What are we doing here? Have we ever thought about it in-depth? What is our purpose? What is our mission? Why are we here? Where else could we be? Every man harbors these questions. These questions haunt us even more, if our path is that of liberation.
LIBERATION!!! That is so beautiful. Liberation is not escapism. Escapism is running away from dharma (duty) Liberation is natural detachment, without any effort, while performing dharma with detachment – like the sun or a flowing river. No object on earth can make us happy or sad. Liberation makes us perpetually self-sufficient.
The nature of our soul is liberation. It takes the subtle body through many births and deaths, but never gets contaminated. It is pure as ever. Let us look at ourselves closely. We have never considered the soul. Every thought brings an attachment. Every word invokes an attachment and every action is with an attachment too. Every meeting is with expectation. Every decision has an expectation. A result is expected. Results are bound to happen. That’s the nature of action. Attachment to results causes bondage. Expectations cause bondage. We suffer. The moment we shift from these expectations to pure action, we become liberated.
Bondage is of various types. All attachments are bondage. All expectations are bondage. All relationships are bondage. A Guru can be bondage. Disciples can be bondage. Body, mind and intellect are bondage. Knowledge is bondage. All habits are bondage. Dependencies of all kind are bondage. All samskaaras are bondage. Thus, life is full of seen and unseen bondages. This makes liberation even more difficult.
The best way to transcend bondage is through higher awareness. It is like growing up through many grades, like we experienced in our school days. Awareness level keeps changing and we realize at each stage that we were not aware of many things earlier. Clarity improves and dependency reduces or at least shifts, just as it does from a toy to a bicycle, a bicycle to a motor cycle and so on. Habits change. When a habit is replaced with the deep and pregnant silence of spirituality, we are liberated. Need for action is formed out of samskaaras. When samskaaras reduce, actions reduce too. But, usually, we fill the space with more samskaaras. We are afraid to die. The birth-death cycle has become our habit because of repetition over life times. Anything can bind us and keep us away from liberation. Our identifications makes death painful. Identifications such as name, shape, nationality, religion and everything else. Even a mirror can prevent a smooth exit. A mirror re establishes our physical image into our psyche so much that, when the soul departs the body, it feels lost. It stays on. It refuses to transcend. Thus, if you look deeply, you can see that many things hinder our progress. In that situation, if you are still able to translate knowledge into wisdom and experience wisdom, which nullifies the push of samskaaras, then, life becomes easier and transit becomes effortless.
Nothing is either good or bad. There are no do’s and don’ts. These are all created by our mind. What is right for us is the exhaustion of our karmas, whatever it takes. What is right for the soul is to stay as the soul, without the baggage of karmas and the push for many re-births. Right and wrong are relative and it also shifts modes time after time. Nothing is permanent in terrestrial existence. If we can fully understand this fundamental truth and live it to the brim, we are relatively better off.
Staying in the path of liberation is not easy. Every person sends messages. Every message comes with an attachment. Every attachment is like a virus. It makes your system dull and sometimes even sick. When we are constantly in the web of life, we stay trapped and bound. Liberation needs serious practice. We cannot suppress karmas and attain liberation. We have to exhaust karmas and get there. We have to grow with awareness and detach because we do not need it. It is far different from the state where we reject because we cannot reach it.
When the world was speaking about “Haves” and “Have nots”, India always had a third segment, the true liberated Masters who had everything but wanted nothing. They lived in plenty with no need for any terrestrial objects. Terrestrial love, like relationships are temporary and often conditional. Soul is liberated and unconditional. That is the shift that we are talking about here – the shift from our limited mind to the unlimited soul. That guarantees liberation.