November 22, 2020
Normally we are taught that waking, dreaming and deep sleep, are three distinct and different states, one following the other. That is, when the waking state comes to an end, dreaming starts, and when dreaming ends, sleep starts, and when sleep comes to an end, dream starts again. But there is a commentary written on The Mandukya Upanishad where the author makes a very innocent and terribly interesting statement. He says that these three exist all the time, at all times. When you think you are awake, you are already dreaming and sleeping at the same time, and when you are dreaming, you are also awake in a thing called dream (only the objects seen are different, only the experiences experienced are different, but the thing is the same). Similarly, when you are fast asleep, you are also in another world, in a third world, called the sleep world, where you are experiencing another type of experience, comparable to the dream state and to the experience of the waking.
It's a beautiful thought. When that becomes a realization - you are free. When that becomes a realization, that is what is called enlightenment. All these words denote but one thing: a direct awareness of the simple and fundamental truth that there is no division between what is called waking and dream, and between these two and sleep.