Samadhi is sleeping with awareness

Do you know that one-third of our life is spent on sleeping?

Sleep is a subject close to my heart as I have been enriching people who suffer from sleep disorders such as insomnia, hypersomnia or over sleeping for the past 4 years through Sleep workshop and Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep) workshop. The truth is human being is the only species who is tired after resting! If a man doesn’t sleep in the night, he suffers from chronic fatigue in the body because he is denying himself from the natural renewal process which in turn, affects his creativity and productivity. The whole day he will be constantly disturbed and irritated, there is no possibility of creativity. If sleep problem is not addressed holistically, there is a high chance that he may spiral into depression over time.

From the 6th Yoga Sutra, Patanjali, the great sage states that “Right knowledge, wrong knowledge, imagination, sleep and memory – these are the 5 modifications of the mind which may lead to suffering or joy, anguish or non-anguish.” If we are able to understand that sleep is also another modification of the mind, we will simply know how to walk out of all sleep disorders.

Since sleep occupies such a big part of our life, it is important that we understand the utility value of sleep and how to use sleep for our spiritual growth. The yogis, sages and enlightened masters understand the science of sleep and the technique how to convert their sleep into Samadhi. Samadhi means falling in tune (Sama) with the origin (Aadhi) – the original source and vibrating in the same frequency of the origin, from which we all originated. A living enlightened master, Paramahamsa Nithyananda (fondly known as Swamiji) said that the only difference between your sleep state and Samadhi state, the ultimate enlightened state, is this: Samadhi minus awareness is your sleep, your sleep plus awareness is Samadhi. Enlightenment is nothing but being aware when you are asleep. That’s all. When you are in deep sleep, there is no samskaras (engrams) which are active, there are no memories which are active, they return to its seed-form, you are completely silent, relaxed, at ease. You are in the state of Samadhi, but with one difference – you are not aware. In the deep state, you are in the same space where all the enlightened beings are residing but the only difference is you are not aware whereas Buddha is aware, Krishna is aware, Chaitanya is aware, they are alive eternally. Imagine if you can also gain the knowledge and right technique for sleeping, you can spend one third of your life in Samadhi.

In the deep sleep state, if you know how to be alive and aware, you are done! Nothing more is required. But for the modern men, the problem is we are not even aware when we are awake, let alone being aware while in deep sleep. The truth is we don’t sleep for more than 20-25 minutes continuously, we come back to dream state, play the dream world then fall asleep again, after 20-25 minutes, we come back and move in the dream state, have dreams and then again fall asleep. That is why for normal man, when he wakes up in the morning, he does not feel as if he had a good rest since he never rested, he was playing the game unconsciously even though the body might have be resting but he was not in peace.

Being aware during your sleep is different from sleep disorder, it is a state whereby you will be sleeping, but your whole awareness will be alive – it means, there will be no thoughts, no memories, no engrams, only you will be radiating with the pure awareness that ‘I will be alive”. One powerful technique I learned from Swami Satyananda Saraswati who founded the Bihar School of Yoga is Yoga Nidra. This is a science of falling asleep consciously into the deep sleep state with awareness. If you can fall into Yoga Nidra state and get back, your whole system will be brand new and you feel totally rejuvenated which allows you will respond to the world in a positive way. You will only respond to the world through joy and bliss.

In essence, sleep can be used for suffering or joy which means the sleep state can be manipulated to reach Samadhi state or to be in the suffering. It is only the depth of knowledge in sleep from the Vedic tradition gifted by the enlightened masters that can help humanity to completely eradicate sleep disorders on planet earth. Namaste 😀

Note: The dates for the next Yoga Nidra workshop by Your Presence Heals are March 10,17,24 & 31. To register, contact info@yourpresenceheals.com

  • Source – 108 truths of the Yoga of Enlightenment by Paramahamsa Nithyananda.

Sleep Your Way to Health

Last month, I attended my brother’s marriage ceremony. After the lunch, we went up to his hotel room for a traditional Chinese tea ceremony where the newly weds served tea to the elders.  While this was happening, I noticed my 16 y.o. nephew had dozed off on the sofa, missing all the fun with the family.  When I enquired about the cause, I was told that he had been kept awake the  night before by the computer games while everyone was asleep. I felt deeply concerned for him because he was messing up his internal clock, depriving his body-mind system the necessary renewal it needed.  He already has the health problem related to fatty liver due to poor diet.  Apparently, this is a common habit among teenagers and young adults in Singapore as we are such a wired-up nation where 24/7 entertainment by media like TV or internet is widely available.

In fact, a poll conducted on 940 students in 26 secondary schools (age 14-17) in a Teen Sleep Survey Singapore 2007 revealed that 80 per cent of them are getting less than eight hours of sleep on school days, while only 2.6 per cent are getting the recommended nine hours as compared to 9% in United States. The survey was approved by the Ministry of Education and several local institutional review boards which was modelled on the National Sleep in America polls. The result showed that the situation in Singapore was worse than America which was very disturbing. I noticed that in Singapore, the importance of sleep is not well-appreciated. Parents, who may acknowledge that their teenage children are not getting enough sleep, are also unsure about what to do about it.

At the prime age of youth, they should be expressing enormous energy, creativity and a passion for life.  However, due to unhealthy lifestyle habits of modern living, peer pressure, stress from school and wrong conditioning by media, I’ve seen some of our youths are becoming listless in family or social gathering, they lack intensity yet mentally are restless, irritable easily and have poor concentration.  Unless the parents themselves take responsbility by interferring, the children will develop many problems at the physical, mental and emotional levels at later life stage.

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