You are that

February 8, 2016

Meditation culminates in the state of samadhi. It’s not that you practice samadhi. Nobody can consciously practice samadhi. Our effort is there only up to meditation. You put all your effort in dharana. It becomes effortless in dhyana, and you are just there, knowing that you are in meditation.  But in samadhi, you don’t even know that. You are not there to know it because you are that.

(Sri Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali)

dharana: concentration
dhyana: meditation
samadhi: absorption


illustration by Yumi Sakugawa