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Bondage is not outside – Thoughts on Bondage

Bondage is not outside. It is within. Bondage is in one’s own mind, but it mistakenly appears to be outside.

One can understand this clearly when one’s mind becomes pure through good karma and God’s grace.

But intellectual understanding is not enough to get rid of bondage. It is through the grace of the guru and intense self-effort that one becomes free from bondage.

— Swami Turiyananda

When the aspirant after jnana realizes his separateness from body, mind, life and becomes free from all bondage, he realizes freedom. This is the state of embodied salvation, in which one retains life, body and mind, but the soul has detached itself from them and has become free. Then finally, the soul leaves the body and realizes the disembodied state of consciousness and bliss.

Every individual born into the world has the divine light within. A seed of the Divine dwells in the heart, capable of totally regenerating the individual. All of us can attain release from worldly bondage by whole-hearted trust in, and ordering our life around, the Spirit within.

(Prabhudha Bharata December 2003)

The contemplation of objects intensifies the bondage though it is unreal; with the desire for objects decreasing, the bondage in the world is weakened.
– Yoga Vasishta

You are really unbound and action-less, self-illuminating and spotless already. The cause of your bondage is that you are still resorting to stilling the mind.
– Ashtavakra Gita