That’s how it happened. Buddha was born in an emperor’s palace but he started dreaming about becoming a beggar. When after twelve years he came back home, enlightened, his father said, “Stop all this nonsense! You are my only son. Come back, I’m waiting for you. This whole kingdom is yours. And in our family there has never been a beggar.”
Buddha laughed and he said, “Maybe, sir, in your family there has never been a beggar, but as far as I am concerned, I have been dreaming for many lives of becoming a beggar.”
When you become very rich you start thinking that poor people must be living in tremendous beauty, relaxedness. When you live in a city, a megalopolis like Bombay or Tokyo or New York, you think villages are beautiful. Ask the villagers. They are hankering to reach to Bombay, to Tokyo, to New York. They dream. When you are poor you dream about the rich, when you are rich you dream about the poor.
Watch your dreams: they will show you that something that is lacking in the day is being fulfilled. In the day you are one part of your polarity, in the night you become another part of your polarity. You are two. So not only does a dialogue continue in you in your dreaming, but in your moments of awakening there is also a dialogue.
If you are a bad man while awake, you will become a saint while you are asleep. If you are a saint while awake, you will become a sinner while you are asleep. That’s why your so-called saints are so much afraid of sleep, they go on reducing their sleep – because the whole day somehow they managed to remain saints, but what to do about the night? The whole day they have been celibate, they have not looked at any woman’s face, they have avoided life – but what to do in the night? All those faces they have avoided but could not avoid, surface in their being.
Beautiful women, more beautiful than they have ever seen in the daytime, erupt. They think that it is Indra, the god of heaven, who is sending apsaras to destroy them. Nobody is sending any apsaras, nobody is interested in these poor fellows. Why should Indra be interested? For what?
No, this is compensatory. In the day they control their saintliness. In the night when they relax – and they have to relax, they have to rest – when they rest, everything is relaxed, their control is also relaxed. Suddenly all that they have been repressing comes up.
Your day and your night are in constant dialogue. Psychoanalysts say that watching your day life is not as significant as watching your dream life, because in the day life you are pretenders, hypocrites. You go on showing faces which are not true. In the dream you are more real; you are no more hypocrites, no more pretenders, you don’t have any mask. That’s why all the psychoanalysts try to analyze your dreams.
This is ironical but it is true – that your dream is truer than your day, that while you are asleep you are more authentic than when you are awake. This is unfortunate but this is so. Man has become so deceptive.