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The joy of freedom

We are not what we think we are. If we knew who we are, we would be free of all the problems that we face today.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2011 23:14 IST
PP Wangchuk
PP Wangchuk
Hindustan Times

We are not what we think we are. If we knew who we are, we would be free of all the problems that we face today.

American guru Andrew Cohen, in his book, Evolutionary Enlightenment, says the real ‘YOU’ exists in an empty space, your mind is completely still; there is no time, no memory, not even a trace of personal history. As you fall deeper into that space, the last of your remnants will fall away. And, at last, what is left will be just ‘you’.

And this final ‘YOU’ is the only thing that can exist without ever withering away. The ‘you’ was there before the beginning of the ‘present you’ capable of feeling, thinking, reasoning and loving etc.

That is why you have the timeless, eternal question, ‘Who am I?’ It is a quest for the real ‘you’ that can free you from all worldly problems, attachments and worries.

Cohen says “to discover that infinite depth in your own self, you must find a way to enter into a deep state of meditation --- so deep that your awareness of thought moves into the background and eventually disappears.”

That paves the way to rediscover the ultimate truth — the source to realise yourself. You will no more be a prisoner of your body, mind, thought and all other worldly tangles that kept you in slavery so far.

Your freedom to the ultimate and limitless dimension will make you feel resting in a boundless empty space. And you gain freedom in the real sense of ultimate freedom. You are in a state in which you no more have to go through the sadness of departure and the joy of return. You are in a state of mind where even great joys and sorrows are silent and meaningless.

So, search for the authentic ‘you’ is the only means to find the key to happiness and success within one’s self, and not within society. If you are determined, the real ‘you’ will come to you; you don’t have to go to ‘you’!

First Published: Dec 12, 2011 23:07 IST

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