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Which Freedom Are We Seeking?

August 16, 2022

Vahiguru ji ka Khalsa, Vahiguru ji ki Fatih!

In today’s world, we seek happiness through material comforts or temporary relationships. Rare ones strive to be free. What is the freedom that the rare ones seek?

Guru Teghbahadar Sahib, in the fifteenth stanza of Salok Mahala 9, says, in whose mind happiness and sorrow do not hold power, for whom enemy and friend are equal, understand that person alone to be free.

Is this the freedom that rare ones seek?

We pause.
We reflect.

A free person is beyond happiness and sadness or comfort and pain. A free person treats enemies and friends alike. It reflects in their everyday actions and behaviors. One who has transcended the labels of happiness and sadness is genuinely free.

A free person is not cold or emotionless. Instead, a free person is no longer dictated, driven by, or centered in these temporary things.

Happiness, sorrow, pain, and comfort are rooted in attachment. Our relationships affect our emotions! We say I am losing sleep over it. When worried, how can we be free?

A free person may be affected by their relationships but not dictated by them. A free person will have a clear response no matter what or who they are reacting to.

Freedom transpires when our centering is on Nam, Identification with IkOankar, the Beautiful One, the Treasure of Grace.

Is this the freedom we are seeking?

May we long for this freedom.
May the Wisdom-Guru guide us!

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