Sunday, December 7, 2008

The DREAM code

Dreams, a rather abstruse but fascinating dimension of the power of human brain, is a difficult topic to write upon. On any average day, I would say writing on dreams is not my cup of tea. But today I had a dream that has prompted me to do this piece of writing. I don't know if a person who reads through this can identify with the fascination that dream left me with. Nevertheless read through. This is an interesting journey into my brain. Everyone of us have wondered what causes those little movies to run through our mind when it is suppossed to be resting. It is another big surprise that we are not able to remember all of it. A colleague of mine gave an explanation to this. Dreams are a result of the subconcious brain. When we sleep only the conscious brain goes to sleep but subconcious keeps awake. This subsoncious fellow, a rather dumb one, tries to make sense of whatever info concious brain had processed. Since he is dumb he uses improper logic and creates senseless videos that get screened inside our skull theatre as dreams. Till yesterday I thought this could be true, but today I say this could be the most plausible explanation for dreams. Here is the dream I had and its signifance.

I am roaming in some place in Bombay where I meet Adi and Sambit. They are buying shoes. It is afternoon time and we decide to lunch together. But they both dump me and run away in a bike. I am worried about eating alone and lo there comes Sankara. We both go to lunch together but he chooses to have just a black currant ice cream. We then decide to take a walk. We keep on walking and suddenly reach a small pond. By now Sankara has disappeared and I have a group of friends with me. After exploring a bit, we find out the pond is an extension of huge lake and there is also a dam on the other side of the lake. My friends decide to get to the other side of the dam. But I don't go with them as the width of the dam is so small and I fear I may trip into the water. After some time I start walking alone. At the middle of the lake, I find the dam to be transferred into a railway track and a train is coming towards me. I cramp myself below the tracks to let the train pass. Suddenly I find Joey's leg is caught in some barbed wire and I help him out of it. Then everything goes black and soon after I woke up.

I got this dream at around 12 noon when I was both hungry and sleepy and not sure which one to handle first. All characters featured in this dream are real and I interact with them on a day to day basis. All the words in bold above are a direct reference to what is going on in my life now.
  • Adi & Sambit - Two of my best friends at NITIE and with whom I interact the most. Adi is my roommate and Sambit is my neighbour + team mate
  • Lunch - It was 12 noon and I was really hungry when I got this dream
  • Bike - I miss my bike so much and I think everyday of how to bring it in here
  • Sankara - He is coming to India on Jan 1st and I am drawing plans to meet him
  • Black currant ice cream - They gave us black currant ice cream in the mess instead of the traditional vanilla
  • Small pond - Obvious reference to the NITIE pond
  • Group of friends - I remember everyons's face. It is the same group with whom I play MAFIA every night
  • Joey - Nowadays I have started watching a lot of FRIENDS
This is too much to be true. Direct references to all that is happening in my life right now! Yes there are some bits that don't fit into the jigsaw puzzle. But they could be a deja vu. OMG! Are our brains recording all that we do? Some sort of a log file! If so how big is it and is there a way to find what all is recorded in that till now? I used to advice people I know to develop thinking capability. But people, think twice before you decide what to think. Your brain is recording all of it. I am absolutely enthralled after this experience! Dear Sigmund Freud, I have really started to feel the power of human brain. It now seems, after all, those super computers are no match for the human brain. But there is a obvious question that crops up in my mind. Why us? Oh god, why did you make the human brain so powerful? Is it because humans would achieve unprecedented levels of advancement in science  and technology or is it because at some point of time these so called advancements would wipe out human race from the face of earth? Was it given as a means for unravelling all the mysteries around us or a means for effecting self destruction? If I ever get a chance to meet god and ask him this question, he would perhaps say, "BOTH!!".

5 comments:

Quicksilver said...

One Small addition in your frame of reference would be - DAM/LAKE : The ppt that you have to give for EIA which you are not getting any info about ;)
Good one

Shri.... said...

nice words which reflect our daily sweet happening "Dreams".. Hope you ve reached another step in ur research abt sub-conscious mind and stuffs.. Dream is such a powerful thing which our conscious mind have no clue some time.. So i'm still doing my research abt 'Dreams' in my dreams.. i'm going to continue my research.. :-)

The Rat... said...

aren't Dreams supposed to be incoherent... but u obviously had been influenced by ur daily activities to get such a "day" dream...

if i kept a tab on my fanatical dreams, it wud become a best seller... hilarious...

nice write V... seems u r back into blogsville.. keep up...

Anup said...

Damn.. it should have been rachel or monica instead of joey ;) atleast dream wise it would have been perfect..

Nice dream.. err thought.. uve proved Daydreams are not a Dying art form! :)

swarna said...

dreams... something that is not in our hands..a well thought topic and an excellent way to pen down the entire experience..
had a nice time reading through...