SATSANG OF SWAMI AMAR JYOTI

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SATSANG OF SWAMI AMAR JYOTI

FREEDOM AND JOY, OUR NATURAL STATE
by Swami Amar Jyoti

We were created free and joyful in the eternal way—Ish-shashwat in Sanskrit. This is not simply poetic imagination, it is true. Not only have we forgotten, but so many circumstances, at least in this life, if not from life to life, have disturbed it. I do not know how to say this without blaming ourselves, but knowingly or not, we went certain ways by which our freedom and joy were affected or curtailed.

When we take anything for granted we do not know the value unless we lose it. Maybe we took freedom and joy for granted. God has provided His abundance and a shoreless ocean of freedom and joy, but if we do whatever we want, we can lose it. Looking back, this would not be over ten or twenty years, but maybe over eons. For those who do not believe in reincarnation, it would be at least one birth.

Children are both ignorant and innocent. If you give a small child a marble, a crystal, or a piece of gold, they will not know its value. They may just be attracted to its glittering aspect. If the gold is lost the child may not notice or cry, but when he grows older and wiser he will understand his folly. This is one way of projecting backward to when we were free and joyful—not as a human being, not as a mental or psychological being, but as a spiritual being, a soul: atman.

The corollary or logic would be to get back to that original pristine soul and reclaim our freedom and joy.  When a father sees that his child does not know the difference between glass and gold, he locks the gold away until the child grows up, thinking, "When he grows, I will give it to him."  In the same way, God does not deprive us of our spiritual wealth.  He just wants us to take responsibility and have a deeper understanding of how to value things, not take them for granted.

Read full Satsang in the Summer 2019 issue of Light of Consciousness or order MP3 or CD here.

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