The Real Freedom

Whenever you seem to understand a situation and label it that is the beginning of your problem. You do not label something you do not know. Whenever you think injustice has been done to you, or you are a victim, or you think something bad has happened to you, all this falls in the category of ‘I know it, this is how things are’.

Suffering is a product of limited knowledge. But when there is amazement, patience, joys, then you are in a state of ‘I don’t know, may be.’ The whole life is a shift from the limited ‘I know’, to all possibilities.

This is what limited knowledge does. Even after experiencing that, you don’t see something beyond. There is a proverb in India that says: “You fell in the well in the daytime, which you could see in the night.” You saw the pit in the night, you were careful, you avoided and walked, but in the daytime you fell in the same pit.

This means that your eyes are not open; you are not sensitive enough to see and recognise what is going on.

As we attach the events and emotions to individuals, the cycle continues. You will never be free from that. So first detach an event and emotion from that person, space and time. Have the knowledge of oneness of the universe.

If a pin is pricked into your hand, your entire body knows and feels it. In the same way every body is connected to the entire creation, to everybody, as there is only one life at a very subtle level, though it appears to be many in the gross.

If you go deeper and deeper, it is one existence, one divine. The wise person never labels individuals. In fact, in a wise person all individual existence ceases. That is why one should not see any intention behind the other’s mistakes or attribute mistakes to somebody and bear grudges. Then mind drops cravings and aversions and becomes free. So when the mind goes away, only the self remains. You can be at ease with the uncertainty of the world when you realise the certainty of the consciousness.

To be certain about the uncertainty of the relative makes you certain about the existence of the absolute and brings a ‘certain’ faith in the absolute. Acting in uncertainty makes life a game, a challenge. Often people think that certainty is freedom. If you feel that freedom when you are not certain then that is ‘real’ freedom.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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