Meaning of samadhi

Jan Brzezinski janbrz at MICROTEC.NET
Mon Jun 22 05:46:31 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.

Swami Muktabodhananda has exploited the similarity between the word sama-dhIH and samAdhi to explain the meaning of the word. There is in fact no etymological relationship between the two words, except perhaps at a great distance, as Dr. Fosse has shown.


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