Definition - What does Samprajnata Samadhi mean?
Samprajnata samadhi is a Sanskrit term for a type of conscious meditation that is also referred to as "concrete meditation." In this type of meditation, the practitioner's samskaras (mental impressions) are not erased. It is a cognitive sort of meditation wherein the practitioner is aware of the outside world, of the self, and of an inner sense of bliss and existence.
Samprajnata refers to dualistic thought in which there is separation between the observer and the object. Samadhi is the mind's ultimate state of being; it is enlightenment and the preliminary state to nirvana.
Anyone who is interested in yoga as a means of achieving a higher state of consciousness is likely to come across the concept of samprajnata samadhi along the way. This type of meditation is fairly standard in any spiritual yoga practice.
Yogapedia explains Samprajnata Samadhi
There are four levels of consciousness through which the mind moves during samprajnata samadhi:
- Savitarka (application of thought)
- Savichara (cognition)
- Ananda (conscious bliss)
- Asmita (disembodiment)
Samprajnata samadhi is just one of 10 different types of samadhi (meditative consciousness).
This form of meditation gradually introduces the mind to more advanced forms of meditation, such as asamprajnata samadhi -- wherein the practitioner's mind, body and sense of self is completely lost in the meditation.
Samprajnata samadhi is important for any yoga practitioner who wants to deepen the spiritual aspect of their practice and expand their consciousness to come closer to moksha (liberation).