Originally posted in 2017, this is a message I fel bears repeating.
Verse 69 of the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, says, “That which is night to the ordinary human being is day to the wise, and that in which the ordinary human being remains awake is night to the wise one who sees.” (Swami Rama, Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita, Pp. 114)
So, does this mean that, to be wise, one just needs to stay awake all night and sleep in the day? Well, it is true that that my preceptor, Swami Veda Bharati, who was definitely wise, did this. Many years ago, I spent time assisting him at Sadhana Mandir Ashram in Rishikesh, India. One thing I observed during that time was that Swami Veda didn’t sleep at night. Instead, he remained awake. Actually, that’s when he got most of his creative work done. Then, he’d sleep briefly (about 4 hours) in the morning and he practiced yoga nidra (conscious sleep) much of that time. After that, during the rest of the day, he interacted with and served his students all over the world.
Brief Introduction to Meditation
In the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition
With Swami Ritavan Bharati
When: Saturday, November 30th
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Golder Ranch Fire District, Station 380, 1175 W. Magee Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704 in the Meeting Room
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Swami Ritavan Bharati – Gifted at guiding meditation and leading individuals into deep meditative experiences, Swami Ritavan is a sincere, authentic and advanced teacher in the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Tradition. He has taught thousands worldwide. He serves as the Spiritual Guide of the Association of Himalayan Yoga Meditation Societies International (AHYMSIN) and Ashrama Pramukha, Spiritual Director of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) in Rishikesh, India. He holds numerous advanced degrees and certifications including Yoga Alliance E-RYT-500.