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Sleep during meditation
« on: November 14, 2009, 11:25:13 AM »
Devaraja Mudaliar's writings in Day by Day, entry dated 25th
April 1946:

A visitor asked Bhagavan:  "When I try to be without thoughts,
I pass into sleep.  What should I do about it?

Bhagavan Ramana:  Once you go to sleep, you can do nothing
about it.  But while you are awake, try to keep away all thoughts.

Bhagavan Ramana then quoted the Gita and said:  "We should not sleep very much or go without it 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 too only in moderate measure, and not
indulge in too much physical activity.  The more we control thoughts,
food and activity, the more shall we be able to control sleep. But
moderation ought to be the rule, as explained in Gita, for the sadhak on the path.  Sleep is the first obstacle.  The second is said to be
vikshepa or the sense objects of the world which divert one's attention.  The third is called kashaya or thoughts in the mind,
about previous experiences with the sense objets.  The fourth,
which is ananda, is also called an obstacle because in that state is a feeling of separation from the source of ananda, enabling the enjoyer to say that I am enjoying ananda.  Even this has to be
surmounted and the final stage of Samadhana or Samadhi has to be reached when one becomes Ananda or Reality, the Sat Chit Ananda. 

Arunachala Siva.