Even after a series of physiological psychological spiritual and introspective decoding, DREAMS have been a mystery to us since the origin of human life. But DREAMS made us what we are today, many of us escaped by it from ‘a land of unbelief and fear’, it helped us correct imbalances in our psyche… but recalling and sharing it is not as easy as ‘our memories and vocabularies are not up to that job’. Here Tadgata Choudhury does it amazingly, still ‘haunted’ and ‘affected’ by that DREAM happened years before.
We all had an experience of dreaming in our life, either it may be day dreaming or the most common night dreams that we get during our deep sleep. I feel dreams are an important part of our lives; it helps us to imagine and fulfil our wishes in the virtual world which has the touches of reality in it. Here I narrate one such story that I experienced during my early childhood days. Though years passed this dream is very fresh in my mind, still.
I was swimming in the sea shore with my friends on a bright sunny morning. We were playing and having great fun in the luke-warm water. Suddenly the sea waves surged high above my head and I got separated from my gang. The force of the waves was so strong that I could not hold onto anything and was forced to carry myself along with the waves. I kept struggling for a few minutes with my eyes tightly shut and then all on a sudden I felt that my fight was over.
When I opened my eyes I saw myself floating in the middle of the sea. I could perceive only the vast blue even though stretched my full vision. There were not any traces of the shore where I was playing nor was I able to see my peers. Somehow I managed to keep myself afloat (though I do not know swimming even in the pond water). Then something flashed in my mind and I took a deep breath and dived into the fathoms. I started exploring the sea bed and to my astonishment I saw a corpse which looks very unsullied lying with its mouth wide open and the hands tightly holding on to each other. (This man’s face is still fresh and very clear in my mind till date) I touched him softly and then out of fear I started to swim in the other direction where I found a box, having a lock, (but I do not know how I managed to open it).
When I opened the lid out of excitement I was aghast to see the box being full of semi-precious stones (as one would see in the Ali Baba’s fables). I took some of them in my hand and started swimming upwards. When I came up I saw the shore just a few feet away from my present position. I swam towards it. It was a rocky shore. I climbed up along the rocks to find a temple atop. I was making my way from one rock to the other to get to the temple.
On my way I met a sadhu who came to me and blessed me and in a soft voice said, “Don’t worry son”. I couldn’t utter even a single word to him. He left the place parting me in that silence. Then my eyes fell on the way to the temple stairs and I started climbing the steps frantically until I reached the corridor of the temple. I could see the orange coloured flag that was waving at full length in the sea breeze. Now when I started taking my steps towards the temple I found that the precious stones that I was holding onto my hand tightly was not there, my hands were EMPTY.( I woke up from my sleep and wondered as to where I am.)
It was a time of worse patch in my personal and family life when I experienced this dream. Sometimes, that uncertainty may be the cause of that strange apparition. It is said that one’s own deep emotions that lays in his sub-conscious mind makes him dream and it takes various forms and chose various ways to reach the fulfillment of his wants and needs. Is that true?
How many of us have understood the real meaning of our dreams that we see? I guess not many but I hope, if we try we can unearth the realities and truths behind our dreams. This can help us to understand ourselves better. Sometimes can lead us through the whimsical fancies to the ultimate reality…….