Bondage

  • “After a few years of a soul-sapping routine, you stop feeling bad about it.
    Corpses don’t complain.
    The reward is respectability and progress.”

 

  • ” If a leader needs followers, he will never let them be free.”

 

  • “Agree with freedom for freedom is your nature.”

 

  • “Need cannot be the basis of any relationship, including a leader-follower relationship.
    Any relationship cannot be based on need, because when you need something from somebody then you will not let that person free.
    The basis of relationship has to be once own fullness: I am so complete in myself that I am not begging something from you.
    This is what love is. Two people who are perfectly alright in their aloneness, when they get together, that is a healthy and beautiful relationship. They do not need each other, yet they are with each other.
    ‘We do not need each other, yet we are with each other, in our freedom’. That is a healthy relationship.”

 

  • “Why must you be so inconsiderate, so rude? Why do you inflict torture upon torture on yourself, everyday?
    Many of you, after this session, will go back to places where you will be inflicting torture upon yourself. Don’t you know that? Can’t you change that? What is this slavery? What is this helplessness?
    Your first obligation is towards yourself. All other obligations flow from there. If the first is not being met, the other obligations obviously cannot be met. The first has to be given its proper place. The first is you.”

 

  • “Free from lovers, you become free to love.”

 

  • “If others can predict you, others will enslave you.”

 

  • “Understanding of sorrow is freedom from sorrow.”

 

  • “Your usefulness is your bondage.”

 

  • “There is a great promise of security in bondage. Cages are very safe places.”

  

  • “What is bondage? The thought of freedom.
    Freedom is the dream that must first dream a bondage.
    Freedom needs bondage for its own survival.”

 

  • “The very movement of mind is its bondage.”

 

  • “Just realise how much you pay to ensure that you are kept in bondage.
    Those in the markets of commerce, religion and progress are selling bondage, and we pay to gladly buy and retain bondage.”

 

  • “The mind looks only at what it is getting. It doesn’t look at the complete picture. It doesn’t see what it is losing in order to get. Realize the price you’re paying to get paid while remaining in bondage.
    Then you will be ready to pay any price for freedom.”

 

  • “The acquirer of the knowledge is himself the bondage, the freedom from which is sought through acquisition of knowledge.”

 

  • “Ego will never directly choose freedom. It will just choose more bondages as means towards freedom.
    Ego plays a game of self-delusion. It will cry aloud, “I want freedom”, and will determinedly latch on to bondages.
    Whatever you will choose, you will choose just to escape from that which is worthy of being chosen.”

 

  • “Don’t change your masters, change your habit of slavery.”

 

  • “To follow others’ wish is slavery.
    To follow one’s own wish is slavery even bigger.”

 

  • “With greed comes slavery.”

 

  • “To not to be spiritual is to be a social slave.”

 

  • “Following others is slavery.
    Following yourself is slavery even bigger.
    Instead of choosing between two different kinds of slavery, choose freedom.”

 

  • “All slavery is artificial as freedom is your essential nature.
    All artificial is slavery because freedom is your essential nature.”

 

  • “Nobody ever sells you anything except hope. A promise is what you buy.
    Every product is a promise – of love, of contentment, of freedom.
    Your hope makes you a slave of salvation-sellers.
    Just be hopeless, and enjoy freedom.”

 

  • “A relaxed man is a very dangerous man.
    He has no doubts, so he cannot be manipulated.
    He has nothing to achieve, so he cannot be enslaved.”

 

  • “And how do I remain a perennial slave?
    By believing that I am already free.
    By proclaiming loudly that my slavery is actually freedom.”

 

  • “What is the best, most shrewd and most prevalent way of enslaving somebody?
    Teach him that slavery is freedom, and that he is already free.”

 

  • “Who wish to conquer the world forever remain a slave of the world.
    Who understand the stupidity of such a wish enjoy the world as a master.”

 

  • “The mind is a slave to influences.
    It’s a mistake to call some influences as desires, others as distractions.
    Desire itself is distraction.”

 

  • “Those who do not understand the Law are condemned to remain slave of laws.”

 

  • “Cages are very safe places.”

 

  • “Free I am, yet not free.”

 

  • “The ignorance of one man is the ignorance of all.There is no mistake that you commit that has not been committed by somebody else earlier. There is no mistake that you commit that has not been committed by you earlier. The mind of one is the mind of all. So when the Rishi is rebelling against his personal bondage, he is actually rebelling against the bondage of entire mankind and that is how he is useful to all of us. Because our bondages are the same, hence when one man rebels against his bondages, that is a rebellion against that which shackles the entire mankind’s consciousness.”

 

  • “The teacher uses your bondages to take you to freedom.”

 

  • “God is the highest freedom.The idea of God is the greatest bondage.”

 

  • “When you prove to the Teacher that you are ready for the Truth, he holds you and put you through punishing tests.When you insist to the Teacher that you are not yet ready, he lets you go your own way.

    Blessed is such bondage, and cursed is such freedom.”

 

  • “Bondage is a thought.”

 

  • “The fact that you take yourself to be in bondage, is the bondage.”

 

  • “You will never get liberation if you search for liberation.The very search is bondage.”

 

  • “You are free as you are.
    Now in your freedom, look at all your bondages.
    Now in your freedom, you are free to carry all your bondages.”

 

  • “When you are totally silent about God, then you are in God.”

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These quotes have come from talks and writings of Acharya Prashant


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