I must narrate, this story.
I had a dream. In it I was jogging on the beach in front of my house in
Bbay. I was watching the waves with the churning surf. This was
nature’s rhythmic dance.. Back & forth the waves lashed out at the
sandy beach. The sudden turbulent burst of the white surf is a dramatic
spectacle and always seemed to scare me. The sand on the beach near the
water is always hard and wet. When u jog, this is where you want yr feet
to land because of the firmness of the ground. Often, I wud transgress
and step into the seawater to cool my feet. On this occasion as soon as I
stepped into the water, I spied the sudden appearance of a giant wave.
It was a monster of all waves, what they call a tsunami. It came out of
the blue and surprised me. There was little time to react and I was soon
lifted off the shore, riding on top of this wave, astride a wild horse.
The wave surged high and carried me forward, towards my house. I could
see my building below as I soared high on top of this swirling wave. I
was at the center of the swirl as if in the eye of a massive storm. It
felt like a tornado on its side with me at its epicenter, leading the
charge. I was staring at the face of death as I entered a tunnel. I
was telling myself that I had to relax and control my breathing, because
I needed a real big breath to sustain myself as the impending surf
swallowed me. Yes! I had to survive. It was then, I felt a tranquility
that I had never experienced before and my breathing slowed down and
time came to a standstill. I felt a certain power, that I cud control my
body, my respiration and my heart beats. My mind was the clearest it
had ever been. I will not panic. I will not scream. I will ride this one
out, with my new found powers. I thanked the Lord for all the good the
has happened in my life. I was now in complete trance. Mind and body had
relaxed to an extreme that I had never ever experienced. I was in a
state of levitation, flying in the sky. I had only heard to this but,
never believed it cud happen. And here I was, my mind at peace gliding
above the tsunami. It was then I knew, that I was indestructible. I
realized that the Gita was right. The soul is indestructible. Nobody can
destroy me, as my soul is immortal.
that was the dream. And, I woke up, relieved that I had survived. I
feel enlightened with the knowledge, that I am a powerful being, in
control of my mind & body. And, with peace, I can achieve anything.
Later that evening, I went for a swim at my backyard pool. I swam with a
new found vigor. Yes! I did 30 laps. And, that too without getting
tired or feeling anxious. Never, for once did I panic that I cud get
drowned or swallow a lot of the water. My breathing has never been
better. All that I thought was, if I cud ride on the crest of the
tsunami and survive, then I cud achieve anything!
Chandru Jain, MD