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By Swami Harshananda

nirbijasamādhi (‘samādhi in which the seed of rebirth is destroyed’)

This is a term specially used in the Yogasutras (1.51) of Patañjali (200 B. C.).

The chief reason for samsāra or transmigration is the impurity of the mind. These impurities, through their samskāras 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 (detached) and caitanya (pure consciousness), established in our hearts.

When the aṣṭāñgayoga (yoga of eight graded steps) as recommended by Patañjali is practised, the yogi experiences samādhi (superconscious state) wherein ṛtambharaprajñā (truth-bearing

knowledge or wisdom)—which is practically the same as ātmajñāna—arises. As this knowledge prevents and destroys all other modifications of the mind (vide 1.48-50), nirbijasamādhi (a samādhi wherein all karmas that would have caused rebirth are destroyed at the root itself) results. Then the yogi becomes a mukta or liberated.


References

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

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nirbijasamādhi (‘samādhi in which the seed of rebirth is destroyed’) This is a term specially used in the Yogasutras (1.51) of Patañjali (200 B. C.). The chief reason for samsāra or transmigration is the impurity of the mind. These impurities, through their sariiskāras 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 (detached) and caitanya (pure consciousness), established in our hearts. When the aṣṭāṅgayoga (yoga of eight graded steps) as recommended by Patañjali is practised, the yogi experi¬ences samādhi (superconscious state) wherein ṛtambharaprajñā (truth-bearing knowledge or wisdom)—which is practi¬cally the same as ātmajñāna—arises. As this knowledge prevents and destroys all other modifications of the mind (vide 1.48-50), nirbijasamādhi (a samādhi wherein all karmas that would have caused rebirth are destroyed at the root itself) results. Then the yogi becomes a mukta or liberated