Friday, 9 January 2015

Bondage and Freedom Are Merely Concepts

Bondage and freedom are merely concepts, only meaningful to those who live in confusion and fear.Just as the one sun gives countless reflections, so the one Consciousness reflects into multitudinous beings.
Practice (dharana) 110, Vigyana Bhairava Tantra
During times of confusion, frustration and fear we often say, ‘Why bother?’ Philosophically, we may wail and say ‘woe is me, I am bound’ or ‘I wish I was free of all this hassle.’

But the ideas of bondage and freedom are merely part of relative existence. Ultimately, the ego-personality is temporary and illusory. Therefore, who is bound and who is there to be liberated? Does it make sense to say that the image of the sun reflected on the water is bound and that it can be liberated? The reflection is unreal, so there is no question of it being bound; and this being the case, what is there to be liberated? The same applies to us as humans. We are, after all, embodied beings – merely, but extraordinarily – reflections of Consciousness.

The above is just the start of this article from Swami Nishchalananda, the Spiritual Director of Mandala Yoga Ashram. To continue reading, see where the article is available in full.

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