Science and Religion will Meet and Shake Hands- Swami Vivekananda (Post No.7507)

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QUOTATIONS ON RELIGION,  FEBRUARY 2020 CALENDAR

29 Quotations from Swami Vivekananda’s Speeches are given in this month’s calendar.

Festival Days in February 2020- 1 Ratha Saptami, 2 Bhishma Ashtami,  8 Thai Pusam, 21 Maha Shivratri, 25 Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Jayanthi.

Purnima/Full Moon Day – 8/ 9, Amavasyai/New Moon Day-22/23

Ekadasi/Hindu Fasting Day – 5,19

Muhurta / auspicious days – 5, 7, 12, 14, 20, 21, 26

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FEBRUARY 1 SATURDAY

Talking is not Religion ; parrots may talk, machines may talk nowadays 3-134

FEBRUARY 2 SUNDAY

Religion is to be realized, not only heard; is is not in learning some doctrine like a parrot 3-378

FEBRUARY 3 MONDAY

Our religion is not based upon persons but on principles 3-249

FEBRUARY 4 TUESDAY

All religion is to be based upon morality, and personal purity is to be counted superior to dharma 3-360

FEBRUARY 5 WEDNESDAY

Religion is not going to church, or putting marks n the forehead; or dressing in a particular fashion 3-283

FEBRUARY 6 THURSDAY

Religion is primary. Religion is infinite, none can go beyond it 3-245, 289

FEBRUARY 7 FRIDAY

Religion is not in books, nor in theories, nor in dogmas, nor in talking, not even in reasoning. It is being and becoming 3-253

FEBRUARY 8 SATURDAY

Religions do not  come from without but from within.3-1

FEBRUARY 9 SUNDAY

Religion, which is the highest knowledge and the highest wisdom, cannot be bought, nor can it be acquired from books 3-52

FEBRUARY 10 MONDAY

It is an insult to starving people offer them religion; it is an insult to a starving man to teach him metaphysics.1-20

FEBRUARY 11 TUESDAY

Temples or churches, books or forms, are simply the kindergarten of religion 2-243

FEBRUARY 12 WEDNESDAY

Science and religion will meet and shake hands 2-140

FEBRUARY 13 THURSDAY

Religion is ever a practical science , and there never was nor will be any theological religion 2-317

FEBRUARY 14 FRIDAY

If a religion cannot help man wherever he may be , wherever he stands, is not of much use 2-300

FEBRUARY 15 SATURDAY

The first sign that you are becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful 1-264

FEBRUARY 16 SUNDAY

The proof of religion depends  on the truth of the constitution of man, and not on any books 1-369

FEBRUARY 17 MONDAY

The end of religions is the realizing of god in the soul 1-324

FEBRUARY 18 TUESDAY

There is one religion and there are many sects 1-438

FEBRUARY 19 WEDNESDAY

The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature

FEBRUARY 20 THURSDAY

Books never make religions but religions make books 1-324

FEBRUARY 21 FRIDAY

Every religion only evolving a god out of the material man , and the same god is the inspirer of all  of them 1-18

FEBRUARY 22 SATURDAY

No two persons have the same religion 1-474

FEBRUARY 23 SUNDAY

Religion cannot be swallowed in the form of a pill 1-407

FEBRUARY 24 MONDAY

Real religion begins where this little universe ends 1-97

FEBRUARY 25 TUESDAY

Religion comes when that actual realization in our own souls begins 2-164

FEBRUARY 26 WEDNESDAY

I shall call you religious from the day you begin to see god in men and women.

FEBRUARY 27 THURSDAY

Religion as a science, as a study, is the greatest and healthiest exercise that the human mind can have 2-66

FEBRUARY 28 FRIDAY

Religion is the greatest motive  power for realizing that infinite energy which is the birth right  and nature of every man 2-67

FEBRUARY 29 SATURDAY

Religion begins with this question (is this Real ?) and ends with its answer 2-70

Source book – Pearls of Wisdom, Swami Vivekananda, The Ramakrishna Mission, Gol Park, Kolkata 700 029, Year 2009

–subham–

Man is a compound of Animality, Humanity and Divinity (Post No.7021)

OCTOBER 2019 GOOD THOUHTS CALENDAR

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Post No. 7021

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VIVEKANANDA’S QUOTATIONS ON MAN

FESTIVAL DAYS

OCT.2 GANDHI JAYANTI; 7 SARASVATI PUJA/ AYUTHA PUJA; 8 VIJAYA DASAMI; 26-DHANVANTRI JAYANTI; 27 DEEPAVALI/ DIWALI, KEDAR GOWRI VRATA, LAKSHMI-KUBERA PUJA; 28 – SKANTHA SASHTI FASTING BEGINS

FULL MOON/ POURNAMI- 13

NEW MOON/ AMAVASYAA- OCT.27

EKADASI/ HINDU FASTING DAYS – 9, 24

AUSPICIOUS DAYS – OCT.24, 30

Page numbers and Volumes are given in brackets. They refer to Swami Vivekananda’s Speeches- The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda published by the Advaita Ashram, Mayavati.

OCTOBER 1 TUESDAY

The perfect man sees nothing but god (II.50)

OCTOBER 2 WEDNESDAY

The real man, therefore, is one and infinite, the omnipresent spirit (II.78)

OCTOBER 3 THURSDAY

Man has infinite power within himself, and he can realize it – he can realize himself as the one infinite Self (VIII 101)

OCTOBER 4 FRIDAY

Man is the best mirror, and the purer the man, the more clearly he can reflect God (VIII.26)

OCTOBER 5 SATURDAY

Man is the greatest being that ever can be (VII. 76)

OCTOBER 6 SUNDAY

MAN is a compound of Animality, Humanity and Divinity (V.417)

OCTOBER 7 MONDAY

Man alone becomes God (V.94)

OCTOBER 8 TUESDAY

Man is the only animal that naturally looks upward, every other animal naturally looks down (III.3)

OCTOBER 9 WEDNESDAY

There are three things n the make up of man. There is the body, there is the mind, and there is the soul (V.463)

OCTOBER 10 THURSDAY

The happiest is the man who is not at all selfish (II -465)

OCTOBER 11 FRIDAY

Man dies but once (V -87)

OCTOBER 12 SATURDAY

Each man has a mission in life, which is the result of all his infinite past karma (III -152)

OCTOBER 13 SUNDAY

Great occasions rouse even the lowest of human beings to some kind of greatness, but he alone is the really great man whose character is always , same wherever he be (I -29)

OCTOBER 14 MONDAY

Never say any man is hopeless (I-208)

OCTOBER 15 TUESDAY

There is however, one great danger in human nature, viz the man never examines himself (I-66)

OCTOBER 16 WEDNESDAY

Man is born to conquer nature (IV-155)

OCTOBER 17 THURSDAY

As soon as his thinking power goes, he becomes no better than an animal  (III. 359)

OCTOBER 18 FRIDAY

Man is made up of three qualities – brutal, human,  and godly (VI – 112)

OCTOBER 19 SATURDAY

Man is individual a the same time universal (VI- 121)

OCTOBER 20 SUNDAY

Man is first to be saved; he must be given food, education and spirituality (VI -451)

OCTOBER 21 MONDAY

No man should be judged by his defects (VII-78)

OCTOBER 22 TUESDAY

As soon as a  man or nation loses faith , death comes (VIII-228)

OCTOBER 23 WEDNESDAY

The highest kind of men silently collect true and noble ideas (I-105)

OCTOBER 24 THURSDAY

It is an insult to a starving people to offer them religion; It is an insult to a starving man to teach him metaphysics (I -20)

OCTOBER 25 FRIDAY

Man is like an infinite spring, coiled upon in a small box, and that spring is trying to unfold itself (I- 389)

OCTOBER 26 SATURDAY

Man is not travelling from error to truth, but from truth to truth, from lower truth to higher truth (I-17)

OCTOBER 27 SUNDAY

A man can be of gigantic intellect, yet spiritually he may be a baby (II-40)

OCTOBER 28 MONDAY

Angels or gods , whatever you may call them, have all to become men, if they want to become perfect (II- 271)

OCTOBER 29 TUESDAY

Him I call a Mahatma (great soul) whose heart bleeds for the poor, otherwise he is a Duratman (wicked soul)- V-58)

OCTOBER 30 WEDNESDAY

The greater a man has become, the fiercer ordeal he has had to pass through (VII – 126)

OCTOBER 31 THURSDAY

Know it for certain that there is no greater Tirtha (holy spot) than the body of man (VII -119)

Bonus quotation

Men talk and talk (II-474)

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SWAMI VIVEKANANDA ON OMKARA! (Post No.3464)

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Date: 19 December 2016

 

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Post No.3464

 

 

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Every idea that you have in the mind has a word; the word and the thought are inseparable. The external part of one and the same thing is what we call word, and the internal part is what we call thought. No man can by analysis, separate thought from word.

 

The idea that language was created by men–certain men sitting together and deciding upon words — has been proved to be wrong. So long as man existed there have been words and language. What is the connection between an idea and a word? Although we see that there must always be a word with a thought, it is not necessary that the same thought requires the same word.

 

The thought may be the same in twenty different countries, yet the language is different. We must have a word to express each thought, but words need not necessarily have the same sound. Sounds will vary in different nations.

One commentator says, “Although the relation between thought and word is perfectly natural, yet it does not mean a rigid connection sound and one idea.” These sounds vary, yet the relation between sounds and the thoughts is a natural one. The connection between thoughts and sounds is good only if there be a real connection between the thing signified and the symbol; until then the symbol will never come into general use.

 

A symbol is the manifestor of the thing signified, and if the thing signified has already an existence, and if, by experience we know that the symbol has expressed that thing many times then we are sure that is a real relation between them. Even if the things are not present, there will be thousands who will know them by their symbols. There must be a natural connection between the symbol and the thing signified; then when the symbol is pronounced, it recalls the thing signified.

 

The commentator says the manifesting word of God is OM. Why does he emphasize this word? There are hundreds of words for God. One thought is connected with a thousand words; the idea, God, is connected with hundreds of words and each one stands as a symbol for God. Very good, but there must be generalisation among all these words, some subsratum, some common ground of all these symbols and that which is the common symbol will be the best, and really will represent them all.

 

In making a sound we use the larynx and the palate as a sounding board. Is there any material sound of which all other sounds must be manifestations, one which is the most natural sound? Om (Aum) is such a sound, the basis of all sounds. The first letter, A, is the root sound, the key, pronounced without touching any part of the tongue or palate. M represents the last sound in the series, being produced by the closed lips, and the U rolls from the very root to end of the sounding board of the mouth. Thus, Om, represents the whole phenomena of sound-producing. As such, it must be the natural symbol, the matrix of all the various sounds. It denotes the whole range and possibility of all the words that can be made.

 

Apart from these speculations we see that around this word om are centred all the different religious ideas in India, all the various religious ideas of the Vedas have gathered themselves round this word Om.

 

What has that to do with America and England or any other country? Simply this, that the word has been retained at every stage of religious growth in India and it has been manipulated to mean all the various ideas about God. Monists, dualists, mono-dualists, separatists, and even atheists took up this Om. Om has become the one symbol for the religious aspiration of that vast majority human beings. Take, for instance, the English word God. It covers only a limited function, and if you go beyond it, you have to add adjectives, to make it Personal, or impersonal, or Absolute God. So with the words for God in every other language their signification is very small. This word

Om however, has around it all the various significances. word om, how. significances. As such it should be accepted by everyone.

 

Source: Selections from The Complete works of swami Vivekananda, Advaita Ashrama, Calcutta 700 014

–Subham–

MILLIONS OF VIVEKANANDAS WILL APPEAR!

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VIVEKANANDA

MILLIONS OF VIVEKANANDAS WILL APPEAR!

SANTHANAM NAGARAJAN

 

 

Millions of Vivekanandas will appear!

Swami Vivekananda never thought himself as Great. But he is one of the very few Avatars who saw His fame spread far and wide.

 

He speaks about himself thus:

 

Do you think that there will be no more Vivekanandas after I die!… There will be no lack of Vivekanadas, if the world needs them – thousands and millions of Vivekanandas will appear – from where, who knows! Know for certain that the work done by me is not the work of Vivekananda, it is His work – the Lord’s own work! If one governor-general retires, another is sure to be sent in his place by the Emperor. (CW 5.357-358)

 

WHAT SWAMIJI BELIEVE

I believe in GOD, and I believe in man. I believe in helping the miserable. I believe in going even to hell to save others. (CW 5.357-358)

Of course I would commit a crime and go to hell forever if by that I could really help a human being! (W 5.357-358)

I may have to be born again because I have fallen in love with man. (CW 5.357-358)

 

I do not believe in a God or religion which cannot wipe the widow’s tear or bring a piece of bread to the orphan’s mouth. (CW 5.357-358)

I have nothing whatever to do with ritual or dogma, my mission is to show that religion is everything and in everything. (CW 5.357-358)

 

 

Chicago Success – How?          

In my first speech in this country, in Chicago, I addressed that audience as “Sisters and Brothers of America”, and you know that they all rose to their feet. You may wonder what made them do this, you may wonder if I had some strange power. Let me tell you that I did have a power and this is it – never once in my life did I allow myself to have even one sexual thought. I trained my mind, my thinking, and the powers that man usually uses along that line I put into a higher channel, and it developed a force so strong that nothing could resist it. (CW 9-408)

A Power from this Body!

 

During the lectures a power used to emanate from this body and would infuse the audience. (CW 8-499)

Note: CW – Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda (So far nine volumes have been published by Ramakrishna Mutt)

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Phenomenal Memory Power of Hindu Ascetics!

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Article No. 2071

Written by London swaminathan

Date : 14  August  2015

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Hindu ascetics are endowed with a phenomenal memory. Swami Vivekananda could read any book and remember it verbatim. He was blessed with a prodigious memory and could memorise a book by reading it once. Once a librarian was annoyed when Swamiji asked for one book after another book. Librarian asked him whether he just looks at the book and return them or read the books. Swamiji quietly told him to ask him any information from any chapter. When the librarian tested Swamiji he was wonderstruck with his memory power.

Swami Vivekananda attributed the memory power to the Medha nadi. Anyone who follows the rule of chastity for twelve years grows this Medha nadi in the body and that gives one this amazing power of memory. In the olden days Brahmin boys went to Gurukula and stayed with the Guru for twelve years and memorised the Vedas and Vedangas. This was possible only because of their Brahmacharya/ chastity. Now the Vedas are considered “Literary Wonders of the World”, which have been passed from generation to generation for thousands of years.

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Another Swamiji who lived in our own time was Sri Chandrasekara Indra Saraswati (1894—1994), Shankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peedam. He could remember all the faces, places, anecdotes, dates etc. There are umpteen anecdotes every devotee narrates about his or her experience regarding  Shankaracharya’ s  memory power. Even though all the Brhmacharis/chaste students have this faculty, unless they don’t develop it or use it practically, it would not reach its peak.

Some are born with photographic memories. Many mathematical prodigies have this gift. We saw Sakuntala Devi in our own times who even defeated the computers. Nobel Prize winning scientist Nikola Telsa was exceptionally gifted with photographic memory.

U S President Theodore Roosevelt could recite entire newspaper pages from memory, and was also a speed reader, often devouring three books a day.

Fillippino dictator Ferdinand Marcos could memorise complicated texts in a single glance and passed his bar examination to practise law in 1939 with a 98 per cent pass. The unusually high score drew suspicion and Marcos was retested; second time he achieved 100 per cent!

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Deenadayal Upadhyaya, President of Jana Sang (now B J P), could remember the names of all the MPs in both the houses of Indian Parliament. He was famous for his memory. My friend Dr Dandapani, who is no more, appeared on Channel 4 in London and amazed the listeners with his memory about Indian Railways. He was the agent of Indian railways in the UK. He remembered all the pages in Indian Railway Time Tables!

So it is not just the Brahmacharya (chastity) alone. There are other factors like practice and some mnemonic techniques.

Interesting Anecdotes

1.Archbishop Ryan was once accosted on the streets of Baltimore by a man who knew the Archbishop’s face, but could not quite place it.

“Now where in the hell have I seen you?” he asked perplexedly.

“From where in hell do you come, sir?” he retorted

2.In order to play in “Rosemary”, John Drew shave off his moustache, thereby greatly changing his appearance. Shortly afterwards he met Max Beerbohm in the lobby of a London Theatre, but could not just then recall  who the latter was. Mr.Beerbohm’s memory was better.

“Oh, Mr Drew,” he said, “I am afraid you don’t recognise me without your moustache.”

3.The woman’s club was listening, entranced, to the lecture being given by a world famous traveller. He concluded his remarks with, “And there are some spectacles that one never forgets….”

At this point a timid old lady in the audience spoke up shyly, “Pardon me, sir, would you tell me where I could get a pair? I am always forgetting mine.”

4.Memory training by association became a fad in a certain school. “For instance”, the English teacher was explaining, “if you want to remember the name of a poet, Bobbie Burns, you might conjure up in your eye a picture of a London policeman in flames. You see, ‘Bobbie Burns’.

“I see,” said one of his pupils, “but how one is to be sure that it doesn’t represent ‘Robert Browning?”.

Source: Swami Vivekananda’s Life History

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Do our Dreams Have Meaning?


by S Swaminathan

 

Maya Devi dreaming


Every one of us dreams at night. Most of them are without any meaning. We couldn’t even remember them the next morning. But now and then we read in newspapers or our ancient scriptures about some dreams becoming prophetic. What is the truth?

A devote Hindu knows the importance of good sleep. He prays for it in the Rudram – Chamakam of Yajur Veda. Every day, Brahmins pray to God three times a day to not give them “dus swapna” (nightmares). Ref. Adyano deva savita:,Sandhyavandana Mantra.

Western psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud interpreted dreams as wish fulfilment (nightmares being failed dreams prompted by fears of repressed impulses). In short western psychologists saw them as suppressed desires, feelings and wishes. According to the scientists, dreams occupy one fifth of our sleep and they happen during the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) period of sleep. REM sleep means that the cortex of the brain is about as active as during waking hours.

Hindus don’t agree with western views. We see more meaning in dreams. We think they are telling you what is going to happen to you – like winning the lottery or becoming ill or some misfortune to our near and dear. But not all the dreams are interpreted in this way. Hindus have analysed the status of the mind better than modern scientists. All our religious literature speaks of Jagrat (waking) Swapna (dream) Sushupti (deep sleep) and Turiya (an experience of pure consciousness beyond the three stages of sleep – there is no English word for it).

Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh who himself was a doctor turned ascetic explains dreams in a beautiful way in his book The Philosophy of Dreams ( It is available free of cost on the Divine Life Society website):

Every dream presentation has a meaning. A dream is like a letter written in an unknown language. To a man who does not know Chinese, a letter written in that language is a meaningless scroll. But to one who knows that language it is full of most valuable information. It may be the letter calls for immediate action; or it may contain words of consultation to one suffering from dejection. It may be a letter of threat or it may speak of love. These meanings are there only to one who would care to attend to the letter and would try to decipher it. But alas! How few of us try to understand these messages from the deep unseen ocean of our own Consciousness!”

Dreams in Vedic Literature

We have references to dreams in the Rig Veda, Kaushitaki Brahmana, Chandogya Upanishad and other classical Sanskrit literature. They treated dreams as prophetic- conveying some message of the future. For instance, the Chandogya Upanishad (V 2-8-9) says seeing a woman in a dream means a previous sacrifice (fire ceremony) was successful. But it gives conditions for such dreams. Kaushitaki Brahmana says seeing a man in black with black teeth is not a good omen. Some people even receive messages in dreams. Rishi Viswamitra received mantra upadesa from Lord Siva in his dream. Advocate of Vishistadvaita Sri Ramanuja believed that the dreams are caused by the Lord.

Andal, a great Tamil Vaishnavite woman saint saw Lord Vishnu marrying her in a dream. She sang about her dream in beautiful Tamil verses known as Varanam Ayiram. This is sung in all Tamil Vaishnavite weddings.

Before great men were born, the women had strange dreams. We see this in the birth of Jain saint Vartaman Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda and several saints. Bhuvaneswari Devi, mother of Swami Vivekananda dreamt of Siva agreeing to be born as her son. Being a great devotee of Lord Vireswara Siva of Varanasi, she gave the name

Vireswara to her son. Later it was changed to Narendra and then to Vivekananda.

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s parents experienced supernatural incidents, visions before his birth. His father Khudiram had a dream in Gaya in which Lord Gadadhara said that he would be born as his son. Chandramani Devi is said to have had a vision of light entering her womb from Shiva’s temple.

Gauthama Siddhartha’s mother Maya Devi and King Sudhdhodana were trying for a baby for twenty years after their marriage. One day she had a dream of a white elephant with a lotus flower in it’s trunk going around her three times and entering her womb. Before this she dreamt of bathing in a lake in the Himalayas. She was carried away to the lake by four angels in her dream.

Mother of Mahavira Trishala had 16 auspicious dreams before his birth. When King Sidhdharth consulted his astrologers they told him that there were 72 auspicious dreams according to the books on dreams and the king was going to get a son who will rule a spiritual empire. Trishala saw

1.       A white elephant

2.       A lion

3.       The Goddess Gaja Lakshmi

4.       Moon

5.       Two jumping fishes

6.       Sun

7.       Lake full of lotus flowers

8.       Ocean of milk

9.       A celestial palace

10.   A throne of rubies and diamonds

11.   A celestial king

12.   A garland

13.   A white bull

14.   Fragrant Mandara flowers

15.   A tall vase with gems and

16.   A white elephant entering her.

Seeing an elephant in a dream is considered auspicious. In most of the cases of divine births, we see a light entering or elephant entering the mother’s body.

Messages from the Departed souls

The previous Head of Madurai Adheenam (Saiva Mutt) who died several years ago did a lot of research about communicating with dead people. He has narrated several incidents where departed souls appeared in dreams to warn people about coming dangers.

When Vallabhacharya was born prematurely without life signs, his mother left him under a tree. When she came home with all the sadness, she dreamt of Krishna saying to her that he was born as a child to her. She ran back to the tree where the boy was alive and kicking with a divine fire protecting him. All of these stories impart some knowledge about dreams to those who have an interest in their interpretation.

Swami Vivekananda also narrated a strange dream about Jesus Christ to his disciples. Read it in his own words:

“I had a curious dream on my return voyage to England. While our ship was passing through the Mediterranean sea, in my sleep, an old and venerable looking person, Rishi-like in appearance, stood before me and said: I am one of the ancient order of Theraputtas which had its origin in the teaching of the Indian Rishis.
 The truths and ideals preached by us have been given out by Christians as taught by Jesus: but for the matter of that there was no such personality by the name of Jesus ever born. Various evidences testifying to this fact will be brought to light by excavating here. By excavating which place can those proofs and relics you speak of be found? I asked. The hoary-headed one pointing to a locality of Turkey, said, see here.
 Immediately after, I woke up, and at once rushed to the upper deck and asked the captain, ‘what neighbourhood is the ship in just now?’. ’Look yonder’, the captain replied, ’there is Turkey and the island of Crete’.”

Svapnavasava datta (Dream of Vasavadatta) is a famous drama by ancient Sanskrit playwright Bhasa.

The hero of the story is presented with an exact painting of a girl he had previously seen in a dream in the court of King Udayanan. Indians do not miss any opportunity to use a dream as the basis of their novels, dramas and films.

Mathematical Genius Ramanujan

Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan said that he received his inspiration and mathematical solutions in his dreams. He attributed this to the Goddess at Namakkal. He said:

“While asleep I had an unusual experience. There was a red screen formed by flowing blood as it were. I was observing it. Suddenly a hand began to write on the screen. I became all attention. That hand wrote a number of results in elliptic integrals. They stuck to my mind. As soon as I woke up, I committed them to writing”

The most famous Tamil epic Silappadikaram narrated the vivid dreams of Kovalan and Kannaki, the hero and the heroine in great detail.

Tamil Bhakti literature (5th to 9th centuries) has a lot of references to dreams. 2000 year old Tamil Sangam literature talks of animals dreaming – a concept which modern research at MIT and other scientific institutions recently confirmed.

Finally, I will leave you with a list of great people who attributed their discoveries or inventions to strange dreams:

1.       F.A. Kekule: saw the structure of Benzene in his dream and revealed it to the world

2.       Abraham Lincoln: dreamt of his assassination just before his death and told his friends

3.       Otto Loewi: won the Nobel prize for Science having discovered the chemical transmission of nerve impulses in a dream

4.       Paul McCartney: He got his tune for the ‘Yesterday‘ in a dream

5.       Mary Shelley: the idea for Frankenstein came to her in a dream

6.       Elias Howe: invented the sewing machine from a dream

7.       Stephen King: the famous novelist’s plots came from his dreams

Have sweet dreams!

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