"The worldly illusion, Samsara, is a dream within a dream. Having understood this, indeed you have thought of what is the Real Truth and what is not." [Dasabodh, Chapter 6, Section 10].
One who is never born went off to sleep. He has no old age. He is one who has no death. How is it that a dream was seen during a dream? That is, "He slept and dreamt", means he is deluded. "He slept" means he has become Jeeva [ignorant] and thinks, "I am the body. I am so and so."
The state of Brahman was covered with ignorance and in that delusion there is again delusion, which is this mundane existence. It is a dream during a dream. The worldly illusion appears true. He was all pervading, He became small. Then he considered the worldly existence as true. In that very dream, he discriminated between Guru and disciple, merit and sin, and what is true and what is untrue. Other people pass away in this dream.
It is a piece of great fortune to think of what is true and what is untrue during this long dream.
"Even a dog does not eat a thing which belongs to a sinner."
Renunciation of wealth, feeling of detachment and respect for a saint is the result of former merit and good fortune. He alone starts thinking of a sadhu. It is extraordinary to have such an intellect in the dream within a dream. To be conscious to be fully on senses, in spite of taking a doze of brandy shows that though money brings demonic pride, he still is on his senses. This is his good fortune. He is in a dream within a dream. But on account of his virtuous intellect he went to a Guru and discriminated between the true and untrue. He got the experience that everything else is false and "I am Brahman [final reality]". This means that he has woken up from one dream. When in this dream he deliberated again he came to the further conclusion that even saying "I am Brahman" is false -- the whole world and words are illusion. As a result he became tranquil by staying in his own blissful state. Truth was revealed.
He fully realised "I am Brahman." This condition means, "I am fully awake." Not only the delusion but also "I have experienced" vanished. For if one says that he has experienced the self means that he has taken himself to be different from the self. The real test is when the self has no sense of self "I". If the mango says, "I found myself sweet", then it is not a mango. If you say "you got an experience", that means your "I", ego is still there. The idea "I got an experience" is a delusion. The "I" in "I have become knowledgeable" or "I have become Brahman" is ego. The former "I" should disappear. Whatever was before naturally is Brahman. The thorn "I" has to be extracted; then you are through. When you become all pervading, you become Brahman. "I am Brahman", this ego comes, but it also disappears afterwards. It is "One" only and there is nothing else than that.
To go beyond nothing is to be in Thoughtless Reality, Parabrahman.