Author: Swami Sivananda
Publisher: Divine Life Society
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
The analysis of dreams and their cause by psychoanalysts are defective. They maintain that the cause of dream creation lies in the suppressed desires of the dreamer. Can they create dreams as they like by suppressing desires? No, they cannot do that. They say that desires stimulate or help the dream creation. But they do not know what supplies the material out of which they are made and what turns the desires into actual expression, enabling the dreamer see his own suppressed desires materialised and appearing to him as real.
The desires only supply the impulse. The mind creates the dream out of the materials supplied 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 is the dreamer. It is the waking personality that creates the dream personality. The dream personality exists as the object of the waking personality and is real only as such.
Though Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj is an Advaita Vedantin of Sri Sankara’s School, he is unique in that in his life and teachings he synthesizes the highest idealism and dynamic practical life. His "Divine Life" is ideal life, ideal and divine only because it is possible to live it here and now.
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 in other 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 the most interesting phenomena viz., dreams. He has viewed dreams from several angles and thrown such a flood of light on it as to expose not only its unreality, but also the unreality of the waking state. Thus the sage leads us to the Supreme Reality that alone exists.
1. Songs of Dream
3. Study of Dream-state
4. Dream Philosophy
5. Philosophy of Dream
6. Who Is It That Dreams?
7. Lord Creates Dream Objects
8. Prophetic Dreams
9. Spiritual Enlightenment Through Dreams
10. Waking As a Dream
11. The Unreality of Imagination
12. Why Jagrat Is a Dream?
13. Waking Experience Has Relative Reality
14. Waking Experience Is As False As Dream Experience
15. Jagarat Is As Unreal As Dream
16. Remove the Coloring of the Mind
17. Upanishads and Dreams
18. Prasna-Upanishad on Dreams
20. The Story of a Dreamer Subhoda
21. Raja Janaka’s Dream
22. Goudapadacharya on Dreams
23. Sri Nimbarkacharya on Dreams
24. Dream of Chuang Tze
25. Dream Hints
26. Dream-symbols and Their Meanings