What is freedom?

You speak about freedom. What is freedom?

Freedom is a trap! A man who is imprisoned in a jail needs to be free, doesn’t he? He is trapped in the jail and he knows that the people outside are free. You are all in prison and you have heard about outside from your parents, priests, teachers and preachers. ‘Come to us,’ they say, ‘and we will give you freedom. Come to me and I will give you rest.’ That is the promise, but this is only another trap. Once you believe it, you are caught in the trap of wanting freedom. You should be out of both these traps — neither in bondage nor in freedom — because these are only concepts. Bondage was a concept which gave rise to the concept of freedom. Get rid of both these concepts. Then, where are you?

H. W. L. Poonja

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