Please note that this is not an attack on Dvaita, Vishistadvaita and Achintya-Bheda-Abheda. This is information seeking question.

We know the famous analogy of the universe compared with a dream in Advaita. This claim is refused by Dvaita, Vishishtadvaita and Achintya-Bheda-Abheda .

So I was just curious whether these schools consider our dreams to be an illusion or a reality. What is their stance on dream state?

What is the dream experienced by a person after he wakes. What is the dream to him according to dualistic schools. If you can please include some references so that authenticity of the answer is established. You can answer from any one's school's point of view.

  • Add Achintya-Bheda-Abheda also.
    – user9969
    May 9, 2019 at 20:35
  • @Surya yes Vishistadvaitha is there no. Isn't it the same thing? Vishistadvaitha is bhedabheda.
    – user13262
    May 10, 2019 at 6:27
  • Achintya-Bheda-Abheda is slightly different than Vishishtadvaita actually. @Chakrapani N Rao
    – user9969
    May 10, 2019 at 6:39
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    Well, they consider the experience and knowledge of dream state is real. Visit closely related post Are dreams created by Jivatma or Paramatma? Where Vishisthadvaita and Dvaita agree on dreams are created by supreme self, not by individual self as said by Advaita.
    – Pandya
    May 10, 2019 at 15:38
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    @ChakrapaniNRao I don't know much about it. Refer this section of Sri Bhashya.
    – Pandya
    May 10, 2019 at 15:52

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The dream states are indeed real and carry some meaning according to the Govinda bhashya of Baladeva Vidyabhushana of the Gaudiya Vaishnava school(representing Acintya bhedābheda) on the Brahma sutras as they are perceived and inspired by Brahman, although temporary. Here are some attached pages from the relevant sections: enter image description hereenter image description hereenter image description here

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