Sutra 1.46

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Photo credit: Siripatwongpin, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

ता एव सबीजः समाधिः॥४६॥
taa eva sabeejaha samaadhihi॥46॥

Swami Satchitananda translates this as, ‘All these samadhis are sabija (with seed), which could bring one back into bondage or mental disturbance.’ Remember that samadhi means connecting with the ‘Source’ beyond the individual mind. However, the various ways suggested in the past few aphorisms still use the mind to stop the mind. Our minds are the product of our experiences and define everything uniquely for each of us. Despite achieving hard earned samadhi, if we do so at all, when that brief blissful state is over we return to the world of the mind we escaped from. There we find the ‘seeds’ that are still there just waiting to germinate and grow back again like weeds, filling our minds with chatter. It is an ongoing and relentless process all our lives.

PatanjaliChris Johnson