Why the same dream?

Prashant Sharma psharma at BUPHY.BU.EDU
Wed Nov 19 01:48:56 CST 1997

> From: Miguel Angel Carrasco <nisargadata at MX3.REDESTB.ES>
> Subject: Why the same dream?
> Date: Tuesday, November 18, 1997 12:05 PM
> If phenomena are an illusory perception, a wrong superimposition, how is
> that all of us make the same mistake? A rope does tend to be confused
> a snake, because it is in the nature of both to have a somewhat similar
> shape. But this cannot be said in the case World v. Brahman, since the
> latter has no form or shape, and Its nature (if any) is not similar at
> with that of the world.
> Billions of jivas make the same superimposition. There must be a common
> cause for that coincidence. Which? Note that I am not asking for the
> of the illusion (which Samkara shrewdly dispatches as beginningless), but
> for the cause of the coincidence in the illusion.
        This illusion is of the mind.  There is only one mind-- call it the
"human" mind-- which is the sum total of all human experiences. This is the
cause of the coincidence of the illusion.

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