my daily activities while meditating and preventing any thoughts from arising in my mind (chitta vrittii nirodh-preventing the rise of thoughts (vrittis) in the mind (chitta).”

If the mind can be thought free for a few hours you can experience this Samadhi. For me it lasted 3 days.

This type of bliss or Samadhi is called Bhavana Samadhi and can be achieved through meditation that involves ceasing of thoughts; just a form of meditation in which thought forms (vrittis) are not allowed to arise in the mind (chitta). You don’t have to be sitting for this meditation. You could be going around doing your daily activities. If you can sustain this for a few hours (anywhere between 1-4 hours, depending on the spirituality quotient of the practitioner) you WILL experience bliss or Samadhi. This type of Samadhi called Dhyan or Bhavana Samadhi is different from the Samadhi that one experiences from rigorous practice of Kundalini Yoga. During such Samadhi bliss is experienced through the union of the Kundali Shakti (the serpent power) with Shiva. Such a practitioner is bestowed with various psychic powers called siddhis (like ability to fly, walk on water, make oneself large or small or invisible etc). This siddha (perfected being) also has control over his own death. Meaning he can choose his time and day of when he wants to leave his physical body. But this process of raising the Kundalini Shakti up to the crown chakra using yogic methods can be very dangerous for the practitioner. (Some people were reported to have gone mad, so please approach this method with caution and under the guidance of a qualified guru). The results are permanent while in the former (Bhavan Samadhi) it is temporary.

When I experienced Bhavana Samadhi (bliss through meditation) a few years ago I had a lot of questions that went unanswered. I knew I had experienced something extraordinary, but not sure exactly what it was. Finally (6 years later) I came across an article by Swami Sivananda that helped answer my questions and finally help me understand what I had experienced. I have shared that resource below:

By Swami Sivananda:

“ In the first place, there are two main lines of Yoga, namely, Dhyana or Bhavana Yoga and Kundalini Yoga; and there is a marked difference between the two. The first class of Yoga is that in which ecstasy (Samadhi) is obtained by intellective processes (Kriya-Jnana) of meditation and the like, with the aid, it may be, of auxiliary processes of Mantra or Hatha Yoga (other than the rousing of Kundalini) and by detachment from the world; the second stands apart as that portion of Hatha Yoga in which, though intellective processes are not neglected, the creative and sustaining Sakti/energy of the whole body is actually and truly united with the Lord Consciousness. The Yogin makes Her introduce him to Her Lord, and enjoys the bliss of union through her. Though it is he who arouses Her, it is She who gives knowledge or Jnana, for She is Herself that. The Dhyana Yogin gains what acquaintance with the Supreme state his own meditative powers can give him and knows not the enjoyment of union with Siva in and through the fundamental Body-power. The two forms of Yoga differ both as to method and result. The Hatha Yogin regards his Yoga and its fruit as the highest; the Jnana Yogin may think similarly of his own. Kundalini is so renowned that many seek to know her. Having studied the theory of this Yoga, one may ask: “Can one get on without it?” The answer is: “It depends upon what you are looking for”. If you want to rouse Kundalini Sakti, to enjoy the bliss of union of Siva and Sakti through Her and to gain the accompanying powers (Siddhis), it is obvious that this end can be achieved only by the Kundalini Yoga. In that case, there are some risks incurred. But if Liberation is sought without desire for union through Kundalini, then, such Yoga is not necessary; for, Liberation may be obtained by Pure Jnana Yoga through detachment, the exercise and then the stilling of the mind, without any rousing of the central Bodily-power at all.

Instead of setting out in and from the world to unite with Siva, the Jnana Yogin, to attain this result, detaches himself from the world. The one is the path of enjoyment and the other of asceticism.

Samadhi may also be obtained on the path of devotion (Bhakti) as on that of knowledge. Indeed, the highest devotion (Para Bhakti) is not different from Knowledge. Both are Realisation. But, whilst Liberation (Mukti) is attainable by either method, there are other marked differences between the

two. A Dhyana Yogin should not neglect his body, knowing that as he is both mind and matter, each reacts, the one upon the other. Neglect or mere mortification of the body is more apt to produce disordered imagination than a true spiritual experience. He is not concerned, however, with the

body in the sense that the Hatha Yogin is. It is possible to be a successful Dhyana Yogin and yet to be weak in body and health, sick and short-lived. His body, and not he himself, determines when he shall die. He cannot die at will. When he is in Samadhi, Kundalini Sakti is still sleeping in the Muladhara, and none of the physical symptoms and psychical bliss or powers (Siddhis) described as accompanying Her rousing are observed in his case. The ecstasy which he calls “Liberation while yet living” (Jivanmukti) is not a state like that of real Liberation. He may be still subject to a suffering body from which he escapes only at death, when if at all, he is liberated. His ecstasy is in the nature of a meditation which passes into the Void (Bhavana-samadhi) effected through negation of all thought-form (Chitta-Vritti) and detachment from the world—a comparatively negative process (I like to call it a passive process~pardon the interjection from Yachna Yoga) in which the positive act of raising the Central Power of the body takes no part. By his effort, the mind which is a product of Kundalini as Prakriti Sakti, together with its worldly desires, is stilled so that the veil produced by mental functioning is removed from Consciousness. In Laya

Yoga, Kundalini Herself, when roused by the Yogin (for such rousing is his act and part), achieves for him this illumination.”

As simple as it sounds, it is not easy, but it is not impossible either. Below are a few tips to help along the way. You can come up with your own. 

Pick a day when you know you have more control over your day.

Depending on your schedule, you might want to pick a day that is not very hectic or demanding of your time and energy and attention. Any regular day that involves spending passive/laid back time with your family will do.

First and foremost rule number one and the most important-Do not engage in any internal conversations with yourself.

Be clear on your intent. What you want to accomplish. You want to experience bliss. But in order for that to happen one has to be thought free. So be in the moment. You can only talk about and think about what you are doing at that time. Your mind and attention should be focused only on the task at hand. No multitasking, No ‘mutithinking’. So if you are brushing your teeth, you should focus entirely just on that act. Observe your movements, and don’t let the mind space out and think about other things. Same thing applies if you were cooking or talking to someone. You can only focus on that one and only person, or the topic at the time. You have to cultivate the will power and determination to not get ‘carried away’ by a chain of thoughts.

Be in the moment and that’s it. Each time you space out, don’t get angry because even though it may feel like it, you are NOT starting from scratch. You don’t lose it all. But you become more aware of how often and how quickly you space out. So if you can keep yourself from spacing out you are on the right path.

Be around positive people and avoid the company of negative people. No negative thoughts and words.

Slow down your physical movements. Make them more deliberate. Slow down your breathing. Take your time; Just slow and natural belly breathing. No raspy, jerky or choreographed deep breathing. Only silky smooth, slow breaths.

Check for tense spots every now and then to make sure your energy is flowing freely. The jaw should not be tight or clenched. Tip of tongue on the fleshy palate behind the front teeth, mouth closed and upper and lower jaws slightly separated.

Good Luck!

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