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Monday, 04 October 2021

Lucid dreaming in Hinduism

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Although the term "lucid dreaming" (LD) was coined by Van Eeden in 1913, the concept of LD had been there many centuries before scientific studies, maybe as old as human beings are. In many religions, cultures, and traditions, Lucid dreaming was in principle and highlighted with importance; for example, people seek health and guidance from their Gods through lucid dreaming.

Hinduism is originated in India, and it's around 3500 years old. India has a rich culture and followers of different religions. Like many other religions, dreaming has been a part of Hinduism. Or the better is to say that dreaming is more widely valued in Hinduism than any other religion.

Lucid Dreaming in Hinduism

Around 2,000 years ago, lucid dreaming existed in Hindus' manuscripts. Their writings split up consciousness into waking, deep sleep, and dreaming as lucid dreaming LD. Interestingly, they believed that deep sleep and dreaming are more critical than waking.

The most ancient societies of Hindus perceive lucid dreaming as prophetic and spiritual that was considered the most credible source of insight. Indian traditions interpret the whole world as an illusion and dreams carved by a God named Vishnu. In the Upanishads, dreaming LD is described as an intimate experimental way. In this empirical approach, a person can realize the imaginary nature of self and the realities present around them.

How do Hindu Influencers Explain Lucid Dreaming?

Some Hindu influencers believe that you are free from thoughts in a deep sleep, but in waking and LD, you are involved in activities and do thoughtful things. According to an ancient Hindu tract called Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, the best consciousness is in the dream state of sleep. In the Hindu religion, some practitioners used to go to the mountain regions of Tibet, where they had experienced lucid dreaming in their meditations.

Yoga Nidra and Lucid Dreaming

Yoga Nidra, also known as Yogic Sleep which means "blissful relaxation". The term refers to the state of consciousness during sleep, which further leads to self-realization.

It was firstly mentioned in the Upanishads as part of Vedas (the ancient Sanskrit text written in holy books of Hinduism). In the most spiritual and venerable Hindu texts "Bhagavad Gita", the God Krishna in Yoga Nidra firstly meets prince Arjuna when he was half-awake.

Scientific Evidence of Lucid Dreaming in Hinduism

Lucid dreaming is significantly addressed in Hinduism, and due to this reason, scientists analyzed and researched different ideas of LD with the help of their practitioners. Some findings of their research are listed below.

Scientists worked with yogi Swami Rama and explained that in the state of Yogic Sleep, the person experiencing LD could remember everything that had come to him. Yogi was able to remember 9/10 sentences given to him in yogic sleep.

A study was conducted using a technique called Transcendental Meditation which uses "Mantras". The Yoga mantra OM/AUM refers to different consciousness states "A" (awakening), "U" (dreaming), "M" (deep sleep). The fourth state, Turiya or the Transcendental state, is represented by the combination AUM.

Practitioners were divided into three groups; long-term, short-term, and non-practitioners. The results show that the first subsequent were able to be aware during sleep as compared to the last two groups.