Today we are celebrating the 69th Independence Day of India. But the entire week, we talked only about bondage and very little about freedom. And rightly so, because I don’t find anything pertaining to freedom in my country these days.
Yesterday, I found a tweet of actor Rishi Kapoor on the Raadhe Ma incident. I took a screenshot of that:
There are number of people following all these false things today. Rishi Kapoor was right when he urged, Sochna! That’s what we lack these days, ‘THINKING’. We don’t think anymore as we are so busy in earning a livelihood and self benefitting.
We discussed various possible bondages but the one thing that binds them together is the one master which has enslaved all of us today, and that is SIN. We are under the bondage of ‘SIN’, whether we agree or not, whether we like it or not.
A pious king once said, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” He spoke about the sinful nature of every human being. We all know how quickly we tend to the negative. I remember in our college literature book, someone like Mahatma Gandhi confesses of committing sins. Then who are we?
Let’s talk about this deadly master called SIN for a bit.
SIN has three entry points, which I am going to elaborate briefly:
- Good (suitable, pleasant) for food or bodily feelings – the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification]
We humans have a physical body and we all crave to satisfy its need day after day. Remember, this is not wrong, but do we realise the extent we go to, to gratify our physical lusts?
Let me give some practical examples. We all need food to live. But there are people who live for food. ‘Gluttony’ is the word for them. Did we know that is a sin? And a glutton is a slave of the sin. We can’t say, “It’s his matter why should we interfere?” Can we say that when our own parents or children are gluttons? Aren’t we going to try to save them from becoming obese and dying early.
Second, any relationship of individuals outside a marriage is adultery. This can be physical or online. Sometimes we omit online relationships from the list of adultery but it’s the same. Fornication is another sexual sin where an unmarried is involved. In both the cases, the adverse effects are terrible. Unfortunately, the slave to this sin does not understand it.
- Delightful to look at – the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind]
Khristina, the other day commented under my article, “No one is truly free today! Most people don’t realise how they are under the bondage of materialism (need for better house, better fridge, better car, better tv, better AC).”
The longing and greed is unending. I fall in this category too. I am a gadget freak. I love smartphones, and even though I cannot afford them, I still long for and wish I could have the latest new phone in the market.
Greed, selfishness, trying to accumulate, big bank balance… never ending desires. We live with more than what we need in this world today. And yet, we long for more.
Trust me, the longing for more is a sin, especially when we ignore our fellow citizens on the road who have nothing.
- Desire to be wise – the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]
This is the entry point of sin where we take pride of our status, how much knowledge we have acquired, how brilliant we are. We look down at others, become judgmental, disrespect other’s opinion. It is also thinking ‘I am something’ which we are not.
There’s another connotation to it. We also think “my status, fame, power and money can save me from any danger.” That self-assurance is very dangerous because our life can come to an end in a moment like a bubble.
Today, we are under serious bondage. How can we be freed from the bondage then?
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
‘Truth!’ ‘What is truth?’
We all know education enlightens. It helps us to be freed from the bondages of superstition and false notions. That’s the power of education which is based on true values.
God is the absolute truth. Only fools can deny it.
Just imagine when we start educating ourselves about God, the true God will then enlighten, and the freedom will be abounding. We will be released from every other impossible bondage.
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
When we get the revelation of the self-existent God, we get freedom at once from everything that binds us. That’s very obvious, isn’t it?
When we search for true God with all our heart we will find Him for sure.
Remember, God is above all the religions, all cultures, all castes, creeds and races.
Religion is wrong number, GOD is the only right number. Dial Him to get FREEDOM…
Author’s Bio: Chiradeep Patra is a finance man who works in a NGO at Kolkata. He is a writer, motivator & counselor.