Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur
January 30, 2013

Question: Srila Bhaktivinode often speaks of samadhi as the only path to actual realization. What is the process or essence of that samadhi? I've not found a direct explanation as yet, in his writings. I'm reminded of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta's explanation quoted by Srila Prabhupada in NOI. (progressive absorption in Nama)

Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur

Summary: We are often drawn into conversations about spiritual life and teachings with non-devotees. Since their methodology and ours are remarkably distinct, it becomes a challenge at times how to help such persons come to a spiritual conclusion by using a material instrument of examination. We can learn an important lesson from Bhaktivinode Thakur within the message quoted below: while not "buying-in" to the instrument of argument as a suitable means of knowing the Absolute Truth, thus same instrument can be used to "enumerate the truths of this material world" in contrast with the spiritual world. By metaphor, spiritual truths can be indicated.