Aurangabad Study Circle:

Q) “Hari Aum, Do the acts in dream also contribute to karma. Can you please help us understand?”

Manish ji's reply:

[As understood by us]

A) “Karmas are formed as long as there is “identification”. Unlike the waking state, we do not associate with the gross body in the dream state. But the association with the subtle body continues. The dream activities do have repercussions. For example, we may often dream that we are in a certain place. Holding on to the dream in the waking state by thinking about it again and again, we eventually end up planning and getting the dream executed.

In the dream state, the mind is rudderless! Hence it becomes important for us to be aware and keep our mind in check while performing every action in the waking state. Dreams are precipitation of unfructified desires, vasanas and unsolicited actions in the waking state.

We need to work on our mind and intellect equipment to get a clear picture of our thoughts in waking state and live with full awareness. Just like we can see a clear reflection of ourselves in the mirror only if the mirror is spot clean, we must strive to improve the quality of the mind. This “daily cleansing” of the mind is achieved by sadhana under the guidance of the Guru"

[Ref. Adi Shankaracharya’s Tattwa Bodh. Discourses by H H Maa Purnananda in USB drive audio / video available]