Why Do We Feel Sleepy During Sadhana or Prayers?

Recently, I hosted a Kali Maha Puja, inviting over 100 participants. The puja predominantly involved a special havan conducted by a Panditji, fortified by powerful Kali chanting. I was the program facilitator and was supposed to take the participants through every step of this powerful ritual.
As I shared the significance of Maa Kali and the power of her worship, I couldn’t help but notice a few in the crowd yawning or dozing off to the rhythmic chanting. It is a common occurrence, not unique to this gathering, as many sadhakas often feel sleepy during a sadhana.
Whenever we perform a puja or chant mantras, we enter into a natural trance or state of spiritual intoxication, where we are fully absorbed in the process yet highly aware of our surroundings. It is what experienced sadhakas call a state of complete bliss or Bhava Samadhi.
Conducting a sadhana requires structure. When you prepare for a sadhana, even if it’s a simple prayer routine, your body immediately changes at the cellular level.
The energy vibrated by each cell internally in your body slows down, and the position in which you sit – an erect spine, legs folded in padmasana, and hands held together in front of your chest or having a mala or making specific mudras – these physical gestures are intended to relax your body, bring it to a synchronized state.
As you close your eyes and look inward, the stillness induces a drowsiness, a sign of profound transformation.
Similarly, when you are in group prayer, the collective energy, the harmonized mantra chanting intonating at specific frequencies, and the sounds emanating from tongs, bells, and other musical instruments inevitably raise your vibrations to match the vibration of the high-energy plane.
However, when it tries to reach the higher level of consciousness, our consciousness cannot handle the intense energy it requires and eventually shuts down our bodily sensations, sending us to a sleepy state.
As we try to connect with the deity’s energy, our brain produces alpha waves that send us into a transcendent state. Further into the sadhana, our chakras begin to realign, starting with the root chakra, moving up the third eye chakra, and finally reaching the crown chakra.
As the energy flows from the root to the head, each chakra gets activated, characterized by changes in your sensory perceptions. These experiences of rising sensations have an ecstatic quality, predominantly associated with our Kundalini awakening.
So, we enter a stage where we become utterly detached from our thoughts, feelings, and emotions. This transcendental dissociation phase from our mental processes causes the underlying drowsiness, which can sometimes trigger our extrasensory perceptions.

Yawning during chanting signifies an internal longing to unite with the supreme. It indicates that you have accumulated good deeds from previous births, and now it is time to intensify your Sadhna by practicing specific meditation techniques. It also demonstrates your capacity for significant spiritual progress.

A sleepy state during sadhanas does not necessarily mean you are fatigued. It means you are connected with the Divine, and your soul feels relaxed.

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