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FREEDOM AND JOY DO NOT COME FROM GRATIFICATION OR HOLDING ON TO THINGS.
THAT IS WHY LETTING GO IS NECESSARY: IN ORDER TO UNLOAD THE MIND,
TO UNLOAD THE EGO, TO REDUCE OR SOFTEN OR LIGHTEN IT UP WITH JOY.
Can ego be diminished by practices? Yes,
definitely. So if you let go in this way, what does it produce? I would say
freedom, joy—abandonment itself gives large-heartedness and joy. Why would
you let go if it does not give you freedom and joy? Why not hold on and at
least feel gratified? Does gratification give you joy and freedom? I for one
would say no, though for the time being it does give a sense of happiness.
1 In classical Yoga treatises, the kundalini is described as a coiled serpent of spiritual energy that resides at the base of the spine. When the soul becomes purified through meditation and spiritual practices, the energy rises toward the Sahasrara, the Crown chakra, where Illumination or Samadhi (spiritual absorption) is attained.
What prevents us from this reaching sweet
abandonment? Part of it is shyness. Part of it is fear. Part of it is—a
strong word—hatred. Hatred of what? “I know it is the truth, I have to do
it, but I hate to let go!” You will always see that one or two or all three
of these reasons are holding you back: shyness, fear and hatefulness. Hate
may be a strong word, but that is actually the word Sri Ramakrishna used.
It’s not so clearly seen as hate but inside it is. You don’t like to do it
because you have been habituated. You are stuck in certain attachments,
certain comforts. You don’t want to leave that familiarity. But at the same
time there is no other way to get to freedom and joy.
WHEN YOU ARE EMOTIONAL, WHETHER YOUR EMOTIONS ARE GOOD OR BAD, YOU WILL SEE
THAT THEY DO NOT INSPIRE YOU; THAT IS WHY THE EFFECT DIES OUT SOON.
TRUE INSPIRATION COMES FROM THE LIGHT, WHICH UPLIFTS AND AWAKENS.
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