All the world is a dream!

In this section , Brother Madhusudan Naidu shares interesting and insightful moments from the interactions of Bhaghwan with His Students, Teachers and Devotees. This is true wisdom straight from the innermost sanctum sanctorum of the direct Divine Presence!

These are the compilations of those nuggets of wisdom for the benefit of the devotees.

In this week’s INNER VIEW, Brother Madhusudan Naidu shares his personal experience with the Lord.


A few years ago while I was at Raipur, I fell very sick all of a sudden. The high temperature did not allow me to get up from bed at all. It was then that Swami appeared in my dream, materialised a green diamond ring and put it on my finger. Just like all the dreams of Swami this too was very refreshing and energising. The result was that the fever vanished by morning and I could present myself to Him in the Puja room. During the morning meditation, I asked Swami, “Last night you came in my dream and gave me a ring and I felt very happy”. He smiled and said, “Yes, that happened in that dream, this is happening in this dream.”

“This dream!” I was puzzled.

“Oh Yes, this is also a dream.”

“Then why do we not realise that, why do we think it’s real?”, I asked.

What He said to me thereafter is one of the most revealing explanations about the states of existence mentioned in the scriptures which are Jagrita ( Wakeful), Swapna (Dream), Sushupti (Deep Sleep) and Turiya (Consciousness).

Swami said, “The truth is that all this is a dream that will vanish in time, but the consciousness alone is permanent. Just like in the dream you did not realise that it was a dream till you woke up, likewise in this wakeful-dream also you are unable to realise its unreal nature. Only when you wake up from this dream that you would know what the reality is.”

“But Swami”, I argued, “This dream looks so real, so convincing.”

“That’s true, the deeper the details in the dream, the more convincingly real it appears to be. The more your senses are engaged in this dream, the more real it appears to be. Therefore, the wise ones withdrew their senses from the sense objects and abided in their true selves all the time, so they don’t get falsely convinced about its unreal nature.”

That made a lot of sense to me as I observed that, those dreams where the details were finer, I felt more involved and believed it was real till the alarm rang, and I was woken up relieved that the Tiger that was chasing me was after all in the dream!

“Aye! I am that alarm to wake you up from this dream”, He revealed with a playful smile.