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Conversations on Sleep
« on: July 22, 2009, 12:54:14 PM »
On 25th April 1946, there were some conversations on Sleep.
Devaraja Mudaliar has covered this in his entry in Day by Day.

A Visitor then asked about sleep and his nature to go into sleep
when he tries to be without thoughts.....

Bhagavan Ramana replied:......We should not sleep very much
or go without sleep altogether, but sleep only moderately.  To
prevent too much sleep we must try and have no thoughts or
Chalana [movement of the mind], we must eat only Sattvic food
and that only in moderate measure, and not indluge in too much
physical activity (unwanted).  The more we control thoughts,
activity and food, the more shall we able to control sleep. But
moderation ought to be the rule, as explained in the Bhagavad
Gita for the sadhak on the path.  Sleep is the first obstacle, as
explained in the books, for all the sadhaks.  The second obstacle
is said to be Vikshepa or the sense objects of the world which
divert one's attention.  The third is said to be Kashaya or thoughts
in the mind about previous experiences with sense objects.  (This
is usualy the experience of aged people, chewing the cud).

The fourth, Ananda, is also called an obstacle, because in that state
a feeling of separation from the Source of Ananda, enabling the enjoyer to say:  I am enjoying Ananda - is present.  Even this has
to be surmounted and the final stage of Samadhana or Samadhi
has to be reached, where one becomes Ananda or one with the
reality and the duality of enjoyer and enjoyment ceases in the
ocean of Sat Chita Ananda or the Self.

Arunachala Siva.