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Liberation defined: to set somebody free from traditional socially imposed constraints


[1] Ashtavakra said: If you are seeking liberation, my dearest one, shun the objects of the senses like poison. Draught the nectar of tolerance, sincerity, compassion, contentment and truthfulness.
(Astavakra Gita 1:2)

[2] If only you will remain resting in consciousness, seeing yourself as distinct from the body, then even now you will become happy, peaceful and free from bonds.
(Astavakra Gita 1:4)

A man that does not comprehend and renounce the causes of sin, descends in a cardinal or intermediate direction, wanders to all cardinal or intermediate directions, is born again and again in manifold births, experiences all painful feelings.  About this the Revered One has taught the truth (comprehension and renunciation). For the sake of the splendour, honour, and glory of this life, for the sake of birth, death, and final liberation, for the removal of pain, all these causes of sin are at work, which are to be comprehended and renounced in this world. He who, in the world, comprehends and renounces these causes of sin, is called a reward-knowing sage (muni). Thus I say.

(Sacred Books of the East, vol. 22: Gaina Sutras Part I, translated by Hermann Jacobi [1884],  ÂKÂRÂṄGA SÛTRA.1,First Lecture 2,Knowledge of the Weapon.)

Zen Buddhism
Not thinking about anything is zen.
Once you know this, walking, standing, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is zen. To know that the mind is empty is to see the buddha… . Using the mind to reality is delusion. Not using the mind to look for reality is awareness. Freeing oneself from words is liberation.

(Source:Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD – 528 AD),The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma, p. 49)

The only possible way that you can get any freedom is to stop asking everybody’s permission to be.

Philadelphia Doctorate Course Lectures – L. Ron Hubbard


“The mighty ocean has but one taste, the taste of salt. Even so, the true way has but one savor, the savor of freedom.”
Majjhima Nikaya


Liberation can not be attained merely by performing the rituals. If you are desirous of liberation then engage yourself in virtuous deeds.  Skanda Purana


The thing, which matters most in the path of liberation, is individual’s unflinching faith and devotion. Any deity in whom he has total devotion is capable of giving salvation.
Skanda Purana


I have shown you the methods that lead to liberation,
But you should know that liberation depends upon yourself

I have shown you the path that leads to liberation,
But you should know that liberation depends upon yourself
The Word of the Buddha: 1. Sutras

Liberation is not on the top of the sky; not in the nether world; not on the earth. The dwindling of mind in which all desires dry up is held to be liberation. – Annapurna Upanishad 2.22

Hinduism [1] To be free from bondage the wise man must practise discrimination between self and non-self. By that alone he will become full of joy, recognising himself as Being, Consciousness and Bliss. – Vivek Chudamani 152 [2] Just as one separates a blade of grass from its sheaths, so by discriminating one’s true nature as internal, unattached and free from action, and abandoning all else, one is free and identified only with one’s true self. –Vivek Chudamani153 [3] The practice of faith, devotion and meditation are declared by scripture to be the means to liberation for a seeker after liberation. He who perseveres in these will achieve freedom from the bondage to the body, created by ignorance.Vivek Chudamani 46

Hinduism / Upanishads

It is the mind, alone, that is the cause of people’s bondage and liberation.  One whose mind is devoted to the world (of objects) is bound. One whose mind is not devoted to the world (of objects) is liberated.  So it is declared (by the wise)!
Source: Amrita Bindu Upanishad, verse 2 ~ translated  by Miles Wright

Scripture declares that there is no hope of immortality by means of wealth, so it is evident that liberation cannot be brought about by actions.
Vivek Chudamani 7

So let the man of understanding strive for liberation, abandoning desire for the enjoyment of external aims and pleasures, and after becoming the pupil of a good and great teacher, let him fix his mind on the goal he indicates. Vivek Chudamani 8

Even if one engages oneself in every other sort of spiritual endeavor, even if one has the gods themselves as one’s teachers, and even if one were in heaven or any other region, liberation is not had except through the cessation of all notions…..Hence, my son, give up these notions, thoughts and intentions. When they cease, the mind naturally turns to what is truly beyond the mind – infinite consciousness.  Source: The Concise Yoga Vasishtha, ed. Swami Venkatesananda

Hinduism anta-kale ca mam eva smaran muktva kalevaram yah prayati sa mad-bhavam yati nasty atra samsayah

And whoever, at the end of his life, quits his body, remembering Me alone, at once attains My nature. Of this there is no doubt. Bhagavad Gita 8.5

Hinduism Direct knowledge of that total identity between the individual-Self and the Universal-Self, stemming forth from the Vedic statements such as “Thou art that”, etc., is the immediate means to liberation.

Vakya Vritti By Adi Sankaracharya, 788-820 CE,
Translated by Swami Chinmayananda
Published by Chinmaya Mission, Mumbai

Hinduiam Liberation is achieved not by observances or by analysis, nor by deeds or learning, but only by the realisation of one’s oneness with God, and by no other means. Vivek Chudamani Verse 56



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