Thursday, January 28, 2010

We aren't free much

This world is not a permanent place, it is a passage, a road on which you are passing. There are two kinds of people here: One is the kind of those who have sold their souls for eternal damnation, the other is of those who have purchased their souls and freed them from damnation. "Imam Ali A.S.

Everyone wants to be free. There are no exceptions. Everyone wants the freedom to live the way they want to. Everyone hates being told what to do, and everyone dreads the possibility of their own decisions being influenced by anyone else. Everyone wants to feel that they are the ones influencing their own lives, that they are the only masters of their decisions. Everyone wants to be free. There's no arguing that.

Which is why everyone calls for freedom of speech, the freedom to express your opinions, the freedom to practice whatever religion you want, the freedom to wear whatever you want, the freedom to choose who makes up your government, the freedom to choose the kinds of food you eat and the products or services you use....and it goes on.

And today, almost everyone's living in a state of perceived freedom. Everyone's happy looking out into the world from their own bubbles.

What they don't realize is that they couldn't be further from freedom if they tried

“I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.” says Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French Pilot, Writer and Author of 'The Little Prince', 1900-1944)

Well then, there is something called enslaving people in their faces- telling them what to do and what not to do and in cases like this, the enslaved person knows they are enslaved. There is another thing which is much worse, where the enslaved is in a perceived state of freedom, but they are being told what to do and what not to do, except the difference this time is a control of the MIND whereby the enslaved person stays under the impression that they are behaving out of own free will and that they are free souls.

And this is the worst kind of slavery, because not only are their physical actions controlled but so are their hearts and souls, to the point that, in the case they ever face a free decision to make, they will prefer being enslaved. Their slavery has become a part of themselves so much so that stepping out of it is stepping out of the comfort zone. Empowering hearts and minds is the perfect perfect way to control the masses. Because:

"Until the become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they they have rebelled they cannot become conscious." -"1984" George Orwell

How can you think you are free when you are being fed so much from every corner, on all the things you can use to make you "happy"? Look at everybody around you and what they are chasing- they are all victims of this system that is enforcing everyone to run after worldly things- that give you a moment of empty pleasure, and then leaves you still hungry for more and more, until there is nothing left to take and yet you find yourself still unhappy and still unsatisfied.

They feed you images of almost naked women, images of money and more money, alcohol and drugs, trying to appeal to all your senses and engulf you into their slavery. If you have no foundation in yourself to start with, or an unstable one, you are going to be one of their successful projects- another easy victim, another mind and heart to control, another soul sold to us.

If you wear the clothes that the magazines tell you to wear, eat the food that the tv ads tell you to wear, look for the kind of love that the movies tell you you'll find, spend your savings on a car they tell you will turn heads, believe the stories on the news that the media tells you to believe, preach to others the stuff they tell you to preach; if you find yourself attaching your own value to material things, if you find yourself taking the word of the news withfout any questioning, if you find yourself referring to movies for the definition of what's cool and what's not, if you find yourself listening to their music with all your heart and letting the words sink, if you find yourself constantly referring to new rules of what to think, believe, act,
know then, that you are not free.

And you'll never be free until you realize that you can only be truly happy when you are truly free. You can never be truly free unless your happiness does not rely on anything material, anything worldy, anything TEMPORARY. When you think for yourself. When you let go of all these desires being forced into you, and focus on true soulful nutrition and inner peace. When your one and only reliance is one the One and Only Independant God, the Only Perfection, who alone can guarantee your happiness and your freedom.

Because you are a human, you have the right to be free, and the only thing worthy of your total submission is Perfection.

So don't be a sheep in the flock, and don't give up your soul to anyone. Ask yourself, is this all the world has to offer?

3:160 If God helps you, none can overcome you: If He forsakes you, who is there, after that, that can help you? in God, then, let believers put their trust.

2:16 These are they who have bartered Guidance for error: But their traffic is profitless, and they have lost true direction

2:90 Miserable is the price for which they have sold their souls

9:111 God hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs in return is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Qur'an: and who is more faithful to his covenant than God? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A Second Childhood?

A picture of my grandmother with her great-granddaughter got me thinking. What you see is a little girl sitting in an old lady's lap. She has her new tiny young fingers on my grandmother's aged ripe ones. Her limbs and body parts are waiting to be completed, my grandmother's are completed beyond saturation. She looks around curiously, taking in every minute detail, trying to absorb and digest all the new, unfamiliar elements of the world around her- the different voices people use with her, the different expressions and faces she sees, the different material she's touched, the people, sky, trees, animals, all foreign to her. My grandmother doesn't want to bother with grasping everything now: she's seen it all. She is so acquainted and familiar with this monotonous world that it's not foreign anymore and nothing can succeed in surprising her.

The little girl of six months peers curiously at her great grandmother. Her great grandmother gazes at her with nostalgia. So many thoughts and feelings well up- she wants this little bundle of innocence to grow up happy. She wants to be there when it happens, give her all the wisdom and strength she needs in life.

You are not that different from me. I have been through all my stages in life, I have more experience, there is so much more you need to learn. But one day, you will be just like me- you will again need to depend on others to walk, to eat, to wash, to dress, to remember. It won't be as easy because you'd have tasted total dependence and freedom. But for now, live and experience each of your life stages. You have a long eventful life to lead before reaching your second childhood.

The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything

From William Shakespeare's "As You Like It"

Qur'an 36:68 If We grant long life to any, We cause him to be reversed in nature: Will they not then understand?

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