If it was just a dream, why were we sweating? Why did we find it so real? The answer is that when we are dreaming, we THINK it's real! There is no way for us to know that it is a dream while we are dreaming. The minute you realise it is a dream, you wake up from it. Isn't it?
Why bother about analysing dreams you may ask. But this can lead us to a rather big question. How are we so sure we are not dreaming now? How are we so sure that the life we are leading now is not another dream? Just think about it, when you are dreaming, the entire set up, all the people, the voices, the characters, everything was created by the mind. Why is it that we assume what we see now is reality? If the mind is so powerful to create a whole new world every night in our dreams, then why rule out the possibility of it creating this world around us?
Let me quote a small story that I heard from Nithyananda earlier:
There was once a Zen master who woke up crying one morning. His disciples rushed towards him and inquired what happened. The master said "I dreamt that I was a butterfly last night in my dream". The disciples looked at each other not able to comprehend why this could be a matter of concern. The master went on "Now the problem is, I do not know whether I am a Zen Master who dreamt that I was a butterfly or whether I am indeed a butterfly which is dreaming that it has become a Zen master"!
This story is just to question the same point: Are we sure we are not dreaming now? If we have never woken up, then how can we be sure we are not dreaming now? :)
This process of waking up is what Masters calls "Enlightenment". All sages and great Masters, for thousands of years have claimed that there is another whole dimension, which we are completely unaware of. How can we be aware if we are so fond of our 'dreams' and hold on to them as reality? These Masters have woken up and out of their compassion try to wake us up too. They are here to say 'Don't weep, don't worry it is all just a dream. Wake up and see for yourself'
Now, we want proof for everything. We are trained to reject anything that doesn't appeal to our intellect. As Nithyananda says: a seed asks for proof to the tree 'If I break open, what is the proof that I will become a tree?' For that the tree replies 'You break open and see for yourself'. The tree cannot happen unless the seed opens and the seed refuses to open until the tree happens! So how can the tree happen?
Here is a very interesting video how how a 2-D man is scared to believe there could be a 3rd dimension. The 3-D man out of his compassion wakes the 2-D man into the 3rd dimension, which he had never ever witnessed before:
Had the 2-D man remained inside the fence out of fear of lack of trust, he would have never experienced the joy of the 3rd dimension. Let us be open and allow the Masters to show us the new and beautiful dimensions within ourselves!
-- Ma Nithyananda Arpana