To understand Freedom, understand slavery

Acharya Prashant
2 min readApr 11, 2020

To understand freedom, we have to first understand slavery.

Freedom is not something that comes from outside. Freedom is our basic nature. What comes from outside, is slavery. So, when slavery is understood and gotten rid of, what remains is your free nature.

Words like freedom, love, joy, awareness, do not try to go into them in a positive way. Do not seek their positive definitions. Seek their negative definitions — what they are not.

Just try to understand what are the enemies of freedom are. Try to understand — what covers up freedom. Try to understand — what is not freedom. And get rid of that. And then what remains is freedom. Are you getting it?

You can only bring that from outside, which you are not. Can I bring ‘myself’ from outside? I can only bring external entity from outside, right? I cannot bring my own real nature from somewhere else. And freedom is ‘my own real nature’. And that is why governments all around the world, when they want to punish, they take away your freedom. That is what prisons are for. They realize that the biggest punishment that can be given to someone is — to take away his freedom, because your very nature is freedom, and you suffer every moment when your freedom is taken away. Do you see this?

So, just understand what is not freedom. Some of you may be deeply attentive while reading this article. A few of you may not be here. Now, it is quite possible, that those who are not attentive, they will read these words unconsciously, and that will create an imprint on their mind. That will not be freedom. Whenever, you take in something, without understanding, that is not freedom. Alright? So, what is freedom then? Nothing. Just simple, quiet reading, which is your nature. That is freedom. You don’t have to do anything in freedom.

Additionally, you don’t have to really acquire it. You only have to get rid of its enemies. You acquire something only when you have lost it. You can never lose freedom, but your freedom can remain covered with dirt and dust.

All you can do is get rid of the dirt and dust, which are the enemies of freedom. Just get rid of the dirt and dust. They are not real, they are all mental. They are like vampires. You throw some light on them, and they will evaporate. They flourish only in darkness.

After getting rid of all the dirt and dust, you will shine in freedom.

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