|Only the "elect" (the arya, the noble ones, those entered on the stages of enlightenment)|
|Deep in the jungles of formerly Buddhist Indonesia (Jeff Eliassen/mariafels/flickr.com)|
|To sleep, perchance to dream of a future.|
"Of course, I mean the Buddha. He will surely understand your dreams. Go to Jeta's Grove and ask him."
|The Buddha broken and headless but reparable (MaretH/flickr.com)|
"A great crowd of people gathered to see the bullfight. The bulls, however, only made a show of fighting, pawing and bellowing. Finally, they went off without fighting at all. This was my first dream. What will come of it?"
"Farmers will rush to bring in the rice they had spread to dry in the sun. Humans will take their spades and hurry to repair the dams (dikes). The thunder will roar, and the lightning will flash from the clouds. However, just as the bulls in your dream did not fight, these clouds will retreat without giving rain.
"This is what shall come of this dream. But no harm shall come to you from this dream because it applies only to the remote future. The Brahmin priests only said what they said to get some profit [from the many sacrifices] for themselves. Now tell me your second dream, sire."
"My second dream was about tiny trees and shrubs which burst through the soil. When they were scarcely more than a few inches high, they flowered and bore fruit. This was my second dream. What will come of it?"
"I saw cows sucking milk from their very own newborn calves. This was my third dream. What can it possibly mean?"
"People unyoked a team of strong, sturdy oxen, and replaced them with young steers, too weak to draw the load. Those young steers refused to pull. They stood stock-still, so that the wagons didn't move at all. This was my fourth dream. What will come of it?"
"Because of their incompetence they will have to throw off the yoke of public office. When that happens, the aged and wise ones will remember being passed over and, even though they are able to cope with all difficulties, they will refuse to help, saying: 'It is no business of ours since we have become outsiders.' They will remain aloof, and the government will fall to ruins. It is just like when the young steers, not strong enough for the burden, were yoked instead of the team of sturdy oxen. However, you have nothing to fear from this. Tell me your fifth dream."
"I saw an incredible horse with a mouth on each side of its head being fed fodder on both sides. That dreadful horse ate voraciously with both its mouths. This was my fifth dream. What will come of it?"
"I saw people holding out a brightly burnished golden bowl which must have been worth a fortune. They were actually begging an old jackal to urinate in it. Then I saw the repulsive beast do just that. This was my sixth dream. What can it mean?"
"This dream also will happen only in far off days. At that time women will crave men, strong drink, extravagant clothes, jewelry, and entertainment. In their profligacy these women will get drunk with their lovers and carry on shamelessly. They will neglect their homes and families. They will pawn household valuables, selling everything for drink and amusements, even the seed needed for the next crop. Just as the hungry jackal under the bench ate the rope of the rope-maker, so these women will squander the savings earned by their husbands' labor. However, you have nothing to fear from this. Tell me your eighth dream."
(DW) C2C guest (10-21-14) Dream Coach explains the meaning of our nightly dreams KellySullivanWalden.com).
"At a palace gate there stood a big pitcher full to the brim. Around it stood many empty pitchers. From all directions there came a steady stream of people carrying pots of water which they poured into the already full pitcher. The water from that full pitcher kept overflowing and wastefully soaking into the sand. Still the people came and poured more and more water into the overflowing vessel. Not a single person even glanced at the empty pitchers. This was my eighth dream. What shall come of it?"
"For the rulers' sake they will plant sugar cane, make sugar-mills, and boil down molasses. For the rulers' sake they will plant flower gardens and orchards and gather fruits. They will harvest all the crops and fill the royal storerooms and warehouses to overflowing, but they will be unable even to glance at their own empty barns [storerooms, sheds] at home. It will be like filling and overfilling the full pitcher, heedless of the needy, empty ones. However, you have nothing to fear from this. Tell me your ninth dream."
"These rulers will amass wealth by crushing their subjects like stalks of sugar cane in a mill and by taxing them to the last penny.
"Unable to pay the oppressive taxes, the citizens will abandon their villages, towns, and cities, and will flee like refugees to the borders. The heart of the country will be a wilderness, while the remote areas along the borders will teem with people. The country will be just like the pool, muddy in the middle and clear at the edges. However, you have nothing to fear from this. Tell me your tenth dream."
"Because even the skies and the spirits of the skies over that land will be disturbed, they will cause a drought. Rain will never fall on the whole country at once. It may rain in the upper districts, but in the lower it will not. In one place a heavy downpour will damage the crops, while in another area the crops will wither from drought. The crops sown within a single country -- like the rice in the one pot -- shall have no uniform character. However, you have nothing to fear from this. Tell me your eleventh dream."
"Because they desert the Truth to gratify their stomachs, and because they sided with sectarians [a name for non-Buddhist dharmas, listed as contemporary schools of thought in India -- Brahmanism and the other shramanic traditions like Jainism], their preaching will not lead to nirvana.
"Their only thought as they preach will be to use fine words and sweet voices to induce lay believers to give them costly robes, delicate food, and every comfort. Others will seat themselves beside the highways, at busy street corners, or at the doors of rulers' palaces, where they will stoop to preach for money, even for a pittance!
"Thus these monastics will barter away for food, for robes, or for coins, my teaching [the historical Buddha-Dharma, which led to enlightenment and nirvana, i.e., awakening and final liberation] which leads to liberation from all suffering!
"They will be like those who exchanged precious sandalwood worth a fortune in pure gold for rancid buttermilk. However, you have nothing to fear from this. Tell me your twelfth dream."
"I saw dried gourds sinking in the water. What shall come of it?"
"Whenever there are enquiries about proper behavior, rules of conduct, or discipline, only the counsel of wicked, corrupt monastics will be considered. The advice of modest [polite, humble] monastics will be ignored. It will be as when the empty pumpkins sank. However, you have nothing to fear from this. Tell me your thirteenth dream."
"In the ruler's court and in the law courts, the words of the nobles [administrators, professionals], learned in the law, will drift idly by like those solid rocks. They will not penetrate deep into the hearts of people.
"When the wise speak, the ignorant will merely laugh at them with scorn saying, 'What is it these fellows are saying?' In the assemblies of monastics as well, people will not respect the excellent monastics. Their words will not sink deep, but will drift idly by, the same as the rocks floating on the water. However, you have nothing to fear from this. Tell me your fourteenth dream."
"Should the over-fond husband presume to ask for some money, or for a favorite robe, he will be told to mind his own business and not to be so inquisitive about property in her house. These abusive young wives will exercise their power over their husbands as if the men were slaves. It will be like the tiny frogs that gobbled up the big black snakes. However, you have nothing to fear from this. Tell me your fifteenth dream."
- 1. The crow is destructive, reckless, greedy, gluttonous, rough, merciless, weak, noisy, forgetful, and wasteful.
"These rulers will ignore the real nobility. Cut off from royal favor and unable to support themselves, authentic nobles will be reduced to dancing attendance on the upstarts, as when the crow had regal Mandarin ducks for a retinue. However, you have nothing to fear from this. Tell me your sixteenth dream."
"When the real nobles plead their rights in court, the ruler's minions will have them beaten and tortured, then taken by the throat and thrown out with words of scorn. 'That will teach you to know your place, fools!' they will shout. 'How dare you dispute with us? The ruler shall hear of your insolence, and we will have your hands and feet chopped off!' At this, the terrified nobles will agree that black is white and that their own estates belong to the lowly upstarts.
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