First you purify, then you drop. But then too the journey is not complete because this is all in the conscious mind. What will you do with the unconscious? Just behind the layers of the conscious mind is a vast continent of the unconscious. There are seeds of all your past lives in the unconscious.
Then Patanjali divides the unconscious into two. He says sabeej samadhi – when the unconscious is there and mind has been dropped consciously, it is a samadhi with seeds – sabeej. When those seeds are also burned, then you attain the perfect – the nirbeej samadhi: samadhi without seeds.
So the conscious is in two steps, and then unconscious is in two steps. And when nirbeej samadhi is reached, the ultimate ecstasy, without any seeds within you to sprout and to flower and to take you on further journeys into existence…then you disappear.
In these sutras he says,
Sampragyata samadhi is the samadhi that is accompanied by reasoning, reflection, bliss and a sense of pure being.
But this is the first step. Many are misguided – they think this is the last because it is so pure, and you feel so blissful and so happy that you think that now there is nothing more to be achieved. If you ask Patanjali, he will say the satori of Zen is just the first samadhi. It is not the final, the ultimate; the ultimate is still far away.
The words that he uses cannot be exactly translated into English because Sanskrit is the most perfect language; no language comes even near to it. So I will have to explain to you. The word used is vitarka. In English it is translated as reasoning. It is a poor translation. Vitarka has to be understood. Tarka means logic, reasoning, and Patanjali says there are three types of logic. One he calls kutarka – reasoning oriented towards the negative; always thinking in terms of no, denying, doubting, nihilistic.
Whatsoever you say, the man who lives in kutarka – negative logic – always thinks how to deny it, how to say no to it. He looks to the negative. He is always complaining, grumbling. He always feels that something somewhere is wrong – always. You cannot put him right because this is his orientation. If you tell him to see the sun, he will not see the sun, he will see the sunspots. He will always find the darker side of things; that is kutarka. That is kutarka – wrong reasoning – but it looks like reasoning.
It leads finally to atheism. Then you deny God, because if you cannot see the good, you cannot see the lighter side of life, how can you see God? You simply deny. Then the whole existence becomes dark. Then everything is wrong, and you create a hell around you. If everything is wrong, how can you be happy? And it is your creation, and you can always find something wrong because life consists of a duality.