Advaita : Some Basic Explanations - 3

hbdave hbd at DDIT.ERNET.IN
Thu Feb 21 00:47:28 CST 2002

Shrinivas Gadkari wrote:

> >
> >Many persons, who have long time experience of meditation, develop a
> special
> >sense sensitive enough so that they are aware of their own sleeping state!
> >
> Namaste Shri Himanshu,
> This then is what Shri Krishna refers to in 2.69 Gita:
> "That which is night for beings, in it a samayami is awake"

Yes, the shloka could be interpreted like that.
But, though I would be happy to say yes and claim support from Shri Krishna
traditionally meaning of that shloka from Geeta is given differently.

If you are interested, I can discuss the two implied meanings of the shloka in
a separate
mail. They depend upon interpretation of the words "night" ( nishaa, raatri)
"awake " (jagarti). The meanings are quite deep.

> Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi used to say something similar (in the
> episode related to sleeping on a narrow wooden plank).

I am happy to know that.

> Is this what is called yoga-nidra ?

Again, meaning of the technical word "yoga-nidraa" is slightly different. Just
in  deep sleep you are without duality, "a mass of consciousness" as Mandukya
says, without wants, worries, etc.  in Nirvikalpa Samadhi also you are in
similar non-dual state. Then why not call it nidraa? It is called yoganidraa
because there is a big difference - in N. Samadhi you are "aware" of BEING.
You ARE there.
Actually what happes to  a long time meditator is this : he/she develops a
continuous background awareness which is totally detached - kind of reflection

of the Turiya. This awareness forms a significant part of his/her being, just
for a person with, say, a joint pain the pain becomes a continuous background
in his being. This awareness remains even in the sleep!

Actually, for a Yogi both the meanings will merge into one, is not it?

> Thanks.
> Best regards
> Shrinivas

-- Himanshu

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