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Karma-Yoga : Ch-7. Part-5.



CHAPTER VII .

FREEDOM : :

Part-5.

To acquire freedom we have to get beyond the limitations of this universe; it cannot be found here. Perfect equilibrium, or what the Christians call the peace that passeth all understanding, cannot be had in this universe, nor in heaven, nor in any place where our mind and thoughts can go, where the senses can feel, or which the imagination can conceive.


No such place can give us that freedom, because all such places would be within our universe, and it is limited by space, time, and causation.

There may be places that are more ethereal than this earth of ours, where enjoyments may be keener, but even those places must be in the universe and, therefore, in bondage to law; so we have to go beyond, and real religion begins where this little universe ends.

These little joys, and sorrows, and knowledge of things end there, and the reality begins.

Until we give up the thirst after life, the strong attachment to this our transient conditioned existence we have no hope of catching even a glimpse of that infinite freedom beyond.

It stands to reason then that there is only one way to attain to that freedom which is the goal of all the noblest aspirations of mankind, and that is by giving up this little life, giving up this little universe, giving up this earth, giving up heaven, giving up the body, giving up the mind, giving up everything that is limited and conditioned.

If we give up our attachment to this little universe of the senses or of the mind, we shall be free immediately.

The only way to come out of bondage is to go beyond the limitations of law, to go beyond causation.

Swami Vivekananda
To be continued  ...



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