THE MYSTERY OF SAMADHI
Disciple: On the attainment of the absolute and transcendent Nirvikalpa Samadhi can none return to the world of duality through the consciousness of Egoism?
Swamiji: Sri Ramakrishna used to say that the Avataras [divine incarnations] alone can descend to the ordinary plane from that state of Samadhi, for the good of the world. Ordinary Jivas [individual souls] do not.
Disciple: When in Samadhi the mind is merged, and there remain no waves on the surface of consciousness, where then is the possibility of mental activity and returning to the world through the consciousness of Ego? When there is no mind, then who will descend from Samadhi to the relative plane, and by what means?
Swamiji: The conclusion of the Vedanta is that when there is absolute Samadhi and cessation of all modifications, there is no return from that state. But the Avataras cherish a few desires for the good of the world. By taking hold of that thread, they come down from the superconscious to the conscious state. (VII. 140)