Chapter 24: Even a Dead Man Knows How to Swim
And that can be done because all the religions have been doing it for centuries without your knowing. For example, if you chant a mantra before you go to sleep at night, and you go on chanting, chanting, chanting, chanting, chanting, till you fall asleep, it will not be ordinary sleep: you have created hypnos yourself. It is autohypnosis. Now you will have a totally different kind of sleep, and certainly in the morning you will feel the difference. You are more refreshed, more rejuvenated, more clear, clean, younger, fresher, because in hypnosis nothing moves, all activity ceases. And it was autohypnosis, so nobody was torturing you.
But you can manage to hypnotize yourself and indoctrinate yourself also. For example, you can go on chanting a certain mantra with the idea: “Tonight I will see Krishna, Krishna is going to appear in my sleep.” In the background, the idea, and you go on chanting.and Krishna will appear in your sleep as real as anything you have seen. You can touch him, you can talk to him; he will be answering you. There is no possibility for you to doubt. That’s how Christians see Christ, Hindus see Krishna, Buddhists see Buddha; and once they have seen them in their hypnotic sleep, their belief becomes absolutely indubitable. Now you cannot shake their belief until you disturb the hypnotic conditioning that they have created.
The people who were caught in China were all religious people, coming from different countries. When they came back they were all anti-religious. Their whole religion was taken away in the same way that it had been put there in the first place - the same method.
The unconscious has tremendous powers. It can communicate. It communicates sometimes even without your practicing it. For example, if a son is dying, it is possible that the mother may be thousands of miles away but she will start feeling something wrong is happening, because she has a certain connection with the son. The son is just part of her. For nine months he was part and parcel of her physiology, her psychology, everything. His foundation is still connected with her.
It happened: one of my friends is a very well known poet, Professor Rameshwar Shukla, whose pen name is Anchal. We were traveling from Jabalpur to Nagpur in the same car. It must have been twelve-thirty in the night. We were midway between Jabalpur and Nagpur and he suddenly heard something. I didn’t hear anything. He said, “Did you hear something?”
I said, “No.”
He said, “Strange, but I have heard it three times.”
I asked him, “What have you heard?”
He said, “I have heard ‘Munna, Munna, Munna.’”
I said, “What does that signify to you?” I had no idea that his childhood name was Munna. In India it is a popular name, Munna. Before children get a legal name, they are called Munna, Pappu, just like that - any meaningless word. It was his childhood name.
He said, “Only my father uses it, nobody else,” because he was now about sixty himself, principal of a college and a well known poet. Who would call him Munna? Only his father, and his father lived in Allahabad.
I said, “Then it is better we stop somewhere and you immediately make a phone call to Allahabad.”
He said, “Nonsense! Why?”