Are you a free thinker?
What is the highest state a human can reach? Or what is the ultimate aim of a human being?
Happiness? Peace? Heaven? God? Comforts? Bliss? Ecstasy
According to our ancients, the ultimate aim is to be a free thinker. You can’t believe it? Before going to that, a simple question.
Are you a free thinker?
99% would answer YES. “Oh, I have my own way of thinking. I think independently. No one can influence my thoughts,” you would say.
But the truth is NO. Our mind is so manipulated that we don’t even know that we are conditioned to be a slave thinker.
If you have ever listened to the Vedic mantras during any ritual/ceremony, you might have come across the Sanskrit phrase “Vairagya Sidhyartham” (to achieve Vairagya). All your offerings are done NOT to please God, or go to heaven or fulfilling any wishes, but for developing a state of being called Vairagya.
There is a popular misconception – Vairagya means “detachment.”
“According to our sages, get yourself detached from the bondage and material life, then you will get happiness or moksha,” many would say.
If someone tells you to get detached from material life, you can ROFL (rolling on the floor, laughing). It is a huge joke.
Our body is full of chemical actions. Even thinking about “detachment” is chemical action. Living is a chemical process. Pure chemistry. Material science.
Detaching from material life is, well, they are asking you to commit suicide. Probably they are blind with the superstition of heaven – life after death in heaven. There is nothing like that.
Ask yourself. Why do our Gods and Goddesses are wearing a lot of ornaments? Why do they carry metal weapons? Aren’t those materials? I have already explained the science behind many concepts of God.
But those Gurus would advise you that you are happy only when you cut off your material life and bondage. It’s again a conditional life then. If you are getting happiness from detachment, it ONLY means you are attached to the detachment.
But it is NOT free thinking. You should be happy in the attachment as well as in detachment, that is when you really become “free”. In other words, if you are free from the bondage of attachment as well as detachment, then you are qualified to be a Vairagi or ‘free thinker’.
It is NOT easy to be a free thinker.
I have born and bought up in the cradle of Marxism/ Communism. Most of my friends were Communist Marxists. But it is quite impossible to argue, debate, or discuss with my Marxist friends. When they don’t have a reply, they will get angry, will take it personally and start hating you – or even physically attack you. Why? They are so much attached to their ideology and think it is correct. The more dedicated they are, they would get angrier. (I am not talking about today’s Marxists who are hypocrites seeking pleasure and comforts in an American way). It goes the same for people who believe in other ideologies too. Can they ever be free thinkers? NO.
Religion is another slave-maker. The moment you talk anything related to the illogical beliefs or superstitions in religions, they would become very angry. Any fanatic believer of any religion gets angry when their superstitious beliefs are questioned. Why? They blindly think their dearest beliefs are true.
But all of them, whether conditioned by ideology or religion, are rational enough to find faults with other ideologies or religions. So, even a rational thinker cannot be a free thinker.
Yes, a rational thinker can be a logical thinker, but he/she is NOT a free thinker. Why? A rationalist’s brain (mind) is so conditioned that he/she thinks every learning is true.
The moment you break from the conditioning and think without any prejudice or color, you become a free thinker. The moment you become a free thinker, you will be the happiest man.
For instance, Krishna was a free thinker. He didn’t have any inhibitions. Even after revealing the greatest philosophy of life, the Gita, he said, “Arjuna, I told you what I felt right. It is up to you to follow it or not.”
He neither threatened by commanding you, “This is a Holy book. if you don’t follow my words, I will roast you in the hellfire,” nor promised to reserve a seat in heaven if you follow him.
What’s more, he went on saying that we shouldn’t try to change another person’s mindset. And that’s the extend of free-thinking!
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