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Samādhi (Limb 8)
Part 3 of the Three Part

tad-evārtha mātra-nirbhāsaṃ svarūpa-śūnyam-iva-samādhiḥ


tat = that, its, these  

eva = in this manner only, exactly so

artha= meaning, purpose, end, goal, object

mātra = measure, size, the one thing and no more

nirbhāsaṃ = shining

sva = own

rūpa = form

śūnyam = empty, nothing, zero

iva = like, in the same manner, as it were, in a certain manner

samādhiḥ = conclusion

Samādhi, or conclusion, has the purpose of revealing the implications of the meaning inspected, and nothing more.

(YS III.3)

The third of the limbs discussed in Book III of the Yoga Sūtra---the 8th of the 8 limbs---is  samādhi---summation, conclusion. It is the third of the three limbs described in Book III as what one does 'with yama' --- saṃyama. These last three limbs are sometimes presented as something one does cross legged, with eyes closed. But the actual description of these three limbs together depict them as the activity of power building and research that allow a yogi to be prosperous.  

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