It won’t be long – soon they will take it away, because methods are available, already available, so that they can watch when you are dreaming and when you are not dreaming. And there is a possibility some day to find a scientific device so that your dream can be projected on a screen. Just some electrodes will have to be inserted in your head. You will be fast asleep, dreaming joyously, making love to your neighbor’s wife and a whole movie hall will be watching it – and they used to think that this man is a saint!
This much you can even see; whenever a person is asleep, watch: if his eyelids are not showing any movement of his eyes inside, then he is not dreaming. If he is dreaming then you can see that his eyes are moving.
It is possible to project your dream on a screen. It is also possible to enforce certain dreaming in you. But at least up to now, no constitution even talks about it, that “People are free to dream, it is their birthright.”
A Gautam Buddha does not dream. Meditation is a way to go beyond mind. He lives in utter silence twenty-four hours – no ripples on the lake of his consciousness, no thoughts, no dreams.
But Sigmund Freud is afraid because he knows what he is dreaming.
I have heard about one actual incident. Three great Russian novelists – Chekhov, Gorky and Tolstoy – were just sitting on a bench in a park and gossiping…and they were great friends. All were geniuses; all created such great novels that even today, if you want to count ten great novels of the world, at least five will be from the Russian novelists – before the revolution. After the revolution, they have not created a single novel which has the quality of genius. Now, it is under government instruction. The government is the only publisher; the government scrutinizes, and the people who scrutinize know nothing of art. They are bureaucrats.
The police commissioner of Pune was just asking that before my lectures are published, he should scrutinize them – and what does a police commissioner have to do with meditation? – but that is happening in Russia, and because of that, in seventy years’ time after the revolution, they have not been able to produce a single great novel. But before the revolution, Russia was at the top in creativity. These three people are still to be counted as great novelists.
Chekhov was telling about the women in his life. Gorky joined; he also said a few things. But Tolstoy remained silent. Tolstoy was a very orthodox religious Christian…you will be surprised to know that Mahatma Gandhi in India has accepted three persons as his masters, and one was Tolstoy.
And he must have been repressing so much…he was one of the richest men in Russia – he belonged to the royal family – but he lived like a poor beggar, because “blessed are the poor and they shall inherit the kingdom of God,” and he was not willing to give up the kingdom of God. It is not simplicity, and it is not desirelessness – it is too much desire. It is too much greed, it is too much instinct for power. He is sacrificing this life and its joys because it is a small life…and then for eternity he will enjoy paradise and the kingdom of God. It is a good bargain, almost like a lottery, and certain.