Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.23

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From a special process of devotion and letting go into the creative source from which we emerged, the coming of samadhi is imminent

Or from intense devotion and total surrender to Ishvara

Samadhi, or the highest state, will be attained when we show intense devotion and surrender to Ishvara – this could mean ‘god’ or could be a non-religious ideal such as ‘om’.

Here, ‘ishvara’ is explained in a bit more depth.  Rather than a superior deity in the clouds, when the Upanishads use the word ‘god’ it is more a sense of ‘universal consciousness’ or ‘self realisation’, rather than our modern understanding of a ‘god’ or the ‘divine’.

 

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