dream by exercising an indefatigable will during the dream itself, the will-power can be replicated at the level of physical reality too. Actually, certain vital worlds like the dream-world act as sort of barometric reality in life. If one can exercise one’s will to conquer a certain attitude of greed, lust or anger in a dream, one can replicate that victory in outer life with greater confidence.
Another sphere of vital communication which demonstrates the power and relevance of the ‘will’ in the vital world is when one wants to help someone in distress who may be located at a physical distance either by ‘distant healing’ or through consolidated aspiration, prayer, goodwill or by the activation of subtle, occult forces.
Cyberspace – the modern vital world
One of the most important vital worlds that we explore today is the zone of cyberspace or virtual reality. It is a dynamic space where a susceptible subject can get swallowed up by giant universal forces. One can become powerless in the hands of giant vital forces. Such universal forces can drive seemingly innocuous though susceptible subjects to frenzy; compel them to commit the most outrageous acts that range from cybercrimes, deviancy, perversions, fanaticism and terrorism to suicidal and homicidal behaviours.
The private space of an isolated individual sitting in front of a computer terminal can merge with the public space in the vital world which is beyond one’s cognitive grasp leading to a blurring of boundaries. Such an individual can develop two unique features:
(a) A false sense of omnipresence; as one can travel anywhere in virtual space and even harbour the illusion of possessing a space; and
(b) An inflated sense of omnipotence as one can feel powerful enough to play God as if to control Time and its machinations.
Such false sense of self-aggrandizement carries its own nemesis. Not having acquired the mastery of the vital worlds which is actually a yogic endeavour, one gets access to universal vital forces under whose influence, suicides and homicides become child’s plays. Space and Time change their connotations in the virtual reality to become dangerously accessible to unprepared human nature not trained to face such onslaught.
However, if an individual has a disciplined and strong vital nature coupled with vision and clarity in thought and if the surface personality can be brought under the control of the inner realms of the being, then such an individual with an unflinching will can undertake a meaningful adventure in virtual space.
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- By Dr. Soumitra Basu