Samadhi Part 1- Maya, the illusion of the self
Samadhi is an ancient Sanskrit word, for which there is no modern
equivalent. There is a fundamental challenge with making a film about
Samadhi. Samadhi points to something that can’t be conveyed on the level
This film is simply the outer manifestation of my own inner journey. The
intention is not to teach you about Samadhi, or provide information for your
mind, but to inspire you to directly discover your true nature.
Samadhi is relevant now more than ever. We are at a time in history where
we have not only forgotten Samadhi, but we have forgotten what we forgot.
This forgetting is Maya, the illusion of the self.
As humans most of us live immersed in our daily lives, with little thought of
who we are, why we are here, or where we’re going. Most of us have
never realized the true self, the soul or what the Buddha called annata –
that which is beyond name and form, beyond thinking. As a result we
believe we are these limited bodies. We live in fear, either conscious or
unconscious, that the limited self structure that we are identified with, will
spiritual practices such as yoga, prayer, meditation, chanting or any kind of
ritual, are practicing techniques which are conditioned. Which means they
are just part of the ego construct. The seeking and the activity isn’t the
problem- thinking you have found the answer in some external form is the
Spirituality in its most common form is no different than the pathological
thinking that is going on everywhere. It is a further agitation of the mind.
More human doing, as opposed to human being. The ego construct wants
more money, more power, more love, more of everything. Those on the
so-called spiritual path desire to be more spiritual, more awake, more
equanimous, more peaceful, more enlightened. The danger for you
watching this film is that your mind will want to acquire Samadhi . Even
more dangerous is that your mind might think it has acquired Samadhi.
Whenever there is a desire to attain something you can be sure that it is
the ego construct at work. Samadhi is not about attaining or adding
anything to yourself.
To realize Samadhi is to learn to die before you die. Life and death are like
yin and yang- an inseparable continuum. Endlessly unfolding, with no
beginning and no end.
When we push away