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Freedom from Bondage

Girish Borkar
3 min readMar 19

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Realising the ‘self’ means the state of realising that one is actually the ever-free self which was never bound in the first place, never bound at all. Self-realisation or moksha does not mean becoming free from something; but realising that one is always free but has been labouring under the illusion that one is not. It is ultimate freedom; the freedom from which one never falls back to bondage.

The Guru’s role is to be the pointer to the path. Which means, the guide, the teacher, or the friend who has crossed to the other side, who has learnt to swim and cross the ocean of ‘samsara’ — meaning the cycle of birth and death and rebirth to which humans are bound.

Such a teacher who is our true friend, teaches us how to swim so that we can cross the ocean. He can’t give us the ocean because the ocean doesn’t belong only to him. It belongs to us too. Freedom belongs to him as well as to all of us. So, no one can give it to us because it is already ours.

It’s not anybody else’s but then we don’t realise it because we haven’t learnt how to go into it. How to survive, how to swim in this ocean? So, the Guru teaches us how to reach, how to swim, how to enjoy, how to discover this ocean which is us individuals, not only ourselves, not only us not only ours but the ocean is all of us. But we don’t know it.

We think we are this little pool of stagnant water that stands on the way with no movement whatsoever. The Guru says “Look my dear fellow you are a lion; you are not a goat. You are not this little pond of stagnant dirty water that stands there, you are the ocean. So don’t live under the illusion that you are limited, you are the unlimited”.

To point that out is the job or the part of the Guru. Beyond that, the person has to discover for herself or for himself. One can be taught to swim but we will have to swim by ourselves. We can be taught to go this way but we have to walk the path.

The Guru is just the guide — he will bring us to the lane closest to our inner abode and leave us. Thereafter the journey is ours and ours alone — nobody can accompany us on this journey. It is for the true seeker to find his/her inner abode.

How much time one needs depends entirely on us — if we are really thirsty we will go directly, if not we will meander around, waste time and if we are lucky we will reach home in this birth itself. Else, the next birth awaits us for completing the journey which began several births ago!

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Girish Borkar

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