Mother Answers on Dreams and Visions - I
I have dreams about railways. I often miss the train...
is quite symbolical!
because I have too much luggage. I run after it and
at times I succeed in catching up with it and jumping
into the last coach.
train, the ship, and I suppose the aeroplane also are
for those who do yoga, symbols of the way and of the Force
that leads youif you lose your time or if you have
too much luggage or if you think of it too late, well,
you miss the way and you must run hard to catch up.
There are lots of dreams like that which give a very precise
indication of the state you are in.
I was in Calcutta, I dreamt that someone dressed in
white came to my bedside, holding the flower you have
called "New Creation" [the tuberose]. I did
not know the meaning of the flower then. It was only
after my coming here that I came to know it. The form
I saw resembled you.
are very interesting, specially if one knows how to use
is the nature of a sleep without dreams?
one succeeds in making the mind and vital silent, and
in keeping the body well asleep, one can have a very still
and quiet sleep, and then, if one can manage to get out
of these forms and enter the higher worlds, one may reach
the true repose of Sachchidananda.
is it that one meets and recognises in dream persons
whom one is going to meet and recognise later on in
are many possibilities. But most often, it is that a communication
has been established either on the mental or the vital
plane or even on the subtle physical plane and it is this
communication which brings about the meeting lateryour
dream is not only a premonition but also a condition;
there is an inner relation close enough to enable you
to come into contact in sleep, and circumstances so arrange
themselves that you meet physically afterwards. Sometimes
it is only a premonition, but then the dream has a special
qualityyou see someone coming and he does come physically
a little later.
it is an already established relation; it is someone whom
you meet, whom you frequent, whom you speak to, with whom
you live some hours of the night. Then afterwards when
you both meet you have the impression that you know each
other very well. That's a fact, you already know each
other, before having met physically.
there not false visions?
you narrate something you have not seen, evidently that
is a false vision! Also if you embellish, rearrange, change
your vision when you report it, this too becomes a false
vision. But if you tell in all simplicity what you have
seen, what can there be false about it? Your interpretation
may be falseyou may say, "That means this"
and you make a big blunder, but what you have seen, you
have seen, and what you have not seen, you have not seen!
This is something which always astounds me!... Have you
seen it? If so, then you have! The explanation of what
you have seen is another matter, but if you have seen
something, you have seen it!
question generally comes from those who have the habit
of rearranging a little what they see. They see a tiny
thing, perhaps, in a flash, and then willingly or unwillingly,
consciously or unconsciously they arrange things, they
add a little bit, add to it another, they give a little
explanation, make the thing coherent and when it has become
something that can stand on its own legs, they say, "I
had this vision", but it is not at all what they
saw...This is a kind of mental insincerity. It is spontaneouswhen
the mind sees one thing here, another thing there, yet
a third elsewhere, this is very unpleasant for it. It
fills up the holes, it says, "This leads to that",
"That is the cause of this", and so on, and
the mind is very happy because this is logical. What the
mind adds in between the points of the vision may happen,
by chance, to be true, but it may also be false.
yourself rather whether you have a mind which keeps quiet,
which is wholly sincere and objective, which says exactly
what it has seen or whether you have one of those minds
bubbling with activity which, as soon as it has seen something,
adds to it its grain of salt, automatically, and makes
out of it a big story; and so you are quite convinced
that you have seen all that, but in fact you have not
seen it at all. It is in this that one can say that visions
are not sincere. But that is not the fault of the vision!
What you have seen, you have seen; it is the fault of
the interpretation or simply of the narration which was
embellished. I have had admirable examples!of people
who had seen truly revealing things, but who understood
nothing about them. On the spur of the moment they recounted
spontaneously what they had seenin half an hour
the story had become a little different, all the "holes"
were filled up and finally the story stood well on its
legs! The story was idiotic, it made no sense, whilst
the few points they had seen were magnificent revelations.
capacity for visions, when it is sincere and spontaneous,
can put you in touch with events which you are not capable
of knowing in your outer consciousness...There is a very
interesting fact, it is that somewhere in the terrestrial
mind, somewhere in the terrestrial vital, somewhere in
the subtle physical, one can find an exact, perfect, automatic
recording of everything that happens. It is the most formidable
memory one could imagine, which misses nothing, forgets
nothing, records all. And if you are able to enter into
it, you can go backward, you can go forward, and in all
directions, and you will have the "memory" of
all thingsnot only of things of the past, but of
things to come. For everything is recorded there.
the mental world, for instance, there is a domain of the
physical mind which is related to physical things and
keeps the memory of physical happenings upon earth. It
is as though you were entering into innumerable vaults,
one following another indefinitely, and these vaults are
filled with small pigeon-holes, one above another, one
above another, with tiny doors. Then if you want to know
something and if you are conscious, you look, and you
see something like a small pointa shining point;
you find that this is what you wish to know and you have
only to concentrate there and it opens; and when it opens,
there is a sort of an unrolling of something like extremely
subtle manuscripts, but if your concentration is sufficiently
strong you begin to read as though from a book. And you
have the whole story in all its details. There are thousands
of these little holes, you know; when you go for a walk
there, it is as though you were walking in infinity. And
in this way you can find the exact facts about whatever
you want to know. But I must tell you that what you find
is never what has been reported in historyhistories
are always planned out; I have never come across a single
"historical" fact which is like history. This
is not to discourage you from learning history, but things
are like that. Events have been quite different from the
way in which they have been reported, and for a very simple
reason: the human brain is not capable of recording things
with exactitude; history is built upon memories and memories
are always vague. If you take, for example, written memories,
he who writes chooses the events which have interested
him, what he has seen, noticed or known, and that is always
only a very small portion of the whole. When the historian
narrates, the same thing happens as with dreams where
you take one point, then another, then another, and at
last you can have an almost exact vision of what has taken
place and with a little imagination you fill up the gaps;
but historians relate a continuous story; between the
events or moments there are gaps which they fill up as
best they can or rather as they wish, according to their
mental, vital and other preferences. And that comprises
the history you are made to learn. The same story, narrated
in one language and in another, in one country or in another,
you cannot imagine how comic it is! This is particularly
true if one of the countries is interested because of
its vanity, its prestige. And finally the two pictures
presented to you are so different that you could believe
that two different things were being spoken about. It
is unbelievable. But I have noticed that even for altogether
external, concrete facts where there is no question of
evaluation, it is still the same thing. No human brain
is capable of understanding a thing in its totality; even
the most scholarly, the most learned, even the most sincere
person does not see a subjectand especially many
subjectstotally. He will say what he knows, what
he understands, and all that he does not know, all that
he does not understand is not there, and this absolutely
if you can acquire this capability of entering into the
terrestrial memory, I assure you it is worth the trouble.
It is quite different from Yoga; it is not necessary to
have a spiritual life for that, you must have a special
everythingI would repeat it to you eternally if
I had the timefor everything, one must be absolutely
sincere. If you are not sincere, you will begin by deceiving
yourself and all your experiences will be worth nothing
at all. But if you are sincere and by discipline (for
it is not easy) you succeed in entering this mental memory
of the world, you will make discoveries which are really
worth the trouble.
- The Mother