Spiritual discourses, Thoughts

Why bondage?

Liberation from bondage can dawn in a variety of ways. Feeling miserable from the agitations of happiness and sorrow alternating each other, one seeks to know the root cause thereof. A Buddha discovers it to be sankhara, a Shankara discovers to be avidya-ignorance of one’s own essential nature, a Rama discovers it to be desire and so on. However, all of them appreciate a basic fact about happiness/ sorrow. it is impermanent. it is changeable. It is anitya.

No matter how happy you are or how sad you are, it is a well known fact that the said state is temporary. No one remembers his/her state around a few days back. It is anitya. Why then do we give so much importance to this interim bubble of happiness/sorrow which is bound to burst in but a delta of time. Why is it that we treat this impermanent bubble of happiness/sorrow as an eternal fact and make ourselves miserable throught he agitations thereof.

is it not because of our lack of capacity to see the happening of events in a broader scale of space and time. Is it not that our desire to enjoy the very same events again and again akin to the fate of an animal tethered to a pole which does the same things over and over again and paradoxically believes oneself to be free.

Failure to view the events properly in this infinite stretch of space and time binds us to the events, propels us to enjoy the events by indulging therein and generates what Buddha calls sankhara. It is this which makes one take birth again and again. गहकारकम गवेसंतो दुक्खा जाति पुनप्पुनम. Whereas a mere change in vision- a mere closer observation of events in the frame of reference of space and time- reveals their impermanence and at once sets the person free. गहकारक दित्ठोसी, पुन गेहम न काहसी! सब्बे संखारा अनिच्चा ति, यदा पन्नाया पस्सती! अथ निब्बिन्दति दुक्खे, एस मग्गो विसुद्धिया!!

But is it not a fact that all of know everything to be impermanent. Why then is it so difficult to be free from this bondage? The answer lies in non-knowledge of our own nature as permanent. Knowing oneself to be permanent while everything else as impermanent is the crux of knowledge. Knowing oneself as screen while the world as a movie thereon is what is called prajna. This is what liberates us and this alone is the path to purification!!

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