Freedom is the Goal

by Swami Nirmalananda

fireworks1-wikimedia-orgWe celebrate America’s birth tomorrow, a celebration of freedom.  Yoga says freedom is the goal of human life, but nor merely political freedom — something more.  Freedom is a natural quality of being, inherent within your Self.  The One Reality that is your own Self is inherently free within It-Self for there is nothing and no one creating bindings.  Honored by the name “Siva, that One Reality has taken on bindings to become this world and everyone in it, becoming you and becoming me.

Repeat this to yourself — that which has ever-been supremely free, has taken on bindings in order to be me.  You may have to repeat it a few times before it begins to percolate through, and then something will happen.

That which has ever-been supremely free, has taken on bindings in order to be me.

When you get it, something arises inside.  It might be a feeling, an understanding or insight, a spinal opening, profound joy or even bliss.  All at once, you see that “Siva is choosing to be you.  You are so important that “Siva is choosing to be you.  “Siva wants to be you.  “Siva is enjoying being you.  There is a reason for your existence — “Siva is being you.

This means you embrace the binding that makes you a limited individual, while you simultaneously recognize the whole of your true identity:  “Siva.  It’s a little bit like watching fireworks — the fuse is lit and then you wait, nothing happens for a bit and then, boom!  You have the limitation of time and space, and the explosion of something into that time and space.  Within your own being, the whole of consciousness is expanding ever inward.  All you have to do is know your own Self.

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