Can I Reach Samadhi? I Was Told I Have Too Much Bad Karma


I was told by a Hindu I would never be able to reach Samadhi because I have too much karma.

—Kate, USA


Dear Kate,

No one, including a person who just happens to be of the Hindu faith, can know the spiritual state of another soul unless he (she) is enlightened and inwardly prompted by God to make such a disclosure — especially a disclosure whose effect is to discourage another’s efforts toward Self-realization. So, pay no attention to such ignorance.

Neither should we for ourselves pretend to know our state and how long in the illusion of time and space we must wander before achieving samadhi. It is right here and now; just behind our thoughts, our feelings, and actions. God is as much with us now as ever is possible. We need only, as Paramhansa Yogananda put it, “improve our knowing!”

I recite every day Yogananda’s poem, “Samadhi,” because he asked us to do so so. It can help us to attune ourselves to the vibration of Bliss and Infinity. (You can find that poem in his life story, Autobiography of a Yogi, in the chapter entitled “An Experience in Cosmic Consciousness.” It is a classic and poetic revelation of “satchidanandam:” the essence of God as immortal, omniscient, and ever-newly blissful.

If we make sincere efforts here and now, attuning ourselves with our God-given intelligence, our most heartfelt devotion, and applying ourselves in the techniques of right living, right attitude, and spiritual practices (of meditation), we will greatly accelerate our soul’s journey through time and space. When that blissful state arrives, all sense of past, of time, of struggle, of waiting……will vanish as if they never existed (which in fact, in the eternal NOW they do not).

Our separation from God as bliss is an illusion. Pierce the veil of separation through joy, devotion, high energy and willingness to do “Thy will.” Rejoice for Divine Mother is ever with us. “Be still and know that I AM.”

Nayaswami Hriman
Seattle WA USA