THE DREAM OF LIFE
I definitely know from my living experience that God is the one and only reality, and that all else is illusion. All that you see and hear at this moment-this hall, our being in each others presence, these explanations which I give and you hear, and even my incarnation as Avatar-all this is a dream. Every night you go to sleep and have different kind of dreams, yet every morning you wake up to experience a new and the same old dream that you have been dreaming since your birth into present life in illusion.
You will say, “Baba, we are wide awake: we actually see you sitting before us, we can and do follow what you are explaining to us.” But you will admit that you would say the same thing to me if, in a dream, you found that you were near me and heard me telling that all you felt, saw and heard was a dream.
As long as you do not wake up from dream bound to feel it is to be stark reality. A dream becomes a dream only when you wake up; only then you do tell others that the life you lived in the dream was just a dream. Good or bad, happy or unhappy, in reality the dream is then recognized as having been absolutely nothing.
Therefore, I repeat, that although you are now sitting before me and gearing me, you are not really awake. You are actually sleeping and dreaming. I say this because I am simultaneously awake in real sense and yet dreaming with one and all the dreams which all dream.
At your pleasures and difficulties, your feelings of happiness and misery, your presence here and you listening to these explanations, all are nothing but a vacant dream on your part and mine. There is this one difference: I also consciously know the dream to be dream, while you feel that you are awake.
When you really wake up you will know at once that what you felt to be wakefulness was just dreaming. Then you will realise that you and I are and always have been one in reality. All else will disappear on waking. Then they are not only cease to exist, but they are found never to have really existed.
It is only when you wake up in the true sense that you find that you alone exist and that all else is nothing. Only after cycles and cycles of time can one attain one’s own consciousness state of God and find that one’s infinite consciousness is eternally free of all illusions of duality.
The whole of creation is play of thoughts, the outcome of mind. It is your own mind which binds you, and it is also mind which is the means of your freedom. You are eternally free. You are not bound at all.
But you cannot realise freedom by merely hearing this from me, because your mind contrives to entangle you in the illusion of duality. Therefore you only understand what I am telling you, and mere understanding cannot make you experience the truth which I tell you.
For ages past I have been telling people to leave all and come to me. That alone is the way to liberation from all illusion.