"The very first step in understanding what this is all about is giving up the concept of an active, volitional 'I' as a separate entity and accepting the passive role of perceiving and functioning as a process." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sleeps Without Sleeping

Sri Ramana Maharshi

This evening just before parayana, a Telugu gentleman wrote a few questions and presented them to Bhagavan. Bhagavan replied to him. The questions in effect were: “They say that jivanmuktas are always having brahmakara vritti. Would they be having it during sleep? If they have it, then who is it that sleeps in their case?” 

Answer: “Of course, the jivanmuktas are having brahmakara vritti always, even during sleep. The real answer to the last question and the whole set of questions is that the jnani has neither the waking, dreaming, or sleeping avasthas, but only the turiya state. It is the jnani that sleeps. But he sleeps without sleeping or is awake while sleeping.”

A French official from Pondicherry has been here for two days, and he told Bhagavan that he intended giving up his job and doing some sadhana in the spiritual line. As usual, Bhagavan told him it was not necessary to give up one’s job or renounce the world or go to a forest, etc., to do any sadhana; and that, wherever one might be, and whatever duties one might be discharging in one’s office or family, one could still practise sadhana.

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