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We consider the waking state as real but it is a dream state!

Updated on April 6, 2017

Happiness dwells in the soul

Both happiness and sorrow are illusions of the mind!

Happiness is an illusion, feeling sad is another illusion. Why I term happiness as an illusion? The period of happiness is of short duration. For instance, you are toiling many years to acquire a home for your family. After many years, your dream comes true! One auspicious day, you acquire a small home. After performing ‘house warming ceremonies’ you and your family occupy the new home! How long you will feel the happiness? Hardly for few days will you enjoy each nook and corner of the house, the windows, doors, the flooring, the painting, all fixtures and fittings? Hi, After that, you will feel routine from the new home! Our mind is a very peculiar instrument. After achieving something rare, it will become exult. After few days, the mind will hanker for something better than the one in its possession! Also, it is the nature of ordinary worldly minded people to crave for more comforts and pleasures. A businessman earning a lot in his business will be happier if his profit increases, his bank balance become more. What sort of happiness is this? Looking at the passbook or online balances in our bank account, we become happy, especially when there is more number of credits during a month! Thus happiness is mere exhilaration felt in the mind due to some profits or acquisitions. How can we consider the feelings as real? They are subjective pleasures! Can you exhibit how much you are happy to others? No, it is impossible. At best you can grin or smile to express your happiness. For instance, the following things are considered ‘pleasures’. Eating tasty dishes, hearing melodious music, touching soft things with our hands or embracing a life partner, smelling the best perfumes and thinking about some exotic events- all these cause a joy in each one. But the joys mentioned above are momentary and it will not last forever! Considering temporary pleasures as permanent is a sort of illusion!

Buddha was wise!

How sorrow or grief could be an illusion?

How sadness or grief could be termed as illusions? The degree of sadness we suffer immediately after a sad event gets reduced as time passes! The intensity of suffering won’t remain the same and with time, we slowly forget those sad periods. After going through such periods, again good times will come! Hence, feeling sad or suffering grief also will fade with time! We have discussed about both happiness and sadness as ‘illusions’. Now let us think about real happiness, real joy and real bliss, that won’t recede with the passage of time! There is “Eternal Bliss” in the Kingdom of God! There is no diminishing factor or evaporation of joy with the passing of time. Hence it is termed as Eternal. Well, in the realm of God, there is no question of sorrow or grief. The self or Atma within each being is a mute witness to all that happens in the phenomenal world. There is no exultation over joy or sorrow for the troubles the individual faces. But sufferings or joy pertain to the mind and not to the Atma. If you want to remain in perennial bliss, ignore the mind and the varieties of thoughts that emanate there. They are mere passing clouds and they cannot hide the Atma within. We have seen that the Sun is often hidden by small clouds which pass through the sky. The Sun is the cause for the clouds but the very clouds hide its source! But the clouds won’t be there after few moments! The force of wind drives the clouds across the sky swiftly.

Illusory expectations.

The world is a dream of the mind!

This is the truth about the illusory world which is the imagination of the mind. Yes, the mind often confuses the individuals. It creates fear in the individual through its false imaginations. During twilight hours, even coir lying on the path will resemble a snake. Hence the passersby stop abruptly after viewing a snake? When actually it is only coir! How to examine the reality? Bring a torch light and focus on the snake? Haha! Everyone is fooled due to poor light and it is only coir lying on the path. The scriptures use this example to clarify people that the ‘snake’ is a mere imagination while there lays coir. In a similar way, the scriptures talk about the mind which hides something and imagine some other thing! Brahman or Self alone truly exists. The veiling power of the mind hides the Self and projects the Universe instead! Hence nondual philosophers assert that there is no world at all. Only Brahman is the true being. Hence the seen universe is like a ‘mirage’ in the desert! We watch many cinemas in the cinema halls. As you enter the hall, you find only a pure white screen in front of you. After sometime, the projectors project light beams through the films and the pure white screen become the cinema. At that time, we forget the existence of the screen and view only the cinema very interestingly. But what is real? The screen is the permanent entity whether there is cinema or not. Before the projections, it was pure white screen, during the cinema, the screen existed in the background and after the cinema is over, we once again look at the pure white screen!

Thus taught Bagawat Gita!

Non dual philosophy takes the world as Brahman!

This is the truth about the illusory world which is the imagination of the mind. Yes, the mind often confuses the individuals. It creates fear in the individual through its false imaginations. During twilight hours, even coir lying on the path will resemble a snake. Hence the passersby stop abruptly after viewing a snake? When actually it is only coir! How to examine the reality? Bring a torch light and focus on the snake? Haha! Everyone is fooled due to poor light and it is only coir lying on the path. The scriptures use this example to clarify people that the ‘snake’ is a mere imagination while there lays coir. In a similar way, the scriptures talk about the mind which hides something and imagine some other thing! Brahman or Self alone truly exists. The veiling power of the mind hides the Self and projects the Universe instead! Hence non dual philosophers assert that there is no world at all. Only Brahman is the true being. Hence the seen universe is like a ‘mirage’ in the desert! We watch many cinemas in the cinema halls. As you enter the hall, you find only a pure white screen in front of you. After sometime, the projectors project light beams through the films and the pure white screen become the cinema. At that time, we forget the existence of the screen and view only the cinema very interestingly. But what is real? The screen is the permanent entity whether there is cinema or not. Before the projections, it was pure white screen, during the cinema, the screen existed in the background and after the cinema is over, we once again look at the pure white screen!

Adhi Sankara stated...

The screen and the cinema!

Now we understand that the screen is the basis for the cinema. The cinema cannot be projected without a screen! The screen is the constant entity! Similarly the Brahman was the ever existing thing like the screen! The world is a projection of the mind on the Brahman! Now, we may get a doubt! How the mind could project the world? During dream state, the mind creates its own universe with so many people and things. Everything looks so real as long as one dreams. Only when we wake up, we realize that the experiences undergone are a dream and they are the creation of mind. When the mind is capable of creating night dreams, it is equally capable of creating day dreams also which we are experiencing during the waking state! Only when we wake up in the Self, we will realize that all the waking experiences are also a dream! This is the ultimate destiny of each soul.

A dream is creation of the mind!

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