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WHO AM I?
YOGA VASISTHA by Swami Shyamananda Paramahansa SECTION 2
THE STORY OF JHIWAT
"Holy Sire, like a dream city, like an illusion, like a fantasy, Bramha has conceived the world and body in his mind. How come and why has it become so true to us?" Sri Rama asked. In the beginning the creation feels to Bramha like it is false. But later, he becomes so convinced of its reality, because by a widespread maya he too becomes part of an everlasting dream. And because this dream is created by each individual, like waves in the ocean by wind of each individual's former will from former creations. Out of his own will lingering from former life to enjoy supremacy of Bramhahood, he too stays bound. And he remains so until its fulfillment. Answering your question of how come and why this impossible became possible, I would say dreams, illusions, hallucinations are always controversial, full of contradiction as they are by nature. And that is how they are and have to be and we ought to accept as they are--see, fire exists in water of the ocean that is why it is called badavagni. From pure water lotuses are bloomed. People live and fly in space. Himalayas have both simultaneously frozen ice and flowers of all seasons. As water flows from stones, nectar drips from chandrakant gems, one sees one's own death in dream while still alive. Ganga flows in the sky. So also this entire show is a vast indrajal, gandharva nagar, a shambari maya. A myth is appearing as truth and truth has become a myth. A deer has fallen in a ditch; he is miserable, but then falls in another, greater ditch again with lots of mud in it. Same way ignorant man falls in the mire of illusion, and then begins to see series of connected illusions declaring them professionally analyzed, scientifically proven truth. Through laboratory tests, expert's tests, history tests, archeological proofs and politician's recommendations, he solidifies his personal illusions and turns them into truth and falls in the ditch creating the total impossibility of ever attaining the Truth.