Philosophical physiology of dreams and their precognitive capability
Dr. Surabhi Verma
Dreams have always been a matter of interest to mankind. They form an important part of the total scheme of understanding of mind in psycho-analysis and meditation. There are significant evidences to show that the Indian thinkers took great interest in dreams and their interpretation right from earliest times. Many references are found in Vedas and Purāṇas. Many works in Sanskrit literature denote the narrations of the capacity of human brain to precognize the events in dreams. To the level of much advance study, the best and elaborated study about the phenomenon is present in the texts of Kāśmīra Śaivism. If investigated deeply, these texts of KS are the richest treasure of exploring the mystics of higher states of expression of consciousness and energy. The vast and expanded analysis of the states of consciousness has explained this innate capacity of precognition and many more altered states like intuition, premonition, and other extra sensory perceptions; which are still a point of speculation for medical science these days. Each and everything which cannot be concluded on the basis of the visible facts can’t be negotiated to exist. The attitude of negotiation and superficial rejection of capacities and functioning related with human psyche and behaviors narrows the field of learning and investigation; and more or less delimits the ways of thinking beyond the circumference of possibilities and compels one to be fixed on the acceptance of impossible. But reality is not bound in the means of its cognition, it surpasses them. In the investigation procedures also we have to accept this fact, only then a true, ultimate discovery, understanding and realization can be reached. This is the main point need to be considered in understanding the phenomenon of dreams and the capacity of precognition. Here we are going to enlighten both of them on the basis of the expositions laid down by Kāśmīra Śaivism.