Someone may be dreaming that he is striking it rich, or being appointed as an official, or even becoming the king. At this point someone else says to him, "Sir, you are actually having a dream." But the person who is having the dream in which he becomes a rich man, an official, a king or a president cannot believe what he is told. "Everything that is happening to me is real," he says, "I'm getting rich, and I'm also an official, and I'm also the president and the king. How can you say that I am dreaming? That's ridiculous!" However, when he awakens from his dream, without anyone telling him, he will know, "Oh, it was actually in a dream that I became a rich man, an official, a president, and a king." He will realize this without having to be told.
So too we people are as if in a dream. Now I will tell you: this is a dream. Although I've told you, surely you will reply, "What do you mean, a dream? This is all real. These things are actually happening. How can you say it is a dream? You cheat people." When your cultivation is accomplished and you awaken from this dream, without anyone telling you, you will know, "Actually everything I did in the past, all my past experience, was a dream. In the past I have been a high official, the king of a certain country, the President, the Secretary of Foreign Relations, the National Defense Minister, and so forth, and it was all just a dream." But at that time you still recall the dream and think, "That dream was such a sweet dream!" But if you want to return to that dream, it is not easy at all. Once you are enlightened, you will know that everything we do is a dream. Right now, the reason you do not believe me when I tell you that you are dreaming is that you still have not awakened from your dream. When you awaken you will agree, "Yes, it was all a dream."
To be continued