Sleeping Habit

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
22 April 2013

 

Going to be bed at 10 p.m. and waking up at 4-4:30 a.m. is sufficient for one's health. If you continue and practise in this way every day with sincerity, you will be benefitted. To maintain the brahmacharya life, you must wake up for mangal arati—then your sannyas, your brahmacharya will last longer.

I sent you or took you to many places and you saw how householder people live. Many of them are more than brahmachari—in many places, you would be still sleeping, and they are already doing mangal arati. They wake up early, do mangal arati, their wife cooks, then they offer the bhog, take some food, and go to work for the whole day. Some even go from Nabadwip to Kolkata every day, and they come back at night, sleep, and again wake up, do mangal arati, etc. and again go to Kolkata. They are called 'daily passengers', they travel like this five days a week, or sometimes even six days a week with only Sunday off. Many live like this.

You must do what is necessary to maintain you body. If you think your body needs 12 hours of sleep, then look at —. He made his body sleep 20 hours a day and cannot control it anymore. He only comes for prasadam three times a day, that is three hours, and one hour for bathroom and toilet. It slowly, slowly increased, and now he cannot control it.

Sleeping is necessary for the body, it is correct, but 8 hours, not more than that. 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. is already 6 hours, and 10 to 4:30 is 6,5 hours, and the other 2-1,5 hours you can take rest in the day time. It is sufficient.

Our Gurudev woke up 2:30 a.m. every day, and he would call me at 3 o'clock, that is why in Gurudev's time I could not sleep until 4, 4:30, or 5 o'clock—never. I knew he would call me at 3 a.m. and I had to have the mobile phone on. One or two times I did not go, and he chastised me, "I want to talk with you, why do you come now, with everybody? Have you come only to show your face? Do you have nothing to say? Do you not have anything to talk with me about privately?" What could I do? I went there at 3 o'clock when nobody was there. His gate would be still closed, I would knock, and seeing me Gurudev would tell his bodyguard to open the gate...

So, maintain your life like this... If at your young age you sleep for 10-12 hours, it is very bad for your future.

 

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