Our life is a state of dream. Since the soul never dies, the life that ends with the death of the physical body is like a dream for the soul. When the soul leaves the body, it finds itself all alone in space, without a physical body and without spouse, parents, children, family members, house, car, friends, society and the material world which existed before death. This state of the soul, being all alone in space, is the same as it was before its birth and hence the continuity of its lonely existence without a physical body gets established and the remembrances of life’s incidents become a dream.
For the soul, living in the physical world for 70-80 years would seem to be only a short spell of time. This is similar to a dream in the night, where thousands of kilometers would have been travelled or a child would have grown into an adult in a span of few minutes. This happens because of the difference in frequency of consciousness in awakened state, dream state and non-physical soul state.
Since nothing is real and permanent in this universe, why should we fear, worry and be anxious? Why should we repent for the past and worry for the future? Everything — favourable and unfavourable situations, circumstances, tensions, anger and love — is going to pass one day. In fact, if we look at our life in retrospect, everything is a dream for the soul.
Our childhood, school days, marriage, death of a family member, job, retirement, loss, profit, sickness, strained and cordial relationships, entertainment, etc. all look like a dream. They may be good or bad dreams, feel-good or scary ones, but all those events having passed are dreams and have no existence. Similarly, all that which is presently going on will become a dream in future.
Those who are spiritually enlightened know the universal truth — that for the soul, life on earth is a dream. They experience everything knowing that they will be liberated from their dreams. Nothing was real and nothing is real. Reality is only one and that is our existence as pure self — formless and eternal consciousness.
One can straightaway achieve this enlightened state if one can constantly remain aware of being in a state of dream. Witness everything as if you are dreaming. Don’t react negatively to any situation, knowing that nothing is permanent and nothing needs to be taken seriously. Even if one does not achieve an enlightened state, at least one can make this life a good dream to remember and enjoy in retrospect.