Meaning of samadhi

Lars Martin Fosse lmfosse at ONLINE.NO
Sun Jun 21 12:45:25 UTC 1998

At 12:52 21.06.98 +0100, you wrote:
>According to Feuerstein, The Philosophy of Classical Yoga, p. 85,the roots
>of the word samadhi are sam (= with, together) + A + dhA (= to put, place)
>I have also found another derivation in Swami Muktibodhananda's edition of
>the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, p. 421, as sama (= equal) and dhi (=
>"reflection", "to perceive").
>I am a novice in sanskrit, but I can see that sam and sama are really the
>same word, whereas dhA and dhi seem not to be the same.  I would be
>grateful if someone with more knowledge if sanskrit could explain the
>correct derivation.

Dhaa and dhi belong together. Historically, this is explained by the
laryngeal theory, according to which dhaa would < dhaH (where H symbolizes a
laryngeal), whereas dhi would < dhH-i, where i is a suffix and the root dhaH
has lost its vowel, a quite common phenomenon in Indo-European languages.

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