(Bīja): Seed; source; or point. This term mainly refers to the subconscious tendencies. Bija also symbolically represents the object of concentration. In states of samadhi “with seed,” there is always an object toward which we direct the mind. The yogic tradition also generally states that any object viewed as being different from the one who perceives it (the knowing Subject), is ultimately a bija (seed) of suffering regardless of how much happiness it brings in the moment. Therefore, in the most profound spiritual states, the limited consciousness associated with any kind of object, and even the subconscious tendencies, must be transcended in order to deepen into a state of nirbija samadhi (samadhi without any latent subconscious tendencies). In the Hatha Yoga context, bija represents the central point of a chakra (energy center).