There was once a man named Maya who had many slaves.
For want of anything else to do, and so they wouldn't
have time or energy to escape from his control, he would
give them all tasks to do. Sometimes the tasks were easy
and to their liking, but usually they had no beneficial
or enjoyable purpose and simply drained them physically,
emotionally, mentally, and thus, spiritually. This went
on for decades until one day when a paper with a message
on it floated down from above. A slave by the name of
Moksha quickly retrieved and concealed it. When he had
the chance, he opened it and read the message. It said
"You are free when you are aware and act". This instantly
triggered a series of thoughts that presented a way to
escape the hold the slavedriver had on him and the other
slaves. The gut feeling this produced was so emphatic a
sensation that Moksha knew it unmistakably as Truth.
He swiftly went from slave to slave and told them the plan.
What they would do is keep their "Master" busy by making
attempts at escaping. At the break of dawn, they started
implementing their plan. First one slave would break away
and start running for freedom, and when Maya caught him,
another would run away in another direction. In a
surprisingly short time, the slave-driver was so tired
that he dropped from fatigue. As he lay helpless, all the
slaves escaped and gained their freedom.
Moksha stood over Maya and told him "You no longer are in
control, and as a matter of fact, I now have you in my
control". With that, he placed shackles on Maya and
demonstrated his power by leading him here and there and
having him do deeds as he directed. The slave was now the
master and the former master was now the obedient,
controlled servant. As for the other slaves, they were
enveloped with the joy that only freedom can bring, and
they lived happily ever after with Moksha as their leader.
Although words cannot convey the impact and wisdom that an
intuitive understanding presents, they may help lead us
towards that experience. And so, we will try to use words
to fathom what Moksha realized from the concept "You are free
when you are aware and act".
The Facts of Life
Our problem, as typical unenlightened humans, is that we
are virtually totally unaware and unable to do anything
under our own control. We are limited to simply reacting
to what our senses perceive and our mind and emotions bring
up. We then respond physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Stimulus leads to response, leads to response, leads to
response, and so on. We can accurately be labeled as
robot-like reaction machines. Unfortunately, we also have
the problem of being almost completely unaware of this
situation. This is because we also suffer from the disease
known as Maybe This, Maybe That, Would of, Could of, Should
of ism. The chief symptom of this debilitating infirmity is
the inability to experience life as it takes place and the
almost total absorption in the process of rehashing the past
and fantasizing about the future.
When Moksha received the enlightening message from above,
he realized the predicament we are in and the solution to
it. Because we are unaware of the present moment due to being
locked into physical, emotional, and mental reactivity, he
realized that if we can focus unreactivly on the present
moment, we would no longer be a prisoner to our true
slave-master, our mind (as represented by Maya).