1.44 – In the same way, samadhi with or without subtle objects is explained.


एतयैव सविचारा निर्विचारा च सूक्ष्मविषय व्याख्याता ॥४४॥

etaya eva savichara nirvichara cha sukshma-vishaya vyakhyata

  • etaya – by this; by these
  • eva – same; way; like
  • savichara – with subtle thoughts
  • nirvichara – without subtle thoughts
  • cha – and; also; both
  • sukshma – subtle; minute; fine
  • vishaya – object of sensory experience; content; subject matter; impressions
  • vyakhyata – explained; told

The process is the same for absorption with subtle sensory perceptions such as inner sounds, lights, shapes, feelings, etc.

Partial absorption with a subtle object of meditation is called “savichara samadhi.” Full absorption with a subtle object, where all vrittis are still, is called “nirvichara samadhi.”