Swami Sukhabodhananda on Freedom



Enlightenment is true freedom. It is called moksha which means freedom. Freedom not from something but just freedom. Freedom from something means you are bound by the thing you want to be free of. Freedom for something also assumes you are bound. But true freedom is like space that exists in the pot but is not bound by it.

When the pot is destroyed the space is not, even though it may appear to be bound. Similarly freedom exists like space in the body but is not bound by the body. This freedom has to be discovered and not created by the effort of action.

Freedom is not something other than bondage but in spite of bondage. One goes about putting effort, seeking enlightenment. The very effort becomes a barrier. The sought is hidden in the seeker. So if the seeker searches outside, then seeking is the denial of the sought. The day the search stops, the desiring mind starts flowering into a residing mind. Then one discovers that true freedom is within and it freely exists in and through one’s bondage.

Swami Sukhabodhananda

(Source: An article published in The New Indian Express)