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Featured what does it mean to be free?

Discussion in 'Religions Q&A' started by Conscious thoughts, Apr 22, 2021.

  1. Conscious thoughts

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    This question have been on my mind all day today..

    What does it mean to be free?
    It can not be just one answer for this question, can it? :confused:

    When do i know i am free? (not spesific to conscious thoughts as a being)
     
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    SalixIncendium Advaita Vedantin
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    When you are no longer charging people.
     
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    no one is ever free

    it's about attachments
     
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  4. Conscious thoughts

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    What happens in your understanding when all attachments has been let go of ? is that the moment one is free?
     
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    Freedom is relative. You are free from something.
     
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    So a form of individual freedom?
     
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    Charging for what? not sure i understood
     
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    The less beholden to people you are, the more free you become. :)
     
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    When you don't cost money, then you're free.

    It was a bad joke that was funnier in my head.
     
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    Not necessarily...I'm not sure what you mean by that though.
     
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    often it sound better in our head then when others try to understand it :)
     
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    Being free means no longer being obligated. When one is detached from obligations, one is free.
     
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    You said in the first answer, that freedom is relative, so i thought you meant each person experiences freedom differently
     
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    So if i become detached from this life and its obligations i will become free the way you see it? :) actually that sound very pleasant
     
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    No I meant that freedom is relative to the situation. "I am free" or "we are free" have meaning because we assume something to be free from.
     
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    Now i understand you :)
     
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    I guess you can say you're free when you don't feel confined to a goal ;) to achieve and are not confined so much that you are not able to seek it.

    Some quotes I like.

    "Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it." -André Gide

    You are digging for the answers until your fingers bleed, to satisfy the hunger, to satiate the need.... And as you pray in your darkness for wings to set you free, you are bound to your silent legacy. ~Melissa Etheridge, "Silent Legacy," Yes I Am, 1993

    “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” Rainer Maria Wilke

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    I think this is, to me, a journey vs. destination: living freedom or gaining freedom.

    To me, it's better to live freedom even if I loose it later by death, than to suffer confinement my whole life hoping to be free in an afterlife.
     
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    Essentially, yes. This doesn't mean to end one's life or shirk one's obligations. It just means live without attachment to them.
     
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    Maybe we have to let go of the wish to become free to actually become fully free in the end :confused:
     
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