Over the course of mankind’s evolutionary history, the idea of the truth has been one of vital importance. The Taittiriya Upanishad, composed around 2500 years ago, exhorts students who have completed their studies to follow the precept of:
Satyam vada dharmam chara
This can be roughly translated to:
Tell the truth. Follow the dharma
– Taittiriya Upanishad 1.11
Among the collective myths of various cultures of the world, the act of speaking and living truthfully has been highly valued.
One of the oldest stone inscriptions, that of King Ashoka contains the maxim: Satyameva jayate, meaning “truth alone triumphs”. This was made the national motto of the Republic of India.
It appears relevant to note this as the republic celebrates it’s 68th anniversary today.
Dreams are a fascinating aspect of the human experience. They seem to occur when one has temporarily lost consciousness in the from of sleep or in cases of longer losses of consciousness in the from of coma etc. Human consciousness itself is not very well understood and dreams are a still a sort of mystery. It is almost like our we run running simulations on our basic architecture when dreaming.
Also, on a few occasions, one dreams some things which help clarify one or the other thing in real life. Dreams even foreshadow what happens in the future. Also, dreams occasionally show things which happened in the past. On other occasions, one dreams things which are completely unconnected to anything at all.
The ancient Indian scriptures, Upanishads, posit the existence of a fourth state of consciousness (apart from awake, dreaming and deep sleep) which enlightened ones attain. This is the Turiya (meaning “fourth” in Sanskrit) state.
It would be interesting to see what things mankind discovers about dreams.