Vedanta and illusory knowledge

“Vedanta admits that its philosophy is a part of the illusory world. A portion of this long dream. But vedantic philosophy has one distinction which all other parts of the illusion lack. Its character, its excellence is unique. And that is summarised in one potent Sanskrit phase “swapna simha vath”. Swapna means dream, simha means lion and vath means like. The philosophy of vedanta is said to be like a dream lion. Imagine a lion appears in a dream. The lion in the dream is a part of the dream world experienced by the dreamer. But the lion in the dream has one peculiarity. One distinctive character which none of the other objects of the dream possess. And that is its capacity to catapult the dreamer from the dreaming state of consciousness to the waking state of consciousness. When the lion appears in the dream the dreamer experiences a kind of nightmare. He is startled. He is horrified. The lion wakes him up as it were. The dream lion no doubt is a part of the dream but it swallows up the entire dream. In doing so the dream lion also vanishes. That is the characteristic of this dream lion. Similarly Vedanta plays the role of the dream lion in this world. Vedantic knowledge is part of this illusory world. But then it dissolves the entire illusion of this world. Reveals reality. It inveils your inner Self. It transports you from the plane of world – consciousness to a plane of god – consciousness. That is the beauty of this knowledge. Pursue it till the end. You will reach the ultimate Reality.”

Swami Parthsarathy


About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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