LIFE IS A DREAM
house known as the body has not been made by anyone in
are real during the dream-state; even so the body is real when it is experienced as a real
substance. The notion of 'I am this body' arises
in relation to what is truly a piece of flesh with bones because
of a mental predisposition; it is an illusion.
There are thousands of such bodies which have been brought into being
by your thought-force.
you are asleep and dreaming, you experience a body in the dream. Where
does that body arise or exist?
'This is wealth.' 'This is body' and 'This is a nation' - all these are notions
(conceptual thoughts). Know this to be a long dream, or a
long-standing hallucination, or day-dreaming or wishful thinking.
by the grace of God or the Self (both are the same), you attain
awakening, you will then see all this clearly.
I remarked that I was born of the mind of the Creator: Even so the
world arises in the mind as a notion. In fact, even the Creator is
but a notion in the cosmic mind; the world-appearance too, is a notion in the
If a man resolutely seeks the source of the notions... he realizes
consciousness; otherwise he experiences the illusory world-appearance
again and again. For by continually entertaining notions such as 'This is it',
'This is mine' and 'This is my world', they assume the appearance of substantiality.
The permanency of the world is also an illusion: in the dream-state,
what is really a brief moment is experienced by the dreamer as a life-time.
In a mirage only the illusory 'water' is seen and not the substratum: Even
so, in a state of ignorance one sees only the illusory world-appearance but
not the substratum (consciousness).
However, when one has shed that ignorance, the illusory appearance vanishes.
Even the man who is normally subject to fear is not afraid of an imaginary
tiger; the wise man who knows that this world is nothing but a notion
or imagination is unafraid of anything.
one knows that the world is nothing but the appearance of one's Self
(infinite consciousness), of whom need one be afraid? When one's vision
is purified by inquiry, one's deluded understanding concerning the
When one realizes that death is inevitable to all, why will he grieve over
the death of relatives or the approach of one's own end? When one realizes
that everyone is sometimes prosperous and otherwise at other times, why will
he be elated or depressed?
one sees that living beings appear
and disappear like ripples on the surface of consciousness, where
is the cause for sorrow?
is true is always true (what exists always exists), and what is unreal is ever unreal;
where is the cause for sorrow?
Hence, one should not pin one's faith, hopes and aspirations on that
which is unreal; for such hope is bondage. O Rama, do thou live in
this world without entertaining any hope. What has to be done has to be done,
and what is inappropriate should be given up.
Live happily and playfully in this world without considerations
of desirable and undesirable. The infinite consciousness alone exists everywhere
at all times.
What appears to be is but an appearance. When the appearance is realized
as appearance, that which is, is realized.
realize 'I am not and these experiences are not mine' or know that
'I am everything' - you will be free from the lure of world-appearance. Both
these attitudes are good. You will be freed form attraction and aversion
Whatever there is in the world, in the firmament and in heaven is attained
by one who has destroyed the twin forces of attraction and aversion. Whatever
the ignorant man does, prompted by these forces, leads him to instant sorrow.
O Rama, for your spiritual awakening I declare again and again that this
world-appearance is like a long dream.
wake-up... behold the Self which shines like the sun.
(Concise Yoga Vasistha pg 287 to 288. ISBN