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When practicionners from some theistic religions like Christianity or Sufism speak of Mystical Union or "Spiritual Marriage", is this the same as Samadhi in Yoga in your view? And between meditation and contemplation, is there any difference?

1. In reality, there is only one state; that of the self in the self. Consciousness then rests in itself without identification with anything external. That is also called Samadhi, which an aspirant eventually reaches.

However, the degree's of closeness between consciousness and the self vary till the state of the self in the self is not irreversibly attained to. These degree's are denoted by the different stages or types of Samadhi-s. There is however only one complete union or Samadhi as there is only one self, infinite and all pervading.

2. Contemplation precedes meditation.

ॐ तत् सत्
(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)  


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The term 'Yoga' is a derivative of the Samskruth verb 'Yuj' which refers to union. 'Yoga', also called 'Brahma vidy‚' is the eternal dissolution of the individual 'Aham' (Ego) into the Atman (self) for 'Mukti' (liberation). Mere indulgence in '¬sana' or physical postures is not Yoga. ¬sana is only one limb or 'Anga' of Yoga. The eight limbs viz. Yama, Niyama, ¬sana, Pr‚n‚y‚ma, Praty‚h‚ra, Dh‚rana, Dhy‚na and Sam‚dhi are the means to Yoga. Brahmacharya or spiritually based continence is one of the important components of 'Yama'. 'Brahmacharya':- "Brahmani charyathey ithi" - "To surrender one's Ego and go with the will of the Almighty."


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