World-view as dream (fwd)

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Tue Dec 10 21:13:58 CST 2002

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From: Jagannath Chatterjee <jagchat01 at>

Dear Friends,

I remember having read in the Ramayana, Sri Rama
telling Lakshmana, that everything that the mind can
imagine can come to pass.

We read in the epics about Gods and demons assuming
various imaginary forms. These are only a product of
their minds. A hare with horns does not seem
impossible in this sense.


--- nanda chandran <vpcnk at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
> >The problem with this is about where to draw the
> line with respect to the
> >parts that constitute the whole in the dream. The
> mind can certainly think
> >of absolutely non-existent entities, both in waking
> state and in the dream
> >state.
> Like?
> Conceptualized objects like "horns of a hare" have a
> base in the experential
> world and cannot be considered as "absolutely
> non-existent".
> >If we could not think of the non-existent, we could
> never have any
> >knowledge of the non-existent, the "atyanta asat".
> Not really. Non-existence/"nothing" is only relative
> and not absolute.
> "Nothing" has no value in itself and exists only in
> relation to something
> else. "There's nothing in this pot"  or "there's
> nothing in this room" etc.
> There's nothing which we know of that is absolutely
> non-existent - that's
> the reason nihilism itself is logically untenable.

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