The ultimate goal of a yoga practice and the eighth limb of the eight limbs of yoga is Samadhi, which is often described as a complete meditative state of oneness. But what does this mean? It is often thought of as a state of a thought-free mind connected with the body, but this would make it a goal of the separate individual. On the contrary, the oneness of Samadhi is an awareness of the oneness and interconnectedness with All: the divine, the universe, the mundane, and all sentient beings. The complete meditative state is not a form of escapism for the individual, but a cessation of letting the chatter and worry of the ego-mind cloud the awareness of our interconnectedness. A meditative state is a state of complete awareness of the oneness of All.
In an interview with Time magazine, astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked: What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the universe?
He answered: We are part of this universe; we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us.
Everyone and everything on this planet and throughout the universe is made of all the same atoms, particles, quarks, strings, etc. We are all interconnected from the most subtle to the most concrete levels of energy, existence, and being. Let’s all make an effort each day to broaden our awareness of our interconnectedness, and hence our compassion, for we are all part of the whole and the whole is all of us.