The Russian Doll of Hinduism in Ten Sanskrit Terms
Hinduism culminates in the final goal of Samadhi. Whereas the word Satchitananda describes the experience of merging with Brahman, Samadhi is the name given to that merging. It is known, in English, by such epithets as Liberation, or Enlightenment, or Realisation, which can be temporary or permanent. Samadhi, says Hinduism, is the ocean, and we as individuals are all rivers flowing towards that river. At any given time there are only a sprinkling of people who have reached the final goal of permanent Samadhi, and it is they who can show others the way; these are known as Great Souls, or Maharishis.