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samadhi

[suh-mah-dee]
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noun Hinduism, Buddhism.
  1. the highest stage in meditation, in which a person experiences oneness with the universe.

Origin of samadhi

First recorded in 1820–30, samadhi is from the Sanskrit word samādhi
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Historical Examples

  • I had instantly seen that the saint was in a high state of samadhi.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • Growing alarmed, the Guru also grew meek, and asked only ten rupees and a promise of silence for the performance of a samadhi.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

    Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky

  • Of Samadhi or human hibernation there have been three cases within the last twenty-five years.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

    Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky

  • Lying down, or sometimes sitting on the bed, he entered a state of samadhi.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • Nirbikalpa means timeless, changeless; this is the highest state of samadhi.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda


British Dictionary definitions for samadhi

samadhi

noun
  1. Buddhism Hinduism a state of deep meditative contemplation which leads to higher consciousness

Word Origin

from Sanskrit: concentration, from samā together + dhi mind
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Word Origin and History for samadhi

n.

"intense esoteric meditation through yoga," 1795, from Sanskrit samadhi-, literally "a putting or joining together," from sam- "together" + a- "toward" + stem of dadhati "puts, places" (see factitious).

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