There are natural experiences that resemble various facets of samadhi. Some of these happen when we are awake, others happen when we sleep. We consider these here and construct an ingredients list for samadhi.
Last time we discussed pratiprasava, the return of consciousness to its source by absorbing the effects into the causes. We now discuss how this works. Pratiprasava occurs when the yogi uses samadhi to descend through the layers of the mind. The bindu is the “doorway” connecting the layers.
Here we present essential background information before diving into the bindu. We review the yogic cosmology on which understanding the bindu is based. We discuss the essential yogic method – pratiprasava – which allows one to discover the cosmos described by yoga.
Understanding that the planes exist helps us better understand Leibniz’ monads. To appreciate this claim, let’s back out and consider a broader perspective. Frank Visser, founder of the Integral World website, gives us a very useful categorization about the views of human nature. He breaks these down into how many levels are present in the intellectual scheme.