[Advaita-l] waking, dreaming, sleeping, as mutually supportive

Michael Shepherd michael at shepherd87.fsnet.co.uk
Thu Oct 22 06:57:20 CDT 2009


Exactly ! So it could be said that atman in the undisturbed state of deep
sleep, and atman as the indifferent observer of the waking state at its
clearest, aid the 'thinking mind' in its vichara, as mutually supportive..
the happiest state for imaginative writing, the arts etc.  Thanks.


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R. Bhat
Sent: 22 October 2009 11:33
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Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] waking, dreaming, sleeping, as mutually

Hari Om, Michaelji,

On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 3:56 PM, Michael Shepherd <
michael at shepherd87.fsnet.co.uk> wrote:

> Thank you. I know that 'sleep cycles' are calculated to last 90-120
> minutes,
> which may be significant; as dreaming occurs then.

If you meant all three by sleep cycles (waking, dream and deep sleep), then
yes, it was something like that in the artlcle. However, I remember it to be
lesser steps of minutes before the state changes in a cycle. And this
happens even during the day as the author claimed.

> Also it's said that the mind returns to atman between each thought and
> desire.

Well, its not so much so that the mind returns to Atman, but mind being a
bunch of thoughts, what exists between thoughts for whatever small fraction
of time is the Atman without the add-ons. At least thats how Tripura Rahasya
brings it out.

--Praveen R. Bhat
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