Is it true that worship is only possible in a sitting posture? why we can't worship in sleeping posture?

  • Where did you get that idea? Mar 17, 2015 at 1:39
  • @In Rajyoga,,,,
    – user2642
    Mar 17, 2015 at 5:04
  • Well, for certain Yogic practices you may need to be sitting, but you don't need to sit just to pray. Mar 17, 2015 at 5:07
  • @keshav ok, is it your own theory? or it has been written in any book.
    – user2642
    Mar 17, 2015 at 5:12
  • I'm just not aware of any scriptures that say you're not allowed to pray while your body is in a particular posture. But I can look for more information. Mar 17, 2015 at 6:39

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This is scripture.

Brahma Sutras IV. I. 7-10. Verse 7 reads: "(One should meditate) in a sitting posture; because (in that way alone) meditation is possible."

Gita VI. 11-12. "Having established in a clean spot a firm seat...there sitting on that seat...he should practice yoga..."

Svetashvatara Upanishad II. 8. "Placing the body in a straight posture, with the chest, the throat, and the head held erect, making the organs enter the mind,..."

The mind will tend to sleep when done is a sleep position. If you try to do so standing, part of the mind must be kept aware of balance, full concentration is not possible. When done is a sitting position as described above, the mind is able to lose it's awareness of the body and the mind is able to concentrate all of its power internally.

  • “If you try to do so standing, part of the mind must be kept aware of balance, full concentration is not possible” <—— Agree but what about sages from the past who meditated long long years standing in tree position and such ? And sometimes in waist deep water of lake or river, or on mountain side in stormy weather. Maybe their concentrations skills much higher (?) Not sure. Dec 28, 2022 at 8:01

I agree sitting in lotus position is best for meditation. As sleeping or lying down pose renders sleep. Standing is a more hurried pose with poor concentration. Kneeling is a more namaz posture , If we see Hindu Temples & priests they normally use lotus position for prayers.

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    You should site some sources.
    – Pandya
    Aug 1, 2016 at 11:03

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