is the school one must pass through if one knows how to learn
one's lesson there, so that the inner being may become independent
of the physical form, conscious in its own right and master
of its own life. There are entire parts of the being that
need this immobility and semi-consciousness of the outer being,
of the body, in order to be able to lead their own life independently.
is another school for another result, but it is still a school.
If one wants to achieve the maximum possible progress, one
must know how to make use of one's nights just as one makes
use of one's days. Only, people usually have no idea how to
go about it; they try to stay awake and all they achieve is
a physical and vital imbalance, and sometimes a mental one
is no end to the discoveries that you can make in dreams.
But one thing is very important: never go to sleep when you
are very tired, for if you do, you fall into a sort of unconsciousness
and dreams do with you whatever they like, without your being
able to exercise the least control. Just as you should always
rest before eating, I would advise you all to rest before
going to sleep. But then you must know how to rest.
are many ways of doing it. Here is one: first of all, put
your body at ease, comfortably strehed out on a bed or in
an easy-chair. Then try to relax your nerves, all together
or one by one, till you have obtained complete relaxation.
This done, and while your body lies limp like a rag on the
bed, make your brain silent and immobile, till it is no longer
conscious of itself. Then slowly, imperceptibly, pass from
this state into sleep. When you wake up the next morning,
you will be full of energy. On the contrary, if you go to
bed completely tired and without relaxing yourself, you will
fall into a heavy, dull and unconscious sleep in which the
vital will lose all its energies.
is possible that you may not obtain an immediate result, but
some time I have had trouble sleeping due to inner and outer
turmoil. I pray to You to help me.
trying to sleep, when you lie down to sleep, begin by relaxing
yourself physically (I call this becoming a rag on the bed).
Then with all the sincerity at your disposal, offer yourself
to the Divine in a complete relaxation, and... that's all.
Keep trying until you succeed and you will see.
- The Mother
cannot be replaced, but it can be changed; for you can become
conscious in sleep. If you are thus conscious, then the night
can be utilised for a higher workingprovided the body
gets its due rest; for the object of sleep is the body's rest
and the renewal of the vital-physical force. It is a mistake
to deny to the body food and sleep, as some from an ascetic
idea or impulse want to dothat only wears out the physical
support and although either the yogic or the vital energy
can long keep at work an overstrained or declining physical
system, a time comes when this drawing is no longer so easy
nor perhaps possible. The body should be given what it needs
for its own efficient working. Moderate but sufficient food
(without greed or desire), sufficient sleep, but not of the
heavy tamasic kind, this should be the rule.
long unbroken sleep is necessary because there are just ten
minutes of the whole into which one enters into a true resta
sort of Sachchidananda immobility of consciousnessand
that it is which really restores the system. The rest of the
time is spent first in travelling through various states of
consciousness towards that and then coming out of it back
towards the waking state. This fact of the ten minutes true
rest has been noted by medical men, but of course they know
nothing about Sachchidananda!
The physical is not the only world; there are others that
we become aware of through dream records, through the subtle
senses, through influences and contacts, through imagination,
intuition and vision. There are worlds of a larger subtler
life than ours, vital worlds; worlds in which Mind builds
its own forms and figures, mental worlds; psychic worlds which
are the soul's home; others above with which we have little
contact. In each of us there is a mental plane of consciousness,
a psychic, a vital, a subtle physical as well as the gross
physical and material plane. The same planes are repeated
in the consciousness of general
Nature. It is when we enter or contact these other planes
that we come into connection with the worlds above the physical.
In sleep we leave the physical body, only a subconscient residue
remaining, and enter all planes and all sorts of worlds. In
each we see scenes, meet beings, share in happenings, come
across formations, influences, suggestions which belong to
these planes. Even when we are awake, part of us moves in
these planes, but their activity goes on behind the veil;
our waking minds are not aware of it. Dreams are often only
incoherent constructions of our subconscient, but others are
records (often much mixed and distorted) or transcripts of
experiences in these supraphysical planes. When we do sadhana,
this kind of dream becomes very common; then subconscious
dreams cease to predominate.
forces and beings of the vital world have a great influence
on human beings. The vital world is on one side a world of
beauty,the poet, artist, musician are in close contact
with it; it is also a world of powers and passions, lusts
and desires,our own lusts and desires, and passions
and ambitions can put us into connection with the vital worlds
and their forces and beings. It is again a world of things
dark, dangerous and horrible. Nightmares like X's are contacts
with this side of the vital plane. Its influences are also
the source of much in men that is demoniac, dirty, cruel and
experience of X is a contact with something on the wrong side
of the vital plane. Her visions of gods, goddesses, etc.,
are vital world experiences on the other side. This one is
an attempt of some vital force to get some kind of control
on her acting on her through her fear. If she were not afraid,
it could not invade her. If she suffers in her waking hours
from desires or despondencies and depressions, that also would
help to make her enter these worlds in sleep or have a connection
with them. Her experiences as you reported them showed a very
great power of entry into the vital plane on the good sidethese
dream experiences are the other side. As they are dreams,
they are not so dangerous as a similar experience in meditation
would be, but all the same they are very undesirable.
such an invasion is attempted, the one thing to do is to fight
it out as she did and at the same time to call the Mother.
The rule should be to call the Mother before sleeping, to
concentrate on her and try to feel the Mother's protection
around her and go with that into sleep. In the dream itself
a habit of calling the Mother when in difficulty or peril
should be formed; many sadhaks do it. Not to allow the invasion,
any invasion of any power or being, whether in dream, meditation
or otherwiseno force except the Divine Force, means
to reject it, never to give assent, whether through attention
or through weakness. To cut connection can be done by will
within, a will of rejection, a concentration on higher things
than the things of the vital plane; also by rejection of vital
desires or despondencies and depressions, if she has them.
Let her aspire most for the higher spiritual experiences,
the psychic opening, calm, peace, purity, the opening to the
higher light, strength, bliss, knowledge.
thing, she should not lead too sequestered a life; some opening
on the physical world is needed, also some normal mental activities
of a healthy character.