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Date Posted: 08:14
Author: Brian - 21 Sep 2001
Subject: "What is Sunn Samaadhi?"
In reply to:
Gerti - 21 Sep 2001
's message, "Any comments?" on 08:05
CONVERSATION WITH GOD
"Man's ultimate quest is the final evolutionary frontier which is within man himself. It is the Truth spoken by the scriptures and the realized souls that the absolute Lord is deep within us, and He is attainable through control and purification of the mind. One who knows this mystery of God, who pervades each and every heart, knows the Primal Being. Therefore, in the search for God, none can afford to forget the basic rudiments of spirituality that God lives within all beings. Accordingly, the Gurbani (Sri Guru Granth Sahib, SGGS) thunders that those who search Him in the externalities of the world are mentally deluded.
Sabh kish ghar mahi baahari naahee. Baahari tolai so bharam bhulaahee: Everything is within the home of the self; there is nothing beyond. One who searches outside is deluded by doubts (sggs 102).
God does not talk through our material senses. He does not talk through the mouth either. He talks to his humble servants in the state of "Sunn Samaadhi", when they are completely notionless or Nirvikalapa — the state where one's ego is completely silenced; the state beyond speech, body, and mind. Whoever contemplates this state has attained the perfection. Keeping the absolute ease and poise or the essence of the holy Name within all the time, our individual Aatmaa (soul) can talk to the Parmaatamaa (Super Soul) continuously. The Gurbani confirms it as follows:
Sunn samaadhi guphaa tah aasan. Keval brahm pooran tah baasan. Bhagat sang prabh gost karat: One sits there, in the cave of Sunn Samaadhi; the unique, perfect God dwells there. God holds conversations with His devotees (sggs 894).
Sunn samaadhi Naam ras maate. Aath pahar jan Hari Hari japai: In the Sunn Samaadhi, they are intoxicated with the essence of the Naam. Twenty-four hours a day, His servants chant the Lord's Name (sggs 265).
This leads to the question: What is Sunn Samaadhi? Simply put it, this is the state of Absolute Spiritual Silence. This state of silence must not be mistaken for verbal non-communication. It is at a more fundamental level where there is no notion. To put it otherwise, it is the state of intuitive poise or the silent trance corresponding to mind's complete absorption in the formless Lord. In other words, when mind is one hundred percent fixed for understanding the Self, it is said to be in Sunn Samaadhi. For example, for someone to say that he is in Sunn Samaadhi is to say that he has fully realized God consciousness (i.e., Naam or Shabad consciousness). Among all forms of Samaadhi, this is the highest form or self realization. At this stage, there is no longer any connection with worldly pleasure, for one is then transcendental to all sorts of joy derived from the senses. Also, at this stage, one attains perfect understanding that he is eternally the Sewak, Daasa, or servant of God. Once the devotee becomes situated in this transcendental position, he never descends from it. When the nonapprehension of Reality is destroyed in the direct experience of the Reality, Maya (mental delusion) folds her magic kit and disappears, never to come back. This is an irreversible process. Therefore, unless a devotee has reached this position, he is unsuccessful.
Sunn samaadhi rahahi liv laage ekaa ekeee shabad beechaar...: Some remain absorbed in Sunn Samaadhi, their minds fixed lovingly on the One Lord; they reflect only on the Shabad. In that state, there is no water, land, earth or sky; only the Creator Lord Himself exists. There is no intoxication of Maya there, and no shadow, nor the infinite light of the sun or the moon. The eyes within the mind which see everything — with one glance, they see the three world (sggs 503).
Naamaa kahe chit Hari siyu raataa sunn samaadhi samaaugo: Says Naam Dev, my consciousness is imbued with the Lord; I am absorbed in the profound state of Samaadhi (sggs 973)."
REFLECTIONS ON GURBANI
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