Chapter 6: I Am a Destroyer
The first question:
I have taken lately to daydreaming about enlightenment - even more delicious than love and fame.
Have you any comment to make about daydreaming?
The question is from Prem Pankaja. Daydreaming is perfectly okay as far as love and fame are concerned. They are part of a dream world, you can dream as much as you like. Love is a dream, so is fame; they are not against dreaming. In fact, when dreaming stops they disappear. They exist in the same dimension, the dimension of dream.
But you cannot dream about enlightenment. Enlightenment is possible only when dreaming disappears. Enlightenment is absence of dreaming, day or night, that doesn’t matter. Enlightenment means now your consciousness is fully aware; in an aware consciousness dreaming cannot exist. Dreaming is like darkness, it exists when the light is not there. When the light is there, darkness simply cannot exist.
Dreaming exists because life is dark, dim, dismal. Dreaming exists as a substitute: because we don’t have real joy, hence we dream. Because we don’t really have anything in life, hence we dream. Otherwise how will we be able to tolerate the emptiness that we are, how will we be able to tolerate our existence? It will be absolutely unbearable. Dreams make it bearable, dreams help us. They say to us, “Wait! Today things are not going right? Don’t be worried, tomorrow everything will be put right. Everything has to be right. We will try - maybe we have not tried enough yet. Maybe we have not worked in the right direction. Maybe fate was not with us, God was against us, but it cannot be forever..” And God is compassionate, kind; all the religions of the world say God is very kind, very compassionate. It is a hope.
Mohammedans continuously repeat: God is rahim, rahman - compassionate, kind. Why? For what do they repeat this again and again? Each time they utter the word God they will repeat “the compassionate, the kind.” Why? If he is not kind, then where will our hope and dreaming exist? He has to be kind for our dreams to exist, because there exists our hope - in his kindness, in his compassion. Tomorrow things will be okay, tomorrow they are going to be okay.
Daydreaming is good as far as love and fame are concerned, as far as outgoing energies are concerned, because outgoing, we are going in a dream. The world is a dream phenomenon; that is what Hindus mean when they call it maya, illusion. It is made of the same stuff dreams are made of. It is a daydream seen with open eyes.