Questions by various friends, and Answers by Swami Nirmalananda, abbot of Atma Jyoti Ashram
Q: Swamiji, I am interested in climbing the stairs that may lead to samadhi. Please guide.
A: Samadhi is a natural consequence of meditation, and there need be no special attention placed on it. Rather, your attention should be on making sure your practice is correct, of sufficient time, and that nothing in your life is working against it.
Swami Vivekananda told M that Sri Ramakrishna once asked him: "What do you want?" I said, "I want to remain absorbed in samadhi." He said, "What a poor understanding you have. Get beyond samadhi. Samadhi is a petty thing."
Sri Ramakrishna, the Supreme Yogi, said: "The seed of His Name has great Power. It destroys ignorance. Seed is so soft, sprout is so soft. Yet they pierce hard earth. The earth cracks."; Success is assured.