Recieved: 1999/12/05 20:49
Subject: Re: [K-list] Re: Another poll. Samadhi
On 1999/12/05 20:49, Ckress posted thus to the K-list:
In a message dated 12/4/1999 7:04:29 PM Pacific Standard Time, CKRESSATnospamaol.com
> In a message dated 12/4/1999 9:03:06 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> GCWein1111ATnospamaol.com writes:
> > The traditions distinguish between savikalpa
> > (identification with an object, accompanied by higher thought forms)
> > nirvikalpa (identification with the transcendental Self only, devoid of
> > content of consciousness).
>When consciousness is totally absent, how is
> there awareness of this state? Is it like a total blackout? If so, how
> it register in mind/memory?
After I posted this, it occurred to me that a near death experience I had at
age 18 (from a close-to-successful suicide attempt) might qualify as a
consciousness devoid-of-content Samadhi experience. I went into a realm of
utter blackness. There was nothing foreboding or cold about it; it was an
infinite formless realm of perfect tranquility. This was the most profound
peace I've ever experienced in this lifetime. I hadn't expected anything
like it; I thought death would extinguish my consciousness (which was my
intent at the time: to totally erase myself from existence). Instead, I was
lucid during the entire experience and knew that my body was dying. I heard
a doctor working on me say in an anxious voice, "I can't get a blood
pressure. Give her an I.V. of... (something-or-other medication). I was so
detached and peaceful, I was completely content to die, and equally content
to be resuscitated. Neither made a different from that plane of awareness.
I've since learned that mine is one of the less commonly reported types of
NDEs, but I'm by no means the only one who has experienced it. In terms of
its profound spiritual significance for me, I'd rate it second only to my
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