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What is freedom?

Nama Article 4th August 2012


Real freedom is in oneself when there is complete order. And that order comes only when we are a light to ourselves.


Source: Questions & Answers


Question: What is freedom?


Sri J Krishnamurtiji : Many philosophers have written about freedom. We talk of freedom – freedom to do what we like, to have any job we like, freedom to choose a woman or a man, freedom to read any book, or freedom not to read at all. We are free, and what do we do with that freedom? We use that freedom to express ourselves, to do whatever we like.

We have every kind of freedom and what have we done with it. We think that where there is choice we have freedom. I can go to Italy or France: a choice. But does choice give freedom? Why do we have to choose? If you are very clear, perceive purely, there is no choice. Out of that comes right action. It is only when there is doubt and uncertainty that we begin to choose. So choice, if you will forgive my saying so, prevents freedom.


The totalitarian states have no freedom at all, because they have the idea that freedom brings about the degeneration of man. Therefore they control, suppress – you know what is happening.

So what is freedom? Is it based on choice? Is it to do exactly what we like? Some psychologists say, if you feel something, do not suppress, restrain or control it, but express it immediately. And we are doing that very well, too well. And this is also called freedom. Is throwing bombs freedom? Just look what we have reduced our freedom to!


Does freedom lie out there, or here? Where do you begin to search for freedom? In the outward world, where you express whatever you like, the so-called individual freedom, or does freedom begin inwardly, which then expresses itself intelligently outwardly? You understand my question? Freedom exists only when there is no confusion inside me, when I am psychologically and religiously not to be caught in any trap – you understand? There are innumerable traps: gurus, saviours, preachers, excellent books, psychologists and psychiatrists; they are all traps. And if I am confused and there is disorder, must I not first be free of that disorder before I talk of freedom? If I have no relationship with my wife, my husband or another – because our relationships are based on images – there is conflict which is inevitable where there is division. So should I not begin here, inside me, in my mind, in my heart, to be totally free of all fears, anxieties, despairs and the hurts and wounds that one has received through some psychic disorder? Watch all that for oneself and be free of it!


But apparently we have not the energy. We go to another to give us energy. By talking to a psychiatrist we feel relieved – confession and all the rest of it. Always depending on somebody else. And that dependence inevitably brings conflict and disorder. So one has to begin to understand the depth and the greatness of freedom; one must begin with that which is nearest, oneself. The greatness of freedom, real freedom, the dignity, the beauty of it, is in oneself when there is complete order. And that order comes only when we are a light to ourselves.


Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji


Anyone of the above can hit you any moment Yearn for freedom from this shackle of life just as you would yearn for safety/freedom while caught in a hijacked aircraft.


The time lost cannot be gained back. If you fail to make use of the freedom ('swatantra') here you will not be able to achieve the required goal


Everything in our life is predetermined. All we have to do is to turn and fix our mind on Him!


The only will we have is the freeing will of choosing to chant whenever we find mind wandering


An ideal Guru will never allow his disciple to carry a bit of his burden and will not carry a bit of his disciple's burden.


The secret of life is that the sublime goal is to be reached by first stilling the mind which is done by chanting the Name.…. you swim in an infinite ocean of joy and peace, having realized utter freedom.


Truth is the only religion (or freedom); untruth is bondage, there is no secret like this.


Our faith in the living God is to be measured by the extent of freedom from anxiety of any kind whatsoever.


God demands nothing less than complete self-surrender as the price for the only real freedom that is worth having


Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare 

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‘Similarly, my friend,’ the master says, ‘you can sit like that forever, but you’ll never be meditating or understanding truth.’

 

Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

 

If you develop love it is meditation. If you chant you shall develop love. So chanting is nothing but meditation.

 

Source: ‘The Kitchen Chronicles: 1001 Lunches with J. Krishnamurti’

 

Once an young man wanting to find Truth goes to see a famous guru. ‘Master, can you teach me meditation and Truth?’ he asks. The guru agrees, and the disciple immediately assumes the lotus posture, closing his eyes and breathing rhythmically to show what he knows.

 

The master doesn’t say anything but picks up two stones from the ground and starts rubbing them against each other. Hearing the strange noise, the disciple opens his eyes and asks, ‘Master, what are you doing?’

 

The guru answers ‘I’am rubbing these stones against each other to polish them into a mirror so that I can look at myself.’ ‘The disciple laughs, ‘but master, if you don’t mind myself telling you: you’ll never be able to make a mirror of these stones by rubbing them against each other. You can do that forever, and it won’t work.’

 

‘Similarly, my friend,’ the master says, ‘you can sit like that forever, but you’ll never be meditating or understanding truth.’

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare 
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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