Before exposure to Shaktipat, you are ensnared in the nature of your own tendencies. All of your experiences are conditioned by the quality of these tendencies at the level of mind, energy, and body. These tendencies are so strong that everything you experience is subtly conditioned by them, even before consciousness. You can never think your way fast enough to get past these tendencies and their snare remains firmly in place.
The effect of exposure to the samadhi states is, in its essence, a kind of argument against the nature of your own tendencies. The states of samadhi offer the expression of an alternative to the bound condition. Their information is stored in you, and you can sit in silence and draw up a mental picture of that information and begin the process of addressing the subtle patterns of your tendencies and how they match up with modes of habitual thought and behavior in your life.