- Nirvikalpa samadhi
- Savilkalpa samadhi
- Sahaja samadhi
In nirvikalpa samadhi, you are the giant heart of the Universe. Even the Universe is tiny within the vastness of your being. It is a state of unlimited bliss and peaceful joy.
Nirvikalpa samadhi is considered to be the highest samadhi that most Spiritual Masters can attain. But it only lasts a few hours or days at most. Then it’s time to come back into the world of the physical. Often, we don’t want to come back into the world again. It is even said that if we stay there for 18–21 days, our soul may leave the body and cross over to the Other Side.
I have read of Spiritual Masters who have gone into Nirvikalpa samadhi and announced to their students, “Today is a good day to die.” They realized that they had attained their highest samadhi. Now it was not possible for them to keep carrying on in the physical plane.
This samadhi is not a survival state. It is a pervasive ecstasy. We really cannot carry on with material life in the world while in Nirvikalpa.
In Savikalpa samadhi, which also only lasts for a period of time, we lose all consciousness of time and space. As there is no time, there is nothing to get done, there is nothing to do. It is already all done.
In this state of samadhi we see ourselves merely as an instrument to channel the purpose of the Divine. We do not need to do anything, it is already perfect and complete. There is nothing to accomplish, nothing to attain, nothing to do.
Unlike in Nirvikalpa samadhi where all thought has stopped, in Savikalpa samadhi thoughts arise, but they do not affect you. You just notice them without getting involved in them.
Sahaja samadhi is the state of higher consciousness in which we are capable of working in the physical plane, while still maintaining Nirvikalpa samadhi. It’s simultaneously one foot in heaven and one foot on earth.
In Sahaja samadhi we do the daily tasks and chores. But each of these activities is infused with the bliss that only present moment awareness of the Divine can bring.
It is said that few Spiritual Masters have achieved Sahaja samadhi. It comes through grace. Grace is a deep spiritual topic of it own. It is a gift of insight from the divine and cannot be forced.