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Chapter 44: The Spontaneous Source

It has been known for centuries that beggars sleep better than emperors. Laborers, manual laborers sleep better than intellectuals. The poor sleep better than the rich because they have to work hard to earn their bread and butter - but side by side they are also earning the right to have a beautiful sleep.

Insomnia is not a disease; it is the richest way of life. In fact what is happening is the whole day you are resting, then in the night you are tossing and turning in the bed. That is the only exercise left for you, and you don’t want to do even that exercise. Toss and turn as much as you can. If the whole day is of resting then the night cannot be of sleep. You have already rested.

If the people who are suffering from insomnia really want to get rid of it they should not think of it as a disease. Visiting a doctor is meaningless. They should start working in their garden, doing some hard work, and forget all about sleep - it will come. It always comes. You have not to bring it.

These are the difficulties. Nature never intended that a few people should have all the riches in the world and most of the people should be poor. Looking at the intentions of nature, it seems it wanted everybody to work. It never wanted these classes of the poor and the rich. It wanted a classless society where everybody is working.

It is possible the work may be different. If you have been painting the whole day - that will also bring sleep. Or you have to create artificial exercises - go to the gym, run for miles, jog. And many idiots are doing it. A futile exercise - why jog when you can chop wood? Why jog when your garden is being looked after by somebody else who sleeps perfectly? You pay him for the work and he sleeps perfectly well.

And you jog and nobody pays you, and you find it difficult to sleep. How much can you jog? How much can you run? And a man who has not slept the whole night does not feel like running in the morning, because the whole night he has been struggling to find a little bit of sleep. Tired of tossing and turning, in the morning he finds a little bit of sleep - and that is the time suggested that he should run and he should jog!

Insomnia should not be counted among diseases. People should be made aware that you are not following the natural course that the body needs. Then you can do small things - swimming, tennis - but it will not be a real substitute for hard labor for eight hours. Man basically was a hunter - and not with machine guns - just with arrows running after deer. It was not every day that he would get his food. The whole day he would run and follow the animals and would not be able to catch one, and he would come home empty-handed but utterly tired.

Your body is still asking you to do that. You can choose in what way you want to do it; then insomnia will disappear on its own accord.

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