FREEDOM – FREE WILL
Stone: Star Sapphire
The Mantra: Om Namah Shivaya
Real Freedom is not being able to do what we want but to be free
from wanting, from the blind forces of our lives.
More than any strenuous efforts to free ourselves, the key to freedom
is the realization that as it was said from old
only the Truth will set us free.
a) The issue is introduced by something very few ever realize:
We are free and at the same time we aren’t:
on the surface of our being there can be no freedom at all, only manifold conditionings, but by going deep within we can transcend them
and become entirely free.
How will you descend deep within?
Vivekananda pointed out that
The materialist says that the voice of freedom is only an illusion of the idealist and such illusion
is the voice itself speaking of bondage.
The Veil itself speaking of bondage.
Never listen to such a voice.
The main problem is that with favorable circumstances or enough personal power it is possible to achieve what we want to do,
but until we have first found out whom we really are
we are not free to choose what we want.
The problem is also that
when presented by choices most remain unaware how it is the forces of their lives that make them select one and reject the other
and remain under the illusion of having
a “free will”.
Are YOU still under the illusion of having a free will?
free will is a CONQUEST,
not a birthright.
There can be no real freedom until we have found out
who we really are,
because it is the only thing that will definitely overcome our conditionings from the past, all obsolete mental formations, lack of aliveness, desires, greed and all negative reactions,
overcome both the obsession with material possessions and all
mental and emotional inclinations and repulsions.
Nisargadatta Maharaj has a warning:
You will have fear until you experience
freedom and its blessing.
Thich Nhat Han adds that
The amount of the happiness you have depends on the amount
of freedom that you have in your heart.
How much freedom do you have in your heart?
In not so much, why not?
No, the external circumstances, no matter how difficult, are NOT the real reason.
Sri Aurobindo has the right attitude:
I am not bound by thought or sense or shape;
I live in the glory of the Infinite,
I am near to the Nameless and Unknowable,
The Ineffable is now my household mate.
b) As Gurdjeff pointed out,
Man is a machine which reacts blindly to external forces and, this being so,
he has no will, and very little control of himself, if any at all.
Without self-knowledge, without understanding the working and functions
of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself
and will always remain a slave.
Until the Great Awakening, that is.
Nisargadatta Maharaj seems to disagree:
We are free ‘here and now’. It is only the mind
that imagines bondage.
Anne Besant is of the same persuasion:
We are free always; none can give us freedom,
none can withhold it.
But this “we” means
our inner being,
not the superficial “I” that almost everyone is identified with and which hasn’t seen freedom even with the telescope.
Wu Hsin asks:
What is outside
The walls of the prison is the unknown,
possibly not secure, not safe,
at times hostile and
not at all predictable.
Yet what sane man would choose
prison over freedom?
Mooji has a warning:
Freedom is free but not cheap. In fact, it is priceless.
It will cost you your world, your attachments,
your life – your own self.
You will be paying this over and over until you are drained of all ‘you’have and all ‘you’ have saved up.
You will exchange all this for that which ‘you’ cannot have –
your eternal Being.
Note that you cannot “have” it
because you can only BE it.
Annie Besant adds that:
Only long experience and effort can remove from us
the delusion that we are bound.
c) Some definitions of freedom:
– He is the freeman whom the truth makes free, and all are slaves besides. W. Cowper
– Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose. Kris Kristofferson
– Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. Rousseau
– Man is created free, and is free, even though born in chains. Schiller
– Freedom means self-fulfillment. It also means putting up with other people’s irritating pursuit of the same.It means being confronted by disturbing images and ideas.
– Freedom is the realization that this deep, deep peace and this unknown are what you are. Everything else is just an extension of that unknown. Adyashanti
– Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it. Germaine Greer
As Mooji said,
Freedom is to be empty of all notions including the notion of a personal self,
for freedom is the fragrance of the universal Self.
Freedom is to be free of attachments and the main
attachment if to the “I”-self.
Which of these definitions touched you most?
What does it tell you about yourself?
Without an effective awareness of our conditionings
and of how our unexamined human mind functions, freedom will remain
for us merely one of our frustrating desires.
Free will is the quality of our inner being, but it can only manifest when we are present to ourselves.
Are you present to yourself?
To which extent?
Krishnamurti adds that:
Without freedom from the past there is no freedom at all, because the mind
is never new, fresh, innocent. It is only the fresh,
innocent mind that is free.
Freedom has nothing to do with age, nothing to do with experience; and it seems to me that
the very essence of freedom lies in understanding the whole mechanism
of habit, both conscious and unconscious.
Have you examined this mechanism in you?
If not, or not much, what are you waiting for?
Wu Hsin has a warning:
Being tied to a single body,
tied to a single mind, is
the very antithesis of free.
d) The dichotomy between freedom and determinism
is ultimately meaningless because
both are true – only on different levels.
Our inner being, the Atman, is forever free and has always been, but our surface personality is totally conditioned and can never be free,
because it is no more than a mass of deadening programs
in the computer of our mind.
How does this make you feel?
The main reason that people do not aspire for their inner freedom,
or not so much, is that
they have been brainwashed by the culture, society and religion
that they have no power,
cannot do anything, that may be dangerous to rebel, and in many also because of a deeply ingrained indifference and/or laziness,
a lifelong habit to take the easy way out, to submit
rather than to fight to achieve their freedom.
As Thích Nhat Hanh noted,
Letting go gives us freedom,
and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart,
we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions –
we cannot be free
Wu Hsin goes very deep into the issue:
Waves have no vote in the ocean.
One does not act, has not acted
and will not act.
To know this is wisdom
and to deny it is for fools.
Freedom is the refusal to
suffer for imaginary reasons.
That includes imagining that
one is not already free.
e) It is not possible to become free without a very intense aspiration for it
and a great deal of inner discipline,
without first rebelling and becoming the master of our mind
instead of being dominated by it.
But most are too identified with their mind to even think of rebelling.
Let us repeat what Sri Aurobindo said:
The whole world yearns after freedom, yet each creature is in love
with his chains; this is the ﬁrst paradox and inextricable
knot of our nature.
Most people have the strange idea that freedom consists in being allowed to choose
between such things as, say, a strawberry or a chocolate cake, between a profession or another, a partner or a different one, being able to say or do whatever they want without being punished if they do, etc, completely unaware that
real freedom consists in truly being ourselves,
Jim Morrison agrees,
The most important kind of freedom
is to be what you really are.
You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel,
and in exchange put on a mask.
That will not do at all.
When the Kabuli was asked if we have a free will or not He replied:
Our soul has a free will, but of course so does Allah! When your own
opposes His, what do you suppose will happen?
As probably you have already experienced.
What have you learned from it?
It is the Veil that prevents us from realizing that
real freedom doesn’t consists in being able to do anything we want,
as generally assumed, but in the capacity to resist
the unregenerate forces of our life...
How do YOU deal with the forces of your life?
Why in his way and not another?
Have you considered other alternatives?
In the Dreamgame Freedom and Free Will are our greatest ASSETS.
Never renounce your freedom whatever advantages
you might be offered in exchange of it.
As Goethe said,
None is hopelessly enslaved as whoever believes
himself already free.
It is very obvious.
Do you perchance think that you are already free?
It would be far too great a loss.
Most believe that freedom can only be achieved by getting rid of the oppressors in place of power,
like Diderot when he said that “Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”
While this would certainly help to some extent, it will not bring us very far because
what really prevents us to be free is not in the outside world
but within us.
As Sri Aurobindo noted,
The mind rides on a swirl of natural forces, balances on a poise between several possibilities, inclines to one side or another, settles and has the sense of choosing: but it does not see,
it is not even dimly aware of the Force behind that has determined its choice.
It cannot see it, because that Force is something total
and to our eyes indeterminate.
At most mind can only distinguish with an approach to clarity and precision some out of the complex variety of particular determinations by which this Force works out her incalculable purposes.
Partial itself, the mind rides on a part of the machine, unaware of nine-tenths of its motor agencies in Time and environment, unaware of its past preparation and future drift;
but because it rides, it thinks that it is
directing the machine.
The Devil’s Advocate:
With the right attitude, provided that favorable circumstances are there, some humans could even have the capacity to achieve freedom in the Here and Now, in the present instant – but isn’t almost everyone always going back in their minds to the past or projected in the future?
It is all due to my client’s bad work.
See how clever he is?
There is no way to freedom or perhaps too many ways, but actually
the way does not matter as much as it may seem:
what is essential is our fire, aspiration, the sense of suffocation
under all your conditionings, our NEED
to be free – or lack of it.
How strong is your need to be free?
Words of Power:
May everyone find their true freedom
in the Divine.
Whenever I am doing only the Divine’s Will
I am immediately free.
Unless we put aside our human mind and go far beyond it
we will never know what freedom really is.
To which extent have you already gone beyond the mind?
If not so much, what are you waiting for?
“Freedom is the soul’s oxygen.”
“There is no joy like the joy of freedom.”
“Involvement with the transient is
the antithesis of freedom.”
“The only one who is free in this world is the one
who is free of this world.”
“Not to be touched or disturbed by the difficulties, feeling
separated from them this is the first step
towards freedom” Sri Aurobindo
Have you taken this first step?
If not, why not?
If not, when will you take it?
From Vijay’s old journals: 1964 – Saanen, Switzerland
The other day Krishnamurti said that we are all far too concerned about the external restrictions which others put on our freedom, ( yeah, like being forced to fill up forms at every border between nations or having to wear clothes when it is hot – after all those with hang-ups about nudity could just not look!)
and that we do not question the forces of our life pushing us in every direction,
and they are much worse than any external restriction
that could ever be imposed upon us.
These other words of Krishnamurti had already touched me very deeply:
“As long as you remain within that field of the culture
of society,of greed, of envy, of achievement,
you are not a free human being.
You may think you have free will,but you are just part of this monstrous society,a conditioned human being.
Without freedom from the past there is
no freedom at all.”
Question/ko’han 1 and 2:
What does freedom really means to you?
Question/ko’han 3 to 5:
To which extent do you consider yourself already free?
Are you SURE?
If not much, what are you going to do about it?
Question/ko’han 6 and 7:
Ultimately real freedom
can only be found in a detached awareness of all that we think,
feel and do without any personal concern.
Do you agree?
If not, why not?
The last word affirms that:
until we make the major elements of our subconscious mind
conscious they will control most of our life,
making freedom impossible.
Is this a danger for you, by any chance?
1) Consider these words from The Quest:
At least subconsciously most find freedom frightening because they have
a subliminal awareness that it means the dissolution
or the old “I” they are so identified with.
Real freedom isn’t from external circumstances but from ourselves: our surface being IS our bondage, and when freedom is achieved
It will dissolve and be no more.
How do this make you feel? It ought to make you feel just WONDERFUL.
Because at last you will be free of all your limitations, suffering,
uncertainty and false identifications.
2) Meditate on this passage of Mère:
When you understand that, you can look at yourself doing, objectivise yourself, laugh a little at all those multiple small bondages of habit,
traditions, the education you have received,
and then put the light, consciousness, aspiration for surrender to the Divine on these things, and try to receive the divine inspiration to do things as it’s necessary, not according to habits, not according to one’s vital impulses, not according to all the vital impulses and personal wills which one receives from others and which push him to do things which perhaps he would not have done without all that.
One must observe all these things, look at them attentively and put them
one after another in front of the divine Truth
as one can receive it –
it is progressive, one receives it purer and purer, stronger and stronger, more and more clear-sightedly – put all these things before it and with an absolute sincerity will that this may guide you and nothing else.
You do this once, a hundred times, a thousand times, millions of times
and after years of sustained effort you can gradually
become aware that at last you are a free being
3) Meditate also on this passage of Sri Aurobindo:
The Great Traveller chooses at each instant the course of his journey,
therefore it is an absolute freedom of choice,
and this is what gives the universal unfolding that unpredictable air and that possibility of change, for the Supreme is entirely free to change his course if he wants to do so. On the contrary, this is absolute freedom.
But everything is there, and since everything is there, everything is absolutely determined – it has always existed but it is discovered in an altogether
unforeseen way. And in this discovery lies freedom.
You are taking a walk and, suddenly, well, you feel like going this way instead of that, so the course you take is completely new, but in the places you are going to, the things were already there, they existed and were therefore determined
but not your discovery.
Surely only a consciousness identiﬁed with the supreme Consciousness can have this feeling of absolute freedom. So long as you are not one with the supreme Consciousness, you necessarily have the impression or the feeling or idea that you are subject to the law of a higher Will,
but the moment you are identiﬁed with this Will
you are perfectly free.
1) These words of Freakingcat who has the right attitude:
There is nothing else purer and stronger in my soul than the force
to bring freedom for myself and the world.
That’s something so essential that it can’t be taken away, its, how you say, a characteristics of my soul journey to express this freedom for me and others in every form possible in this incarnation.
This is kinda the glue for all my experiences in my life, my travels,
my rebellions, my work as activist in many countries,
my fight for freedom for others.
2) These verses of John O’ Donohue
As a bird soars high
In the free holding of the wind
Clear of the certainty of ground,
Opening the imagination of wings
Into the grace of emptiness
To fulfill new voyaging,
May your life awaken
To the call of its freedom.
2) This poem of Farid al-Din Attar:
O world-ignorance, although
my feet have You shackled, I am free.
Although my hands have You chained, I am free.
Although my body have You enslaved, I am free.
I am free because I am not the body,
because the soul-bird I am
that in the Sky’s infinity flies.
The soul-child that dreams am I
On the immortal Supreme King’s lap.
Amongst the Flower Children nothing was there
I couldn’t try out and nobody told me what to do –
to be already free believed I then, unaware that
a puppet pulled by invisible chains was I still…