03 Jan Devotee Dreams
Article by Ramananda Raya Dasa
After watching that Ben Breedlove YouTube clip this morning (http://www.bcswami.com/2012/01/03/r-i-p-ben-breedlove) the thought came up that, however wonderful and amazing the experiences of Ben Breedlove are, devotee dreams are actually so much more valuable and that we should start communicating about them. I think we need to make a special website about our spiritual devotee dreams. Ben’s Out of Body Experience sounds like at best a Brahman realization. But Hare Krishna devotees dream of spiritual personalities all the time!
Ben’s wonderful story wakes me up so much more to that fact. We Hare Krishna devotees have direct access to spiritual personalities all the time!! When they appear to us in dreams it definitely highlights the spiritual dimension of the relationships we have with our ISKCON leaders. The way His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami and His Holiness Sacinandana Swami recently appeared in my dream, definitely allows me to distinguish such a spiritual dream from ordinary dreams. (http://www.bcswami.com/2012/01/01/a-once-in-many-life-times-new-years-present-for-mr-mrs-vanneste-de-reu). The Maharajas looked so young and bright, so vivid, only spiritual personalities look that radiant. And it came just one hour before I woke up, a very vivid, real life experience. It was for sure not like an ordinary dream. The fact that I dreamt it on the Appearance Day of His Holiness Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Maharaja reinforces my conviction that my dream was spiritual.
To me it is also natural that a devotee will give deep personal meaning to such dreaming and who would have the right to interfere with that? Some dreams will apparently touch us very deeply. If the devotee has doubts he can always confirm with his spiritual masters?
Before I posted my dream of Guru Maharaja and Sacinandana Swami, I became mental about whether I should reveal it to others or not. Should I give out something so personal or should I tightly keep it to myself. Sometimes we hear that if one openly talks about a personal subject one looses the power of it etc. But for the sake of preaching I just did it. And so far I don’t regret it. To the contrary, after talking about dreams with another prabhu, yesterday morning I took a little nap and there I went again….
…This time I was in an airport, maybe in India, standing near a type of a marble type of platform and we were watching the time schedules of the airplanes. Next to me stands… His Holiness Radhanatha Swami. Maharaja was holding my hand in his hand, very much comforting me, like a father holds the hand of his boy, giving him heart and confidence. Then Maharaja needed some coins for an automat device or so and I provided him the coins by putting them on the marble platform in front of us. Maharaja selected the coins he needed and then I thought he may need the other coins also. I collected them all together from the marble and put them in the hand of Srila Radhanatha Maharaja… This was another powerful dream and it means a lot to me…