” This is the sky where I am free. I am free in the light or in the eliminated world, on the green grasses and the leaves of the tree.” I would like to live in a world where there are no chains. But how to become free from the shackles of Maya? We here try to discuss it with the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda.
He wasn’t a simple monk. He was an eminent philosopher and great scholar also. Although he sacrificed his whole life for the upliftment of mankind and never want to quit from this real-world like a romantic poet, but unlike Buddha, he knew that this world is full of misery and pain. So he didn’t express that this world is painful so let leave this world.
What he did for the people was to provide a purposeful life. According to him, all things in nature work according to law. Nothing is excepted . This law controls and governs our mind, as well as everything in external nature.
External and internal nature, mind and matter, are in time and space and are bound by the law of causation. The freedom of the mind is a delusion. So how can the mind be free when it is under a law?
He told about karma, that the law of karma is the law of causation. We must become free. We are free; the work is to know it. So we have to give up all slavery and also all bondage of whatever kind.
Not only we give up all bondage to earth and everything and everyone on earth, but also to all ideas of heaven and happiness.
The way to reach in full sovereignty and freedom is very tough. It’s very difficult to give up all desires. We are bound to earth by desire. Even we have a desire in heaven and to God. So in this respect, we are slave. Vivekananda expressed :
” A slave is a slave whether to man or to God.”
The idea of heaven is something daydreaming. You don’t think a life of eternal happiness. It’s also a daydream. Life is perhaps a combination of joy and woe. Joy and woe are woven in fine – once a English poet expresses it about life. Our old scriptures also told the same words ” Sukhani dukhani c chkrobat poribortante”.
So where there is happiness there must follow unhappiness sometimes. Wherever there is pleasure there must be pain. This is certain, every action has its reaction somehow.
Here Swami Vivekananda uttered the same words which was Buddha. What he told? To him, the idea of freedom is the only true idea of salvation. It is freedom from everything. It’s freedom from senses, whether of pleasure or pain, from good as well as evil.
Besides, he told more than that, that we will be free from death and will get free from death, and also we must try to make our lives free . To him, life is but a dream of death. So we have to get away from life if we would be rid of death.
This is only way to reach beyond death. We are ever free if we would only believe it, only have faith enough. In a brief, we are soul, free and eternal, ever free. If you have a deep faith in it, you are free that moment.
Read more: RAJA YOGA AS DEFINED BY SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA: THE POET & HIS POEMS / kalpatarurudra.org