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Yoga Sutra 1.38: Meditation on dream and sleep to stabilize and clear the mind

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    Yoga Sutras: Yoga Sutra 1.38: Meditation on dream and sleep to stabilize and clear the mind http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-13339.htm#1.38 YOGA SUTRA 1.38:
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      Yoga Sutras: Yoga Sutra 1.38:
      Meditation on dream and sleep to stabilize and clear the mind
      http://www.swamij.com/yoga-sutras-13339.htm#1.38

      YOGA SUTRA 1.38: Or by focusing on the nature of the stream in the
      dream state or the nature of the state of dreamless sleep, the mind
      becomes stabilized and tranquil.
      (svapna nidra jnana alambanam va)

      SVAPNA = dream (focusing on the nature of the state of
      dreamingitself, not the content of dreams)
      NIDRA = sleep (focusing on the state itself, as an object)
      JNANA = knowledge, study, investigation, awareness, observation
      ALAMBANAM = having as support for attention, object of concentration
      VA = or (or other practices in 1.34-1.39)

      MEDITATION ON THE STATES OF THE UNCONSCIOUS: Focusing on the stream
      of the dream state or the nature of dreamless sleep will stabilize
      the mind and make it stable. It is extremely important to note that
      this is not meaning dreaming or dream analysis. To learn to allow
      these streams to flow, and to witness that stream is very calming. To
      witness the stream is a stabilizing influence, not a deep meditation
      or samadhi beyond the mind.

      For more information about the dream state in relation to the waking
      state and the deep sleep state, see these articles:

      OM and the 7 Levels of Consciousness
      http://www.swamij.com/om.htm
      Levels and Dimensions of Consciousness
      http://www.swamij.com/levelsdimensions.htm

      http://www.swamij.com
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