Stone: Blue Sapphire
The Mantra: Om Nidra Stambana
The Key is the awareness that
the dream of our life separates us from the Truth,
from Reality and from the Divine.
a) Rumi introduces the issue with a positive note:
Humankind is being led along an evolving course
through this migration of intelligences,
and though we seem to be sleeping
an inner wakefulness is there
directing the dream.
According to the Upanishads,
We are like the spider.
We weave our life
and then move along in it.
We are like a dreamer who dreams
and then lives in the dream.
The Course in Miracles agrees and reminds us that:
Your sleep will not withstand
the call to awake.
There will be nothing left of your dream when you hear Him,
because then you will be awake.
What need have you but to awaken in Him?
Your sleep also will not withstand the call to awake.
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev adds that:
When an individual dreams, it is called a fantasy.
When a group of people dream, it becomes a society.
When the universal dreams, it generally passes off as reality.A dream is a certain reality, and reality is a certain dream.The best thing about a dream is, when you wake up, it’s over.So it is with the so-called reality – when you wake up, it’s over.
You are walking on the earth as in a dream…
Our world is a dream within a dream.
And so does E. A. Poe:
All that we see or seem is but a dream
within a dream.
b) According to Mary Magdalene,
when Andrew asked the Christ in wonderment if we need to dream He replied:
You must emerge from the dream of the worlds because Joy
is born of the Dream which conceived the game
of the dreams and of the worlds.
Was the Christ talking about the Divine Lila?
How will you emerge from the dream of the worlds?
And when the Christ was asked how we can remain stable in the midst of changes
Contemplating the reality of the dream of the world
and then imagining the Dream
within that other dream.
Which is that other dream?
The way that Wei Wu Wei put it is:
There is one dream
and no dreamer.
This-which-we- are is the dreaming,
and each of us is dreamed.
Each of us dreams also, but our dreams
are personal to each, and out apparent self
is always the center of our dream.
I dream the universe, and all that I dream is I,
I who am, but am not as I.
What does this imply?
That as Tolstoy said:
As we live through thousands of dreams in our present life, so our present life is only one of many thousands of such lives which we enter from the other more real life and then return after death.
Our life is but one of the dreams of that more real life,
and so it is endlessly, until the very last one,
the very real life of God.
c) The Course in Miracles goes very deep into the issue:
This dream is an insane attempt
at inverse creation,
whereby we tried to create something as separate from God. It all started with a tiny, mad idea:
This tiny, mad idea was made innocently, but it was nonetheless a mad idea;
it was so mad that we still haven’t got over it; we continue to repeat that
mad idea every microsecond of every day that mad idea is
what keeps this dream seemingly going.
That mad idea was of having a thought unshared by God. It was a thought of being separate from God and thus being SPECIAL.
Such a thought is the apex of absurdity.
Wu Hsin adds that:
The dream lasts as long as the dreamer. The end
of the latter is the end of the former.
Although it may not seem so, the same can be said for the world and the individual. The world is very seductive. It creates a force that draws attention toward it. Unless and until there is a countering pull from Conscious Being Itself, clarity is not possible.
As the dreamer is inside the dream and the dream is inside the dreamer,
so it is with the individual and the world.
The Kabuli once said that:
The whole world is only Allah’s
Of course, it is because of the Veil that
we are trapped in the Dream
The Dreamgame only aim
is to emerge from the Dream
Wu Hsin asked:
Who goes to sleep and who wakes up? Or better stated,
what goes to sleep and what wakes up?
His answer is that
Every morning when you open your eyes,
the body wakes up, not you.
In the highest sense, the purpose of dreaming is to exemplify how real dream can seem to be.
It is acknowledged that the entirety of dream, that is the dream world and the experiences therein, are contained in the dreamer which is no different from mind.
Is it at least not possible that the same applies
to this waking state?
As long as the dream lasts,
the dreamer lasts.
When the dream ends,
This waking world and the self trance
are not different.
The Devil’s Advocate:
The Dream is all you have, and everything else just jour insane imagination.
Cherish it while it lasts, for it never last for long.
Stop your futile efforts to improve your personal Dream
and find out who is dreaming it.
Words of Power:
Until I wake up from the Dream nothing else can have
any real meaning but my endeavors
to emerge from it.
“To be or not to be” really means
to dream or not to dream.
“Nothing was ever born but a dream.
Nothing ever dies but a dream.”
“Once you have seen the dream as a dream you’ve
already done everything necessary.”
to which extent have you have seen the dream as a dream?
Are you SURE?
From the Quest:
These days I am attempting to follow this advice of Nisargadatta Maharaj:
“Do not look for a way out.
Do not you realize that the way out is part of the dream?
All you need to do is to see the dream as dream.
The very idea of going beyond the dream is illusory. Why move somewhere
else? Just notice that you are dreaming a dream that you call “the world” and stop looking for ways out .
Your problem is not the dream. Your problem is that
you like one part of it and another does not.
Love them all, or none, and stop complaining.
Once you have seen the dream as a dream
you’ve already done everything necessary.”
I agree completely with what He said, but I have been only marginally successful so far in practicing it…
As Jack Kerouac said,
Once you know that roaring dreams take place in a perfectly
silent mind you can throw the raft away.
AsS Nagarjuna noted,
There is no reality in a dream, and yet, while one dreams, one believes in the reality of the things one sees in the dream. After one has woken up one recognizes the falseness of the dream and laughs at oneself. Just so a man who is plunged into the dreamy state which results from his fettered existence, has a belief in things which do not exist.
But when he has found the Path, then, at the moment of enlightenment,
he understands that there is no reality in them
and he laughs at himself.
Adyashanti’s advice is:
Jump now into the space
and exit this dream
before I burn the damn place down.
Follow also Vivekananda’s advice.
Say “So’ham, So’ham” (I Am That)
Tell yourself this even while eating, walking, suffering. Tell the mind
this incessantly, that what we see never existed, that there is
only “I” – flash – the dream will break!
Nisargadatta Maharaj sums it all up thus:
Treating everything as dream
As long as you give reality to dreams you are their slave.By imagining that you are born as so-and-so, you become a slave to the so-and-so.
My heart wants you awake. I see you suffer in your dream and I know
that you must wake up to end your woes.
When you see your dream as dream,
you wake up.
But in your dream itself I am not interested.
Enough for me to know that you must wake up.
You need not bring your dream to a definite conclusion, or make it
noble, or happy, or beautiful; all you need is
to realise that you are dreaming.
Stop imagining, stop believing. See the contradictions, the incongruities, the falsehood and the sorrow of the human state, the need to go beyond.
Within the immensity of space floats a tiny atom of consciousness
and in it the entire universe is contained.
Question/ko’han 1 and 2:
Are you aware that you are still in the Dream?
To which extent?
What will you DO about it?
Question/ko’han 4 to 6:
Let the dream continue, but be awake.
Is this a good advice or not?
If yes, why?
If not, why?
Yogananda has the last word:
You are walking on the earth
as in a dream.
Our world is a dream within
1) Consider this passage of Nisargadatta Maharaj:
There is no need of a way out!
Don’t you see that a way out is also part of the dream?
All you have to do is see the dream as dream.
Wherever it leads you, it will be a dream.
The very idea of going beyond the dream is illusory.
Why go anywhere? Just realize that you are dreaming a dream
you called the world and stop looking for ways out.
The dream is not your problem.
Your problem is that you like one part of the dream
and not another.
Love all, or none of it, and stop complaining.
When you have seen the dream as a dream, you have
done all that needs to be done.
Can this really be enough?
But it must really be SEEN as a dream with our whole being,
which is quite an overwhelming shock,
not just a glimpse soon forgotten or ignored.
2) Meditate on these words of Ramana Maharshi:
A dreamer dreams a dream. He sees the dream world with pleasures, pains. etc.But he wakes up and then loses all interest in the dream world.
So it is with the waking world also.
Just as the dream-world, being only a part of yourself and not different from you, ceases to interest you,
so also the present world would cease to interest you if you awake from it
his waking dream (samsara) and realize that it is a part
of your Self and not an objective reality.
Because you think that you are apart from the objects around you, you desire a thing. But if you understand that the thing was only a thought-form you wouldno longer desire it.
All things are like bubbles on water.
You are the water and the objects are the bubbles. They cannot exist apart
from the water, but they are not quite the same as the water.
3) Follow Adyashanti’s advices:
Step out of the dream of your concepts and ideas.
Step out of the dream of what you imagine enlightenment to be.
Step out of the dream of who you think you are.
Step out of the dream of everything you have ever known.
Step out of your dream of being a deluded person.
Stop telling yourself those lies and dreaming those dreams.
Step out of all of that. You can do it. Nothing is holding you back.
Just stop all dreaming. Stop all doing. Stop all excuses.
Just stop and be still. Effortlessly be still.
Grace will do the rest.
1) These words of Ben Okri:
We plan our lives according to a dream that came to us in our childhood,
and we find that life alters our plans.
And yet, at the end, from a rare height, we also see that our dream was our fate. It’s just that providence had other ideas as to how we would get there. Destiny plans a different route,
or turns the dream around, as if it were a riddle, and fulfills the dream
in ways we couldn’t have expected.
2) This passage from the Course in Miracles:
There CAN be no salvation in the dream,
as YOU are dreaming it.
For idols must be part of it, to save you from what you believe you have accomplished, and have done to make you sinful, and put out the Light within you. Little children, It is there.
You do but dream, and idols are the toys you dream you play with.
Who has need of toys but children?
They pretend they rule the world, and give their toys the power to move about, and talk and think and feel, and speak for them.
Yet everything their toys appear to do is in the minds of those who play with them. But they are eager to forget
that they made up the dream in which their toys are real,
and recognize their wishes are their own.
Yet, if you are the DREAMER, you perceive this much at least; that YOU have caused the dream, and can accept ANOTHER dream as well. But, for this change in content of the dream,
it must be realized that it is YOU who dreamed
the dreaming that you do not like.
3)These words of Nisargadatta Maharaj:
The dreams are not equal,
but the dreamer is one.
I am the insect,
I am the poet – in dream.
But in reality I am neither.
I am beyond all dreams.
I am the light in which all
dreams appear and disappear.
I am both inside and outside
I am what I am before, during
and after the dream.
But what I see in dream,
I am not.
Do you dare to admit that your life
just a dream has been and transcend
all its eidolons and archetypes to finally
discover who your really are?