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The reality of dreams

india Updated: Jun 20, 2012 22:49 IST
Dinkar Shukla
Dinkar Shukla
Hindustan Times
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Do our dreams manifest in real life? The fact is that the ones we see in our sleep have very little chance of materialising. But the dreams that hold hope or promise of fulfillment are the ones that do not allow the dreamers to sit back, rest or sleep.

In fact, such dreams make them crazy enough to stir them into instant pursuit of the idea visualised in the dream. It is the possibility and prospect of the dream coming true that makes the pursuit even more interesting and challenging. This kind of a dreamer is driven by her/his passion and capacity for tireless effort, unbounded patience and endless striving to achieve the goal. It is a single idea or thought which can transform life. This is called the 'miracle of thoughts'.

Propounding the 'miracle of thoughts' theory, Sirsree Tejparkhi, founder of the 'Happy Thoughts' movement, says the underlying philosophy entails a positive outlook on life. According to it, the visionary should not allow negative thoughts, initial or recurring setbacks, even frequent failures to interrupt the pursuit of her or his dream. She/he should not stop midway because of the fear of failure. Resisting negativity, she/he should follow up the dream keeping in mind the essential wisdom of listening to the voice of the heart and reading the mind's script. The only cautionary note is that those who become prisoners of a negative mindset tend to carry their hell over their heads.

There are tens of thousands of examples of visionaries not letting it go. Take the most outstanding example of Thomas Edison. What did the inventor of the light bulb do to achieve his dream? He tried over 2,000 experiments before he got it to work. Not counting all the aborted ones as failure, he observed: "I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2,000-step process".

Positive thinking is nothing but practical spirituality, says the Dalai Lama. It has a magical wonder about it and makes what seemed initially impossible possible.