Lord Rama: When there are countless universes arising and dissolving in the infinite consciousness, why do you teach me of their nature?
Sage Vasishta: In that way, you have gained the understanding that the world is a long dream. You have gained knowledge of the relationship between a world and its meaning or the object it denotes. Hence, all this discussion of the world-appearance and imaginary creation has not been in vain... When, having known all that there is to be known, you attain knowledge of the three periods of time (past, present and future), you will see all this to be true. In every atom of this existence there are countless universes — who has the power even to count them?