ased on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02, Text 16
In our times of trouble, we may doubt, “Does Krishna really exist?” Gita wisdom turns this doubt on the head by prompting the doubt, “Does the world around me with all its troubles really exist?”
To the response, “The world obviously exists because it tugs and pulls at me, making real demands and bringing real consequences,” Gita wisdom counters: is this level of reality much higher than the reality of dreams? While we are dreaming, doesn’t the dreaming reality also make demands and bring consequences? Just as the worries of the dream disappear when we wake up physically, the worries of the world disappear when we wake up spiritually.
The waking reality is a bit higher than the dreaming reality because we return to the same waking reality each day when we wake up, unlike the dreaming reality, which is different and disconnected each night. Still, the waking reality is not the highest reality. When we go to our final sleep at the end of our life, we won’t return to the same waking reality ever again.