God is sleeping - Wake him up!

God sleeps only in India. Here, as we know that God is sleeping, we don’t have any fear. We believe that since God is sleeping, we can get away with anything.

Have you ever thought about this? This is a very deep topic. God is sleeping, and you are awake. Here people follow rituals to wake up God by wishing him good morning, singing Suprabhatams, Balaji Suprabhatam, doing Devi jagran singings, ringing bells etc. This seems so crazy, how can we wake up God? Is not it his duty to wake us up? 

Scholars have established this – Humanity wakes up first and then they awaken God. This is a unique ritual among humans. Yet, there is something very subtle in this.
These rituals signify that:

In a stubborn individual, awaken humanness.
In a human being, awaken the Divinity.

Like a seed that sprouts into a bud first, and then a flower, a human being blossoms only when humanness, and Divinity is awakened.

God is present in every cell of your body. We think God is resting because he is tired. But it is not so.


Suprabhatam (Sanskrit: सुप्रभातम्), literally auspicious dawn is a Sanskrit poem of the Suprabhatakavya genre. It is a collection of hymns or verses recited early morning to awaken the deity in Hinduism. 

It is said that as we praise something or someone, that quality starts reflecting in us. So by praising the vastness and beauty of the Supreme energy which beholds this entire creation or universe, we invoke that Consciousness in us and in our lives.

Different qualities associated with different divinities are chanted. The essence of this form of worship is that the divine qualities start blossoming and reflecting in the worshipper.

Praise and Prayer

You praise God, not for God, but for yourself. Those who do puja, don’t do it for God, but for themselves. If you praise someone, it’s not for their happiness, you do it for your own happiness.

Parents usually praise their 2 or 3-year-old children, however the child doesn’t understand a word of their praise. So why do they praise? To uplift themselves! Not because they expect something from the child.

This is the difference between praise and prayer. Stuti (repetition of God’s name) is that which raises our chetana (consciousness). We do stuti to raise our own consciousness, not to make God happy.

(Based on knowledge talks from H.H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar)

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