Well, one thing I was curious about is that I had heard that you don’t dream. And I’m wondering if that’s true, and why. Why you don’t dream?
It is true. One has to understand why one dreams. One dreams because there are unfulfilled moments, repressed desires, things that you wanted to do but could not because of the society, because of the culture, because of the religion. Animals don’t dream. Primitive people don’t dream. I have come across aboriginal tribes in India which are still living five thousand years back, they don’t dream. The more a man becomes repressed, civilized, starts repressing his nature and projecting a certain personality which is respectable, then there are dreams.
Dreams are simply to help you: what you could not do in your waking hours you can do in your sleep. They are a kind of substitute. That’s why Sigmund Freud and his school of psychoanalysis were so interested in your dreams. They were not at all interested in what you think in the day; that is all hypocrisy. What they were interested in was what you dream in the night, because that will give them a clue to the true person.
But a Sigmund Freud would be absolutely amazed if he met me, because I never leave anything incomplete. I do only what I want to do, irrespective of any consequences. I don’t care about respectability, I don’t care about what others think of me. I simply live my life. And because I live so intensely and totally there is nothing residual that can create dreams. Dreams are your unlived life.
You can try a simple experiment: fast for one day, and in the night you will have dreams of eating very good, delicious food. The fasting created a dream about food. Repress your sexual desire in the day, and in the night you will have a sexual dream.
Freud’s interest was correct – to know about you, your dreams have to be known. Once your dreams are known, then you can be helped to become more natural, less repressive, and to see where the points in your life are where you have been denying yourself, sacrificing yourself, either in the name of the country or in the name of religion.
I have never sacrificed anything. I have never done anything against myself. Whatever I want to say I say; whatever I want to do I do. I have never followed anybody, I have never taken anybody’s advice. I have lived a very innocent, primitive, simple life. That’s why there are no dreams.