Definition - What does Nirbija mean?

Nirbija is a Sanskrit term that literally means “without seed.” It typically refers to nirbija samadhi, the highest level of samadhi, which is a super-conscious state of enlightenment. In nirbija samadhi, the mind contains no thoughts: nothing but consciousness and pure awareness. It is a state in which the mind no longer supports itself and so becomes one with the higher Self.

Niralamba samadhi is sometimes used as a synonym for nirbija samadhi.

Yogapedia explains Nirbija

Samadhi is the final aspect, or "limb," of the spiritual Ashtanga yoga practice. Through the eight limbs, the yogi prepares physically and mentally for the ultimate state of union with the universe, or higher Self. The eight limbs are:

  1. The five yamas, or personal virtues
  2. The five niyamas, or codes of behavior
  3. Asanas, or postures that Westerners most associate with yoga practice
  4. Pranayama, or breathing exercises
  5. Pratyahara, or transcending the senses
  6. Dharana, or concentration to remove mental distractions
  7. Dhyana, or deep meditation free from distractions
  8. Samadhi, or enlightenment and unity with the higher source

To reach samadhi and, ultimately, nirbija samadhi, the yogi enters a deep meditative state where all thoughts and intellectual processes disappear. No karma is created, and the seeds of future karma are removed, thereby liberating the yogi from the recurring cycle of life-death-reincarnation. The mind merges with the Absolute Reality, or Brahman. It is then that nirbija samadhi opens the door to nirvana.

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