Reality 96: Desire for Liberation mumukshutva [further continued]
The Desire for Liberation arises within all who consider the facts of life & death, who see the futility of Worldly life, who observe the sufferings created by ignorance, who comprehend that they can truly be free, who understand that there is a state of complete freedom & Peace in which delusion & suffering are no more, & who are convinced that they can find this for themselves. The rise of the Desire for Liberation depends on the settled conclusion that the external World, inclusive of other people, objects (or lack of the same), wealth, fame (personal acceptance or popularity), reputation, situations, & other phenomenal conditions are in no way the cause of suffering or Happiness.
The Desire for Liberation has never been an obstacle for anyone, though lack of Desire for Liberation has caused the stagnation of many. The Desire for Liberation prompts the Self-Inquiry to know the Self & causes one to discern what Liberation actually is.
Ignorance alone is the cause of bondage, & bondage alone is suffering. If there is suffering, there will be the concomitant desire to be happy, to eliminate that suffering, because misery is contrary to our nature. If there is the clear perception of the cause of suffering being one’s delusive bondage, there will be the Desire for Liberation. If there is the understanding that bondage is only mis–identification or ignorance, there will be the Desire for Self-Realization, or Self-Knowledge. Ramana Maharshi has said, “Self-Inquiry into the Nature of one’s Self that is in Bondage & realizing one’s True Nature is moksha, Release (Liberation).”
So long as one is bound, there will be the Desire for Liberation on the part of the spiritual seeker (or the pursuit of delusive, Worldly desires by those who do not know any better). When, through the Self-Inquiry, “Who is bound ?” one realizes the Egoless real nature of the Self which is ever free, the Desire for Liberation is fulfilled & ended. The Self was truly never bound & has no separate state of Liberation.
Then the Truth is self-evident as the only 1–without–a–2nd, without an alternative. Thus the Ramana Maharshi’s statement, “Who is to realize ‘what’, when all that exists is only the Self?” This Truth is realized by those who desire to realize it with all their heart & not otherwise.
The Desire for Liberation is ultimately the inner yearning to Be as one truly is. Since Being is neither an object nor an activity, the practice can only be that of Knowledge. The result of the Self-Inquiry is Knowledge identical with Being. The Desire for Liberation is the motion for the Self-Inquiry into the Self.
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“There is no Creation, no Destruction, no Bondage, no longing to be freed from Bondage, no striving for Liberation, nor anyone who has attained Liberation. Know that this to be Ultimate Truth.”
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