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This book is a study of the mysterious phenomenon of dreams. Dreams have fascinated mankind for ages. Civilizations over time and varied cultures have attempted to interpret the occurrence and meaning of dreams in different ways. Various theories have been extended from time to time to interpret this phenomenon. Dreams are generally viewed as displays of the subconscious and the unconscious which know everything of the past, the present and the future and constitute an interrelation between these.
The book analyses the states of thought, the sleep cycle an occurrence of dreams, presenting view points of various religious and cultural traditions like the tantric view, that of the Guiana Indians, the Korean tradition, and so on. It discusses the views of scientists and psychologists on dreams, examining the beliefs of each school- the Freud school, Jung school, Hall school among others – in detail. It classifies dreams in different ways and deals with aspects of contemplation, emotions, and feelings in dreams. It also takes up dream healing an numerology, explaining how one can understand the structure of a dream and its significance and use it for achieving something in life. It contains accounts of dreams experienced by famous personalities in history which were closely linked to their real lives.
Nandlal Vanvari, PhD, has specialized in electronics and communication engineering. He has presented papers in national and international conferences on R&D vis-à-vis electronics industry and has published a number of research papers in journals and works on the subject. He is listed in the directory of “Experts in Renewable Energy” brought out b the department of science and Technology, Government of India. Over the years, he has keenly cultivated his interest in spiritual-scientific topics like the occult sciences.
Throughout history, human beings have sought to understand the meaning of dreams. The ancient Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians, and Aryans believed dreams possessed oracular power. In the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bible, and Koran, there are many examples – the Ramayana has depicted a dream by a female demon about setting the whole Lanka on fire by a big monkey (Hanuman), and Sati Sulochana dreaming about the end of her husband Meghnada. Mahabharata tells that God told Vasudeva in dream to get up and take away Krishna who is born, immediately to save him from the wrath of his cruel maternal uncle Kansa, and another story about the dream of queen Gandhari manipulating the bodies of her hundred sons, who subsequently died in the Kurukshetra was. The Bible has given the example that Joseph’s elucidation of Pharaoh’s dream averted seven years of famine. Most of the Koran was handed over to Prophet Muhammad in a dream
Dreams have been mystic experiences for evolved souls. For some of them, dreams provided an alternative personality, such as prophetic speech, automatic writing, or the mediumistic trance.
Some shaggy scientific-minded cave dwellers began the study of the omens prophecies and warnings contained in dreams which have since been woven into the very fabric of life, until they have become a part of art, literature, and religion as well as science. Thereafter during the past century, scientists offered conflicting psychological and neuroscientific explanation: that dreams are a conglomerate of psychic formations in the psychic field of vision.
This book has been written to quench the curiosity, less of academic or historic nature and more of understanding, and application interests in practical life.
I present the text as a “tiny tot” in the field of dreams, who has picked up the pebbles from the playground of peers and principals of schools of dreams, and also from the seashore of Cosmic – Consciousness.
Dreams have fascinated mankind for ages and in spite of advances in psychological studies, the truth behind the mess of jumbled images which flood the mind when we sleep has not been adequately brought to light.
The ancient Egyptians believed dreams possessed oracular power. Other cultures have interpreted dreams as inspirational, curative, or alternative reality, Yet other views are:
Although dreams might at times have psychological contents, they were inherently meaningless.
Dreams are the means by which brain rids itself of unnecessary information.
Every important occurrence in our lives is foreshadowed in our dreams.
Dreams area series of images and/or thoughts passing through the mind in sleep.
Everybody dreams; even a child of 8 months dreams; a low intelligence person dreams as much as a person with high intelligence; and a person who is blind since birth also dreams.
An unenlightened person is dreaming constantly, even when he is awake. She does not know this because her/his sensory functions are extroverted. The moment you cut-off your awareness from the sensory functions of sight, smell, sound, taste and touch, and relax, you begin to witness the dreams. The mind of a human being is dreaming all the time, consciously as well as unconsciously. The dreams during siesta and night-sleep are only a small part of this totality – a subject of the present text.
In this usual state of dreaming, the content and expression of dreams are related to the spontaneous build-up and release of psychic tension from the subconscious as well as the awakening and expression of the unconscious.
A normal person may not rely on dreams fully, whereas a person with developed consciousness, accepts dreams as “conscious facts,” and carries them from present to future by his/her “free will.”
Dreams are displays of your subconscious and unconscious, which know everything of the past, the present and the future, and also constitute an interrelation between the future, the now, and the past of human experience.
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