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How to attain Freedom?

Swami Vivekananda

• This freedom is attained by the threefold means of work, worship, and knowledge. (a) Work -- constant, unceasing effort to help others and love other. (b) Worship -- consists in prayer, praise and meditation. (c) Knowledge -- that follows meditation.

• Worship of God, worship of the holy ones, concentration and meditation and unselfish work, these are the ways of breaking away from Maya's net; but we must first have the strong desire to get free. The flash of light that will illumine the darkness for us is in us; it is the knowledge that is our nature (there is no "birth-right", we were never born). All that we have to do is to drive away the clouds that cover it.

• Man has freedom already, but he will have to discover it. He has it but every moment he forgets it. That discovering, consciously or unconsciously, is the whole life of every one. But the difference between the sage and the ignorant man is that one does it consciously and the other consciously.

• We are ever free if we believe it, only have faith enough. You are the soul, free and eternal, ever free, ever blessed. Have faith enough and you will be free in a minute. Everything in time, space, and causation is bound. The soul is beyond all time, all space, all causation. That which is bound is nature, not soul. Therefore proclaim your freedom and be what you are --- ever free, ever blessed.

• To acquire freedom we have to go beyond the limitations of this universe; it cannot be found here. Perfect equilibrium, or what the Christians call the peace that passeth 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 the freedom, because all such places would be within our universe, and it is limited by space, time and causation.

• You must retain great strength in your mind and words. "I am low, I am low", repeating these ideas in the mind man belittles and degrades himself. Therefore the Shastras say, "He who thinks himself free, free he becomes; he who thinks himself bound, bound he remains" ---this popular saying "As one thinks, so one becomes" is true. He alone who is always awake to the idea of freedom, becomes free; he who thinks he is bound, endures life after life in the state of bondage.

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