High on Waves

Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Rajnandgaon, 1960

When serenity and equilibrium prevail
Not only ideas but dreams also come true
And sleep is converted into samadhi.

Generally the mind is dull and dissipated
Sometimes it goes in for higher things
But then returns to its lower field.

It is by persistent sadhana and vairagya
That ekagrata, savikalpa samadhi, dawns
And the mind loses its separateness from self.

Freed from its usual patterns of samskaras
Mind is fashioned in the divine pattern
Then the showers of samadhi descend.

At this juncture, true knowledge arises
This is sampragyata samadhi, let me call it darshan
But it takes time to become permanently established.

Soon after its first emergence
There is a revival of vrittis
And the sadhaka returns to his usual state.

Therefore, even after darshan
The sadhaka has to plod on
Let him not slacken his usual zeal.

He must establish the state of sampragyata
Through effort, serenity and detachment
In order to enter the regions of nirvikalpa samadhi.

There he is permanently established in his own self
When the mind has ceased to exist
How can it tune in with the vrittis?

Just as water doesn't wet a rock smeared with oil
Likewise, the incoming sensations of day to day life
Leave no trace of effect on the mind of such a yogi.