A BIRD IN A CAGE
The Maitrayana Brahmana Upanishad explains how the inner Prison was formed:
Carried along by the waves of the qualities, darkened in his imaginations, unstable, fickle, crippled, full of desires, vacillating, he enters into belief, believing I am he, this is mine,
and binds his Self by his own Self
as a bird with a net.
The bird born in a cage no longer remember that its true nature is to fly freely in the wide open sky
unless someone opens the cage for it
and encourages it to fly out..
Likewise most of us don’t even realize that they are living in a cage of their own making, and the most terrible case is those who are aware that they are prisoners and that there is a way out,
AND YET DO NOTHING ABOUT IT,
fearing that out of the cage they would no longer be “themselves”, although it merely consists of the total sum of all their limitations and suffering!
Something in them still clings to their habitual cage, afraid of getting lost
in so much light and freedom outside it.
What in you still clings to your habitual cage?
No, the first answer which came to your mind is not the real one.
Even if the cage’s door has been inadvertently left open,
Birds born and raised in a cage
are afraid to go out of it
The way that Wu Hsin put it is:
Pei owner a bird that
he wanted to set free.
He opened its door but
the bird did not move.
Wu Hsin told Pei:
a caged bird is not freed merely
by opening the door.
Until the fear of the unknown subsides,
until the desire arises
to fly away,
the bird remains where he is,
preferring the known
to the unknown.
Frank Kafka spoke of
a cage which went in search of a bird.
Imagine that you are that bird:
which kind of cage do you think would come in search of you?
Kabir asks you:
Caged parrot, who has caught you?
Well, basically it was none other than yourself , the enemy within.
But according to Aebd – Ur – Rahman
The Immortal Bird never was caught
in anyone’s net.
Aren’t YOU the immortal Bird?
Of course you ARE.
Even if you are no longer aware of it.
Then how could you ever be caught in any net?
The immortal Bird is your Higher Self, not your surface “I”,
which is easily trapped in so many cages.
FLY OUT IN THE IMMENSITY!
Farid al-Din Attar had the right attitude:
I am free because I am not the body,
because the soul-bird I am
that in the Sky’s infinity flies.
Rumi has the last word:
You are the bird of happiness in the magic of existence.
What a pity! Why did you let yourself
be chained and caged?
– These verses of Stewart Bitkoff:Like a captive bird
The soul sings
Remembering its home.
It is precisely
For this song
The bird is caged.
Almost invisible our cage seems to be,
for not of iron rods its bars are made
but of the past, of all we could not let go,
wondrous kisses and deep wounds alike.