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Interpretation of Dream-Swami Sivananda

Interpretation of Dream-Swami Sivananda

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PHILOSOPHY OF
DREAMS
By
 
SRI SWAMI SIVANANDA
Sri Swami SivanandaFounder of The Divine Life Society
 
SERVE, LOVE, GIVE,PURIFY, MEDITATE,REALIZESo SaysSri Swami Sivananda
 
A DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY PUBLICATION
 
First Edition: 1958Second Edition: 2000(2,000 Copies)World Wide Web (WWW) Edition: 2001WWW site: http://www.SivanandaDlshq.org/ 
This WWW reprint is for free distribution
 
© The Divine Life Trust Society
 
Published By
 THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETYP.O. S
HIVANANDANAGAR
249 192Distt. Tehri-Garhwal, Uttaranchal,Himalayas, India.
 
PUBLISHERS’ NOTE
ThoughSriSwamiSivanandajiMaharajisanAdvaitaVedantinofSriSankara’sSchool,heis unique in that in his life and teachings he synthesises the highest idealism and dynamic practicallife. His “Divine Life” is ideal life, ideal and divine only because it is possible to live it here andnow.The sage, therefore, has directed the beam of his divine light on all problems that face man.Not confining himself to the exposition of philosophy and Yoga, he has enriched our literature inother fields, too, e.g., medicine, health and hygiene and even “How to Become Rich.”And now we have from his divine pen his inspiring and enlightened thoughts on one of themost interesting phenomena viz., dreams. He has viewed dreams from several angles and thrownsuch a flood of light on it as to expose not only its unreality, but also the unreality of the wakingstate. Thus the sage leads us to the Supreme Reality that alone exists.16th February, 1958.Maha Sivaratri Day
THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY
INTRODUCTION
The analysis of dreams and their cause by psychoanalysts are defective. They maintain thatthe cause of dream creation lies in the suppressed desires of the dreamer. Can they create dreams astheylikebysuppressingdesires?No,theycannotdothat.Theysaythatdesiresstimulateorhelpthedream creation. But they do not know what supplies the material out of which they are made andwhat turns the desires into actual expression, enabling the dreamer see his own suppressed desiresmaterialised and appearing to him as real.The desires only supply the impulse. The mind creates the dream out of the materialssupplied by the experiences of the waking state. The dream creatures spring up from the bed of Samskaras or impressions in the subconscious mind. Indigestion also causes dream. The Taijasa isthe dreamer. It is the waking personality that creates the dream personality. The dream personalityexists as the object of the waking personality and is real only as such.The waking and dreaming states do not exist independently side by side as real units.Why do we dream? Various answers have been given to this question. Dreams are nothingbutareflectionofourwakingexperienceinanewform.Themedicalviewisthatdreamsareduetosome organic disturbances somewhere in the body, but more particularly in the stomach.Sometimes coming diseases appear in dreams.According to Sigmund Freud all dreams without any exception are wish-fulfilment. Thephysical stimulus alone is not responsible for the production of dreams. The dream mechanism isvery intricate. The wishes are of an immoral nature. They are revolting to the moral self, which
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