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Muraqaba and Sleep
Author :Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi
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Do not combine Muraqaba and sleep. This means that you should avoid doing Muraqaba when you are feeling groggy. If there is mental or physical fatigue then perform Muraqaba after a short rest or nap so the regular program should continue and sleep should not take over. To get rid of nervous and physical fatigue, close your eyes before starting Muraqaba and let the body relax. Slowly take a deep breath and imagine the waves of energy are entering your body. Keep on doing this for a few minutes to remove the physical and mental fatigue.
After completing the Muraqaba, keep on sitting in the same position for a short while. Once Muraqaba is ended the mental focus changes with it. Just as even after waking up the effects of sleep linger on for a while then gradually wakefulness takes over. In the same manner after the Muraqaba leave the mind free so the state of Muraqaba gradually enters the state of wakefulness. After that, walk around the room and avoid conversation. When talking becomes necessary, keep your voice low. Following these instructions will bring the effects of Muraqaba more into wakefulness.
In spirituality, long sleep is frowned upon. It creates stagnation in the mind. That is why we encourage moderation in sleep. Though less sleep helps in the progress of the student of spiritual sciences, for an ordinary person or the beginner duration of sleep should not be too short. Duration of sleep should be based on physical and mental needs. On average six hours of sleep should be enough.
Some people have the habit of reading magazines or books in their bed before sleeping. The downside of this habit is that its mark is absorbed by the mind and is echoed during the sleep. This habit of mind could be used in a favorable way. That is to do Muraqaba before going to bed so that its influence will be prevalent during sleep. We clarified earlier that mixing Muraqaba and sleep should better be avoided. This is to say that during Muraqaba, sleep should not be imposed intentionally. That is why it is important that you should perform Muraqaba in a sit ting position and after finishing it, you can go straight to bed.
Eat easily digestible and simple food. In addition, be careful not to indulge in overeating. A person, who eats food slightly less than his or her full appetite, feels lighter and mental concentration remains high. From a medical point of view as well, greasy, hard to digest food and hot spices are bad for overall health. In short, follow moderation in intake of food as well. Avoid Muraqaba or any other spiritual exercises when you are full. It should be done at least two and half-hours after the last meal.
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