' Nirvikalpa Samadhi '...
Why be afraid of this declaration: that the final goal is to merge in the Absolute?
Is it because it promises the same as death--annihilation?
Yet whenever deep sleep is entered this merger happens.
The ego with its thoughts, desires, and agitations, is gone; the world, with its relativities, is no more.
Time, space, form, memory are lost.
Yet all reappears next morning.
So it is not a real death.
It is pure Being.
Meditation tries to reproduce this condition, to achieve a return to deep sleep but with the added factor of awareness.
In the final phase--Nirvikalpa Samadhi--it succeeds.
Man dissolves but his divine Source remains as the residue, as what he always and basically was.
This is why philosophy includes meditation.
-- Notebooks Category 4: Elementary Meditation >
Chapter 1: Preparatory > # 199 Paul Brunton
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