In Wakefulness and in Sleep: God, God, God


Through out the day I feel highly energised due to a practice of deep breathing and feeling joy. I have benefited immensely from the advice of Paramhansa Yogananda as stated in his book Man’s Eternal Quest. However, I want to prolong this experience in the night as well. But deep and controlled breathing seems impossible at night as I lose consciousness of my actions. What can I do?

—Anonymous, India


Thank you for being dedicated to a practice which helps you spiritually. You might lose consciousness of your actions in your sleep, but your soul is ever aware. Prior to going to sleep, offer the day’s events and activity to God. Then ask God to be with you in sleep and develop the faith that He will be with you. He may have a better idea than deep and controlled breathing while you sleep. Give your life into His hands, your heart into His heart and He will guide you in wakefulness and in sleep.

In his beautiful poem, God, God, God, Yogananda writes, “In waking, eating, dreaming, sleeping, serving, meditating, chanting, divinely loving, my soul will constantly hum, unheard by any, ‘God, God, God.'”

This poem was set to music by Swami Kriyananda: you can listen to it here. You might enjoy learning this song and singing it often as a reminder of the love that magnetizes His presence.

Joy to you,
Nayaswami Maria