What is freedom? || Acharya Prashant (2013)

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Question: How we get the real definition of freedom?

Speaker: We have to first start with understanding what is slavery? Freedom is not something that comes from outside. Freedom is our very  basic nature. What comes from outside, is slavery. So, slavery when understood and gotten rid of, what remains is your free nature.

Do not try to go too much into what they are in the ‘positive’ sense, words like freedom, love, joy, awareness, do not try to go into them in a ‘positive’ way. Do not seek their ‘positive’ definitions instead seek their negative definitions – ‘what they are not’. Just try to understand what are the enemies of freedom are.

Try to understand – what covers up freedom. Try to understand – what is not freedom and get rid of that. And then what remains is freedom. Are you getting it?

You see, you can only bring that from outside, which you are not. Can I bring ‘myself’ from outside? I can only bring an external entity from outside, right? I cannot bring my own real nature from somewhere else. And freedom is ‘my own real nature’.

And that is why governments all around the world, when they want to punish, they take away your freedom. That is what jails are for. They realize that the biggest punishment is – to take away his freedom because your very nature is freedom, and you suffer every moment when your freedom is taken away. Do you see this?

So, just realize, what is not freedom. Many of few, I can see it in your eyes are deeply attentive; a few of you are still not there (deeply attentive). Now, it is quite possible, that you will take these words, consciously or unconsciously they may come to you, and create a imprint on your mind. That will not be freedom.

Whenever, you take in something, without understanding, that is not freedom. Alright? So, what is freedom then? Nothing. Just simple, quiet listening, which is your nature. That is freedom. You don’t have to do anything in freedom, additional. You don’t have to really acquire it. You only have to get rid of its enemies.

You acquire something only when you have lost it.
You can never lose freedom, but your freedom can remain covered with dirt and dust.
All you can do is get rid of the dirt and dust, the enemies of freedom.
Just get rid of the dirt and dust, and they are not real, they are all mental.
They are like vampires. You shine some light on them, and they will evaporate.
They flourish only in darkness.


Excerpted from a ‘Shabd-Yog’ session. Edited for clarity.

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