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Stay Put or Go Is All the Same
Carl: Hi, Ramji, I hope I’m not bothering you with this, but I don’t know anyone else that I could bounce this off.
I had a dream the night before last. I was in Japan, eating breakfast at a bus station after an overnight journey. Across from me were two Japanese gentlemen who were apparently interested in talking with an American. My Japanese is useless, and their English was very bad. They tried very earnestly to talk to me, and I tried very earnestly to understand them, but to no avail.
Now the point is, I was fully aware that I was dreaming (a lucid dream), so I could have just walked out, flown to Mars, etc. But I did not want to make them feel uncomfortable, while at the same time I knew that they and that dream-body of mine were not real. So I stayed put and tried my best to understand them, even though it was uncomfortable for me to do so. I just felt I had an obligation since they were so earnest. The rest of the dream has evaporated.
This is how I interpret the meaning: I have been afraid of going much further on the path and have been holding back. I feared that if I woke up to the truth of the teaching, I might “weird out,” take off and leave my family behind. This dream told me that I did not need to fear that, that even as I realized the unreality of the situation I did not take advantage of it. Do you think this interpretation makes sense?
Ram: Hi, Carl. Cool dream. I think your interpretation is very good. Knowing who you are does not mean that anything needs to change in the maya world. Weirding out is as unreal as staying put. It simply means that you look on everything as you looked on the events in the dream. You, awareness, knew they were dream events, so there is no reason to take them seriously and get involved with them or to run away from them. The waking state is also a dream, although we have been conditioned to take it to be real. Liberation means that you are free. You can leave things as they are or weird out and change them. It is all the same. They will still be dream things. In short, your resistance is misplaced. Don’t hold back. In fact you are already liberated.
Yes, I am coming to Portland for June, July and most of August, Lord willing and the creek don’t rise. Take care of yourself and write if you have questions. Let’s get this spiritual search over and have some fun.
~ Love, Ram