संध्ये सृष्टिराह हि ॥ १ ॥
saṃdhye sṛṣṭirāha hi || 1 ||
saṃdhye—In the intermediate stage (between waking and deep sleep, i.e. in the dream state); sṛṣṭiḥ—(there is real) creation; āha—(Sruti) says so; hi—because;
1. In the intermediate stage (between waking and deep sleep, there is a real) creation, because (the Sruti) says so.
The question is raised whether the creation which one experiences in the dream state is as real as this world of ours, or merely Maya, false, as compared with this waking world. This Sutra, which gives the view of the opponent, holds that it is just as real, for the Sruti declares, “There are no chariots, nor horses to be yoked to them, nor roads there, but he himself creates the chariots, horses, and roads. For he is the agent” (Brih. 4. 3. 10). Moreover, we do not find any difference between the experience of the waking state and that of the dream state. A meal taken in dream has the effect of giving satisfaction even as in the waking state. Therefore the creation of the dream state is real and springs from the Lord Himself, even as He creates ether etc.