The Nine Steps to Perfection #120
Sadhana, as understood by beginning and intermediate practitioners, is mostly a matter of body, prana, and ritualistic worship. When it becomes obvious after a time that the mind will need its own form of practice, more subtle elements are called into play. The inward journey really begins here, for the “kingdom of Heaven” as it could be called, is most certainly within. The mind, with its thoughts, intellect, and ego constituents, are these inner territories. When they are detected, explored, and refined, all manner of exquisite experiences, like samadhis, come forward. For those whose main path is one of wisdom, this chart lays out the dynamics of a mind that is making itself perfectly qualified for the singular experience of ultimate Samadhi, called Nirvikalpa.