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According to Vedanta that feeling of being dependent on that which is around you, the feeling that you are bound and, therefore, you have to get out of it is still part of the great illusion of the mind called the Maya.



Not that things don’t exist but they don’t exist in the form or the state in which we think they exist. That wrong understanding of objects, of anything, is called Maya, a misunderstanding and that is the great illusion.



A person who has touched that freedom, a person who has understood this freedom, this moksha or mukti, this completeness, lives an unprejudiced life of total freedom not influenced by the stereotyped images that one encounters in day to day life.



Self-realization to me, Kaivalya or Moksha to me, means not free from something, but realizing that one is always free but has been laboring under the illusion that one is not. Yes, this is the same as ultimate freedom. The freedom from which one never falls back to non-freedom or bondage.



‘Does this freedom happen in stages?’ I would say, ‘It’s like the wheel; the network of illusion is gradually lifted as one goes deeper and deeper into understanding one’s own self, one’s own mind.’

(Messages by Sri M, courtesy Satsang Foundation)

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Your Truth


“Laws as such do not make people better,” said Mulla Nasrudin to the King; “they must practice certain things, in order to become attuned to inner truth. This form of truth resembles apparent truth only slightly.”

The King decided that he could, and would, make people observe the truth. He could make them practice truthfulness.

His city was entered by a bridge. On this he built a gallows. The following day, when the gates were opened at dawn, the Captain of the Guard was stationed with a squad of troops to examine all who entered.

An announcement was made: “Everyone will be questioned. If he tells the truth, he will be allowed to enter. If he lies, he will be hanged.”

Nasrudin stepped forward.

“Where are you going?”

“I am on my way,” said Nasrudin slowly, “to be hanged.”

“We don’t believe you!”

“Very well, if I have told a lie, hang me!”

“But if we hang you for lying, we will have made what you said come true!”

“That’s right: now you know what truth is – YOUR truth!”

(Spiritual Story by Idris Shah)

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