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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Samadisatka, ZamAdisatka, shamaadisatka

Śamādiṣatka literally means ‘the group of six disciplines’ starting with śama’.

This is the third of the four spiritual disciplines listed under sādhanācatuṣṭaya. It consists of the following six steps:

  1. Śama - tranquility
  2. Dama - self-control
  3. Uparati - cessation of external sense-organs from the pursuit of sense-objects
  4. Titikṣā - forbearance
  5. Śraddhā - faith
  6. Samādhāna - concentration


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore