- 1. Effects of sleeping on the back
- 2. Effects of sleeping on the stomach
- 3. Difference between sleeping on the back and Shavasan
- 4. Effect of sleeping on the left and the right side
- 5. Reasons for not placing the ankles one over the other, while sleeping
- 6. Effect of covering the body with a part of the sheet spread on the bed
- 7. Reason for the involuntary change in the direction and method of sleeping
Effects of sleeping on the back vary according to a person’s spiritual level.
Effects on a person whose spiritual level is less than 55%:
Spreading of Raja-Tama frequencies in the body easily: When the spiritual level of a person is less than 55%, he is more emotional. According to the fluctuations in his emotions, the energy in his left and right channels (nadis) flows in an irregular manner. When this is so, by sleeping on the back, the assimilation of energy in the person’s body is also not uniform. As a result, the Raja-Tama frequencies easily spread in his body. Hence, there is a higher possibility of distressing vibrations from Patal troubling him.
Pressure being generated on the Muladhar chakra, activating the air associated with desires: By sleeping on the back, that is, flat on the back, pressure is generated on the Muladhar chakra and the air associated with desires that flows in downward direction is activated. This makes it easy for the powerful negative energies from Patal to attack aggressively. It becomes easy for the sorcerers (Mantriks) of Patal to spread black energy in the Jiva’s body.
Attacks of negative energies from the downward direction becoming possible easily: The back of the body is more sensitive to absorbing black energy. When a person sleeps on his back, it is easy for the negative energies to attack from the downward direction.
Effects on a person whose spiritual level is above 55%: If a person with a spiritual level above 55% sleeps on his back, his Sushumna-nadi is activated. The efficiency of the person increases. As a result, his soul-energy is enhanced. In such a situation, when he sleeps on his back, pressure is generated on all the chakras of the Kundalini and the chakras are ‘awakened’. As a result, the Raja-Tama frequencies in the person’s body are brought under control.
The body becoming sensitive to absorbing Raja-Tama frequencies. By sleeping on the stomach, pressure is generated on the voids of the stomach. This leads to a movement of the unwanted airs in the voids. During the movement of the unwanted airs, the body becomes very sensitive to absorbing the Raja-Tama frequencies from the external atmosphere. The pressure on the stomach reduces the movement of the body parts. During this time, there is a greater possibility of the person facing distress from the attacks of negative energies from the atmosphere and from Hell (Patal). By sleeping on the stomach, the body becomes sensitive because of the Raja-Tama predominant unwanted airs being expelled from the body. During this time, there is a greater possibility of the person attracting distress from the negative energies.
Increase in the attacks of negative energies from the upward direction: The movement of Pure (Sattvik) frequencies is more on the frontal portion of the body. When one sleeps on the stomach, the back faces upwards. It becomes easily possible for the negative energies to attack from the upward direction. When one sleeps on the back or on the stomach, the vitality of the muscles of the body enter an unmanifest and inactive state. The body easily absorbs the distressing vibrations emanating from Hell (Patal) and is charged with the black energy.
Some may question that for performing Shavasan (a posture like a corpse) as described in the Yogshastra, one has to lie on the back; then, in view of the effects enumerated here, should one refrain from performing Shavasan?
|Aspect||Sleeping on the back||Shavasan|
|2. Nature||Indicator of
|3. Momentum of
the five vital
|Movement of the sub-
vital energies gaining
between the five vital
and sub-vital energies
|4. Effect on the
|Air in the downward
|There is a balance
between the airs of
the upward and
|5. State of experience||Increase in dreams
|6. Proportion of
from Hell (Patal)
Normally, when one sleeps on one side, the contact of the body with the distressing frequencies emanating from the earth are minimal. The sub-vital energies in a person’s body are also in an inactive state. The breathing of the person continues at a slow pace. The sheath around his body is in an inactive state. The possibility of black energy spreading in the body through the feet is less. The possibility of attacks of sorcerers (Mantriks) also reduces by 30%. Sleeping on the left side activates the Sun channel (Surya-nadi) and sleeping on the right side activates the Moon channel (Chandra-nadi) in a person. As a result, the part of the body (that comes into contact with Hell region (Patal) because of the attacks of negative energies on the earth) is protected.
Effect of sleeping on the side, while the sorcerers (Mantriks) attack from the Hell region (Patal): Negative energies generally attack a person while he sleeps. To prevent this also, it is beneficial to sleep on the sides. When one sleeps on the side and the sorcerers (Mantriks) attack, the momentum of the frequencies of black energy in the body is reduced. Awakening of the Anahat or the Vishuddh chakra increases the ability of the body to ward off the attack. As a result, the function of the sub-vital energies in the body slows down and the functions of the five vital energies are provided momentum. The person absorbs Divine consciousness (Chaitanya) while inhaling and expels black energy while exhaling. When one sleeps on the side, the movement of the upward-bound frequencies start in the body and gradually destruction of the black energy of the downward-bound frequencies is aided. By sleeping on one side, the sheath of black energy starts disintegrating because of the source of Divine consciousness (Chaitanya). By the awakening of the Anahat and / or the Vishuddh chakra, the black energy comes out of the soles in the form of hot vapours.
If the ankles are placed one over the other while sitting, the function of the Krukal air, of the sub-vital energies increases. When the ankles are placed one over the other, the Yama frequencies get attracted to the person through the toes. Then, the mind-energy (Manahshakti) of the person functions through the medium of dreams while he is asleep; hence, in this posture, he gets more dreams. The dreams are more vivid too.
When we lie down, the Raja-Tama vibrations emitted from our body spread on the bed sheet. By covering the body with the same cloth, a void is created between the earth and the cloth. When the sleeping person comes into contact with the unmanifest Raja-Tama vibrations present in the body due to this void, he may get distressed.
It is a common belief that after sleeping, the direction and the method of sleeping change because of excessive fatigue or the temperament of the person. Most of the times, there is a spiritual reason for this. Most people today are affected by negative energies. The negative energies attack people mostly at night. It becomes easy for the negative energies to spread black energy in a person if he sleeps in an inappropriate way, that is, sleeping on the stomach or in an inappropriate direction, like the North-South. Hence, the negative energies change the direction or the method of sleeping of the person. When black energy is spread in a person in this way, the person may get distress like being unable to wake up early in the morning, heaviness of the body, decrease in the vital energy and consequent feeling of fatigue, depression, thought blocks etc. Family members should perform remedies on the person, as below:
Making the person sleep on one side and in the East-West direction
Making a prayer and applying the Holy ash (Vibhuti) of a sacrificial fire (Yadnya) or an incense stick
Sprinkling water mixed with Holy ash (Vibhuti) around the person
Lighting an incense stick near the person