To be totally free one needs to be totally aware, because our bondage is rooted in our unconsciousness; it does not come from the outside.
Nobody can make you unfree.
You can be destroyed but your freedom cannot be taken away unless you give it away.
Let me break it down for you.
Freedom has two aspects: first, freedom from, and second, freedom for.
I know that this may be a little hard to swallow. It was for me too, about a year ago but it makes perfect sense and it has been great reading about it from Osho (highly recommend you buy it).
Many people including myself attain only to the first kind of freedom, freedom from – free from the parents, free from the organisation, free from this and that, free from all kinds of prisons. But for what? This is a negative freedom.
If you know only freedom from, you have not known real freedom; you have known only the negative aspect. That freedom will not be freedom, because it is still given to you; there is a cause to it. The thing that you were feeling dependent on is still there in your freedom. You are obliged to it. Without it you would not have been free.
The positive has to be known – freedom to create, freedom to be, freedom to express, to sing your song, to dance your dance.
The freedom to do anything you want is not freedom either, because wanting, desiring to “do” something, arises out of the mind – and mind is your bondage.
The true freedom comes out of choice less awareness, but when there is choice awareness the freedom is neither dependent on things nor dependent on doing something. The freedom that follows choice less awareness is the freedom just to be yourself.
And you are yourself already, you are born with it; hence it is not dependent on anything else. Nobody can give it to you and nobody can take it from you.
A sword can cut your head but it cannot cut your freedom, your being.
You are born as freedom. It is just that you have been conditioned to forget it.
So don’t connect freedom with independence. Independence is naturally from something, from somebody.
Don’t connect freedom with doing things that you want to do, because that is your mind, not you. Wanting to do something, desiring to do something, you are in the bondage of your wanting and your desiring. With the freedom I am talking about, you simply are – in utter silence, serenity, beauty, bliss.
But, the trouble is, is that everybody wants freedom. Nobody wants responsibility. Having freedom is a responsibility, your responsibility. Remaining a slave is also your responsibility. You have chosen it; it has not been forced upon you.
So only one who is ready to accept the responsibility of being oneself with all its beauties, bitterness, it’s joys and agonies, can be free…..
More importantly don’t forget freedom is a state of mind, which differs from person to person, so when you are tempted to compare your life with others – don’t!
There’s no such thing as a life better than yours!
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