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A Mind in Samadhi

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Two other states – the mind in Samadhi and the mind not in Samadhi. We have explained that a mind in Samadhi fundamentally means the release from the five hindrances. To briefly explain again what the five hindrances are, one is the desire for the pleasures of the senses, one is aversion, another one is sloth and torpor, another is restlessness and worry and the fifth is doubt. When the five hindrances are temporarily tranquilised, even temporarily, the mind goes into Samadhi. Such a mind is said to be in Samadhi. If one or more of these hindrances keep arising, then such a mind is not in Samadhi. So those are two states of mind. Now in this Kama world, the world of the senses, generally the minds are not in Samadhi. That is why we have to meditate to attain Samadhi. The goal of serenity meditation is that tranquil, serene, well collected, well composed, one pointed mind, stable in concentration. Why is this Samadhi so important? Because wisdom dawns only to a mind that is stable in concentration. It is only to a mind in Samadhi that the true nature of things are realised.

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