Wise people admit as dhyana [the state of meditation] as that in which the yogin remains concentrated on the all-
The mind, and working with the mind, is utterly a waste of time with respect to becomming enlightened. It will not help one bit. It has its value within a psycho-
That transcendental state is said to be samadhi in which the yogin has the realization that the same Self obtains within all beings in the entire world as within himself and that he is Shiva and unique. (8,18)
This is Unity Consciousness. It is one of the highest samadhis. It is still unstable and varies in intensity. Above it we have sahaja samadhi which is permanent and stable. Sahaja samadhi is characterized by the same oneness with Shiva/The Self in and as everything.
That Essence is not likely to get clarified unless it is made understood through the help of the Shakti. [For its understanding] it needs to be clarified through initiation, etc. Those who just talk about it but are not able to realise it as the Transcendent Shiva, are simply worshippers of the Self and do not reach the transcendent state of Parama Shiva. (8, 29-
Shakti is the mother of enlightenment. She is the mother of devotion. Shakti is the mother of spiritual grace. Getting enlightened without Shakti is very difficult but with Shakti it is a breeze; you may even reach it within this lifetime! The second half of the verse is very important: You can make a virtue out of appearing as a great yogi or claiming your method takes you to the Self, but in reality you are deluding yourself and merely performing a ritual worship of a Self of which you know nothing.
He becomes nirabhasa [non-
Neither I am nor is there anyone else and hence there is none to meditate on. Now being completely absorbed in the state of delight, my manas [mind] has become the same. (8,40)
Again, this is Unity Consciousness. Ultimately all objects of worship vanish and merge into the Self. Yet you may still, because of the bliss in it, choose to engange in bhakti -