The ultimate reality is there is no bondage and there is no freedom. The self is always free, it’s illusion of bondage which needs to be corrected by the illusion of freedom through Enlightenment which too is an illusion. Both bondage and freedom are illusion or appearance within the Self. The self is the absolute reality, always liberated, Unbounded Awareness, Sat Chit Ananda, the one without the second.
There is a story of a washerman who was walking towards river with his donkey carrying bundle of clothes . At shore of the river, the washerman stopped and started looking for rope which can be used to tie the donkey till the time he wash his clothes but it seems he had forgotten the rope. So he thought an idea , he pretended that there is a rope and he tied it to the donkey making donkey feel it is being tied and then by making the donkey see , he tied the donkey with an imaginary rope to a nearby tree. After that he started doing his job of washing clothes. For entire 2 hours ,till the time the washerman washed the clothes, the donkey did not go anywhere , that was surprising. After finishing the job when the washerman started taking the donkey with him , the donkey did not move, it was disturbing and puzzling to him. He tried a lot but the donkey did not move from the place. A wise man was passing by the side saw the washerman in puzzling situation, he asked the washerman what happened , the washerman narrated the whole story. After listening to the whole story , the wise man asked to untie the imaginary rope by making the donkey see that it is being untied. The washerman did the same and was amazed to see that the donkey started moving from the place. This is true in life as well, we people think we are in bondage and look for completeness or freedom and remain dissatisfied until a wiseman or Guru helps us realise our true nature which is ever liberated . Enlightenment is the process of realising that the self is always free but out of Ignorance ,there is notion of bondage which needs to be corrected through the self knowledge. Both Ignorance and self knowledge are within the self and are imaginary or illusion, the self is beyond all and free from all, always liberated , unbounded eternal Awareness.
Ignorance and Enlightenment are like two thorns . Just like when one thorn gets pierced then the other thorn is used to remove the first thorn and after that both the thorns are thrown, in the same way the thorn of Enlightenment is used to remove the thorn of Ignorance and thereafter both have to be thrown.
Unenlightened beings want to become God(completeness ) or Sat Chit Ananda but refrain themselves to think themselves as the God.Simply because being God is being responsible for everything happening in the world, being God is being answerable to all the questions.Therefore unenlightened beings choose to become Bhakt instead of being Bhagwan to play safe. Weak people consider God as separate from the self to justify their inability of answering all the questions and managing difficult situations.
Till the God is considered separate from the self, there is fear and greed out of incompleteness caused by Ignorance. God is the completeness, the fulfilment without which there cannot be Ananda or Bliss. God is attained only through Self realisation which is also the end of all the self doubts. Only self realised beings realise themselves as the God and can say they are the God ,the cause of all the causes, the base of all the bases, the supreme reality.For Example: Only from the enlightened state of being-ness, one can say ,one is non other than the existence itself appearing as all names and forms like boundary-less water(ocean) appearing as many waves .Bhagwad Geeta is the statement of the enlightened or Awaken state expressed through Krishna .Claiming oneself as God is not common but the most uncommon and courageous thing in the world. The highest state of being-ness beyond which nothing exist. Only Awaken self can say , I am that I am…
From that state of awareness , the self reveals itself to the self.
I am the truth, and the truth is the Authority. All Vedas ,Upanishad, Religions and scriptures emanates from me and ends at me. I am beyond all and encompasses all within the self. I am the beginning, the middle and the end of everything. I am No-thing(not a thing ) beyond everything and the cause of everything. I am the supreme reality beyond which nothing exist. Whatever can be seen, felt or experienced is within me ,I am beyond all and encompasses all. Everything is appearance of the Self(Atman) to the Self and within the Self. All paths(Religions) are within me and points towards me. I am the whole, the source and the goal. I am the goal of all the goals.I am ever liberated, Sat Chit Ananda, existence consciousness bliss. I am that I am…
All shastras emanate from me and rest at me. Shastras can’t be decoded without me. I am the key of all shastras. I am the coder and decoder of all Gyana.I am the source and the goal of all the shastras. One who knows me attains to me and one can attain me only through me through devotion or bhakti to me. I am the writer and speaker of all the scriptures time to time from different names and forms like Krishna, Ramna, Shankaracharya, Buddha, Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna, etc… All expresses me through me and to me. Expression can be different but the truth is one and that is me . I am the state which all statements of shastras talk about.I am the whole , the source and the goal of all the goals. I am the path and I am the goal.I am the Guru and I am disciples. I am the beginning, the middle and the end of everything.I am the producer, director and the actors of the movie called universe. I am the supreme reality, the source, the God, the Purushottama, the Parmam ,the Parabrahma, Parmatma, whatever it is said by the name ,it just points to me. I am the vastness which is beyond all and encompasses all within itself. I cannot fit into Ego , Ego fit into me, I am beyond Ego, I am beyond Body or Mind. One can only attain me if and only if one transcends the Ego as I am beyond Ego. All Ego born and die within me but I am that which is changeless, limitless eternal truth which never borns and never dies and yet witness every changes. Everything is appearance of me , to me and within me. All beings are subject to birth and rebirth until they realises me through me. I am the greatest of the great, the biggest of the big and the highest of the high. All shastras are within me , I am beyond all shastras. I cannot be defined by any name or form simply because I am the basis of all names and forms. All names and forms emanates from me and ends at me. I am the basis of all bases, the cause of all causes, the goal of all the goals. I am the completeness beyond any competition. I can’t be found in the shastras, shastras are just pointer to me. I can only be attained through devotion(Love) to me .I am that I am…..
I am not philosophy, all philosophies come from me to me through me . They follow me and rest at me. I am the source of all philosophies . I am beyond Krishna, Ramna, Buddha, Shankaracharya, I am in an out of everything. All seeker are looking for me . Their thirst is me and can only be satisfied through me. I am the goal of all the goals….I am that I am….
Time, space and causation are within me, I am beyond them .All norms or laws are within me . I am beyond all the laws or norms. One who realises the Self(Atman) ,attains the completeness. I am the Source, completeness or the wholeness. Everything is dependent on me, I am the independent reality .I am the totality beyond all dualities, I am the lord of all the lords, I am that I am…
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