“The True Freedom Is Spiritual
“True freedom has nothing to do with the outside world. True freedom is not political, not economic; it is spiritual. Political freedom can be taken away at any moment; economic freedom can disappear just like a dewdrop in the early morning sun. They are not in your hands. And that which is not in your hands cannot be called true freedom.
“True freedom is always spiritual. It has something to do with your innermost being, which cannot be chained, handcuffed, or put into a jail.
“Yes, your body can suffer all these things, but your soul is intrinsically free. You don’t have to ask for it, and you don’t have to struggle for it. It is already there, this very moment. If you turn inwards, all chains, all prisons, all kinds of slaveries disappear– and there are many. Freedom is only one; slaveries are many– just as truth is one, lies can be thousands.
“What exactly is the innermost substance of freedom?– that you are free from the past, that you are free from the future. You do not have memories binding you with the past, dragging you always backwards– that is against existence; nothing goes backwards. And you freedom comes also from imagination, desire, longing– they drag you towards the future.
“Neither the past exists nor the future exists. All that you have in your hands is the present. And one who lives in the present, unburdened of past and future, knows the taste of freedom.
~ Osho from Freedom: The Courage to Be Yourself
When have you felt most free?