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Dream And Reality, Myth And Fiction: They Coexist

Dream And Reality, Myth And Fiction: They Coexist

“The ability to see life as a simultaneous condition of reality and dream is a great contribution of this subcontinent to the world.”

—Sadhguru

A child once asked me, ‘Is life a dream or a reality?’ I replied, ‘Life is a dream but the dream is real’. The ability to see life as a simultaneous condition of reality and dream is a great contribution of this subcontinent to the world. Everyone grows up with a nodding familiarity of maya. They know that the world we live in is both deeply real and unreal, true and relative, at the same time.

This perspective imbues our understanding of myth with a rare refinement. Myth in this subcontinent was never mere fiction. Nor was it sterile fact. It was neither fanciful make-believe nor hard statistical data. It was never a question of either-or; it was both. It was timeless and immediate, all at once: a rich compound of imagination and insight, embodying a deep level of truth. That made it more profound than mere history.

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