Satsang offers the opportunity to discover the 2 Freedoms:
1. Freedom from:
Freedom from suffering
Freedom from unquestioned thoughts, concepts and beliefs;
Freedom from the prison of conditioning;
Freedom from self judgement;
Freedom from fear, and
Freedom from identifications.
2. Freedom to:
Freedom to the present moment,
Freedom to one's full human potential
Freedom to know the unlimited, unconstrained heart and mind
Freedom to know true reality
What you are is happiness, total complete freedom beyond the concept of freedom. The physical body becomes totally relaxed, enjoying a great ease that flows as a consequence of abiding in your natural state.
~ Jac O'Keeffe
The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not the thinker. The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter - beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace - arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken.
~ Eckhart Tolle
Don't worry about methods. If you are sincere and honest, and have a true desire for freedom, even wrong methods will take you there. Therefore, give rise to the desire 100 percent, and the rest will take care of itself. What you are doing is not important, the end is important. You can do anything you like. The end must be that "I have to be free." You must be sincere, serious, and honest. Then don't worry about the methods. This inside Self is consciousness itself. If you do not know the correct method, it will lead you. Where you are arriving, it already knows who is coming, and it will go out to receive you in the proper way for you. You must be honest and never mind proper method.
~ Sri H. W. L. Poonja (Papaji)
Your drive for freedom will bring up whatever is hidden within you. Resistances, doubts, egoic tendencies will come to the surface. Look at them, and with the skill that you have aquired in satsang, you will transcend them. You will see them for what they are, for your eyes see from the true position. That's all. Now you will come to a clarity. It may take some time for your mind to stabilise in the heart's stillness, but this is also a sweetness. Allow some time for this divine maturing. It is a great joy.
I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn't believe them, I didn't suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment. That joy is in everyone, always.
~ Byron Katie
Freedom cannot be limited to any particular state or condition. It is free from having to be contrasted with any concept or experience, free from being seen either as within or outside any context. The freedom of true nature has neither comparison nor opposite. Freedom can even go beyond the concept of true nature, for this concept is a human way of knowing the purity at the heart of reality.
~ A.H. Almaas
Love of the body is nothing more than love of jail. Long accustomed to living in the body, we have forgotten what real freedom means.
~ Paramahansa Yogananda
You are free, the notion that you are bound has been dumped on your head by your parents, by your priest, by your society. If you get rid of all these, instantly you will find that you are what you have always been. If you give up all that you have read, heard, seen, touched or tasted, freeing yourself from all past notions, what will be left? You alone will remain, that which you have always been, what you will always be and what you are now. The exercise or sadhana (spiritual practice) or way is not something to be be borrowed from the outside. Just keep quiet, keep silent and you will know freedom from sorrow and suffering. I wish everyone would try this and see
Until the whole world is free to agree with you or disagree with you - until you have given the freedom to everyone to like you or not like you, to love you or hate you, to see things as you see them, or to see things differently- until you have given the whole world it's freedom, you'll never have your freedom.
The Buddha spoke gently, "Once a person is caught by belief in a doctrine, one loses all one's freedom". When one becomes dogmatic, that person believes his or her doctrine is the only truth and that all other doctrines are heresy. Disputes and conflicts all arise from narrow views. They can extend endlessly, wasting precious time and sometimes even leading to war. Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path. Bound to narrow views, one becomes so entangled that it is no longer possible to let the door of truth open.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
An infant, not being aware of having an individual identity, has no intellect with which to conceptualize and therefore lives in spontaneous freedom without resistance from moment to moment. The same is true of the self-realized sage, who has gone beyond the mind.
~ Ramesh Balsekar
Nothing you believe is true. To understand this is freedom.
~ Byron Katie
Something inside wants to burst open. The ego state is like caterpillar. It shouldn't be caterpillar all its life. Caterpillar has to become butterfly. Butterfly means to break free of ego, to find your Truth, your beauty, your freedom, your life!
Realization is just a shift in perception that comes or doesn’t come, but there are shifts in perception all along the way . . . but there are these relative freedoms that we feel along the way when we do this work, and they bring a shift in perception, and for some reason we have seen the truth as the big shift in perception. I don’t know why it’s set up like that, and I think it was all this time that it was seen to be the “I’ll be out of it if that happens.” Be out of what? You see that you were never in it, but there’s no getting out of it, it’s just that the perspective of what this is changes
~ Jac O'Keeffe
It is quite obvious that physical death is the absolute freedom.The personal entity dies and it is absolute liberation.
~ Lisa Cairns
Freedom is what happens when the arrogant and silly notion that we live our own lives by our own will has fallen off.
~ Ramesh Balsekar
To act from desire and fear is bondage, to act from love is freedom. Love is not selective, desire is selective. In love there are no strangers.
Meditation is being free to the belief of being a separate person - then the byproducts of this freedom we reap in due time. We have to start from freedom. This freedom begins when we choose not to be identified with the personality.
~ Francis Lucille
In freedom there is no right and no wrong. In freedom there is freedom from right and wrong.
But freedom is about the natural state, the spontaneous and un-self-conscious expression of beingness. If you want to find it, see that the very idea of "a someone who is in control" is a concept created by the mind. Take one step backward into the unknown.
There is no birth, no death, no you, no not-you, neither pleasure nor pain. There is complete freedom, complete release.
~ A.H. Almaas