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Freedom Image Credit: Rishimukh

Who Becomes Free?

Excerpts from Gurudev’s discourse on Narada Bhakti Sutras

Freedom is a necessity. Politicians say freedom is your birthright. i don’t say it is your right. i say freedom is your necessity, your need - it is not a right. you cannot live without freedom.

The spiritual path is not one that which makes you more bonded, it releases all the bondage and makes you free. The goal of a spiritual path is to bring you freedom, which is the need of every soul. That is why we come to this planet - to be free.

Yo viviktasthanam sevate

One who reposes in that corner deep inside oneself, where there is nothing else. One who is alone, who sits alone, can never feel lonely. If you cannot be alone, then you will start feeling lonely. Viviktasthanam means where there is nobody else. That doesn’t mean you run to the forest. You may even be sitting in a forest, or alone in a desert, but your mind will be filled with all the things, events and people. When you can settle into that space where there is nobody, when you become hollow and empty, you can be free. And get into that place again and again. Sevate - who enjoys being alone, one who is not worried about what people tell them or talk about them.

Yo lokabandha munmulyati

One who is not worried about what people tell them or talk about them can be free. You don’t worry about what people think about you. They may think good about you, they may think bad about you. Why sit and worry all the time about what others think

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