Yoga Vasistha is a scripture of sanathan dharma, aka. Hinduism.

It has a vast explanation of the relativity of space and time, and also talks about dreams, reality, illusion, and other aspects in great detail.

I came across several articles across the internet stating that the scripture was an influence for Inception. But is there any official announcement or statement by the creators about the influence of the scripture?

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    Why am I getting downvotes? Is it off-topic here?
    – hanugm
    Aug 1, 2020 at 14:46
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    I don't know why you're getting downvotes, to be honest; this seems like a perfectly fine question to me. It's definitely not off-topic, and I'll note that nobody has voted to close it yet. We had a similar question about The Matrix a couple of days ago that sparked some... drama, shall we say, so it's possible that people are just a bit tetchy about these sorts of questions.
    – F1Krazy
    Aug 1, 2020 at 14:58
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    Insightful question ; wouldn't be surprised if Nolan confessed about having inspiration from Asian culture ( theguardian.com/film/2014/dec/25/movies-embraced-hinduism )
    – Déjà vu
    Aug 1, 2020 at 17:22
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    It would be great if downvotes came with some sort of explanation.
    – iandotkelly
    Aug 2, 2020 at 3:21
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    In all honesty, when it comes to Inception, people for some reason seem to treat dreams, illusions or alternate realities as this seldom explored niche topic, but they're certainly not. Alternate realities is all over fiction, most explored in hard SciFi. Illusions have been a hot topic of discussion for millenia, and I'd be surprised if any culture old enough wouldn't have literary works or similar to reference. That said, like most things, it'd probably true that all of the recent ideas about them build on older resources including Hindu sources, not any work in particular.
    – M.A.R.
    Aug 2, 2020 at 9:49


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