The Dream of Life
(From the Vakyasudha.)
Oriental Department, Nov-Dec, 1895
Dream, wherein the Self is mirrored, has two, powers,—to extend and to envelope; enveloping the habitual self and its world, it extends a new self and life instead.
They remain only so long as the dream lasts, and are the mirror-self and the mirror-world; nor, when one has awakened from one dream, are they ever the same in another dream.
The mirror-self believes its mirror-world to be real; but the habitual-self knows them both to be unreal.
The habitual-self believes its habitual-world to be real; but the supreme Self knows them both to be unreal.
The supreme Self knows its oneness with the supreme Eternal; and sees nothing apart from the Eternal except the unreality of all else.