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Title: Does reality spring from our minds?

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-03-15 05:59:27


Does reality spring from our minds?

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

There are alot of people who believe that reality springs from their own minds. In fact I recently heard a someone preaching publically saying that the material world is an illusion.


This seems a really critical point in terms of understanding ourselves and our relationship to the Lord and our environments, because if we are to believe that reality springs from our mind, then we run the risk of being deluded dont we? It is a popular belief though, that is why I ask, so many people believing something, i have to ask you know, there are alot of new age self-help books that propose that if you visualise something it will become a reality.


I am kind of asking what is reality and what is delusion? Because it would seem to me that to have a vision of something that your mind superimposes onto the world around you is something of a delusional state, that it is in fact maya, because it is illusory energy we are seeing borne of our minds and not reality.


I know alot of people say that maya is material things, solid things, but these are actually real things that really exist and are part of the energy of the Lord, material, but not an illusion, the material energy of the Lord is real as he is, whereas is the the illusory energy, how we perceive those things?


Are the new age people who sometimes preach that the material world is an illusion and that if we visualise something it will become a reality, actually telling us to serve maya instead of the Lord? Because essentially the mind is one of the senses, and so to visualise things and then feel some satisfaction as those things appear in an illusory manner to manifest around us is to serve the senses rather than the Lord and I am afraid that doing that could lead to disaster.


dandavats Swamiji and devotees

Hare Krishna


Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! By visualizing or dreaming about illusion it wont become become reality infact we will sink more into illusion. It is simple. Reality is what is described is the Vedic scriptures and confirmed by Guru, Sadhu and Shastra. Everything else is illusion.



Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! I thought there were different realities though ?


In the scriptures I read of two realities, a material world and a spiritual world. What I am asking is is it wrong to project an image from our minds onto one reality, to give us a sense that we are in another?


Even if the image our minds is projecting is one of a place we have read about in sastra as existing, isnt there a danger we are not really there and might even miss our chance to go there believing ourselves to be there already?


I mean i can imagine many places I have read about and know to exist, but for me to project that imagination onto the material world, I know my mind can create an illusion like I am there, but is that delusional,because it wouldnt be true, i would still be in the material world just believing I was somewhere else wouldnt I?



Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! No, by thinking or remembering the spiritual world as described by the Scriptures, Guru and the Devotees, one actually enters there as the spiritual world is purnah idam...and thus there is no difference between the remembrance of the spiritual world and the spiritual realm itself. Thus there is no duality in this case and it is very easily approachable though it is very far. Of course this is not valid vice-versa in the case of the material world which is so full with duality.