Man himself is God and the entirety of Sadhana (spiritual practices) is meant to enable man to realise his God-nature, to realise that the God he has been searching for is his own Self.
Initially, Yoga Sadhana purifies the mind.
Later on, the seeker uses this purified mind, to concentrate and meditate on the God within; and at the deepest point of meditation, the purified mind melts in the God within and is itself lost there,
And only God remains.
A telling analogy given in the Yoga texts is the dry twig used in kindling a fire, where the twig itself is ultimately consumed in the fire.
The purified mind is like this twig.
It helps to kindle the fire of God-consciousness within, and in the process, is itself destroyed in that fire.
In Samadhi (superconscious state), the mind melts in Brahmam as camphor melts in fire.
The separate identity of the individual soul vanishes
Only Sat-Chit-Ananda (Existence- Consciousness-Bliss Absolute) prevails.
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