Letters of The Mother
How can one distinguish a dream from an experience?
In a general way, a dream leaves a confused and fleeting impression,
whereas an experience awakens a deep and lasting feeling.
the shades of difference are subtle and many, and it is by
a very attentive and sincere observation (that is to
say, free from bias and preference) that one gradually learns
to discern the one from the other.
24 March 1965
the subconscient go on recording during sleep?
most people, in their sleep, it is precisely what has been
recorded in the subconscient during the day or previously
which becomes active again and constitutes their dreams.
26 October 1968
How can one distinguish between good and evil in a dream?
principle, to judge the activities of sleep one needs the
same capacity of discrimination as to judge the waking activities.
since we usually give the name "dream" to a considerable
number of activities that differ completely from one another,
the first point is to learn to distinguish between these various
activitiesthat is, to recognise what part of the being
it is that "dreams", what domain it is that one
"dreams" in, and what the nature of that activity
is. In his letters, Sri Aurobindo has given very complete
and detailed descriptions and explanations of all the activities
of sleep. Reading these letters is a good introduction to
the study of this subject and to its practical application
2 November 1959
When we sleep, our consciousness goes out, doesn't it? But
other people have dreams in which I appear. So what happens?
Does the consciousness divide itself or are other people's
dreams only their own imagination?
Most often, it is the vital consciousness that goes out of
the body and has the form, the appearance of the person's
body. If one person dreams of another, it means that both
have met at night, most often in the vital region, but it
can also happen elsewhere, in the subtle physical or the mental.
There are any number of different possibilities in dreams.
1 August 1969
Why is the night darker just before dawnfrom the scientific
as well as the spiritual point of view?
the darkness tries to prevent the light from coming.
11 August 1969
Why are the hours before midnight better for sleep than
the hours after it?
symbolically, during the hours before midnight the sun is
setting, while from the first hour after midnight it begins
22 August 1969
Is it possible to have control over oneself during sleep?
For example, if I want to see you in my dreams, can I do
it at will?
during sleep is entirely possible and it is progressive if
you persist in the effort. You begin by remembering your dreams,
then gradually you remain more and more conscious during your
sleep, and not only can you control your dreams but you can
guide and organise your activities during sleep.
you persist in your will and your effort, you are sure to
learn how to come and find me at night during your sleep and
afterwards to remember what has happened.
this, two things are necessary, which you must develop by
aspiration and by calm and persistent effort.
Concentrate your thought on the will to come and find me;
then pursue this thought, first by an effort of imagination,
afterwards in a tangible and increasingly real way, until
you are in my presence.
2. Establish a sort of bridge between the waking and the
sleeping consciousness, so that when you wake up you remember
what has happened.
may be that you succeed immediately, but more often it takes
a certain time and you must persist in the effort.
25 September 1959
There was a time when I used to see You often in my dreams
and sometimes I even saw Sri Aurobindo too. But I haven't
enjoyed this happiness for a long time. Why? What does it
best way of seeing us in your dreams is to concentrate on
us before going to sleep. Do you do this now as you used to
before? This is also the way to avoid going to undesirable
places during your sleep, for in those places you are sure
not to meet us. Try, and you will see the result.
23 March 1966
can one hasten the day when the whole being will be able
to say,"I am YoursYours alone"?
are two actions which in practice merge into one.
Never forget the goal that one wants to attain.
2. Never allow any part of the being or any of its
movements to contradict one's aspiration.
also makes it necessary to become conscious of one's nights,
because the activities of the night often contradict the aspiration
of the day and undo its work.
Vigilance, sincerity, continuity of effort, and the Grace
will do the rest.
20 May 1968
At times I talk in my sleep. It is a sign that the mind
lacks control, isn't it? So what should I do to keep it
quiet at night?
when the body is asleep at night, the mind goes out because
it is difficult for it to remain quiet for a long time; and
that is why most people do not talk.
your mind seems to remain in your body, so you must ask it
to remain perfectly quiet and silent so that your body can
rest properly. A little concentration for that, before going
to sleep, will surely be effective.
29 November 1969
When the body is asleep, is it better for the mind to go
out of the body? Where does the mind go?
possibilities are different for each person: there are as
many cases as there are persons. But each one can learn which
conditions are best for his rest.
can become conscious of your nights and your sleep just as
you are conscious of your days. It is a matter of inner development
and discipline of the consciousness.
1 December 1969
What do You mean by "becoming conscious"? Is becoming
conscious of the Divine Presence in oneself the only thing
or does becoming conscious of one's movements, of one's
speech, etc. also count?
may be sure that becoming conscious of the Divine Presence
in oneself considerably changes one's whole way of being and
gives an exceptional control over all activities, mental,
vital and physical.
this control is infinitely more powerful and luminous than
anything one can obtain through external means.
9 December 1969
I have noticed one thing: When I sit for a few minutes and
make an effort to concentrate before going to sleep, the
next day I wake up quite early and am quite fresh. I concentrate
on the tiny luminous tip of an incense-stick. But how is
it that I wake up early because of that? There is no relation
between these two things!
the contrary, there is a very concrete relation. When you
concentrate before sleeping, then in your sleep you remain
in contact with the Divine force; but when you fall heavily
to sleep without any preliminary concentration, you sink into
the inconscient and the sleep is more tiring than restful,
and it is difficult to come out of this sluggishness.
8 October 1961
Why is it better to go to bed early and to get up early?
the sun sets, a kind of peace descends on earth and this peace
is helpful for sleep.
When the sun rises, a vigorous energy descends on earth and
this energy is helpful for work.
When you go to bed late and get up late, you contradict the
forces of Nature, and that is not very wise.
21 December 1969
last night I had a nightmare and was almost frightened.
must never be afraid. Even in your sleep you must be able
to remember me and call me to your help if there is some danger.
You will see that the nightmares will vanish.