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Dream, Death, and Death Within a Dream

  • Arindam Chakrabarti
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Abstract

For traditional Indian Hindu, Buddhist, and Jaina thought, all human life is afterlife, since one must have died before one was born this time. But Yogavāsiṣṭha, a ninth century epic poem with the most mind-boggling narrative structure, construes all these deaths and afterlives as deaths within a series of dreams within a super-dream of the cosmic divine dreamer. This chapter compares the famous dream-death of King Padma in the Līlā story from Yogavāsiṣṭha, with a contemporary Bengali short story about actually dying while dreaming. The question is, what psycho-moral work can such narratives of death-dreams do in contemporary “busy” human lives?

Keywords

Death-dream Imagining death Transmigration of the soul Upaniṣads Yogavāsiṣṭha 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Hawaii ManoaHonoluluUSA

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