Liberation is found by the turning of one’s attention away from the outer world’s endless enticements, distractions, demands, compulsions and turning inward, toward the inner being. When we train our consciousness to do this we become more and more fulfilled, tranquil, at peace with ourselves and the world. We discover the ability to be calm and detached in ways we never imagined possible before. Change, loss and turmoil, both outer and inner lose their influence; we become serene, stable, enduring. With liberation we become connected with all life. We become loving, compassionate, wise, patient and strong. A liberated being is not affected by outer circumstances or swayed by inner moods or “bhavas”, that endless swing up, down and sideways. Fears dissipate like mists before the sun and we discover how to truly enjoy and live effectively in harmony with all of life, materially and spiritually.
The spiritual path is the way to liberation. The mystic or inner traditions of all religious and spiritual traditions describe this way to liberation. They tell us to renounce or relinquish our identifications, attachments, desires and ambitions and to turn inward. They suggest simplicity: own less, have fewer outer activities, be quiet and still. They give techniques for doing this such as prayer, chanting and meditation to strengthen one’s connection with the inner self. They teach selfless service and doing good in the world. These are universally true and necessary if we desire liberation. Life is a bit of a crap shoot. Not everyone finds their path, be it of the material world or the spiritual. There are no guarantees. Anyone, especially those destined for liberation, can loose their way. Indulgence in body and sense pleasure can create uncontrollable cravings, perversions and addictions. Sex, food, drugs and alcohol can cloud us, as well as many other things like resentment, distrust, anger, lust and greed. If we can avoid being swept up by these and find a middle way with our pleasures and preferences, then we have a good chance of progressing in this life, be it in the world or towards liberation... make TIME for daily meditation & self development. Namaste