Meditation: The Taste of True Freedom

It is the thirst of every human being to be free. Freedom is not luxury, it is a necessity. But when the mind gets caught up in a never-ending list of day-to-day activities, it seems like the search is forgotten. But meditation allows you to come back to your true nature.

The quality of a saint is that they are established in their true nature. However, even they were beginners at some point in time. Their journey of self-discovery is a guiding light for other seekers. The following verses beautifully express how meditation helped these saints discover the real taste of true freedom.

#1 Meditation is being very natural, being at home; at home with yourself and at home with everything else in the universe – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Is it enough money, and a healthy body?

Is it freedom of speech, or a democracy?

Seeing people who have these, do they really feel free?

To be able to love unconditionally

To be able to smile, whatever the challenge may be

To be able to feel at home with whoever you see

That I think is what true freedom really could be!

And it's this that meditation can give you and me

-Swami Purnachaitanya

#2 You are the one witness of everything, and are always totally free  - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

True freedom is just a happening

Where in, present moment is accepted and you see yourself witnessing

Without any resistance and letting go

All you do is sit with your eyes closed

Meditate, oh my dear one, to experience the joy of going deep within

(Based on thoughts by Swami Harish)

#3 The practice of meditation makes you skilful in all your actions, enables you to be happy and maintain an undying smile, come what may - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

I am free, is what every moment I feel

For I live life happily

Wherever I am, I feel at home

Smiling and joyous, even when I am alone

Just few minutes with myself, and this is what meditation gives me

(Based on thoughts by Swami Ujjval)

#4 Meditation makes you feel free from within, makes you like a child, helps drop all the inhibitions, stiffness, concepts in the mind and shed all the barriers

In true freedom, naturalness is the key

Because who you really are, you get to be

With no inhibitions, just innocent like a child

You are mischievous, yet so wise

I meditate everyday and a child-like reflection I see in me

(Based on thoughts by Brahmachari Sanjeev Gularia)

#5 The natural tendency is to recycle all that we’ve collected in life as impressions, getting rid of them and getting back to the original state. Getting back to that serenity, your original nature, is meditation – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

It is only when you meditate

You discover the real strength, with this internal journey you undertake

Break your barriers and feel free

Unlock your potential with this key

So my dear one, just make meditation your best mate

(Based on thoughts by Swami Pragyapaad)

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