[Advaita-l] A question om dream state
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Wed Sep 28 00:48:56 CDT 2011
On Sat, 24 Sep 2011, Sudhakar Kabra wrote:
> There are a few clarifications which I request the group to throw some
> light. Dream is a state without any activity of gross body.(Considering
> normal cases)
Yes, no voluntary actions only the involuntary ones such as breathing etc.
> 1.Some people say that in this state also karma kshaya take place
> without the participation of gross body. Is it true and any reference in
> 2.Some people say that in Kaliyuga the effect of mental thought does not
> constitute papa or punya where as in other yugas it does. Is it true
> and any reference in scripture?
I do not recall references off hand but the dream state is wholly
subjective so any pApa and puNya, karma and nishkarma only have
consequences in that dream.
> 3.At death, the physical body falls off. In between the time period
> before it acquire a new body, can it be treated as a state like dream
> without an activity of physical body.
> a) If yes, then can we call it pratibhasika satyam. Any references?
> b) If no, then why? What is the level of satyam that is assigned to it in the scriptures.
The body consists of 5 koshas of which the perceivable is only the
outermost. But the other four are "physical". The pa~nchAdashI of svAmI
vidyAraNyA covers this topic in detail.
> 4. Any reference or comparison between dream and transmigration period
> is requested.
Prof. Arvind Sharma has written two books albeit from an academic
standpoint: "The World as Dream" (DK Printworld, 2006 ISBN:
978-8124603659) "Sleep as a State of Consciousness in Advaita Vedanta"
(SUNY Press, 2004 ISBN: 978-0791462515) which I haven't read yet (on my
ever-lengthening todo list) but generally his work is well researched and
interesting to read so perhaps this could be a starting point for you.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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