EXPERIENCE Both in waking and in dream Objects are “perceived“ or “seen“ As different from the subject.
The character of “being seen“
Is common to both kinds of experience.
There is subject-object-relationship
In waking as well as in a dream.
This is the similarity between the two.
“Something is seen as an object“ means “Something is other than the Self“.
The experience of the not-self is illusory,
For, if the not-self were real,
The Self would be limited and unreal.
The illusory experience of the not-self Is common to both waking and dream.
In waking, the mind experiences through the senses;
In the dream, the mind alone experiences.
In both states, the mind alone experiences
Whether externally or internally.
The dream is transcended by waking.
Waking is transcended by turiya.
Hence, both dream and waking are contradicted.
Waking contradicts dream,
And dream contradicts waking.
When one is, the other is not.
Neither of the two is continuously existent,
This proves the unreality of both.
Duality is not real,
Because duality is the opposite of eternity.
Without duality, there is no perception.
Hence, anything that is perceived is unreal
Whether in a dream or in waking.
The dream is real when there is no waking.
Waking is real when there is no dream.
Hence, both are unreal experiences.
They depend on one another for their existence.
One cannot say whether he is dreaming or waking
Without referring one state to another state.
Desires are the rulers of all experiences
In waking and also in the dream.
Waking is the physical functioning of desires,
Dream is the mental functioning of desires.
The senses are moved by desires in waking.
The mind is moved by desires in dreaming.
Both states are like flowing streams.
They do not persist forever in one state.
That which persists forever is real.
Dream and waking have a beginning and an end.
Change is the character of all perceived objects.
Change implies non-existence at the beginning And also at the end.
That which does not exist at the beginning
And does not exist at the end
Does not exist in the middle also.
Therefore waking is unreal like dream.
It may be objected by some that Waking is real because it is the cause of dream,
And the dream is not the cause of waking.
But this objection is without support.
If waking is a cause,
It must be real.
If it is real,
It must exist forever.
Waking itself is without reality,
For it does not exist always.
If the cause itself is unreal,
How can it produce a real effect?
Both these are unreal states.
One who eats bellyful in waking state May feel hungry in the dream state And vice versa.
Things appear to be real only In a particular condition.
They are not always,
That which is not always real
Is an appearance and so unreal.
Anything that has got a form
Forms are special modes of cognition and perception.
They are not ultimate. In waking there are physical forms.
In dreaming there are mental forms.
Anyhow all are forms only Limited in space and time.
A form lasts only so long
As that particular mental condition lasts;
When there is a different mental condition
The forms of experience also change.
This is why the form of the world vanishes
When Self-Realisation is attained.
Both in dreaming and waking
External perceptions are considered as real
And internal functions as unreal (i.e., they are ignored).
If in waking we make a distinction Between real and unreal,
In dream also we do the same thing.
The dream is real as long as it lasts,
Waking also is real as long as it lasts.
The dream is unreal from the standpoint of waking,
And equally so is waking to the dreamer.
From the standpoint of the highest Truth,
Waking is as false as the dream.
It may be said that objects in waking state
Serve some definite purpose
And those of dream do not serve a purpose.
This argument is incorrect
Because the nature of serving a purpose
Which is seen in objects of waking
Is contradicted by a dream and vice versa.
The utility and objective worth
Of Things, states, etc. in waking
Are cancelled in the dream state,
Even as the conditions and experiences in a dream Are invalidated in waking.
Objects act as means to ends
Only in a particular condition And not in all conditions.
The causal relationship of waking Is rendered nugatory in a dream, and vice versa.
The logical sequence of waking Is valid to itself alone and not to dream.
So is dream valid to its state?
Waking and dreaming have their notions of propriety,
And each is stultified by the other,
Though each appears to be real to itself.
Thus, the validity of both states Is rejected.
It may be contended that Objects of the dream are queer, fantastic and unnatural, And, hence, waking cannot be like dream.
But the experiences in dream However grotesque or abnormal,
Are not abnormal to the dreamer.
They appear fantastic only in A different state, waking.
One cannot say what is fantastic And what is normal and real.
The mind gives values to objects And its conception of normality and abnormality
Changes according to the state in which it is.
There is no permanent standard Of normality, beauty or decorum,
Either in waking or in dreaming,
Which may hold good for all times.
The dreamer has his conception Of space, time and causation,
Even as the waking one has his notions.
One state is absurd when compared to the other.
This shows that both states are illogical
And, therefore, absurd from the highest standpoint.
The world of waking experience is unreal
Because it is the imagination of the cosmic mind.
The fact that in Self-Realisation There is absolute cessation of phenomenal experience
Shows that all phenomena are unreal.
External forms are the expressions Of the internal Sankalpas or willing.
Therefore, external objects have no real value.
They appear to exist only As long as the Sankalpas exist.
The senses externalise the internal ideas And present them in the forms of objects.
When the Sankalpas are drawn within
The world of objective experience vanishes.
The Infinite Subject,
The Self alone remains.
There is no such thing as Externality and internality in reality.
The ego and the non-ego,
The subject as well as the object,
All are imaginations of the mind alone.
It may be said that Objects seen in waking are not Mere mental imaginations,
Because the objects of waking experience Are seen by other people also,
Whether or not one“s mind cognises them.
But it is seen that In the dream state also Objects of experience are open to The perception of other people,
Though the people, as well as the objects,
Are all subjective imaginations.
It may be said that in waking
We perceive through the sense-organs And not merely through ideas.
But it is seen that in a dream also
We perceive through the sense-organs
Belonging to the dream-state,
Which are not less real than those of waking state.
As a dream is unreal,
Waking also must be unreal.
The objective world of waking experience
Cannot have an independent existence,
Because it is relative to the subject Which cognises or perceives it.
The object is called an object
Just because there is a perceiving subject.
Similarly, a subject is called a subject Just because there is a perceived object.
Neither of the two is self-existent, And, therefore, both prove themselves to be unreal.
Subject and object appear In the form of cause and effect.
Without a cause there is no effect,
Without an effect, nothing can be a cause;
The conception of causation itself is illogical.
The mind perceives and recognises objects
Only by relating one thing to another.
The whole world of perception
Is a bundle of unintelligible relationships
Which the mind tries to organise into cause and effects.
Further, there is no causation at all,
Because, cause and effect are continuous.
There cannot be a lapse of time
In which the cause remains unchanged.
If the cause can exist unchanged for some time, there is no reason why it should change at any time at all.
Either there is continuous causation Or no causation at all.
If causation is continuous, Cause and effect become identical, Being inseparable from one another.
If they are identical,
It means there is no causation at all.
If there is no causation, There is no world of experience also.
The whole causal scheme is illogical, Because it either requires the existence
Of a first uncaused cause, Or it is meaningless.
There is no meaning in saying that there is a first uncaused cause,
For, thereby, we create a beginning for time.
If causation were real,
It would never be possible to get rid of it.
But Self-Realisation breaks the chain of causation.
Hence, causation is false, And, consequently, the world of experience Also is false.
As in dream also there is wisdom
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