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~Prapti~

Prapti is a Sanskrit term that means “obtaining,” “acquisition,” and gain.” In yoga and Hindu philosophy, it is the power to enter or penetrate everywhere and is one of the main unusual abilities or skills known as siddhis.

A yogi attains these abilities, including prapti through years of practice and following the eight-limbed path of yoga as outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Prapti is sometimes referred to as the ability to obtain – that is, being able to travel anywhere to get anything.

~Vastiva~

Vastiva is a Sanskrit word that means “self-command,” “mastery of oneself,” “bewitching,” and “being one’s own master.” It is one of the ashta siddhis, or eight main special skills or unusual abilities that a yogi may attain through deep and prolonged meditation and other yoga practices. These siddhis are described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

More specifically, vastiva is the power to control living beings and objects (both organic and inorganic), as well as one’s own and other people’s minds.

~Samadhi~

Samadhi is the eighth and final step on the path of yoga, as defined by Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The term is derived from several Sanskrit roots; sam meaning “together” or “completely,” a meaning “toward” and dhe, meaning “put.” Direct translations vary, and interpretations range from “bliss” to “liberation” and even “enlightenment.”

In Hinduism and Buddhism, samadhi is regarded as the pinnacle of all spiritual and intellectual activity, in addition to being a precondition for attaining samsara (release from the cycle of death and rebirth).

In yoga, samadhi is considered to be the state in which individual and universal consciousness unite. It is a blissful form of total meditative absorption, reached once the practitioner has moved through the preliminary steps on Patanjal’s eightfold path.

The spiritual significance of Samadhi is profound, since it encompasses self-realization and symbolizes the ultimate connection with the Divine.