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15331Moksha and the Gita: an American Swami's Perspective

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  • swamitarakananda
    Apr 29, 2007
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      Here is the beginning of a Commentary on Moksha in the Gita from an
      American Swami of the Giri order:

      Those of us born in America were virtually baptized in the word
      Freedom. But freedom means many things, some of them specious in the
      case of dictatorial governments and individuals. Freedom has many
      levels. Some are satisfied with the freedom to buy whatever color or
      length of shoelace they want. Others with a freedom to do wrong that
      is not freedom at all but license. According to the development of the
      individual, so will be his concept of freedom and the kind of freedom
      he desires. Krishna speaks to those ready to graduate from earthly
      experience, saying:

      "United with Brahman, cut free from the fruit of the act, a man finds
      peace in the work of the spirit. Without Brahman, man is a prisoner,
      enslaved by action, dragged onward by desire."1 Sivananda gives a more
      literal version: "The united one (the well poised or the harmonized),
      having abandoned the fruit of action, attains to the eternal peace;
      the non-united only (the unsteady or the unbalanced), impelled by
      desire and attached to the fruit, is bound." Nevertheless,
      Prabhavananda gives exactly the intended import of the Sanskrit.

      Those who have united their consciousness with Brahman are immediately
      freed from the law of cause and effect, of action and reaction. Karma
      ceases to exist for them. They are not compelled to act by past karma,
      nor do their present actions produce any karma that would result in a
      future compulsion to action. This is true freedom. Acting in full
      awareness of Spirit, they have perfect peace. Although moving within
      this world, the center of their consciousness is in the transcendental
      realm of Inaction.

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