[Advaita-l] dream

jaldhar at braincells.com jaldhar at braincells.com
Sun Jun 20 03:08:31 EDT 2021

On Mon, 14 Jun 2021, Kaushik Chevendra wrote:

> namaste sir.Sir,is there a sin in dreams sir? if one commits a mistake in a
> dream should he perform a penance?
> i have searched in the smriti texts sir,but there has been no mention of
> penance for a dream.
> But says that a sin committed mentally too,needs a penance.But in the dream
> we arent completely aware  sir,so is it a mental sin?

Kaushika asked me this question but in the recent fuss I didn't answer 
sorry.  I'm posting to the list because I'd like to check if other members 
agree with my answer which is:

Just as the rope can appear to be a snake, if some sin happens in a dream 
and the dreamer believes it is real then he should make a prayaschitta for 
it.  But if he knows it is just a dream, then he as the creator of that 
dream world can absolve himself of any wrongdoing.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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