From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Nirbijasamādhi literally means ‘samādhi in which the seed of rebirth is destroyed’.

This is a term specially used in the Yogasutras[1] of Patañjali.[2] The chief reason for sansāra or transmigration is the impurity of the mind. These impurities, through their sanskāras or tendencies carried over many births, impel the mind to constantly rise in the form of vṛttis or modifications, preventing a vision of the puruṣa or the ātman who is asaṅga[3] and caitanya,[4] established in our hearts.

When the aṣṭāñgayoga[5] as recommended by Patañjali is practiced, the yogi experiences samādhi[6] wherein ṛtambharaprajñā[7] which is practically the same as ātmajñāna arises. As this knowledge prevents and destroys all other modifications of the mind,[8] nirbijasamādhi results. Then the yogi becomes a mukta or liberated.


  1. Yogasutras 1.51
  2. He lived in 200 B. C.
  3. Asaṅga means detached.
  4. Caitanya means pure consciousness.
  5. Aṣṭāñgayoga means the yoga of eight graded steps.
  6. Samādhi means the superconscious state.
  7. Rtambharaprajñā means the truth-bearing knowledge or wisdom.
  8. Yogasutras 1.48-50
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore