The World of the Mind - Dreams

Josef Fric

The World of the Mind

Content

The book The World of the Mind
• Dedication
• Introduction
• The Fundamental Mistakes in One's Perception of the World
• Three Types of People According to Their State of Mind
• Ego - the Constructed Idea of the Mind "I Am a Body"
• The Main Sources of the Ego
• Is There a God in This View of the World?
• Dreams
• Miracles
• Happiness
• Love
• Is My Life Directed by Fate or My Own Will?
• Doubts
• Path to the Freedom
• Yoga
• Dhyana-yoga - The Path of Meditation
• Jnana-yoga - The Path of Knowledge
• Karma-yoga - The Path of Renunciation of Results of Actions
• Bhakti-yoga - The Path of Devotion
• God's Grace - The Self-experience
• The Guru
• The Properties of a Seeker
• Summary
• Recommended Methods and Literature
• Self-enquiry
• The Age of Demon Kali
• In Conclusion
• Literature
The book Siva and Parvati
The book Strange Dream
Links

• Sri Ramana Asramam
• Sri Brahmam
• Athithi Asram
• Gurujee Ojaswee Sharma
• Sri Nanna Garu
• Amma
• Mahatma Gandhi
• Yogi Ram Surat Kumar
• Yoga in daily life
• AHAM
• ISKCON - Hare Krishna
• Yatharth Gita
• Bhagavad Gita
Publishers
• Volvox Globator
• Sri Ramana Asramam
Webhosting
• TANGER computersystems


                   Dreams                   

"In deep sleep there are no thoughts, and there is no world. In the states of waking and dream, there are thoughts, and there is a world also. Waking is long and a dream short; other than this there is no difference." Sri Ramana Maharishi

     What is a dream and where does it come from? What does it tell us? Objectively, the body falls into a calm and unconscious state. Subjectively, the mind is no longer aware of the sleeping body and produces dreams. Dreams are various imaginations created by the mind independent of sensory perception at a time when the body is relaxing, and the mind is also replaying certain percepts in order to purify itself in its own special way. The stories are therefore one's own experiences specially distorted. A regular dream is thus a mere imagination projected by a resting mind, no more and no less. We probably dream in order for the mind to have some entertainment of its own and leave the body alone to rest for a while.
     I have had several dreams in my life so far that could be called mystic. I experienced certain situations in them. Their acquaintance has been very useful to me on my spiritual path. I have had to find the proper benefits by myself, in the right time and connecting these experiences with the advises of many sages. That does not mean, however, that the stories I lived in the dreams were real, but they were interesting and very important states and situations. Their acquaintance I would not have been able to achieve so easily by any other way.
     Where these stories came from, I cannot tell. It is hard to define precisely how the unnatural is involved in producing an imagination in the mind. We can hardly discover whether they are coded genetically or handed down by some extrasensory mechanism. One needs to understand, however, that whatever appears in the imagination is but a passing thought, a picture. The important thing is to find your true Self, the source and observer of all thoughts and stories, and to abide in absolute peace within it.

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