Friday, January 17, 2014

369. Universe: A Reality OR A Dream?

The ancient thoughts have recommended us to have a perceptive look at our lives and identify and difference between the transient and the incessant. They want us to realize and differentiate which is and was and will be forever with us with that which is temporary. A sincere seeker thinks a Ferrari will not provide him eternal happiness.  

Is it difficult to identify that which is eternal? Yes, what is confusing and veiling us is the continuous overlap of the transient which makes us believe that temporary happiness is eternal. Just as mankind seems to be immortal as there is a continuous overlap of mortals. Even so in the dream state we assume that what is happening is for real until we are awake. Everyone has had this experience of assuming the dream to be real. Most amazingly a person who has had a stupendous meal may dream he is very hungry and get up in the middle of the night, only to say what a silly dream?

Dreams are in fact the reflections of the wake state and so we get involved and transact with the people in it and participate with them. Mostly the objects and the instances that appear in the dream are what we are aware off. But in some rare instances dreams may not be of what is already seen, it can be something that is entirely new and different than what is on the earth maybe like what has to appear in future or also a fantasy world. We get solace at the fulfillment of a deed in the dream that we were yearning for. We do all sorts of unimaginable and unique actions in our dream. Dreams can make us a zero or a hero depending upon the situation pertaining to the event in the dream.

Now there is a difference in that projection of zero or hero in the dream. Either way we just say “after all it is a dream” may be upon waking up or after some time and just snub it. So finally we are taught and even experienced enough to say that dreams are not for real. And hence we do understand that what is happening in the wake state is Reality. But upon pondering further one understands that even this Reality is like a dream when compare to Ultimate Reality.

What is this Ultimate Reality? How is it different from Reality? Reality is contemporary state of affairs which in the course of time will change. What is in the Universe now was not so some 100 years ago and will never be the same another 100 years ahead. But the Ultimate Reality is the one which has transcended the time space and causation. Becoming aware of the existence of this Ultimate Reality within Reality as there was Dream within Reality is Jnana (knowledge). Then is this universe not real? This universe is real, but only relatively real (Vyavaharika Satya), while Brahman alone is absolutely real (Paramarthika Satya).

Off late quantum physics is inclined to believe that this universe is more like a dream than imagined earlier. This insight has made Sir James Jeans, noted physicist, mathematician and astronomer announce thus: “The Universe begins to look more like a great Thought than a great Machine.


  1. yes manoj ,our scriptures have explained these three states of existence as as Avastha traya .practical ,dreamy ,and deep sleep..There is some thing which is called Witness,which is blessing all these states.As all these are transitory That only is the Reality which is always there.!!!!!!Whatever changes is not real.So just like waking from the dream state we can wake up from the practical plane also.!!!Then we realize that this also is not Real.!!! very deep thought.