Secret to Liberation
Secret means something that is hidden and is not part of general knowledge. The question is-Why do people not find Liberation even when they say that they want it? The reason is that the way to liberation is a secret way. Brothers-remember that the boat has to be in the water-there is no other way for it to exist but if the water comes above the level of the boat then the boat sinks in the ocean. In the same way, the mind has to live in this Sansaar-world but if instead of getting overwhelmed by the world and its pleasures and pains, if that mind is able to focus on the creator then that mind finds freedom and liberation. If the things of the world; if outward appearances of things in the world and / or subjects concerning the world, arouse deep interest in the mind and come to reside in the mind then liberation is not possible. Why is this so? Because when the Jeevatma-the individual soul leaves the body at the time of death it forgets the body quickly but the Jeevatma does not forget the mind. In fact it carries along the mind with it even after death. It is the very same mind and its interests and desires that lead to the formation of the next birth of that Jeevatma.
Secret to Liberation
We may obsess about our bodies but do we even remember the body we had in our previous births? But the mind of the earlier lives is alive in this body and till it desires the objects of this world it will continually come back to this world to experience those objects. This is what drives the cycle of birth and death. Therefore if liberation is desired then the mind must be understood and its attachment to this ever-changing meaningless world must be redirected to the only true and eternal thing in this world-the supreme lord.
This is why I ask all of you to always put your attention on the supreme lord. Think of him all the time, Dream of him and imagine what he would be like. When a majority of your attention is focused in this way progress towards liberation will be made.
This is the way but for most of us, money, business, happiness, sorrow, and other material objects are more important and the mind obsesses about these things rather than the lord. Therefore I say to you that those things that bind you, those that naturally draw your desire and attention, surrender those very things to the lord. But since you don’t do this, liberation is not achieved by you.
There is no need to do various acts to achieve liberation. There is no need to close one’s eyes to the reality or take Sanyaas; there is no need to do Pranayam. The negation of the mind happens naturally on its own when it has no resistance to anything outside itself. When that states happens simply and without effort or resistance then liberation dawns on its own. Therefore it is said that if donation is given by the left hand then even the right hand should not know about it so that the mind is not activated. Who is the one in bondage? It is the mind and therefore liberation is also of the mind. The soul does not need liberation since its inherent state is that of liberation.
The soul is eternally free. It always exists and never changes, ages or dies or is reborn. The body dissolves into the five elements but the soul never changes and nothing can affect it. (Geeta 2:20) The soul simply changes bodies when a person dies just as I and you discard old clothes to wear new ones. (Geeta 2:22)
The soul can simply not be altered. It cannot be cut nor burnt nor wetted nor dried (Geeta 2:23)
By constantly thinking about subjects and objects of the world the mind gets trapped in the world but if the mind goes inwards towards thoughts, dreams and imaginations about the supreme father then it is liberated and the work is done since the soul is already liberated.
There was a round pot with a narrow mouth. Someone had kept chickpeas in that pot. A monkey came and put his hand inside the pot to take out the chickpeas. The hand went in since it was open and straight but as the monkey grabbed the chickpeas he had to close his fist to extract the chickpeas. Now the diameter of the hand became larger than the mouth of the pot and the monkey was unable to extract his hand as long his hand was balled into a fist. The monkey sat like that crying that he was trapped and could not find liberation! He yelled and shouted that he desperately wanted freedom and requested everyone’s help but refused to open his fist since that meant that he would lose the chickpeas!
How silly is that! So if you feel trapped and feel that you are unable to find freedom inspite of trying hard then think about what your mind is obsessed with. Think of that subject and release it, surrender it into the feet of the divine. Also try to find out what and where the mind truly disappears. If you can’t figure it out let me tell you. The mind truly disappears only in the supreme lord. Therefore put your attention only in the supreme lord and you will find freedom and liberation.