[INDOLOGY] Lucid dreaming in Sanskrit?

Jan E.M. Houben jemhouben at gmail.com
Sun Sep 10 09:58:43 UTC 2017

Dear Martin,
In addition to the references already given, you may want to have a look at
the book The Indian Night: Sleep and Dreams in Indian Culture, ed. by C.
Bautze-Picron, Delhi: Rupa & Co. 2009.
>From the Foreword:
"The papers included in the present publication derive from a conference on
"Le sommeil dans le monde indien. Eclairages comparatifs"
(Sleep and Dreams in the Indian World. Comparative Englightenments) held at
the University of Paris-3, Sorbonne Nouvelle,
in April 2004, 5th-7th, under the patronage of the University of Paris-3
and the National Centre for Scientific Research."

Here's the ToC:

The Indian Night - Sleep and Dreams in Indian Culture
ed. by Claudine Bautze-Picron
Delhi: Rupa & Co., 2009


Foreword vii

The Physiology of Dreams

Dream Physiology: A Western View on Dreams
Jean-Louis Valatx                            3

Dreaming and Dying in Indian Mythology and AAyurvedic Classical Texts
Martin Mittwede                             21

The Meaning of Dream

A Song Against Bad Dreams: Magic, Superstition or Psychology?
J.E.M. Houben                               37

Dreams and other States of Consciousness in the Mok.sopaaya1
Juergen Hanneder                            64

Dreams and Sleep in Praxis

How to sleep? What to dream?
Nalini Balbir                              103

Dreams in the ;Saivite Practice
Marie-Luce Barazer-Billoret                159

Dreams and Transgressions in the Sanskrit Prescriptive Texts
Jean Fezas                                 173

The Role of Dreams in Accessing Higher States of Consciousness as Practised
in a Contemporary Indian Ashram
Madhu Tandan                               192

Dreams and Sleep in Language and Literature

Sleep and Dream in the Lexicon of the Indo-European Languages
Georges-Jean Pinault                       225

Common Dream and its Interpretation according to Indian narrative Material
Jean-Pierre Osier                          260

Between Dream and Reality: Literary Function of Dreams
Sylvain Brocquet                           275

Sleep and Dreams in the Raama-Kathaas
Eva De Clercq                              303

The Nightmare in Tamil Short Stories
Chantal Delamourd                          329

Dreams in Buddhism

Maayaa's Dream
Anna Maria Quagliotti                      349

The Presence of Five Dreams
Claudine Bautze-Picron                     418

Dreams about the Buddha's Departure
Serinity Young                             452

Riding the Ass
Daniele Masset                             468

Dreams from Abroad

The Role of Dreams in Muslim Mysticism
Pierre Lory                                493

Good Dreams, Bad Dreams, in the History of Japanese Civilisation
Hartmut O. Rotermund                       506

Images of Dreams and Sleep

Representations of Vi.s.nu's Cosmic Sleep in Nepalese Sculpture
Anne-Claire Juramie                        539

;Sayana Forms of Devii in Sculptural Tradition from Central India
Anne Casile                                566

Two Illustrated Manuscripts on Dreams and Omens
Joachim K. Bautze                          615

The Authors                                653



Directeur d’Études

Sources et histoire de la tradition sanskrite

Professor of South Asian History and Philology

*École Pratique des Hautes Études*

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54, rue Saint-Jacques

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johannes.houben at ephe.sorbonne.fr



On 10 September 2017 at 10:16, Martin Gansten via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Many thanks to all who replied to this query. So far there seems to be
> precious little material on lucid dreaming in Sanskrit, particularly in
> non-Buddhist sources. The reference to Patañjali is presumably to YS (or
> PYŚ, if one prefers) 1.38, but the connection looks slim to nonexistent to
> me; the same is true of Haṭha(yoga)pradīpikā 4.49, though I haven't
> explored any commentarial literature on that passage. The
> Hanneder/Mokṣopāya reference sounds more promising, and I'll try to follow
> it up. Eli Franco mentioned the term svapnāntika-jñāna, but not where it is
> found; I see that Monier-Williams (following Böhtlingk/Roth) gives the
> Vaiśeṣikasūtra as a source for svapnāntika -- an unlikely place for a
> discussion of lucid dreaming, I'd have thought, but worth looking up.
> Thanks again,
> Martin G.
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