Bondage

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Bondage defined: The state of being bound by or subjected to some external power or control. The condition of being controlled by something that limits freedom. [14th century. < Anglo-Norman< Old Norse bond< present participle ofbúa “dwell”]

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Hinduism Bondage is when the mind longs for something, grieves about something, rejects something, holds on to something, is pleased about something or displeased about something – (Astavakra Gita 8.1)

Jainism Bandha is caused by the inflow of karmic particles (karmasantati). Wrong belief, want of control, negligence, passions and activities of mind, speech and body are the cause of this bondage of the soul. Bandha is of four kinds, according to its Prakrti (nature), Sthiti (duration), Anubhaga (intensity) and Pradesa (mass). Prakriti and Pradesa bandhas are a result of activities of mind, speech and body;

anubhagabandha (intensity) results from the passions and sthitibandha is on account of Lesyas (degree of soul’s purity/karmic stain). The state of Jiva (living/sentient soul) which is free from karmic bondage (bandhaviyoga) is called moksa or liberation (Pr. 221). it is emancipation of the soul from the bondage of Karma. (Prasamaratiprakarana by Vacaka Acarya Umasvati ed Ramesh S. Betai Yajneshwar S. Shastri, chap. 6) Glossary

Hinduism [1] Motivated by deep-rooted material desires, the embodied living entity engages his active sense organs in fruitive activities. He then experiences the results of his material actions by wandering throughout this world in so-called happiness and distress – (Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.3.6)

[2] Thus the conditioned living entity is forced to experience repeated birth and death. Impelled by the reactions of his own activities, he helplessly wanders from one inauspicious situation to another, suffering from the moment of creation until the time of cosmic annihilation. (Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.3.7)

Religious Science (Science of Mind) [1] At first man is ignorant of this, his true nature. Consequently, because of his limited understanding he often binds himself by the very law by which he might just as easily have produced freedom. He has created an apparent duality out of an absolute Unity, and he has suffered the consequences. Ignorance of this truth is our great mistake. Enlightenment is our only salvation; it comes through the knowledge of man’s true relationship to the Infinite – God. (Source – Ernest Holmes – Practical Application of Science of Mind)

Hinduism Cloud is gathered by the wind, and is driven away by it too. Bondage is imagined by the mind, and liberation is imagined by it too. – Vivek Chudamani

Buddhism Beings are bound by passion and are released by utilising passion. – Hevajra Tantra

Hinduism Bondage consists in imagining due to the beginning less latent impressions of nescience, ‘I am born, etc. Bondage consists in imagining a plunge into the flux of existence with its possessive claims on fields, gardens, houses, children, wives, brothers, mothers and fathers. Bondage is the conceit of egoistic agency in regard to actions, etc. Bondage is the imagination prompted by the desire for the eight powers, anima, etc. Bondage is the imagination prompted by the yearning for adoring gods, men, etc. Bondage is the imagination (leading to) the practice of Yoga with its eight limbs, Yama, etc. Bondage is the planning of action and duties bound up with castes and stations of life. Bondage is to imagine that Atman has qualities like doubts, fear, etc. Bondage is to plan (to acquire) knowledge, to perform sacrifices, vows, austerity and (make) gifts. Bondage is to plan to devote oneself exclusively to moksha. Bondage is what springs exclusively from imagination. Niralamba Upanishad

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