I’ve written numerous posts discussing my life, experiences, and spiritual practices. There’s one more topic I wish to cover: my thoughts and experiences on Yogic Samadhi

My Spiritual Goals

My heart longed to know My Truth – what the Singular Entity meant to me. Hence, that was my one-pointed spiritual goal, and I discussed the entire path for that in the SD Crash Course Series.

I discovered My Truth en route, and life had a déjà vu feeling after that. So, I wanted to ensure that I wouldn’t ever return to this planet. Accordingly, my sole objective became Mukti. Since it was a natural progression in my path, I just had to continue whatever I was doing.

From the begin to end, I never craved a divine vision, spiritual experiences, miraculous powers, or Samadhi. I kept walking with persistence, and those happened on their own. Not craving any experience turned out to be my strength that made my spiritual journey quicker.

My Experience of Samadhi

Swami once gave me a beneficial tip. He said that an immaculate quality meditation in perfect posture for 33 seconds would lead us to Yogic Samadhi.

Earlier this month (Apr 2022), I had an urge to test if I could enter Yogic Samadhi at will. As Swami said, it felt like everything around me had disappeared in less than a minute of meditation. Yet, I wasn’t sleeping and maintained pristine awareness. I realized I had entered Yogic Samadhi when I came out of it.

Nevertheless, I might’ve been lost for a considerable while from the world. At times, people never come out of Yogic Samadhi for good. A powerful cough came out of nowhere and pulled me out of that state. Later, I got an indication from Swami that he had brought me out of it. 

My Thoughts

Based on my experience, Mukti is something I wish all of you could experience. It’s liberating to master the mind and become free from thoughts and desires. Also, the basic form of Samadhi I experienced with Mukti was beautiful. I felt connected with everyone and everything in Nature with my eyes open! 

After experiencing Yogic Samadhi, I almost stand by the sages who advocated against it. More so for householders and renunciates who serve society. If you enter Yogic Samadhi and retain it for eternity, you would have to shun all responsibilities for a considerable time. That’s not suitable for those working actively in this world.

On the other hand, the Bhaava Samadhi I experienced through Bhakti was more manageable. Maybe why Bhakti was advised to all, and Yogic Samadhi only to those who retired to complete solitude and didn’t have any worldly responsibilities.

Now, It’s Your Turn! 

Whether you have similar goals as me or desire something else, you’re going nowhere without mastering the two foundations of spirituality: selflessness and mindfulness. To get these foundations right, here’s a suggested daily schedule for starters based on my practices:

  • Some Seva-related tasks [1] that you can use to build selflessness.
  • 15 mins of super-mindful chanting [2] while sitting still. Initially, it won’t be mindful but try your best.
  • 15 mins of high-quality meditation [3]. Start with 5 mins and slowly increase to 15 mins. Remember, quality is more important than quantity. Also, it took me a decade to tame my mind.
  • Chant [4] as much as possible throughout the day to build mindfulness. It was challenging and I persisted for two years before seeing any results.
  • When selflessness and mindfulness become a habit, add 30 mins of Raja Yoga [5] or some Sadhana [6] to your daily schedule.

With that, I’ve shared everything a sincere seeker needs to know on this path. Now, it’s your turn to get to work and reach your spiritual destination. Meanwhile, I’ll devote more time to my greater purpose: reviving Sanatana Dharma’s scriptures. 

Rephrasing the epic words of ViruS from the 3 Idiots Hindi movie:

Swami won’t return to this planet,
This is your last lap, my friends.
Put the pedal to the metal. Step on the gas
Go out there and make history!

Love,
Devi

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Footnotes

  • [1] Seva-related tasks: I did everything online because I didn’t have the time to go out of the home.
  • [2] Super-mindful chanting: I did Nitya Sadhana, the daily Sadhana routine of Sri Vidya taught by Swami (here). I focused mainly on chanting Sri Suktam mindfully because it felt close to my heart.
  • [3] Meditation: I started with mindfulness meditation. In this, we focus just on retaining attention and becoming mindful. We don’t worry about the body posture. For beginners, it gets difficult to focus both on the mind and the body simultaneously. Eventually, I converted this into Raja Yoga.
  • [4] Chant: For a while, I did Om Namah Shivaya. Then, I did the Gayatri Sadhana (here) and chanted the Gayatri Mantra.
  • [5] Raja Yoga: It is a more advanced type of meditation where we retain attention alongside practicing Asana Siddhi, the perfect bodily posture. For this, you can listen to Swami’s explanation of Asana Siddhi, the eight postures in meditation in his YouTube video (here).
  • [6] Some Sadhana: You can select any Sadhana of your choice. Something found on the Sadhana App should be fine. I did Devi Sadhana taught by Swami (here). The stillness of posture always helps. If you do the Devi Sadhana I’ve recommended, Asana Siddhi becomes important.

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