Who's dream is it?
acurry at UVIC.CA
Thu Oct 30 16:56:27 CST 1997
It is enjoyable to contemplate the totality whirling
around composing our entire existence. If this were
true, I suppose everyone *would* be exactly the same in
the way all characters in a book are equally "composed".
But what about those characters in the book who
supposedly know they are mere characters in the book?
Are they *still* just characters *in* the book and is
their "knowledge" still as totally composed as any other
part of the book? If that is so, then enlightenment and
unenlightenment would be on the same ontological level,
but perhaps that *is* the point, when it's said "there is
only one thing (ie. consciousness)" ? Is that right?
If not and you don't want to put enlightenment and
unenlightenment on the same ontological level then how
do you (as enlightened person) *prove* to yourself and
others that your awakening is not as much a dream as
that of any of the sleepers you are trying to wake up?
I've read real gurus frown on silly little tricks like
suspending the laws of physics, but it would sure help
my unbelief if even 1 of the 8 "western teachers of
Advaita" could create even one little mosquito in a
scientifically scrutinized setting. If they cannot
unilaterally alter the laws of physics in this world
they say is their dream then isn't this world more real
than their awareness of it being a dream? If they cannot
demonstrate perfect total control over the nature of
this dream, it may still be a dream, but perhaps it is
God's dream and not *their* dream at all. If anyone is
beyond being fooled by maya and are therefore *beyond*
God, then they should demonstrate it or re-evaluate who
they think they are. It *has* been demonstrated many
times in history (Jesus, etc.) but I really don't think
the "8 western teachers" and all their "enlightened"
students put together can do anything of the kind.
- Allan Curry
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