[Advaita-l] Sleep and Dream of a Jivanmukta

Sundar Rajan godzillaborland at gmail.com
Wed Sep 28 11:31:26 EDT 2022


Not sure about the sushupti state. There is Shankara Bhasya
in Brihardaranyaka Upanishad 4.3.20 (for example) that indicates the Jnani
may have the same knowledge in the dream state. This text talks about the
case of a Ajnani and describes when Avidya is attenuated, that person's
waking state impressions show up in dream state as well.

Also, interesting to note the Bhasya considers the litmus test is
*Sarvatmabhava*, in contrast to the popular commentary that  'doubtless
knowledge' is itself sufficient!

एवम् अत्यन्तप्रक्षीयमाणा अविद्या उद्भूता च विद्या सर्वात्मविषया यदा, तदा
स्वप्नेऽपि तद्भावभावितः — अहमेवेदं सर्वोऽस्मीति मन्यते ;

Then again, where ignorance decreases and knowledge increases, the text
describes the content and nature of the knowledge - Even in a dream it is
said that he is enthroned in the kingdom like a god and like a king (as it

स यः सर्वात्मभावः, सोऽस्य आत्मनः परमो लोकः परम आत्मभावः स्वाभाविकः ।

That, this *identity with all* (the universe) is his highest state, the
Atman’s own natural, supreme state.

यत्तु सर्वात्मभावादर्वाक् वालाग्रमात्रमपि अन्यत्वेन दृश्यते — नाहमस्मीति,
तदवस्था अविद्या ;

When, prior to this realization of *sarvatma bhava* (identity with all), he
views the latter as other than himself even by a hair’s breadth, thinking,
“This is not myself”, *that is still the state of avidya (ignorance).*


On Wed, Sep 28, 2022 at 6:50 AM Anand N via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Namaste,
> is the sleep and dream state of a Jivanmukta just like that of an Ajnani?
> Does Shruti or Bhashya talk about this?
> Om Namo Narayanaya,
> Anand
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