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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

It's all about liberation, freedom, or independence

The teachings and practice of yoga and buddhism is all about attaining liberation, freedom, or independence. They all are the same thing under different names and forms.

It's liberation from ignorance, egoism, impurities and restlessness.

It's freedom from the idea of 'I' that generates the sense of separateness that gives rise to attachment, possessiveness and fear, or the corrupted thinking and limited understanding, or the disturbance and suffering deriving from being limited and conditioned by ignorance, egoism, impurities and restlessness, of not knowing Thyself, or being ignorant towards the truth of selflessness and impermanence.

It's mental and emotional independence upon the annihilation of ignorance, egoism, impurities and restlessness, that is highly important for peace and harmony in the minds, that is about not being influenced or conditioned by passionate egoistic thinking, belief, values and practice, and hence, being undetermined or undisturbed by the presence and absence of all kinds of pleasant or unpleasant, agreeable or disagreeable, desirable or undesirable, and enjoyable or non-enjoyable experiences, relationships, interactions, affairs, conditions and situations, that also leads to less a mind generating unnecessary unrest and disharmony into the world of diversity.

Since it's all about liberation, freedom and independence, that's why there's no authority, authorization, judgment, or punishment on the path of yoga and/or buddhism, to be controlling anyone to be or not to be in certain way, but it's coming from everyone's own freewill and desire to be observing self-discipline, self-control, self-effort, self-purification and self-inquiry to be attaining self-realization, out of their own freewill and desire to be free from ignorance and the suffering deriving from ignorance, where the selfless minds be initiated, learn, practice, evolve, and realize, at their own cause.

There's no force, or threat, or temptation, or implanting fear into the minds to 'make' the mind to be learning and practicing yoga and/or buddhism.

It is not a belief, it's just the dhamma or the teachings and the practice, as it is, and hence, there's no believe or disbelieve, there's no believers, followers or worshipers, there's only students or practitioners. Upon self-realization towards selflessness and impermanence, there's no separation or distinction between the teachings, the teachers and the students, or the dhamma, the practice and the practitioners. It's all the selfless mind itself.

There's no blind-believing, blind-following, blind-practicing, or blind-propagating, it's about freewill and self-effort to be inquiring the truth of everything, including all the teachings and practices of yoga and/or buddhism that the mind comes in contact with, that are not necessarily dhamma as it is, as there might be misinterpretation, or being mixed with certain worldly passionate egoistic ideas, desires, belief and practice, under the influence of ignorance.

It doesn't matter if the minds don't have any interest at all towards the teachings and practice in the present moment.

It doesn't matter if the minds have some interest and effort towards learning and practicing the teachings and practice in the present moment, but then stop learning and practicing for any reason.

It doesn't matter if the minds are learning and practicing yoga and/or buddhism that is not necessarily yoga as it is, or buddhism as it is.

It doesn't matter if the minds are misunderstanding or misinterpreting towards the teachings and practice, or misusing the teachings and practice for certain selfish purposes, intentions or desires.

It all has to come from the mind's free will and self-effort whether to be interested, to learn, to practice, to evolve, and to realize, or not, at their own cause.

And more importantly, not only that all are impermanent, but all are also selfless.

The selfless mind that is not interested now, might be interested at another time. The selfless mind that has stopped practicing, might be resuming the practice again. The selfless mind that is misunderstanding, or misinterpreting, or misusing the teachings and practice under the influence of ignorance, might be free from the influence of ignorance at its own cause, and attains correct understanding towards the teachings and practice.

The dhamma, or the truth being what it is, can never be 'determined', 'disturbed', 'contaminated', 'changed', 'disrespected', 'offended', or 'hurt' by anyone or anything, under any selfless impermanent changes, conditions or situations, upon some selfless minds misinterpreting, misunderstanding, misusing, mistreating, criticizing or condemning the dhamma. The dhamma doesn't increase or decrease upon some selfless minds realizing the dhamma, or none realizing the dhamma.

There's no judgment, bad karma, sin, or punishment. There's only cause and effect, actions and consequences of actions.

There's no disciplinary authorities constantly watching and judging oneself, one's thinking, one's behavior, one's learning, one's practice, one's evolution all the time.

One is free being what it is and how it is.

One is free to be ignorant, or not. Suffering, or not. Be aware, or not, Be interested, or not. Learn, or not. Practice, or not. Realize, or not. Be happy, or not. Be peaceful, or not. Be free, or not.

One is also be responsible for one's ignorance and consequences of ignorance, one's desire and doesn't desire, one's actions and consequences of actions.

None can remove or annihilate ignorance, egoism, impurities and restlessness for another.

None can give liberation, freedom, or independence to another.

Only through the selfless mind, by itself, alone.

From freewill of wanting to be liberated, to be free and to be independent, that leads to liberation, freedom and independence.

Of course, there are also certain minds don't like, disagree with and don't desire liberation, freedom and independence, either it's about themselves or it's about others, or both. That's everyone's freedom of thinking, belief, values, practice and desire. There's neither right nor wrong, neither good nor bad.

All are impermanent.

Inquire the truth of everything.

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