Dropping Out Of The Wheel
Nothing is new in life; it is a wheel, it moves on the same route. Because you go on forgetting about the past, that’s why so much excitement – once you remember, the whole excitement drops. In that remembrance sannyas happens.
Sannyas is an effort to get out of the rut of sansar. It is an effort to jump out of the wheel. It is to say to yourself, “Enough is enough! Now I am not going to participate anymore in the same old nonsense. I am getting out of it.” Sannyas is a perfect dropping out of the wheel – not out of the society, but of your own inner wheel of life and death. This is the fourth type of dream.
Then there is a fifth type of dream, and the last type. The fourth type is going backwards into your past; the fifth type is going forwards into the future. Rare, very rare – only sometimes when you are very, very vulnerable, open, flexible – the past gives a shadow and the future gives a shadow, reflects in you. If you can become aware of your dreams, someday you will become aware of this possibility also: that the future looks into you. Just suddenly a door opens and the future has a communication with you.
These are the five types of dreams. The modern psychology understands only the second type. Russian psychology understands only the first type. The three types, the other three types, are almost unknown, but Yoga understands them all.
If you meditate and become aware of your inner being in dreams, many more things will happen. The first: by and by, the more you become aware of your dreams, you will be less and less convinced of the reality of your waking hours. Hence, Hindus say that the world is like a dream. Right now just the opposite is the case: because you are so much convinced of the reality of the world in your waking hours you think, while you dream, that those dreams are also real. Nobody feels while dreaming that the dream is unreal. While dreaming it looks perfect, it looks absolutely real. In the morning of course you may say it was just a dream, but that is not the point, because now another mind is functioning. This mind was not a witness at all; this mind has only heard the rumor. This conscious mind that wakes in the morning and says it was all dream, this mind was not a witness at all. So how can this mind say anything? He has simply heard a rumor. As if you are asleep and two persons are talking, and you just – in your sleep, because they are talking so loudly – hear some words from here and there and just a hodgepodge impression is left.
This is happening: while the unconscious creates dreams and tremendous activity goes on, the conscious is asleep and just hears the rumor and in the morning says, “It is all false. It was just a dream.” Right now, whenever you dream you feel it is absolutely real. Even absurd things look real, illogical things look real, because the unconscious knows no logic.
Yoga: The Mystery Beyond Mind CH: 1