All One

When you have a dream at night, the dream comes from you, is sustained by you, and resolves into you; and yet when you wake up in the morning, nothing has happened to you.

Your being was the very being of the dream. The material of the dream was your being. Even the intelligence was your intelligence.

You may have taken the part of a character in the dream, but when you wake in the morning you know that everything in the dream was you, and you know that as real and vivid as the dream may have been at the time, in actuality your being was never touched or modified by it in any way.

So too is it here in the waking world of experience. We take ourselves to be individual characters in this dual display which can be compared to a very long dream.

In doing this we fail to recognize the very substance, the isness, the being which the entire world of changing experience shares.

How does the dream that we dream at night come about? How does this waking world of experience come about? Some say it is due to maya, some say it’s like magic, and some may have recognized, that whatever the cause, just like a dream at night, it is all my own being. It is all only one.


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About Dhanya

Dhanya developed an interest in Hinduism and Eastern philosophy in the early 1970s. In 1973, she traveled to India in search of a guru to guide her on the spiritual path. While there she encountered disciples of Neem Karoli Baba and his teachings of bhakti and karma yoga which influenced her life from then on. She studied Vipasana meditation for some time with S.N. Goenkaji beginning in 1974. In 1991 she met HWL Poonja, whose words sparked a desire in her to understand the teachings of nonduality. Subsequently she met other advaita teachers, including Jean Klein and Sri Ranjit Maharaj, who were great sources of inspiration to her. In 2002 she met her current teacher, Dr. Carol Whitfield, a traditional teacher of Advaita/Vedanta and a disciple of Swami Dayananda Saraswati. Having found a teaching and a teacher with whom she has a deep resonance and who clearly and effectively elucidate the means for self-knowledge, Dhanya now lives in Northern California, where she studies Vedanta and writes on the topic of nonduality.