"The intensity of desire, the propriety of motive and the devotion of the heart will necessarily determine the infallible beneficient response that comes from within deep sleep." — The Aquarian Almanac

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December 12, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: Svapna and Sushupti

” Do not permit yourselves to pass your lives vainly and fruitlessly owing to sleep. You must view this world as consumed by a great fire and speedilly resolve to save yourselves from it.”

– Buddha

The Buddha is often called "The Awakened One".  Which would mean that the rest of us are going through life in some form of sleep.

December 13, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: Svapna and Sushupti

” After having subdued by sleep all the belongs to the body, he, not asleep himself, looks down upon the sleeping. Having assumed light, he goes again to his own place, the gold-gleaming genius, the solitary bird.”

— Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Please refer this sloka number from the Brhadaranyakopanisad.  I have been thinking of a sloka, which can be tied to this topic;

Brh.Up. II.i.19;
यथ यदा सुषुप्तो भवति, यदा न कस्यचन वेद, हिता नाम नाडयो द्वासप्ततिः ह्रदयात्पुरीततमभिप्रतिष्ठन्ते, ताभिः प्रत्यवसृप्यपुरीतति शेते; स यथा कुमारो वा महाराजो वा महब्राह्मणो वातिध्नीमानन्दस्य जत्वा शयीत, एवमेवैष एतच्छेते ।। 

Again when it becomes fast asleep- when it does not know anything- it comes back along the seventy-two thousand nerves called Hitaa, which extend from the heart to the pericardium (Purītat the whole body), and remains in the body.  As a baby, or an emperor, or a noble Braahmana lives, having attained the acme of bliss, so does it remain.

I had asked a friend a while back about a particular which related to this topic, more specifically about a term; Purītat.  I will type out some following information if others are interested in this very mysterious topic.

Brahmasutra; III.ii.7;
तदभावो नाडीषु तच्छुतेरात्मनि च ।।
तत्-अभावः from the absence of that (dream), (to say, deep sleep), (taking place) नाडीषु in the nerves (nadis)  and आत्मनि in the Self तत्-श्रुतेः that being known in the Upanisads.
The absence of that dream takes place in the nerves and the Self, as it is known to be so from the Upanisads.

There is a very long commentary on this particular sutra, however, those interested hoping to find some connection with this Purītat and a principle of the microcosm might find the following interesting;

"So also the Purītat, having been mentioned in connection with Brahmam, is understood to become a place of sleep in subordination to Brahmam, which fact is known thus; the Akasa (Brahmam) in the heart, which is the place of sleep, is introduced in, "And lies in the Akasa that is in the heart." [Brh. II.i.17] and in that context is it said, "sleep in the purītat."

... By the word purītat is meant a covering of the heart.  One sleeping in the Akasa within the heart, enveloped by the purītat, may as well be said to be sleeping in the purītat... 

... it was ascertained earlier that the Akasa in the heart is Brahmam.  And from the references to the nerves and purītat in the same sentence, "it comes back through the nerves called hitaa and sleeps in the purītat."

In these Upanisadic texts three places only are mentioned as the places of sleep- the nerves, the purītat, and Brahmam.  Among these the nerves, as also the purītat, are mereentrances, Brahmam alone, without a second, being the unchanging place of sleep... The nerves and purītat becomes merely the encasements for the individual soul by virtue  of being its limiting adjuncts, for in them exist its organs. Without the association with the limiting adjuncts, the soul cannot have any natural encasement...

December 14, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: Svapna and Sushupti

” On the analogy of the banyan tree in the seed, when all thoughts vanish and when the intellect (buddhi) merges into the causal condition, the state of deep sleep (sushupti) dawns.”

— Shankaracharya

What a picture! That we might all be so adorable when asleep!

December 15, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: Svapna and Sushupti

“Sleeping, he is awake in his vision of the heavenly light; waking he is plunged in the deep sleep of contemplation.”

— Valmiki

“The man who has attained samadhi in yoga and realized the Truth no more attaches himself to the body and it appurtenances, which are all like dreams.”

— Uddhava Gita

December 16, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: Svapna and Sushupti

“Only karuna (compassion) is critical in the beginning, the middle and the end.”

— Tsong Kha Pa

“In sleep a king, but, waking, no such matter.”

— William Shakespeare

There is a section of the Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge dedicated to sleep and dreams.  I will share a few passages.

Q. What are the "principles" which are active during dreams?

A. The "principles" active during ordinary dreams — which ought to be distinguished from real dreams, and called idle visions — are Kama, the seat of the personal Ego and of desire awakened into chaotic activity by the slumbering reminiscences of the lower Manas.

More for the Transactions:

A. The nature and functions of real dreams cannot be understood unless we admit the existence of an immortal Ego in mortal man, independent of the physical body, for the subject becomes quite unintelligible unless we believe — that which is a fact — that during sleep there remains only an animated form of clay, whose powers of independent thinking are utterly paralyzed.

But if we admit the existence of a higher or permanent Ego in us — which Ego must not be confused with what we call the "Higher Self," we can comprehend that what we often regard as dreams, generally accepted as idle fancies, are, in truth, stray pages torn out from the life and experiences of the inner man, and the dim recollection of which at the moment of awakening becomes more or less distorted by our physical memory. The latter catches mechanically a few impressions of the thoughts, facts witnessed, and deeds performed by the inner man during its hours of complete freedom. For our Ego lives its own separate life within its prison of clay whenever it becomes free from the trammels of matter, i.e., during the sleep of the physical man. This Ego it is which is the actor, the real man, the true human self. But the physical man cannot feel or be conscious during dreams; for the personality, the outer man, with its brain and thinking apparatus, are paralyzed more or less completely.

We might well compare the real Ego to a prisoner, and the physical personality to the gaoler of his prison. If the gaoler falls asleep, the prisoner escapes, or, at least, passes outside the walls of his prison. The gaoler is half asleep, and looks nodding all the time out of a window, through which he can catch only occasional glimpses of his prisoner, as he would a kind of shadow moving in front of it. But what can he perceive, and what can he know of the real actions, and especially the thoughts, of his charge?

The whole section is vital to this topic: Transactions on Sleep, Deep Sleep, and Dreams

Here is one more passage:

Q. What, then, is the process of going to sleep?

A. This is partially explained by Physiology. It is said by Occultism to be the periodical and regulated exhaustion of the nervous centers, and especially of the sensory ganglia of the brain, which refuse to act any longer on this plane, and, if they would not become unfit for work, are compelled to recuperate their strength on another plane or Upadhi. First comes the Svapna, or dreaming state, and this leads to that of Shushupti. Now it must be remembered that our senses are all dual, and act according to the plane of consciousness on which the thinking entity energizes. Physical sleep affords the greatest facility for its action on the various planes; at the same time it is a necessity, in order that the senses may recuperate and obtain a new lease of life for the Jagrata, or waking state, from the Svapna and Shushupti. According to Raj Yoga, Turya is the highest state. As a man exhausted by one state of the life fluid seeks another; as, for example, when exhausted by the hot air he refreshes himself with cool water; so sleep is the shady nook in the sunlit valley of life. Sleep is a sign that waking life has become too strong for the physical organism, and that the force of the life current must be broken by changing the waking for the sleeping state. Ask a good clairvoyant to describe the aura of a person just refreshed by sleep, and that of another just before going to sleep. The former will be seen bathed in rhythmical vibrations of life currents — golden, blue, and rosy; these are the electrical waves of Life. The latter is, as it were, in a mist of intense golden-orange hue, composed of atoms whirling with an almost incredible spasmodic rapidity, showing that the person begins to be too strongly saturated with Life; the life essence is too strong for his physical organs, and he must seek relief in the shadowy side of that essence, which side is the dream element, or physical sleep, one of the states of consciousness.

Thanks Grace.  This portion from Transactions has always been very interesting to me.  

How does one understand the connections between the three avasthas/upadhis regarding the Sevenfold division?  It might be particulars, but I am very curious nevertheless. 

HPB uses examples of the Tāraka Rajayoga formula; dividing the manifested universe into three composite upadhis, each designating a specific degree or quality of matter; Susupti, Svapna, Jagrat, and Turiya- the fourth pada. Some obscure upanisads mention a fifth, I think it might be found in the maṇḍalabrāhmaṇopaniṣat.  However, a general description can seen in the Atharvaśikhopaniṣat amongst others.

Generally, what ones sees is each avastha subdivided into three portions.  TSR also validates this in one of his article Occultism of Southern India;

Jagrat -  
Waking consciousness. 
Svapna - 
Susupti - 
Dreamless sleep.  
Jagrat - 
Waking clairvoyance. 
Svapna -  
Somnambulic clairvoyance 
Susupti -  
Kama Loka 
Jagrat -  
Svapna -  
Between planets. 
Susupti -  
Between rounds. 

I've considered the above 9 states to be degrees of introspection.  It is said that there are others beyond these, however they would be quite useless to speak of.  

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December 17, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: Svapna and Sushupti

” While the body is working, the soul enjoys a respite, but when the body takes its rest, the soul resumes its work.”

— Philo Judaeus

” Man has the power of self-control, and no external influences can control him if he exercises this power.”

— Paracelsus

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December 18, 2015 Theme for Contemplation: Svapna and Sushupti

“Preserve me from unseasonable and immoderate sleep.” — Samuel J0hnson

“Tis ye, ’tis your estranged faces.

That miss the many-splendoured thing.”

— Francis Thompson