Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1:17: The 4 levels of Samadhi, done on an object are,
For the sake of brevity,We will be discussing this verse in parts.
Defining the Sutra
Samadhi is usually defined as a state of oneness with universal consciousness. It is ultimate freedom from fear, doubt, incessant thoughts, shame and loneliness. It is a feeling of connectedness with the world. It is the permanent dissolving of struggle and the sustained experience of allowing. The ultimate state of Samadhi is spontaneous. Meaning, you don’t have to work on it. As Beyonce said, “I woke up like this”. There is no work involved in being in that state. In this verse Patanjali talks about some ways to taste Samadhi for those of us who don’t just wake up like that.
Why It Is Important
Many people don’t go into yoga past asana, or physical poses because it just seems too unattainable, difficult and theoretical. Patanjali lets us know that if we have enough desire, we can have Samadhi now. That there are ways that it can be experienced without having to live in a cave in the Himalayas. It is attainable now.