Thursday, January 22, 2004

~~ Spiritual Freedom ~~

All the different types of freedom that fasten upon some
external conditions must, in their very nature, exist within
certain limits. For the freedom that an individual or community
or state seeks must be consistent with a similar freedom for
other individuals, communities or states. National, economic
religious or cultural freedom expresses itself in and by means
of the duality of existence. It lives on duality and is sustained
by duality; therefore it has to be relative and limited and cannot
be infinite. It exists in varying degrees. Even when it is won
through persistent effort, it cannot be a permanent attainment
since the external conditions having once been secured are not
secured forever but are capable of deteriorating in the course
of time

Only spiritual freedom is absolute and unlimited
When it is won through persistent effort, it is secured forever. Though spiritual freedom can and does express itself in and through the duality
of existence, it is grounded in the realization of the inviolable
unity of all life and is sustained by it. One important condition
of spiritual freedom is freedom from all wanting. It is want that
fetters life through attachment to conditions that would fulfill
that want; if there is no want, there is no dependence or limitation
The soul is enslaved through wanting. When the soul breaks asunder
the shackles of wanting, it emancipates itself from its bondage to
the bodies - gross, subtle and mental. This is the spiritual
freedom that brings with it the final realization of the unity of
all life and puts an end to all doubts and worries

~ From: 'Discourses' Meher Baba ~

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