Chapter 18: The Mind Is a Deceiver
In the dream you have the freedom to be an animal again, with all the freedom of an animal. You can do whatsoever you want to do with the woman. Nobody is preventing you - no priest, no policeman. Nobody is ever going to know what you did in your dream. Even you yourself will forget in the morning what you did in your dream.
But this is not the only function, this is a very small function of dreaming. In fact Western psychology has not divided mind’s different stages the way the East has done. In Eastern psychology the most superficial state is the waking state - very thin, very artificial. It is a social by-product.
You cannot live alone, you have to live with the society; you have to follow the rules of the game. This thin layer is created by the priests, by the parents, by the pedagogues, and by all kinds of influences on you. And you are given tremendous respect for it, you are rewarded for it.
The second layer is dreaming, which is far truer, far more natural - out of reach of the crowd, society, education, morality, religion. You are more authentic, you are not a hypocrite in your dreaming.
The third stage is sleep mixed with dreams. That is even deeper. A few dreams float in it, and these dreams are far more important than the dreams of the second stage because the second-stage dreams are more or less reactions of your waking state. Whatever you have repressed creates them.
The third stage of sleep with dreams.these dreams have nothing to do with your waking state. These are more like visions. And if you can remember them, they can be of tremendous help for you for your spiritual growth. They show you the direction where to go, where the right way is.
These dreams should not be called dreams, and they are not called dreams in the East; they are called visions. And they can happen only when you have reached the sleep of the third strata of your mind. You are far away from your waking world, miles away. The waking world has no effect on it.
These visions are caused by the fourth stage - which is dreamless sleep. This is the fourth stage, when dreams disappear completely - no visions, no dreams; you are simply asleep. This is the deepest in your being. You are at the very bottom of your mind.
Patanjali, one of the most authentic seekers of the mind, and one of the oldest, ancientmost people, in many ways very rare.. For example, there are very few people who have created a whole system alone.
Yoga is the creation of one single man, Patanjali - the whole system. And he created it to such a perfection that for five thousand years nothing has been added to it, nothing has been taken out of it. He has exhausted the whole field. It is very rare; it takes centuries for any science to become complete, and many people have to contribute to it.