Ananthasayana is the lord of the creative energy. One glance from him grants material energy, the prana to give birth to all organic and inorganic matter. He is Vishnu, the sustainer and he is often portrayed as sleeping on the cosmic serpent that coils itself into a bed, positioning its many heads as a canopy. The Sesa Naga is identical to Vishnu, who is also known as Naga Sayana.
By his spiritual energy Sesa Naga sustains the all the planetary globes upon his invisible hoods. During the monsoons, Vishnu remains in deep cosmic sleep. This is his way of unwinding after creation of the universe. It is believed that he wakes up rejuvenated. This sleep is described as Yoga Nidra, because it is the epitome of the best meditating practices.
My Guru has been blessed to give the practice of Yoga Nidra to all his disciples. The steps in Yoga Nidra are simple to follow and they work on the principle to relax an individual at the physical, emotional and mental level. Prana which is blocked at the physical, emotional and mental level is unblocked. The resolve which is chanted at the beginning and end of the practice enables one to lead a fulfilled life.
No effort is required on the part of the practitioner. One lies in Shava asana, with eyes lightly closed and remains still. Only the sense of hearing is used. One follows the instructions of the teacher, without analyzing them. It is a miracle because at the end of the sadhana, when one opens one’s eyes, one is rejuvenated. It can be described as the tiniest atom of the Yoga Nidra of Lord Vishnu, with my utmost humility and respect.
Aim Hrim Klim