See, sleep is not a requirement in one’s life. What the body requires is rest. Sleep is just one form of rest. Lot of people are beginning to think, in Tamil Nadu if somebody says rest, means they are sleeping. Need not be. You can sit and rest, isn’t it? Yes? You can stand and also rest. You’re running, if you stand, doesn’t it feel like rest? You’re standing, if you sit down, doesn’t it feel like rest? There are many ways of resting.
Sleep is not a requirement in one’s life. What the body requires is rest
The most important thing is – rest means, you’re changing the energy equation. Where consumption is lower, production is going on at the same pace. So after a period of time, you feel rejuvenated because consumption has been lowered. Essentially you’re managing the energy equation. If you’re in an activity, the consumption is more. Whatever you’re producing, it’s not enough. After some time you feel exhausted, because the consumption has been heavy. If you lower the consumption, and increase the production, after some time you feel energised.
So now there are ways to lower the consumption, and increase the productivity also. See if you come to a certain state of ease. When I say ease – it’s not something that most people will ever understand, because most people are not at ease. If you’re at total ease, the system is at total ease, everything is at ease, it is well rested. Always, it is rested. Because it’s so rested throughout the day…. If you sleep in the afternoon, do you see you can’t sleep much in the night? Yes? Oh, you’re already experimenting? If you sleep in the afternoon, you can’t sleep much in the night, unless you’re sick or you’re very tired because of something. Because it’s well rested in the day, it can’t sleep in the night.
The ideal way to live is, there is no sleep in my life. But that’s not possible right now, still body has some inertia. So it sleeps minimum, rest of the time it is at ease. If you keep this at ease, then sleep does not occur to the body, unless it comes to a certain point of exhaustion.
If you become totally ease, sleep quota will come down
So, body is never ever asking for sleep, but it is definitely asking for rest. If you’re not at ease, that means you’re in dis-ease. You’re heading there. You’re in dis-ease means you’re in a certain state of ill health. So don’t move in and stay into the direction of dis-ease, move into the direction of ease. If you become totally ease, sleep quota will come down. Quality of sleep will be good because quality of life is good. You want to increase only the quality of your sleep, life does not work like that.