Remedy for Insomnia

30th Sep 2003
Vaijayantimala devi dasi

Dear Vaishnavas,
Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble pranams! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

In modern times we see that there is a prolific increase in the number of people suffering from insomnia or sleeplessness. So many doctors are thriving on this making a lot of money prescribing so many sleeping pills which have got their own side effects. As Prahlad Maharaj says, "duḥkhauṣadhaṁ tad api duḥkham"- The remedy is worse than the disease itself. The perfect cause of this sleeplessness and the way out has been beautifully explained by Lord Brahma, our great grandfather in the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam. In his payers for creative energy, Lord Brahma in SB 3.9.10 says,

ahny āpṛtārta-karaṇā niśi niḥśayānā
nānā-manoratha-dhiyā kṣaṇa-bhagna-nidrāḥ
daivāhatārtha-racanā ṛṣayo ’pi deva
yuṣmat-prasaṅga-vimukhā iha saṁsaranti

Such nondevotees engage their senses in very troublesome and extensive work, and they suffer insomnia at night because their intelligence constantly breaks their sleep with various mental speculations. They are frustrated in all their various plans by supernatural power. Even great sages, if they are against Your transcendental topics, must rotate in this material world.

In the previous verse, Lord Brahma explains that as long as the conditioned soul sees the body as meant for sense enjoyment, he cannot get out of the entanglement of material miseries, being influenced by the Lord's external energy. This mentality for lording over the material nature drags us into this material bondage and the resultant mental concoctions are the cause for our insomnia.

The same Lord Brahma says in SB 2.7.31 to Narada muni,

ahny āpṛtaṁ niśi śayānam atiśrameṇa
lokaṁ vikuṇṭham upaneṣyati gokulaṁ sma

To the inhabitants of Vṛndāvana, who were busy working during daytime and sleeping soundly at night because of their hard labor in the day, Lord Kṛṣṇa awarded promotion to the highest planet in the spiritual sky.

Thus we see that the inhabitants of Vrindavana had a sound sleep and finally they were also promoted to the highest planet. Srila Prabhupada in his purport says, "The inhabitants of Vrindavana were always engaged in thinking of Krishna, in constant meditation on the Personality of Godhead in a particular form of samādhi, or trance of bhakti-yoga. They had no fear of the miseries of material existence." 

Prabhupada also says that all the things done by them was spiritualized because everything was dovetailed in their relationship with Lord Sri Krishna.  Thus it becomes very clear that dovetailing of our activities with the Supreme will assure two things:

1. A sound and peaceful sleep without fears about material existence.
2. Assured promotion to the spiritual sky. 

Whereas as long as we do not conform to the supreme will, there are two results:

a. Insomnia or sleeplessness because of various mental speculative plans.
b. Assured entanglement in the shackles of material bondage.

The options are before us and it is up to us to select. As our Guru Maharaj always lovingly says, "devotees always sleep peacefully because they have no worries. It is the business of Lord Krishna to worry about their problems and we need not interfere with His business." 

This is the supreme remedy for insomnia and if we take this then we can be as peaceful as the residents of Vrindavana.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.