Dreams and Nightmares
have been a mystery to us since ADAM breathed life.
All most all human beings including infants have experienced
this mental activity that consists of thoughts, images and
emotions occurring during sleep or even at the time of being
half asleep. Infants experience this as nightmare during which
time they suddenly awake and start crying with panic and their
limbs kicking. Sometimes they get sweet dreams that are evident
with their smiles even when their eyes are closed. As a matter
of fact, every day every human experiences this strange phenomenon
that is the exclusive gift to the human race. Most of the
time we forget soon after the sleep is disturbed. But some
times they are more realistic and even after your sleep is
over it is difficult to believe everything that happened was
only an illusion.
During bad dreams
we are too happy to realize that it was only a dream. We may
call such dreams that involve fear or horror, or the sensation of
pain, falling, drowning or death as NIGHTMARES. During
such an unpleasant emotional response we sweat a lot and getting
any more sleep during that day becomes very difficult. It is also
equally true that during pleasant dreams we are disappointed that
it was only a false experience of reality. It could be getting admission
into IIT, getting selected for the Indian cricket team, ggetting
a chance to act with Aishwarya Rai, Lord Krishna giving darshan
to you, your bald head has grown thick hair etc.
Some times our dreams
get repeated again and again which makes us scared about going to
bed if only they are unpleasant in nature and eagerly wait for dreams
that improve your morale of success. Of late , researchers have
been analyzing and interpreting the meaning of dreams of either
type with the help of psychologists and a dictionary of dreams has
already reached the market. Newspapers have opened columns to answer
the implications of dreams experienced by the readers with the same
importance of the horoscope column.
In Hindu mythology
every type of dream is taken as a premonition of certain thing
to happen and chances are more if it is in the early morning.
Even globally, all races, cultures and religion have referred to
this phenomenon with seriousness and taken as a clue from the ALMIGHTY
to protect yourself accordingly.
There is also an equal
school of thought which believes that this is nothing short of nonsense
and can be conveniently ignored with a strong mind. Some scientists
are of the view that dreams are more frequent when there is indigestion,
ailing health, suffering from flu, over ambition, fear psychosis
and so on. Some go to the extent of claiming that a healthy individual
should have a sound sleep free from such disturbed mind that activates
way a few historical dreams that actually came to reality
are quoted below for the interest of the readers.
1. A few days
before his assassination American president ABRAHAM LINCOLN
who was very attentive to his dreams dreamt of his own corpse
laid out in a room of the White House.
2. MARTIN LUTHER
KING also seems to have had a precognitive dream about his
death a few months before his assassination.
3. A day before the
TITANIC demise, a woman on infamous ship dreamt of the horrible
event that was to occur the next day. She told her husband, who
ridiculed at her worries and ignored her pleas. However the dream
so affected her that she secretly prepared herself the night before
and had all her children sleep in their warm clothes in order to
be ready in a moments notice. During the night, when the ship struck
the iceberg, she and her children managed to escape and be rescued.
Her husband, sadly, went down with the ship.
Here is a very
interesting true happening that happened 2 to 3 decades back with
one of my close friends.
He was a chain smoker
to the extent of a minimum of 2 packets a day and my repeated advice
and warnings were futile. Then one night he had an exceptionally
vivid and realistic dream in which he had inoperable cancer of the
lung. He experienced the incredible anguish of knowing his life
was soon to end that he would never see his children grow up. But
to his great relief, surprise and joy that was all in the dream
and he felt as if he was reborn. Needless to say that experience
was sufficient to induce the immediate cessation of cigarette habit.
What all we have seen
above are actually night dreams. There
is another interesting topic under day dreams and great dreamers.
They are actually dreaming for the great future of them, country
they belong or for some social cause. They are actually fully awake
while contemplating to achieve great heights during the course of
years or even decades.
Who else could be
a better dreamer than our ex-president Dr.A.P.J.ABDUL KALAM? Here
are a few lines written by that unique man from one of his poems.
“DREAMS FLOAT ON AN IMPATIENT WIND, A WIND THAT WANTS TO CREATE
A NEW ORDER. AN ORDER OF STRENGTH AND THUNDERING OF FIRE”. KALAM’S
advice to the youngsters of the Nation is to “DREAM, DREAM and DREAM.
You have to dream
before your dreams come true. Great DREAMS of great DREAMERS are
always transcended. “All successful people men and women are big
dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every
respect and then they work every day towards their distant vision,
that goal or purpose—BRIAN TRACY.
But such dreamers
were invariably having most of the qualities referred below in abundance
to succeed what they desired. 1. Confidence 2. Courage 3. Commitment
4. Creativity 5. Purpose 6. Passion 7. Persistance 8. Resilence
9. Risk 10. Responsibility
All of you can
start DREAMING from this very movement in good earnest for your
long cherished ambitions for a positive cause!
Contributing Writer: J. PANCHAPAGESAN