Are we Free As yet?
We are born to be free.
If we are born to become free, it means that right now we are still struggling for freedom.
Our entire journey through life is towards attaining that all-elusive freedom.
It becomes important to spell out the aspects of freedom by stating them clearly.
This shall bring clarity towards understanding the purpose of life.
Also, it shall work towards relieving ourselves from binding factors.
Let us consider some fundamental factors that inhibit freedom.
What Binds and Manipulates Us?
Our habits, our thoughts, and opinions which we feel like an expression of inner freedom are the very things that contribute towards bondage.
Our bondage has more to do with our compulsive daily habits, our biases, and our impressions about situations, people, and places.
The more we become partial and opinionated, the more we restrict ourselves to thought patterns and emotions.
This drives us towards a lifestyle that is restrictive.
If we develop aversion towards people who do not endorse our views and opinions, we tend to look at them with suspicion.
Their presence can intimidate us.
This means that external circumstances and people manage us.
Thereby, we lose control and give the reigns of our life situations to external factors.
If some behavior irks us, the world can use such behaviors to manipulate us and get us to do certain things that can turn us into victims of situations.
Our responses or reactions to time, place and circumstances start getting driven by external situations.
It gets us into unfavorable conditions that can highly restrict our freedom to live the life that we desire.
Traps of Inner Desire and Tendencies
The other area that can get us highly restricted is a lack of control of our innate tendencies and desires.
If lust and greed overwhelm us, it is natural that these tendencies can deter us from higher goals.
For example, if I am preparing for a public examination for a high position in government services.
It is natural that I have to pay attention to my preparation for these examinations.
Yet, if, during the process, I take interest in the opposite sex and spend my time in their company, it shall mar my chances of performing well in the examinations.
My undue greed can make me inclined towards earning wealth through unfair means, where I ignore the repercussions of immoral practices or conduct.
I may be driven by greed, desire, and selfishness to such a level, that I forget the very purpose of life.
And wasted a major portion of life, indulging in petty practices and politics.
The question is, where is life heading towards?
What is the purpose of such a life after all?
I started life with a motive to become happy and free.
But instead, I have headed in a completely wrong direction which has bound me to such an extent that, I cannot dream of becoming free.
My greed has cornered me such that I have huge debts which I cannot clear so easily.
I would have lost the support of family members and friends, who were important and loved me once.
But, owing to my greed, lust, and selfishness, they have lost faith in me and I have no help.
There are so many situations that I have created by my own doing which have further bound me.
What can I do now, to become free and head in the right direction?
Experience cannot make us Free
Unless children are trained towards understanding the value of life and its purpose, they shall only grow towards heavy bondage.
Hence, life takes a toll on, probably every child.
The situations only get worse with passing time.
However, parents prevent this awful experience by training their children towards understanding the value of life and its purpose.
By the time there is some relief, one would have become old to such an extent that other than bad experiences, there is nothing else to share.
Even if the person has understood his/her past mistakes can this old person now know freedom at all?
The answer is No.
You may have understood your mistakes and errors.
But there may be no inner realization of the bondage that you had gone through.
To be free of suffering and bad experience, taking action is mandatory.
Simply, realizing the mistakes is not enough.
Without deliberation, practice, and realization, one cannot be free from the bondage of material life, although one may have understood the impact of the mistakes.
It becomes pertinent to take up the journey towards freedom, right from childhood.
Without specific training, no freedom is possible.
Importance of Spiritual Education and Practice
One has to free oneself.
from the grip of the views of society and delve deep into the scriptures of Sanatana Dharma.
Spiritual Education and Practice are essential to understand the nature of freedom.
Hence, redefine your purpose in life.
Unless one deliberates upon the intention of knowing and realizing the Absolute Truth, there can be no freedom.
Compulsive habits that have already got their noose around every neck, can only fall apart with sincerity of purpose.
Thus, it becomes essential that parents must redefine their current lives, to realise their true purpose.
Only after parents understand the meaning of freedom can they transfer it to their wards.
Only then, they shall become capable of relieving their wards of the unnecessary stress and compulsions of modern living.
As a matter of fact…
The steps are drastic.
Unless there is a deep realization of freedom within one’s heart, taking the first step towards freedom can be an extremely daunting task.
Keep in mind, we do not need to change society.
Steps To Follow Spiritual Education
One need not worry about bringing change in the education system.
We need not redefine the way we conduct lives today right away.
One should have the intention and deep desire of wanting freedom.
So, understand it from the right perspective, and get ready to surrender yourself to the repurposing process.
This should be done to such an extent that one advances on the path with utmost confidence and surety.
Only then can real change come about within one’s life.
One has to discipline themselves.
This shall inspire their children and youngsters to follow.
Looking at your example and appreciating the lifestyle that parents have set, wards positively accept that very path.
It may be well possible that only you and your family are walking alone on that path.
It might be that the entire world is working in a totally different direction.
However, if one has initiated the process of self-reformation and one depends on the fundamental values of Sanatana Dharma, success and freedom are more than assured.
Thanks for reading!