People fall prey to conditioned responses unknowingly. As a result, their reactions to others become robotic. They can release themselves from this sad state of affairs through transcendence brought about by simple awareness to inner freedom.

The writer was exposed years ago to the matter of mental conditioning by the messages of a few Enlightened Masters. That brought in an inwardly moving self-awareness in him. As a result, some obsessive-compulsive reactions which were trying to enslave him were washed away.

Freedom from conditioning has many redeeming by-products. One of the most important of them is the release from a warped state of mind due to fears and disturbances in childhood. Conditioned responses can gradually push one into a rut from which it becomes very difficult to release oneself as years go by. Sensing this, one moves towards an inner freedom that augments vibrant living. Add to this the exposure of some spiritual paranormal phenomena, we have the joy of candid living with no psychological or physical addictions. The writer wishes to share such a joy with the readers.

Reflective people realize how human beings fall prey to a promised security through belonging to a religious system or similar organized activities. They also see that while religions can help, emotional attachment to a system makes for self-created prisons. Once settled in such a prison, people have a false sense of security – false because they are afraid to step out of the prison where insecurity awaits them! The resulting defensive attitude ends up in a conditioned state of mind leading to inward slavery. It also engenders violence because of their false security being threatened. Inner freedom cannot come through belonging to any prison.

Merely being against religions and moving over to the opposite grounds, such as atheism, agnosticism, rationalism etc, can only transport people to alternative prisons because emotional attachment to those fixities continues to govern the psychology. That is how they fall into the same syndrome as the religious people do. So, that brings us to the question: What place has religions or the other ‘ism’s have in one’s life? Earnest application to that question throws some light on natural spirituality and inner freedom.

One proceeds with patient awareness and lets the intuition prevail in due course. Such people are neither for nor against any religion and so they can have a pure relationship with various religions unsullied by any emotional attachment to them and the associated fanaticism. They can read all scriptures without prejudice because their aim is to find out what lies beyond the apparent. It is this eagerness to discover the non-verbal truth that prevents them from falling into any psychological prison. Consequently, they can develop a candid relationship with Divinity untouched by concepts and ego-satisfying thoughts about God.

The movement of quiet self-awareness in people brings up the native intelligence in one and so they do not get influenced by any religious propaganda that whirls around them. The ability to stand alone has a purity about it that helps one move towards the truth. Falsehood, no matter how ego-satisfying it may be, can only lead to intrinsic impropriety and so to fanaticism and mediocrity in life. The purity of aloneness is the very nature of a truly spiritual state as it does not give room for the ego to play a role in it.

Such people as above effervesce and transcend the conventional state of mind to one of inner freedom. They do not get driven by society’s ways. Simultaneously, the unconditional love in them flows towards all beings. That sustains the zest for life per se. Emotional identification with a nation, religion etc does not play a role in their lives and so they have no enemies. They feel like citizens of the world and compassion pours out of them like an unobstructed fountain. Their relationship with the near and dear ones is permeated with true feeling for them and not governed by emotional attachment. They sense a sacredness in all relationships and let themselves be guided by it. There is a tendency to turn more towards the messages of Enlightened Masters rather than listen to a preacher governed by his vested interest. Ideas of personal salvation and the associated self-centered activities will no longer play a part in one’s life.

Those who feel drawn to the above kind of effervescence are the ones who are going to bring about a different world – a marvelous world of camaraderie and bonhomie and a humanity free of internecine conflicts. If these things ring a bell in you, it would be good to pay attention to them so that your own life and the others’ life become enriched. Here, the website can function as a catalyst in your journey of discovery.

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Author's Bio: 

Gopalakrishnan TC received his doctoral degree in Coastal Engineering from the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA in 1978. He served on the research and teaching faculty of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, the North Carolina State University and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait.

Aside from his professional involvements, he was interested in the philosophic issues of life for the last forty years or so. This led him to the messages of Ramana Maharishi, Lao Tzu, J Krishnamurthy, UG Krishnamurthy, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Eckhart Tolle, Marcus Aurelius and similar Masters. Based on the above reflections, he brought out a book entitled “In Quest of the Deeper Self” published by the Outskirts Press Inc., Colorado. This book can serve as a way-side companion to those that would like to look at the deeper aspects of life.
Gopalakrishnan is a member of the International Association for Near Death Studies, Durham, NC, USA. He presented a paper in their annual conference of 2011, Sept. 2-4, 2012. The paper was entitled "On the Spiritual Content of Near Death Experiences". He has published a number of articles on spirituality and mental peace in magazines and article sites. He lives with his wife in Kodaikanal, a hill town in south India.
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