Wednesday, August 4, 2010

What is the best method to gain freedom from bondage? Swami

The sacred activities like rituals and sacrifices that are laid down in the Vedas (scriptures) cannot confer liberation (moksha) from bondage. They help only to cleanse the consciousness. It is said that they raise people to heaven, but heaven is also only a bond. It does not promise eternal freedom.  The freedom that makes one aware of the truth, of one’s own truth, can be gained only through listening to the Guru (sravana), ruminating over what has been listened to (manana), and meditating on its validity and significance (nidi-dhyasana). Only those who have detached their minds from desire can benefit from the Guru. Others cannot profit from the guidance.

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