The golden, self-luminous being

While one is in the state of dream, the golden self-luminous being, the Self within, makes the body to sleep., though he himself remains forever awake and watches by his own light the impressions of deeds that have been left upon the mind. Thereafter, associating himself again with the consciousness of the organs of sense. the Self causes the body to awake.

While one is in the state of dream, the golden self-luminous being, the Self within, the Immortal one, keeps alive the house of flesh with the help of the vital force, but at the same time walks out of this house. The Eternal goes wherever he desires.

The self-luminous being assumes manifold forms, high and low, in the world of dreams. He seems to be enjoying the pleasure of love, or to be laughing with friends, or to be looking at terrifying spectacles.

Everyone is aware of the experiences; no one sees the Experiencer.

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

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