From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Samādhāna literally means ‘keeping the mind well-established in the ātman or God’.

Advaita Vedānta describes a four-fold sādhana[1] generally called as sādhanacatuṣṭaya. The third step, the śamādiṣaṭka[2] includes samādhāna to be the last. It is concentration of mind on the object of contemplation. This word is also used to indicate a suitable or satisfactory reply given to a doubt or a query or an objection raised in philosophical disputations. In a more general sense, it means pacification of an aggrieved party.


  1. Sādhana means spiritual discipline.
  2. Śamādiṣaṭka means the group of six steps.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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