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Sleep: death's little sister
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. Published on srichinmoylibrary.com with the permission of Sri Chinmoy. This is the 198th book written by Sri Chinmoy after he came to the West in 1964.
Table of Contents
Questions and answers
Question: I read before I go to bed. How can I maintain a certain level of consciousness during my sleep?
Question: When I wake up to meditate in the morning I am still sleepy is that all right, or should I try to be fully awake?
Question: Why does my body tell me that I need more sleep than I really need?
Question: Often I wake up during the night. Why is this?
Question: If we are tired or sick, should we sleep more?
Question: Why is it that you appear in our dreams?
Question: How can I be punctual in my morning meditation even if I haven't had enough sleep?
Question: What happens to our soul while we are sleeping? What does sleep do to our soul?
Question: How do I continue my aspiration in my sleep?
Question: Does our consciousness manifest itself during deep sleep?
Question: When I am sleeping, even loud noises don't wake me. Does this mean that my soul is far from the physical plane?
Question: Do dreams have any significance in our spiritual life?
Question: When I am asleep I feel I am falling off a cliff, and that immediately wakes me up. What does this mean?
Question: When we are sleeping does our soul ever go to you? Is there any way we can know about it?
Question: Is it true that you actually become more tired if you sleep longer than five or six hours
Question: Sometimes in my sleep I feel that I am half awake and I experience a force that seems to keep me from awakening completely.
Question: How can we achieve immediate alertness once we wake up so that we can meditate well?
Question: I feel we are trying to meditate but we are not succeeding because we are trying in the wrong way.
Question: When you look at the disciples, do you see that a lot of them are falling asleep or are they awake but just meditating badly?
Question: Guru, what happens if you are really tired after you meditate?
Question: Can we start sleeping very little and still function?
Question: When I practice sports, I don't give as much time to meditation as I would like to, as I need the time for practising. Also, I wonder if I should be getting more sleep?
Question: How can we be more active in daily life?
Question: Guru, what can we do if we feel sleepy and don't feel any inspiration? How can we wake up and be alert for meditation?
Question: I feel that I don't meditate well in the morning and my body is both tired and restless. Is it very important for me to come to early morning meditation, or should I just try to meditate at another time?
Question: It seems that during our group meditations, especially the early morning meditations, everyone is falling asleep instead of meditating. Why do we have so much trouble staying awake, even if we have had five, six or seven hours of sleep?
Question: Sometimes I wake up very early. Is it a good idea to get up and meditate even if it is not my usual meditation time?
Question: In the morning is it a good idea to get out of bed immediately when you wake up?
Question: Sometimes when I'm going to be up really late and I've only had five hours of sleep I feel I should rest further.
Question: If we are up very late and we feel that if we get up to meditate at our usual time, we will not be able to get by the next day with that much sleep, should we meditate later or should we meditate at the usual time and go back to sleep after our meditation?
Question: Guru, my hours are a little erratic. Sometimes when I get in late I feel fine, so I have my morning meditation then, at three-thirty, or four, depending on the time I get home from work. Then I go to sleep afterwards.
Question: From what I understand about ashrams, they go to bed early. But because of our activities, we go to bed at twelve or one o'clock. So, how can we be expected to get up early and meditate?
Question: You say that if we are sick or exhausted we should sleep. What if we wake up and our body says that we are really exhausted and need sleep?
Question: Usually after six-thirty I get the feeling that my meditation is over and I don't know what to do next. Should I just go back to sleep?
Question: Can I get up early to meditate and then take a nap later on in the day?
Question: What happens if we aren't regular in our meditation?
Question: Does it influence the vibration if someone sleeps in the meditation room?
Question: When I meditate after six-thirty in the morning, I don't feel that it's as rewarding as when I meditate earlier.
Question: How is it possible to have a good meditation in the morning when we have gone to bed in a very bad consciousness?
Question: What should we do when we become very tired? I know we are not supposed to drink coffee or tea. Are there any spiritual methods for waking ourselves up or for getting more effective sleep?
Poems from the first edition
He smiles at me
This is just a suggestion
Don't think, don't sleep
Although I sleep
O sleepless ones
Still God wants you to work for Him
God taught me
Editor's note from first edition
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