MEANING OF DREAMS
Since antiquity, dreams have been a marvel for the human conscience. Even in the 21st century when human beings have already landed on the Moon and are scaling vast astronomical distances, dreams have not lost their mystical attraction. Dreams are still a mystery for us and at the same time have pleasing as well as terrorizing effects on us.
Our religious scriptures abound in the extensive descriptions about dreams. The fact that a separate scripture had to be created especially for the analysis of the dreams amply corroborate their importance. We may however say that analysis of dreams is in fact an integral part of Astrology. Like astrology where predictions are made according to the movement of the planets, dreams also help us to draw an inference based on the sequence of events that we witness during sleep.
A layman broadly divides his dreams into good and bad ones. Invariably, he takes bad dreams as ill omens and vice versa. So-called modern intellectuals deride one’s beliefs in dreams as mere superstitions. But it is also a fact that in the western countries like USA, which is at least a century ahead of us in terms of technological development, dreams constitute an interesting subject for research in modern science.
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DO THE DREAMS AFFECT HUMAN LIFE?
Dreams do affect our day-to-day life, sometimes positively, sometimes negatively, though the scientific investigations to support this point are lacking. Your own experience with the dreams and how you felt afterwards are the only things that support this view. It is entirely a spiritual or para-psychological matter, which is far beyond the precepts of physical sciences. But experiences of even a layman have certain weight when it comes to the analysis of dreams.
Our religious scriptures contain profuse description of the dreams and their effects. In Sundar kand of Ramayana, an ogress Trijata relates her dream to her companion that in the dream, she had seen Ravan with tonsured head and going to the south riding an ass and that there was great stampede in Lanka. It is well known that within a month, her dream came true as Hanumana caused devastation by setting Lanka on fire that resulted in a great stampede there. Even Ravan ultimately migrated to the south i.e. met his death.
Dreams may also be termed as premonition i.e. having knowledge of the events that are to take place in future. But all the people are not able to draw an unfailing conclusion on the basis of the dreams. Those who are more pious, more spiritual in nature have a developed ability to draw a conclusion on the basis of the dreams. Same was the case with Trijata who is stated to be more pious and spiritually inclined than the rest of the ogresses as is apparent from this stanza:
TRIJATA NAAM RAKSHASI EKA, RAAM CHARAN RATI NIPUN BIBEKA ||
SABANHU BOLI SUNAESI SAPANA, SEETAHI SEI KAREHU HIT APANA ||
SAPANEN BANAR LANKA JAARI, JAATU DHAAN SAINA SAB MAARI ||
KHAR AARURH NAGAN DASASEESA, MUNDIT SIR KHANDIT BHUJ BEESA||
EHI BIDHI SO DACHCHHIN DISI JAI, LANKA MANAHU VIBHISHAN PAI ||
NAGAR PHIRI RAGHUBIR DOHAI, TAB PRABHU SEETA BOLI PATHAI ||
All the dreams do not have similar effects. Outcome of some of the dreams begins to manifest within a few days whereas others might take months or even years to show their outcome. It is generally believed that only those dreams have effect, which we have during deep slumber. Those dreams that we have during short nap are usually ineffective. Thus, time of the dream is equally important. In any case, correct interpretation of dream helps us to condition ourselves physically and mentally to deal with the ensuing circumstances.
As is apparent from the name, these dreams are strange in nature and produce strange feelings in the dreamer. The sequences that are played in such kind of dreams have no connection with reality such as one can see in a dream, a person with four heads, sixteen hands or with huge mountain-like body. One might even see elephants flying in his dream. Such sequences have no connection with reality but still people experience them. Sequences can be even stranger than one might expect.
This category of dream can have two types- dreams that augur well, and dreams that augur ill. These are the most important kinds of dreams, which have long-lasting effect on our daily life. Sequences seen in these dreams like visiting temples and places of pilgrimage, sighting holy people and having their blessings and many such things, which are pleasant to us. Contrary to such sequences, one might see a woman clad in red or black sari taking someone towards the south. This type of sequences always augurs ill. Similarly, sighting of shooting stars and breaking shoes also indicate some mishap.
This type of dream also does not have much importance and materialise only rarely. These dreams however fulfil our incomplete desires. Such as for example, one might be desirous of becoming a king, so in his dream, he becomes a king. Similarly, a pretty girl might want to marry an extremely handsome man. So in her dreams, she sees herself becoming a queen. Effect of such dreams lasts as long as we are dreaming. Once the sleep is disturbed, these dreams and their effects also vanish altogether.
TIMING OF THE DREAMS
During the whole night’s sleep, a normal human being has five cycles of dreams. An insane person can have even more up to fifteen cycles of dreams. Even a normal person has a complete cargo of dreams if he is mentally disturbed or having physical ailment. There are five distinct timings of the dreams. These are -
Auspicious dreams: Sighting of cow, elephant, cadaver, girls, silver utensils and ornaments, learned Brahmin, king, mourning in the home are considered as auspicious signs. Moon, a tree in full bloom, beautiful garden, idols of deity or great people, temple of Lord Shiva, oxen, chariot or other vehicle, lotus, white cloth, astrologer, cotton, dancing troupe and book in the dream is definitely an auspicious sign. Similarly, performing actions like touring through the places of pilgrimage, conquering enemies, riding a horse, bathing in sacred rivers and meeting ascetics in the dream also show auspicious sign. Apart from these sighting of divine objects, eating rice and curd, drinking sherbet and delivering lectures are also auspicious sign.
Inauspicious dreams: Dreams in which one sights a shrivelled tree, ghost, giants, dried well, or pond, buffalo, owl, burning pyre, solar eclipse, accident etc. are definitely inauspicious. Similarly, wearing black or red clothes, getting insulted, swallowing snake, eating meat, roaming with empty vessel, sticking of mud on the body, getting stuck in the mud and riding camel, buffalo, or ass are inauspicious signs.
Apart from these, sequences like theft of precious metal and gems, abduction of wife, theft of shoes, sighting of shooting stars, drinking oil or ghee, sighting bandwagon and marriage procession as well as sighting honey bees in the courtyard, getting touched by a physician or a handicapped person etc. are extremely inauspicious signs that our dreams might show us.
INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS
Dream world is indeed marvellous. No one can fathom it. Million kinds of sequences appear in the dream but still these seem to be unending. Some of these sequences do have definite indication but most of them are meaningless. It is not possible to interpret all the sequences that more than six billion people of the world see in their dreams nor it is possible to count all these sequences. Broadly, the dream sequences can be divided into certain heads. Each of them has their own indication. All other sequences have more or less similar indications provided that they bear resemblance with these major sequences listed below -
These are major types of sequences one usually sees in his dreams. All the other types of sequences revolve around these major types and hence have more or less similar effects. While going through the current discussion, you will come to learn a great deal of things about the omens related to the dreams. If you have a dream that augurs well, we advise you not to sleep again after having that dream in order to have its complete effect. Likewise, if you have an inauspicious dream, fall asleep again to minimise its bad effects. There are many more measures to minimise the bad effects of an inauspicious dream. We shall discuss about them in subsequent chapters.
Air : Dreams of air represent freedom or escape from limitations.Clear air and blue sky denotes success and happiness.But if the air is misty,stormy,cold or hot,it is indication of unhappiness and troubles.
Animals : Dream of an animal shows a parallel mental and emotional state of the dreamer i.e. where dog represnts faithfulness;fox shows a cunning state of mind. According to the situation going in life,interpretations can be made depending on animals character.
Automobiles : Dream of an automobile suggests that some hasty news will be sent to you.Owniwng a car tells that one may recieve a gift.The dreams of different ways one travels in car suggests different thing in life as happiness when with children or scandal when with woman.
Baby : A baby in dream interprets new ideas.Usually baby indicates happiness but a baby taking first step may suggest difficulty in business or a helpless baby shows disappointment in love.
Being Beaten : Such a dream is a sign of discord in family.Seeing others being beaten predicts money loss.Seeing a animal being beaten have different interpretations for different animals.
Beating : Beating someone shows that you are not happy with the person whereas beating a animal suggests damage in one's own affairs.Beating of family members shows happiness and success in love.Different relatives can be interpreted differently.
Birds : Birds depict the exalted mental condition of the dreamer.Dreaming of dove or pegion is a sign of peace and happiness and that one is involved in philosphical or spiritual activities or some creative venture.
Clothes : Clothes suggests how one wants to look in front of others.New clothes tell of prosperity,buying of clothes indicates success in love.But torn or soiled clothes foretell some deceitful actionthat may harm the dreamer ; specially woman dreamer should be careful from his associates.
Earth : Dreaming of earth is indication of sorrows,humiliation,illness ;different states of earth being predicted differently. But dreaming of earth full of grains or oneself being worried brings prosperity and green pastures suggests good children.
Fire : Fire in dreams is a good sign if one does not see oneself being burnt.Setting of office on fire indicates advancement in business and house on fire tells good companions and faithful servants.Kindling of fire suggests many good surprises in store for you.But if you see no flames and only smoke,it is a sign of diappointment.
House : A new house with many rooms in dream foretell newer levels of learning ,leading to gradual enlightenment.A tall building suggests success,a small building failure,a big building change in present situation and a magnificent building suggests long life and travel.
Killing: There are different situations and different interpretation regarding killing. Killing defenseless-sorrow, in self defence-victory, someone attempts to kill you-long life, killing a friend-good health, a businessman-security,a bird-damage and so on.
Love: Loving someone indicates satisfaction, joy and good fortune. Being loved suggests success, but unwanted love shows heart trouble. Failure in love indicates just the opposite, loving animals is sign of fortune. But loving friend brings in bad news and loving relatives suggests financial loss.
Money : Generally profit and loss in dreams foretell just the opposite in real life; though there is contradiction on this point.Stealing money in a dream indicates sickness whereas spending money indicates failure due extravagance and one should be careful.
Naked: Seeing oneself naked indicates unwise involvement that may bring in public disgrace. Dreaming of oneself naked is sign of disappointments but married persons dreaming themselves naked foretells a wealthy future for them.
People: Seeing people shows your own personality or behavior these days. A person in church or in black clothes shows unhappiness but a crowd in street suggests business prosperity.
Sex: It foretells happiness, abundance and financial gains.
Snake: Appearance of snake in peaceful state denotes growth of wisdom. But other states of snake have different interpretations ; attacking position-treachery, biting-business may be injured, walking over them-sickness,killing a snake-victory in work but after difficulties,little snakes around-defame.
Tree : Seeing a tree in general denotes happiness,abundance and good news but a sapling tree indicates poverty,a dead tree foretells unhappiness,a tree with leaves turning yellow tells of sickness.Climbing a tree foretells elevation in life and work,taking fruits from the tree indicates inheritance from elderly people.
Water : Water dreams in general indicates abundance and joyful enjoyment. Muddy water tells sorrow and illness. Drawing water from a fountain suggests fortune through a beautiful young wife. Falling into water or walking into it foretells marriage with wrong person. Different ways in which water is seen indicates many different things.
Numbers: It could be a number written on something or particular number of objects or you may visit a place particular number of times. As in numerology, if name appears in dreams it should be calculated to evaluate a number. The interpretations about numbers 1-9 are same as in numerology. Besides single digit numbers, karmic numbers (11,22,33...) also have the same effect as in numerology.
Colors: Clear and rich color indicates positive effects whereas dull or muddy colors are a sign of negative aspects. Different colors have been assigned different numbers that have interpretations same as in numerology. Red-1,orange-2,yellow-3,green-4,blue-5,indigo-6,violet-7,pink-8,bronze-9,silver-11,gold-22.Other colors stand for black-malice, white-purity and grey-conventionality.
Sighting of great and holy people, temples, place of pilgrimage, auspicious objects, birds and animals are considered good and such dreams as auspicious.
Sighting of great and holy people: Sighting of great and holy people in the dream augurs well. Following is a discussion about different categories of great and holy people.
Similarly, sighting of other great and pious people gives similar result. Blessing by them also signifies greater fortune. Sighting of temples and place of pilgrimage -
SIGHTING OF AUSPICIOUS AND HOLY OBJECTS -
SIGHTING OF INAUSPICIOUS OBJECTS
Apart from these, sighting of lepers, handicapped people, aeroplane, ship, peon, barber, board, bottle, cage, naked person, crown, acid, bread, hell, cowherd, ornaments, grocer, enemy, stable, sinking person, heap of wood, rice, shrivelled tree, prisoner, killer, wall, guest, orphanage, bangles, flames of fire, forest, breaking of the nest, receiving and giving of bribe, stones and pebbles, pony, eclipse, brooms, and metals in the dream is extremely inauspicious indicates ill omens for the dreamer.
SIGHTING OF INAUSPICIOUS EVENTS AND THIER INDICATION -
SIGHTING OF AUSPICIOUS EVENTS -
SOME OTHER AUSPICIOUS EVENTS IN THE DREAMS
Thus, sighting of apparent auspicious events in the dream has mixed results. Such events in the dream usually augur well but might indicate bad omens as well. Sighting of auspicious things and insignia almost always gives auspicious results. It is not possible to give a complete description of all the auspicious things in a brief frame. Hence whatever things you would regard as auspicious in the society will give you auspicious results if sighted in the dream.
SIGHTING OF ANIMALS AND BIRDS
Thus sighting of such animals, which are considered inauspicious like pig in the dream usually, indicates bad omen. There are exceptions too in this regard. On the other hand, sighting of such animals, which are considered auspicious in life like peacock, dove etc. usually augurs well for the dreamer.
SIGHTING OF AUSPICIOUS BIRDS AND ANIMALS
Some experts however have different opinion.
SIGHTING OF STRANGE LOOKING PEOPLE