This night when I lie down to sleep
I pray the lord my soul to keep,
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the lord my soul to take.
These are Mithra thoughts every Bastekustian should deliver in their mind before going to sleep and also pray “Ungh ma java agav bhanva ni Nirang” or Nirang to be recited before going to sleep. The above thoughts are not displayed without any relevance. Amal wala saheb can do selfless service of highest order in their sleep. They can also receive answers to their questions in sleep which have been tormenting them in their wakeful state and that is called as “Sezda”. What is Sezda. Whatever lies beneath skies and above it are hidden from normal eyes by nature. It is kept hidden. Nature will reveal to us his secrets just like that,it requires some effort from us, and many sacrifices. Those who are on right track and lead tarikat baaj life with Meher patet, Manthra khani and other things can receive answers to all the secrets or “Rumz” lying hidden in bowels of nature through sleep and in Sezda.
Nirang to be recited before going to sleep is to be prayed by us Bastekustian for it protects us from all kind of onslaughts of Ahriman. It is especially in night time that our mind is at rest and is not active as in wakeful state. This is opportunity that Ahriman with his evil workers of dark forces are waiting for to catch us off guard. We can run above thoughts in mind if we are unable to recite Avesta Manthra of Suvani baaj for it protects us from Passionate onslaughts which Ahriman brings upon us in dead of night. By reciting this Nirang the benefits are immense as it will give Tandarosti to our mind and body which will one day fetch us to Satya sangh one day. Or in other words lead us to Truth one day. This Nirang is the 13th Nirang of second group on page 53 titled as “Nirang e Khab Kardan” in Ervad Phiroze Masani book of Pazend Nirang Ba Maeni.
Many Psychological ailments can be cured by getting good rest and peaceful sleep only and no anti-depressants as written below are needed at all:- Quote:- Chronic sufferers can be prescribed anti-depressants to ease the symptoms (though some of the side effects sound just as scary as the sleeping issue itself).
As a good night sleep is so essential for us to keep out Mind, Body and spiritually fit and healthy so too a good sleep will provide us with “Sharirik, Mansik, Atmik Dorosti.”
Nothing is given in our deen without any reasons and behind this Nirang there is a purpose to be achieved by us, which will make our Khoreh pure and make our spiritual progress easy. In this Nirang itself there is Avesta word as “Ahurem Mazdam” which itself is a potent Isum or a very powerful word which empowers and exhalts the latent Adare Froba of Burjishi currents within us Bastekustian, whose jurisdiction lies under control of Sarosh Yazad.
In order to develop our Khoreh Nirang to be recited before and after sleep is very essential. Certain care to be taken before going to sleep and after waking. The place where we sleep on be should be kept clean and pure. Near our head where we sleep we should keep “GaoMij” or “Abezar” in a cooper or glass vessel. As far as possible one should keep the direction of our head in East or South direction only and possibly sleep on the ground itself with Bedsheet below us to protect us from catching cold. In our sleep we receive only half the Ushtan or “Neem- Ushtan” that we receive during our wakeful state and hence the onslaught of “Gasak” is more during night time which is detrimental for developing our Khoreh. These Ushtan reaches us from above realms whose intricate functions are performed by three Yazads namely 1) Rashne Raast Yazad, 2) Meher Davar Yazad, 3) Asho Sarosh Yazad. We remember them in our Nirang prayers that we recite before we sleep. We receive these 3 Yazads protection during our sleep, hence mandatory for us to recite this Nirang before we sleep. The 3 Yazads keep onslaught of Gasak on us in night during our sleep in check. In sleep our Keherp comes out from our body slightly, and it is at that time that evil spirits or Arvahi try to torment us with Bad dreams, or we sometimes begin talking, shouting, or walking in sleep. This Nirang protects us from all the evil effects we are exposed during our sleep.
During our sleep when our sub-conscious level is active, at that time right level of Mithra or “Radih Mithra” is needed. Hence Sarosh Yasht Vadi is to be prayed in Aivisuthrem Geh only and is a mandatory prayers or “Farajyat” for us. In no other Geh Sarosh Yasht Vadi can be prayed except in Aivisuthrem Geh. Finally before we sleep we should do our Kusti prayers and then recite this Nirang before sleep.
Reference:- 1) Dr Saheb Faramroze Sohrab Chiniwala in his Khordeh avesta Ba Khshnoom Page 801; 2) Pazend Nirang Ba Maeni series 3 By Ervad Phiroze Shapurji Masani Page 37-39.
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Subject: [ilmeKhshnoom] Sleep and dreaming remains one of the more mysterious elements of the human condition
Trapped in Bed Under the Weight of Sleep Paralysis
By Gerald Lynch on 27 Jun 2014 at 5:30PM
My eyes are open, scanning the room for the weight that's holding me down. It is night. I've been sleeping. I try to move, but nothing is working – arms, legs, my body is leaden. I open my mouth to call for help but nothing comes out. I scream and scream, in silence. Am I dead?
I've suffered on and off from sleep paralysis for most of my adult life, and if you don't know what's happening to you in the moment when it occurs, it'll be one of the most harrowing things you can experience.
I was around 18 years old when I first suffered from a bout of sleep paralysis, and remember it vividly. I still lived at home at the time and, as a keen reader, had an exposed, shadeless lightbulb dangling just over my pillow so that I could read with ease into the early hours. I don't remember the moment that I fell asleep (do we ever?), but I remember waking up – or more accurately, half-waking. Though the bulb had been left on, I recall a strange shadow enveloping the periphery of my vision, and a noise that felt at once both completely silent and as though a deafening, high-pitched ring were happening somewhere nearby. Initially I presumed it was just an extension of an incredibly lucid dream, and attempted to flow with it. But though it's near impossible to accurately determine how long I was in this strange state, the prolonged experience made me realise that something was wrong. Soon, an immense panic overtook me – I felt locked in place, weighed down by an unseen force, knowing that I was sending from my brain the message to my tongue and vocal chords to scream, but helpless as to why such a simple motion couldn’t be completed.
And then, as though I'd swam up from the depths of a black, viscous pool, I awoke, gasping for breath, heart pounding as if I'd been wrestling an invisible foe for hours. I was so terrified that, for the first time since I'd been a small child, I woke my dozing mother and asked to sleep the night on her bedroom floor.
It was a uniquely frightening experience, unlike any nightmare I had ever slept through. Curious as to what had happened to me, I did what all modern hypochondriacs do – I googled my symptoms. For once, this was a wise move – rather than filling my worried head with all manner of obscure illnesses, I quickly discovered that my experience was far from solitary. Many people before me had suffered from similar symptoms, and being able to give the harrowing spell the name “Sleep Paralysis” proved a massive relief. I wasn't crazy.
The fact I was at university during my first sleep paralysis episode speaks volumes – it was an incredibly stressful time for me. As an English student, I'd be reading late into the night, mulling over my research, waking early for lectures and (predictably) drinking rather heavily. All of these habits aren't conducive to a comfortable sleep at the best of times, but for someone prone to the symptoms of sleep paralysis, they significantly increase the chances of you falling foul to the problem.
Sleep paralysis is actually a hormonal issue. The hormones your body releases to allow your body to sleep peacefully do not fully wear off by the time you wake, allowing you to be both conscious and paralysed at once. This occurs during the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep, when the brain is most active and conjuring up its most vivid dreams. In fact, the body’s naturally-paralysed condition during this stage of sleep is thought to be a means of preventing sleepers from acting out the events in their dreams -- running away from that fire-breathing robot dinosaur in reality while not fully conscious, could have some potentially-dangerous repercussions. Face, meet wall.
This meeting place between the dream world and a paralysed reality often leads sufferers of sleep paralysis to experience what could be described as hallucinatory states. It’s not uncommon for those roused from a sleep paralysis episode to recall figures being present in the room -- even sitting on them. As such, The Nightmare, Henry Fuseli’s 1781 masterpiece, is often considered one of the earliest depictions of sleep paralysis:
Sleep and dreaming remains one of the more mysterious elements of the human condition, but for our ancestors, it at times seemed outright supernatural. In many cultures and religions, sleep paralysis has been linked with belief in demonic possession. Before It's News states that British folklore recalls the “Old Hag”, a witch-like figure who would leave her physical body during the night and sit invisibly on or within the sleeping victim, weighing them down. Similar explanations for sleep paralysis can be found in Finnish and Swedish lore.
Other cultures believe the paralysis is caused by a demonic, devil-like figure. The Phi Am ghost of Thai folklore is thought to be able to inflict bruises during sleep, while Turkey’s djinn attempts to strangle the paralysed victim. Even the phrase of having “the Devil on your back” is thought to have been in reference to sleep paralysis originally -- and it’s still a common descriptor for the sleep disturbance in Nigeria.
In Fiji, it’s a slightly different story: sleep paralysis is known as kana tevoro, and is actually welcomed as an opportunity to converse with recently-deceased loved ones!
Science, however, has been able to isolate more grounded causes of sleep paralysis -- many of which correlate with my own early experiences with the problem. Irregular sleep patterns or sleep deprivation is a key cause of sleep paralysis, while it’s more likely to occur in teenagers whose hormones are running riot. Narcoleptics often experience sleep paralysis, while having a family history of the issue ups your chances of suffering from it too. Around 6 per cent of the world’s population will experience it at some point during their lives.
Thankfully, there are easy-to-implement ways to relieve the likelihood of suffering from sleep paralysis. Setting regular sleeping times and lengths (adults need at least six to eight hours) helps massively, as can ensuring your sleeping environment is at a comfortable temperature and isn’t too noisy. Avoiding drinking alcoholic or caffeine-rich drinks before sleeping also helps, and sufferers should avoid smoking before settling down for the night too. Making time for regular exercise is also said to be useful. Chronic sufferers can be prescribed anti-depressants to ease the symptoms (though some of the side effects sound just as scary as the sleeping issue itself).
And, from my own experiences, it does get easier with every bout suffered. Though there’s still the lingering fear that one day I won’t be able to snap out of the paralysed state, each successive episode comes with the knowledge that it is widely experienced; it is an understood phenomenon and that, however scary it may be in the moment, it will pass. Sweet dreams.
When Gerald isn't writing for Gizmodo UK, he's probably sleeping. Or at least attempting to. When he's awake, he enjoys reading books about pirates and spaceships, watching films about pirates and spaceships, or playing video games about pirates and spaceships.
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